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8 Dream Bathroom Styles for your Next Remodel

Did you know that the average person spends at least 1.5 years of their life in the bathroom? It’s where we start and end our day, a ‘place to switch off and escape’ - where we boost our mood by doing a beauty routine or disconnecting from the world while taking a long, hot shower. Knowing that, it makes sense to create a bathroom that you genuinely enjoy, right?

Does your style run to a glamorous Gold Glass Penny Round Mosaic Tile backsplash for your spa-like bathroom? We love your taste!

Whether you want to pretty up a small powder room or remodel your master bath, your design choices are endless! One of the hardest decisions can be narrowing down the dozens of different bathroom styles to find one that feels right for your lifestyle and your home. 

If you need a little help translating your personal style into the bathroom of your dreams, we’re help to help! There are no wrong answers when it comes to creating a soothing inner space for your retreat, but we tend to think the bathroom should reflect the user, and the ideal use. When creating the bathroom of your dreams, how do you want your space to feel? Is it dreamy and serene to create a calm retreat, or bold and modern to pump you up for the day ahead? Is it filled with beautiful details or minimalist and uncluttered? Take a spin through some of our favorite bathroom styles to get inspired for your home!

 

Shabby-Chic 

A little bit of romance, a little bit of vintage – shabby-chic is where pretty meets rustic! Shabby-chic style has its beginnings back in the ‘80s when country and lake cottages were decorated with furnishings that were left over from the main house. Worn items, slipcovered sofas and repainted furniture were common traits of shabby-chic style. As welcoming as it is comfortable and informal, shabby-chic designs have that “lived-in look”, which is both elegant and laid back. “Less is more” is the golden rule that defines this style, and spaces typically have a light and airy feel to them. Soft hues reign in shabby-chic bathroom decor; bright white, beige, and pastel colors such as pink, lavender and light blue being the most popular ones.

Shabby Chic Bathroom Ideas with Dreamy Blue Ceramic Tiles and a Claw Foot Tub

Wherever you install these tiles, the dreamy colors and handcrafted appearance of Mallorca Blue ceramic tiles will complement the soft, comfortable appeal of a shabby-chic style bathroom!

Shabby-chic bathroom style is distinguished with a mix of furniture pieces that are either weathered or distressed. Roughened cabinets, shelves or other wooden pieces capture the repurposed look – each piece can be distinct in individual style, color and finish to avoid looking too ‘matchy’. Comfy fabrics are popular when it comes to shabby-chic style, with cotton and linen being the top choices for window and shower curtains. Feminine and floral patterns are often used to accent the casual elegance of this style!

In a bathroom, nothing says shabby-chic quite like a distressed vanity, pretty ruffled shower curtains, and a vintage mirror frame above the sink. When choosing materials, just keep the color palette simple and make the pastel colors sing in harmony! When it comes to tile, we’ve got tons of choices to bring this look to life.

Shabby Chic Glamorous Bathroom with Pearl Chic White Marble & Mother Of Pearl Waterjet Mosaic Tile

 

 A modern take on shabby chic bathroom decor adds in glamorous elements mixed with artfully weathered pieces, like this rubbed bronze tub and parquet floor to pair beautifully with our Pearl Chic White Marble & Mother Of Pearl Waterjet Mosaic Tile and an antique gold mirror!

Don’t forget the role of vintage accessories to capture shabby chic style! Consider framing some vintage movie posters or add an antique chandelier – anything to add touches that are charming and adorable!

 

Traditional 

When we talk about traditional bathroom style, many people automatically think ‘boring and bland’! The fact is, many design lovers already incorporate this style in their homes without even realizing it! Traditional style is actually a ‘timeless style’; it is consistent and classic. These designs do not call back to a specific time period, and are not quick to look dated. When considering traditional designs, it’s not about what it is, but rather what it is not. It is not modern, contemporary or sleek.

