If you are looking for some great bathroom design ideas then hopefully this collection will help you. Designing a bathroom can be intimidating and with so many choices of baths, toilets, basins, vanities…and then there are finishes from tiles, to wallpaper and even carpets.
Bathrooms are no longer that small little room tucked away at the back of the house that’s purely functional. In modern homes, the bathroom is a real showpiece and next to the kitchen can have a huge impact on the perceived value of your home.
Many of the bathrooms featured below are designer bathrooms but they are all filled with loads of design ideas – many of which you can borrow, adapt or even just plain copy exactly.
Some remodeling ideas for bathrooms require a complete “redo” of your existing bathroom while others can be as simply as some paint. Make sure you soak up as many of the bathroom decoration ideas because that alone can make all the difference between your bathroom looking average or designer.
There are many bathroom design trends and we’ve included a broad mix of contemporary, rustic, classical and everything in between to help you find design ideas that suit your style. Some of the modern classic bathroom designs are very contemporary and mix both old and new.
Choosing bathroom sanitary ware (bath, wash basin, toilet, bidet, shower) forms an important part of the design and affects your budget significantly. It is wise to shop around since different brands often have similar styles but at vastly different prices.
Choosing finishes also has a big impact on the price of your bathroom design and while tiles are most commonly used, modern bathrooms often incorporate wooden floors, wallpaper and even carpet. Every finish you choose will have a different impact on the design and certain material choices can have a great affect on the design – for example bathrooms with poor ventilation should not use carpet or timber at all.
Fittings, decorations and lighting tend to be the cheaper elements of a bathroom design but still has a huge impact on the design and needs careful consideration.
In the end, a professional designer or decorator will be the best option but if you are doing the design yourself then the best way is to start with just one great idea and then build the design around that.
These ideas for remodeling bathrooms or even building them new should be used as inspiration and don’t be afraid to try bold ideas!
Here’s our BIG Gallery of Bathroom Design Ideas:
A beautiful feature bath that’s freestanding against a full-height window wall. The pebbles around the bath gives it a distinct “outdoors” feeling and combined with the full height window its truly spectacular. The thin venetian blinds provides ample privacy while allowing light in and spectacular views out. The glass shower is deliberately tones down and by doing it only in glass its meant to disappear and keep the focus on the freestanding bath. The room also have a sliding screen (on the right) which allows the bathroom to become part of the bedroom.
A very rustic bathroom that’s dominated by its strict symmetrical design. The use of strong symmetry is a very classical design idea but by combining it with the very rustic wall and the very contemporary freestanding bath and floor, its a really interesting mix of elements. The exposed roof trusses is also a very rustic design feature that you don’t see very often in bathrooms.
A truly lavish bathroom design that’s both quirky and very elegant. Its definitely not something you will see in every home but the use of black and gold along with the half wall wallpaper really lifts this space. The use of the minimalist shower design with just simple glass screens almost make sit disappear in the space while the use of the gold plated shower head, taps and even the portrait frames helps to bind the entire design together.
Feature baths are very common in contemporary bathrooms and this is a beautiful bath. Freestanding with a stunning mosaic wall tile that has a slight reflective element. Note the slight curve on the wall to accommodate the bath and the taps – a very subtle but very elegant design. The white floor a beautiful contrast and by letting it flow through from the bedroom it helps to connect the two in a very subtle way.
Having a bathroom that works on different levels can be a bit tricky but this one works incredibly well. A lot of people try it with bathroom conversions and fail mostly because they don’t have enough space. The subtle use of the wallpaper and the feature wood element that flows from shelf to floor and then to wall panel is a great bathroom decorating idea. The recessed niches with back lighting above the bath is also a great design feature that can be used in most bathrooms.
Contemporary bathrooms don’t always look like bathrooms. this is a great example with the floor and sitting area looking more like a living room.What’s really successful about this bathroom design is that the tiling pattern is followed all the way though even though different colors are used. The subtle variation with the pattern in the shower and the diffused glass shower screen all works well together while the pedestal basins and freestanding mirror adds a totally different touch to this design.
