Designs for Small Bathrooms

Let's take s look at designs for small bathrooms that have the wow factor and don't cramp your style!

A 5'x8' bathroom is considered to be small, though the most common. Designing a small bathroom is a challenging task. But it's not difficult, nor is it impossible.

It's all about putting ideas on paper and then applying some clever design tricks, which we'll show you here.

Ideas for Giving Your Small Bathroom Maximum Space

Treating your bathroom styling as part of your bedroom makes the job of designing it a lot less complex.

master bathroom en-suite

The master suite featured here makes the bathroom an integral part of the design.

Although it is open plan, the blind separating the two areas can be rolled down if you prefer privacy during bath- or shower time and the toilet has it's own enclosed space.

The real beauty when you look into this bathroom, is seeing a magnificent stone tub which would've been totally dominating for a small bathroom.

open shower and stone tub

The open shower functions the same as a wet room, so it has the added advantage of providing a very generous space.

Gorgeous stone tub + generous shower space ... what's not to like?

How To Visually Make The En-suite Bathroom Look Bigger

Designs to make small bathrooms appear roomier don't always require knocking down walls.

Just the right tricks can help your small bathroom transform into a relaxing personal sanctuary that maybe small in size, but is BIG in STYLE!!

Design Tip: Two small bathroom remodel ideas to consider:

  • Opening a window in the common wall dividing the bathroom and the bedroom is a fantastic way to open up the bathroom, throw in some natural light, and increase ventilation!
  • Visit our page about bathroom remodelling designs to see some more creative ideas for combining the en-suite into one space.
  • Using pocket doors is another huge space saver and can be a design element in its own right.
master bathroom en-suite

Most apartments have en-suite bathrooms now-a-days. Some excellent small bathroom remodel ideas such as the ones featured on this page, not just make your small bathrooms look big (which is really what most of us try to achieve), but warm, and exciting too.

So, if you are ready to make your bathroom the center of attraction read on...

Designs for Small Bathrooms to Make the Most of Space - Open Up the Shower

small half open shower

Demarcated showers - even if frameless - can shrink down the already small bathroom making it look even smaller.

An exposed shower is a great way to open up the bathroom space and enjoy the resulting visual appeal.

An open shower is commonly used in Asian countries and the trick here is to floor the entire bathroom with the same style of ceramic tile.

Only the shower half of the floor should be gently sloped towards the drain. Have your ceramic tiles laser cut to a design to facilitate the slope.

Fix a low flow shower head and you've ensured that water won't splash everywhere when you shower.

You can even use a frosted or stained glass open partition with a height of 5 to 5.5 feet. This not only provides some privacy, but also allows for proper ventilation and a flow of natural light, without cramping the space.

A small space need not be small in impact. It's about being bold!

Designs for Small Bathroom - Fixtures and Fittings

Three Design Tips Used in This Small Bathroom:

bathroom with big mirror
  • Raise the ceiling by using visual tricks like vertical stripes on the walls, tile borders at the place where the wall meets the ceiling, molding (wood etc), and cornice to draw the eye and give the illusion of a higher ceilings.

  • Sweeping floor design - and especially diagonal lines - help visually stretch the space. Get rid of any visual obstructions, bulky cabinetry etc.

    Use a pedestal sink instead of a vanity, or a cantilevered vanity that gives the impression of 'floating' in air.

  • Mirrors are a bathroom designer's best friend. They stretch small spaces and trick the eye into thinking they are larger!

    Using a mirror from one end of a long wall to the other will open up the room and make it look wider. Or if you have a relatively low ceiling, then use the mirror and its eye-catching frame to lead they eye upwards and add to the illusion of height.

    In your designs for small bathrooms, take a look and see if you can place two mirrors facing each other to promote a boundary-less room!

Providing adequate storage space in an en-suite bathroom is a challenging job.

There are many storage styles for smaller bathrooms: using multiple towel stands, space saving storage units under the vanity or the sink, recesses in external walls etc. are the common ways.

bathroom fixtures lifted off floor

Design Tip: Use of glass shelves helps enhance the sense of space in a room. Since glass is transparent it gives the impression of being invisible and things stored on them seem to be suspended in air, lending an 'airy' effect!

Of Pearly-Whites and Neutrals - If you're worried that you may induce claustrophobia in your small bathroom, then stay away from too many dark and deep colored fittings, surface colors and accessories. Instead, work with shades of white, gray, light pastels, and earthy tones to set the mood for a serene space.

Note the use of dark splashes in the mirror and floor and behind the toilet and how they immediately draw your eye and become the focal point in this bathroom.

Having said that, don't be afraid to use dark colours in your bathroom - it's a balancing act!

By using dark colours on floors and sparingly on accent walls and fixtures, you can create a sophisticated space without feeling like you're in a dark cave.

Designs for Small Bathrooms - Lighting and Window Dressing

lit vanity mirrors

Ultimately, the whole purpose of our small bathroom ideas is to create a space that is warm, relaxing, and welcoming. And that's what these designs for small bathrooms can help you achieve!

More Designs and Ideas for Your Bathroom Layouts:

Use light from an adjoining room

light from adjoining room

Small Bathroom Design Ideas

Steal space from an adjoining area

bathroom planning

Small Bathroom Remodeling

Designs for small bathrooms are about some common sense and tons of creativity. Exploring tricks, treatments, and tips that work best for your small bathroom can yield the desired results.

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