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.

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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

Photo By: Peter Rymwid

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

Photo By: Robert Felker

Luxury Bath With Blue Mosaic Tile

From: Dave Stimmel

Photo By: David 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

Photo By: Rebecca Hawkins

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

Photo By: Bob Narod

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

Photo By: Judith Balis

Yellow Floral Wallpapered Bathroom

Transitional Master Bathroom with Skylight

From: Anissa Swanzy

Stunning Contemporary Powder Room

Photo By: Ben Rollins

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

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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