If you're remodeling or building a bath, you may want to explore options for Japanese-style bathrooms. These elegant, soothing rooms often feature elements of traditional Japanese architecture, art and design. Paired with contemporary or modern decor, they can create a luxurious and relaxing space.
Traditional Bathroom With Stone Tub
Contemporary Bathroom With Freestanding Tub
As seen on HGTV’s Million Dollar Rooms, this serene master bathroom is made for relaxation with a freestanding soaking tub surrounded by smooth stones. The wall-mounted shelf next to the tub frees up floor space and maintains the room’s open, airy feel. Natural light streams in through a large window.
Contemporary Neutral Bathroom With a View
A dark cherry frame surrounding an angular freestanding tub creates a sleek focal point in this master bath retreat. Matching cherry cabinetry and black granite countertops contrast with the room's neutral walls and floor. The tub is placed in a prime position to enjoy the gorgeous views outside the expansive arched Craftsman-style window.
Neutral Transitional Spa Bathroom
Neutral tones in this bathroom give it a truly tranquil, spa feel. The window over the tub not only provides plenty of natural light, but also beautiful views from every spot of the bathroom.
Rustic Cowgirl Bathroom With Distressed Red Vanity
This rustic cowgirl bathroom has an ornate, layered look. The fringed shower curtain matches the patterned wallpaper, while the distressed red vanity coordinates with the beadboard wainscoting. Vessel sinks atop a granite countertop are a more contemporary accent.
Warm Transitional Bathroom With Dual Vanities and Chandelier
This renovated master bathroom offers a beautiful map of ancient Rome, a place close to the homeowner's heart. A Jacuzzi tub is adorned in neutral tile and set off by vibrant, warm cabinetry. This large master bath is intimate and a wonderful place to relax at the end of the long day.
Modern Bathroom with an Earthy Stone Shower
A modern shower is designed with brown tile in an earth tone palette and a clear glass door. A vessel sink on the marble countertop adds a bit of softness to the sleek lines of the room.
Traditional Luxury Bathroom with Picture Window
This spacious luxury master bathroom features a large private soaking tub inside a carved-detail wood surround. Ornate columns impart a feeling of royalty while the large picture window allows for plenty of natural light and offers a relaxing view of nature. Intricate molding details coordinate well with the high-end look of the pleated window valances. White accessories and floral arrangements complete the spa-like environment while the cream cabinetry, countertop, and glass pulls of the vanity highlight the special details of the room.
Brown Transitional Master Bathroom
A fireplace makes this brown transitional master bathroom unique and adorns the multicolored tiled bathtub that sits in the center of the space. A chandelier hangs from the ceiling and provides the perfect lighting when relaxing in the tub. The bright colored painting sitting above the fireplace catches the eye compared to the neutral walls.
Contemporary Spa Bathroom With Hexagonal Mirrors
Cool and chic, this spa-like master bathroom designed by Sarah Richardson of HGTV's Sarah's House mixes soft green marble with other nature stone elements. A pair of sleek hexagonal mirrors hang above a custom double vanity while a freestanding tub brings a contemporary feel to the space.
Neutral Transitional Bathroom
Dramatic Asian Bathroom
A marble mosaic wall is the main feature which forms the backdrop for the original clawfoot tub. A storage niche for towels, bath products and decor, sits behind the tub and becomes a storage niche. The shelf seamlessly displays the homeowners Asian inspired sculptures, wall art and accessories.
Old World Master Bathroom With Carrara Marble Floor
The floor with an inset basket weave of Carrara marble and black granite dots is one of the final touches that infuses Old World opulence into this master bathroom.
Rustic Bathroom With Wood Ceiling and Walls Plus Soaking Tub
Weathered wood panels and barn-style additions, make this bathroom's appearance simulate an old western outhouse. One of several bathrooms in the home that contains this soaking tub, which rests on old barn beams instead of the typical iron claw feet.
