Bathroom Decorating Tips and Ideas

Explore a range of bathroom decorating ideas, and get ready to add serious style to your home's bathrooms.
Large Green and White Transitional Bathroom With Island

Large Green and White Transitional Bathroom With Island

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When it's time to remodel a bathroom in your home or install a brand new one, you'll first want to explore a range of bathroom decorating tips and ideas. Deciding on a decorating theme can help define the overall style of your bathroom and help create a space that's as attractive as it is efficient.

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Traditional Bathroom With Stone Tub

From: Celebrity Communities

Photo By: Courtesy of Denver Parade of Homes; Photo by Jeffrey Aron Photography

Contemporary Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Contemporary Neutral Bathroom With a View

Neutral Transitional Spa Bathroom

Rustic Cowgirl Bathroom With Distressed Red Vanity

From: Larry Pearson

Photo By: Ralph Kylloe ©2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe

Warm Transitional Bathroom With Dual Vanities and Chandelier

From: Dorothy Willetts

Modern Bathroom with an Earthy Stone Shower

Traditional Luxury Bathroom with Picture Window

Master Bathroom With Robin's Egg Blue Walls

Photo By: Cheryl Clendendon

Feminine Master Bathroom in Pale Green and Pink

From: Shannon McCarthy and Amanda Swaringen

Brown Transitional Master Bathroom

Contemporary Spa Bathroom With Hexagonal Mirrors

Elegant Traditional Master Bath

Neutral Bathroom With Victorian Tub

Neutral Transitional Bathroom

Asian-Style Bathroom With Sunken Tub

Dramatic Asian Bathroom

From: Cindy Aplanalp

Old World Master Bathroom With Carrara Marble Floor

Rustic Bathroom With Wood Ceiling and Walls Plus Soaking Tub

From: Larry Pearson

Photo By: Ralph Kylloe ©2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe

Light Blue Contemporary Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Blue Coastal Bathroom

From: Barry Dixon

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer)

Beautiful Master Bathroom With Ornate Column

Rustic Bathroom with Clawfoot Soaking Tub

From: Larry Pearson

Photo By: Ralph Kylloe ©2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe

Contemporary Master Bathroom With Dark Wood Vanities

Neutral Transitional Bathroom With Spacious White Shower

Sleek Bathroom Style

From: Vern Yip

Black and White Bathroom with Pops of Yellow

From: Kristin Kong

Light Gray Tiled Bathroom With Vintage Tub

Yellow Victorian Powder Room With Chandelier

From: Ron Nathan

Asian Bathroom With Kimono Fabric Wallpapper

Glamorous Gray Bathroom With Chandelier

From: Drury Design

Dazzling Master Bathroom in Black and White

Master Bathroom With Moroccan-Style Tile Wall

Contemporary Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

White Modern Bathroom With Lush Living Wall

Luxury Bath With Blue Mosaic Tile

From: Dave Stimmel

Modern Red Bathroom With Bold-Patterned Wallpaper

From: Dorothy Willetts

Modern Bath in Neutral and Warm Wood Tones with Red Accents

Contemporary Bathroom With Mounted Double Sinks

Colorful Floral Girls Bathroom

Traditional Powder Room With Brown-and-Blue Wallpaper

Bathroom with Blue Painted Walls and Black Granite Sink

Large Bathroom With Double Vanity

From: Nancy Snyder

Frameless Glass Shower in Contemporary Master Bath

Neutral Bathroom With Fireplace and Sitting Area

From: Barry Dixon

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer)

Transitional Bathroom With Pink Armchair and Wallpaper

Rustic Master Bathroom With Exposed Brick

From: Kathleen Perkins

©Image Courtesy of Kathleen Perkins

Bold Designer Bathroom That is Small on Space But Big on Style

Tiny Pink Victorian Bathroom

Transitional Bathroom With Terra Cotta Accent Wall

Light Blue Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Taupe Guest Bedroom with White Fixtures and Dark Wood Accents

French Country Bathroom

Bathroom With Large Bathtub and Bamboo Framed Mirrors

From: James Farmer

Vintage Gray Bathroom With Marble And Silver Sink

Photo By: Photo Courtesy: Dan Piassick © 2013 Gibbs Smith, Allure of French & Italian Decor, Betty Lou Phillips

Contemporary Master Bathroom with Spa Tub

From: Kim Alexandriuk

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer)

Rustic Neutral Bathroom with Exposed Beams and Stone Mosaic Floor

Photo By: Photo Courtesy: Dan Piassick © 2013 Gibbs Smith, Allure of French & Italian Decor, Betty Lou Phillips

Orange Accents Brighten Up a Contemporary Powder Room

From: Kim Alexandriuk

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer)

