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35+ Small Master Bathroom Ideas [for Elegant Remodeling]
Planning a bathroom layout can be challenging, especially when it comes to a small master bathroom. If your primary bathroom is sadly limited on space and you’re desperately in need of some inspiration, we’ve got you covered. Fortunately, it is entirely possible to create a small master bathroom design that exudes style and functionality.
Table of Contents
- Small Master Bathroom Design Ideas
- 1. Shower Room
- 2. Statement Tile
- 3. Corner Counters
- 4. Clean and Modern
- 5. Farmhouse Chic
- 6. Picture Ledge Storage
- 7. Minimalistic
- 8. Strategic Sections
- 9. Small Fixtures
- 10. Shower Enclosure
- 11. Functional Furniture
- 12. Built-In Shower Storage
- 13. Recessed Bathtub Shelf
- 14. Industrial Wet Room
- 15. Slanted Ceiling
- 16. Glossy & Mossy
- 17. Shape Alignment
- 18. Bright White
- 19. Modern Traditional
- 20. Stylish Sconces
- 21. Floating Vanity
- 22. Extended Floor Tile
- 23. Under Cabinet Lights
- 24. Extensive Mirror
- 25. Statement Bathtub
- 26. Bathroom Skylight
- 27. Statement Pattern
- 28. Sliding Door
- 29. Choose a Long Sink
- 30. Bright and Light Colors
- 31. Moody Colors
- 32. Backlit Mirror
- 33. Lifted Shower Curtain
- 34. High Gloss Paint
- 35. Patterned Flooring
- Small Master Bathroom Ideas on a Budget
- Common Small Master Bathroom Design Mistakes
- Wrapping It Up
Small Master Bathroom Design Ideas
To achieve the perfect small master bathroom design, it may require some smart storage solutions, chic wallpaper, or strategic placement of the plumbing fixtures in the room. Whatever the case may be, we’re here to help you transition your small master bathroom into the space of your dreams. Continue reading for 35 small master bathroom ideas to inspire, motivate, and enjoy.
1. Shower Room
If your shower already takes up a large majority of your small master bathroom, why not make the most of it? Get rid of the door on the shower to maximize the space and make it a shower room. In this example, the homeowner added a waterproof bench to store all of the essential items for showering and a rack on the wall for hanging towels to dry.
2. Statement Tile
By adding mosaic tile to the walls that surround your bathtub or shower, your guests won’t even be thinking about the fact that your master bathroom is small. They’ll be too busy focusing on the stunning design to pay attention to the actual size of the bathroom.
The gorgeous statement tile adds visual interest to the entire room. Also, the sink, toilet, and shower/tub combo are strategically placed to take advantage of the space. If desired, the countertop allows for enough room to even add an additional sink.
3. Corner Counters
Though this master bathroom may have been limited on space, the designer was able to achieve a great deal of storage by tucking the countertop into a corner. This design features plenty of cabinet storage, countertop space, and even additional medicine cabinet space behind the mirrors above the sink. If storage is a concern for you in your small master bathroom, this may be the way to go.
4. Clean and Modern
This master bathroom design makes good use of the relatively small space. The clear glass shower doors that go from wall to wall and floor to ceiling are perhaps the main focus. They help to open up the room, in addition to the clean lines and multitude of reflective surfaces throughout. Whereas, the lighting underneath the cabinetry offers a nice touch, almost making it appear like the cabinets are hovering off the floor.
5. Farmhouse Chic
The details in this modern, farmhouse master bathroom are truly stunning. Everything from the DIY vanity, to the shiplap walls, to the smart basket storage fits well within the theme. Not to mention, the ornate tile floor offers some texture and a sophisticated look for the space.
6. Picture Ledge Storage
Limited on surface space for storage? This is likely the case if you have a pedestal sink. However, that’s not a problem at all! Simply mount a floating picture ledge over your sink for storing perfume, cosmetics, and any items that you need readily available. This is such a smart idea for maximizing storage space in a master bathroom that I just might have to steal it for my own!
For a very minimal approach, you can keep it easy and simple by positioning your toilet aside your walk-in shower. Make the room appear larger by using a glass wall to separate the shower from the toilet area. To store towels and extra toilet paper rolls, you can hang some floating shelves – further adding to that modern, minimalistic style.
8. Strategic Sections
The genius in this small master bathroom design is that it is divided into sections. One corner is home to the shower, while the other contains the toilet space. They are positioned in the perfect place for making good use of the space, while the longest wall features an extensive countertop with a large mirror and double sinks. The hardware helps to tie everything together, with the stainless steel of the shower frame, faucet, handles, and the sink.
9. Small Fixtures
Oftentimes, a smaller master bathroom means that you’ll need to find smaller fixtures. In this design, the sink is much smaller than your average sink, while still being perfectly functional. Also, the tankless toilet reduces the amount of space that the fixture takes up in the room. While this may not work for someone who is tall or heavy set, it can be a great option for petite individuals or households with children.
