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Small Bathroom with a Muted Palette and Double-head Wall Sconce

Drawing on a soft muted palette, this cozy bathroom offers a soothing ambiance to wash the day off! The green-painted wall Is well accompanied by a yellow bathroom cupboard and green floor tiles. The vertically applied floor-to-ceiling single pieces evoke a visual interest. The bifurcated shapes on the backsplash, cabinet handles, and double-headed wall sconce not only achieve a sense of consistency but also add a playful touch. If you have a small bathroom, you can also add nuanced details to accomplish a playful and soothing design.

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Small Bathroom Backsplash with Intertwined Mirrors and Wood Cabinets

This compact yet beautiful contemporary bathroom’s main fixtures are flanked by two different types of bathing options: a shower and a bathtub. In the middle, the green subway tiles stretch from floor to ceiling to make a statement, adding a pop of color to break up the monotonic look of the space. The wood cabinets add a visual drama to create a contrast while their slatted doors let the interplay of shadow and light and offer layers of texture. The rest of the bathroom is coated with beige tiles to enlighten the space with a sense of warmth

Small Bathroom Backsplash

Minimalist, modern, traditional, or contemporary? What kind of look do you want for your bathroom? While going after the look you desire, if you are worried about how to arrange a small bathroom and keep everything in flow while preventing fixtures from visually and tactually blocking each other, this article introduces you to a wide range of designs that will guide you with a focus on a small bathroom backsplash.

Stylish and Functional Backsplash Designs for Small Bathrooms

A small bathroom backsplash can function as a space-enhancing factor, creating impactful designs and helping other elements blend in perfectly. While designing a small bathroom, there are a couple of visual tricks such as incorporating mirrors, building contrasts in the right proportions, and choosing and composing different colors to make it look larger. Wrap-around backsplashes, for instance, are helpful to create a monochromatic design that visually enhances the space without leading to any claustrophobic feelings. The layout of the tiles also impacts the design drastically. So, if you are ready to see more design projects, we can discover some small bathroom backsplash ideas together. Let’s start!

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Subway Tile Backsplash with Wood Floating Vanities and Wall-Mounted Faucet

In this cozy and light bathroom, the vertically laid pinkish ceramic subway tile backsplash with white grout paints an excellent backdrop that warms you instantly. The light wood floating vanity topped with white marble offers a beautiful pair, integrating with the backdrop beautifully. The wall-mounted brass-finish faucet adds an interesting element, while the washbowl on the countertop brings a layered and pronounced look.

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Contemporary Kitchen with Green Washbowls and Black-Framed Mirrors

A 4-inch standard backsplash is used on this modern bathroom wall. This fish scale tile backsplash almost blends in with the white wall surface, adding layered texture and a tactile impression. The interesting mirror patterns with black frames provide contrast while adding attention to the wall. The green round-shaped washbowls bring a dash of color and give consumers a pleasant sense.

How do you tile a small bathroom backsplash?

Tiling a small bathroom backsplash is not so much different than tiling any backsplash. The process of installing tiles is always more or less the same. However, selecting the right pattern and tile is the key point and much more important since the area you will be coating is relatively small. So, to put it differently, for the design to show itself, getting the right format is an essential detail.

After getting the backsplash and feeling ready for installation, apply mastic to the backsplash area. If it feels more convenient, you can also apply the mastic to the back of the tiles. Also, use spacers to make sure of uniform spacing across the wall. Wait for 24 hours for the tiles to dry completely and come back with a few sponges and warm water to apply the grout. Press firmly and make sure that the grout sinks between the tiles. Don’t worry about the tiles getting messy. Before the grout spread on the tiles dries up, just clean it softly with a sponge soaked in warm water.

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Pink Vanity with Brass Handles and White Fish Scale Backsplash

Awash with a variety of colors, this beautiful kitchen offers a perfect place to wash the day off and promises to energize you. The pink vanity, for instance, with brass handles looks like furniture, kind of out of place as a surprising element, yet without breaking up the design. The mermaid tile bathroom vanity backsplash suggests a theme suiting the bathroom, supported by shower-side turquoise square tiles. The wet-room-style shower cabin feels cozy thanks to the vaulted ceiling. Bronze mirror frames and plumbing fixtures add much-needed warmth while hexagon pink tiles coat the floors. Rich in color and geometry, this tiny bathroom speaks to your soul.

