Toilet Room Makeover Reveal and Clever Bathroom Storage - Kelley Nan (2022)

In less than 48 hours, I conquered that small, forgotten space – that room within the bathroom. A toilet room that was once a dungeon and wasted space has been made over not just in appearance, but also functionality. Read on for the full toilet room makeover reveal and clever bathroom storage.

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Toilet Room Makeover Reveal

Friends, there’s a reason you don’t typically see much of my bathrooms. As much as I don’t care for them, a full renovation is totally out of the question, both in priority and funds. But, the space that has bothered me the most out of our bathrooms is the water closet within our master bathroom. Well, I’ve talked about a surprise makeover reveal coming soon but have been tight lipped as to which space it was… I am so excited to finally share the DRASTIC transformation we were able to achieve in less than two days. You don’t hear much about toilet rooms – how they should look or their potential. Before, it was pretty typical- a dungeon-esque, bare room. With no natural light, the paint looks so dark and gloomy. Would you believe this is the same paint in our great room that looks so light and bright?!

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When I decided to take on the project, I considered a few things. 1. It had to be quick and relatively painless. Since I’ve been in the middle of a BIG master bedroom overhaul (reveal coming this Thursday!), I didn’t want to take on something super labor intensive. 2. I wanted to make the most of this space and add some functionality. It is a smaller room (hello, it’s purpose is to hold a toilet) but it’s large enough to come up with some creative storage solutions and answer some of my other space challenges. 3. I wanted it to be “happier”, lighter, and brighter. The result?

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Y’all, I swear this has become Dave’s favorite room in the house! haha It looks crazy different but the changes were crazy simple. No ripping out tile, no grouting… just cosmetic enhancements and storage. I didn’t even have to order from multiple sources- Bed Bath & Beyond had everything down to the wallpaper and lighting (I had no idea they carried these kinds of things, much less furniture like full vanities). I also signed up for their new Beyond+ program; for $29, you get 20% off your entire purchase plus free shipping on every order. You can see more on signing up HERE. I loved having everything show up at my door but after it all arrived, I took a quick trip out to the store to make sure I hadn’t forgotten anything (and to look at the gadget wall- my favorite part of shopping at BB&B haha). They carry my favorite cleaning line (I’ve talked about this several times), so I picked up a few extra bottle of Hope’s.

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So, there were a few zones we tackled- 1. walls (new paint and wall paper), 2. lighting (got rid of the “boob light”), 3. storage, and finally 4. accessorizing. The first thing I did was remove everything (there wasn’t much! haha), took down the light, and painted the walls with the leftover Benjamin Moore Simply White paint from the bedroom. I am NOT a painter but thought since the room was small, I could knock it out. I didn’t anticipate having to bring in an outside work light (what did I think would happen when the fixture was removed, with no natural light?! haha) or prepare for the number of coats (with primer, different ceiling paint, etc.) and just prayed that when the light was installed, it would show a thorough job. (Thank goodness, it did!) Painting was honestly 3/4 of the work of the entire room. Oh, and if you want to paint like I do, make sure to wear your hair in the highest, biggest messy bun so it can add textured strokes to all the walls and you can continue to pick paint out of your tresses two weeks later 😉

Next, Dave hung the lantern. Since I was going for light, bright, kind of loft-y modern, I wanted to stick to chrome fixtures and had an idea for hanging something a little more statement-y over the toilet. This lantern comes in multiple colors and sizes but the three-light guy turned out perfect.Dave even put it on a dimmer, which I especially like – ultra soft lighting in the middle of the night? Yes, please!

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The next part of the project was what I was most skeptical of but ended up being my favorite part. Because the room is so small, I wanted some sort of detail/accent wall. But, like I said, I wanted something quick, fairly painless, and it wasn’t in the budget to hire out for something crazy. I am loving this wallpaper revival trend but also don’t trust myself not to ruin expensive paper (and my walls). Having never applied wallpaper (I saw what it took for my wallpaper-er to hang the grasscloth just in my built-ins) I just didn’t want to do it. But, (again, I was shocked), in my browsing, I saw Bed Bath & Beyond had a selection of temporary, peel and stick wallpaper (see them all HERE). The description said it didn’t harm walls and you can remove when you’re finished. It’s super inexpensive so I thought, worst case scenario, if I get in the middle of it and decide I can’t do it, I’ll ditch it and pretend like it was never a possibility. I apprehensively decided to just go for it, using only a box cutter and a ruler (as my smoothing tool haha) and while it wasn’t the easiest thing I’ve ever done, it was actually pretty simple with patience. (Definitely pack your patient pants for this project! Lining up seams and hanging everything perfectly straight is not for the faint of heart 😉 ). This part of the project took the second longest; there are three drops on the back wall – I still have plenty left over after having ordered two rolls. As you can imagine, the corner (the last piece) and going around the toilet was the most difficult. With each piece, I had to excitedly take a picture and run downstairs to show Dave my progress. Y’all, I am so glad I decided to challenge myself a little because we love it.