Using the arched niche with large window to house the bath really gives it a focus and makes it a real showpiece. While this is an all white bathroom, the decor is still really vibrant. The use of marble tiles, the slight off-white cupboards and a few splashes of color makes this both inviting and very cozy.
There’s a lot of great ideas here if you are doing any bathroom remodelling. The long vanity unit with symmetrical glass basins, mirrors and lights is a really elegant solution and can be done even in much smaller bathrooms. The freestanding glass shower is really big and includes multiple shower heads and is designed for more than one occupant. The central chandelier ads a different touch to the bathroom while the toilet is tucked away in a side room.
This is one of those bathrooms we all wished we had. It has some very classical elements but its done in a very modern way. The check floor, the black timber wall panels and the central freestanding bath all are classical elements but its done in a very modern way. By having the bath in the middle of the room is becomes the main future element while the open shelves and all the elements in and on the shelves helps to give the bathroom life.
A sunken bath tub is not always practical or possible but its extremely effective. In this case it allows the windows to be full height and with the exposed brick walls its a really great composition. The floating vanity unit allows the floor to run through and gives the illusion of a bigger space. The glass top basins are really slick and the contrast between the rough brickwork and smooth floor and cabinetry is really good.
Quite a small bathroom that makes the very most of its space. The white subway tiles along with the exposed brick works really well together and reflects the tiled finish in different ways. The composition of the black niches and the central mirror is simple but very elegant and very contemporary. The cantilevered toilet, freestanding bath and counter top basin are also very contemporary bathroom elements.
Modern bathrooms uses a lot of white and even though the dark wood floor is quite modern, the bathroom has a lot of classical elements. The style of the wash basins, the chandelier, the cabinetry and even the taps are all in a classical style with some contemporary touches. The dresser with the single designer chair adds a nice touch to this bathroom design.
Using the same material on the floor and ceiling is a really interesting idea. It adds a sense of warmth that you don’t usually see in bathrooms. The glass shower with its frame-less design and the freestanding bathtub gives it that modern feel along with the counter top basin with open shelves. Having a wall mounted TV in the bathroom also doesn’t hurt the design.
The rustic floor boards and roughly plastered walls gives this bathroom a definite shabby chic feel but the very contemporary toilet, bidet and vanity gives it a very contemporary look. The placement of the bath is really interesting and by using just the one bright color on the vanity gives this bathroom a very elegant look even though it has some very rustic elements.
The strong horizontal lines is a design elements that’s repeated throughout this design and its very successful. The horizontal groove in the tiling is also reflected in the floor and even the floating vanity units pick up on the theme.
A very classical bathroom design with a lot of contemporary features. The dark wood and marble gives it a rich elegance and the strict symmetry are all very classic. The placement of the bath in the very center of the room by the full height window makes it the center piece. The slight variation and pattern in the floor tiles helps to break up the monotonous white marble.
A very contemporary bathroom with a strict minimalist approach. The open vanity unit with the black top mount basins are very minimalist and having the taps fixed to the wall is quite unusual but very modern. The stunning freestanding bath is undoubtedly the focus. The warm gray from the slate tiles works very well with the wood elements.
A truly stunning bathroom that’s both elegant and contemporary. The soaking tub with a chandelier above it and the cleverly defined area around the tub works incredibly well. The wall mirrors matches the vanity frames while the top mounted basins match the bath tub beautifully. The 3 panel color scheme on the walls helps to bring the bathroom into scale and it ties the different elements and colors together.
A very rustic bathroom with rough stone floor and rustic reclaimed wooden furniture. The only element that gives it away as a contemporary bathroom design is the new freestanding bath which plays off really well against all the rustic elements. In designs like these its best to keep modern elements to a minimum as it increases the impact of both modern and rustic elements.
Using the same tile on both the floor and the half wall is very effective in giving the bathroom and almost floating quality. Its also practical since the wooden panels need some protection from direct water. The freestanding bath creates a beautiful center piece while the white retro wall lights help to break up the wooden panelling. The minimal color scheme with only the wood, white and the accent pieces of the dark grey in the tile (also picked up by the bath color) is very effective in this bathroom design.
