Bathroom Design Ideas
Whether you are designing your bathroom from scratch, redesigning, updating or simply decorating, you’ll be sure to find ideas for every possible scenario. And once you're ready, you can find the architect and/or builder to get the job done. But let’s start with the bathroom design basics.
How to Plan Your Bathroom Design
A good bathroom design brings together beauty and functionality. It reflects your personality in its style, colours, fittings and fixtures, but serves your needs to a tee both when you’re getting ready for work in the morning and when you want to wind down in your bathtub after a long day.
1 Collect Bathroom Ideas to Decide on Your Layout
Firstly, consider your space. Is it rectangular or are you working with a long, narrow room? This will determine how many wet walls you can accommodate, and if a bathtub can fit. For example, in a narrow room a freestanding bathtub may not work, and a one-wall layout that lines up shower, toilet and vanity on the same wall will make sense in most cases. (It’s also the most budget-friendly option in terms of plumbing). Maybe separate rooms for toilet and shower make sense? Maybe you want to work with a window above a bathtub or in the shower. You may live in an old house where you can keep some of the original character of the home, or you may be working with a small apartment space. All these considerations are vital in deciding on which layout will work best for you. Have a look at some popular ideas to get started.
2 Consider How You Use Your Bathroom
Once you’ve gathered some inspiration, have a think about who is using the room, and how they will be using it. A single guy needs a lot less storage than a teenage girl, and a family bathroom may need to consider elderly family members. Making your bathroom wheelchair accessible could save you thousands down the line. You may also want to accommodate a washer and dryer in the bathroom, since it’s where clothes are taken off frequently.
Also consider safety and cleaning. Ensure no-one will slip and hurt themselves, and consider that many little tiles will make for many little nooks for grime to accumulate, whereas big surfaces like a sink that is integrated with the vanity counter, or a big mirror will make wiping down the surface much easier than having sinks sitting on top or an intricately designed mirror.
3 Your Style Determines The Colours and Fixtures You Choose
When looking at bathroom photos on Houzz, you’ll probably lean towards a certain style pretty soon. Are you into rustic charm, modern beach house style or a mix of styles? This will determine if you opt for whites, greys and blues or if you go for dark cabinets, black floor tiles or bronze fixtures. Specifically, you want to consider:
Are you going to tile floors and walls? There’s so many possibilities, from your choice of tile to how they are laid. If you’re budget conscious, you may want to consider a wallpaper or paint for certain areas. A simple grey tile can make room for other elements to shine, while mosaics or a subway tile can make a great feature wall.
Lighting doesn’t only look pretty, but can impact your bathroom experience significantly. The mirror is a special area you want to light well, so that you don’t miss any hair when shaving or can apply that perfect line to your eye.
Furniture & Fixtures
Pay attention to how colours of cabinets and floor can impact a room. You may want to consider a wooden floor for something different and pair it with simple white vanity and cabinets, or you may want to go for the steampunk look with bronze tubes and black walls.
Consider what type of shower, bathtub (if any), toilet, sink and vanity you want. Maybe you have space for a generous spa with walk-in shower, or maybe you want a freestanding bath to be the feature of the room.
Small contemporary master bathroom in Sydney with flat-panel cabinets, medium wood cabinets, a freestanding tub, an open shower, white walls, concrete floors, a console sink, grey floor and white tile.
Narrow vanity and wall unit - patjsullivan56
Contemporary bathroom in Melbourne with flat-panel cabinets, black cabinets, white walls and an integrated sink.
Floating vanity open shelf built-in basin - jen_pbos
This is an example of a mid-sized contemporary 3/4 bathroom in Melbourne with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, a freestanding tub, gray tile, white tile, a vessel sink, porcelain tile and granite benchtops.
black top cabinet does not look any good - sponder9
47 BARRAMUNDI CIRCUIT, NORTHSHORE
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Inspiration for a contemporary bathroom in Townsville.