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Actually, we love it so much, it was almost hard to hang the storage cabinet (one of the first pieces in the original plan) in fear it would cover too much of it. When I shared my bathroom organization projects (closet HERE), (cabinets and drawersHERE), I had a lot of questions about where I store my cleaning supplies. We are fortunate to have a lot of storage space, but, if you don’t or you are looking for other solutions aside from taking up that valuable real estate under the sink, the wall above the toilet in the toilet room offers the perfect place for extra storage.

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I also loved the opportunity to display some of our new colorful art from our latest trip to New England. I paired it with another print from my San Francisco trip and put them in matching matted frames (all in the same set HERE). I always try to get a small painting/drawing/print (around postcard size is ideal) from the places I visit – I know you won’t be surprised, I learned it from Mama Nan 😉

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I usually use baskets as waste baskets but with my marble/loft-ish vibe, I thought I needed something a little more sleek- especially since I wanted to use this rattan basket for extra toilet paper. I decided to spring for the marble trash can.

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The little nook in the corner next to the door probably took the most planning. With storage above the toilet, I had a new (12″) space to work with. Another issue I have is how to conceal the toilet brush and plunger… after finding a hamper with a hard bottom that was narrow enough, I came up with the perfect storage solution. PS- I kind of can’t believe I am showing you these befores! haha

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All of that was replaced with a storage hamper with a flat space on top for sitting magazines, books, etc.

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Pretty crazy for less than a weekend makeover, right?! After seeing how much we actually do enjoy this space more (we don’t talk about it but we all spend time in here!), I’m so thankful that our small little hole doesn’t look like a tiny cave with bad lighting anymore! Do you have a toilet room? What does it look like? Or maybe you have a bathroom that could benefit from a few cosmetic and efficiency improvements. With a weekend and a few simple changes, your future self will thank you 😉

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FAQs

How can I make a small toilet look nice? ›

Room essential to a fresh and modern toilet room is to choose a white suite. This will make the room

What is a separate toilet room called? ›

A separate toilet room, sometimes known as a water closet, is an old design element that is popping up again in master bathrooms everywhere.

Should the toilet be in a separate room? ›

“The toilet gets in the way of this daily ritual and should be in a separate room to enclose any undesirable odours and noises.” By separating the bathroom from the toilet, home owners can be better assured of privacy, hygiene and ease of access.

What is trending in bathroom 2022? ›

Natural And Spa-like Surfaces, Combined

Perhaps the biggest bathroom trend you can expect to see in 2022 is an emphasis on serene, smooth surfaces and understated, organic materials. Think: large slabs of monochromatic stone, matte black fixtures and light oak-wood surfaces that are naturally elegant.

What color makes a small bathroom look bigger? ›

So what colors make a bathroom look bigger? According to basic design principles, light colors such as white, crème, pastel blue, gray or yellow will visually expand a room, while dark colors such as a deep red, green or brown, will make a room feel smaller.

What are the 3 types of bathrooms? ›

In general, you'll have three types to choose from—master, guest and half—but the choices for how you configure and design these are just about infinite.

Does having a separate toilet add value? ›

A downstairs toilet can add up to 5% to the value of your property. Properties however with only a downstairs bathroom actually go down in value. On the other hand, if you already have a bathroom on the first floor and are planning to add a toilet downstairs, it's a great way to boost the value of your property.

What's a fancy word for toilet? ›

What is another word for toilet?
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How large should a toilet room be? ›

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The size for a separate toilet compartment should be at least 36x66 inches with a swing-out or pocket door. Code Requirement: The minimum size for a separate toilet compartment is 30x60 inches.

Where should the toilet go in a bathroom? ›

One must pay special attention during the placement of the toilet seat inside the bathroom. It should be placed in the west or north-west direction as it supports the elimination of waste and toxins from one's body.

What is a bathroom closet called? ›

In modern real estate parlance, the term “water closet” has received a whole new definition. Today, the term largely refers to a small, closed room containing a toilet that's situated within a larger bathroom. This space may or may not also have a small sink for washing up.

