Want to try your hand at completely self-designing your bathroom? For you – our article-cheat sheet on all popular and well-known interior styles today
It’s nice to look at the beautiful design of the bathroom, the photos do not always convey all the thoroughness and correct selection of interior details, but they clearly show the observance of the style of the room. Thinking over the design so that it is really tasteful is a non-trivial task that sometimes even designers do not do very well. If you are planning to create the interior of the bathroom yourself, then get ready for a long and painstaking selection of all the details – from materials for finishing to the choice of plumbing fixtures and accessories..
Eclectic bathroom: white walls, crystal chandelier, marble and Moroccan accessories
Mediterranean style elements in a compact modern bathroom
If your bathroom is small, then the following interior styles are suitable for its decoration:
- high tech
Let’s take a closer look at each of them and see how these bathroom interiors look in the photo..
If you go into the bathroom and cannot interpret its style, modern popular materials were used in the decoration (ceramic tiles, PVC panels, etc.), plumbing fixtures and furniture are also no different, then this is the so-called modern interior design. There is nothing wrong with doing this in your own apartment. On the contrary, modern bathroom design looks attractive, fully corresponds to the functional purpose of the room, and the cost and time spent on renovation will be the lowest compared to many other possible styles..
Modern style is hard to describe. It can contain both industrial and Zen features, against the general high-tech background, the beauty of raw stone or wood can be demonstrated, and so on. In general, it is focused on the comfort of daily use of the room.
Surface decoration is carried out using paint, ceramic tiles, plastic panels and other modern materials available. There are no restrictions on color design.
Plumbing can be any modern – from a classic cast-iron bath to a jacuzzi or shower cabin “full of stuffing”.
The modern interior does not put any rigid framework in the choice of accessories at all. But most of all, he gravitates towards the utmost simplicity of forms and naturalness of materials.
Furniture is usually used from a special moisture-resistant chipboard for bathrooms. Can be of any color.
Lighting and windows. The presence of a window is optional, and the lighting can be absolutely anything. The main thing is that the lamps must be moisture resistant.!
Teal glass mosaic in a modern shower room
Accessories and jewelry will fit any of the modern collections and materials (ceramics, plastic). It is worth adding to the interior a backlit mirror and a variety of wall accessories that look very modern and save room space.
Advice! Take a closer look at the ready-made solutions (collections) of ceramic tiles.
Color glass mosaic gradient
The combination of white, gray and yellow colors in the decoration of the walls. By the way, this particular combination is perhaps the most common and favorite in Scandinavian design.
Contemporary is a fairly young style that has recently begun to be used for bathrooms. It appeared thanks to the styles of modern and minimalism..
Surface decoration. There are no strict criteria for wall, ceiling and floor decoration. Preferably, these are soft colors or pure white surfaces..
Plumbing should have simple shapes and smooth surfaces.
Contemporary, if you distinguish it from modern, is a little more focused on aesthetics than on functionality (although the latter in no way denies the priorities of the latter). In this style, there are the greatest opportunities for demonstrating the beauty of any unusual beautiful material in decoration or furniture.
The furniture is simple, modern in all colors and shades – from brown or white to neon red.
Lighting and windows. The room may not have a window, but the lighting must be bright..
Accessories and decorations. The fittings are chrome-plated and the decorations are modern to match the rest of the design.
Eclectic modern bathroom interior with some Art Deco touches
Combination of minimalist and eco-style
A small French-style area in your apartment will be created by a Provence-style bathroom.
Surface decoration should be done using natural shades. Give preference to yellow, green, white and blue.
Plumbing doesn’t have to be special. Both classic or retro bathtubs and toilets, as well as modern showers are suitable. The only requirement is that all plumbing items must be from a single collection, no “re-grading” is allowed.
Furniture should look solid and be made of wood or with a high-quality imitation for it. Forged fittings should be preferred..
Aged wood, wrought iron accessories and textiles successfully recreate the atmosphere of coastal French villages
Lighting and windows. It is imperative to have a window, from which there will be a lot of light in the room during the day. In the evening, the room should be illuminated by floor lamps, sconces or a chandelier with a wrought iron base and a light cheerful lampshade.
Accessories and decorations. You can additionally decorate the room with an original mirror frame, flowers in a vase, paintings.
Chalet-style compact bathroom
Advice! Provence style can be recreated in a small room, but from this it will lose some of its attractiveness and charm..
An unexpected combination of multi-colored walls and white marble in a material for a countertop in a country bathroom
Rustic and cozy country music will easily fit even into a small room for hygiene procedures.
