71 Small Basement Bathroom Ideas And Design


Having a second bathroom is a luxury but sometimes the type we find in the basement is super small and we wonder how to make the best of the space we were given. Here are 71 small basement bathroom ideas that should spark some inspiration in you even if you are working on a budget.  

1. Use A Loud Shower Curtain

Horse Shower Curtain, Western Country Unique Watercolor

Keeping a white theme with loud shower curtains will take the eye away from how close the walls are and right to the design, which in this case is a horse of many colors. 

2. Corner Vanity

Corner Bathroom Vanity with Withe Onyx Sink

Space is tough to come by, which is why taking advantage of the corners is always a plus. It also gives the illusion of more room as opposed to a standard layout.

3. Yellow Sunshine

Small beige bathroom with walk in white shower and white cabinet.

Most bathrooms are white and for good reason. The right white could make a room feel bigger. Add some yellow lighting and it’ll be the bath of your dreams. 

4. Compact

Compact bath

With limited space consider doing a shower instead of a tub and a compact sink like here. Add a bit of color and the place seems futuristic.

5. Wall Shelves

Industrial Pipe Shelves

When you are short on space to store things on the wall. This can be done easily with wall shelving, which comes in many styles that should fit your design. 

6. All White

Small bright bathroom in classic modern style

As we’ve said, you can’t beat white. This small bathroom was able to fit a tub and shower even though it is a smaller space. 

7. Turn It Up

Eclectic orange tile pebble tile floor bathroom photo in Los Angeles
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If white is boring to you, we get it. Try going in the opposite direction like this example. Bright orange tile expands the eye and the room. 

8. Red Works Too

Red Works Too bathroom

Not a fan of orange? Go with a red or mauve as shown here. The light flooring tiles and wooden vanity brings the look together and widens the space.

9. Wallpaper

Bathroom interior with cheerful curtain and wooden cabinet with small mirror

This designer uses the loud shower curtain like we suggested and adds a classic wallpaper to one side. The blue top border adds depth. 

10. Rainbow Tile

Rainbow Tiled Bathroom
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Here is a fun way to intertwine the white theme with bright colors. By creating a bold wall this design distracts from the small size of the bathroom. 

11. More Fun With Tile

Mosaic Tiled Bathroom

This is another great example of using colorful tiles to divert the user’s attention away from noticing how tiny it is. 

12. And Even More

Small, modern bathroom interior. Mosaic tiles. White. Blue. Gray.

While the colors are cooler and don’t scream at you the seemingly random placement of the tiles offers a bit of whimsy to mislead the user where the size is concerned.

13. Make It A Cave

Inspiration for a contemporary pebble tile floor double shower remodel in DC Metro
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You may prefer your rooms to be dark. With deep browns and grays, this room makes it feel like the user found a hidden treasure. 

14. Colonial Vibe

White and mocha bathroom interior with tile floor and antique vanity cabinet

This designer splits the wall with a white wood base and a speckled wallpaper on the top. The small mirror and sink with legs give the room elegance. 

15. Long And Lean

Recessed Cabinet bathroom

When working with a small space that doesn’t have a low ceiling you can accentuate the height room as opposed to the width, which this long mirror does. 

16. Gothic

Example of a mid-sized mountain style 3/4 porcelain tile bathroom
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Another great technique to distract from the size of your room is to make it stand out. A garish mirror and fun brick tiles is a fun way to go. 

17. Minimalism Works

Bathroom contemporary style. 3d visualization

There’s a reason why they say less is more. When looking at this design you can see the lack of wall decorations or ornamentation works with the size. 

18. Go Green

Chocolate Mint bathroom

Bold is the way to go sometimes, which is what this designer did. The lime green set against the brown is fun and elegant at the same time. 

19. Find Fossils 

Small basement full-bath has a unique style through use of different stone and rock tile
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Using stone, rock tile, and real fossil plates this designer truly created something unique. Notice the glass shower doors open up the room. 

20. More Minimalism

Modern bathroom with walls decorated with brick-resembling white tiles and a glass shower enclosures

This designer also uses the glass shower door trick but, with all white tile set over the geometric tile gives the illusion of a larger bathroom.  

21. Corner Shower

Corner Shower bathroom

Putting something large in the corner is a great way to utilize space. No matter what your design plans are, you can put the shower in the corner to save space. 

22. Long With Mirror And Glass

Bathroom minimalist style interior design, 3D rendering

Designs like this one work in so many ways. The large mirror, the glass shower screen, mixed with the duality of tones makes this small room seem big. 

23. Curtains

Bathroom with Curtain

When working on a budget you have to work with what you have. This designer put fancy curtains up to direct the attention of your eyes. 

