A Simple & Stylish Small Bathroom Refresh

Use these ideas to complete a simple & stylish refresh for your small bathroom, without breaking the bank! Includes quick ways to update, and make your space look new again.

shelf decor in small bathroom with vanity

July 7, 2022: this post was originally published in July, 2021. It features our renovated bathroom at the Sutton Place house…which is still one of my favorite projects ever. I’ve updated all the links and added more information. Enjoy!

It’s been about a year since we completed our hallway bathroom remodel, and even though it all still looks wonderful, I wanted to refresh it for guests that are coming next month. I did most of my shopping online, which made this little project quick, easy, and affordable.

shelves over toilet in small bathroom

For this particular project, my goal was to add a little more color, refresh my towel inventory, and generally spruce things up. I concentrated on three things, so read on for all the details.

3 Tips to Refresh Any Bathroom

1. Update your linens…including towels, bath mats, and shower curtain.

One of the easiest ways to perk up any bathroom is with new linens. Splurge on a new shower curtain, and treat yourself to new towels and bath mats. You will be utterly amazed at how just these few simple changes will make your entire bathroom feel shiny and new. There is no installation, and these quick updates to your bathroom will be enjoyed by everyone who uses it. This is also the perfect place to add color if that’s your goal. I kept the shower curtain neutral, but added a pop of navy blue with new bath and hand towels.

neutral shower curtain in small bathroom

2. Update accessories & tidy the vanity.

Some small bathrooms are just that…and because of the size, there is no extra room for decorative accessories. But, if you have shelves or any other type of display area, rearrange what you have, and add something new. Roll your towels and make them part of the decor. Add texture with baskets and faux greenery. Use a tray or wire basket to keep items on the vanity in order.

bathroom shelf decor

3. Add something unexpected & something fragrant.

Last summer when I was putting the finishing touches on this hallway bathroom, I wanted a stool or bench of some sort for the corner by the window. I was undecided about what would work best, so instead of possibly making a mistake, I put the idea on the back burner. I took my time, and looked at several options. I considered a ceramic garden stool, but in the end, I chose this amazing teak shower bench. It was a bit of a splurge, but I knew it would be perfect. The dark wood ties in with the shelves, and it’s so much more comfortable than sitting on the toilet seat!

The teak bench made the move to the Sugar Maple House, and looks perfect in our main bathroom. In fact, it actually fits better in our new bathroom than it did in the one on Sutton Place! Take a look HERE.

teak bench in small bathroom

I believe that every bathroom needs at least one scented candle. Bathrooms are generally small and enclosed, so when a candle is lit, the scent remains strong and relaxing. They are especially wonderful when the lights are low, and the bath water is running. Other ideas for adding a fragrant touch to your small bathroom:

Shop + Source

Click the links below to be taken directly to the product listing. Every effort has been made to provide sources for the items found in this post. Where actual items were no longer available, I’ve provided similar options. If an item is out of stock but may be restocked, I left it on the list.

chevron woven basket | shower curtain | teak bench | lidded seagrass basket | navy bath and hand towel set | white bath mats | hyacinth storage baskets | faux greenery | decorative stoneware pitcher |

navy hand towel beside sink in small bathroom

Even though our small bathroom doesn’t have that “spa” look, it’s still nice to add spa-like accessories and features. It’s a no-fail way to make your guests, and your family, feel pampered!

For more information on our hallway bathroom renovation, and a full source list, click {HERE.}

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  1. I remember when you first published this post about your bathroom renovation. I loved everything you had done and still do! My entire house is done in navy, beige and cream so I’m always so inspired by everything you do. Thank you for taking the time to share your home with us.

  2. Beautiful bathroom. Love the teak bench especially.

  3. You have just inspired me to refresh our guest bath! It is a small bath with no window. Thinking of adding 2 shelves over the toilet such as you have.

  4. Deb❤️ says:

    Your post may be an older one BUT NEVER out of date! We’re looking at doing a little bathroom reno and this post comes in handy.

  5. Ruth Newton says:

    So very pretty. I love the way you rolled the towels on the shelves. I would be so afraid they would get knocked into the toilet. lol Beautiful job!

  6. BettyAnne says:

    Oh, I really love the little bench. Just what I have been looking for.

  7. Wow! What a huge difference a few additions can make! I was reading during the pandemic an interesting fact about towels and why most hotels have white towels — so bleach can be added to kill germs and sanitize them. They also tend to last longer through multiple washings, look like new longer and won’t fade like towels that have color. I did change out all of my towels for white ones and I can vouch that they do still look brand new after being laundered many times…and for a future post, I’m requesting a towel and washcloth folding tutorial for options in guest bathrooms. Thank you, Ann!

  8. Love all the items that you’ve chosen Ann…I can use a few candles, so I’m off to purchase!

  9. Thanks for this gentle push to replace a dated shower curtain with this stunning tailored one. Your bathroom is so inviting.

  10. Bravo, Ann! Your beautiful bath does indeed have a spa look, even if small!! I love every single touch you added… :-)

  11. I agree with all of your refresh tips.I have incorporated some of these in our master bath to freshen it up.The bathroom really needs a redo but not in the budget.I do like Better Homes & Gardens home accessaries they are cute and very reasonably priced.

  12. Lovely Ann! I’m ready to book a “night or two”! Your guests will be wowed with you pretty refresh!