10 Stylish Storage Ideas for Small Bathrooms
Even in a space with wow-factor wallpaper, the right fabric can add that extra dash of magic. And in a windowless bath, a custom vanity skirt is the answer. It hides the not-so-pretty bathroom essentials while leaving the rest of your powder room pretty as can be.
Roll With It
No cabinets, no problem. Roll up your towels in mismatched baskets for a charming effect that also scores big on practicality. Make it even more casual by opting for a monochromatic group of towels in different shades of the same color. Our suggestion is, of course, blue—a tried-and-true winner in any coastal abode.
Though pedestal sinks can lend an airy feel to a small master bath, they don’t provide much in the form of storage. That’s where small wire baskets come in: They blend with the open-air design of the space, while also serving as the perfect landing spot for towels or other necessities.
This happy Parsons-esque vanity painted in Tampico by Pratt & Lambert—a welcome dose of personality to a small bathroom—is grounded with an oversized woven basket that’s big on style and storage.
Some lucky homeowners have master baths with room for the big-ticket items, such as a dreamy soaking tub, but are still lacking in general storage. Enter custom built-in shelving, an easy way to capitalize on existing space. Pro tip: Make those shelves glass, and your bath will feel even larger.
Thinking outside the box can pay off when it comes to storage, especially in a small bathroom whose Carrara-marble walls are the star. This 1960s chrome dental cabinet beautifully blends in as a much-needed place to stash essentials as well as display glassware and flowers.
Houses of yesterday were built with big charm and small baths, the latter of which can often put homeowners who aren't willing to renovate in a storage bind. With this built-in cabinet and retro wall sink leaving little surface space, a traditional table tucked mostly out of view does just the trick.
Never underestimate the power of multipurpose seating in a small space. In this eye-catching kids’ bath, an upholstered stool serves as not only an equally-bright counterpart to the trough sink (painted in Daisy by Sherwin-Williams), but also as the perfect perch for folded towels at the ready.
Open and Closed
Though on-trend open shelving can create a sense of airiness in a small space, it doesn’t always make sense, as some things are best left out of view, particularly in the loo. What does make sense is to leave towels within easy reach, so having drawers with one open shelf is a happy medium—form and functionality at its best.
All Mixed Up
Ask any designer what the secret to a great room is, and he or she will tell you that it’s all in the mix. This rings true in most any interior—yes, even in a powder room. Pairing a tall, round, white wicker table with a shorter, dark, straight-edged companion not only doubles the surface area for storage, but also makes the small space sing.