8 modern small bathroom ideas that are chic and contemporary

Try these modern small bathroom ideas to give your washroom a glow up

Modern small bathroom ideas are so stylish. Here are three pictures of these - a bathroom with white and gold marbled walls, a white wooden framed mirror, a white sink with dark brown wooden cabinets, and three towel bars with brown towels folded on them, and a mirror, plant, and toiletries, a modern small bathroom with light blue tiles, a clear glass shower with a wooden stool and gold shower head, a gold shower rail with a tall plant nect to it, and a wooden table with three folded white towels, and a corner of a bathroom with white walls, marble tiles, a circular gold mirror hanging on the wall, a white sink with a gold tap, a golden tray with a white soap dispenser, and a white vase with plant stems
(Image credit: Ca' Pietra / Walls and Floors / Roper Rhodes)

If swish style is your thing, modern small bathroom ideas may be for you. Add sparkle to your space now, and you'll feel so much better when getting cleaned up.

We've spoken with interior designers to scope out how they bring a current feel into this room. From freeing up the floor space to going for luxe colors, they have plenty of sleek tricks up their sleeves.

If you're redecorating and are in need of small bathroom design ideas, going for a modern look will help refresh the room in a refined way.

Modern small bathroom ideas from the pros

As well as finding out how to update an outdated small bathroom, modern styles will also come in useful when bringing a contemporary finish to your home.

Our pros have mentioned useful picks throughout, so we have shopped these in case you want to start zhuzhing up your washroom.

The prices below were correct at the time of publishing this article. 

1. Clear, open showers

A modern small bathroom with light blue tiles, a clear glass shower with a wooden stool and gold shower head, a gold shower rail with a tall plant next to it, and a wooden table with three folded white towels

(Image credit: Roper Rhodes)

In a small bathroom, one of the most eye-catching features has to be the shower — so it’s important to give it the love it deserves.

“Small bathrooms should have walk-in showers in clear glass enclosures,” says Artem Kropovinsky, interior designer and founder of Arsight

Artem Kropovinsky
Artem Kropovinsky

Artem Kropovinsky is an interior design expert and founder of Arsight, which has twice been honored as finalists in the international SBID Awards and acknowledged in the NYCxDESIGN Awards. He has a decade of extensive and global residential and commercial interior design experience. Recently, he completed a modern small bathroom in a Brooklyn townhouse, which is featured in this piece.

“They remove visual obstructions thus creating a feeling of a bigger, even more amiable room,” he explains.

This will also make your small bathroom appear lighter and more airy, thanks to the material being clear.

2. Freestanding units

A white tiled bathroom with a white dual sink with a dark wooden contemporary base, two curved mirrors, and two white circular wall sconces above these

(Image credit: Artem Kropovinsky, Arsight)

Create more space for light to move through by choosing smart, freestanding units (such as this compact corner Wagstaff freestanding bathroom cabinet from Wayfair), as these will help make your small bathroom look bigger.

“Opting for wall-hung basins (such as this floating IKEBANA wall mounted sink from Amazon) and wall-mounted vanity spaces will help open up the space,” says Ivo Iv, design expert and founder of Decor Home Ideas.

A black and white picture of Ivo Iv, a man wearing a black shirt against a black background
Ivo Iv

Ivo Iv is a home improvement expert and founder of Decor Home Ideas. He loves inspiring people with interior design ideas and showing them the practical steps to make these happen. He's always on the hunt for new and creative ways to improve your home, steering clear of anything boring, blah, or been-there, done-that. This is why he loves bringing in modern designs.

For instance, this floating sink in the bathroom Artem designed (above) gives the impression of a larger bathroom. 

“The smooth, postmodernity design is also promoting the contemporary appearance,” he adds.

3. Monochromatic colors

A white tiled bathroom with an open shower with a gold sink and built-in shelves, with a circular wooden stool and white textured bath mat

(Image credit: Sanctuary Bathrooms)

Go for a cohesive color scheme with one of the best paint colors for small bathrooms, in order to bring in a modern look.

Artem says, “The use of monochrome tones, particularly those in lighter shades, produces a united, spacious, and contemporary feeling.”

If you can't paint walls in your bathroom due to renting, you could always learn how to upcycle a furniture piece and paint these in optimal shades.

