When attempting to improve a small bathroom, it may feel like the options are limited. After all, there’s only so much you can do with just a few square feet, right? WRONG! With a bit of creativity and some carefully-selected elements, you can transform any small space into an artfully designed masterpiece. We’ll take a look at some of the best ways you can maximize style without cluttering your space.


Dim rooms can make any room feel even smaller, so it’s essential that you are strategic with the lighting in your small bathroom. In order to do so, utilize multiple light sources. The bathroom above does a great job of exemplifying this approach. In addition to providing plenty of light, various light sources can also be whimsical ways to add unique design to your space. Try incorporating lights into the sides of a vanity mirror or underneath medicine cabinets for extra dimension.

Another option is to effectively utilize natural light. Windows can open up your space with the light they let in. Whether it’s a small awning window or a big skylight, incorporating any type of window can improve the brightness of a tight space. If you are worried about privacy, try using a frosted glass window or discreet shades or curtains. Your clients will get all the benefits of the daylight without the worry of what neighbors will see.


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Pastels and other light colors have a way of making things appear larger by bringing in natural light and keeping a spacious feel. Using lighter colors in your bathroom is an optical trick that can make the room appear more spacious than it really is. What’s more, lighter colors reflect more light, making the room bright and cheerful.

Choosing light colors for walls and floors visually expands the space, but it’s important to make sure you don’t find yourself going too monotone. In order to avoid a bland look, highlight certain finishings with bright colors, as in the gold in the image above. Lighter tones open the room, and brighter hues punctuate the space.


Small bathrooms afford designers the opportunity to pair form with function and make the most of their space. Furnishings that offer flexible storage options or are multi-purpose are some of the best ways to maximize your limited bathroom layout.

Rolling storage carts, vanities with pull-out countertops and foldable shower enclosures are all excellent examples of flexible design components. They allow for usable space to be maximized when needed and for additional elements to be discreetly stored when not in use.

MAXIMIZE THE Space With Mirrors

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Just like light colors, mirrors can trick the eye into thinking a space is larger than it really is. By reflecting the area it faces, a mirror can actually make it look like a space continues beyond the wall upon which the mirror is hung. If the mirror faces a window, it can also create the impression of another window in the room. This reflects natural light and gives the eye more visual distance to take in.

When it comes to mirrors in small spaces, always go big. The more mirror space, the more opportunity for reflection; this will inevitably make the room appear larger. If possible, use a mirror that is the same width as the wall, like in the image above. The mirror in this bathroom has the added benefit of reflecting light from the hanging pendants, further increasing the brightness of the room.


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One of the best ways to make a tiny bathroom look more spacious is to remove any visual obstacles that could prevent the eye from having a clear view to the opposite wall. You can achieve this by choosing bathroom elements made from thin frames or with open shelving.

Clear glass shower enclosures and sinks with only thin-standing legs are perfect examples of items that prevent visual interruptions. Where solid walls or bulky vanities may be overwhelming, these elements keep the view light, clear, open, and spacious.


Not all small bathrooms have the floor space to add storage furniture; in these instances, it’s imperative to use your walls strategically. Hooks, shelves, and a creative outlook can offer you all of the storage space your clients need.

Recessed shelving is a great ideal for those looking to inside the walls rather than on top of them. These types of shelves keeps everything out of the way, removing the risk of bumping into hooks or having to move around items protruding from the walls. This is an especially good option for small shower stalls, where hanging shelves may intrude too much upon the showering space.


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It’s a longstanding myth that small bathrooms require a conservative design; after all, how much can you do with such a small space? As it turns out, a lot!

Small bathrooms give designers and homeowners the opportunity to try out small but impactful of bold style without requiring too much commitment. Unlike with larger rooms, smaller bathrooms offer an easy and inexpensive way to change things up when the client is ready for something new.

Some options to consider would be fun wallpaper, innovative light fixtures and unconventional hardware for the appliances. Don’t be afraid to experiment with tones and decor either. This is a great space for taking risks and being expressive.


Great designers have proven time and time again that even a small bathroom can make an impressive statement. With a bit of creativity and some storage tricks, you will be well on your way to impressing your clients.

If you’re searching for the perfect elements to complete your compact bathroom’s design, take a look at Watermark Design’s collection of fixtures and accessories. We offer a broad range of beautifully designed products in a variety of aesthetics, from ultra-modern to industrial-chic.