Surface decoration is done in light colors, using floral ornaments. No special requirements for materials and texture.
Motives from the painting of Dutch porcelain in ceramic tiles for the bathroom
It is better to take the plumbing of the classic type, but even a modern acrylic bathtub or a simple shower stall without noticeable plastic parts, especially bright and colorful, will fit perfectly.
Furniture should be massive enough, but without kinks and monumentality, rustic functional and simple, made of wood.
Lighting and windows. The window is optional. The general lighting of the room should be slightly dim. Any simple lighting devices are used, with the exception of ceiling chandeliers..
Accessories and decorations. The main country-style bathroom decor is beautiful fabric accessories: curtains, draperies, a rug on the floor, lampshades. You can supplement it with pictures with simple plots or photos..
Copper in accessories and carved wood screens for heating radiators and washing machine
Eclectic bathroom with rustic touches
Functionality, practicality and visual enlargement of the room – this is what attracts those people who choose the Scandinavian style of bathroom decoration..
Surface decoration can be done using any materials except wood and stone. It is advisable to do everything in white or in shades close to it (light beige, light pink, light yellow, etc.).
Practical, positive and bright, the Scandinavian-style bathroom will appeal to all family members
Plumbing doesn’t have to be fancy. Buy a simple modern bathroom or shower stall.
It is also better to prefer modern furniture, made of chipboard with a light or white coating and strict shapes..
The lighting should be bright, but not dazzling. Correctly placed spotlights and spots can help you with this..
Accessories and jewelry can be selected from natural materials, but there should not be too many of them. Only that which performs some additional functions, and not only decorates the room.
Wooden beams or their imitation are an excellent basis for building a Scandinavian style in bathroom decoration
Masculine design and austere practicality in a Scandinavian mansard bathroom
American-style bathroom decor has some unexpected features.
Surface decoration is unusual in that pink is often used. It is rarely used for bathrooms and hardly ever used in other styles. If pink does not appeal to you for some reason, then use any other light colors and shades..
Plumbing can be any modern, at your discretion.
Choose solid furniture, but not large. No frills to make the room seem more spacious.
American style is often combined with beach style. The wall decoration in it is often completely smooth, it can be wallpaper or plastic. Ceramic tiles are used here only for shower areas, plus local application around the washbasin is possible. Very often you can see wooden shutters here, as well as a variety of wall lamps.
Lighting and windows. American bathrooms often have windows. Sometimes these are small windows-vents under the ceiling, sometimes – huge transparent panels over the entire wall. A feature of lighting is a dislike for ceiling lamps..
Accessories and jewelry should be functional and in small quantities.
Trends of 2016 in the color of interior decoration. Contrary to its custom, the Pantone Institute chose two colors of the year instead of one. The colors he named are “rose quartz” and lilac “serenity”
A smooth transition in quartz mosaic tiles from pink to lilac-blue: according to Pantone, this is how the most relevant bathroom will look in 2016
The simplicity, harmony and oriental appeal of mysterious Japan have made it one of the most popular design styles in the last couple of decades. How to furnish a Japanese-style bathroom if it is small?
Surface decoration can be done in two ways. The first is with a desire for light natural pastel shades. The second is using contrasting colors (gray, white, red, black).
Japanese style in bathroom decoration
Plumbing does not differ from modern European, but the washbasin must be square or rectangular. It is advisable to hide the toilet or move it to a separate room.
The furniture is close in spirit to minimalism. It should be simple and laconic, without decorations, but made of wood..
Lighting and windows. In Japanese bathrooms, full-wall windows are welcome, which is unlikely to be possible in a modern apartment, so it will be enough to make subdued lighting, which sets you up for a philosophical mood and relaxation..
Accessories and jewelery should be in line with the concept of Japan. This can be a fan on the wall, which is located far from the bathroom or sink, a scroll with a wish, a picture in the appropriate style. Very appropriate, although difficult to implement, will be the installation of a thematic door – shoji, made of paper on a wooden frame.
Oriental style, contrary to popular belief, does not necessarily imply deliberate luxury. Elements of this style, on the contrary, organically fit into even the most brutal basis.
Bathroom in the style of minimalism attracts with its functionality, brevity and convenience.
Surface decoration should be done using 3 primary colors: white, gray and black.
Plumbing should be with simple lines, not attracting attention to itself.
Furniture is only necessary, from any materials, but in compliance with the general color concept of the room.
Lighting and windows. Even if there is a window in the room, it should not be heavily decorated. For this, only blinds are allowed. Lighting devices should be simple and moisture resistant.
