Bathroom Layouts

Explore the different types of bathroom layouts, and determine which layout is best for your bathroom space.

Large Green and White Transitional Bathroom With Island

Large Green and White Transitional Bathroom With Island

This large transitional bathroom has an elegant ambiance thanks to soft sage-green walls and crisp white wall tile and cabinetry. A freestanding white tub sits beneath windows, while a vanity island with a marble countertop offers extra storage space.

By: Sean McEvoy
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Whether you're planning to install a brand-new bathroom or update an existing one, understanding the different types of bathroom layouts is a key first step.

The first question to ask when considering bathroom layouts is, "whose bathroom is this?" There are several different types of bathrooms, each with unique layout challenges—and determining what combination of family members and guests will use the bathroom is an important starting point.

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Add Interesting Yet Subtle Texture

Clean lines and an open look bring a transitional style to this bathroom. The wall is all the same color and size tiles, but the bottom third is a bevel edge tile while the rest is flat tile, adding texture to the space. Photography by Terrance Williams. Design by Lauren Jacobsen

Photo By: Designer, Lauren Jacobsen

Bathroom Shelves for Open Space

The narrow trough-like sink saves space and makes this small guesthouse bathroom appear longer and larger. The shelves below the sink also add openness and storage space. The white pebbled floor provides texture, and the light-green shower tiles add a pop of color. Photo by Young-Wolff Photography. Design by Erica Islas

Photo By: Designer, Erica Islas

Add Classy Details for Character

Custom sconces and oversized crown molding give character to this bathroom designed by Kenneth Brown. The glass shower doors and counter-to-ceiling mirror keep the space open and make it appear larger. Photo by Mayer and Bowden Photography

Photo By: Designer, Kenneth Brown

Use Complementary Tiles for a Striking Space

This bathroom features a performance shower with floor-to-ceiling marble tile and a frameless shower. The bathroom, designed by Shane Inman, also has a custom-designed vanity with a tiled backsplash that complements the shower.

Photo By: Designer, Shane Inman

Refreshing Bathroom Colors

This spa-like bathroom consists of chamomile tea-color glass tiles that create a soothing and relaxing atmosphere. The colored tiles complement the white lacquer vanity and the mirrored medicine cabinet adds luminosity to the space. Photo by Becket Logan. Design by Celia Berliner

Photo By: Designer, Celia Berliner

Tie Together Different Patterns

Silver-blue paint, black-and-white marble floor tile and subway wall tile add retro charm to this bathroom designed by Amy Bubier. Although this space incorporates many patterns, such as the vase and tiled floors, the simple color palette makes it work.

Photo By: Designer, Amy Bubier

Upscale Finishes Add Luxury

Upscale finishes make this guest bathroom luxurious. A beautifully textured custom-made concrete countertop and shower bench are combined with wenge wood cabinetry, gray porcelain tile and large glass tile to provide a simple but multilayered space. Design by Velvet Hammerschmidt

Photo By: Designer, Velvet Hammerschmidt

Small Space, Spa-Like Feel

This bathroom, designed by Linda Maglia, is both modern and traditional with limestone counters and Carrara marble tiles. The white cabinetry and toilet balance out the darker shower tiles, giving the space a spa-like, relaxing feeling.

Photo By: Designer, Linda Maglia

Use Patterns for Modern Space

Textures and patterns add visual interest to this modern space, while the clean lines of the fixtures allow the tilework and wood tones to become a focal point. Design by Vanessa DeLeon in Edgewater, N.J.

Photo By: Designer, Vanessa DeLeon

Elegant Prints

This traditional bathroom is sophisticated and stylish with an embossed silver-and-bronze wall covering that complements the decorative mirror and light fixtures. Design by Trish Beaudet

Photo By: Designer, Trish Beaudet

For a master bathroom, combining efficiency, elegance and comfort is often the goal. Two people will normally be using the space, and there will need to be enough storage space for their respective accessories. Additionally, master bathrooms often have a unique design element: because they're frequently located inside or adjacent to a master bedroom, they often mirror the design of the bedroom. This isn't a requirement, but a departure that's too radical can have a jarring effect. Other important considerations for master bedrooms include tub or shower size and placement (a too-big or too-small tub is a common mistake, so pay special attention to this element), and the configuration of double sinks and cabinets (this is a key consideration—you don't want to be climbing over each other for the toothpaste).

Guest/family or half bathrooms may be used frequently by multiple family members and guests alike, so efficient use of space is often the chief consideration. Design-wise, if the guest bathroom is "standalone" or located in a hallway, it won't need to follow the lead of a bedroom, and it can be a good place to experiment with unique design approaches, from bold colors and patterns to eclectic fixtures and furniture.

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