Small Bathroom Decorating Ideas
by Giorgina Devereaux
With the right small bathroom decorating ideas, you can create an illusion.
If your only goal is to give the impression that the space is larger, then this can easily be achieved.
However, if you would like to make your bathroom appear spacious as well as elegant, there are many different ways to accomplish this by harmoniously combining various elements and accessories.
You might be wondering how decorating
a small bathroom can be accomplished without spending an enormous amount of
These small changes will perk things up and make a big difference in the overall appearance of your bathroom.
The first step in decorating a small
bathroom is to find a theme that appeals to you.
The following bathroom themes of small bathroom decorating ideas are available:
Perception is Everything
You wouldn’t believe how the right combination of wall color, wallpaper, lighting, mirrors, and rugs/type of flooring can have a profound effect on your perception of room size. By opting for colors that open up the space and by properly positioning lighting and mirrors, it can give a small bathroom a bright and open feel.
The following is important to consider when decorating a small bathroom:
Color: It is amazing how
color can instantly open up a small bathroom and give it the feeling that it is
Light colored walls are reflective, which makes a space appear more
open while brightening the room.
If you have crown moldings or are
considering installing them, keep in mind that they are a fabulous way to draw
attention toward the ceiling.
Wallpaper: If you prefer to
hang wallpaper, you may want to use wallpaper that has a white or light
background. Wallpaper with a white or light background gives the impression of
more open space. You can select wallpaper that has white, yellow, or neutral
colors and that feature motifs, such as fleur de lis or a damask design.
Lighting: Allowing light in
is an important element in decorating small bathrooms to make the space appear
larger and more open.
The right amount of lighting will effectively illuminate the bathroom regardless of the time of day giving the space the same bright feeling during all hours.
For detailed information on bathroom lighting, please visit our article titled, “Bathroom Lighting.”
Mirrors: One of the best
small bathroom decorating ideas
to make a space appear larger when decorating a small bathroom is to incorporate
mirrors. Wall mirrors serve multiple purposes for home decor and are excellent
for widening and heightening space.
In addition to adding dimension, mirrors intensify light and emit a certain kind
of radiance that complements home interiors while helping to mask wall defects.
When displayed in a bathroom, wall mirrors attract attention and add drama because the reflection creates the illusion of bigger space and enhances the surrounding decorative elements.
Rugs are a great small
bathroom decorating idea to help define the space while
giving the room a cozy and inviting feel.
Also, choose ceramic tile in a light
color that is large, even in small bathrooms. This will help provide the
illusion of larger space.
Decorative Accessories for the Bathroom
Decorative accessories for the bathroom wall include the following:
There are different kinds of art that you may wish to consider incorporating into your small bathroom decorating ideas, which range from:
Custom Wall Quotes: You may
also wish to consider including vinyl lettering that consists of a funny or
inspirational quote. Since the bathroom is a place where we relax, it is nice
to have something that inspires us or makes us laugh.
Some quotes include the following:
Wall Plaques: Another idea is
to hang a door plaque that says, for instance, “Salle de Bain” (means “bathroom”
Wall Accents: You can also hang wall accents above the door on the inside of the bathroom that consist of a pair of cherubs or a floral design
Another fabulous small bathroom decorating idea is to hang a framed trompe l'oeil of, for instance, a picture of a window that peeks out into a magical garden or a beautiful horizon. This will give a sense of a larger space.
Wall Murals: You may even take your sanctuary a step further by painting a mural consisting of tall grasses around the bath tub to give the appearance of a pond. A wall mural adds interest to a bathroom and gives you a chance to put your own creative touches.
Decorative hardware adds a lot of beauty and elegance to a bathroom. It can really dress up a bare wall and bring the bathroom to life.
Decorative hardware includes the following:
The hardware is available in the following finishes:
A switch plate is a fantastic way to make an impressive impact on the overall decor of the bathroom. There are many to choose from and you can also match the switch plate with the outlet cover for a unified look.
A wall mounted fireplace is a unique
small bathroom decorating idea to bring romance and stylish warmth into your bathroom.
This fireplace is designed for use in
conjunction with gel fuel cans that hide in recessed holders.
A fireplace will enliven your bathroom and turn a once bare wall into a beacon of warmth and style.
Decorative Accessories for the Vanity
Decorative accessories for the vanity include the following:
Decorative Box: You may wish
to include a decorative box on your vanity.
Faux Plant: Nothing brings the outdoors inside better than a faux plant set inside a decorative urn. Plants add softness and color to a room and they bring a sense of relaxation and beauty. There are many faux plants to choose from and the best part about it is that it is maintenance free.