Light Blue Contemporary Bathroom With Freestanding Tub
Two black wood vanities are separated by a sleek white freestanding bathtub. Sun-shaped mirrors and white vessel sinks accessorize and brighten the dark vanity areas. A semicircle window over the tub provides display space for bright flowers, adding a pop of vibrant color to the room.
Blue Coastal Bathroom
This master bathroom is beachy, blue dream, with blue and green mosaic tiles, glass vases in different shades of blue, a clawfoot tub, a weathered metal pendant light, and a stone tile floor. The arch of the vaulted ceiling echoes is mirrored in the arched inset shelves.
Beautiful Master Bathroom With Ornate Column
Anyone would feel like a queen coming home to this bathroom with its ornate column, soaker tub and spacious vanity. A custom valance and crystal light fixture add to the room's outward grandeur, while the neutral color palette has an understated elegance.
Rustic Bathroom with Clawfoot Soaking Tub
This rustic master bathroom offers a luxurious soaking tub with lots of natural light. The dual vanities are surfaced in a light marble, offering contrast in the space. The hardwood floors are recycled barn boards creating continuity throughout.
Contemporary Master Bathroom With Dark Wood Vanities
A continuation of the master bedroom’s focus on quiet luxury, the master bathroom at HGTV Green Home 2011 boasts two separate islands and an adjoining master closet space. Vessel sinks and 6 x 5-foot mirrors framed in blue make a subtle nod to the bedroom’s ethnic-chic design style.
Neutral Transitional Bathroom With Spacious White Shower
Contrast is key in this tranquil bathroom. Sleek black furniture pops against the beige walls and sizable white shower. A window in the shower brightens this room for an airy feel.
Sleek Bathroom Style
Designer Vern Yip squeezes a lot of luxury into tight quarters in this Manhattan high-rise. To maximize the natural light streaming in from one lone window, Vern covered both the floor and main wall in Ann Sacks glass tile for its light-reflecting qualities. Because space is at a premium, the vanity features a slim, elliptical profile with 2 pivoting doors that swing out to provide plenty of storage for necessary toiletries.
Black and White Bathroom with Pops of Yellow
Black and white textiles, art and tile create a dizzying optical illusion in this contemporary bathroom. Pops of bright yellow help to break up the monochromatic design.
Light Gray Tiled Bathroom With Vintage Tub
Yellow Victorian Powder Room With Chandelier
Asian Bathroom With Kimono Fabric Wallpapper
This powder room draws on Asian influences for its exotic design. Fabric wallpaper reminiscent of kimonos, a screen-like painted vanity and a vessel sink blend in an unforgettable style.
Dazzling Master Bathroom in Black and White
Campaign-style cabinetry in a black lacquer topped with Carrara marble is just one of the stunning elements in this master bathroom. Carrara marble also covers the walls and floors surrounding the standalone tub.
Master Bathroom With Moroccan-Style Tile Wall
The master bathroom combines modern and traditional elements resulting in a spacious, spa-like room.Contemporary glass tile is mixed with Moroccan-style tile on the walls and shower and radiant heated natural terra cotta tiles in a herringbone pattern make the floor a standout.
White Modern Bathroom With Lush Living Wall
A verdant living wall makes a striking backdrop in this organic-modern bathroom with a white soaking tub. This spectacular bath was designed by Phillip Silver of BIGELOW + SILVER.
Luxury Bath With Blue Mosaic Tile
Find inspiration in color. This wall of blue mosaic tile is the star of this bathroom designed by David Stimmel. The cannister wall sconces provide illumination as well as visual style above the vanity's white vessel sink and marble countertops. The dark, curved wood cabinets provide subtle contrast with the lighter hardwood floor.
Modern Red Bathroom With Bold-Patterned Wallpaper
The vibrant red and brown wallpaper defines this sleek bathroom. A black vanity and black-framed mirror break up the busy pattern and provide sharp, clean lines in the space. Sconce lighting and light tile floors work to brighten the dark room and add a touch of contrast to this bold room.