What are the new bathroom colors for 2022? ›

According to top interior designers, modern blue, light green, and warmer neutral bathroom color schemes are popular in 2022. These are a continuation of 2021's best bathroom color trends in many ways. In a similar fashion, shades like taupe, all-white bathrooms, and warm natural undertones are also trending this year.

What Colours are trending for bathrooms 2022? ›

Expect to see a lot more of green hues in 2022. Pastels, tinted shades, emerald, green, sage greens and more. Green is a brilliant way to refresh a bathroom without overpowering, additionally it's really nice hue to introduce that can encourage positive wellbeing. Bringing you back to nature with pops of colour.

What are the 2022 color fixtures? ›

The most popular trend in home design in 2022 is switching over to matte black fixtures and finishes in the kitchen to distinguish and add personality to the space. Adding black to the features in any room is nearly always appropriate, especially when utilized as an understated finish or accent.

What is the most popular bathroom vanity color? ›

Traditionally, white has been the most popular bathroom vanity color for years. It never really goes out of style, and there are many different kinds of white, not just “paper” white. Because it's been so popular for so long, there is always the danger of overusing it.

What flooring makes a bathroom look bigger? ›

Horizontal floor tiles are successful in making the room look less cramped, and making your small bathroom appear that much larger.

What is the best color for bathroom floor? ›

Light and cool toned shades, especially white and grays, and other light neutrals. Neutral colors, especially light ones are the most popular. Bathrooms tend to be smaller than other rooms in the house (and often have fewer windows), so going lighter tends to work better. Lighter colors make the space look larger.

What is a 2 way bathroom? ›

A Jack and Jill bathroom is a bathroom that has two or more entrances. Usually the entrances are from two bedrooms but there might be an one entrance from a bedroom and one entrance from the corridor.

What is a 1/4 bathroom? ›

Well, a quarter bath is a restroom that has only one fixture instead of having all the components of a traditional bathroom. Typically due to limited space, a 1/4 bath is different from a full bathroom because it only has a toilet.

What is a 3/4 bathroom? ›

As opposed to a traditional full bath, a three-quarter bath is usually characterized by an efficient combination of standing shower, sink and toilet. This simple but useful design is often used for guest bathrooms, and it can add tremendous utility and value to your home.

What adds the most value to a bathroom? ›

11 Ways to Add Value to Bathrooms
  • Create Twin Sinks. For shared bathrooms, installing an extra sink can be a brilliant move. ...
  • Update Lighting. ...
  • Integrate Custom Storage. ...
  • Add a Neutral Palette. ...
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  • Install New Tile. ...
  • Update Shower Fixtures.
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What home improvements do not add value? ›

  • 6 House Improvements To Avoid. ...
  • A Swimming Pool Or Hot Tub. ...
  • Elaborate Professional Landscaping. ...
  • Garage Conversion. ...
  • Unique Wallpaper. ...
  • Sunrooms. ...
  • Bedroom Conversion. ...
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How much does a renovated bathroom Add to house value? ›

But just how much value does a bathroom remodel add to your home? According to the RenoFi Renovation Index, on average, you'll be able to recoup somewhere between $13,688 (64% of the project's cost) for a midrange remodel and $37,995 for an upscale remodel (56.6% of the project's cost).

What are toilets called in England? ›

Loo. Despite being a very British word for toilet, 'loo' is actually derived from the French phrase 'guardez l'eau', which means 'watch out for the water'.

What is a toilet called in Italy? ›

Italian Word of the Day: Gabinetto (toilet)

What do Americans call a toilet? ›

If it's a toilet, it's called a toilet. Except in America where there is a taboo on "vulgar" terms and a euphemism is required, so they use "bathroom". It doesn't matter whether or not there is a bath or shower in the room.

Where should a mirror be placed in a small bathroom? ›

The most common place to hang a bathroom mirror is above the vanity unit, as this allows you to look in the mirror while brushing your teeth.

How can I make my white bathroom look expensive? ›

Use a light neutral paint color and white bath linens to create a high-end hotel bathroom style. A casual bathroom can look more expensive if you splurge on quality white towels and rugs. Pair your white linens with neutral accessories to tie everything together.

How can I make my room smell 24 7? ›

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What color light is best for bathrooms? ›

As a rough guideline, bulbs labeled “daylight,” which generally have a color temperature of 5000 Kelvin to 6500 Kelvin, or bulbs labeled “cool white” or “bright white,” with a color temperature of 3500 Kelvin to 4100 Kelvin, are best for the bathroom.

