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35 Skinny narrow bathroom designs

By Elise Hodge

Updated: May 4th, 2020

While it may be slim, you can make it functional and fabulous!

If you’ve ever tried to style a narrow bathroom before, you’ll know it can be a tight squeeze… While you may face a few more challenges than you would in a large spacious space, you may be surprised that you can make it work well. And the trick to designing a fabulous narrow bathroom lies in how you maximise the area, ensuring you let in enough light, install nifty bathroom storage ideas and make it functional.

I’m going to dive into 35+ narrow bathroom ideas but before I do that, I want to cover off on the essentials so you can understand how this all works.

Make the most of your space

Let’s start by talking about optimising your space. You can do this in so many ways but the first one that may come to my mind is combining your shower and bath. Yes, I know we’ve all seen those terribly old and gross shower-bath combos, but it really doesn’t have to be like this. You can install a large modern bathtub and team it up with a fancy modern shower head and tapware for a great finish.

Choose light colours

Another way you can make sure your narrow bathroom doesn’t feel cramped is to use light colours like white, light grey, cream, soft yellow and other neutrals. These combinations will make your space appear so much larger than it is.

Decorate, decorate, decorate

While you may not want to stuff your narrow bathroom full of too many things, a few choice pieces of decor can help. In fact, you can use small details to spruce up a tiny space without making it cluttered.

Let the light in

It’s an age-old truth that when you’ve got a small space, you need to let the light in. So when it comes to designing your narrow bathroom, make sure you install as many windows as possible. If you don’t have enough spare wall room, why not consider a skylight? It’ll be sure to let the light and allow you to look up at the stars!

Now that we’ve set the foundations of narrow bathroom designs, let’s dive into 35+ fabulous ideas. Read on to get the creative juices flowing!

1. Quirky wallpaper

Well, this is a fun option to start with! Take a look at the quirky bathroom wallpaper in this toilet room. The wallpaper itself has so much personality that you don’t need to add any other pieces of decor to the space. Plus, the green sink perfectly complements the wallpaper to give a cohesive feel.

Narrow bathroom
Source: Dea Vita

2. Minimalistic approach

This is a great simple narrow bathroom for any kind of house. As it’s classic and minimal, it would be suited to most people’s taste. And if minimalism isn’t your thing, you could decorate this blank canvas with colourful pieces of decor, prints and other fancy items to bring life into the space.

Narrow bathroom
Source: Contemporist

3. Grey tones

Grey bathrooms are modern and provide an alternative to the classic plain white bathroom. In this space, the dark grey painted feature wall is paired perfectly with the tiled floor and shower tiles as well as the silver fixtures. I also love the addition of the wooden storage unit that cleverly makes the most of the tight space.

Grey bathroom
Source: Business Tomato

If you’re a fan of grey, here are plenty of grey kitchens and grey living rooms that you’ll love.

4. Skylight bright

When I build my own bathroom, I’ll definitely be asking my builder to install a large skylight to brighten up the area. The skylight in this bathroom brings so much natural light into the space which makes it look clean and inviting.

Narrow bathroom
Source: Homes to Love

When it comes to skylights, always get your builder to help point you in the right direction.

5. Marbled magic

The marbled details in this bathroom are beautifully thought out through the tiling of the walls and table-top surface. I love how the grey accents from the marble carry through to the tiled bathroom flooring and are combined with white accents to create cohesiveness.

Marble bathroom
Source: The Local Project

6. Herringbone blues

It is no secret that I absolutely love herringbone bathroom tiling and these blue hues are no exception. I love how the tiling makes a grand feature wall and brings a pop of colour to this narrow bathroom. This space would work perfectly as a guest bathroom as it has all the essentials!

Narrow bathroom
Source: Best Decor

Check out some more blue bathrooms if you love the bathroom above.

7. Delicate details

The details in this bathroom are very delicate and elegant with the chandelier fixture, white orchid sitting on the window sill and marbled tile on the floor and bath area. The designer of this bathroom has strategically placed the bath, vanity and toilet so that everything you need is all in the one place.

Narrow bathroom
Source: Pandriva

8. Black fixtures

I love how black fixtures have been used in this narrow bathroom to frame and draw attention to the right areas, which detracts from how small the space is. The rectangular black shower screen draws your eye to the shower area which makes this bathroom seem bigger than it is. Plus, I love the large oval mirror – this helps to bounce light around the room.