Accessories and decorations can complement such a room, but must fulfill some function. This can be a TV, a set of minimum necessary bathroom accessories, an anti-slip mat.
Advice! This style is suitable only for collected, business people who love order in all its manifestations..
Ultra-minimalism in bathroom design
Black and white minimalist bathroom
Some people confuse minimalism and hi-tech styles, although there are quite a few differences between them. If you look at a photo of several options for bathrooms in both styles, you will clearly feel the difference between them..
Decorating surfaces is usually done using contrasts (red + black, white + black, red + white, sometimes complemented with gray), which really closely resembles minimalism. Finishing materials should not be natural.
Plumbing can be simple or ultra-modern, equipped with many additional functions (lights, radio, hydromassage, etc.).
An abundance of sparkling chrome surfaces is characteristic of the high-tech style.
Furniture is similar in style to that used in minimalism, but it doesn’t have to be in just the right amount. You can easily hang an “extra” locker or put a laundry basket.
Lighting should be done with emphasis on detail and use of backlighting.
Accessories and jewelry can be in any quantity, which is very different from hi-tech minimalism. In a bathroom of this style, multi-level or stretch ceilings, modern vases of bizarre shapes and other similar details will look great..
High-tech furniture in a neutral bathroom
Advice! If you have a small child, temporarily remove expensive gadgets and appliances from the area accessible to him. They will be exposed to undue stress in the bathroom due to high humidity and child’s attention.
A very masculine design of a gray bathroom, in which excessive austerity negates the plot in the drawing of an accent wall on the theme of riveted metal sheets
Originality, sophistication combined with the simplicity of the attic – this is the loft style. It is rarely used for bathrooms, but that doesn’t make it any less interesting. Rather, the opposite is true. You will understand why, as soon as you look at the photos of the finished “attic” bathrooms.
Surface decoration. Walls and ceilings must be unfinished or appropriately decorated (for wooden floors, concrete or brick walls). This is almost the only style of interiors where there is absolutely no need to hide ceiling wiring and other communications. A large number of them in plain sight is even welcome.!
Any plumbing is suitable – from classic bathtubs with legs to modern shower cabins. But do not use a jacuzzi, it will be out of harmony with the rest of the room..
Furniture, like plumbing, does not have to strictly correspond to any particular direction. You can make it yourself.
Lighting and windows. Windows can be decorated with old kitchen curtains or even covered with newspapers. Lamps can be anything you like. Old floor lamps will look especially attractive..
Accessories and jewelery add a little clutter feeling. For decoration, you can use an old suitcase, chest, magazines and other unnecessary items that are usually taken to the attic.
Attention! If you live in an apartment on the 1st floor, this style may look a little ridiculous in the eyes of some of your guests..
Concrete surfaces, a variety of accessories in bright “signal” colors, all kinds of chains, supports and channels (not necessarily functional) will create a loft style in a bathroom of any size. Of course, it is desirable that this style organically continue the uniform style of the entire dwelling.
Mediterranean style features in bathroom finishes and accessories
This bathroom has its own name: “Gaudi’s submarine”. When creating this mosaic masterpiece, the designers were inspired by the creations of Gaudi himself, the famous song of The Beatles about the yellow submarine, as well as the film “Brazil” directed by Terry Gilliam
The arrangement of a large bathroom can be done in any style, including those described earlier in the section on small bathrooms. Styles in large bathrooms look very rich and beautiful, such as:
- shabby chic
Let’s consider all their features in more detail, with a photo.
Italian mosaic on a minimalistic background
Surreal atmosphere: malachite panels in the wall decoration of a large bathroom
You can show your financial viability and commitment to a patriarchal past by creating a retro-style bathroom interior.
It is better to decorate surfaces in the basic colors of the style: white, red and black. It is possible to use other colors: gold, beige, bronze. Wall decoration can be using stripes, simple monograms and large patterns..
Plumbing must have an antique look. If you buy a real antique bathtub or toilet, then they will have to be converted into a modern sewage system..
Flaunting communications in a retro bathroom
Solid furniture is preferable. It is preferable that these were items made of solid expensive wood..
Lighting and windows. If the room has a window, it should be beautifully decorated with fabric curtains and tulle. Lighting fixtures should look rich. Installation of chandeliers with glass or crystal pendants, candlesticks is possible.
Accessories and jewelry should be completely consistent with the style. Even one knock-out detail can ruin the whole impression of the interior of the room..
Advice! Buy plumbing fixtures and mixers, antique taps from one collection. It is almost impossible to match them harmoniously if you decide to purchase these items from different companies..
