10 Inspiring Small Bathrooms

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It’s no secret that our guest bathroom is ugly and pathetic. Mostly my choice of decorating is bad (theres’s no way I’m showing the “before” pic of the bathroom again, it’s just too embarrassing; but if you REALLY want to see it, you can read all about it HERE), but still, the builders went the pretty typical “cheap” route when it came to finishes. Ugly laminate floor, ugly light fixture, ugly towel bars, boring faucet. You get the picture. But when we moved in, it was easy to just throw a few bright “beachy” decor items in there and call it good. However, now that we have a child and we’re in that bathroom several times a day for some reason or another; I’m tired of looking at it. I’m ready for a major update.

10 Inspiring Small BathroomsLike any any room update and refresh, there’s a budget. Boo. I hate those. And unfortunately the longer I wait to do anything in that room, the more the budget tightens. I better get a move on! And since we have such a tight budget for this update, I’ll definitely be thrifting and DIYing all of it! I’ve been doing some research on small bathroom spaces, and the elements that I like from each. Because I’m incredibly indecisive, I’m having trouble narrowing it all down. Though sometimes looking on Pinterest for inspiration is a dumb idea. Why? Because I see too many things I like and then become even MORE indecisive. Anyone else have that problem?

So far, I envision lots of white. Boring maybe, but our bathroom is so small and so dark. We have no window or natural light coming in, so it needs some brightening. Or, we keep it to all pastel colors and liven it up that way. I’m either thinking of painting the walls a super light grey (like Dreamscape Gray from Behr) and the vanity white, or painting the vanity the light gray and the walls white. What do you think would look best? Help my indecisive-self out a bit! (Seriously, because David is NO help in this department.)

To give you a little more of an idea of what I’m thinking, here are 10 inspiring small bathrooms! These are all simple, beautiful and bright (as in light, not color) bathrooms that have caught my eye. All have similar elements, but with different flair in each. I hope you find them inspiring, too!

 (I’d love if you’d pin this, but please pin individual pictures from their actual source and give the credit where credit is due! Thank you!)

 

12-bathroom after!Bathroom Reveal – Turning it Home

february 2012 master bathroom after 057 1_thumb[2]Master Bathroom After – 320 Sycamore

bathroom_makeoverThe Boys Bathroom Reveal – Just the Bee’s Knees

pwr2Powder Room – Room*6

Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 11.20.47 AMVintage Industrial Glam Bathroom – AKA Design

green-gold-bathroom-makeoverGreen + Gold Bathroom Makeover – Centsational Girl

Bathroom1Bathroom Makeover – Remodelando La Casa

edit-IMGP1303Half Bath Reveal – Mrs. Fancee

DSC_6688The Master Bath Makeover – Naptime Decorator

Bathroom_Makeover_Painted_Stripes_21The little Bathroom Update That Could… – I Heart Organizing

Aren’t they all so pretty? Which is your favorite? Do you have any suggestions for me in my quest to narrow down my bathroom ideas?

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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31 thoughts on “10 Inspiring Small Bathrooms

  1. Amanda, you are just the sweetest! Thanks so much for featuring my half bath makeover 🙂 I totally feel ya, budgets are rough, but I love being inspired by all these amazing bloggers and seeing how far they stretched their dollar! I love your ideas for colors, I think that would really brighten and open up the room. Can’t wait to see how it turns out 🙂
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    1. You’re so welcome! I just love your bath. That yellow and white combo and pattern are just beautifully mesmerizing. 🙂 I love being inspire by them all too, it’s really amazing what you can do on a budget! 🙂 Have a great weekend!

    1. I’m afraid that’s how our guest bath will be; a long drawn out process. Ha! Our guest bath is just SO tiny! Argh! Our master isn’t much bigger. I love that gold mirror and that pretty paper in that bathroom, too! Have a great weekend, friend! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Kristen! Oooh, I love the glass sink bowls, too! I wish that was in our budget, that’d look SO awesome. Pink laminate counter! Wow! Why do people think that’s a good idea?! 😉 Hope you’re having a great week!

  2. These are great inspirations! I love the yellow from Mrs. Fancee! It’s so bright and so striking with a pattern, but it’s not over powering because it’s throughout the room. I think the key for small bathrooms is keeping it simple. Less is more approach is key (plus the less you have, the less to clean, right?) Thanks for sharing 🙂
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    1. Thank you, Maria! The yellow one is one of my favorites, too! It’s so fresh and bright, and it makes me happy. 🙂 And you’re so right, less is totally more!! Especially in small bathrooms. 🙂 Thanks for visiting!

  3. I think small bathrooms are fun to work with. Yes, they are challenging, but I like the challenge to turn it into something functional and on a budget.
    I like just a touch of color, as in Room*6. We have the same color in a mudroom nook which is dark. But the paint brightens it just enough. Pinning for inspiration!
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    1. I agree! I think there are endless possibilities when decorating small bathrooms. And a challenge is always fun, too. 😉 It’s amazing how paint can really brighten (or darken!) up a room! Thanks so much for the pin, Mila! Hope you’re having a lovely week. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Jenna! There are some super cute ideas in there! It’s always good to get some inspiration and ideas to get the ball rolling! Hope you’re having a great week. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Jesica! These teeny windowless bathrooms are such a drag sometimes, aren’t they?! I love seeing how others make them brighter, too! Thanks for visiting! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! I agree, I think shelving above the toilet is perfect for a small bathroom. I love extra storage! I hope you’re having a great weekend!

  4. I’m facing the bathroom makeover and super restrictive budget too. I’ll be going white with white on white. All colour will be added as accessories, towels etc. I’ll be keeping tiles big and grout to a minimum because keeping cleaning easy is super important to me. I’d love to change our lighting too but I don’t think that is going to happen. The second bathroom from the bottom from naptimedecorator is my favourite from the list.It feels the brightest and cleanest to me and I think that’s because it had the lightest colours accept for the grey but grey is no good in small spaces – it needs room to breathe.

    1. I think white on white sounds lovely! I’m debating doing the same. If I do a gray it’ll be a suuuuuper light gray, just to give a little contrast to the white. But white is such a crisp and clean color, and perfect for a small space. Thanks for stopping by Stella! Hope you have a great week! 🙂

  5. these are great bathrooms! I have been thinking about doing some upgrades to mine. I am feeling inspired right now for spring to get here so I can get some work done!
    thanks for sharing at Totally Terrific Tuesday! I cant wait to see what you linked up this week! Pinned and shared all of your goodies!
    Jess
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    1. Thank you, Jess! These have totally been inspiring me as well, I’m SO ready to get moving on my sad little bathroom! 🙂 Hope you have an awesome rest of the week girl!

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