ID# 165604 | – Credit© Jasmine McClelland Design

Wood Floating Vanity with a Large Rectangular Mirror and Full-Height Backsplash

If you have a small bathroom and are not sure how to build an illusion of a larger one, this contemporary kitchen showcases how to create one. In such relatively small spaces, using a floating vanity keeps the floor neat and aids a spacious feeling, while the large mirror adds depth. The full-height backsplash with black grout dividing the whole surface into small squares coats the whole wall surface of the bathroom while benefiting from the mirror to reflect this integrity. This, in return, makes different corners flow into each other to establish an illusion of a larger bathroom.

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Scandinavian Bathroom with Hex Tile Backsplash and a Floating Vanity with Open Shelving

A wood floating vanity and a full-height hexagon tile backsplash distinguish this stunning kitchen design. The black grout on the hex tiles coordinates nicely with a black wall sconce and a black mirror frame, creating an intentional contrast to provide an appealing backdrop. The wood vanity provides warmth and a pop of color to the room. Its open shelf makes effective use of space while maintaining a user-friendly approach to towel storage!

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Unique Kids Bathroom Design with Colorful Accents

If you are designing a bathroom for your children, it might be nice to incorporate their favorite cartoon characters in the design to ensure that your kids have a great and fun time in the bathroom. And, the wide variety of ceramic tiles allows you to achieve your goal easily!! In this joyful kids’ bathroom design, the sonic mural created with colorful square tiles becomes the focal point of the space, adding a unique appeal. The same-sized white square tiles surround the rest of the surfaces and provide a clean and fresh look. The red vanity, step stool, and yellow pendant lights perfectly complete the quirky overall look.

Colors for Small Bathroom Backsplash

Colors arouse different feelings. So, before choosing a color for your backsplash, first, you can decide what kind of feeling you want it to evoke in you. Cheerfulness, dramatic impact, refreshment, or calmness? Just because the bathroom is small, you also shouldn’t feel restrained and think that your options are limited. When done rightly, even if the space is small, you can still incorporate various colors and patterns, creating a mixture of different feelings.

White Small Bathroom Backsplash

White backsplashes encourage the space to feel spacious, lightening it up in the meantime. Associated with purity and cleanliness, white suits the bathroom’s theme and function, bringing a sense of serenity to the interiors. Using a white backsplash is a great way, especially for small bathrooms, to make the space feel larger and brighter!

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Beach Style Bathroom with White Subway Wall Tiles

If you are working on a small bathroom, white tiles will be your savior. And, if you want to combine the pureness of white with a timeless pattern, there is no better option than a subway tile!! In this beach-style bathroom, the white subway wall tiles provide a clean and fresh backdrop for the rest of the space, adding a slight textural look. The small wood floating vanity stands out next to the white subway tile bathroom backsplash and creates a focal point. Also using wooden texture brings warmth with a natural charm to the space. The floor features encaustic concrete tiles that enhance visual interest with their eye-catching pattern.

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Black and White Small Bathroom Backsplash with Timber Accents

In this contemporary bathroom, the patterned wall tiles take the stage and provide a playful backdrop for the simple black, white, and timber color scheme. Even though these tiles surround all the wall surfaces, thanks to their naïve design, they create a nice textural look without overwhelming it. The matte black fixtures perfectly complete the modern lines of the overall look while the timber details of the upper cabinets enhance warmth.

Do bathrooms need a backsplash?

Yes, a bathroom backsplash is necessary to protect the walls from water, moisture, and mildew. Because bathrooms are damp and in high-traffic locations, the backsplash is even more important. Although the main aspect of a backsplash is protection, you can also enrich the aesthetic values of the bathroom to project your personality and add more character!!

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Scandinavian Bathroom with Subway Tile Backsplash and Wood Floating Shelf

The minimalist and soothing atmosphere of this Scandinavian bathroom lures you for longer stays. The beveled subway tile backsplash, for instance, with a 3D effect evokes a tactile feel, while the wood floating shelf adds another layer of texture. The round mirror and a vessel sink break up the formality of rectangular forms, while the mirror’s black frame and wall-mounted plumbing fixtures accentuate the white-painted wall.

