48 beautiful bathroom ideas to inspire a total remodel (or an easy refresh)

Planning a bathroom makeover but not sure where to start? Here are some trend-setting and functional ideas to inspire you

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Bathrooms should be a sanctuary where we go to spend quality time with ourselves and to indulge in self-care. Yes, a bathroom will always be a practical space, which requires a certain type of functional design but this doesn’t mean it can’t have style or flair and reflect your own personal style.

Designing a bathroom renovation, whether it be an en-suite, shower room or family bathroom is no easy feat and it’s often tempting to rush the finer details. However, try to avoid doing this and be considerate with your overall layout and design to create a space that you truly love.

48 inspiring bathroom ideas from refreshes to remodels

Whether you are planning on updating your master bathroom, or small bathroom, upgrading a shower room, or turning unused space into a luxurious ensuite, we can help you with a vast array of bathroom ideas to suit your taste, from bathroom colors and materials to finishes and shapes. Plus, we have selected the world's top bathroom and design experts to offer you unrivaled bathroom design advice.

1. Embrace the classic trend for Quiet Luxury

bathroom with green bath

(Image credit: BC Designs)

‘Quiet luxury’ is an interior design trend that isn’t confined to a particular room or space in the home. However, it naturally works well in a bathroom. The ‘quiet luxury' trend is all about understated investment pieces that stand the test of time, which is not only a failsafe way of making sure your bathroom boasts a timeless design but it’s also a sustainable approach when it comes to decorating, too. 

Barrie Cutchie, Design Director at BC Designs says ‘quiet luxury is a style that emphasizes high-quality pieces that have a timeless appeal. It’s about creating a space that feels comfortable while being sophisticated and aspirational but also achievable. It could be an organically shaped bath, or one made from a naturally derived material, accessories with simple silhouettes and an understated color palette. 

2. Marvel at marble

Marble bathroom with curved mirrors and vanity

(Image credit: Tamsin Johnson)

This enduringly popular material is sure to evoke a sense of luxury and elegance in a modern bathroom.

More is undoubtedly more here in this divine marble bathroom by Australian interior designer Tamsin Johnson. Decorative New York marble envelops the vanity unity, climbs the walls, and wraps around the lozenge-shaped mirrors. The scheme is completed with Perrin & Rowe taps, Thirties Murano glass sconces and Venetian plaster wall finishes.

3. Layer up the textures

burgundy and pink shower

(Image credit: Ca' Pietra)

Introducing industrial-inspired elements into a bathroom is an effective way of balancing out a softer color palette or adding much needed texture to a one-dimensional space. Add a stylish edge to a bathroom by incorporating plaster-effect tiles into your design. 

Grazzie Wilson, Head of Creative at Ca’Pietra says ‘plaster is big news in interiors. A signature of our need to hunker down in our homes in a post-pandemic world, plaster is the perfect remedy with both its warmth and texture; making walls feel almost alive.'

'But in certain rooms such as bathrooms, a helping hand might be required to make it heavy duty. Enter, plaster-effect tiles; giving you the look of plaster-effect but for less, as well as the added bonus of lush warm tones to pick from.'

4. Zone your bathroom lighting

modern neutral bathroom

(Image credit: Triple Heart Design)

One of the key components when designing a bathroom (or any room for that matter) is lighting. Bathroom lighting can be manipulated to create a certain ambiance and is vital to the functionality of a bathroom.

Interior designer Kim Gordon states ‘the bathroom, I would argue, is the hardest working room in your home. Think about it, you take showers, brush your teeth and most probably put on makeup and do your hair in the same room! Taking this into account, lighting along with ventilation and storage should be one of the first decisions in your design process.' 

Zoning with lighting is a clever interior design technique. It makes each individual area of a bathroom feel intentional and defined. For example, Hanging a chandelier or statement ceiling light above a bath elevates this area and gives it a luxurious feel. Alternatively, wall lights hung on either side of the vanity mirror frame this hardworking space perfectly. 

