A bathroom doesn’t have to be big to have great style and function. To us, a small space means a fun challenge when it comes to storage and design, which is why we’ve rounded up some of our favorite small bathrooms from our most recent house tours to give you inspiration to beautify your bathroom.

1. Fit It All In

This Cape Town bathroom is a study in getting creative in a small footprint. A freestanding tub may be tight up against the vanity, but it seems to work. Also of note is the art, interesting lighting fixture and color palette (keeping the dark paint color to only part of the wall doesn’t overwhelm) that make the compact space feel design-forward.

2. Towel Rod Behind the Toilet

Hand towels are great here, given their small size, but if you’ve got the vertical space, don’t be afraid to hang bath towels above the toilet. Don’t be grossed out by the proximity…in a small bathroom everything is close to the toilet.

3. Ladder Shelving

Shelving that is deeper at the bottom and shallower at the top is an efficient use of space that feels less bulky than a standard shelving unit.

4. Change Out the Hardware

In this petite bathroom, the black-and-brass found in the shower curtain are echoed throughout the space with matching knobs, hooks, and even outlet plates, tying everything together.

5. Plants!

A small bathroom can sometimes feel claustrophobic, and what better way to breath life into a space than with plant life!? Greenery that requires low light and humidity tend to thrive here.

6. Utilize Wall Space

Open wall space in a bathroom is prime real estate. Here, a series of small open shelves provide storage, while a long mirror provides functionality.

7. Plant Clippings

If your bathroom doesn’t get enough sunlight, but you love the look of plants, display clippings from your healthier house plants that survive long periods of time in water—like these monstera leaves.

8. Don’t Neglect Art

Many of us tend to consider the bathroom a 100% functional space, forgetting that we have to spend a lot of time in it. Give your peepers a pretty painting or print to look at while you…brush your teeth.

9. Decant Functional Items

Cotton balls and Q-Tips tend to work best here, as they make for a pretty display that clears up cabinet and drawer space for your more discrete cotton products (although we’re all for displaying those, too).

10. Create Counter Space

If your counter space is limited, try adding a teak bathtub caddy to store your display-worthy toiletries.

11. Go High

Go as high as you want with a wall shelf. Utilize all available space when necessary, like this cleverly positioned shelf which doubles as a towel rod. Bonus: the toilet can be used as a step ladder for easy access.

12. Wall-to-Wall Vanity

Many bathroom vanities are not custom built for the space they’re in, resulting in unused space on either side. If you happen to be redoing your vanity area, consider a wall-to-wall unit. This beauty houses aesthetically pleasing bathroom accessories and requires no doors.

13. Utilize Unexpected Places

Take note of every empty space in your bathroom. Chances are, there’s a piece of empty wall space waiting for you to customize shelving storage that fits perfectly within it.

14. Color Blocking

Color blocking doesn’t have to mean bold and bright. This little loo got a face lift with some trés Parisian color blocking in a pastel and black that makes for a calm and classic bathroom experience.

15. Go Dark

Some spaces are so small, there’s no hiding it. Instead of using airy, bright colors to reflect light and make a space feel open, embrace your teensy toilet room with a moody color palette.

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