Black fixtures
Source: Goodecoration

Want more dark colours, here are some black and white bathrooms and industrial bathrooms.

9. Power to the pewter

This bathroom combines tones of grey and pewter to bring an urban touch to this slim space. If you’re wanting to recreate this design, consider installing a solid wall between your bathtub and the toilet area for privacy and better aesthetics.

Grey bathroom
Source: Design Rulz

10. Seating in shower

What a fabulous idea to have a little seating area in the shower. A bench like this can be used as a shelf or even a place to prop your leg up while you’re shaving. Plus, the floor to ceiling tiling makes the room look more spacious.

Narrow bathroom
Source: Meridian Homes

11. Small space

This small space has everything you need – a toilet, tub, shower, sink and storage. The different textures from the various bathroom tiling add a bit of interest whereas adding a vase of bright flowers really brightens up the space, making it feel more homely.

Small bathroom
Source: Simples Decor Acao

12. Wet room

Making your bath and shower a 2 in 1 will save space, especially if you have a small area to work with. This contemporary bathroom design makes use of the high ceilings by adding wooden planks so that your eye goes to the high ceiling rather than focusing on the small space. The addition of a glass screen also creates the illusion of a larger area.

Narrow bathroom
Source: Homes To Love

13. Ceiling space

This pointed ceiling is a standout feature in this space. I love how the bathroom is mostly white with wooden accents. And the choice of gold for the fixtures really makes the overall space pop. Plus, the greenery dotted around the room makes the space feel more natural.

Large bathroom
Source: Kate Marker

14. Wooden textures

I love when natural elements are used, especially when wood is the hero piece. This narrow bathroom utilises wooden-look cabinetry, a mirror frame, lampshade and a towel rack that also features towels that are light brown to match the other timber details.

Narrow bathroom
Source: Qanvast

15. Towel storage

This elegant bathroom is classy and clean. I especially love the towel storage with the towels rolled up, making this bathroom feel like a hotel. The addition of the flowers along with the green soap add colour and bring vibrancy to this space.

Narrow bathroom
Source: Hunker

16. Clean and bright

Here is another bathroom that has a skylight installed. Using a skylight brings natural light into your space without you having to turn the lights on and use electricity. The light beaming in makes this bathroom seem clean, bright and bigger than it is.

Narrow bathroom
Source: Luxe With Love

17. Creative tiling

The tiling in this shower room is such a fantastic feature with the black and white pattern that is almost reminiscent of a trendy rug trailing through the corridor. This whole room is a shower room with two shower fixtures hanging from the walls and one in the middle of the ceiling. Plus, the addition of greenery is a nice touch. And – plants like this are sure to thrive from the water and steam created by the shower!

Narrow bathroom
Source: Design Sepatula

18. Streamlined surfaces

All the surfaces in this bathroom are extremely streamlined and minimalist with the angular edges and no-fuss approach. Plus, the mirrors with built-in storage are a great idea as you can store all your bathroom essentials behind them rather than cluttering your surfaces.

Narrow bathroom
Source: Alexander and Co

19. Moroccan mix

The tiling used here really gives this bathroom a Moroccan feel along with the ornate mirror that reminds me of one of those glorious and extravagant doors that you would find in Marrakesh. The black-framed details on the shower screen, mirror frame and tap fixture bring the two areas together nicely.

Narrow bathroom
Source: Dream A Little More

20. Pretty in pink

Without the pink details, this bathroom would probably be an ordinary-looking bathroom. However, the feminine touches in the curtains, robe thrown over the ottoman and beautiful flowers really bring a girly feel to this bathroom. By making small changes with your decor, you can seriously change the whole feel of your space!

Narrow bathroom
Source: Porch Daydreamer

21. Homely meets trendy

I love the creativity of this narrow bathroom. If you look at the top of this picture, you’ll see that the builder has cut into the attic space making a feature with the roof. The extended roof makes the narrow space feel so much larger. And I love the homely details of the plant and products, which are paired with the on-trend brass fixtures and stone-look tiles.

Narrow bathroom
Source: Home Design Lover

22. Textured details

The addition of textural details will make any space that little bit more interesting. There are many textures and patterns going on here. First, there’s the wooden cabinetry, then there’s the fancy patterned tiled floor, then there are the brick-like tiles in the shower area, and lastly, there are the white horizontal rows in the main bathroom area.