5. Create interest with contrasting lines

Modern bathroom with curved door frame

(Image credit: VitrA)

The dynamic relationship between the room’s architecture and the shapely, curvaceous sanitaryware strikes a note here. ‘Bathrooms are becoming more and more minimalistic through the use of organic shapes, refined details, and hidden features,’ says Erdem Akan, design director at Vitra. ‘We are turning to curves and rounded contours as they are more fun and playful in contrast to sharp and straight lines.’ 

6. Clash colors for a vibrant bathroom idea

blue and orange bathroom

(Image credit: Benjamin Moore)

Ditch soft pastels and create a vivid color contrast by choosing two distinct juxtaposing shades. Adding color to a bathroom doesn’t have to feel daunting, if anything, it’s the ideal place to be a little more adventurous with your color choices. 

‘Blue works particularly well in the bathroom - think all things water and oceans, creating an atmosphere that soothes the mind whilst encouraging creativity. Directly opposite on the color wheel, orange tones are a natural fit for blue. These complementary colors look especially stunning when used in saturated shades such as a charged orange-red and turquoise’, explains Helen Shaw, Director of Marketing at Benjamin Moore

7. Or choose a soft and welcoming scheme

Blue bathroom with beige walls and blue tub

(Image credit: Nicola Harding)

Interior designer Nicola Harding masterminded this blue bathroom in a Regency London villa. Nicola is known for her excellent eye for bathroom color, and indeed it is this flair that drew the client to her work in the first place. 

This chic scheme mixes the Rockwell bath in Blue from The Water Monopoly with a soft pink on walls and floors, creating a truly romantic space. The powder blue appears again on the Rockwell crosshead taps and shower handle – a nice additional touch.

8. Go moody yet sophisticated

Black bathroom with wallpaper

(Image credit: Farrow & Ball)

Traditionally, bathrooms are expected to boast a light and bright design with an uplifting color scheme. However, if you’re prone to going against the grain with your decorating decisions and prefer to make a statement, then you may want to adopt dark bathroom ideas.

Black is a bold and unapologetic color in terms of interior design and can definitely be incorporated in a bathroom. Depending on how dark you want to go, you can be subtle and add black accents through fixtures and fittings, take it a step further and create a black feature wall out of paint or tiles, or color drench the entire space in black for a cocooning effect. 

9. Add terrazzo for on trend texture

Terrazzo bathroom with pink tiles and blue basin

(Image credit: Oli Douglas / Mandarin Stone)

Terrazzo bathrooms have seen a resurgence on the design scene. Traditionally made by exposing marble chips on the surface of concrete and then polishing until smooth, there are now myriad options that replicate this original look. The effect is arresting, bringing interest and flair to contemporary schemes. 

‘Pair practical terrazzo effect porcelain tiles, in Cosmic Ivory, with the soft tones and classic brick format of Pigment Mocha gloss ceramics, to create a stylish and harmonious spa bathroom space,’ says Louisa Morgan, Mandarin Stone.

10. Invest in raw materials

Cream bathroom with wood vanity and stone basin

(Image credit: Hetherington Newman)

Raw limestone and brushed oak make a compelling duo that champions nature’s imperfections. For this modern bespoke bathroom vanity unit by Hetherington Newman, interior designer Lisa Keates specified an unfilled Belgian limestone for the external elements of the vanity top, and the same material honed and filled for the basin interiors. 

‘The idea was to enjoy the beautiful texture and practical durability without switching materials, while the brushed fumed oak cabinet featuring a bronze shadow gap adds yet more texture,’ explains Lisa, founder of Keates Interiors. ‘Stone needs resealing regularly to stop agents such as soap or toothpaste from etching the surface finish,’ she advises.

11. Emphasize soft and gentle curves

White bathroom with storage and white freestanding tub

(Image credit: Chantel Elshout Studio)

Sometimes it only takes one gentle curve to transform the entire energy of your white bathroom. Here, it comes via a simple horseshoe configuration of wardrobes. ‘We took inspiration from the egg-shape bath, with the curve echoing the radius to give a sense of connection,’ recalls interior designer Chantel Elshout

‘Opting for standard angular wardrobes instead would have made the corner storage harder to reach and, crucially, we would have missed the opportunity to make the dressing area more interesting. The softening effect curves provide is so worth the extra effort required in their design and construction.’