4. Strategic tile placement

A corner of a bathroom with white walls, marble tiles, a circular gold mirror hanging on the wall, a white sink with a gold tap, a golden tray with a white soap dispenser, and a white vase with plant stems

(Image credit: Walls and Floors)

If you aren’t ready to pick up a paintbrush but want a quick injection of modern style, tiles could be the way to go for you.

“Consider using accent tiles strategically, such as framing the full mirror over the vanity in marble,” suggests Nina Lichtenstein, principal home designer and founder of Nina’s Home Design.

A picture of Nina Lichtenstein, a woman wearing a green jumpsuit
Nina Lichtenstein

For close to a decade, Nina has showcased her in-depth construction and design expertise. She has been celebrated for designing, renovating, and building elegant family homes with modern feels. Her motto is bringing together function and beauty, without compromise, to embody unique visions of life.

“You could extend this marble to the shower curb, vanity wall niche, and shower niches for a cohesive look,” she says.

This not only ties the areas together but also creates standout features throughout, drawing attention away from the size of your bathroom and putting focus on the style. 

These eye-catching Smart Tiles Peel and Stick Tiles from Amazon would work well for this.

5. Polished hardware

A light wooden door opening up to a bathroom with marble walls, a window, a white bath with brown and white circular tiles running on the edge of it and on the floor, and a glass shower

(Image credit: Ca' Pietra)

Keeping finishing touches feeling fresh is a key part of modern small bathroom design.

“I like to add matching brass hardware fixtures, as these can stand out as warm accent features,” Nina explains. "This brings a touch of sophistication to the bathroom design."

We’re big fans of switching up handles to do this and think these highly-rated Ravinite Cabinet Pulls on Amazon would elevate any space.

6. Storage solutions

A gold metal shower caddy with a black soap dispenser and a comb in it and another soap dispenser hanging off it, hanging on a gray wall with a black curtain and plant to the right

(Image credit: Ella James)

We always recommend learning how to declutter a small bathroom to keep it looking stylish and modern. Once you’ve done this, you can bring in small bathroom storage solutions to maintain this cleanliness.

Nina says, “Optimize space with a wall niche by the vanity for easy access to products stored decoratively. An over-the-toilet storage cabinet can also house functional yet decorative items like jars or bowls."

Artem adds ladder shelves can also help create a clean and sophisticated minimalist design.

As well as this, we love using the best shower caddies in our spaces, and think this Iperlife Corner Shower Caddy from Amazon would make any small space look look luxe.

7. Indoor plants

A white ladder shelf with four different indoor plants on it, with a larger plant to the left of it and a gray marble wall behind it

(Image credit: Dobbies)

Introduce a touch of nature by incorporating some of the best indoor plants into your modern small bathroom design. 

“Selecting greenery with subtle foliage adds a refreshing element, contributing to a balanced and inviting atmosphere in the small bathroom,” Nina explains.

One plant which thrives in bathrooms is the peace lily. This Large Peace Lily from The Sill comes with free delivery and measures between 16”-24” tall. Making use of the best trailing plants will add character to your space, too.

8. Matching walls and floors

A bathroom with white and gold marbled walls, a white wooden framed mirror, a white sink with dark brown wooden cabinets, and three towel bars with brown towels folded on them, and a mirror, plant, and toiletries

(Image credit: Ca' Pietra)

You can give your small bathroom a bold look by matching the floors and the walls.

“Matching patterns ensure the room has few visual interruptions, creating an expansive feel,” Ivo explains.

If you are using tiles or marble, Ivo says you can easily match your wall and floor pattern for a really striking finish.


By paying attention to modern small bathroom ideas, you can create a place you truly enjoy scrubbing up and winding down in.

“The bathroom is one of the most essential spaces in any house and modern small bathroom ideas can change the entire outlook of your space,” Ivo finishes by saying.

If you’re looking for more subtle design ideas, minimalist small bathroom ideas also always look graceful and gorgeous.

Eve Smallman
Content Editor

Hi there! I’m a content editor at Real Homes. I've been a lifestyle journalist for over five years, previously working as an editor across regional magazines. Before this, I graduated from Nottingham Trent University a degree in journalism, along with an NCTJ gold diploma. I love running, decorating my rented Victorian home, and discovering new cheeses. For Real Homes, I specialize in interior design, trends and finding the best viral buys.

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