24. Add Art

Eastern bathroom design. 3d render

By adding that piece of art the designers added a focal point to draw your attention. Designs like this can make a small space shine. 

25. Traditional Trends

Elegant bathroom photo in Toronto
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Some people like bold looks. Others prefer a more understated approach. When dealing with a full bathroom traditional looks are a safe way to go. 

26. Bright

Beige and White Basement Bathroom

Basements can be dark, with little window space, which is why the use of bright yet light colors makes up for the lack of natural light.

27. Backlight It

beautiful bathroom with white tile and aqua backlight

This designer went with all white, which we’ve covered. But the medicine cabinet has a unique shape and backlight that grabs your attention.

28. More Corners

Recessed Storage in Beige Tiles

If you are designing an entirely new bathroom this shower is an ideal space saver. Pay special attention to the energy-saving toilet. 

29. Luxurious

Modern and Luxury Bathroom Interior

You could move in a different direction with the overall style but this design also utilizes techniques we’ve covered. The corner shower and the stark pink that demands the spotlight.

30. Combine Your Space

Bathroom and Laundry Area

If you are just looking to put an extra toilet in the house but you don’t have another bathroom you can add one to the laundry room. 

31. Corner Mirrors

Bathroom morroccan style. 3d render

Here we have a design that takes the corner idea and blends it with the function of mirrors, which always makes a room look bigger.

32. Baby Blue

Basement bathroom
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This light color is another great option when it comes to making small spaces look larger. It might be because it resembles a beautiful sky. 

33. Vertical Stripes

Bathroom interior in american house. Stripped wallpaper, tile wall trim and light brown counter top

Wallpaper is fun and using vertical stripes in a small bathroom will make the eye move upward hiding the minimal area subtlety. 

34. Divided Walls

Elegant blue tile and mosaic tile bathroom photo in Phoenix with a pedestal sink
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Here we have another example of how splitting the wall design into two adds to the girth of a room. Adding art and light blue pushes the walls away further.  

35. Bathroom Rave

Dark bathroom lightened with navy blue led lights

Raves are in dark places with fun lights and costumes. Kind of like this bathroom, which marries an oblong toilet with a blue backlight. The dark walls create depth.

36. Classic Grandma

206 Weber (basement bathroom)
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Everyone loves their grandmother’s house so turning the bathroom into that type of classic look will make the user feel at home. 

37. Modern 

Modern bathroom

Moving in the opposite direction, this full bathroom has very little room to spare. The designer makes the most of it in a classic yet modern way. 

38. Glass Block

Modern bathroom with glassblock

Glass block windows help with privacy, which is important when it comes to bathrooms. And the aesthetic offers a unique yet classic look in this example.  

39. Corners Corners Corners

Basement Bathroom
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This designer uses the corner trick to add storage to a space that is lacking greatly. A short table and a few shelves does wonders. 

40. Open Wall Cabinets

Example of a small classic 3/4 alcove shower design in Other with open cabinets
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By keeping the doors off your cabinets you are not only forced to keep them organized it adds more room to a smaller space. 

41. Wide Mirror And Two Tones

Interior of new modern bathroom in daylight

Here we have a designer that uses the same approaches we’ve covered. Splitting the wall color/texture into two and wide mirrors does the job. 

42. More Shelving

5804 Revelstoke Basement Bathroom
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This shelving unit is a bit more delicate and ornamental than the ones we’ve seen and it does the job of cornering well. 

43. Go To The Beach

Inspiration for a small coastal master porcelain tile and gray floor drop-in bathtub
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The bathroom is known as the “water closet” for a reason, so why not go with the water theme by imitating this beautiful beach design plan. 

44. Matching Patterns

Old fashioned style bathroom with wallpaper, decorated gold mirror and wall shelf

Like a person who wears striped pants with a polka-dotted shirt, sometimes opposing patterns come together to make a small bathroom look fabulous. 

45. Sink With Legs

Sink With Legs bathroom
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This trick works well with half-baths. Avoid a sink with a cabinet underneath. You have less storage but a nice clean and wider look. 

46. More Wallpaper

Luxury red and gold small bathroom with silver radiator.

Wallpaper is fun and offers so many options. This designer showed us how ornate walls paired with simple hardware make for the prettiest of rooms. 

47. More Backlighting

my bathroom sink. the space is extremely small
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This circular mirror adds a lot to this extremely miniature space. Paired with the glass bowl sink this room says a lot by using very little. 

48. Murals

Part of modern bathroom interior with sink and mirror

Painting images on the wall to tell a story is a practice that goes back as far as our species. It’s a lovely way to pay homage to something that means the world to you.