A distinctly contemporary bathroom design with a monochrome color scheme, lots of reflective surfaces and the freestanding bath as the centre piece in the design. The subtle textures of the floor tiles and wall finishes helps to break up the otherwise monotone nature of the color scheme and the clever use of soft lighting helps to make the space feel a bit warmer than it actually is.
The use of black elements is probably not the first thing most people would think about but it can be very effective as illustrated in this design. The pitch black floor creates a great contrast with almost everything else and it really helps to make the freestanding bath “pop”. The floating vanity unit with in a matching black mirrors the bath with the twin countertop basins. Its very subtle but a really great example of a simplistic design with just the bath and the basins as the showpieces.
A bright and colourful bathroom that could work well in most homes. The floating vanity unit and wall mounted cupboards create and interesting element with the subtle use of bright colors to help lift the room. The only improvement perhaps would be to have a better alignment of the cupboards with the wall tiles behind which is always an important consideration when you use large wall tiles since it often ends up in odd alignments with vanity units, baths and other fixed furniture in the bathroom.
Who said a contemporary bathroom needs to be big to be good? This is a great example of a small bathroom that’s inexpensive and looks great. The dark floor gives a blank canvas which helps the bright white freestanding bath, sofa and vanity to really stand out. The wall painting is quite unusual for a bathroom but it really works well with the sofa and its something that can easily be done in most bathrooms.
The modern bathroom is so much more than functional. It can be a sanctuary like this wonderful little bathroom that makes full use of its space. The oversized shower with bench is only divided from the bath with a glass wall and the bath is recessed into the floor. The stone detail around the bath’s edge along with the feature wall feels very spa-like and creates a real warmth.
Some very unusual materials and color choices but it still works incredibly well thanks to ample natural light flooding through the glass wall. Wooden baths are really amazing but can be very expensive. the freestanding wooden bath is a wonderful feature which is mimicked with the 2 wooden benches below the floating wash basins. The black wall and floor tiles should not be attempted in bathroom that are too small or that don’t have ample natural light.
A more classical feel with the chandelier, the chickened floor tiles mirrored frames on the wall mirrors. This is a bathroom you can really live in. The use of black and white is very effective and is offset with the use of different textures and the clever use of mirrors.
Another small bathroom that makes full use of its limited space. The matching basins and bath is played off against each other beautifully and the oversized wooden vanity is a great big rustic statement. Having the plantation shutters cover the entire wall helps to give privacy while still allowing plenty of light to flood into the bathroom.
The subtle texture on the wall finish helps to lift the bathroom to another level. Its grey but the lighting helps to make it feel very warm while the texture breaks it up and helps to tie it all together. A great lesson here is to just pick one thing (the wall in this case) and make that something special. the rest can just be fairly simple and you will still have a great bathroom.
Wallpaper in the bathroom can be tricky but its definitely not out of the question. This is a beautiful example and the marble tiles and wallpaper pattern gives it a distinctly “expensive” look. The marble also goes particularly well with the deep and richly dark wooden elemenst of the herringbone bloor and the vanity unit.
Using a floor tile that closely matches the timber color helps to tie this design together really well. The dark wall tiles help to frame the window and makes the bath and floating vanity stand out. The use of a large sliding glass door with a chucky wood frame allows the bathroom to open up completely into the bedroom. The opaque glass on the door allows light to penetrate to and from the bedroom but still allows for privacy when needed.
A luxurious bathroom that makes full use of its high ceilings with diamond shaped mirrors helping to accentuate the high ceilings. The juxtapositioning of the 2 chairs and tables helps to tie all the elements together .
This bathroom uses a lot of warm colors and textures and even though its not that big it still feels very spacious. The warm grey/brown color scheme along with the wooden floor and wooden vanity helps to give it a real warmth. The shag carpet is a really nice touch and adds some texture that’s quite unusual and quirky for a bathroom.
The oversized built in bath dominates this bathroom but adds a sense of luxury. The black cupboards is a nice offset and the subtle use of the black elements in the floor tiles picks up on that. The pale olive green walls adds a hint of color which is also picked up by the use of plants both inside the bathroom and outside.