12. Soften a bathroom with a sink curtain

The Ryder Hotel designed by Cortney Bishop

(Image credit: Cortney Bishop)

As this bathroom designed by Cortney Bishop proves, sink curtains are a wonderful way of bringing another layer of texture into a bathroom. Rather than opting for a traditional enclosed vanity unit, you can go for a patterned curtain that can be used to hide any clutter that may lie underneath. 

As well as being a practical solution, a sink curtain allows you to express your own personal style as you can pick any fabric that suits the rest of your bathroom. Utilise this opportunity to either add a pop of color to a neutral bathroom scheme, or keep things simple with a plain and simple design. 

13. Turn your bathroom into a spa-like space

terracotta floor bathroom with marble niche and freestanding bathtub

(Image credit: Ca'Pietra / Jennifer Rothbury / Photography Chris Snook)

One of the biggest bathroom trends and decorating ideas for 2024 is transforming your bathroom into an at-home spa. With a deeper understanding and focus on wellness, there has been a shift from homes simply needing to be aesthetically pleasing, to the design itself being able to boost our happiness levels. 

Shelagh Conway, Founder of Triple Heart Design explains that ‘wellness is one of the biggest bathroom trends right now. From aromatherapy tubs to red-light therapy and saunas, bathrooms are becoming the spa retreat at home. Utilizing organic materials in spaces filled with natural light, installing tubs that promote wellness, finding a space to fit a sauna, and luxury shower options like steam, body sprays and chromotherapy are all becoming the priority in a well-designed bathroom.' 

14. Lay down eye-catching flooring

bathroom floor tile ideas with patterned tiles on walls and floor

(Image credit: LSL Architects)

Busy patterns can prove too intense, especially when embraced on both walls and bathroom flooring. However, in this Parisian apartment lsl Architects painted the window frame and shutters in the tile’s base color – a calming duck egg blue – to create a tranquil moment amid the kaleidoscope pattern.

It's like color drenching but with tiles and a very on-trend look for 2024. It works surprisingly well in small bathrooms too, as it creates a bit of an optical illusion, blurring the edges of the room and making it feel far larger. 

15. Add pretty details and stylish flourishes

Country bathroom with gingham blind, cream walls and gallery wall

(Image credit: Salvesen Graham)

Interior design practice Salvesen Graham was adamant that this scheme would have the feeling of a ‘room’. ‘

It has all the features you’d expect of a country house interior,’ says Nicole Salvesen. ‘We used fabric wherever we could, added antiques, bathroom wallpaper (Lattice by Nile & York), a blind, and a generous fabric shower curtain. This country bathroom is practical but ultimately comfortable.’

16. Let beautiful materials take center stage

Small shower room with marble walls

(Image credit: Hollie Bowden)

Simplicity and purity ensure that the gorgeous cloud-like pattern of the marble takes center stage in this compact bathroom. Rising star interior designer Hollie Bowden chose this striking book-matched Arabescato marble and specified Drummonds fittings in a classic nickel finish. Her restrained choices ensure that the materials sing out and that the space remains crisp and clean.

17. Introduce bathroom art to create a curated look

A blue free standing bath with four pictures on the wall above

(Image credit: Brent Darby/Future plc)

One element of bathroom design that is often neglected is artwork on walls. 'In any other room of our homes, artwork is always a finishing touch that we add to bring in color, personality, and a unique feel,' says Lucy Searle, editor-in-chief of Homes & Gardens. 'However, it's often overlooked in bathrooms, which can leave the room feeling a little soulless.

'However, it's an easy fix. I'm not a huge fan of room-themed artwork, such as coastal images in a bathroom, food images in a kitchen, for example, however, the beauty of bathroom art ideas is that they are rarely seen by guests and can be entirely personal to you.'

18. Soften a bathroom's edges with drapes

grand bathroom with roll top bath and vintage mirrors, white window blind

(Image credit: VSP Interiors)

When we decorate bathrooms, we tend to concentrate and fixate on the practicalities: bathroom fixtures, storage, flooring and walls. 