Narrow bathroom
Source: Home Bunch

23. Modern mosaics

This bathroom is trendy and classic all in one with the modern mosaic tiling, dark grey door feature and the golden-toned cabinetry, mirror and fixtures. I also love the addition of the fiddle leaf fig and orchid which are both on-trend choices for interior greenery.

Modern bathroom
Source: Little House of Four

24. Guest styling

I can just imagine walking into this bathroom as a guest at someone’s house and being absolutely wowed by it. The use of navy for the walls along with the white details and hardwood floors really make this bathroom feel welcoming and comfortable.

Narrow bathroom
Source: Aksel

25. Light blue hues

The light blue hues on the cabinetry in this bathroom are perfectly paired with the cool-toned tiling, towel and soap dispenser. The diamond-like knobs on the cupboards and drawer also go well with the silver fixtures and mirror.

Narrow bathroom
Source: Pinzeit

26. Cute reminders

I love this cute little reminder to ‘wash your hands’. What a poignant reminder, especially in a bathroom! The tone of colour through the soap image really works with the wood detailing on the floating shelves and wood border around the mirror.

Narrow bathroom
Source: Onechitecture

27. Bringing the outside in

Due to the smallness of the window in this place, white has been used to make the space appear larger. And I also love the addition of the monstera plant, wooden detailing in the cabinetry and exposed brick wall which really gives the feeling of bringing the outside in.

Narrow bathroom
Source: Nafha Style

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28. Stylised tiles

The various tiles used in this narrow bathroom have been thoughtfully installed. The hexagonal tiling arrangement is interesting yet still serves a purpose. And a simple white square tile has been used for the flooring so that the hexagonal tile is a nice feature piece.

Narrow bathroom
Source: My Kakun

29. Rattan baskets

For a narrow bathroom, this space makes the most of the space by including lots of storage. As well as the drawers, rattan baskets have been added for extra storage. You could store your clean towels, robes, spare toilet paper, kids bath toys or even your additional beauty products in here.

Narrow bathroom
Source: 24 Homely

30. Creative details

Creative details will turn your bathroom from ordinary to exciting. These creative tiles not only add a pop of colour to this otherwise neutral bathroom, but they also make this bathroom look so much more fun and quirky. I also love the hanging filament light bulbs that add another exciting feature to this bathroom.

Blue bathroom
Source: Decor Home Ideas

31. Barn door

Instead of having a door that opens up into your bathroom and takes up space, install a barn door that slides across your wall! I love the rustic bathroom nature of this space especially with the barn door, matching mirror frame to the door and cute little shelving unit with all the essentials in.

Narrow bathroom
Source: Home Accessories Storage

32. Large window

This narrow bathroom has been made so much larger by the beautiful large window at the end of it. I love how half the glass has been frosted for privacy, however you can still see greenery coming through. And the large window brings lots of natural light into the space which brightens and freshens it up.

Narrow bathroom
Source: Gcan

33. Exposed brick

Whether you use wallpaper or paint your existing bricks white, an exposed brick wall can be an effective feature in any space. And this bathroom design proves that it can look stylish and modern! As this space is very narrow, my eye is drawn right down to the very end where that beautiful large and inviting tub is sitting by the window.

Narrow bathroom
Source: Nafha Style

34. Storage solutions

Although this bathroom is narrow, the designer of this bathroom definitely knows the importance of lots of storage solutions. If you’re wanting to add some more storage in your space, call on a bathroom cabinet maker who will be able to design effective storage solutions that will work perfectly in even the tightest spaces.

Narrow bathroom
Source: Architecture Art Designs

35. Inner-city living

If you live in an apartment (especially in a city), you’ll already know that space can be scarce. So a cleverly designed bathroom layout is important for getting all the essentials in. Although there is no shower screen separating the areas in this bathroom, all the surfaces are hard, so the water can easily run off them. Plus, this makes the bathroom super easy to clean!

Narrow bathroom
Source: Kreis Grennan

And that’s a wrap on 35+ narrow bathroom designs. I love how each of these spaces maximises functionality by keeping things stylish. My favourites are the bathrooms with the skylights, the quirky barn door and the interesting mosaic tile designs. What did you like the best? Let me know in the comments below!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elise H

I've recently moved into a new home and I've been having so much fun decorating it with pretty wall prints and Scandinavian-inspired furniture. So as well as being a freelance writer, I'm always on the lookout for new design pieces for my home!

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