When you are spoiled for space, why not have a bath niche with a stunning freestanding bath. The marble tiles on the floor and full height wall tiles gives it a sense of luxury and the subtle patterns and textures on the walls give it a very modern feel. The open vanity units with wall mounted taps are quite and old fashioned idea but done in a very modern way and with the chrome and wooden inlay its truly stunning. And don’t miss that chandelier which helps to bring down the scale of the high ceilings and adds an element of interest in the space that would otherwise be quite monotonous in terms of colors and textures.
A great example of a modern symmetrical bathroom arranged around a central built-in bath. The rich colored wood along with lots of mirrors help to give the space a very warm classy feel. The ceiling bulkhead with recessed lights wrap around the entire room and the chandelier helps to lift the light levels with only one small window.
This bathroom makes full use of its high ceilings and ample natural light. The elevated bath is positioned in its own alcove which raises the bath almost into a separate room. When you have a lot of space you can easily lose elements and this is a very effective strategy to break up the space.
Another symmetrical bathroom but with a beautiful twist. The bath forms the centre piece but also divides the bathroom in two with mirrored vanity units on either side. The choice of marble matches perfectly with the gold elements on all the taps, lights and curtains. The use of the pillows is a nice touch to help bring some softer textures into the bathroom.
A fairly clean and simplistic modern design that really gets elevated by the clever use of the the central freestanding table/vanity. The style is much more rustic/classical which is an interesting offset from the rest of the bathroom that has only elements of that design. It creates both a focal point in the bathroom and also breaks up the large open space.
This bathroom design uses mirrors in a very interesting way. The two opposing walls are both covered in floor to ceiling mirrors while the floor tiles wrap un into the third wall. The use of an etched mirror panel next to the toilet adds yet another mirror but in a really interesting and modern way.
Quirky, modern and rustic probably best sums up this bathroom design. The rustic elements of the wooden pillar along with the shower tiles is played off beautifully against the industrial style lights and the bright white modern ceiling with recessed lights. The extended vanity unit is a really clever design that gives additional bench space and the mirror and symmetry with the lights is really beautiful with the matching. The subtle use of bright red really elevates this bathroom design.
A small loft bathroom that deal really well with the limited headroom by placing the bath near the lower end. The recessed lighting along with the timber elements adds warmth while the bath, vanity, basin and toilet are very contemporary elements that all work together really well because they are so similar in design.
What appears to be timber on the walls and floor are actually tiles. It solves the problem of having that timber look but without the risk of moisture and wood that tends to be a big issue in bathrooms. The white insets are actually carpet and the tiled feature panel in the middle of the vanity wall is a mosaic tile. The square shaped toilet is really unique and most people will probably look for the toilet without finding it.
Using a small rustic tile along the walls helps to give a really interesting texture to the wall of this bathroom where the main feature is the vanity with twin top mounted basins and a huge framed mirror. Notice how the mirror frame is the same finish as the cabinets of the vanity which helps to tie the whole design together.
A truly unique and wonderful bathroom design that makes full use of the outside-in concept. By using the semi courtyard the bath is placed inside an artificial pond and the use of the plants ec. makes it feel like the bath is outside. The elements that are inside are treated slightly more conventionally with the mounted twin wash basins and corresponding mirrors complimenting the more natural feel of the design with the natural wood finishes.
The most striking element in this bathroom design is the vanity unit with the bench mounted stone basins. The bench has a glass top finish which makes the stone pebbles visible to create an incredible floating effect with the stone basins. The heavy window and door frame also creates a beautiful framed view to the outside.
A beautiful freestanding bath forms the focal point in this bathroom which is quite small and walks directly into the walk-in robe. The shower is screened off behind the bath and its quite an interesting symmetrical design. the colors of the wall and floor finishes are created to match with the bedroom and creates a wonderful contrast with the white bath.
The round bowl bath is a real unusual and unique design element and the combination with the floor mounted taps really makes this bathroom. The addition of the wall niches with LED down lights gives a really subtle touch and by using a slightly different tile inside the niches it helps to break up the wall. Its both practical and functional and something that can be replicated relatively inexpensively.