However, softer, more decorative finishes shouldn't be neglected, especially textiles, which can be used not just to make a bathroom feel more inviting, but to add color and layering, too, as in this bathroom above by Henriette von Stockhausen of VSP Interiors. 'Aesthetics are just as important as practical elements when it comes to creating an inviting bathroom,' says Henriette.

'We use as much fabric as we can in bathrooms because it stops them from being cold, hard and echoey,' adds Emily Todhunter of Todhunter Earle.

19. Choose the most classic of bathroom color schemes

Blue bathroom with freestanding sink and gold mirror

(Image credit: Farrow & Ball)

If you are not sure which way to go with your bathroom design, you can't go too far wrong with a classic: blue and white bathroom ideas

But there is a but. 'Blue and white can feel cold in the wrong shade or the wrong bathroom,' says Lucy Searle. 'The key to success is to analyze the temperature of the daylight in your bathroom and to choose a blue that will complement it. North- or east-facing rooms, or those with tiny windows, tend to feel cool, so need warm blues. South- and west-facing bathrooms will naturally feel warmer so can take a cooler tone.'

20. Choose warm-colored bathroom decor

bathroom colors in yellow and green with brass bath

(Image credit: Bert & May)

We tend to play it safe with rustic bathroom decor but that can make for these spaces feeling a little clinical. So why not think outside of the box? 

Take this stone and olive bathroom as an example – not necessarily two shades you’d put together – but it works really well. And why? Because the two colors are the same tone, this means they have the same intensity of color, neither is brighter or darker than the other, and the white floor tiles act as a blank canvas that holds the look together. 

21. Float your vanity

Bathroom living ideas over mirror and basin

(Image credit: Jon Day)

Bathrooms are often one of the smallest spaces in the home. Even if you’re fortunate enough to have a separate bath and shower unit, there’s not a lot of floor space to play with. To keep your bathroom feeling open and more spacious, a floating vanity is a great space-saving solution.

Interior designer Kyle Dutton explains that ‘floating vanities have been at the top of clients must have lists lately. Opting for clean designs, these vanities give a very sleek feel to any bathroom. There are two main routes for designing floating vanities. One option is to design the vanity entirely out of stone and the second is to create the top half out of stone with the lower half made of wood for storage’. 

22. Don't be afraid to bring in furniture

vanity in wood with boucle stool and rug

(Image credit: House of Jade / Lindsay Salazar)

Bathroom vanities can offer up the opportunity to add important texture to a room that is often dominated by hard, cold, shiny surfaces. This bathroom designed by Utah-based House of Jade Interiors provides the perfect combination of tranquility and on-trend design elements to the bathroom's decor. It’s light, airy and full of fabulous textures. The wood adds character and warmth whilst the vintage rug is the main source of color – which shows how subtle a bathroom decor scheme can be. 

The boucle stool is so inviting with its tactile quality and contrasts with the white marble countertops. As before, brass is used to soften visually and counts as another color. 

23. Create a sanctuary, not just a practical space

freestanding bath with chevron marble floor tiles in bathroom

(Image credit: Victoria & Albert Baths)

‘The bathroom is one of the only rooms in the house where you can, literally, lock yourself in for some “me” time. Rather than creating a purely utilitarian space, it makes sense to create a sanctuary where you can relax, refresh and revive,’ explains Emma Joyce, Brand Manager at House of Rohl

‘It’s all about creating a calm sanctuary, where every item is carefully considered and designed in. Freestanding baths are synonymous with luxury bathroom design, and they create a real statement in a serene spa environment. Rainfall showers with a generously proportioned shower head are now standard in spa-style bathrooms.’

24. Use subtle visual tricks to stretch space

bathroom shower with beige tiles

(Image credit: Kitesgrove)

Note the only-just-discernable horizontal stripes of the marble tiles in this bathroom? This, together with the reflective surfaces and pale colors will make the bathroom feel larger: wider and longer. The fact that the marble is carried through to the vanity unit will ensure the space feels larger, too.