Traditional Bathroom Style with Duomo 3D Basket Weave Nero Marquina Mosaic Tile

Designing a traditional bathroom means focusing on surfaces. Use countertops that are either natural or faux-natural – such as granite, stone, or slate. High quality wood pieces are ideal for furniture, like the cabinets, benches or chairs. Claw-foot is a popular choice if you’re considering a tub, along with copper, iron or oil-rubbed bronze for the fixtures. 

When it comes to colors, most traditional bathrooms have a neutral base palette of whites or gray, and incorporate accent colors into the accessories. A great place to add personal touches is in your linen choice, like towels or shower curtains. 

When it comes to tiles, traditional bathrooms will feature tiles that feel timeless such as subway, hexagonal or penny tiles

For a bolder design, go big with your accessories by bringing in candle holders, chandeliers and vases. Don’t forget to add an extra touch of silver and gold for a bit of added luxury - a great complement to classic marble tiles!

 

Mid-Century

This revival style draws inspiration from the modernism of the 1940’s - 1970’s, drawing inspiration from the famous Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen and Eichler style homes. Mid-century style has recently made a big comeback into the design world, and its enormous retro appeal paired with simple elegance makes it so easy to incorporate into contemporary homes. 

When it comes to choosing items for a mid-century style bathroom, furniture with clean lines, decor items in geometric shapes, and bold pops of color come into play. Focus on accenting one colorful statement piece with more neutral hues to ensure a modern twist is a common approach. Don’t be afraid to go big with blues, citron or even a fire-engine red! Just be sure to avoid mixing multiple loud colors. 

La Riviera Rose combines the hand crafted appearance of porcelain with a subtle pink color to capture that perfect mid-century design aesthetic.

La Riviera Rose combines the hand crafted appearance of porcelain with a subtle pink color to capture that perfect mid-century design aesthetic.

The mid-century look is not all about using bold colors; geometric shapes and straight lines are often incorporated into bathrooms through fixtures, furniture and tiles. Playful patterns and elegant wood-looking tile are commonly featured, mostly in neutral colors like white, grey or black.

We get major Palm Springs vibes from Teardrops Wooden Beige & Athens Grey Marble Mosaic Tile Waterjet

We get major Palm Springs vibes from Teardrops Wooden Beige & Athens Grey Marble Mosaic Tile Waterjet -  a quick and easy way to change the vibe of your mid-century bathroom!

When working with patterns, it’s best to keep hardware and decor minimal and allow one design element to pull focus. Focus on simple decor to accent your mid century bathroom when it comes to wall art, cabinetry, and fixtures -  a collection of black-and-white photographs is a great idea to leave the space as uncluttered as possible!

What do you think about the mid-century-modern look?

 

Contemporary

Contemporary design doesn’t refer to a specific period of time, but reflects a forward-thinking approach. Contemporary style is constantly evolving to reflect the popular styles of present design - showcasing what’s happening in design at this very moment in time. You will see that bathrooms with a contemporary style showcase neutral palettes, clean lines, and a focus on minimalism. Even if they often incorporate current-era materials such as laminates and plastics, that doesn’t mean they can’t feature natural or traditional materials. Many contemporary style bathrooms keep it simple when it comes to color, such as using a monochromatic color palette to create a soothing yet stylish space.

Contemporary White and Gray Bathroom Design with Marble Mosaic Tiles

In this case, the vanity backsplash with Triangular Hexagon in Bianco Dolomiti Leyte Blue and Thassos Marble Mosaic Tiles adds a modern pattern, while the white and gray marble ties in with minimalist decor in earthy and neutral colors.

Unique characteristics of a contemporary bathroom are fairly easy to spot. Look for sharp edges, glass shower doors, straight lines and even rain showers for an extra level of modern. Some concrete, exposed pipes, vessel sinks can help you achieve an industrial look. However, some contemporary bathrooms are as simple as just black and white, creating ultra sleek spaces that create a sense of calm and centering.

Neutral and black tones are well met when paired with a glass shower and some fresh accents for a sleek contemporary style bathroom!