10. Shower Enclosure
As is evident any many other examples on this list, a shower enclosure is an excellent choice when you’re short on space in a master bathroom. A glass enclosure is often exactly what the room needs to make it appear bigger and more spacious. While corner positioning is often most common for shower enclosures, you can place them virtually anywhere in your master bathroom (assuming that the plumbing allows for it).
11. Functional Furniture
You can provide more much-needed storage space to your master bathroom by opting for functional pieces of furniture. In the example above, the vanity consists of many cabinets and drawers that can be used for storage. Additionally, the non-conventional towel ladder replaces your traditional wall-mounted towel rack to give the room some personality.
12. Built-In Shower Storage
In some small master bathroom situations, you might not have enough space for anything other than a toilet, shower, and sink. The example above features a corner shower with white tile and dark honeycomb tile. Since there is no storage space, a recessed shelf and stone caddy are built into the design.
13. Recessed Bathtub Shelf
On the other end of the spectrum, your master bathroom might only have a bathtub. While you could attempt to sneak in a shower or install a shower/tub combo, this all depends on your specific needs and priorities. In this example, the tub occupies one entire side of the master bathroom. However, the recessed bench on one end of the tub offers some much-needed storage space for holding bath items, towels, or even potted plants.
14. Industrial Wet Room
Instead of just a shower enclosure, this design features a tub and shower wet room. The space contains the water from both fixtures into one space, which is finished off with floor to ceiling and wall to wall glass. Gold hardware and gray herringbone tile that extend up the wall in the wet room make for a truly stunning space.
15. Slanted Ceiling
In this bathroom, the slanted, awkward ceiling is embraced by covering some of the walls in statement wallpaper. The bright white tile that covers the rest of the walls makes the space feel light, airy, and much larger than it actually is. This is an excellent example of how one might convert an attic space into a small, yet functional master bathroom.
16. Glossy & Mossy
The way that this master bathroom is designed almost makes it look like it’s leaning. This likely has to do with the many diagonals incorporated throughout the space, which also helps to make the room appear bigger. By placing the shower in the corner, plenty of space is left to also include a bathtub and even another shower head above it. The floor and shower walls are covering in a mossy green type of glossy tile, which pairs well with the white fixtures and white marble vanity.
17. Shape Alignment
In addition to size, your small master bathroom design is going to be dictated by shape. This master bathroom is relatively narrow and includes a window. To make use of the space, the designer chose to go with a dual tub and shower with a curved glass door. The curved design provides a little extra elbow room without taking up valuable real estate.
18. Bright White
You can never go wrong with bright white, and this example is no exception. The color balance of the white countertops, gray walls, quartz countertops, and beige flooring make for a simple and clean design. Using white, specifically bright white, throughout a design is a great way to help open up a cramped space.
19. Modern Traditional
This small bathroom offers a fresh approach to the traditional style. The crisp palette and stunning crown molding create a space that is both airy and sophisticated. Antique silhouettes and natural stones, paired with chalky white shades create a sense of romantic elegance for this small master bathroom.
20. Stylish Sconces
For a sophisticated way to free up your countertop and allow for more storage space around your sink, consider hanging sconces in your small master bathroom. The lights offer plenty of accent lighting in the space, without occupying a single inch of crucial surface space. This is a very chic way to provide lighting without the need to place lamps on the counters or hang unsightly fixtures over the mirror.
21. Floating Vanity
Another excellent idea to implement into your small master bathroom is a floating vanity. By floating your vanity it does not cut off the layout, which will help to visually make the space appear larger. Mounting the vanity off of the floor also frees up space underneath that can be used for stashing decorate woven baskets that double as storage.
22. Extended Floor Tile
When you choose two different materials for your shower enclosure and your bathroom floor, you are effectively cutting off the space. Instead, decide to have your floor tile run from the bathroom floor into the enclosure and up the wall. This trick helps to fool the eye into visually seeing a much more expanded room. As an added bonus, this small master bathroom example also features a floating vanity!
23. Under Cabinet Lights
When it comes to small master bathrooms, every inch of space matters. Generally speaking, the space underneath countertops or cabinets features a dark shadow that is cast-off of the items above. This shadow actually isn’t doing you any favors and can make the room appear smaller. Fortunately, you can remedy this by installing under-cabinet lighting to illuminate these dark spots and maximize the space.
24. Extensive Mirror
For another effective small master bathroom trick, hang a larger mirror that extends across the entire wall. Installing a mirror that stretches farther than just over the vanity creates more reflective light in the space, giving the illusion that it is much larger than it actually is.
25. Statement Bathtub
While this might seem counterintuitive in a small master bathroom, incorporating one large statement piece, like a gorgeous deep claw-foot tub, can offer a sense of splendor or a grand feel to a modest space. This example also strategically uses the space allotted by placing a shower enclosure in the corner of the room.
26. Bathroom Skylight
As a general rule of thumb, the more light a room has, the more airy and open it is going to feel. Therefore, one great way to make your small master bathroom feel larger is to install a skylight. A skylight will help to introduce and effortlessly disperse natural light throughout the bathroom, instead of having unsightly and direct artificial lighting.
27. Statement Pattern
Another excellent technique for creating the illusion of space in a small master bathroom is to use a large, or statement pattern. This will trick the eye into believing that the room is a lot bigger. Consider opting for large bathroom tiles or even a massive floral-patterned wallpaper, like the example above.
