European Bathroom Design Ideas

Browse European bathroom design ideas, and get ready to create a classic and contemporary bathroom design in your home.

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By: Sean McEvoy

European bathroom design ideas can work in almost any type of bathroom, contributing a look that's both classical and up-to-date. Bold geometric patterns and the combination of angular and flowing designs for furniture and fixtures are hallmarks of European design.

99 Stylish Bathroom Design Ideas You'll Love

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White Modern Bathroom With Lush Living Wall

Luxury Bath With Blue Mosaic Tile

Traditional Bathroom With Stone Tub

From

Celebrity Communities

Photo By: Courtesy of Denver Parade of Homes; Photo by Jeffrey Aron Photography View original photo.

Modern Red Bathroom With Bold-Patterned Wallpaper

From

Dorothy Willetts

Contemporary Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Contemporary Neutral Bathroom With a View

Traditional Powder Room With Brown-and-Blue Wallpaper

From

Joni Spear

Bathroom with Blue Painted Walls and Black Granite Sink

Large Bathroom With Double Vanity

From

Nancy Snyder

Blue Coastal Bathroom

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

Rustic Bathroom With Wood Ceiling and Walls Plus Soaking Tub

From

Larry Pearson

Photo By: Ralph Kylloe ©2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe View original photo.

Stunning Contemporary Powder Room

Modern Bathroom with an Earthy Stone Shower

Custom Carved Limestone Sink and Sunburst Mirror

Rustic Cowgirl Bathroom With Distressed Red Vanity

From

Larry Pearson

Photo By: Ralph Kylloe ©2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe View original photo.

Asian-Inspired Bathroom With Textured Walls

Traditional Luxury Bathroom with Picture Window

Photo By: Peter Rymwid View original photo.

Feminine Master Bathroom in Pale Green and Pink

From

Shannon McCarthy

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Amanda Swaringen

Master Bathroom With Robin's Egg Blue Walls

Photo By: Cheryl Clendendon

Fresh-Cut Tulips Bring Life to Tropical Bathroom

Neutral Transitional Bathroom

Dazzling Master Bathroom in Black and White

Frameless Glass Shower in Contemporary Master Bath

Neutral Bathroom With Fireplace and Sitting Area

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

Rustic Bathroom with Clawfoot Soaking Tub

From

Larry Pearson

Photo By: Ralph Kylloe ©2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe View original photo.

Warm Transitional Bathroom With Dual Vanities and Chandelier

From

Dorothy Willetts

Red Claw-Foot Tub in Green Bathroom

From

John Lyle

Photo By: Edward Addeo ©Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo View original photo.

Transitional Bathroom With Pink Armchair and Wallpaper

Rustic Master Bathroom With Exposed Brick

From

Kathleen Perkins

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

Tiny Pink Victorian Bathroom

Contemporary Spa Bathroom With Hexagonal Mirrors

Transitional Bathroom With Terra Cotta Accent Wall

Light Blue Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Neutral Transitional Bathroom With Spacious White Shower

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 View original photo.

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) View original photo.

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 View original photo.

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) View original photo.

Teen Bathroom With Pink Mosaic Tile

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

Traditional Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

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

Eclectic Bathroom with Pocket Door

Traditional White Bathroom With Double Vanities

Elegant Traditional Master Bath

Modern Bathroom With Marble Walls and Warm Wooden Vanity

Cottage Bathroom With Soaking Tub

Modern Bathroom With Textured Gray Wallpaper and Trough Sink

Brown Transitional Master Bathroom

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) View original photo.

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 View original photo.

Colorful Floral Girls Bathroom

Small Earthy Bathroom With Stone Bathtub Surround

Old World Master Bathroom With Carrara Marble Floor

Japanese Master Bathroom

Photo By: Matthew Coates Ellis View original photo.

Small Bathroom With Subway and Mosaic Tile

Asian-Style Bathroom With Sunken Tub

White Updated Girly Glam Bathroom

Photo By: Naomi Stein View original photo.

Contemporary Bathroom With Mounted Double Sinks

Eclectic Bathroom with Patterned Wallpaper and Bold Mirror

Bathroom With Neutral Tile Walls, Contemporary Vanity and Glass Shower

Sleek Bathroom Style

From

Vern Yip

Neutral Bathroom With Victorian Tub

Contemporary Master Bathroom With Dark Wood Vanities

Light Gray Tiled Bathroom With Vintage Tub

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From

Ron Nathan

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

Contemporary and Sophisticated Bathroom

Traditional Master Bath With Marble-Surround Tub

Neutral Cottage Guest Bathroom With Claw Foot Tub

Modern Bath in Neutral and Warm Wood Tones with Red Accents

Modern Green Powder Room With Mosaic Tile

Asian Bathroom With Kimono Fabric Wallpapper

Dramatic Asian Bathroom

From

Cindy Aplanalp

Contemporary Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Master Bathroom With Spacious Walk-In Shower

Crisp White Powder Room

Beautiful Master Bathroom With Ornate Column

Black and White Bathroom with Pops of Yellow

Yellow Floral Wallpapered Bathroom

Light Blue Contemporary Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Transitional Master Bathroom with Skylight

From

Anissa Swanzy

Eclectic Master Bathroom With Moroccan-Style Tile Wall

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

During the 1920s and 1930s, so called "modern" design began to appear in Europe. Diverting from the classical, traditional European styles that originated from the courts of monarchies across the continent, modern design was minimalist and straightforward, as opposed to opulent and ornate. Modern design's moment arrived in the mid-20th century, as the Nordic countries began to produce furniture and other design elements that strongly reflected this trend. European design is usually categorized right alongside this midcentury modern design movement.

While European design can work well in a bathroom of any size because of its straightforward and relatively unadorned look, this design style can be particularly attractive to homeowners with smaller bathrooms. For example, one of the common elements of European bathroom design is the pedestal sink, which is one of the more future-facing designs to emerge from the modern movement. As opposed to traditional sinks with their warrens of cabinets and drawers for storage, the pedestal sink is, simply, a sink — its form and function are one. This can be extremely appealing in terms of both aesthetics and efficiency; however, it should be noted that a pedestal sink will provide no additional storage, so that will need to be worked out elsewhere.

When it comes to storage options in a European bathroom design, many homeowners opt for ancillary storage within the space, such as a standing linen closet. These are widely available from home goods retailers in a variety of colors and sleek designs. A trademark of European-style cabinetry and storage elements is that they most often feature doors with minimal hardware and a flush design without any of the ornate carving or crown molding of more traditional designs.

Materials for European bathroom designs run the gamut from high-quality naturals like wood, stone and granite to artificial versions that approximate the look of natural materials. Opting for naturals will definitely require a bigger budget, but many homeowners find that a European-style bathroom that pairs, for example, high-quality wood cabinetry with a striking stone vessel sink achieves a dramatic and elegant effect that might be difficult to attain with artificial materials.

Accessories in European bathroom designs are generally understated and specific to the overall design theme, whether in terms of color or materials. For example, a glass vessel sink might pair with glass containers for bathroom accessories and supplies, or a mirror frame might feature the same wood or metal as the under-sink cabinetry, helping to achieve a soothing and elegantly minimalist design.

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