Japanese-Style Bathrooms

Collect ideas and info on Japanese-style bathrooms, and prepare to add a soothing and elegant bathroom design to your home.
Modern Bathroom With Glass Shower and Square Toilet

Modern Bathroom With Glass Shower and Square Toilet

By: Sean McEvoy

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.

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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

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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