If a bathroom is short on space it doesn’t have to be lacking in style–remember it’s all about strategic planning! Last week we shared some design advice on how to maximize space with small and stylish vanities. This week we are focusing on how to pick the right toilet for your bathroom.

Some would say that a toilet is a toilet–but we all know that’s not true. There are many factors to consider before you purchase one: style, size, shape, comfort, water conservation, and the list goes on. Given the possibilities, you might consider a toilet that has a heated seat or one that glows in the dark—yeah those actually exist. When dealing with a small bathroom choosing a toilet that fits your style and uses the least amount of space is a top priority. Typically traditional toilets with round bowls work well for smaller spaces and are less expensive than elongated models. Elongated models have a sleek and modern aesthetic, but they can take up a lot of space. If you like that look, opt for wall-mounted versions of these toilets: they have a low profile and use the depth of the wall to reduce how far it extends into the room.

Take a look at the photos below for tips, tricks and inspiration on how to choose a loo that works for you!

Floor Mount Toilets

Design Tip: A petite toilet with a classic round design is a space saver and looks great in this transitional bathroom.
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source: Gaile Guevara via Houzz

Design Tip: Modern floor-mount toilets with an elongated shape are not super small but they do come in sizes that extend less than 28 inches beyond the wall. The clean lines and modern shape of this toilet, the floating vanity, and patterned wallpaper work together to create the illusion of space in this powder room.
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Design Tip: This backless toilet has the modern flair of and the same space saving qualities as a wall-mount one. Strategic placement and the extension of the countertop over the toilet creates space and storage for bathroom essentials.
Get the Look: Blu Bathworks Halo Dual Flush

Wall Mount Toilets

Design Tip: This beautiful ocean inspired bathroom (loving the aqua tile and bamboo combo!) is tiny but the wall-mount toilet and sink keeps the floor clear which visually opens up the bathroom.
Get the Look: Duravit Starck 3 Wall Mounted Toilet

Design Tip: If your style is not modern there are plenty of options out there if a wall mount toilet is what you’re looking for. The classic style of this wall-hung toilet saves space and has plenty of style–a good choice for a traditional or contemporary bathroom.
Get the Look: Duravit Foster Series


source: Gaile Guevara via Houzz

Design Tip: A floating vanity, toilet and a glass shower door makes this space seem much larger than it is. Who said a small bath couldn’t be luxurious, modern and chic?
Get the Look: Blu Bathworks Metrix Dual Flush


source: Elad Gonen & Zeev Beech via Houzz

Design Tip: A small bathroom that is stacked with style and has plenty of space. The wall mounted toilet works well in this modern bath leaving wall room for floating shelves.
Get the Look: Duravit Starck 2 Toilet Wall Mounted

Design Tip: A powder room made of steel is for the adventurous and this silver wall-mount toilet is a perfect fit!
Get the Look: Neo-Metro miniLoo