Teen Bathroom With Pink Mosaic Tile

From: Barry Dixon

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer)

Traditional Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

From: Barry Dixon

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer)

Eclectic Bathroom with Pocket Door

Traditional White Bathroom With Double Vanities

Modern Bathroom With Marble Walls and Warm Wooden Vanity

Cottage Bathroom With Soaking Tub

Modern Bathroom With Textured Gray Wallpaper and Trough Sink

Hollywood-Inspired Bathroom

From: Shelley Rodner

Traditional Bathroom With Elegant Vanity

From: Charles Faudree

Photo By: Photo Credit: Jenifer Jordan © Gibbs Smith, Charles Faudree Interiors, Charles Faudree, Jenifer Jordan (photographer)

marlbe countertop and vanity

From: Larry Pearson

Photo By: Ralph Kylloe ©2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe

Neutral Bathroom With White Slipper Tub and Brick Columns

Blue Glass Tile Shower in a Charming Kid's Bathroom

Traditional Bathroom With Patterned Wallpaper

From: Dorothy Willetts

Master Bathroom With Calacatta Marble and Console Sinks

Photo By: Marianne Brown

Small Earthy Bathroom With Stone Bathtub Surround

Japanese Master Bathroom

Photo By: Matthew Coates Ellis

Small Bathroom With Subway and Mosaic Tile

White Updated Girly Glam Bathroom

Photo By: Naomi Stein

Eclectic Bathroom with Patterned Wallpaper and Bold Mirror

Bathroom With Neutral Tile Walls, Contemporary Vanity and Glass Shower

Black and White Striped Bathroom With Dark Brown Accents

From: Tracy Dunn

Tiny Powder Room With Larger-Than-Life Wallpaper

Yellow-Tiled Angled Bathroom Wall With Hexagonal Floors

Gray Bathroom With Subway Tile Tub Surround

Traditional Master Bath With Marble-Surround Tub

Neutral Cottage Guest Bathroom With Claw Foot Tub

Modern Green Powder Room With Mosaic Tile

Master Bathroom With Spacious Walk-In Shower

Crisp White Powder Room

Yellow Floral Wallpapered Bathroom

Transitional Master Bathroom with Skylight

From: Anissa Swanzy

Stunning Contemporary Powder Room

Red Claw-Foot Tub in Green Bathroom

From: John Lyle

Photo By: Edward Addeo ©Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo

Custom Carved Limestone Sink and Sunburst Mirror

Fresh-Cut Tulips Bring Life to Tropical Bathroom

Powder Room Floating Vanity by Lori Dennis

Spacious Contemporary Bathroom

From: James Rixner

Transitional Gray Powder Room With White Pedestal Sink

From: Kristi Nelson

Bathroom Vanity with Accessories

Elegant Transitional Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Stylish Bathroom With Graphic Wallpaper and Salmon-Colored Vanity

Your options for bathroom decorating themes and ideas will be wide-ranging, so one of the best ways to start your search is to first define what bathroom design style you'll feature. Contemporary and modern styles tend to feature up-to-date materials and designs that feature a mix of angular lines and flowing curves. Traditional styles tend to refer to specific historical eras or design movements, like Victorian, colonial or arts-and-crafts. Bathroom decorations and themes can in many cases work across these styles, but knowing which you'll feature may help guide your decorating choices.

Once you've decided on a design style for your bathroom remodel or install, one of your first decorating considerations will likely be color. You'll have a whole rainbow to choose from for wall colors and thematic, decorative elements like curtains, linens and wallpaper. Because bathrooms are often small spaces, many homeowners choose to feature light colors in their bathroom decor, as these tend to expand a space, whereas darker colors can make a space feel cozier. Whites, light beiges, yellows and blues can all be great choices for a light and bright bathroom decor.

Another decorative touch that's common across all types of bathrooms is wallpaper. For traditional styles, homeowners may feature simple floral patterns or, for a more historical, pastoral feel, toile designs featuring bucolic scenes from days gone by. In more contemporary and modern designs, geometric patterns, grass cloth and other up-to-date styles are popular.

Many homeowners feature artwork in their bathroom designs. Photography, drawings or paintings featuring nature scenes, or taxonomical drawings of flora and fauna in simple frames can add visual interest to any bathroom design. In old-world or Victorian designs, large, gilded mirrors and frames for artwork are often featured, adding a luxurious decorative touch to the design.

Bringing the outside into your bathroom design can be a great decorative option as well. Live or artificial plants can be featured on windowsills or shelving, and collections of rocks or driftwood can add to a natural decor theme. In rustic or country-style bathrooms in particular, featuring linens in playful patterns like plaid, gingham and toile can add great contrast and visual interest to the space.

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