Neutral and black tones are well met when paired with a glass shower and some fresh accents for a sleek contemporary style bathroom! The starburst pattern on Ionic Steel Decor Impact A Rectified Porcelain Tile blends decorative detailing with a modern black surface.

Crystile Silver Glass Mosaic Tile

Crystile Silver Glass Mosaic Tile adds visual interest to a sleek Ionic Steel surface, a contemporary way to complement your bathroom walls with style!

Milan Silver Lantern Waterjet Mosaic Tile adds a subtle texture and metallic shine to a light and airy contemporary bathroom with marble and silver finishing details!

Milan Silver Lantern Waterjet Mosaic Tile adds a subtle texture and metallic shine to a light and airy contemporary bathroom with marble and silver finishing details!

 

Eclectic

What do you get if you combine mid-century bathroom cabinets with a nice antique rug you found at the flea market the other weekend, and some towels in a variety of mismatched colors? You may find it difficult to describe, but you’ve got the components of one of the most enduring forms of decorating: Eclectic. If you’re into rich, layered interior design highlighting a series of eras and movements, eclectic style might just be the right direction to consider for your bathroom design! It is all about experimenting and playing with different design elements, having fun with the freedom it allows. It can be made up of old, new, or in between. But how do you incorporate that into your bathroom?

 White & Green Bricks Carrara & Glass Mosaic Tile

White & Green Bricks Carrara & Glass Mosaic Tile create a unique shape in an inviting green to create a one of a kind backsplash - this is beyond fun when paired with clean white decor and potted plants to create a colorful and unique bathroom!

If you want to play with materials and textures, eclectic design will let you do almost anything you want!  Experiment with different textures for your rugs, curtains and the vanity stool to make your eclectic decor sing! Place smooth alongside rough – for example, marble surfaces against wood grains. Or use soft with hard – maybe installing mid-century cabinetry with a luxurious golden mirror. 

However, do use caution as it can be easy to let eclectic design flow into a messy, cluttered, and overly busy room. Everything must have a place in the room and each piece should have a point to it. A true eclectic style is well thought out and allows accessories to speak for themselves without crowding your space. Don’t forget that this should be an ‘organized chaos’!

The best way to achieve this look? Choose one or two statement pieces as the foundation of your design and use them as your jumping off points. Pull accent colors from the weave of an antique rug to create a cohesive pattern, or use smooth ceramic textures to complement a baroque mirror frame.

Gold Bouquet Marble Tile

With our Gold Bouquet Marble Tile adding a floral print pattern as the focal point, we’d keep the rest of the decor bold and metallic to play off that stunning print! Add in rich burgundy colors to accent the gold and copper, and you have a stylish eclectic bathroom with a hint of bohemian style!

 

Scandinavian

The Scandinavian bathroom is the perfect example for a space - big or small - lacking of clutter and that is one of the reasons why this style is becoming more and more popular. First off, it looks modern but it focuses on functionality of the decor. Natural materials, neutral colors and curated personal accents are what you need to perfect a Scandi bathroom style. 

When it comes to color, a Scandinavian bathroom is usually all-neutral with colors such as white, off-white, beige, tan and light grey, but you may also see black and white accents. When we say neutral, that doesn't mean Scandinavian bathrooms are totally white! Some red or pink accents are always a great idea to add a touch of sweetness that feels bold and vibrant in a Scandi style bathroom, especially when you’ve got both neutral color cabinets and tiles. Another idea is adding vases filled with plants that can lend small bursts of green and yellow to soften things up again in an overall neutral color bathroom. 

Modern Scandinavian Style Bathroom with Blonde Wood and Potted Plants

To achieve this Nordic-theme bathroom, use of faux wood planes is also very common, as natural textures in a bathroom create a connection to the outdoors. Other ways to enliven things in a Scandi style bathroom include adding moody patterned accents, a woven towel basket or even a Boho painting on your wall as another layer of touchable texture. We love the combination with our Wavy Hex Calacatta Gold & Thassos Mosaic Tile to add a marble pattern finish!

