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.
A generous walk in shower makes the most of space and easily stores toiletries in a tiled niche.
The frameless shower screen with hinged door supports the light and airy feel of the bathroom while a dual shower with overhead rain shower and hand shower sit perfectly within the space.
Photography by Elizabeth Schiavello
sink shape, shower style 2 heads, wood type - gareth_adams2
Design ideas for a contemporary bathroom in Adelaide with flat-panel cabinets, light wood cabinets, a drop-in tub, gray tile, a vessel sink and grey floor.
love this window - julie_lenord
Photo of a beach style master bathroom in Brisbane with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, a drop-in tub, a corner shower, brown tile, subway tile, white walls, a drop-in sink and beige floor.
Like the seperate bath / shower - tom_stoddard38
Photo of a mid-sized contemporary 3/4 bathroom in Adelaide with a corner tub, a one-piece toilet, white tile, ceramic tile, white walls, ceramic floors and a wall-mount sink.
design and replace the tub with shower - webuser_8814886
Photo of a contemporary bathroom in Melbourne with white cabinets, gray tile and a vessel sink.
Tap and basin - adam_chirico
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Design ideas for a midcentury bathroom in Sydney.
Classy Laundry style basin in second bathroom/ take out laundry basin just have the one - webuser_945145983
Shanna Driussi ~ Northern Rivers Bathroom Renovations
Design ideas for a mid-sized transitional master bathroom in Other with shaker cabinets, white cabinets, white tile, ceramic tile, white walls, ceramic floors, a vessel sink, engineered quartz benchtops and multi-coloured floor.
I love the floor tiles, only suited to an older style home. - lauren_murphy83
Photo of a 3/4 bathroom in Other with flat-panel cabinets, medium wood cabinets, a two-piece toilet, beige tile, white tile, an integrated sink and beige floor.
Inspiration for a contemporary 3/4 bathroom in Adelaide with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, a freestanding tub, a corner shower, white tile, white walls, cement tiles, a vessel sink and black floor.
Vanity style we prefer (and sent to Chris) - gerard_wilson83
This is an example of a contemporary bathroom in Melbourne with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, a freestanding tub, white walls and a vessel sink.
I like the idea of louvre windows in the bathroom and the vanity configuration - thatcrazybirdlady
Floating vanity with stone bench top designed and made by Panorama Cabinets.
This is an example of a contemporary 3/4 bathroom in Melbourne with a double shower, a wall-mount toilet, white tile, subway tile, white walls, a vessel sink, flat-panel cabinets and medium wood cabinets.
Floating sink double shower layout - jusgarvey
Louise Roche - @villastyling
Beach style bathroom in Brisbane with a freestanding tub, blue tile and grey floor.
blue tile with white and light grey - ceilidh_beck
Design ideas for a shabby-chic style 3/4 bathroom in Wollongong with furniture-like cabinets, grey cabinets, a curbless shower, a two-piece toilet, white walls, a vessel sink and multi-coloured floor.
Floor tiles & fresh bright look - antscasmc
Design ideas for a contemporary master bathroom in Newcastle - Maitland with flat-panel cabinets, medium wood cabinets, a freestanding tub, white walls, a vessel sink and brown floor.
I like the back wall (maybe....) - kinross
This is an example of a contemporary bathroom in Melbourne with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, an open shower, white walls, an undermount sink and grey floor.
This design with shower behind vanity wall on one side, and toiled behind wall on other side. - rebecca_pezzutti
Christine Francis Photographer
Mid-sized contemporary master bathroom in Melbourne with white cabinets, white tile, subway tile, white walls, marble floors, an undermount sink, marble benchtops, grey floor and flat-panel cabinets.
Small grey tiles old style, subway tiles! - lauren_murphy83
Design ideas for a 3/4 bathroom in Perth with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, a curbless shower, a one-piece toilet, white tile, white walls, an undermount sink and grey floor.