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Shiplap Walls with a Wooden Vanity and Black Plumbing

The wood floating shelf and white shiplap boards create a characterful space, which is fresh and bright. The gray tile flooring lends a neutral feeling underfoot. The mirror captures a scene from the outdoors, bringing greenery to the bathroom indirectly. So, while looking into the mirror, users can also get a glimpse of nature.

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White Small Bathroom Backsplash with Navy Blue Vanity

Complemented with an eye-catching wallpaper design, this tiny bathroom serves as a piece of art! The navy blue vanity complements the opulent feel of the gold embellishments wonderfully. The white geometrical tile backsplash blends well with the other elements, producing a clean and fresh appearance. The black hexagon floor tiles, on the other hand, contrast with the lighter tones and add depth to the area.

Gray Small Bathroom Backsplash

Gray is a versatile color and can be adjusted to any theme with a large scale of hues. For small bathrooms, using a lighter shade of gray amplifies the space, while you can benefit from the darker hues to create a dramatic effect. Gray marble or any other stone slab backsplashes achieve excellent backdrops soothing and sophisticated in the meantime. You can also choose tile backsplashes to introduce some geometric forms with gray to make a visual statement.

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Cylinder-shaped Washbasin with Round Mirror and Gray Backsplash

The white washbasin in the form of a cylinder is treated as a work of art! It has a modern side and pops out against the gray wrap-around backsplash. The round, frameless mirror works well with the backsplash and basin to provide integrity and balance.

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Small Bathroom Backsplash with an Eclectic Context

In this small bathroom, the mixture of materials creates an eclectic design with a sense of refreshment. The gray glass subway tiles lend a soothing feeling, while a huge, white washbowl nests on the wood-floating open cupboard. As the eyes go up and down, they also meet different visual schemes: the pink wallpaper design and diamond-pattern floor, which create a dynamic environment together and showcase that even if the bathroom is small, you can still integrate various patterns for an impactful look!!

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Small Bathroom Backsplash with Wooden Vanity and Wall-Mounted Plumbing Fixtures

This beautiful bathroom with a neutral color palette delivers sophistication and elegance with minimalist aesthetics. Topped with a white vessel sink, the flat-front light-tone wood cabinet softens the formality of the environment, adding an approachable gesture. The large-format gray tiles provide a neutral backdrop, while white glass round-shaped lighting fixtures flank the frameless mirror that lends a soft landing on the backsplash.

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Minimalist Bathroom with White Vanity and Concrete Flooring

Minimalist but full of personality, this modern bathroom combines different textures ranging from wood to concrete. On a closer look, the floor-to-ceiling gray backsplash takes center stage, while the white vanity and wood cabinet let be the statement piece. Embracing natural light penetrating through the shade, this small bathroom interacts with the outdoors, reinforced by the concrete flooring emitting cool vibes.

Blue Small Bathroom Backsplash

Blue is a lively color that connotes water’s presence as it is reminiscent of the sea, pool, and sky associated with flowing and endless forms. That’s why blue as a color brings a sense of spaciousness and freedom due to its visual links to natural forms and the outdoor way of living. For the same reason, blue is a favored color for bathroom backsplashes.

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Two-Tone Small Bathroom Backsplash with Gray Flooring

The wrap-around subway tile backsplash clads the bathroom walls and changes colors to mark the sink backsplash. Everything is visually connected, including the vanity tiled with subway tiles. It looks like a natural extension of the walls rather than a separate piece of furniture, feeling camouflaged effortlessly. The gray tile flooring complements the design and brings versatility and flexibility to the space.

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Glossy Gray Herringbone Wall Tiles with Wood Vanity

The soft neutral color scheme offers a calm and relaxing atmosphere for this modern small bathroom design! Using a full-height backsplash is a great way to make the space feel larger by creating a visual illusion and these glossy gray herringbone tiles perfectly achieve this goal! The wood vanity creates a cohesive look with the soft gray shade.

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Small Bathroom Backsplash with Wooden Vanity and Brass Accents

In this small bathroom, the full-height blue backsplash captures a beautiful flow while the light wood vanity lightens up the interior and grounds the design. Rich in textures and colors making for a well-balanced design, the bathroom gets an additional shine with the brass accents.

