15 Sea-Inspired Decorating Ideas for Bathrooms

There's nothing quite like the sound of crashing waves at a nearby coastline. Bring that tranquil feeling into your bathroom retreat with these 15 beach-inspired decorating ideas.

  • Coastal Cool

    Transform a standard bath into a coastal retreat by first painting an accent wall in a soothing shade of maritime blue. Allow the breezy curtains, claw-foot tub and sleek white floors to create a contrast against the blue accents. For an extra touch of charm, add peel-and-stick wall art around the room, like these seashell and marine-life prints from HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams. The finished look is a proper beach-style bath, but who knows — it could be in the middle of a bustling city.

  • Bathroom with Freestanding Tub

    Sandy Chic

    HGTV fan KarenSpirit knows exactly how to create the perfect balance between sophisticated elegance and beach chic. For a sandy look, she uses ginseng bone travertine on the walls and floor and brown grass cloth behind the vanity. She effortlessly pulls the entire look together with simple sea-inspired accessories.

  • Luxurious Marble Bathroom

    Beach Waves

    This powder room is not only set in an oceanic blue hue, but also features a mosaic border around the entire space with a soothing wave pattern. Designer Allison Rejeanne uses luxurious marble cut into various mosaics to create a chic and sophisticated bath.

  • Modern Coastal Bathroom Wallpaper

    School of Fish

    Nothing about this bathroom exudes a subtle coastal feel, and that's what makes it so appealing. The swimming fish wallpaper has a youthful feel, while still maintaining an air of maturity and sophistication. Port windows and mirrors create a nautical look and offer additional privacy, thanks to their small size and shape. Design by Bruce Palmer. Construction by Dewson Construction Company. Architecture by Olivieri, Shousky & Kiss, PA. Photography by John Jenkins

  • Pebble Bathroom Finishes

    Contemporary Warmth

    Designer Bruce Palmer veers away from the traditional blue and green color palette when designing this modern bathroom. In fact, he uses smooth pebbles along the wavy back wall and floor to create a natural, sandy look reminiscent of the beach. With that, the bath maintains its modern and coastal appearance. Design by Bruce Palmer. Construction by Dewson Construction Company. Architecture by Olivieri, Shousky & Kiss, PA. Photography by John Jenkins

  • Bathroom Vanity with Accessories

    Mixing With Modern

    In this guest bathroom, designer Brian Patrick Flynn uses a summer-inspired driftwood gray as the room's primary color palette. Set off by neutrals, the room evokes a comfortable, coastal feel. Although surrounded by contemporary decor, a round mirror covered with reclaimed twigs pulls the entire organic look together.

  • Cottage Style Bathroom Retreat

    Charming Display

    In this cottage-style bathroom, designer Anissa Swanzy uses a wall of built-in bookshelves to host an array of charming coastal finds, along with towels and toiletries. Any bathroom built-in can provide the perfect storage option, while serving as a place to display decorative items like any other room in the house.

  • Cool Coastal Contemporary

    Beachy Blues

    This bathroom may not be covered in beachy decor, but it certainly evokes a sense of coastal charm through a blue color scheme. To reflect the homeowner's love for contemporary style, designer Allison Rejeanne covers the walls in gray-blue glass subway tiles and uses grass cloth-inspired porcelain on the floors. Inside the shower, she continues the sea-blue theme with marble, glass and mosaic tiles that become an eye-catching display through the glass shower door.

  • Coastal Bathroom


    Sky-blue walls along with the white beadboard and navy-blue vanity create the ultimate coastal color palette. Designer Erica Islas ties in simple decorative elements, like glass cabinet pulls and pebble flooring, to bring an ultra-beachy effect to a clean and streamlined bath.

  • Patterned Flair

    Bring nautical flair to a bathroom with a quirky wallpaper pattern, like this red, blue and white beach-hut design from Graham & Brown. For an additional splash of color, mix a bolder wallpaper graphic like these red and white polka dots. Finally, just add some starfish and driftwood decor to tie it all together.

  • soothing blue tile compliments vintage style tub

    Turquoise Retreat

    The tropical master bathroom from HGTV Green Home 2009 pulls its inspiration from the home's location on Florida's Treasure Coast. To mimic the hues of the water, designer Linda Woodrum uses sea-blue mosaic-glass tiles on the walls and inside the shower. As a contrasting element, she keeps everything else — including the walls, vanity and trim — a crisp shade of white.

  • Bathroom with Tiled Sink

    Charleston Inspiration

    Inspired by the elegant harbor city of Charleston, S.C., HGTV fan Campbell1082 uses antique-style fixtures and traditional molding to exert Southern coastal charm.

  • Seaside Master Bath

    Oceanfront Resort

    This master bathroom showcases the stunning ocean views by integrating windows, sliding doors and shutters into the available wall space around the room. A spacious shower even connects to the oceanfront patio, making it feel alfresco. To create this contemporary coastal look, designer Bruce Palmer uses copper, reclaimed wood and more modern pieces to form a resort-esque retreat. Design by Bruce Palmer. Construction by Dewson Construction Company. Architecture by Olivieri, Shousky & Kiss, PA. Photography by John Jenkins

  • no fuss guest bathroom

    Maritime Style

    To give this contemporary bathroom a hint of nautical style, designer Erica Islas simply uses a blue and white color scheme and hangs a small wooden ship's wheel onto the door. When combined, these elements instantly pull in a maritime feel, whether the home is located by the water or not.

  • Neutral Bathroom with Beach Theme

    Tropical Haven

    The natural textures and palette of this tropical-style bathroom nod to contemporary oceanfront living. Designer Joseph Cortes uses seagrass, rattan, decorative moss balls, seashells and other natural materials to create a room that feels simple yet representative of its outdoor surroundings.

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