Southwestern Bathroom Design and Decor

Get ideas and inspiration for Southwestern bathroom design and decor, and prepare to add a sunny and welcoming bathroom design to your home.

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Larry Pearson

Photo By: Photo Credit: Ralph Kylloe © 2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe

Photo Credit: Ralph Kylloe, 2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe

By: Sean McEvoy

Southwestern bathroom design and decor reflects a relaxed, elegant style tied to the centuries-old mix of cultures and natural phenomena that make the American southwest unique. Southwestern style is greatly influenced by the Mexican themes as well as the Spanish colonial roots of the southwestern region.

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White Modern Bathroom With Lush Living Wall

Luxury Bath With Blue Mosaic Tile

Traditional Bathroom With Stone Tub

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Celebrity Communities

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Modern Red Bathroom With Bold-Patterned Wallpaper

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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

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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

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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

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Feminine Master Bathroom in Pale Green and Pink

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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

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Larry Pearson

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

Warm Transitional Bathroom With Dual Vanities and Chandelier

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Dorothy Willetts

Red Claw-Foot Tub in Green Bathroom

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Orange Accents Brighten Up a Contemporary Powder Room

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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

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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

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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

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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

From

Judith Balis

Master Bathroom With Spacious Walk-In Shower

Crisp White Powder Room

From

Judith Balis

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

If you're planning a new bathroom or an update to an existing one, Southwestern design and decor could be a great choice for creating a space that's bright and lively yet relaxed and welcoming.

Color is a hugely important factor in Southwestern design and decor. Many of the color schemes featured in this design style are directly connected to those occurring naturally in the American southwest and surrounding areas. Bright yellows, dusty oranges and rusty reds, cactus greens and neutral desert or earth tones often combine with bold turquoise and blue accents, capturing the vibrant, sun-soaked environment of the Southwest.

Furniture in Southwestern bathroom design often follows the same pattern as color schemes — natural woods are emphasized, with certain types preferred. Knotty pine is widely known for its distinctive, natural appearance; it features prominent knotting in its natural state, making it a great choice for a rustic style. For chairs and benches in Southwestern bathrooms, knotty pine can be left completely natural or lightly stained to protect the surface but preserve the natural color and appearance of the knots. This wood type is often combined with wrought iron hardware, often in dark bronze or black, for a distinctive "Southwestern colonial" look. For chairs and benches, some homeowners opt to include leather seat cushions or chair backs, sometimes featuring distressed areas or wear to further emphasize a casual, lived-in and weathered feel.

Accessories and other decor in Southwestern bathrooms often capture the bright and lively style of the region, as well. Wall art can take the form of desertscapes or typical flora and fauna from the region. Tapestries and other substantial woven fabrics are often featured as wall art as well; in bold colors and striped patterns, these can add great visual interest, especially to a smaller space. Iron or other sturdy metal accents for candleholders, light fixtures and accessories like soap dishes can contribute to the Spanish colonial look, as well.

Last, but certainly not least, tile can be an extremely important feature of a Southwestern bathroom design. Terracotta tile, in particular, is a signature type that's almost universal in the Southwest — it can be seen anywhere from rooftops to kitchens, bathrooms and just about anywhere in homes, since it has a well-earned reputation for staying cool underfoot even in the hottest temperatures. Floors, shower stalls, sink countertops and backsplashes may all feature terracotta tile in Southwestern-style bathrooms. Additionally, some homeowners opt to feature painted tile in their Southwestern bathroom designs, often on walls or countertops. This unique style of tile often features natural elements and intricate designs hand-painted onto the surface of the tile for a bold and visually interesting addition to the bathroom space.

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