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The Wash Closet: Little Space, Big Impact

With the holidays upon us, you may be hosting family and friends or just having more guests over than usual.

This means your “wash closet” may be getting more use than normal. If you have a spare bathroom or half bath that your guests generally use, now is the time to spruce it up. We have worked with several clients who have created unique, delightfully designed wash closets, so we’ve compiled a few design tips on how to make a big impact in a small space.

Tile isn’t just for floors

white subway tile on wall of bathroom
In a small space, tile can move its way from the floors up the walls to create a seamless look that makes a space feel bigger. Especially when you use a bright white subway tile in a herringbone pattern like these clients did with clean white walls and cabinetry. Small splashes of color make a big impact as well.

Bold wallpaper

bold washroom wallpaper bold washroom wallpaper

Wallpaper is making a big comeback, but it’s not for every room. The wash closet is the perfect place to experiment with bold patterns and colors without committing your whole house to a specific look. These clients were all about the wallpaper and didn’t hold back, which had a big payoff.

Mixed materials

washcloset with mixed materials

Much like wallpaper, mixing materials in a small space can have a big payoff. Experiment with new or non-traditional materials like concrete countertops alongside traditional tile and a modern-meets-classic ceramic basin sink.

Lux lighting

chandelier inside small washcloset bathroom

While folks might be doing a little touch-up in the wash closet, the lighting there doesn’t need to be as practical as the space where you get ready every day. Don’t shy away from unique lighting that creates a ton of ambiance. This is the perfect place to take advantage of the mini-chandelier movement.

Everybody loves shiplap

shiplap walls in small bathroom

Shiplap has made a huge comeback as well, thanks to a few very influential designers. It works particularly well in cottage and country-style designs. Paint it a soothing white for subdued texture and pattern. Pair it with a rustic vanity, vintage schoolhouse lighting and a few modern pops of color.

While your guests may not spend a lot of time in your wash closet and it may not take up a ton of square footage in your house, it can still make a big impact and leave a great impression.

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