Coastal Bathrooms

Get ideas for coastal bathrooms, and prepare to create a sea-and-surf-inspired bath space in your home.

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like glass cabinet pulls and pebble flooring, 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, to bring an ultra-beachy effect to a clean and streamlined bath.

Photo by: Copyright 2006 David Young-Wolff

Copyright 2006 David Young-Wolff

By: Sean McEvoy

Coastal bathrooms aren't just found in seaside towns. Many homeowners with a love of the beach choose to theme their bath spaces with coastal elements, regardless of how far they need to travel to catch a whiff of sea air.

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Off to the Beach

Designed for a family of three, this clean, linear space feels natural and comfortable. The designer utilized space from an adjacent bedroom closet to provide ample depth for a walk-in shower.

Off to the Beach

The new design included relocating the sink to the opposite wall, allowing ample counter space and storage for three users.

Off to the Beach

The flooring is a tile made to mimic the look of wood and is both attractive and easy to maintain.

Off to the Beach

The large expanse of framed mirror helps to visually expand the space and provide added ambient light.

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The first consideration if you're contemplating a coastal or beach-style bathroom is the color scheme. Bright, light, airy styles tend to work best for beach themes, so you'll likely want to explore a range of whites and blues that will transport guests and family members beachside.

Nautical patterns are another feature of beach-style bathrooms, especially in the form of bold stripes, often in blue and white. These can be employed subtly on linens or accessories for a sea-faring feel.

Speaking of accessories, seashell soap dishes, decorative coral or dried starfish placed artfully on windowsills and bathed in natural light, or a sea-sponge hung strategically in the shower can all bring a hint of the ocean into your coastal bathroom design.

In terms of core style, Cape Cod/cottage style and Mediterranean are two of the most prevalent coastal bathroom designs. Cottage-style bathrooms are characterized by a bright, airy feel and the use of traditional beadboard. Mediterranean styles feature lots of smooth, often sand-colored tile.

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