One big misconception is that if you love neutrals you don’t love color, but actually there are a myriad of stunning, neutral shades that work so well together to create a perfect bathroom decor scheme, like this sophisticated grey bathroom idea shown above. 

Clara Ewart, Head of Design at Kitesgrove explains, ‘An effective way to add character to a neutral bathroom space is to introduce a rich, warm finish such as brass within the sanitary ware and detailing. This helps to create visual interest as the brass complements pared back, neutral palettes particularly well, whilst further enhancing the natural beauty of the marble.'

25. Add two tubs for ultimate luxury

luxury bathroom with two freestanding baths

(Image credit: Drummonds)

Looking for luxury ideas? What could be more luxurious than a deep freestanding bath? Two, of course! Even if you don't have a room large enough for twin tubs, space is an essential ingredient of truly decadent bathing spaces.

'The first essential ingredient of a spa-like bathroom is having enough space to indulge and relax in luxury,' agrees James Lentaigne, Creative Director at Drummonds.  Your bath should be big enough to let you really stretch out and soak and your shower should be large and powerful, preferably with several types of jet, as in our freestanding showers.

'Heated towel rails are another must, keeping warm towels always ready to hand,' continues James. 'And finally, lighting. Again, this should be from several sources and be controllable, with different settings to match your mood and good close-up lighting by the mirrors.

'The decorative aspect is, of course, a personal choice, but I would always recommend placing the emphasis on classic quality and luxury, using materials such as natural marble, mirror glass and polished metal.'

26. Opt for traditional style, with a twist

Green painted bathroom with floral curtains and free-standing grey painted bathtub

(Image credit: Future)

The interest in sustainability means we're seeing more reclaimed sanitaryware, such as traditional baths, being integrated into new bathroom spaces – perfect for traditional bathroom ideas that include all the contemporary luxuries.

'This look is about how you successfully combine period and contemporary styles,' explains Darren Allison, Managing Director at BC Designs. 'We find people are more informed in what they love and want and are also willing to take more risks when it comes to their bathroom decor, to create something truly unique.

'The secret to making it work is in the mix. Just remember, opposites attract! Traditional bath with modern and sleek faucet. Period faucets with a modern shaped sink. Painting a traditionally shaped bath in an on-trend color will bring a 21st-century look to your bathroom.'

27. Color drench in a calming hue

green bathroom with green ceiling, patterned tiles, double gold showers, vanity unit, shutters on window

(Image credit: Drummonds)

Nature feeds into every aspect of interior design due to our human instinct to be connected with the outside world. Nature has a calming and soothing effect, which is a popular feeling that we want our bathrooms to evoke. The color green is synonymous with nature and can easily transport us to somewhere more tropical.

Hannah Goldberg, founder of Hannah Charlotte Interiors says ‘I am always inspired by the colors of nature to create a balanced and refined bathroom design. A dream color palette for me right now is Farrow & Ball Card Room Green on the walls with Farrow & Ball Studio Green trim. The versatility of this combination is incredible. A green bathroom can be paired with classic Carrara tiles and countertop and polished nickel bath fixtures for a crisp and bright bath.'

28. Natural materials don't always mean neautral

limed oak brushed timber planks with traditional lime plaster mixed with a natural green pigment on the walls and ceiling of a bathroom

(Image credit: Toby Lewis Thomas)

Wood-panelled walls introduce a warm and tactile quality in a way that a standard painted finish can never achieve, which makes them perfect for a supremely comfortable, cossetting bathroom environment. 

In this Shoreditch apartment, based on the fourth floor of a former shoe factory, the architects Chan and Earys used a blend of limed oak brushed timber planks with traditional lime plaster mixed with a natural green pigment on the walls and ceiling. The result is a soft and tactile finish, which is then carried through in the curves of the avocado-green roll top bath by Water Monopoly, a beautiful look for bathroom ceiling ideas.

'For a more decorative finish it’s all about the finer details that will make your bathroom ooze with elegance. Consider lighting in the form of beautiful pendants and wall fittings, opt for bespoke statement furniture pieces and incorporate softer furnishings, wallpapers and muted pastel colors,' says Leanne Robey, senior designer, Ripples.

