These small spaces are big on style.
Just because your bathroom lacks square footage doesn't mean it's destined to remain a strictly practical room. With the right design tricks, it's easy to bridge the gap between form and function—regardless of its size. In fact, a powder room or guest bathroom can be a convenient way to experiment with a new trend, color, or pattern without redesigning the rest of your space.
Want to beautify your bathroom? Read on for more than 60 standout ways to make the most of a small bathroom. From statement sinks, to wonderful wallpaper, to creative tiles, these rooms prove big design moments can come in small packages.
A whimsical set of wallpaper make a big statement in a small space. In this Elizabeth Roberts-designed brownstone, a crisp custom Calacatta marble sink is paired with the Hermès Jardin d’Osier wallcovering from Dedar.
Architect Javier Robles lends his artful eye to every room of this Hamptons home—including this guest bathroom. The engineered marble that lines the wall and counters is from Max Lamb, while the fittings come courtesy of Boffi.
In this Newport Beach home, designer Shannon McLaren Wilkins redefines the California cool aesthetic with modern pops of color and a Mediterranean flair. The guest bedroom, which took 15 iterations to perfect, features a wall of glossy green tiles and artwork by Anna Ullman to bring the home's beach surroundings inside.
Belgian-born, London-based interior designer Philip Vergeylen gives every room of this 25,000-square-foot,Georgian-style mansion in London an air of opulence. The custom black-lacquer paneling in the powder room is inset with Gracie wallpaper.
Designer David Netto relied on bold colors and mixed materials to revitalize this Upper East Side prewar home. The juxtaposition between the stone shower and terrazzo floor creates a modern, nuanced environment. Subway tiles from Datile, a stoic St. Thomas Creations sink, and Benjamin Moore's Deep Royal bridge the gap between the two textures.
Retail guru Patricia Greene's Upper East Side home exudes old-world charm. In the guest bathroom, the sink and fittings are by Waterworks, the mirror is by RH, Restoration Hardware, and the walls are clad in tiles by Mosaic House.
A seamless blend of elegance and comfort are on full display in a Houston home designed by Paloma Contreras. The powder room features a neutral Phillip Jeffries wallpaper, sink fittings from Kohler, Ralph Lauren Home sconces, and a vintage rug.
For a Chicago powder room, ED A-Lister Steven Gambrel settled on graphic hand-painted wallpaper by Gracie to complement the sink and floor in Onyx Fantastico marble. The vintage faucet was salvaged from Bunny Mellon’s Manhattan townhouse. The sconce is by Blackman Cruz.
Floral wallpaper pairs well with an oval mirror—and steals the show—in a cozy Brooklyn bathroom design scheme by Bella Mancini.
Statement palm-themed wallpaper by Florence Broadhurst brings a Tennessee powder room to life. Both the sink and vanity are original to the house.
An interesting choice of lighting and paint turn a Malibu bathroom, designed by Oliver M. Furth, into a Mediterranean grotto. The wall paint is Farrow & Ball Oval Room Blue and the Happy Kiss pendant lamps by Siemon-and-Salazar are from Siglo Moderno.
Pink makes a statement in a guest powder room by Mary McDonald. It boasts painted églomise by artist Raymond Goins, along with graphic black and white marble flooring. Accents include a William Kent-style mirror with custom French gesso finish from Ceylon et Cie, and Circa 1950 Roberto and Mito black sconces from Urbanity Mobiliario.
A Greenwich Village bathroom, designed by Haynes-Roberts for power couple Jonathan and Lizzie Tisch, features a custom vanity fitted with a Kohler sink, shower fittings by Fantini, and a picture light by Ayre.
A small bathroom in a Canadian lake house is a lesson in contemporary coastal style. Designer Sabrina Albanese chose a palette of black and white accents, including a bold Scalamandre shell wallpaper design.
In Erika Bearman's Hamptons powder room, designer Miles Redd opted for bold black and white botanical-patterned wallpaper by Marthe Armitage, giving the room movement and energy.
This modern Miami bathroom is given the illusion of a larger space due to its coordinating marble, used on the walls, vanity and flooring.
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The bathroom of this Washington, DC takes an ultra-minimalist approach with clean lines and simple geometries. The bathroom is a pure white with a statement plant, making the space feel open and uncluttered.
In the bathroom of a mid-century modern California home, deep-colored tile floors are paired with crisp white walls and a large mirror, adding a depth and lightness that enlarges the space.
A pineapple motif adds a youthful edge to this petite California bungalow bathroom.
In the bathroom of Etsy COO Linda Findley Kozlowski's NYC home, the bathroom is kept simple with clean lines and minimalist decor. The cool, recessed lighting complements the bathroom's grey palette and makes the space feel more open.
In this Santa Monica powder room, dainty furnishings like a structurally minimalist sink stand and petite mirror create the illusion of a larger square footage.
The walls of this cozy bathroom are made of lacquered oak veneer, bringing a pastoral richness to this lakeside retreat.
Sometimes a small bathroom can benefit from a statement furnishing, like this deep navy clawfoot tub. The bright white walls and large window allow for sunlight to enlarge the space.
In Ken Fulk's Sonoma Valley lake house, the master bathroom's long and narrow architecture is balanced with coordinating tile that extends to the shower, along with simple furnishings that keep the silhouette clean.
The small bathroom in French architect Jacque Grange's Paris apartment houses a narrow étagerè holding towels and toiletries. The bathtub, sink and faucet are by L'Epi d'Or, the chandelier is 19th-century and the inlaid marble floor is based on a Byzantine pattern.
A neutral bathroom in the Spanish-style home of Create & Cultivate founder Jaclyn Johnson is given a "Cali cool" update with the addition of Hygge & West's Strike wallpaper and the Marabou vanity by Kohler. The space was designed by Johnson's friend, Whitney Lee Morris.
In a New York City home's bathroom with limited countertop and cabinet storage, designer Katie Ridder used a medium-height antique shelf for books, towels and a plant.
When all else fails, keep it simple. A compact sink by Duravit and sleek fittings by Arne Jacobsen for Vola complete this West Village apartment designed by S. Russel Groves.
In an imperial getaway near St. Petersburg, a narrow bathroom is given ornamental details with a mirror from the 1940s and a 1950s stool from Newel. The 1970s chandelier was found in Palm Beach, the curtains are of a silk by Manuel Canovas and the bathroom's sink, tub and fittings are by Villeroy & Boch.
Architect Greg Tankersley and designer Carol Egan created a spa-like escape in this Greenwich bathroom, complete with a massive window that opens up the room, filling it with light and uniting the outdoors with the indoors.