Smart Style Combinations to Make a Small Bathroom Suck Less

Smart Style Combinations to Make a Small Bathroom Suck Less

Adrienne Breaux
Aug 14, 2015

Small bathrooms sometimes suck, from not being able to accommodate everything you need to not feeling all that expansive or spa-like. Small bathrooms do not have to be a bummer, though: there are individual ingredients that can take a bathroom (big or small) from boring and unpleasant to not too shabby. And the best part? You don't need all these ingredients at once to make a small bathroom suck less — you just need to find the right combination for your home.

Combination #1

Add contrast or color

When faced with a small, boring bathroom, your first best bet for a space that sings is going with color or contrast. Color can come in with a painted wall, a shower curtain, or even a painted furniture piece. Contrast (say, a strong pair like black and white) can come in any of those painted or purchased ways, but can also be played around with in terms of tiles, flooring, and other large planes. This is really one of the best ways to add a lot of drama and interest in a small space.

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Going minimal with clutter

If you're going to go with such a strong design element, one of the best things you can do is to pair it with a minimal array of objects. Keeping the clutter — both functional and aesthetic — down can help a small space feel not too busy or overwhelming. Changing out your bottles and other packaging and paying attention to the small details of the things you do let show in your bathroom can really help a lot, too.

Combination #2

Include a daring design statement

Your daring design statement can be just about anything. It might be a very visually loud shower curtain with a large-scale pattern. It could be a big piece of art or a hanging wall art collage— perhaps even a big bathroom mirror. When you add a bold design statement, you add interest and make it feel like your bathroom was intentionally designed and considered.

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Better lighting

Especially if you don't have a window in your bathroom, make sure that you pair a bold design statement (whatever it might be) with better lighting than what your bathroom probably came with — we're looking at you, crummy overhead lighting.

Combination #3

Plants if you can have ‘em

If you have a window that lets natural light into your bathroom, do not waste the opportunity to rock some plants. Even if you didn't have any other design elements or color in your space, any small, sucky bathroom would be immediately improved with some plants.

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Luxurious textiles

If you do decide to pair some plants with something, opt for really luxurious textiles in the form of a very billow-y shower curtain, a plush rug underfoot, or even some really thick, favorite bath towels. The combination of organic plants and interesting textile texture will always be a winning one.

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