Modern Bath in Neutral and Warm Wood Tones with Red Accents
Brown mosaic tile serves as a springboard for this bathroom's casual-chic design sensibility, while twin mirrors visually widen the space. The guest bathroom, from the 2012 HGTV Green Home, has beautifully finished wood cabinets and floors to warm up the room and red accents add a bright pop of color against white walls. The signature tile is a frosted glass micro-block in a tortoise shell-inspired shade. The upper-floor space also features interior windows opening to the adjacent tairwell.
Contemporary Bathroom With Mounted Double Sinks
A large red vase flanked by two mounted sinks draws the eye into this contemporary bathroom. With no vanity storage, a tall rich wood cabinet with contemporary hardware was installed to provide a place to stow towels and toiletries.
Colorful Floral Girls Bathroom
This girls bathroom has a colorful floral wallpaper that gives this space a lively feel. The bright blue patterned window treatments, upholstered stool cushion and the white cabinets round out the room.
Traditional Powder Room With Brown-and-Blue Wallpaper
Brown tile melds perfectly with baroque-patterned blue-and-brown wallpaper in this elegant powder room. A gold-tile-framed storage cabinet above the toilet has its doors wallpapered to match the bathroom's walls. A crystal ceiling fixture provides light and spa-like ambiance.
Bathroom with Blue Painted Walls and Black Granite Sink
Glass mosaic tile adds glimmer to this bathroom designed by HGTV's Property Brothers. The stainless steel wall tile and gold accent tiles create a luxurious feel. Blue paint adds a dramatic pop of color. A new black granite sink sits on top of a wooden vanity with a glass top that offers plenty of storage.
Frameless Glass Shower in Contemporary Master Bath
This contemporary master bathroom has dark brown cabinetry, Caesarstone countertops and a frameless glass shower. The large picture window offers great natural light and a private view.
Neutral Bathroom With Fireplace and Sitting Area
This master bath, designed by Barry Dixon, exudes subtle luxury—a cozy fireplace, handsome marble tiles stretching up the walls, even a table for tea in front of the fire. A large wardrobe provides storage for towels and other necessities.
Transitional Bathroom With Pink Armchair and Wallpaper
Despite the narrow size of this bathroom vanity nook, a slim chair slips into a corner, just right for putting on shoes or simply relaxing with a cup of morning coffee. The neutral upholstery does't stop the eye, so the space appears airier.
Bold Designer Bathroom That is Small on Space But Big on Style
A small bathroom is a great place to go bold. The painted door and moldings accent the color palette and lend a rich, high-end designer vibe. The high-gloss finish on the vanity adds shine and durability to the piece, while the open shelving underneath gives the illusion of more space.
Tiny Pink Victorian Bathroom
Transitional Bathroom With Terra Cotta Accent Wall
White subway tile and a decorative border treatment create a crisp contrast to the accent wall in this bath. Stylized floral artwork and a red edging on the shower curtain help to tie the palette together.
Light Blue Bathroom With Freestanding Tub
The freestanding tub offers an architectural focal point in this transitional bathroom and acts as a separation between the toilet and shower area. A cowhide rug offers a fun punch of style.
Taupe Guest Bedroom with White Fixtures and Dark Wood Accents
A large walnut wall mirror and bench draw the eye in this taupe and white guest bathroom with natural quartz countertops.
French Country Bathroom
Vintage Gray Bathroom With Marble And Silver Sink
Contemporary Master Bathroom with Spa Tub
An architectural tub is the centerpiece of this master bath/ Black and white photos in black frames contrast against a palette of whites and creams. The Italian terra cotta floor pavers pick up the warm tones of the cream walls. The chair has Asian-influenced details.
Rustic Neutral Bathroom with Exposed Beams and Stone Mosaic Floor
Exposed wood beams and a custom stone mosaic floor bring rustic charm to this bath. A luxurious, nickel-plated farmhouse style tub framed by an arched entrance becomes the charming focal point of the room.
Orange Accents Brighten Up a Contemporary Powder Room
The powder room is designed with wainscoting that gives a warm feel, Italian terrazzo echoes the colors of the upper walls. A custom designed commode and crystal chandelier add to the opulent look.
