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80 Ways To Decorate A Small Bathroom

Last Updated: Jan 30, 2018


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Imagine trying to live without a bathroom. You use it every single day to maintain health and hygiene. When it comes down to it, the bathroom is truly one of the most important rooms in the house. So, it’s amazing to think that such a small room can have such an impact on your daily life.

Most people don’t have the luxury of a large bathroom, which poses the interesting problem of how to decorate a small bathroom. Decorations can easily add up in such a limited space. That is why we compiled dozens of bathroom decorating ideas to help you decorate a small bathroom. Everything from organizational tips to artwork to wall colors can have an impact in your small bathroom—browse below ideas that fit your style. Then peruse the shop to find the perfect accent pieces for your bathroom, like a personalized candle or picture frame. Are the ideas below not enough? Follow our easy small bathroom decorating tips to transform your space.

Instructions: Click through the buttons below to sort by style. Click the photo for a larger view.

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Aqua Lane Designs - Shutterfly

For the ultimate spa feel, organize your bath towels by rolling instead of folding.

Photo by: Aqua Lane Designs

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Britt and the Benjamins - Shutterfly

With a colorful vase, a large plant pops in this otherwise neutrally-colored bathroom.

Photo by: Britt and the Benjamins

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Craftsman Drive - Shutterfly

These shelves make a great DIY project and are a space-saving technique for your small bathroom.

Photo by: Craftsman Drive

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Dream Green DIY - Shutterfly

A simple basket saves valuable counter space and holds items like a hair dryer.

Photo by: Dream Green DIY

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Graceful Order - Shutterfly

A simple trio of shelves help keep clutter off the counter.

Photo by: Graceful Order

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Honey Bear Lane - Shutterfly

This toilet cove shelf is an easy project, makes a great piece of decor, and acts as a place to store extra items.

Photo by: Honey Bear Lane

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Jenna Burger - Shutterfly

A small bathroom should utilize all available space, for example, try hanging towels on the back of a door.

Photo by: Jenna Burger

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Joy in Our Home - Shutterfly

The higher the shelves the better. They will draw the eye upward, creating the illusion of more space.

Photo by: Joy in Our Home

Bathroom Decoration Idea by My Fabuless Life - Shutterfly

Hooks everywhere! Use them to hang towels, plugs, or even flower pots.

Photo by: My Fabuless Life

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Not Just a Housewife - Shutterfly

Built-in shelves are perfect for opening up the space of any bathroom. Keep them organized.

Photo by: Not Just a Housewife

Bathroom Decoration Idea by On Sutton Place - Shutterfly

Light, neutral color schemes create a calming atmosphere.

Photo by: On Sutton Place

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Proverbs 31 Girl - Shutterfly

This toilet cove shelf is an easy project and makes a great place to store extra items or decor.

Photo by: Proverbs 31 Girl

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Southern Revivals - Shutterfly

This vanity features unique storage below, allowing for cleanliness above.

Photo by: Southern Revivals

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Sypsie Designs - Shutterfly

If you want to add furniture, make it wireframe so that it takes up less visual space.

Photo by: Sypsie Designs

Bathroom Decoration Idea by The Pink Tumbleweed - Shutterfly

This unique storage solution looks great and utilizes the space above the toilet.

Photo by: The Pink Tumbleweed

Bathroom Decoration Idea by This Yuppie Life - Shutterfly

Display your towels in a neat, organized fashion by keeping them up high.

Photo by: This Yuppie Life

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Vanessa Francis - Shutterfly

There is no reason that pictures and bathtubs can't be friends.

Photo by: Vanessa Francis

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Seasaws and Sawhorses - Shutterfly

When decorating, keep only what you need. No reason to add excess.

Photo by: Seasaws and Sawhorses

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Flourish and Knot - Shutterfly

A large mirror, extending from the sink to the ceiling, makes the room feel larger.

Photo by: Flourish and Knot

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Studio 511 - Shutterfly

If you are using a bold wall color make sure the hues remain consistent throughout.

Photo by: Studio 511

Bathroom Decoration Idea by 2 Vintage Sisters - Shutterfly

Repurpose items. A simple stool can double as a table or towel holder.

Photo by: 2 Vintage Sisters

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Centsational Girl - Shutterfly

This gray wall creates high contrast in the room.

Photo by: Centsational Girl

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Design Darling - Shutterfly

Don't be afraid to use bold wall paper - especially if the rest of the room is white.

Photo by: Design Darling

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Dimples and Tangles - Shutterfly

Step outside the box and find a big theme for your small space.

Photo by: Dimples and Tangles

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Emily A Clark - Shutterfly

If you can keep the space below the sink free, it lets the room breathe.

Photo by: Emily A Clark

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Emily A Clark - Shutterfly

If you don't need the space for storage, large art prints are a great choice around the toilet.

