Don’t let its function-first reputation fool you: A well-designed bathroom is one of the most important elements of any home. Whether you’re buying, renting, or simply playing the role of guest, the bathroom is one of the most trafficked rooms of the house, so why wouldn’t you want it to look fabulous?
Since there’s no shortage of bathroom inspiration, finding the right touches for your space can be a tad overwhelming. Depending on what kind of space you’ve been gifted with, you might want to pack on the drama in, say, a small powder room, or create a soothing scheme filled with neutral tones in a bathroom blessed with a larger footprint. There’s also room for small improvements too: A thoughtful curation of tiles, moisture-loving plants, and trendy touches can make a task as mundane as washing your hands feel elegant.
To spark inspiration, we’ve sifted through the archives for the best and brightest bathroom design ideas to consider. From luxurious tubs to walk-in showers to space-efficient pedestal sinks, there’s bound to be a chic concept for your size and style.
1. FARMHOUSE CHIC BATHROOM
For a bathroom that’s packed with timeless appeal, juxtapose different sources of inspiration. For her project in Bedford, New York, Heidi Caillier paired a bold and blooming wallcovering from Pierre Frey with a bamboo-inspired mirror and Urban Electric Company’s contemporary sconces. The final product: A powder room that gleefully beats to its own drum.
2. DIVIDED BATHROOM
For some much-needed and appreciated privacy, add a dividing wall to a larger bathroom. The key, however, is to make sure neither side skimps on style. Jessica Davis of Atelier Davis perfected the balance in this California Bay Area home with the help of bright tiles from Ipax, a custom vanity decked out with Nest hardware, and thoughtful wall sculptures, courtesy of Katie Gong.
3. PICTURE-PERFECT BATHROOM
If you’re blessed with a spectacular sight, why not cherish it? In designer Tamsin Johnson’s Sydney home, she placed the standalone tub right next to the windows, which just so happen to feature a private vista of the city's Double Beach Bay.
4. RUSTIC MIRROR BATHROOM
Anyone who peers into a mirror is often (and understandably) focused on the reflection it shines back, but this sweet powder room encourages you to stop and enjoy the fixture itself. When she was designing children’s book author Amanda Henke’s lake house, Anne Macdonald sprang for a Scandinavian midcentury mirror that commands attention.
5. PSYCHEDELIC BATHROOM
Hypnotic patterns take center stage in this Palm Beach bathroom, which is swathed in Voutsa’s Judy Stripe Blue and Purple wallpaper. Create the same visual impact in your space by adding your favorite feisty repeat to your area’s often-neglected fifth wall.
6. LE CORBUSIER-INSPIRED BATHROOM
If you want to show off your good taste and your encyclopedic knowledge of interiors, look to the past for inspiration. Design darling Home Studios decked out this Fort Greene, Brooklyn, home's bathroom with Le Corbusier–inspired wall murals by artist Kimmy Quillin, a Giallo Siena marble sink base, and high-contrast tiles from Clé.
7. COUPLE’S BATHROOM
Decorating a bathroom for two? No problem. In this Austin, Texas, home, Paul Lamb created a dynamic duo of matching showers, vanities, and sinks. A lone soaking tub anchors the space, offering symmetry with a twist.
8. CHECKERED BATHROOM
Tiles are a great way to protect your walls from excess moisture—be it a steamy shower or some water droplets on the sink—but they’re also packed with plenty of design inspiration. If you can’t settle on one style, select a few and strategically place them to create an optical illusion. Fabrizio Casiraghi nailed the look in this Paris bathroom.
9. BLUE-TRIMMED BATHROOM
For a pop of color that strikes a balance between subtle and statement, consider coating your trimmings in a vibrant hue. Designer Lorenzo Castillo employed Farrow & Ball’s Stiffkey Blue in this Menorca villa’s bathroom. When paired with crisp white walls, the blue accent pays homage to the property’s seaside location.
10. HOT PINK BATHROOM
Just because your bathroom is on the smaller side doesn’t mean it has to be snoozy. In this Greenwich Village studio, William Cullum made the ultimate statement with electric pink walls and a matching marbled shower curtain, courtesy of Voutsa.