Guide written by:
Pauline, Self-taught handyman, Leeds
Designing and putting together a bathroom, be it during a renovation or a brand new bathroom, starts by determine what style you want. From Italian, Moroccan or Japanese inspired approaches, to zen, designer or contemporary themes, you have a lot to choose from! Here is all our advice to achieve the stylish bathroom you've always been dreaming of.
- Japanese style bathroom
- Moroccan style bathroom
- Italian style bathroom
- Modern bathroom
- Zen bathroom
- Bathroom for girls
- Luxury bathroom
A bathroom that transports you
Choose a bathroom style that will take you worlds away, and the only limit you will encounter is your own imagination. With creative decorative accessories accentuating the most functional elements of different cultures and views, these different styles never cease to amaze.
Japanese style bathroom
A Japanese inspired bathroom is the ideal decor for anyone who is looking for a soft, relaxing and slightly exotic atmosphere. Be aware however that this style is based onthe basic principle of simplicity. Common elements of this decor include cherry blossoms, Japanese panels, paper or origami figures.
A Moroccan inspired bathroom highlights and prioritizes oriental materials and patterns. Intricate wood carvings are often featured, either on the panels or mirrors, along with mosaics. That being said, the primary feature of any Moroccan style bathroom is the bathtub, which is often sunk lower in the ground for a "grand palace" look.
An Italian inspired bathroom is a great match for relaxation buffs and oversized shower aficionados. Moreover, it requires, above all, the presence of a walk-in shower! This is a large shower, devoid of any visible shower tray, fully tiled, offering an extensive relaxation area with a big shower head. Fan of the rain shower head? Then this style is for you!
Rain shower head
A contemporary bathroom
To pull off a modern or ultra-modern bathroom, the priority is placed on gentle curves or angles, large tiles and wall-mounted furniture. Above all, contemporary bathrooms are all about daring to try different materials, most of which are rarely used in bathrooms, such as waxed concrete for the floor.
For a designer bathroom, don't be afraid to push the enveloppe with new shapes such as a pillar-style washbasin, lights with exposed filaments and a uniquely shaped wall radiator. When it comes to decor, be adventurous and choose a bench or a one of a kind Philippe Starck chair.
Other types of bathroom
Do you need to design a bathroom to cater it to a specific state of mind, home or type of user? Here are some ideas to get your started drawing your bathroom plans!
Bathroom for girls
A bathroom for girls can win over its occupants with attractive colors, decorative elements,candles, flowers not to mention a comfy atmosphere. If possible, include a bathtub for the possibility of a good bubble bath, furniture with multiple storage options for different appliances, and a full-height or wall of mirrors to make it easy to try on outfits.
Bathroom for studio apartment
A studio aparment bathroom must be adjusted for size. It is designed to provide a functional and comfortable atmosphere in a minimum of space. Everything, from floor to ceiling, is optimized with different storage solutions to fit everything in and still have a bit of space for yourself!
Zen style bathroom
A Zen inspired bathroom is aptly named. This style is dedicated to ultimate relaxation, so its elements are chosen to increase well-being and zenitude. Common themes include the use of bamboo, Buddha statues and teak furniture, to name but a few.
To put in a luxury bathroom, the key is the quality of the materials, which must be of a high quality. It can be marble, brass, chromed steel or hardwood, among others. High-end equipment is also extremely desirable in this configuration, which may or may not include a whirlpool bath and chromotherapy. Everything is in the finish: the goal is for the occupant to be able to enjoy a moment of relaxation, with everything at hand, including soft and gentle linen.
There are a variety of styles available for your next bathroom renovation. Here's a more information on all those mentionned in this article:
- Japanese-style bathroom: purity through cherry blossoms
- A closer look at Moroccan-style bathrooms: travel to the middle east
- A closer look at Italian style bathrooms!
- Bathroom for girls: deco tips and ideas
- Zen bathroom: get ready for relaxation
- Tips and tricks for a successful luxury bathroom decor
- How to organize your apartment studio bathroom?
- A closer look at bathroom design: modern and functional
And for more general ideas:
Guide written by:
Pauline, Self-taught handyman, Leeds, 89 guides
With a handyman-father, I grew up with the soft sound of the sander and hammer on weekends. I am both manual and cerebral (yes, it is possible.), I learned the basics of DIY and the customization of furniture because I was passionate. The salvage mentality is a true way of life that allowed me to know how to use all the tools and products needed to give something a second life, from sander to varnish. I have two favorite activities: the transformation of old furniture and decoration tips. I am always ready to lend a helping hand to revamp a table or to restore a mirror that was intended for the trash that will become a friend’s centerpiece. I’m convinced that it’s possible to reinvent an interior by small, regular modifications, I constantly research low-cost, test ideas.