Matching Bath Accessories: Provide a unified look in your bathroom by displaying matching bath accessories. There are an abundance of bath accessories to choose from ranging from colors, such as red, gold, chrome, ivory, black, brown, purple, and more.
Matching bath accessories consist of the following:
Soap Dish/Soap Dispenser: A lovely way to display a bar of soap or to dispense liquid soap is by incorporating a decorative soap dish or soap dispenser. There are many different styles to choose from to and it will make a decorative statement in your bathroom.
Tissue Box Holder: Cover that unsightly box of tissue with a decorative tissue box holder. It is amazing how little details such as these go a long way in making your bathroom more appealing.
Toothbrush Holder: If you prefer to keep your toothbrush on top of the vanity but want to display it in a stylish manner, you may wish to place it inside a decorative toothbrush holder.
Tumbler: Coordinate the rest of your bathroom ensemble with a matching tumbler. Not only is it functional, but it looks pretty on top of a bathroom vanity.
Vanity Mirror Tray: A mirrored tray looks elegant displayed on top of a vanity. The reflective surface gives the impression that the space is larger. You can find mirrored vanity trays in a gold or chrome finish. For a luxurious feel, place a couple of decorative perfume bottles on top or rose petals for a romantic effect.
Decorative Accessories for the Shower
Decorative accessories for the shower include the following:
Shower Curtain: Shower
curtains are available in vast array of colors and designs.
Shower Curtain Hooks: Decorative shower curtain hooks look splendid in a bathroom. You can choose from countless shower curtain hooks in different styles and finishes.
Here are several shower curtain hooks to choose from:
Shower Tension Rod: Shower tension rods are available with a decorative design on each side of the rod. They are available in antique silver, antique gold, silver, and bronze finishes. The rod typically expands from 42 to 72 inches.
Decorative Accessories for the Toilet
Decorative accessories for the toilet include the following:
Decorative Toilet Seat Cover:
A decorative toilet seat cover allows you to add one more artistic element into
Miscellaneous Decorative Accessories for the Bathroom
Miscellaneous decorative accessories for the bathroom include the following:
Aromatherapy and Candles:
Aromatherapy scents and candles help your body relax and create a soothing feel
in the bathroom.
For a bath that helps you relax, consider lavender, chamomile, vanilla, or lemon scents. If you need something to prepare you for a long day, consider peppermint, spearmint, rosemary, or sage scents.
Caddy: A shower caddy is a great way to create more space in your shower while organizing your bathing essentials.
Door Tassel: Door tassels add a touch of elegance to a bathroom door. You can choose from gold, red, turquoise, green, ivory, burgundy, and blue colors.
Magazine Rack: A magazine rack makes a beautiful accessory to your bathroom. It is available in satin nickel, polished chrome, oil-rubbed bronze, and antique brass finishes.
Scale: An ornate scale makes a lovely small bathroom decorating idea. There are different styles and colors to choose from and it comes with a digital display.
Standing Towel Rack: Keep your towels warm and toasty with a standing towel rack that features an electric towel warmer. This towel rack has two large heated flat panels that give superior heating performance. It has a shiny brass finish with a power cord that fits into any standard electrical outlet.
Toilet Brush Holder: Toilet brush holders are available in stylish designs and finishes. The holders feature a one piece lid with knob handles.
Toilet Paper Holder (storage): A
toilet paper holder is the perfect bathroom accessory and allows you to disguise
additional rolls of toilet paper in a stylish way.
Towels: Decorative towels are
the finishing touch to your bathroom.
Wastebasket: A decorative
wastebasket can be purchased as part of a bath ensemble or you may opt for one
that is sold separately. There are many to choose from that are stylish and
Wicker or Wire Baskets:
Wicker or wire baskets are an attractive way to hold rolled towels and
Window Treatments: You can
cover a bathroom window in light fabrics, such as sheer panels, which will
definitely invite light whether open or closed. Try to stick with lighter
colors because dark colors give a sense that the room is smaller.
Bathroom furniture includes the following:
With bathroom furniture, use it
sparingly and decorate with smaller pieces.
Cabinet over the Toilet: A cabinet over the toilet is a great space saver that offers convenient storage and a stylish look. Some come with two double doors that reveal an adjustable shelf. This gives you more versatility in storing toiletries and bathroom supplies.
Etagere: This particular piece of furniture offers a clean, classic look that allows you to organize and beautify your bathroom. It typically features three shelves for storage of your bath towels and other accessories.
A fantastic way to embellish your bathroom decor and
cut down on clutter is by incorporating an attractive wooden storage cabinet.
You can find some that are finished in a rich espresso, with two drawers, two
lower cubbies, and one adjustable shelf on the right. This will provide
much needed storage in your small bathroom.
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