How To Style a Small Bathroom

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When we chose an old home over a newer build, I knew two things were inevitable: a small bathroom and a small closet. Granted, everything is kind of small! I joke with Paul that I think the one thing I’ll appreciate most in our forever home is a normal pantry! We have an awkward shelving unit to store food on. Do you know how hard it is to fit Paul’s cereal addiction?! It’s like Tetris every morning! haha.

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But surprisingly, a small bathroom didn’t bother me. Our bathroom has a built-in vanity that I sit at while I get ready so it hasn’t been bad at all! Of course when we are hosting I wish we had another half bath, but I think I’ve learned how to make it as functional as possible. If you have a smaller bathroom or roommates, I thought it would be fun to share my tips for styling!

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First things first, when picking a color palette I decided to go the neutral route. I honestly, thought if I did a turquoise shower curtain or something it would look smaller and mess with lighting. Can’t have a blue-hue while putting on foundation! 😉 The next step was to use every space as a functional space. Smaller books can create a flat-top on your commode for perfume or q-tip/cotton ball storage. I use old diptyque candle jars to hold bathroom must haves!

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Our shower curtain is a simple white monogrammed one from etsy. Here is a similar one!

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Monogrammed towels are a must for me in terms of bathroom styling. It’s a way to incorporate your taste or color [if you wanted to do something other than black thread!] without adding clutter.

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This vanity is seriously the biggest life saver we have! Paul stores his goods in the medicine cabinet [and I MIGHT keep a few things there too 😉 ] and I sit here. Peaches sits in my lap while I do my makeup and she just stares. It’s so funny!

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Bobbi Brown Blender Brush: Link

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This wall was a bit dark and awkward so I leaned a mirror from One Kings Lane up against the wall.

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Bracelet: Baublebar

I love my GLAMbox and have the Petite version. In my old apartment I had the Luxe size, but I just do a better job of decluttering old products and the Petite works great! You can get free shipping on them today with code COF at checkout!

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Deborah Lippmann Gel Kit: Link

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Nars Glosses: Link 

Favorite Shades: Turkish Delight, Striptease, Easy Lover, Chelsea Girls

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Leopard Bench: LivenUP Design [c/o]

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I try to keep the vanity area as clean as possible because I know if I didn’t organize my GLAMbox pretty frequently it could look disheveled. Before you go to bed, just spend 5 minutes placing your makeup up properly and you won’t ever have a huge mess to deal with! If you go a neutral route in the bathroom add in some florals for color pops! If you don’t want to deal with real ones dying, these are my favorite faux ones!

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Below I’ll break down a list to help you shop for yours!


Small Bathroom Styling Checklist:

1. Monogrammed Shower Curtain: Link

2. Sunburst Mirror: Link

3. Diptyque Candles: Link

4. Book For Storage: Link

5. Mirror for Vanity: Link

6. GLAMbox: Link [free shipping with code COF]

7. Leopard X-Bench: Link

8. Monogrammed Towels: Link

9. Flowers: Link

10. Diffuser: Link

I hope this post inspired you in your bathroom! Do you have any favorite pieces in yours you use to style?!

XOXOKatey-2

Photography by: Carmen Evans

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20 Comments

  1. Melanie wrote:

    I have been thinking about getting a Glam Box, but quick question about yours. Is the organizer on the top that you have your lipsticks in included or is that a separate piece?

    Published 19 May 16Reply
  2. Morgan wrote:

    Lots of inspiration here! The little vanity nook is so cute and functional for you! It’s like they knew this would one day be your house 😉

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

    Published 19 May 16Reply
  3. Hallie wrote:

    Is the Glambox worth the splurge, or have you found a cheaper option? I’ve been looking at them for ages but I just don’t know if I can justify the money! #recentcollegegrad probs!

    Published 19 May 16Reply
    • Irina wrote:

      I have a dupe from Bed Bath and Beyond which is awesome, but I do hear that GlamBoxes are much more durable overall. I guess if you’re not going to be dropping it it’s OK to grab a cheaper alternative 🙂

      I have a couple of organizers that I’ve gotten either at Bed, Bath & Beyond or the Container store and I think they’re just as good. Just my 2 cents 🙂

      Published 19 May 16Reply
      • Katey wrote:

        Hi y’all!

        If you head to my snapchat [kateymcfarlan] I just did a review on the difference of both brands! 🙂 I hope that is helpful!!

        xo,

        Katey

        Published 19 May 16Reply
  4. Camille wrote:

    Your bathroom is done so well. Love your style. That GlamBox looks amazing but it’s so expensive. It really makes an impression however.

    http://www.thecocooners.com

    Published 19 May 16Reply
  5. Kerri wrote:

    Hi, can u please provide the link to your gold mirror from one Kings lane? It doesn’t seem to link to the specific one. Thanks!

    Published 19 May 16Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Kerri!

      I totally would but unfortunately One Kings Lane is a flash sale site! So things are really only in stock until the sale is over and this isn’t available anymore. 🙁 Im sorry!

      xo,

      Katey

      Published 19 May 16Reply
  6. Alyssa wrote:

    I wish I had a built-in space for a vanity! Our bathroom is both small and awkwardly shaped (we have one of those little inlets, too, but there’s no built-in so I have a storage cabinet there). I had to create a vanity space for myself in our master – which you can see here.

    Alyssa @ Feathers and Stripes

    Published 19 May 16Reply
  7. Kiki wrote:

    Hi! I love the vanity! Where is that from? Such a cute little space, well done 🙂

    Published 19 May 16Reply
  8. I die for the photo of the window shutters and your monogrammed towels! Also love the little nook you have for makeup <3

    BlondieInTheCity.com

    Published 19 May 16Reply
  9. Jess wrote:

    I love how white and bright everything is!! Those monogrammed towels are gorgeous and I think the leopard print bench is my new favourite thing. Like, ever.

    Published 19 May 16Reply
  10. Kathryn wrote:

    Such great post! Love the tips.

    xx Kathryn
    http://www.chicandshimmer.com

    Published 19 May 16Reply
  11. Hailee wrote:

    I love what you are wearing in the photos!! Where can I find it!!

    Published 19 May 16Reply
  12. This post is so helpful! I have been wanting to get a GlamBOX! They seem wonderful for keeping everything all organized!

    Jordan: The Teacup of Style
    Instagram: @teacupofstyle

    Published 20 May 16Reply
  13. taylor wrote:

    Hi there!
    Where is your robe from I love it!!

    Thanks
    xoxo Taylor

    Published 21 May 16Reply
  14. Reagan Stofcheck wrote:

    Hi Katey!

    Where did you get the monogrammed cosmetic bag from? It’s so cute!

    Thanks,
    Reagan

    Published 11 Nov 16Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Reagan!

      My mother in law got it for me as a gift!

      Xo,

      Katey

      Published 11 Nov 16Reply
  15. Jewel wrote:

    I love the look of your powder room, and wanted to know what color trash can and rug did you use in it?

    Published 02 Feb 17Reply