Art Deco accessories
Contemporary bathroom. The predominance of rough rough materials in decoration and furniture
A bathroom in a vintage style will require a serious approach to its decoration and the selection of every little thing, but in the end you will get not just a room with an original design, but a real work of art!
Decorating surfaces should be done in gold, white, brown, bronze and cherry colors. Contrast can be used between the walls and the white ceiling. Plant or geometric patterns can often be seen on the walls..
Plumbing. The main emphasis is on the bathroom, which should be done in a classic style: oval, on legs, with a raised headboard. The sink and toilet must be from the same set. Faucets and accessories are better to choose from bronze or gilded.
Vintage style furniture always attracts attention with its simplicity, elegance and beautiful fittings. Various patterns on its surfaces are possible.
Lighting and windows. There may be a window decorated with a curtain. Lamps are chosen rich, with glass or crystal pendants, possibly with candlesticks.
Accessories and decorations should continue the slightly frivolous and at the same time rich style of the bathroom..
Bohemian bathroom style
Colors and accessories reminiscent of the 50s
Country-style in the bathroom
The richness and beauty of the classic style in the design of bathrooms attracts many, but it is rather difficult and expensive to carry out such a design correctly..
Surface decoration should be performed using light colors, but contrast is acceptable for one of the walls or rare bright spots in the design.
Plumbing. The large luxury bathroom is the centerpiece of the interior. It can be with a rich stylized screen or beautiful legs.
Furniture should be not only necessary, but also one that you rarely find in the bathroom now: an ottoman, a sofa, a dressing table, a wardrobe and other devices for relaxation and convenience.
Bathroom decorated in a true classic style. The requirements for the size of the room for this style are quite serious.
Lighting and windows. If there is a window in the room, it should be decorated with a beautiful curtain that matches the rest of the interior. Luminaires should be chosen in a retro style. A classic crystal chandelier works very well.
Pistachio, cream, sand colors are perfect for classic style
Accessories and jewelry must be antique or antique. A mirror in a rich stucco frame, a crystal chandelier and paintings will be appropriate here. Modern photos are not suitable for decorating a bathroom in a classic style..
Advice! The design can be very well complemented with an antique candelabrum with candles and figurines from bygone eras.
Marble, stucco and stained glass. Classicism in the decor of a small bathroom
Viennese curtains on the windows of a classic bathroom
Shabby chic bathroom décor is particularly luxurious. It is replete with gilding, stucco and original items.
Surface decoration should be done in white or light color.
Plumbing should be in retro or vintage style and come from one set.
When building a variety of antique styles, designers prefer purchasing plumbing fixtures and accessories from the same collection
Vintage shabby look of mirrors and plumbing fixtures
Furniture is usually gilded and, like plumbing, matches vintage and retro styles..
Lighting and windows. A beautifully draped window may be present. Crystal chandeliers and floor lamps should be used for lighting..
Accessories and jewelry are very important in creating a shabby chic atmosphere. For this, candelabra, plates, colorful magazines are suitable..
Bright bathroom in shabby chic style
Eastern Zen: a free-standing font
Another style that amazes with its luxury is the Empire style. The combination of clear forms with original finishes and heavy decorative elements looks quite unusual and attractive.
Surface decoration is striking in its diversity: painting, ceramic tiles, natural finishing materials are suitable here. The only point that should be adhered to: compatibility with furniture and plumbing.
Plumbing and furniture should be antique.
Lighting and windows. The window opening can be decorated with chic curtains and light tulle. Lighting fixtures can be made using forged elements and in the form of torches or candlesticks.
Accessories and jewelry should be found luxurious but not gaudy. They must definitely match the antique interior. Figurines of ancient gods will do, Greek or Roman columns will fit well. Several mirrors may be present in a room..
Empire style charm in a modern bathroom
Art Deco black and white bathroom
Another sophisticated old style that is difficult to repeat in modern conditions is Rococo.
Surface decoration can be performed using wallpaper, paint, decorative plaster, ceramic tiles. It is even possible to combine several materials at once on one wall, but so that they fit together.
Plumbing. Particular attention should be paid to the bath. She should be luxurious, she can stand on a pedestal.
Furniture should be purchased semi-antique or antique, but take care that it is moisture resistant.
Lighting and windows. All decor and lighting fixtures must match antique furniture and plumbing fixtures. The window decor is made of fabric and, according to the color scheme, should match the interior of the entire room..
