Beach and Nautical Themed Bathrooms

Get ideas and inspiration for beach and nautical themed bathroom design, and prepare to install a seaside-themed bathroom design in your home.
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Whether your home is located someplace where the waves lull you to sleep every night or you just wish it were, beach and nautical themed bathrooms may have the same appeal for you as for millions of other homeowners.

15 Sea-Inspired Decorating Ideas for Bathrooms

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Coastal Cool

Transform a standard bath into a coastal retreat by first painting an accent wall in a soothing shade of maritime blue. Allow the breezy curtains, claw-foot tub and sleek white floors to create a contrast against the blue accents. For an extra touch of charm, add peel-and-stick wall art around the room, like these seashell and marine-life prints from HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams. The finished look is a proper beach-style bath, but who knows — it could be in the middle of a bustling city.

Photo By: Courtesy of Sherwin-Williams

Sandy Chic

HGTV fan KarenSpirit knows exactly how to create the perfect balance between sophisticated elegance and beach chic. For a sandy look, she uses ginseng bone travertine on the walls and floor and brown grass cloth behind the vanity. She effortlessly pulls the entire look together with simple sea-inspired accessories.

Beach Waves

This powder room is not only set in an oceanic blue hue, but also features a mosaic border around the entire space with a soothing wave pattern. Designer Allison Rejeanne uses luxurious marble cut into various mosaics to create a chic and sophisticated bath.

School of Fish

Nothing about this bathroom exudes a subtle coastal feel, and that's what makes it so appealing. The swimming fish wallpaper has a youthful feel, while still maintaining an air of maturity and sophistication. Port windows and mirrors create a nautical look and offer additional privacy, thanks to their small size and shape. Design by Bruce Palmer. Construction by Dewson Construction Company. Architecture by Olivieri, Shousky & Kiss, PA. Photography by John Jenkins

Contemporary Warmth

Designer Bruce Palmer veers away from the traditional blue and green color palette when designing this modern bathroom. In fact, he uses smooth pebbles along the wavy back wall and floor to create a natural, sandy look reminiscent of the beach. With that, the bath maintains its modern and coastal appearance. Design by Bruce Palmer. Construction by Dewson Construction Company. Architecture by Olivieri, Shousky & Kiss, PA. Photography by John Jenkins

Mixing With Modern

In this guest bathroom, designer Brian Patrick Flynn uses a summer-inspired driftwood gray as the room's primary color palette. Set off by neutrals, the room evokes a comfortable, coastal feel. Although surrounded by contemporary decor, a round mirror covered with reclaimed twigs pulls the entire organic look together.

Charming Display

In this cottage-style bathroom, designer Anissa Swanzy uses a wall of built-in bookshelves to host an array of charming coastal finds, along with towels and toiletries. Any bathroom built-in can provide the perfect storage option, while serving as a place to display decorative items like any other room in the house.

From: Anissa Swanzy

Beachy Blues

This bathroom may not be covered in beachy decor, but it certainly evokes a sense of coastal charm through a blue color scheme. To reflect the homeowner's love for contemporary style, designer Allison Rejeanne covers the walls in gray-blue glass subway tiles and uses grass cloth-inspired porcelain on the floors. Inside the shower, she continues the sea-blue theme with marble, glass and mosaic tiles that become an eye-catching display through the glass shower door.


Sky-blue walls along with the white beadboard and navy-blue vanity create the ultimate coastal color palette. Designer Erica Islas ties in simple decorative elements, like glass cabinet pulls and pebble flooring, to bring an ultra-beachy effect to a clean and streamlined bath.

Patterned Flair

Bring nautical flair to a bathroom with a quirky wallpaper pattern, like this red, blue and white beach-hut design from Graham & Brown. For an additional splash of color, mix a bolder wallpaper graphic like these red and white polka dots. Finally, just add some starfish and driftwood decor to tie it all together.

Turquoise Retreat

The tropical master bathroom from HGTV Green Home 2009 pulls its inspiration from the home's location on Florida's Treasure Coast. To mimic the hues of the water, designer Linda Woodrum uses sea-blue mosaic-glass tiles on the walls and inside the shower. As a contrasting element, she keeps everything else — including the walls, vanity and trim — a crisp shade of white.

Charleston Inspiration

Inspired by the elegant harbor city of Charleston, S.C., HGTV fan Campbell1082 uses antique-style fixtures and traditional molding to exert Southern coastal charm.

Oceanfront Resort

This master bathroom showcases the stunning ocean views by integrating windows, sliding doors and shutters into the available wall space around the room. A spacious shower even connects to the oceanfront patio, making it feel alfresco. To create this contemporary coastal look, designer Bruce Palmer uses copper, reclaimed wood and more modern pieces to form a resort-esque retreat. Design by Bruce Palmer. Construction by Dewson Construction Company. Architecture by Olivieri, Shousky & Kiss, PA. Photography by John Jenkins

Maritime Style

To give this contemporary bathroom a hint of nautical style, designer Erica Islas simply uses a blue and white color scheme and hangs a small wooden ship's wheel onto the door. When combined, these elements instantly pull in a maritime feel, whether the home is located by the water or not.

Tropical Haven

The natural textures and palette of this tropical-style bathroom nod to contemporary oceanfront living. Designer Joseph Cortes uses seagrass, rattan, decorative moss balls, seashells and other natural materials to create a room that feels simple yet representative of its outdoor surroundings.

The soothing, laid-back lifestyle of seaside vacation villages conjures thoughts of lazy sun-drenched days and crisp, starry nights — so why not bring a little beachside luxury into your home decor via a beach and nautical themed bathroom?

Soft, welcoming colors and calming beach-themed artwork and accessories (such as fish and mermaid-themed decor) all combine to create a space that's as fit for those with perpetual sand between their toes and those who can only count on as much once or twice a year.

Color is almost always a key component of beach and nautical-themed bathrooms. Soothing, gentle hues are often featured, with light beige, soft blues, creams, whites and pinks common. Some homeowners opt for a deeper nautical theme, with navy and dark brown predominant to create an almost "ship's hold" feel. Accessories and other elements may combine with this more stoic execution to lighten the mood and offer a more relaxed approach.

Cottage-style beadboard is often used on walls in beach and nautical themed bathrooms. This style, extremely common in beachside cottages, immediately conjures a relaxed, unplugged elegance. For the area behind sinks on walls, some homeowners may feature tile backsplashes with hand-painted or mosaic tiles depicting ocean scenes, sea life or seafaring vessels.

Soothing and subtle lighting is quite common in beach and nautical themed bathrooms. Ambient, task and accent lighting may be used to illuminate key areas like the sink, shower and storage areas. Track lighting is often used for ambient lighting, and accent lights can be placed above and below cabinets.

When it comes to decor in beach and nautical themed bathrooms, you'll have a plethora of seaside, sailing and ocean-themed items to choose from. Seashell and sea life designs can be featured on linens, curtains, furniture cushions, bath mats and shower curtains. Real seashells, driftwood and even dried sea life specimens like seahorses and crabs can be displayed on windowsills or countertops. Artwork can pick up the maritime theme as well, featuring antique photography of sailors and ships, fishing scenes or oceanscapes.

Furniture in beach and nautical themed bathrooms tends to be constructed from quality hardwoods. Unfinished or lightly finished wood is often preferred, sometimes with hand-distressing or natural weathering to continue the lived-in and weather-beaten feel of the overall seaside theme.

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