Modern Scandinavian Bathroom with Black and White Geometric Decor

 

Add a modern black and white touch with the Taco Melange Black porcelain tiles to create the perfect mix of natural wood-look flooring with a geometric pattern finish.

 

Farmhouse / Rustic

Whether you have a house in the country or just want to create the homey feel of the farmhouse/rustic decor, this look is all about texture. The main feature of a rustic style bathroom is the use of natural materials such as stone and wood. It is so easy to create a relaxing atmosphere with a rustic bathroom, where you can soak in a bubble bath and feel close to nature! That’s why natural wood and stone floors are the most widely used materials here along with rough wood furniture and  cabinetry. After creating the base of the rustic style, deciding on what style to add and making some pretty touches to the bathroom is fairly quick and easy. 

Rustic Farmhouse Bathroom Style Ideas

Wood look porcelain tiles are one of our favorite ways to combine wood-look designs with contemporary materials for a long lasting bathroom!

Farmhouse style doesn’t mean going for all wood, all the time! Rustic bathrooms can use metal showers, tubs, sinks as well as copper basins to get the vibes of modern elegance, reminding us of bygone days while we’re in the present. You don’t have to go for a full-on country bathroom to achieve a rustic look. Make sure the materials look refined and raw together. Accentuating antique flea market finds with repurposed cabinets, countertops and textiles and you’ll see how easy it is to transform your bathroom into some sort of pastoral spa!

Watch an episode or two of Fixer Upper and you’ll see what we’re going for - trending farmhouse style bathrooms combine rustic decor with elegant elements to create a serene and welcoming space!

 

Victorian and Vintage Bathroom Ideas

Imagine a decadent clawfoot bathtub where you can soak in complete bliss. Surround your tub with luxurious items like tufted benches, gold and silver framed mirrors, and carved dressing tables with crown moldings. Obviously, design ideas are plentiful when it comes to Victorian style and its vintage aesthetic has remained popular for centuries. Ever since the time of Victorian palaces and estates, this style focuses on creating a sense of luxury and beauty with elegance and comfort in mind.

The elegant scroll pattern in our Floral Dream Bianco Carrara & Thassos Mosaic Tile adds the perfect accent to a sleek tub with elaborate finishes.

Victorian Bathroom Ideas with a Claw Foot Tub and Mosaic Tile Floor

A classic, claw-footed tub is obviously the most iconic element of Victorian bathroom design along with a pedestal sink with a porcelain or metal base. Hardware in Victorian bathrooms tends to be brass or gilt metal; it often features ornate, carved designs of scrolls, flora and fauna. White and other light colors are preferred to create an airy feel in the space, with paint colors being white or light yellows, blues or pinks instead of bolder colors. These elements add up to a soothing, romantic feeling that has never gone out of style!

When it comes to tile, Victorian style bathrooms tend to the traditional hexagon, penny or subway tiles for a classic yet elegant design.

Nova Hex Wooden Beige Marble Tile Floor for a Rustic Victorian Bathroom

Add a touch of rustic charm to this vintage style with hexagon wood look porcelain tiles on your bathroom floor and pair it with a slipper tub to get that perfect blend of rustic and cozy charm!

Tiles with floral patterns also look incredible with this aesthetic, complementing the overall romantic feel of the space. Tiles with eye-catching floral shapes will not just grace the floors; they can also be used as bathroom backsplashes or on shower walls, like our Floral Eternity White Carrara & Bardiglio Waterjet Mosaic Tile

Vintage Victorian Bathroom with Floral Marble Tile Details and a Crystal Chandelier

Now that you know the hottest bathroom trends and styles on the planet, it’s time for the fun part: choosing your style! Let us know which decor aesthetic feels right to you in the comments, and take a spin through our selection of bathroom tiles to find one that feels like you!

 

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