49. Stacking

Moroccan Style bathroom

This sink sits upon a table that looks like one stacked on the other. The open face of this design offers freedom and room to breathe. 

50. Rehab Something

Steampunk Bathroom Cabinet
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This is an old water heater that was turned into a cute place for storage in an oddly small space. Scouring the local reuse markets can lead to several gems like this. 

51. Efficiency

Small Bathroom inspiration
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No matter what colors you choose, when dealing with small spaces you want to make use of it all. Shelving, sink, toilet, shower. It doesn’t get much simpler than that. 

52. Here Comes The Sun

Part of small Modern Bathroom with washing machine

Yellow is arguably the brightest of colors. Dabbling with it in a small space brings warmth and a smile to those who use it. Notice the washing machine and use of space. 

53. Blue Bayou

Navy Blue bathroom

The color of water blue is always a good choice for a bathroom. With vertical stripes, opposing tile over the sink, and a mirror placed just off to the side, this pulls together perfectly. 

54. Find Gadgets

The Greenest Bathroom Rack
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Here is an example of the innovation that humans are capable of. This allows the owner to use an oddly shaped small space productively. And you can build it yourself!

55. Sage Green

Small half-bath with vanity mirror

Stepping away from blue for a minute, sage green is a lovely color that adds softness to the room and makes it seem to be a little bigger. 

56. Wall Racks

Wooden Recessed Wall bathroom

I’ve talked a lot about shelving but not about racks. These save space and can even come wired to plugin so your towel is warm when you get out of the shower. 

57. Wall Mount

Helpful Bathroom Octopus
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When you have a space dominated by children it’s always a good idea to make those daily tasks fun. This octopus offers storage and another personality to the room. 

58. Simple Shelving

Floating Shelves Over Bath Tub

These wood shelves off a depth in design without taking up too much space. These could be created with some woodworking knowledge. 

59. Utilize Dimensions

Chevron Bathroom
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Chevron patterns like this one demand attention and, when paired with a stark mirror-like the red one this is a room everyone will admire. 

60. Limit Storage

Vintage mansion - a small water closet with a sink

This designer sacrifices storage to broaden the space. The shelf in the back offers somewhere for a towel but keeping it open offers a cleaner space.

61. Get Creative

Mid Bathtub Vanity

The sink offers a unique way to utilize small spaces. It’s a full bathroom in probably half the size of others. And it doesn’t compromise on style. 

62. Jutted

Modern white bathroom with dark sink and a large mirror

Here we have a sink that juts out from the wall and is offset by a lower shelf for towels and storage. They are a nice contrast to the overpowering white.

63. Green Tiled Two-Tone

Small Green Bathroom

This designer merges the advantages of lighter color schemes with a two-toned wall to bring you a bathroom that is simple and soft. 

64. Nothing Rhymes With Orange

Orange small bathroom with large painting.

While orange is a bold move, you can see how well it works with the redwood flooring and the colorful artwork. Bold is a wise move sometimes. 

65. All In One

Small Bathroom Makeover
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Small spaces are especially tiny when they require you to put them all on one wall. The petite sink, open shelves, and product holder allows the mirrored cabinet to blend in. 

66. Think Pink

Pink Tone Bathroom

Pink is a nurturing color, which is why it works so well in rooms where we pamper ourselves. The bidet and the lounge-style tub screams “indulge me”!

67. Repurpose Repurpose Repurpose

Bathroom Cabinet
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Utilizing wood is a fantastic way to bring natural beauty into any design plan. Custom work like this are works of art that have an everyday function.

68. More Corner Work

Corner Bathroom Vanity in a Full Bathroom

This bathroom is unique in its shape so utilizing the corner is a must. In this case, the vanity and the sink were set to the side so the bathroom looks bigger. 

69. Just A Tub

Just a Tub bathroom

By using the simple white tub as the centerpiece of this design the user will have a greater sense of luxury as opposed to a regular tub that you find in the wall. 

70. Blocks

Contemporary style bathroom. Large mirror, tiled walls, flooring and countertop navajo white color.

The single white bowl stands out with all the other block images in this design. The flooring, tile, cabinets, mirror, and more are rigid while the sing flows. 

71. More Mirrors

Mirror A Wall bathroom

Mirrors add space to any room so there is no reason you need to limit the mirrors to over the sink. Adding one to another area will give your guest a second chance to check themselves out. 


Whether you are looking for a classic mirror to replace an old one or to completely remodel your entire basement bathroom these 71 ideas were sure to spark some inspiration to take with you. 

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