A very clever way to make use of a very odd space and by turning the bath at an angle is gives more headroom while giving the space of this bathroom a very interesting twist. By twisting the bath at an angle and using it to dictate the tile pattern it makes this odd shaped bathroom both functional and beautiful.
Having a bathroom walk out into a private courtyard really lends itself to a unique design like this. The freestanding bath makes full use of the view outside while the rustic wall with a fireplace plays off beautifully with the crisp and clean lines of the vanity and toilet designs. In a large space, placing the freestanding bath in the middle of the room can have a great impact.
The use of timber wall panelling in a bathroom can be risky since a lot of damp tends to build up over time. If you can find a way to deal with that, the look is undoubtedly great. the addition of the curved shower really helps to lift the bathroom design and give it a real modern twist.
Using tiles and timber on the floor finish helps to distinguish between the wet and dry areas of the bathroom and it also helps to organize the space. The open vanity unit helps to free up some more of the beautiful timber on the floor while the clean lines on the bench tops and mirrors gives it that crisp modern look. Notice that even though there’s not much color at all, the lighting helps to soften it a great deal.
Having the full length vanity cupboard gives this bathroom ample storage space while also adding a great design element from which the rest of the bathroom flows. The use of the dark timber and how it works with the off-white on both the cabinetry and the mirror frames is also reflected in the window, the subtle floor pattern and the wall painting.
A small bathroom that makes full use of its limited space. By using the same tile on the walls and floor and having it full height it gives a very clean pallet to work with. The use of the cantilevered toilet and floating vanity helps to create the illusion of spaciousness and the clean lines on the vanity is distinctly contemporary and helps to give this small bathroom a very contemporary look without being cold.
A beautiful use of timber and wallpaper to create a very interesting bathroom design. The square bath is placed in the center and partly hides the toilet while its wrapped in a rich natural timber which is also used as a wall panel. The recessed lights behind the bath does a lot to add some subtle light and color while the wallpaper adds a different texture and creates some interest on the walls.
A beautiful classical freest6anding bath forms the center piece of this bathroom. Having the bath tucked into the alcove and under the window it becomes the hero of the space with everything else being quite subtle. Notice how the rustic feet of the bath is picked up with the mirror frame and some of the details like the candle holders.
A beautiful use of different colors and textures in a very subtle way makes this bathroom design very successful. The use of the pebble inset on the floor helps to define the circulation space while adding a different texture. The use of the dark timber to frame the windows and the cornices and then flowing into the vanity gives it a much more sophisticated look while the tiles along the bath has a distinctly modern feel.
The clever use of different tiles and different tiling patterns is a real stand-out in this bathroom. The mosaic tile ads a splash of color and gets repeated subtly on the wall panel and wall niche while the floor and wall tiles mix the same tile in different patterns. The rich colored wall unit with vanity adds a rich color that balances out the otherwise cold marble dominated bathroom.
The rustic walls in this bathroom dominates the space and while it can be a bit dull for most people it really works well with the overall design. Having duel shower heads is a real luxury item and the use of a wooden deck in the shower is a nice touch to play off against the polished concrete floor. In rustic spaces, the use of crisp modern elements like the shower heads and the freestanding bath can be very striking.
A very minimalist bathroom design that has a distinctly classical touch mixed with the modern elements. The use of the green walls along with the floor patterns not only gives warmth and texture but it gives the classical sophisticated look while the rest of the elements in the bathroom are fairly subdued and standard.
All the different curved elements give this bathroom a distinctly modern feel. By cleverly using the corners for the shower and the bath, it allows the design to let the curves flow into the middle of the room to avoid awkward junctions that you often get with curved elements. The clever use of the curved ceiling bulkhead mirrors the floor design and the use of accent wall panels and colors breaks the space up beautifully.
Loft bathrooms can be tricky since there are often not enough space to sensibly fit everything in. This clever use of the shower cubicle helps to organize the space of the bathroom and allows for the full use of the skylights. The subtle yellow color works really well with the white and helps to brighten up the room significantly.