29. Double up on showers for a spa space

Twin showers in a bathroom with a floor clad in Carrara marble tiles laid a herringbone pattern which is seamlessly carried up the internal walls

(Image credit: credit 82mm photography)

Looking for bathroom shower ideas with impact? Uneven polished plaster finishes are a natural complement to smooth glossy elements such as brass and marble often found in luxurious bathroom schemes. The Moroccan tadelackt bathroom wall idea in particular, with its natural grittiness, strikes an interesting countertone to the even and shiny surfaces. 

Installing it is an artisanal skill, explains Jamie Blake of Blakes London who used the finish for this concealed shower and WC: 'You’re looking to add just enough movement in the plaster to create interest but not so much that the end result looks messy.' 

To add a touch of wow factor, the floors are clad in Carrara marble tiles laid in a herringbone pattern which is seamlessly carried up the internal walls.

30. Use unusual tile shapes to create understated drama

Scallop-shaped tiles form a pretty backdrop for brushed brass tap fittings in a green and pink bathroom

(Image credit: West One Bathrooms)

When it comes to adding a decorative touch to a bathroom, nothing beats the versatility of tiles ideas – for the floors, walls, alcoves, or bathroom backsplashes. For an understated look, play with the shape of the tile rather than the pattern. 

Here, Joel Fry of West One Bathrooms chose a scallop-shaped design that forms a pretty backdrop for the brushed brass tap fittings (a finish that is thoughtfully carried through to the trap under the sink). The curvy border of the backsplash is echoed in the recessed mirror cabinets which add an Art Deco touch to this bathroom. 

31. Create secret storage – imaginatively

Bathroom covered in colorful kismet tiles

(Image credit: Katrin Vierkant)

Whenever planning bathroom ideas from scratch, calculate how much bathroom storage is required and be careful not to underestimate the amount. Items used on a daily basis will need open bathroom shelves, but others should be stored out of sight to ensure the space feels serene and uncluttered. 

This is particularly true where anything visible might disrupt the impact of the design such as in this bathroom covered in colorful kismet tiles which was designed by Paris-based LSL Architects. The alcove adjacent to the shower has been turned into a unit of drawers built in from the ceiling down and painted in a sky blue to link in with the tile colours. The antique French basin was restored by Water Monopoly.

Otherwise, if you are looking for somewhere to store fluffy towels (or even wet ones that need to dry) then be sure to go for either a freestanding towel rack or a wall-mounted rail, depending on the space at hand.

32. Embrace the new trend for patterned bathware

Bathroom ideas showing a bath wrapped in a woven fabric

(Image credit: Gunter & Co)

Across the board, bathroom decor ideas are taking bold strides away from the decades-long unwritten rule that they should only ever be white. 

From the '70s favorites of avocado or dusty pink to sunny yellows and elegant navy, there’s been an explosion of color on the market recently. But why stop at plain color ideas when you can have patterns? 

That’s the approach that interior decorator Irene Gunter took to this lower ground floor bathroom, with the bath wrapped in woven fabric. 'Everything about this space was about creating warmth. It had no natural focal point, so I hung the mirror behind the bath to ground the space and painted the walls in mustard yellow to tie in with the brassy tones of the tapware,' she explains. 

33. Choose bold brassware for a showstopping look

bathroom with a shower and freestanding bath

(Image credit: C. P. Hart)

Brassware is an important part of any bathroom and should be considered early on when you start thinking about how to design a bathroom

'You can create a statement in any bathroom, even the most compact ones, with more essential elements, such as a sculptural shaped basin, a striking-colored vanity, or an unusual finish of brassware. Faucets are working parts that have continuous water flowing through them,' explains Yousef Mansuri, Head of Design at C P Hart. 'They are the most used and have the highest potential to break, so investing in high-quality fittings that stand the test of time is essential.'

34. Always be on trend with marble

Marble bathroom showing a marble sink, floor and walls

(Image credit: Cara Woodhouse)

Marble bathrooms add a sense of luxury and help make your space feel more expensive, too. This is why, more often than not, it's a design feature often found in hotel bathrooms and spas. High-quality slabs will be water-resistant, but due to their mineral nature, marble still requires regular maintenance.