Photo by: Emily A Clark

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Evaru Design - Shutterfly

Choose a bold piece of art to create a focal point.

Photo by: Evaru Design

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Greg Beauchamp - Shutterfly

Contrary to popular belief, oriental rugs can be great in a bathroom.

Photo by: Greg Beauchamp

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Impatient Gardener - Shutterfly

If you are looking for some pops of color, try a flashy window shade.

Photo by: Impatient Gardener

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Just a Touch of Gray - Shutterfly

This vanity has some storage space below. Keep it even more organized with baskets.

Photo by: Just a Touch of Gray

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Megan Clouse - Shutterfly

Beautiful and unique tile choices can transform a small room.

Photo by: Megan Clouse

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Simplified Bee - Shutterfly

These long lean tree prints on the wall draw the eye upward, creating the illusion of more vertical space.

Photo by: Simplified Bee

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Erin Williamson - Shutterfly

Bold tile choices create contrast and keep things interesting in a small bathroom.

Photo by: Erin Williamson

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Jenna Burger - Shutterfly

Utilize the space above the toilet by building a shelf.

Photo by: Jenna Burger

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Studio McGee - Shutterfly

Coordinate your colors through all aspects of the room.

Photo by: Studio McGee

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Shutterfly - Shutterfly

If you have the option to change up your sink, opt for a smaller one.

Photo by: Shutterfly

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Flourishing at Home - Shutterfly

Incorporate plant life in the bathroom. Adding it next to a mirror makes it twice as effective.

Photo by: Flourishing at Home

Bathroom Decoration Idea by 4 Men 1 Lady - Shutterfly

The color white is analogous to cleanliness, something you want for your small bathroom.

Photo by: 4 Men 1 Lady

Bathroom Decoration Idea by An Inviting Home - Shutterfly

A long, horizontal sink is a great choice if your small bathroom is long and skinny.

Photo by: An Inviting Home

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Erin Williamson - Shutterfly

Matte black plumbing against pristine white tile looks great.

Photo by: Erin Williamson

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Honey Bear Lane - Shutterfly

This beautiful mirror doubles as a bold piece of artwork.

Photo by: Honey Bear Lane

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Making it in the Mountains - Shutterfly

Nobody puts the shower in the corner - unless you have a small bathroom. Then it's a great idea.

Photo by: Making it in the Mountains

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Our Fifth House - Shutterfly

No one says you can't have a gallery wall in your bathroom. But keep it small and coordinated.

Photo by: Our Fifth House

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Pink Little Notebook - Shutterfly

If nothing else, go with an all white and clutter free style. It is the ultimate tactic to make a small bathroom feel larger.

Photo by: Pink Little Notebook

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Simply Grove - Shutterfly

Juxtaposing white tile with dark flooring works great in a small space.

Photo by: Simply Grove

Bathroom Decoration Idea by The Fresh Exchange - Shutterfly

Create extra space by forming a built-in shelf in your shower.

Photo by: The Fresh Exchange

Bathroom Decoration Idea by The Fresh Exchange - Shutterfly

A large mirror creates an optical illusion making it appear there is more space than there is.

Photo by: The Fresh Exchange

Bathroom Decoration Idea by The Life Styled - Shutterfly

This bathroom incorporates a piece of lucite furniture, something great for small spaces.

Photo by: The Life Styled

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Vanessa Francis - Shutterfly

A large piece of art transforms a small space and creates a focal point.

Photo by: Vanessa Francis

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Mocha Casa - Shutterfly

Try adding plant life in the bathroom. If you hang it from the ceiling it won't take up valuable countertop space.

Photo by: Mocha Casa

Bathroom Decoration Idea by I Heart Organizing - Shutterfly

A mirror can become the focal point of a small room if everything else is white.

Photo by: I Heart Organizing

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Shutterfly - Shutterfly

A lighter, brighter shade on the ceiling almost gives the illusion of being outdoors.

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Flourishing at Home - Shutterfly

Build shelves above the toilet. It is often an underutilized space in the bathroom.

Photo by: Flourishing at Home

Bathroom Decoration Idea by All Things New Interiors - Shutterfly

Build your own vanity. It looks great and gives you the option of using the space below.

Photo by: All Things New Interiors

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Making Lemonade - Shutterfly

Repurpose wicker baskets - hang them sideways to make simple shelves.

Photo by: Making Lemonade

Bathroom Decoration Idea by 12 Oaks - Shutterfly

Utilize the space below the sink and use baskets to keep it extra organized.

Photo by: 12 Oaks

Bathroom Decoration Idea by A Cup of Jo - Shutterfly

For this small apartment bathroom, the heating pipe has a nautical theme.

Photo by: A Cup of Jo

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Craftsman Drive - Shutterfly

This DIY window cabinet is a useful storage unit that also looks great.