Teen Bathroom With Pink Mosaic Tile
Pink, pink, pink, everywhere in this teen's bathroom. Bizazza iridescent glass mosaic tiles on the walls and floors layer of irridescent sparkle with the matte walls. A white antique clawfoot tub adds the final feminine flourish.
Traditional Bathroom With Freestanding Tub
This neutral traditional guest bath features a pleasing mix of patterns. A ladder towel rack adds an African touch, while vessel sinks and an archway add classic style.
Eclectic Bathroom with Pocket Door
Traditional White Bathroom With Double Vanities
Gorgeous marble tile and detailed crown molding show the attention to detail in the luxurious bathroom. Double vanities with matching marble countertops provide plenty of storage and look stunning in the traditional space.
Cottage Bathroom With Soaking Tub
A soaking tub adds a contemporary touch to this cottage bathroom. Plaid curtains, a three-legged antique wood stool, a painted wood stepping stool and a painted lantern-style pendant light bring a homier feel to the room.
Modern Bathroom With Textured Gray Wallpaper and Trough Sink
The sleek lines of the trough sink, floating vanity and backlit mirrored medicine cabinet set a modern tone in this master bathroom. Textured wallpaper keeps the design from feeling too one-note.
Neutral Bathroom With White Slipper Tub and Brick Columns
The brick columns contrast with the white walls and make the bathroom feel more cozy. A candle sconce light above the luxurious freestanding tub adds a warm, traditional touch to the room, while large windows bring in plenty of natural light. A gray tile border on the floor visually frames the area to make this spacious bathroom more intimate.
Blue Glass Tile Shower in a Charming Kid's Bathroom
The fun decor and bright color scheme in this children’s bathroom is playful enough for a child to relate to, and chic enough for a grownup to love. Vintage swimsuits add a touch of whimsy while the large sink basin provides a lot of practicality.
Traditional Bathroom With Patterned Wallpaper
Small Bathroom With Subway and Mosaic Tile
Make the most of your small space with sleek fixtures and light colors. This bathroom features traditional subway tile and a gray mosaic tile accent wall paired with a modern sink to make a minimalist yet stylish space.
Eclectic Bathroom with Patterned Wallpaper and Bold Mirror
This bold, graphic bathroom brings character to this home. Vintage blue mirror black patterned wallpaper adds texture while the lighting fixture, towel rack and faucet bring a pop of gold.
Black and White Striped Bathroom With Dark Brown Accents
This black and white striped traditional bathroom features a dark brown double vanity with honed marble countertops and a dark brown round mirror matching the vanity. A roman shade with Schumacher Greek Key fabric adds to the timeless look.
Tiny Powder Room With Larger-Than-Life Wallpaper
Yellow-Tiled Angled Bathroom Wall With Hexagonal Floors
Because pedestal tubs appear to float in their surroundings, they can be a wise choice for compact bathrooms. Not only do they take up less visual space, but their smaller footprint also exposes more flooring, which is preferable when showing off intricate hexagonal floor tiles like these.
Gray Bathroom With Subway Tile Tub Surround
As seen on HGTV’s Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott installed new terrazzo tile floors and a custom vanity with under-mounted his-and-hers sinks in this master bathroom. White subway tile surrounds the new tub and rain shower.
Traditional Master Bath With Marble-Surround Tub
This master bathroom is a luxurious retreat contrasting classic tile and fixtures with vintage lighting and rich color. The centerpiece of the room is the oval jacuzzi tub with a stunning chandelier overhead. The tile, counters and flooring are crema marfil marble with honey onyx accents.
Neutral Cottage Guest Bathroom With Claw Foot Tub
The claw foot tub in this cottage-style bathroom is the perfect place to relax and unwind. A soft blush wallpaper with cream colored flowers adds to the femininity of the space.
Modern Green Powder Room With Mosaic Tile
Master Bathroom With Spacious Walk-In Shower
A luxurious Charleston bathroom features frosted blue glass, a lovely Travertine-style porcelain tile walk-in shower and sea-inspired art for a calm, coastal look.
