August 15, 2014

8 Smart Ideas for Small Bathrooms

Home Renovation Staten Island

Oval Sink

In a Lake Martin, Alabama, lake house bathroom designed by Bill Ingram, an oval-shaped sink by Toto is softer — more like a bowl — and gives you more counter space than a square.

oval bathroom sink

Washstand With Towel Bars

“I love this washstand from Waterworks, because I can hang wet towels without having to have towel bars everywhere,” designer Barry Dixon says of the bathroom in a Washington, D.C. row house. Undermount basins and Etoile fixtures from Waterworks. Sconces by Crowder. Urban Smokebell lantern by Baker.

Open Base Table

A small table with an open base doesn’t close off space in the master W.C. of designer Thom Filicia’s upstate New York lake house. Cavern Home Migration wallpaper.

Towel Racks

Towel racks above the tub are both convenient and save on wall space in a Park Avenue apartmentdesigned by Christina Murphy. Marble tile from Complete Tile. Tub from Wetstyle’s Cube collection.

Fixtures With Storage

A small but efficient master bath in aLos Angeles modern housedesigned by Pamela Shamshiri is packed with storage. XO series fixtures by Lefroy Brooks.


In a Vermont cottage designed by Deirdre Heekin and Caleb Barber, the cedar bathroom’s claw-foot tub is made glamorous by painting it midnight blue. A mirror over the tub creates the illusion of a larger space.

Continuous Floor Tile

In a New York City bathroom, designer Alla Akimova ran zig-zag tile straight into the shower stall. “It makes the room feel larger,” she says. “If I had changed materials, it would have interrupted the space.” Custom cut floor tile by Manhattan Renovations. Yota shower system and Tara towel bar by Dornbracht

A Long Single Sink

“My husband and I thought about two sinks, but we were about 10 inches short on space,” says designer Lynn Butler Beling, who renovated the bath in her Southampton, New York, home. “This sink and the countertop are all one piece — it’s long enough that we can get ready at the same time, which seemed like a nice compromise. The sink and the vanity are made by Duravit, and I like how it’s mounted on the wall. When you have limited space, the secret is to get things off the floor. The room will seem larger.”