'What I love most with marble are the activity and coloration,' comments designer Cara Woodhouse, who designed this bathroom above. 'I also love the fact that all stones are different and have their one-of-a-kind unique markings and colors.' 

Applying an additional sealant during installation will help avoid premature wear from harsh cleaning products.

35. Highlight architectural details using bold colors

Bathroom with panelling and rolltop

(Image credit: Little Greene)

When deciding on your bathroom decor, you may want to choose art ideas as a starting point and use the colors present throughout your space. Remember that water-resistant formulas should be used if your bathroom is being painted.

'Don’t forget to paint your ceiling in the same tone or one that complements the walls – you will be amazed at how often your eyes are drawn upwards when you are relaxing in the bathtub,' suggests Ruth Mottershead, Creative Director at Little Greene.

36. Create a rustic feel with wood panelling

Rustic bathroom in lighting designer Tom Raffield's Cornish timber home

(Image credit: Benjamin Edwards/ Ryland Peters & Small)

Lighting designer Tom Raffield's home is a masterclass in designing with timber – and this ethos goes right through to the bathroom ideas. 

The untreated floorboards are reminiscent of a beach hut, while the pendant lights were inspired by sea urchins. There's a beachy, coastal vibe here for sure but the neutral palette prevents it from feeling cliché, and instead, it feels effortless and laidback. 

37. Choose lighting that stands out

An example of bathroom ideas showing a blue bathtub in front of a patterned tile wall

(Image credit: CP Hart/Kit Kemp)

Bathroom lighting should not be overlooked, as the fixtures you choose can have a huge impact on the look and feel of your bathroom. 

'Assess your lighting at the planning stage to maximize opportunities,' advises Peter Bowles, founder of Davey Lighting at Original BTC.

'You need two types of illumination when planning your bathroom lighting: shadow-free task lighting for functional tasks, such as shaving and applying make-up, and ambient lighting for when you simply want to lie back and enjoy a soak,' he adds.

38. Paint the bathroom floor for vintage appeal

A bathroom with painted wooden floorboards

(Image credit: Annie Sloan)

Frills and ruffles are back on trend as we hanker after nostalgic decorative bathroom trends. But for us, the star of the show in this space is one of those bathroom ideas you don't see too often in a wet space: painted wooden floorboards.

'I have a wooden floor in my bathroom, and those floorboards are over 100 years old, because they are original to the house. However, they stand up really well to moisture because they are well protected with yacht varnish,' says Lucy Searle. 'Mine are lime-washed but I love this look which is crisp but vintage.'

39. Include exotic stone for a stand-out feature

Blue marble bathroom sink

(Image credit: Bathroom Design Studio)

Introducing exotic stone is another wonderful way of lifting a bathroom scheme. Real stone requires a larger budget, but you can find convincing lookalikes that are just as beautiful, without the high price tag or care and maintenance. 

This basin is actually custom-made from 6mm-thick porcelain tiles to create a convincing natural agate. 

Bathroom Design Studio’s managing director John Naughten says, ‘Thanks to the many advances in surface technologies, the design of porcelains inspired by precious stones are now incredibly lifelike, yet offer far easier cleaning and no aftercare.’

40. Add accessories to make your bathroom characterful

bathroom with white vanity

(Image credit: Future/Emma Lewis)

Don’t forget about finishing touches – towels, soap dispensers and objets d'art can help pull together the final look of your bathroom. Folded clean bathroom towels are a thoughtful touch in a guest bathroom.

Just make sure any valued items are situated away from wet areas of the bathroom to avoid getting splashed.

41. Create a decorative link between your bedroom and ensuite

monochrome pattern on the wallpaper in the bedroom is complimented by a similarly colored pattern on the bathroom floor, and the rich copper hue on the lampshade is echoed by the bathroom lighting

(Image credit: Future/Mel Yates)

Create a link between your bedroom and adjoining ensuite bathroom by using similar design cues throughout both spaces. With this in mind, you may adopt the same colors or use complementary materials between the two rooms. 