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Wallpaper and Herringbone Tile Backsplashes with White Vanity

You can immerse yourself in this beautiful bathroom made cozy with wallpaper featuring diamond patterns dotting the white backdrop. Beneath, a pastel blue herringbone tile backsplash starts coloring the bathroom sky blue. The white furniture-like vanity and white marble hexagon pattern flooring add elegance to the space, while brass accents bring warming tones and a sense of sparkle.

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Transitional Bathroom with Blue Backsplash and White Vanity

In this transitional bathroom, the white flooring and vanity encourage the space to feel more spacious, expanding the space on the ground level. The blue subway tile backsplash adds a ripple of color to upgrade the mood and give a modern lift. At eye level, the wood-trimmed rectangular mirror and brownish sconces inject a dose of warmth, while the shower glass division offers a transparent transition between different functions to retain visual connectivity.

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Blue Small Bathroom Backsplash with White Floating Vanity

If you are designing a white bathroom, a backsplash is a space where you can create a striking focal point, enhancing visual interest. In this transitional bathroom, the blue fish scale tile backsplash perfectly achieves this goal and adds a wow factor to the space. Keeping the rest of the bathroom while allows the backsplash to be the centerpiece and enhance the impact.

Green Small Bathroom Backsplash

Green is a perfect color for bathrooms to liven up the space. With a wide range of shades, each green hue arouses different feelings. As it connects to nature, its overall impact on the design is refreshment. With darker hues, it more translates into a dramatic effect, while light hues such as sage green create an environment as light as a feather.

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Green Backsplash with Dark Green Vanity and Brass Accents

The lively and mesmerizing design of this transitional bathroom results from the vibrant green square tiles. Starting behind the vanity, they continue coating the floors to achieve full impact. The furniture-like floating dark green vanity brings a vintage element, enlivened with brass-finish elegant hardware. It harmonizes beautifully with brass wall sconces and the gold-finish faucet. Lastly, the half-rattan-half-green basket on the floor adds a rustic flavor while the vessel sink lends an authentic character, pulling off a memorable design.

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Green Small Bathroom Backsplash with Wooden Vanity and Herringbone Flooring

This contemporary bathroom contains a wooden vanity topped with a white vessel sink, warming up the refreshing vibes emanating from the green backsplash. The backsplash’s vertically stacked rectangular tiles introduce a sense of order to the space. The glazed surfaces of these ceramic tiles create a glossy effect, while subtle tonal variations achieve a dynamic look. The herringbone tile wood flooring coats the ground level, enriching the warming feeling.

Tile Materials for Small Bathroom Backsplash

Tile materials for small bathroom backsplashes range from marble to granite, glass, quartz, ceramics, porcelain, and more. Each one of these materials contributes a different look. Since the bathroom is a wet area with high traffic, you can consider materials easy to maintain and clean with no sealing such as glass and quartz. However, if you are looking for a delicate and firm look, nothing can serve the bathroom better than marble. So, now let’s see how marble, ceramic, and glass backsplashes create impactful designs.

Marble Small Bathroom Backsplash

Marble is one of the most luxurious elements that communicate a sense of elegance and sophistication! Though it is mostly used as a countertop and standard 4-inch backsplashes in the bathrooms, marble can also serve the space as a wrap-around backsplash for a seamless look.

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Marble Herringbone Small Bathroom Backsplash with Black Vanity

Even if you’re creating a small bathroom, adding marble texture may simply help you create a feeling of luxury in your area. The marble herringbone tiles that encircle the walls in this little bathroom create a visually pleasing backdrop. The basketweave bathroom floor tiles match the marble’s sumptuous appearance while providing a layer of texture. The little black vanity and mirror frame stand out against the lighter tones and add to the overall effect.

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Tiny White Bathroom with Mirrored Upper Cabinets

The luxurious sense of the marble surrounds this tiny bathroom space and creates a refined atmosphere. Using larger tiles is a great way to make the space feel larger, especially for the small bathrooms. The addition of the gold details enhances the luxurious feel while the mirrored upper cabinets bring depth to the space.

Ceramic Small Bathroom Backsplash

It’s no wonder why ceramic tiles have kept their popularity for so long. They are highly customizable, functional, stylish and affordably priced. Even if you need a glossy effect, the glazed-finish ceramic tiles can give you that too with a bonus of dramatic effect.