Crisp White Powder Room
In a classic color combination of white, dark brown and black, this transitional powder room designed by Judith Balis is stylish and practical. White wood paneled walls add dimension while the round mirror provides a visual focal point. A lone green plant adds just enough color and spare furnishings keep the look crisp and clean.
Transitional Master Bathroom with Skylight
The rustic yet modern finishes were carried into the master bathroom. The wainscoting has a matte finish and provides a subtle, rustic texture to the tub wall. A wall-to-wall skylight helps expand the light in the bathroom, while the Carrera marble brought a classic, yet rustic texture to the room.
Red Claw-Foot Tub in Green Bathroom
A claw-foot tub painted a deep terra cotta is the focal point in this mint green bathroom. White beadboard frames the tub, while colorful art and printed towels add pattern to the space. A handheld shower head allows for a deep clean while using the tub.
Fresh-Cut Tulips Bring Life to Tropical Bathroom
Don't forget to incorporate plants and greenery in the bathroom. The asymmetrical nature of growing things (in design lingo this is called fractal) will help offset the bathroom's many right angles and straight lines.
Transitional Gray Powder Room With White Pedestal Sink
Modern touches, like the gray textured wallpaper, paired with traditional features give this glamorous powder room a transitional feel. A patterned pedestal sink with a brass faucet, as well as a stunning white orchid atop a small cherry wood side table, finish off the look.
Bathroom Vanity with Accessories
Although Chris wasn't thrilled with the vanity included with the purchase of his high-rise condo unit, he couldn't justify the cost of replacing it. Instead he dressed up the vanity with an unusual choice for a mirror. To evoke an overall organic and graphic vibe, he went with a round mirror covered with reclaimed twigs.
Elegant Transitional Bathroom With Freestanding Tub
Stylish Bathroom With Graphic Wallpaper and Salmon-Colored Vanity
Designer Brian Patrick Flynn painted this small bathroom's vanity a bright orange-pink hue to contrast with the neutral colors of the graphic wallpaper. Elegant door knockers take the place of traditional cabinet knobs for a one-of-a-kind look.
Traditional Japanese bathroom design relies heavily on the use of natural materials. In particular, natural wood and stone are commonly featured in Japanese-style bathrooms. These materials can be used interchangeably for surfaces like sink tops and flooring, and they can effectively bring the outside into the space via the use of unfinished wood and matte or rough-hewn stone. Rock gardens, fountains, ferns and other natural elements may also appear in Japanese-style bathrooms, further emphasizing a connection to the natural world.
Furniture in Japanese-style bathrooms is most often made from high-quality hardwoods, often unfinished or stained to deepen the natural appearance of the wood. Furniture is often sturdily built, with chairs, benches and dressing tables all serving to anchor a substantial but soothing design style. Shoji and other screens are also commonly featured in Japanese bathroom design. Used both for privacy and decor, these thin, wood-framed design elements can help demarcate areas of the bath space and are easily portable as well. The light and airy design of screens is a great complement to larger, heavier design elements like wooden or stone tubs, sinks and countertops. Screens may also feature beautiful printed designs depicting historical Japanese culture, flora and fauna or landscapes.
Angular furniture, countertops or pedestals for sinks or tubs can be offset by the use of flowing curves in other aspects of the design, like sinks and tubs themselves. Often bowl- or basin-shaped, tubs in Japanese-style bathrooms can be constructed from wood, metal or porcelain, boasting bold, wave-like curves and substantial design. Sinks are often made from wood, metal, porcelain or glass, and they may reflect the same flowing, curvy design. This sleek yet soothing design approach for major fixtures can be a great contrast to rougher surfaces and chunkier designs used for countertops, flooring or garden elements.
One of the major tenets of Japanese bathroom design is an open flow from one area of the space to the next. To achieve this goal with your bathroom design, consider using screens or low walls to segment the space, or, if possible, use glass instead of full walls wherever possible. Similarly, a glass-enclosed shower stall can go a long way toward opening up the space and creating a Japanese bathroom that would feel right at home in Kyoto.
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