living in (and loving) a tiny bathroom


there are lots of exciting challenges when moving into a new apartment or house: where are things going to go? how am i going to style it? do i need to renovate anything? etc. and sometimes the challenges can be more….challenging…than you might anticipate. one such example is the transition from a bright and spacious bathroom that had it’s own closet/vanity room to a not-even-close-to-that-big bathroom with no window (major sad face) and major storage restrictions. challenge accepted?

while i openly admit i was crestfallen that my bathroom was such a downgrade in size i really tried to count out the positives, and i actually found that there are quite a few. the cabinets look and feel upgraded, i suspect they are an ikea purchase from a couple of years or so. the vanity and mirror are the only storage in the space though. the tub/shower combo was an admittedly nice change to my previous freestanding clawfoot tub/shower. the latter had the porcelain coating constantly chipping, was so cold to get out of the winter, my shampoo bottles fell on a daily basis from the shower caddy that clung on precariously from the skinny pipe, and i should mention that it never drained properly and i could never even take a bath in it…so yeah, happy with the change.

pretty good so far but as a fully grown adult woman i accumulate A LOT of toiletries and the storage in this tiny closet of a bathroom was pretty severely lacking. but like with any challenge it gives you the chance to think creatively. i’m really excited to share how i tackled the tiny bathroom issue (and i have to say now i love it) and i’m sharing a few tips of my own that really helped me out.

here are some of my tips and tricks:
shelf close up

baskets are your friends – seriously. your best friends. although i’m sure i don’t have to do much arm twisting to get someone to buy a cute – and functional – basket. i got these onesthese ones and these ones from ikea and i liked how they were different sizes which gave me flexibility in how i packed and styled them. plus they were so helpful in hiding some of not necessarily day to day items like my travel/trial items, nail polish, lip sticks, etc. sea grass quickly became a strong element in the space which was kind of a happy accident because it helps the space more spa like and relaxing.

one of my favorite things i did was adding baskets under the sink vanity. the space was dark and obviously unused but i snatched up any square footage i could. i miraculously found two baskets that fit PERFECTLY side by side under it. as you can see from the photo i use it store toilet paper rolls as well as my travel totes and i have my first aid kit tucked in as well. when it comes to tiny bathrooms leave no stone unturned people!


when nothing else fits, make it yourself. i wanted to utilize the wall space above the toilet with shelving. i scoured online for days but nothing i liked fit quite right. my solution? head to the hardware store and make it myself! keep your eyes peeled for a diy coming to a blog near you 😉

shelf close up 2

keep the palette light. as i mentioned above my bathroom doesn’t have a window so the only light i get is from the pendant that gives off a somewhat harsh, warm glow. i avoided using any dark colors and kept the palette natural and white, especially the shower curtain. while the bathroom certainly did not magically get bigger, it doesn’t feel all that claustrophobic.

vanity sink

art by door

art always makes a space better. enough said, right? balancing the correct amount and size of artwork can instantly improve a space. i hung one of my favorite paint-by-numbers on the big wall above the towel rack and added some smaller framed wall covering samples in vintage frames on the smaller sections of wall to add interest.

overall 2

i think for a tiny bathroom it looks pretty cute, right? i hope some of the tips and tricks i learned will help you out should you ever be faced in a similar situation. do you have any of your own experiences or tips on tiny living? come share, i’d love to hear them!

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  • Reply Taylor Jones 08/08/2016 at 9:14 am


    • Reply catherinehblu 08/08/2016 at 9:37 pm

      Thank you, Taylor!

  • Reply Patty 08/08/2016 at 1:39 pm

    I’ve seen this with my own eyes, and it is truly amazing! Your descriptives so made me laugh out loud. Lovely job with the bathroom.

    • Reply catherinehblu 08/08/2016 at 9:40 pm

      Haha! Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Reply Lisa Favre 08/09/2016 at 6:29 am

    We had the same issue because our bathroom is tiny as well. I pretty much did the same thing with having many organizers on some floating shelves. It really helps!

    Lisa Favre

    • Reply catherinehblu 08/10/2016 at 4:27 pm

      Yes, it does! Also helps the space feel less cluttered which can happen easily in a space that size.

  • Reply Heather 08/09/2016 at 7:02 pm

    Your DIY shelves are so cute and practical!

    • Reply catherinehblu 08/10/2016 at 4:25 pm

      Thank you, Heather! I have a DIY post coming soon with more details and images – stay tuned!

  • Reply Lena Petrova 08/10/2016 at 12:28 am

    Love your blog!


    • Reply catherinehblu 08/10/2016 at 4:25 pm

      Thank you, Lena!

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