28. Sliding Door
When you use a door on a hinge for accessing your bathroom, it takes up valuable space while it’s open. This is space that you simply can’t afford to give up when you have a small master bathroom. Therefore, one of the best ideas for maximizing the space in your bathroom is to install a pocket door, or a sliding door on a rail. Both of these doors are installed parallel to the wall and either rest flush with the wall when open or are tucked neatly away inside the wall.
In either case, this idea allows you to use space in your bathroom that would otherwise be cut off by an open door on a hinge.
29. Choose a Long Sink
Another feature that you might want to consider to maximize the space in your small master bathroom is a long, or trough-style sink. This is an excellent alternative to the traditional double sink vanity, as the countertop and sink are still one single piece. However, using one long sink will give the illusion of more space, while still being able to accommodate the needs of two people.
30. Bright and Light Colors
The combination of both a wooden vanity and wood flooring creating a warm and relaxing ambiance in this small master bathroom space. A soft green hue on the walls is an excellent choice, reflecting the natural light that comes in from the windows.
The use of the space around the large tub helps to make the bathroom feel more open, as does the delicate curtains and white accents throughout. Using such a lightweight fabric as curtains in a small space allows maximum natural light to enter, further opening up the room.
31. Moody Colors
While this might surprise you, painting your small master bathroom a dark, moody color can actually add depth and create the illusion of spaciousness. Designers suggest going with a high-gloss shade, and the darker the better. The color will create a sort of night-sky effect, which bounces the little light in the room around. This also helps to draw the eye to light fixtures, so make sure you choose bulbs that produce ample light and shapes that you find appealing.
32. Backlit Mirror
Backlighting the mirror in your small master bathroom offers a similar effect to installing lighting underneath your vanity. It is a modern and sophisticated way to amplify light in the room. It’s also great for rooms that don’t have enough space for sconces, or if you’re simply looking to achieve a more minimalistic look.
33. Lifted Shower Curtain
If you are able to select exactly where your shower curtain is going to go in your master bathroom, try to bring the fabric all the way up – past the conventional height of the bathtub. By extending the shower curtain almost to the ceiling, this helps to elongate the walls. The taller the ceiling is in your bathroom, the more this technique is going to help to make the space appear larger.
34. High Gloss Paint
As previously mentioned, simply opting for a paint that is high-gloss can help to reflect light and amplify the space in a small master bathroom. In most cases, selecting a darker hue is the best way to achieve this effect.
35. Patterned Flooring
Though you may not be able to tell in the image, this bathroom does not have any windows. The tall, mirrored medicine cabinets paired with a glass shower enclosure help to amplify the light from the fixtures to brighten up the space – giving the illusion of natural lighting. To save floor space, the cabinets are built-in and hover far above the floor. Whereas, a herringbone-patterned flooring choice further aids in making this small master bathroom look both warmer and larger.
Small Master Bathroom Ideas on a Budget
If you’re looking for small master bathroom ideas but are on a tight budget, limit your use of tile. Undeniably, tile is pricey and this is especially the case when you have it professionally installed. To save money on your small master bathroom, reduce the number of tiles you use, and concentrate on only placing them in high-impact areas that require a certain level of durability.
In addition to tile, you can also save money by being selective with your countertops. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to fork over a large sum of money on widely popular granite countertops. Generally speaking, you won’t be spending as much money on your countertops as you would in the kitchen, since the space is so small.
However, you can save money by opting for less trendy colors. The most popular hues tend to be the neutral ones, such as brown, light beige, and tan. Alternatively, you can purchase granite slabs that contain imperfections as they will be significantly cheaper, depending on how visible the blemishes are.
Common Small Master Bathroom Design Mistakes
In order to achieve a master bathroom space that, despite being small, is functional, peaceful, and feels spacious, you must understand some of the most common design mistakes. The first most common small master bathroom design mistake is the lack of storage. When it comes to your primary bathroom, it is always necessary to have additional storage. For example, though pedestal sinks may look nice, you’re going to wish that you chose an actual vanity with cabinets very quickly.
Another common mistake that people make is not choosing a particular theme. This is especially important for a master bathroom, as you want a space that feels put together and is also both relaxing and mature. Therefore, make sure that you spend plenty of time and money choosing a specific theme and style for your small master bathroom.
Additionally, it’s very common for people to choose the wrong materials when decorating a small master bathroom. For example, materials like wood, paper, porous stone, and textiles simply cannot stand up to the conditions in a bathroom. When choosing materials for your bathroom design, make sure that you select with the climate of the room in mind.
Finally, many folks underestimate how much you can spend on designing a small master bathroom. While it may be considered a small space, you shouldn’t assume that it’s going to be one of the least expensive rooms in your house to design. In fact, it’s not uncommon for individuals to overspend and reach far out of their original budget.
Wrapping It Up
Whether you choose to add a skylight, lift your shower curtain, opt for functional furniture, or paint the walls a moody color, there are a number of small master bathroom ideas that can help you make the most of the limited space.
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