For example, here, the monochrome pattern on the wallpaper in the bedroom is complimented by a similarly colored pattern on the bathroom floor, and the rich copper hue on the lampshade is echoed by the bathroom lighting.

42. Define zones with decorative bathroom ideas

A walk in shower with a huge painted mural on the wall

(Image credit: West One Bathrooms)

Larger bathrooms benefit from definitive zones. Use different colors and materials as markers in your bathroom, such as patterned or colored bathroom tiles in the shower or around a vanity unit.

Another option is to add privacy screens in front of the shower or WC, which can be particularly useful for busy family bathrooms.

43. Work in hidden storage to enhance space

A large bathroom with mirrored storage cabinet

(Image credit: Future/Darren Cheung)

When working with a smaller space, pieces with dual-functionality are a must. Take a mirrored cabinet as an example; not only can you keep your bathroom tidy by hiding away toiletries, but mirrors will help to reflect light around the room.

Decorating with mirrors, is always a good way to make a small room appear bigger and brighter, but in a bathroom, they have a real purpose too. In this bathroom, the wall of mirrors not only gives the room a dressing room-like feel where you could get ready for the day, but it hides plenty of storage.

44. Pattern drench a bathroom

A bathroom with blue and white patterned wallpaper and a window seat

(Image credit: Warner House)

Wallpaper in a bathroom is a sure way to inject some personality and pattern while still keeping the space practical but you can take the look further with the trend for pattern drenching – like color drenching, but you take the same pattern across multiple surfaces around the space.  

'Don’t be afraid to use a bold, statement wallpaper in the bathroom, it’s a great way of injecting personality into a small space and can bring character and warmth,' says Lee Clarke, Director at Warner House. 'And if you are worried about using wallpaper in a bathroom, ask your decorator to use a water-resistant finish when installing.'

45. Go all white to stretch the space

White bathroom with patterned floor tiles

Photo by: Tessa Neustadt

(Image credit: Stefani Stein)

Whether your main bathroom or guest bathroom is on the compact side, opting for a white bathroom will make it feel larger, lighter and brighter. 

In this bathroom by LA-based designer Stefani Stein, the bathroom has been made to feel larger with narrow tiles hung horizontally, which tricks the eye into seeing the space as wider than it is – this visual trick is useful for correcting awkward proportions.

In an all-white bathroom, it's important to add some texture, detail and warmth. Here, gold-finish fittings add warmth, detail is added in the patterned floor tiles and, of course, you can easily add texture with accessories such as baskets and towels.

46. Choose vintage chic for charm and character

Grey bathroom with chandelier and Roxburgh bath by Victoria and Albert

(Image credit: Annabelle Desfontaines + Greg Fox Photography)

Whether you want to ensure your interiors are in keeping with your period property, or jump on the trend for vintage, this timeless theme will always be here to stay. 

In the bathroom, think gold tones, curvy accents, artworks, statement chandeliers and a statement freestanding bath.

47. Pick steel framing for screens

Bathroom in white with marble decor and shower

(Image credit: Victoria + Albert/Ashe Leandro + Stephan Julliard)

Fitting well into the industrial style, these dark and rather striking windows add sharp angles and allow for plenty of light to flood into the modern bathroom above.  But they don't have to just be used as windows; Crittall shower screens are also proving ultra-popular and make a cool alternative to clear glass.

48. Be bold with tiles

bathroom with colorful tiles

(Image credit: Bert & May / Brooke Copp-Barton)

Tiles are a very effective way to create a decorative effect and you can balance the scheme by keeping the walls white. It’s also a great way to zone an area – like this shower, for example. 

Using two simple bathroom color ideas in your scheme will work wonders and if you can find a beautiful antique piece that can be converted for basins then go for it – the warm wood and detailing add to the decorative feel of this bathroom.

Bathrooms come in all shapes and sizes and you've got to be sure on what your intention is for the space before you execute the design. Try and incorporate these inspirational ideas to help elevate your bathroom and transform it into an equally stylish and practical space. 

Jennifer Ebert

Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.

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