A very minimalistic design that uses the tiled wall from the shower as its feature wall. By extending the tiles to the full height and width of the wall it creates a really interesting effect with the rest of the bathroom quite plain. The frameless mirrors on the wall that’s offset from the wall gives it a distinctly contemporary feel along with the floor tiles creep up the bath wall.
Another example of how a small bathroom can look really amazing with not too much design flare. The use of the matt black tiles and matching vanity helps to really ground all the elements. The white elements really pop and the bench mounted basins look really neat and modern.
An amazing bathroom that’s very contemporary with a lot of clean lines and surfaces. The massive glass wall is truly unique and everything is very contemporary expect for the bath which is a classical freestanding bath with cast iron legs – which is played off even more against the very contemporary chandelier above it.
A fascinating bathroom design in a house that has exposed concrete wall finishes. The use of the timber to build in the elevated bath goes really well against the modern elements of steel windows and raw concrete walls. The space between the black bulkhead and the vanity unit is open which really opens up the bathroom.
Designing a bathroom in an odd space can be challenging and in this case the views gets first priority with the bath right by the full height window. The toilet is tucked away for privacy as well as separation from the rest of the room while the shower simply fills in the left over space. It makes full use of all the natural light with subtle warm colors to brighten up the space.
A truly warm and cosy bathroom design that feels a lot more bedroom than bathroom. The bath alcove helps to separate the bath from the room and allows for a vanity and dressing table on either side. The dark wooden floor matches beautifully with the wall color and the tiles which all work together to create that sense of warmth.
Using whites and greys can look very cold and boring and this is a great example of how to get a lot out of subtle colors. By using warm greys and combining it with the textures of the wallpaper it immediately creates an interesting effect. By creating panels that divide the wallit alloows you to add things like wall light and it helps to arrange the space – in this case the floor tiles follow that panels on the wall through with a different color tile.
A small bathroom that cleverly uses wood and bright white surfaces to create a very clean and modern look. In small bathrooms you have to minimize clutter completely and minimizing your material and color pallet is a great way to achieve that. The way the ceiling and floor is done with the same wooden finish is beautiful and very elegant.
There’s been many different designs for glass baths over the years and many of them end up looking very heavy. this bath made from a high strength resin has a very transparent feel and really gives this bathroom an amazingly contemporary touch. The wall is backlit wallpaper that gives it an incredible sense of it almost being a large window while the ultra modern vanity and countertop basins with a very minimalist design.
Not all showers have to be behind a glass screen. This extraordinary shower head is more of a water feature than a shower and it goes really well with the big planter and freestanding bath to create an almost tropical feel while still being very modern with all the fittings.
Making the most of your views also includes the bathroom and this one certainly does with a large glass wall that allows for great views while having a bath. The design of the bathroom flows from the bedroom and the large double doors open into the bedroom to allow more seamless feel to bedroom and bathroom.
The ceiling is often the most plain element of the bathroom but in this case its become the real feature element. It uses a mosaic mirror tile that’s highly reflective and give a very interesting effect. The bath is placed inside the shower cubicle most probably due to plumbing restrictions and overall this is a difficult space that has a lot of eclectic elements.
A bathroom that makes full use of its view! The large built in wall unit with the huge mirror helps to reflect a lot of of light and help to give views out from the bathroom. The elevated bath also help to see out while having a bath and since there are no real risk of privacy this bathroom has a full height glass window.
Sometimes odd shaped bathroom can give birth to something beautiful. This long and narrow space is not ideal but this bathroom design utilizes its space very well. The choice of marble and the warm wood gives it a distinctly warm and modern feel with high level windows helping to bring as much light as possible through the bathroom into the spaces beyond. Using a floating vanity is a really smart trick in helping a bathroom feel bigger and is something that can be replicated quite easily.
A circular freestanding stone bath forms the centre piece of this huge bathroom that makes full use of all the space. The recessed floor lights around the bath, the wooden panelling, the fireplace and the built in vanity lights makes this a truly luxurious bathroom.