Big Impact in a Small Space

For me, designing a small space is so much fun! Not only do you have to get creative to maximize what you are working with but there is no better time to be bold and use that pattern, wallpaper, or color that you’ve been eyeing that might otherwise be too overwhelming if the space was larger. These choices can turn a room that initially might have felt underwhelming and transform it into something that feels special.

I had the opportunity to design these two small bathrooms (each around 5ft x 8ft) when my mother-in-law bought a condo near us earlier this year. She lived with us while house hunting and then while the renos took place, so you could say I had extra motivation to get the job done!

Wall Paint Color: Behr Frost

This is the after of her guest bathroom. I used this bold and beautiful cement tile by Riad Tile (Shop Tile Here) for the floor, and the large pattern instantly made the space feel bigger. This tile is the first thing you notice about the bathroom, not its small size. I kept the rest of the room white, but added shiplap behind the vanity which also helped to cover up the textured wall that was there.

TIP: If going bold like this is out of your comfort zone, stick to a black and white color scheme to make it feel more classic.

Paint Color: Behr Night Club

In her master bathroom, I went for a dark and bold color on the focal wall. Dark walls are having their moment right now, but I think when the rest of the room is kept light and bright it can go beyond the trend and keep the space fresh and interesting. I also opted to do a geometric marble tile by Floor and Décor on the floor. There is just something luxurious about having marble in a master bathroom!

Finally, the shelves installed above the toilet are practical and also add to the design. The open shelves offer easy access to bathroom necessities yet by using pretty canisters, wrapped soaps or even add a bathroom plant you can really make the space feel “decorated” too. I’d love to go back and add a small framed artwork to the shelves and a few other things, but at the time we were under a time constraint (read: my MIL and her two dogs were living with us, and let’s just say they were not fully housebroken!)

Credit Clockwise from Upper Left: Amanda Barnes Interiors, CC and Mike Creative, Goldalamode, Hartley Home (, Lily Pad Cottage, House of Hire

Here are some examples of bold choices in small spaces.

TIP: If you don’t have the budget (or DIY skills) for wallpaper, try decals! Or if re-tiling is not an option, try painting and stenciling a pattern to your floor. Go ahead and take the risk because you’ll probably end up being pleasantly surprised!

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