This is one of my favourite accent colours for a bathroom. I love the contrast with the timber knobs. Also, black tapware is growing on me. - swich5
Contemporary master bathroom in Gold Coast - Tweed with furniture-like cabinets, black cabinets, a japanese tub, an open shower, a wall-mount toilet, gray tile, porcelain tile, grey walls, marble floors, white floor and a console sink.
Contemporary master bathroom in Gold Coast - Tweed with furniture-like cabinets, black cabinets, a japanese tub, an open shower, a wall-mount toilet, gray tile, porcelain tile, grey walls, marble floors, white floor and a console sink. - ranae_keane_bamsey
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The Yin yang theory is a kind of logic, which views things in relation to its whole. The theory is based on two basic components: yin and yang in our case black and white and large and small. They combine in a complementary manner and form a balance and a certain type of energy and calm - perfect the parents retreat or master bathroom. Connecting the inside with the outside, a private bathing space.
The final result of this bathroom is one of many contrasts, the black and white theme, the oversized slab marble sheets and the Corian wall paneling contrast against the mini mosaic tiles to a striking effect but the biggest contrast of all is that of our thoughts; one would always presume that a black and white space would not have a real sense of calm or serenity but throw in the ingenious idea to extrude a glass & steel box into a garden space with a full height glass window and you have a space that is just that, calm and surprisingly this small bathroom feels that much larger. The light levels and connection to the outdoors gives you exactly what a private and personally indulgent space should offer you and that is personal calm, tranquility and private wellness
Image by - Nicole England
Interesting use of open cupboard space - nilouferjohansen
Inspiration for a contemporary master bathroom in Sydney with flat-panel cabinets, medium wood cabinets, a freestanding tub, gray tile, cement tile, grey walls, concrete floors, a vessel sink and grey floor.
bath room colour - dominic_delamin
Inspiration for a contemporary bathroom in Wollongong with flat-panel cabinets, medium wood cabinets, a curbless shower, black tile, white walls and a vessel sink.
Main bathroom mirror with timber frame shelf - jennytribe3
Webber Loop, Oran Park NSW 2570
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This is an example of a contemporary master bathroom in Sydney with flat-panel cabinets, medium wood cabinets, a freestanding tub, gray tile, grey walls, a vessel sink and grey floor.
Overall look, colours - grey, white, wood. - debbie_honig
Beach style master bathroom in Brisbane with light wood cabinets, an open shower, white tile, ceramic tile, ceramic floors, an undermount sink, black floor, flat-panel cabinets and grey walls.
Everything but the floor tiles. Which are too much. - pamelachen
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This is an example of a mid-sized contemporary master bathroom in Melbourne with a freestanding tub, an open shower, white walls, beaded inset cabinets, light wood cabinets, multi-coloured tile, mosaic tile, a drop-in sink and solid surface benchtops.
Standalone bath or inbuilt bath? Darker bath outside nicer - collinmorubisi
This is an example of a small contemporary 3/4 bathroom in Melbourne with flat-panel cabinets, medium wood cabinets, green tile, ceramic tile, white walls, ceramic floors, a drop-in sink, engineered quartz benchtops, beige floor, a curbless shower and a one-piece toilet.
White floor tiles, aqua feature tile with timber vanity - qt2012
GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens
1300 442 736
This is an example of a contemporary bathroom in Melbourne with flat-panel cabinets, light wood cabinets, grey walls and a drop-in sink.
Nice tiles, colour scheme for en-suite? Large, concrete-look tiles - webuser_886758598
Peter Bennetts Studio
Contemporary bathroom in Melbourne.
Upstairs bathroom - different color with shower over head? - ibell652
Traditional bathroom in Melbourne.
like the floor but don't like those white tiles - michelle_dragonfly
This is an example of a contemporary master bathroom in Melbourne with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, a freestanding tub, an alcove shower, gray tile, grey walls, a vessel sink, marble benchtops and grey floor.
looking at a shower that you can just walk in to with only a glass panel no door - louisa_wilson93
Photo of a contemporary 3/4 bathroom in Brisbane with flat-panel cabinets, medium wood cabinets, a freestanding tub, white tile, white walls, a vessel sink, wood benchtops and grey floor.
like the sink and tap ware - joanna7843