Photo by: Craftsman Drive

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Design Dazzle - Shutterfly

Use one wooded wall to create a rustic farmhouse feel in a small room.

Photo by: Design Dazzle

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Home With Baxter - Shutterfly

By changing the style in the upper third of a wall, you can exaggerate height in the room.

Photo by: Home With Baxter

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Petal and Ply - Shutterfly

A slender, horizontal sink saves space in a small bathroom.

Photo by: Petal and Ply

Bathroom Decoration Idea by The Happy Housie - Shutterfly

Don't shy away from a bold shower curtain. It can define your small space.

Photo by: The Happy Housie

Bathroom Decoration Idea by The Merry Thought - Shutterfly

Small, simple decorations are perfect for a small, simple bathroom.

Photo by: The Merry Thought

Bathroom Decoration Idea by The Modern Tulip - Shutterfly

High DIY shelves make great storage hacks for your small bathroom.

Photo by: The Modern Tulip

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Tidbits - Shutterfly

Simple wire baskets make great under-the-sink storage when there's no room elsewhere.

Photo by: Tidbits

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Today's Creative Life - Shutterfly

Add some plants in your bathroom. They will help liven the room.

Photo by: Today's Creative Life

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Town and Country Living - Shutterfly

If there is no other place for the laundry bin, try under the sink.

Photo by: Town and Country Living

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Wife in Progress - Shutterfly

Stick to neutral colors when decorating your bathroom.

Photo by: Wife in Progress

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Frazzled Joy - Shutterfly

Instead of having light pool in one particular portion of the room, use a track of smaller lights.

Photo by: Frazzled Joy

Bathroom Decoration Idea by One Thousand Oaks - Shutterfly

Simple, easy-to-make shelves are perfect for that space above the toilet.

Photo by: One Thousand Oaks

Bathroom Decoration Idea by 320 Sycamore - Shutterfly

Utilize all the wall space you can with shelving or DIY baskets.

Photo by: 320 Sycamore

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Addicted 2 Decorating - Shutterfly

Be sure to coordinate colors throughout to create unity and flow.

Photo by: Addicted 2 Decorating

Bathroom Decoration Idea by The Butlers - Shutterfly

If you have the luxury of a window, hang the curtain higher than the frame. This makes the window appear larger.

Photo by: The Butlers

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Nesting Place - Shutterfly

Keep bath products on your counter to a minimum to keep your space uncluttered and open.

Photo by: Nesting Place

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Nesting Place - Shutterfly

No budget for bold tile? Subway tiles with a dark grout is a budget friendly way to add dimension to your bathroom.

Photo by: Nesting Place

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Shutterfly

No space for a large arrangement? Gather some wild flowers to display in a small vase or glass instead.

Photo by: Shutterfly

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Shutterfly

Treat your shower curtain as a piece of art. This bathroom let's their curtain do all the talking.

Photo by: Shutterfly

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Shutterfly

Bring the outdoors inside with a nature inspired shower curtain.

Photo by: Shutterfly

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Tigerlilly Quinn - Shutterfly

Tiling can help open up a bathroom and break up the space. Make sure you consider where the tiles will start and finish, so you can ensure there is a clean way to end the pattern.

Photo by: Tigerlilly Quinn

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Joyful Derivatives - Shutterfly

To accomplish a rustic-themed bathroom, consider introducing reclaimed wood, brick and black hardware to the space.

Photo by: Joyful Derivatives

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Centsational Girl - Shutterfly

Versatile patterns can make all of the difference in a small space! Break up the tiling with a minuscule pattern on the wall and larger, more open pattern on the floor.

Photo by: Centsational Girl

Bathroom Decoration Idea by iHeart Organizing - Shutterfly

Organization is key in a small bathroom. Consider using glass containers to hold your bath salts, soap and moisturizer.

Photo by: iHeart Organizing

Bathroom Decoration Idea by The Colorado Nest - Shutterfly

Introduce statement colors in a unique way by incorporating it in your cabinetry, flooring and decor.

Photo by: The Colorado Nest

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Little Adi + Co. - Shutterfly

Unique floor patterns help open up a small bathroom. Make sure to measure the space beforehand so you can create a clean cut on the tile pattern.

Photo by: Little Adi + Co.

Bathroom Decoration Idea by Jennifer Holmes of Dear Lillie - Shutterfly

If you opt for dark walls, introduce lighter colors to the space like these white floors, the toilet and sink unit and the decor.

Photo by: Jennifer Holmes of Dear Lillie

Bathroom Decoration Idea by My Life From Home - Shutterfly

Consider how you can introduce storage space into your bathroom in a creative way. These wicker baskets are not only a great way to hide supplies, but they blend in with the rustic style perfectly.

Photo by: My Life From Home

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