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Simple Small Bathroom Ideas for Your Home

  • Interior Design
Jan 27, 2020


For most urban Indians, the size of the bath space in a modern Indian home is something they have to make their peace with. While builders may offer affordable homes these days with well-sized master bedrooms, and maybe even a small balcony with the living room design, often, this leads to space being sacrificed in the the bathroom.


Sometimes, you’re lucky if the bathroom comes with a window, as well, allowing for natural light and ventilation to add an element of openness. That, paired with the fact that in most homes this is a space used by more than one person (or sometimes an entire family) doesn’t make things less challenging.

1. Don’t Ignore The Corners In Your Small Bathroom

All small bathroom ideas on a budget begin with saving and utilising as much space as possible. But, sometimes, even in the best thought out small modern bathroom ideas, we end up ignoring the most obvious spaces we could utilise for storage.


In this small bathroom interior, a storage closet has been installed in one tiny corner of the otherwise fully used wall, with space to place your shower and beauty supplies, and cupboards for the bath linen.


Pro Tip: You could either fit in a made-to-measure storage option if your budget allows it, or browse through the catalogues of several popular home décor brands that now popularise corner-space furniture.

Utilize the small bathroom corner with a storage closet - Beautiful Homes

Image courtesy, IKEA

Walls used to make floating shelves & hanging hooks for bathroom storage - Beautiful Homes

Image courtesy, IKEA

2. Make the Wall Space Count

The breath of the walls have a lot of potential for various uses, which often goes unnoticed. Especially in very small bathroom ideas. From floating shelves and cabinetry to hanging hooks—a lot of storage and display options can be installed on these walls, which would otherwise lay bare, wasting unnecessary bathroom real estate.

3. Freestanding Furniture Will Innovate All Small Bathroom Designs

Unlike fixed furniture and fittings, freestanding storage and display options are any small bedroom design fixture’s more bohemian cousin. Even if your bath space has a limited footprint, and you’re not sure whether adding more will leave it cramped, pieces such as a moveable rack of shelves or storage tables can be brought it to use, and moved out if the need for more space arises.


Insider's Eye: The towel-rack ladder in this small bathroom interior not only affords a flexible storage option, but also makes good use of the empty space along the wall it rests on.

Movable furniture for storage in small bathroom design - Beautiful Homes

Image courtesy, IKEA

Mounted sink area with wall mounted mirror storage - Beautiful Homes

Photography by Prachi Damle

4. Trick The Eye Into Seeing More Surface Area

Fixtures such as the toilet pot and sink are required in every bathroom. However, a way to save space and leave more floor area open and clear is by installing wall mounted small toilet design pots, sinks, and their consoles.


When you’ll see more empty, unused area on the floor, even if it’s under a fixture, you’ll still feel less cramped.

5. Follow The Easiest Rule In The Book With A Simple All-white Colour Palette

This rule may seem like a no-brainer, but is still often overlooked. Light, bright colours—especially white—will instantly make even the smallest of small bathroom designs feel airy, well-lit and open. This works especially well in trendy small modern bathroom in Indian bathrooms where, sometimes, there’s a very small window for any source of natural light and ventilation.


Pro Tip: While white painted walls and matte tiles can brighten a room, it can also leave the space looking a bit stark. Have fun playing around with colour and texture with your accessories. Or add a couple of small plants to add life to the space.

All white small bathroom design for bigger space feel - Beautiful Homes

Image courtesy, Grounded

Bathroom sink area & shower fitted in small wall - Beautiful Homes

Image courtesy, FADD Studio

6. Made To Measure Fittings And Interiors Will Help Utilise Every Inch Of Space

The key to any successful small bathroom design is maximising every inch of space wisely. While there are several readymade furniture and fitting options available in a range of budgets these days, opting for customised solutions that fit the exact size requirements unique to your bath space will leave not a single nook or cranny unused.


In this bathroom, a single wall has the sink and its console, along with the shower area all fitted onto one humbly sized wall.


Pro Tip: Extending the mirror all the way up to the ceiling utilises every inch of the remaining wall space to add visual depth to an otherwise small room.

7. Your Storage Options Should Be A Top Priority

The area under the sink is a gold mine for storage real estate. No matter how narrow or small your sink countertop may be, creating cabinetry or a chest of drawers under it will help in the long run for all your storage requirements.


Even if you’re a minimalist with few shower products, these spaces can house extra bath linens and cleaning supplies. This also helps conceal the pipework from the sink, making the space look more put together and neater.


Pro Tip: The lesser that’s on display in any small bathroom design, the more open the space will look. Too many products lying around the cloakroom will leave the room looking busy and messy.

Small bathroom design with storage under the sink - Beautiful Homes

Image courtesy, FADD Studio

Clutter free rustic sink area in small bathroom design - Beautiful Homes

Photography by Niveditaa Gupta

8. A Small Bathroom Design Doesn’t Have To Leave Your Sink Countertop Cluttered

Just because your bath space is small in size, doesn’t mean you have to succumb to a cramped way of using it. Even if your existing layout or fittings don’t allow for storage below the sink, you can still work with creating a neat countertop.


Only keep the basics you reach for every day on your sink, and leave the rest elsewhere in a more convenient storage and usage space in the home. You can go a step further, like in this small bathroom design idea, by concealing all your personal products in a neat accessory box.


Pro Tip: Concealing your beauty supplies on the countertop is a good practice especially when entertaining guests. It instantly makes the space look more put together, and adds an element of privacy—you don’t want everyone rummaging through your belongings each visit.

9. Tiny Bathroom Design Ideas Can Display Your Personal Style

The thin, unassuming floating shelves in this bathroom rest on a wall adjacent to the sink and toilet—a space which would otherwise be left empty due to its impractical location. A figurine and colourful frames of art add a pop of colour to a muted colour palette.


Insider's Eye: If you can’t commit to a single piece or art or like to play around with colour and elements of design in your living spaces, these shelves give you more freedom to add or remove things when required.

Tiny bathroom design with décor items - Beautiful Homes

Photography by Niveditaa Gupta

Bright yellow small bathroom design with mirror - Beautiful Homes

Image courtesy, Eden Locke

10. The Right Mirror Placement Can Open Up Any Small Bathroom Interior

At first glance, this small bathroom design could feel like a nightmare. The door opens right into sink area which takes up the entire entrance space.


However, a strategically placed (and sized) mirror, paired with the unique play of bright colour and texture, makes the space look more open and inviting.

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FAQs For Small Bathroom Ideas:


  1. How can I make a small bathroom look nice?

    You can make a small bathroom look nice by using tiles with modern designs all across the walls. You can also add a contrasting effect by matching the colour of bathroom items such as towels, sinks, cabinets, etc. with the tiles. 

  3. How do you plan a small bathroom?

    Plan a small bathroom with the goal to make the most of the available bathroom space. Keep the shower head or bathroom as the centre point and plan the colours, tiles, and storage space around it. 

  5. What color makes a small bathroom look bigger?

    Lighter shades of colour can make a small bathroom look bigger instantly. Use lighter shades of colours such as white, cream, blue, or green to make a small bathroom look bigger.  

  7. Can you have a walk-in shower in a small bathroom?

    Yes, you can have a walk-in shower in a small bathroom by maximizing the available space. Use the corners of the bathroom to create a compact walk-in shower with fewer glass wall panels. You can also remove the glass walls completely to create free space for the walk-in shower. 


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