Kelly, one of my readers, recently contacted me and asked me if I would ever consider doing a post on Powder Rooms. Interestingly enough our fixer-upper involves reconfiguring a half bath to make room for a tiny shower and vanity that will be our master bath. Not only was Kelly’s request timely it got me thinking about an idea for a new series. I get a lot of emails about specific problems so I thought it would be fun to do a monthly post titled “Ask Cindy”. If you would like to have a chance to have your question featured email me and I will pick one idea per month. I think we can have fun with this. Let’s take a look at some stylish solutions for small baths.
Go Big With Mirrors
I admit it I am not a big pink fan but This bath by casavilora from the one-room challenge is stunningly finished. Note the mirror almost goes to the ceiling creating the illusion of space.
Use Hooks Instead of Towel Bars and Rings
I almost always use hooks instead of towel bars and rings in my projects for two reasons. They are a great space saver in a small or awkward space, you don’t have to fold them, and the towels dry faster! I don’t use “fancy” ones as they don’t even show with a towel. They can be purchased at Target, Home Depot, or wherever you can find them reasonably. No need to spend any big bucks on these. Save your money for something you can see. I will link some of the ones I have used at the bottom of the post.
Stylist Kerry Lockwood created a “wetroom” in order to carve out enough space for both a shower and a bathtub. Love this space.
Get Creative with Storage
We use this vintage ammunition backpack to hold extra TP in our current powder room. Don’t be afraid to add something out of the ordinary for storage to create interest in a small bath. Be creative.
The shelf at the bottom of the mirror provides much needed storage in this tiny bath by Liz Calka.
Wall to Wall Vanity
This bath design was done by me with the help of my son and daughter-in-law. When they purchased the home it was a dark little space. We installed a wall-to-wall slab with an open space below. The large simple mirror makes the space seem twice its size. The loo is directly across from the vanity under the window. We installed simple black and white timeless tile to keep the space clean and open. It is located right inside their back door across from the laundry room that I posted about here.
Wall Mounted Faucets
Wall-mounted Faucets go a long way in freeing up space on a small vanity. The vanity in our small in-progress bath can only be l8″ deep, so wall-mountedolgh87u faucets will be a necessity. I Love this design by Amber Interiors. The gorgeous stone vanity creates a wow factor that is hard to beat. Everything else is simple and the finishes are consistent.
Corral Necessary Items on Trays and in Baskets
The question posed by my reader was regarding the mirror in her powder room. The sink is under the window. Her question was could the mirror be placed to the side like this example from Terri Ricci interiors. Of course!
Another option would be to place a floating mirror in front of the window, like this example from My Domaine
Utilize a Pocket Door
This beauty from Lisa Burke Interiors stands proud due to the graphic tile and gorgeous brass accessories. Without a pocket door this space would be nearly impossible to move around in.
ADD INTERESTING ART & ARTIFACTS
This bath from lindsay, my eclectic abode designed small bath looms large with the graphic wallpaper and vintage art. Thanks for the correction Stacy! Her feed is gorgeous!
TRY NOT TO MIX FINISHES
Okay, I know you are not going to believe this coming from me, but in a teeny bath, I would not mix finishes. It’s too busy in a small space in my opinion. The eye needs places to rest and if you have too much going on, ie a bold wallpaper, interesting art, etc., mixing the finishes is just too much. I am sure there are plenty that would disagree with me on this one, but It is my humble opinion. I am all for mixing up finishes in larger spaces but in a small space I would keep it simple.
Designer Ann Marie Barton was able to squeeze in a bigger mirror by placing the sconces on the side walls. Keeping the finishes to a minimum makes this space work. Utilizing a console sink instead of a vanity makes the space seem less cramped.
Architect Gaia Mia Cola worked wonders with this small space including the addition of a washer and dryer. You can see more of this space on Instagram.
SHOP STYLISH SOLUTIONS FOR SMALL BATHS
These articles have tons of useful information.
I hope you enjoyed Stylish Solutions for Small Baths. If you have a question or an idea for the monthly post, leave a comment or send me an email. I will be back on Friday with the Contessa for our latest addition of Ageless Style. Thanks for being here. I so appreciate your input!