Accessories and decorations. The second main decoration of a Rococo bathroom is a mirror in a chic frame. It should hang in a prominent place and attract attention, just like a bathtub..
The Rococo style, which arose at the beginning of the 18th century, is characterized by an emphatically elegant, complex decor, an abundance of small stucco moldings with many asymmetric details, and gilding. This style is very feminine.
Attention! Photos and paintings in the Rococo style bathroom are superfluous.
Beautiful Art Nouveau bathrooms are characterized by a particularly smooth lines and floral designs reminiscent of nature.
Surface decoration is carried out in accordance with natural colors. Give preference to gray, brown, green, blue and their various shades. It is desirable to use natural materials. For example, ceramic tiles, gypsum, real stone.
Plumbing and furniture should be in the 19th century style. There must be enough space between objects in the room for an adult to walk.
Lighting and windows. There may be windows that will decorate plain textiles (curtains). Lights should resemble plants or flowers.
Accessories and jewelry should continue the natural theme and be made from or imitated by natural materials. A small rug with a long pile on the bathroom floor in the Art Nouveau style will look very good..
Lavatory with Art Nouveau elements: bright and catchy
Magenta, moldings and mirrored furniture fronts: the decadent spirit of the 20s
Symmetrical composition of a modern bathroom
Japanese style in a spacious bathroom with a large window
If the size of your home allows you to follow the Romanesque style, then you can decorate the bathroom in it. Definitions such as firmness, stability and representativeness are very suitable for this style..
Surfaces should be decorated in brown, beige or white using natural materials such as wood and stone. The ceiling should be wooden, with massive beams and evoke a sense of the monumentality of the room..
You can buy modern plumbing, but it must necessarily be large. It will be beautiful if the bathroom can be placed on a pedestal and decorated with columns around.
Romanesque (Roman) style. Only suitable for very large bathrooms
Furniture should be made of wood and look both reliable and monumental. Preference should be given to rectangular and cylindrical shapes..
Lighting and windows. Curtains instead of ordinary curtains and original lamps in the form of torches, etc. – here’s how to immediately recognize the Romanesque style.
Accessories and decorations should continue the overall impression of the monumentality of the room. Large, perhaps wrought-iron decor items and stylized or stone interior details are the best fit for a Romanesque bathroom.
Attention! This style is only suitable for very large bathrooms.!
The English bathroom attracts with its restrained simplicity, neatness and elegance.
Surface decoration should be done with care and understanding of the style. Wood, moisture-resistant wallpaper with a pattern or stripes, ceramic tiles can be used here..
Plumbing fit classic or retro on legs with a raised headboard. Mixers and faucet are best chosen in the same style..
The furniture is simple but solid, brown or white. Necessarily made of wood.
Solid English style
Lighting and windows: In an English bathroom, a window is desirable, but at the same time it should not flood the room with light, but leave it slightly shaded. The same goes for lamps. Their light should not be too bright. Darkened shades can be used to dim the lighting..
Accessories and decorations must match the interior. Can be supplemented with the decor of the bathroom in English with original ceramic accessories, a rug, a vase of flowers.
Freestanding bathtub in the center of a Victorian bathroom composition
If you want to create a room in the apartment where relaxation, bliss and comfort will reign, then make a Mediterranean-style bathroom decor.
A neutral bathroom with a Mediterranean flair with the shape of the mirrors and the floral pattern on the wallpaper
An element of Mediterranean décor that does not overwhelm an emphatically simple bathroom: pretentious glass mosaics in blue and green tones
Surface decoration should be done using the colors that can be found on the coast: blue, yellow, light blue, green.
Plumbing can be modern, but always comfortable.
Furniture should be rustic, wood or wrought iron.
Lighting and windows. A Mediterranean style bathroom should be light. A large window is just very necessary here! In the evening, lamps with a forged base can illuminate the room..
Accessories and decorations. If you decide to make a room in the style of traditional asceticism, then limit yourself to the items used for decoration. The room should resemble a simple peasant, no frills.
If modern modernism is closer to you, then it would be very good to make a window with stained-glass windows, use arches in the interior, and lay out ethnic ornaments on the floor and walls using mosaics.
Advice! Do not use a shower curtain. She will steal some of the lightness of the Mediterranean style.
Bathroom ideas often appear when viewing photos and videos of ready-made rooms. Unfortunately, it is not possible to visit several dozen apartments and houses where various styles would be presented, so such an excursion helps to understand your own preferences and decide on the design of your small water paradise.
Stone wall decoration for a Mediterranean flair
A focus on personal comfort and luxury in an all-white Hollywood Regency bathroom