How do you tile a small bathroom to make it look bigger? ›

Use large plain-coloured floor tiles

It's a common mistake to use smaller floor tiles in a small bathroom. This actually makes the room look smaller as it creates more dividing lines between the tiles. Choosing a large, plain-coloured tile will give the impression of more floor space and a cleaner, less cluttered look.

What kind of shower curtain make bathroom look bigger? ›

Go vertical: Lightweight shower curtains with vertical stripes that draw the eye upward are excellent choices for making your bathroom look more substantial. You can choose from muted patterns, open-weave patterns, and light colors.

Does toilet have to be next to shower? ›

Both the residential building and plumbing codes have the same requirements: A minimum clearance in front of the toilet of at least 21 inches. This is required for all your bathroom fixtures, including the shower, vanity or sink and bathtub.

What is the smallest space you can fit a toilet? ›

Most codes require at least 15 inches (measured from the center of the toilet) from any side wall or obstruction and not closer than 30 inches center to center to any other sanitary fixture. (The NKBA actually recommends 32 inches.) There should be at least 24 inches of clear space in front of a toilet or bidet.

What is a good size master bathroom? ›

In newer homes, a typical master bathroom occupies an area ranging from 115 to 210 square feet. The master bathroom in older houses was considerably smaller and used to occupy a modest 75 to 100 square feet. A typical master bathroom design has room for the toilet, a bathtub, a shower stall, and a double sink.

Which side should toilet face? ›

The toilet seat should always be placed in such a direction that the person using it would be facing the northern or southern direction of the home. This will keep the health of the family members balanced.

Can a toilet be next to the door? ›

The toilet should be positioned ninety degrees to the door or at least several feet away from the bathroom door.

How much space do you need between toilet and vanity? ›

A toilet should have some elbow room between it and another fixture or vanity. The NKBA's recommendation is at least 18″. Codes allow a minimum distance of 15″.

What is a private toilet room called? ›

A separate toilet room, sometimes known as a water closet, is an old design element that is popping up again in master bathrooms everywhere.

What do plumbers call toilets? ›

Because it had water, it became known as the water closet. Somehow the name stuck, and plumbers continue to refer to a toilet as a water closet. That's what the “WC” imprinted on most toilets stands for.

What is two sinks in a bathroom called? ›

What is a double sink vanity? A double sink bathroom vanity has two sinks installed into the cabinet. The countertop is usually cut to accommodate the two sinks as well as the faucets that are installed. Since having two sinks, you're also going to need 2 faucets.

How can I make my toilet private? ›

Simple Barrier. One of the simplest ways to add privacy to a master bathroom is to install a divider between the toilet and the rest of the bathroom. This can be anything from a 1/2 or 3/4 wall to a small protrusion. This is the most basic form of visual barrier to separate a toilet from the rest of the bathroom.

What is the smallest toilet size? ›

Above: The Galba Small Toilet is the smallest on our list (it's said to be the smallest gravity flush floor-mount toilet available) with a 24.5-inch length; $519.95 on Amazon.

What is a good size bathroom? ›

An average sized bathroom is anywhere between 36-40 square feet for an apartment or small home. This size is the general size as it encompasses both ¾ baths as well as full baths, giving you just about enough room for a shower, a bath, a sink and a toilet.

Where should a toilet be placed in a bathroom? ›

One must pay special attention during the placement of the toilet seat inside the bathroom. It should be placed in the west or north-west direction as it supports the elimination of waste and toxins from one's body.

How do you cover a toilet? ›

Drape a cover on top of the seat with the middle flap pointing inwards. Rip the 3 joints surrounding the middle flap so it falls directly into the toilet. Flush the cover down the toilet once you're done using it.

What is a comfort height toilet? ›

Comfort height toilets (or “right height” toilets) have higher seats than traditional toilets, usually between 17 inches and 19 inches. Comfort height toilets are becoming a popular option for many households.

What is the standard toilet size? ›

Overall, a standard toilet will be between 27 and 30 inches deep, with a back height of 21 to 31 inches and a width of about 20 inches. An ADA-compliant version needs to have a seat height of 17 to 19 inches.

How small can you make a toilet room? ›

The size for a separate toilet compartment should be at least 36x66 inches with a swing-out or pocket door. Code Requirement: The minimum size for a separate toilet compartment is 30x60 inches.

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