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5+ Practical Tips for Designing a Small Bathroom

  • April 4, 2020
  • By Jackie
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5+ Practical Tips for Designing a Small Bathroom

Eclectic Boho Colorful Small Bathroom | 5 Practical Tips for Designing a Small Bathroom

We’re all spending a lot more time at home given the circumstances and if you’re like me then you’re looking around your spaces and seeing what can be improved! The ONLY part of my apartment that I’m completely happy with is my small bathroom! Honestly there’s not much I can do to it because of the size, but also I think I did a pretty good job designing it in the first place to utilize all the space, so I thought I would share my tips for designing a small bathroom just in case you’re thinking about doing a renovation or redecoration!

5+ Practical Tips for Designing a Small Bathroom

1. Install a double shower rod so that you can hang your towel there and hide it behind your shower curtain instead of taking up room with a hook in another part of your bathroom. Even if you have a larger bathroom I always suggest installing a double shower rod to dry your towel because I find that when I hang it on a hook it never fully dries!

Eclectic Boho Colorful Small Bathroom | Gold Antique Mirror and Fixtures | Black Bathroom Vanity

2. Since I renovated my bathroom I was able to not only add a cut-out in my shower, but I also was able to add a shelf. If you’re not lucky enough to renovate, then I suggest getting a corner shelving unit for your shower. Keeping everything organized and accessible is important for me because if I can’t see it I won’t use it.

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3. Opt for a single hole faucet over a 3 hole one. I wanted a vintage 3 hole faucet (like this but with cross handles) SO bad, but since my vanity was pretty small I was advised to get a single hole faucet so that it takes up as little space as possible for optimal counter space and I’m so glad I did! If your renovating absolute go with a single hole faucet.

 

Eclectic Boho Colorful Small Bathroom | Gold Antique Mirror and Fixtures | Anthropologie Agneta Shower Curtain

4. Get a vanity over a pedestal sink. While a pedestal sink may take up less room and make the small space look more open, I knew I wanted a vanity because I needed the storage. And to be honest I just like the look of a vanity over a pedestal sink. I think pedestal sinks are fine in powder rooms, but I just don’t think they’re very practical in a main bathroom.

Eclectic Boho Colorful Small Bathroom | Gold Antique Mirror and Fixtures | Anthropologie Agneta Shower Curtain | Floor to Ceiling White Subway Tile | Black and White Porcelain Tile Floor

5. Use light colors. I’m not saying no color or pattern, but lighter colors will open up the space and make it seem bigger. I went with large subway tile from floor to ceiling and an intricate tile floor and I couldn’t be happier. I got my dose of color with a bright and bold shower curtain (that I bought before I even closed on my apartment because I loved it so much).

Eclectic Boho Colorful Small Bathroom | Gold Antique Mirror and Fixtures | Bold Floral Shower Curtain | Floor to Ceiling White Subway Tile | Eucalyptus Shower Head

Here are a few more tips for designing a small bathroom:

  • Get a medicine cabinet with a mirror for above your sink. If I didn’t want to use my grandma’s vintage mirror then I definitely would have.
  • Add a medicine cabinet above your toilet. I’m lucky enough to have a closet right outside my bathroom that holds most of my products, but if you don’t have any other storage I highly encourage utilizing this space.
  • A stationary, glass shower half wall is a great way to open a small space up especially in awkwardly shaped small bathrooms.

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Shades of Light Volta Glass Vanity Light | Vintage Mirror | Anthropologie Agneta Shower Curtain
Delta Faucet Cassidy Single Handle Bathroom Faucet | Delta Faucet Cassidy Towel Ring in Champagne Bronze
MSI Glazed Porcelain Floor | Home Netwerks Bluetooth Stereo Speaker Exhaust Bathroom Fan with LED
Wolf Home Products Ebony Bathroom Vanity | Top Knobs Kinney Pull Handles in Honey Bronze
Zenna Double Tension Shower Rod | Opalhouse Burgundy Towels
Delta Raincan Shower Head | Delta Wall Mount Hand Shower

I hope these tips for designing a small bathroom helped you! I’d consider myself a little bit of a small bathroom expert so if you haven’t any questions leave me a comment!

Check out more posts about my Apartment Decor & Renovation here:
Before & After: Feminine Chic Bedroom Renovation
Before & After: My New York Apartment Kitchen Renovation
My Entire Apartment Renovation AFTER Photos!
I’m Officially a Homeowner + My New Apartment BEFORE Photos

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By Jackie, April 4, 2020
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  • Emily
    May 3, 2020

    What’s the plant in your shower?

    • Jackie Giardina
      May 4, 2020

      Hi Emily! It’s eucalyptus! Just grab a bouquet from the store (Trader Joe’s always has it for really cheap) and tie it to your shower head.

  • sophie
    May 17, 2020

    Love the shower curtain but i’d have to put the poles the other way around so i wouldn’t have to look at the extended sections ^_^

    • Jackie Giardina
      May 22, 2020

      Honestly I never even noticed it until you just pointed it out! I can’t recommend a double rod enough!

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