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Contemporary Bathroom with Geometric Patterns and Black Washbowl

In this contemporary bathroom, the eye-popping red backsplash with intertwined geometric patterns and minor colors makes a counterpoint to the white walls to inhibit a clinical look. Thus, the overall white palette is reimagined with geometric patterns and bold colors to curate a bold contemporary design. On close inspection, the black washbowl nests on the white floating vanity to add depth and visual drama. Though the floating vanity is mainly white, it has black-painted open shelving to add striking contrast and retain integrity. At eye level, it is also the intriguing shape of the mirror promoting an engagement with the space.

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Beveled Subway Tile Backsplash and Wood Vanity

In small bathrooms, like this one, efficient use of space ties together everything that you need in a bathroom. The recessed shelves to keep champoos on the shower side is a great example of smart spatial use. The white-black palette also builds up a stunning contrast that plays with the proportions of the bathroom to achieve a more spacious feeling. The floating vanity helps keep the floor level empty to aid a spacious feeling while softening the contrast with its wood torso. Last but not least, the traditional subway tile with beveled edges surrounds the entire wall surfaces including shower walls and provides a spacious and bright bathroom space.

How high should a backsplash be in a bathroom?

The most typical ones are 4 inches long. Ceiling-height bathroom backsplashes, on the other hand, are put in for aesthetic reasons. To get a unified aesthetic, you may even install wrap-around backsplashes!!

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Wood Vanity with Square Tile Backsplash and Wood Countertop

In this contemporary bathroom, the wood vanity is paired with a white backsplash to offer a soothing ambiance and add warmth. The inherent and pronounced veins on the wood give an authentic look to the vanity, capturing attention. It is topped with a butcher block for a seamless look. Above the eye level, the square tile backsplash reaches the ceiling to achieve full impact. The black grout between the tiles brings a slight contrast to emphasize its modern character. Lastly, the gray concrete-looking flooring emits cool vibes, offset by a rug partially coating the floor.

ID# 165632 | – Credit© Perversi-Brooks Architects

Orange Square Wall Tiles with Black Geometrical Patterns

Wow, this eye-catching tile design is definitely a statement-maker that will be a conversation piece for many years!! These orange square wall tiles create a striking accent wall that acts as a piece of art. Keeping simple the designs of the other features allows the tiles to be the star. The large black floor tile perfectly accentuates the orange ones and brings depth to the space.

Glass Small Bathroom Backsplash

Glass backsplash is one of the most popular bathroom backsplash materials since it is eco-friendly and simple to maintain. Its simplicity of upkeep makes it excellent for high-traffic areas such as kitchens and bathrooms!

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Small Bathroom Backsplash with White Countertops and Gray Vanities

Black accents offer a sense of toughness while highlighting the little bathroom’s neutral color scheme! An inviting and relaxed ambiance with a touch of seriousness is created by the gray paneled cabinets with white countertops. The wall, above which two black-framed mirrors are hung, is highlighted by the gray backsplash made of mosaic tiles.

How do you install a tile backsplash in a bathroom?

To install a tile backsplash, the first thing you need to do is to sand and clean the application area and make a plan for the layout. To do that, you can get cardboard and practice the design beforehand just to see how it goes. It is generally recommended to start tiling from the center or wherever the focal point is, which will make things much easier.

After finished with these two steps, you can start with the tiling process. First, apply the adhesive with a trowel and start laying the tiles. You can use spacers to achieve an even look. When you are finished with it, you need to wait for 24-48 hours for it to dry completely and stick firmly.

The next day, you can come back to apply the grout. If you get a pre-mixed one, it makes everything much easier. During this process, don’t forget to keep some warm water and a couple of sponges with you to remove the extra grout on the tiles. If the material you have chosen for the backsplash is porous such as marble, granite, or stone, you also need to seal them. For glass and quartz backsplashes, sealing is not necessary.

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Blue Glass Mosaic Tiles with Modern Bathroom Vanity

Thanks to their reflective surface, glass tiles are one of the most ideal material choices for small bathrooms. In this transitional bathroom, the blue glass mosaic tile backsplash provides a calm and serene atmosphere while adding a nice textural look. The simple and modern design of the wood vanity creates a cohesive look with the tiles.

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