Japanese-Style Bathrooms

Get ideas and info for Japanese-style bathrooms, and prepare to create a relaxing, rejuvenating bath space in your home.

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Zen Fusion at its finest. The combination of Asian influence with the contemporary lines and products of today creates this spa environment, which features walnut cabinets, Shoji screen doors with metal tile and faux grass cloth walls. A true Japanese-style tub and a large walk-in shower with body sprays and all the works provide the finishing touches.

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From: Alan Hilsabeck, Jr.

By: Sean McEvoy

Japanese-style bathrooms tend to incorporate traditional elements of Japanese architecture, along with unique, modern flourishes that can help create a relaxing and rejuvenating bath space.

The prevailing element in Japanese-style bathrooms is the combination of natural and man-made elements for a seamless, soothing effect. In particular, wood and stone tend to show up often in Japanese-style bathrooms, and they act as perfect materials to bring the natural world into your bathroom design.

Before and After: 20 Incredible Small Bathroom Remodels

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Our Top Small Bath Makeovers

In a small space like a bathroom, every detail matters: The right wall color, tilework or lighting can transform a dull, dated bathroom into a bright, stylish retreat. See how HGTV’s top designers revamped these petite baths.

Before: Brother Vs. Brother

Old tile and a dated vanity did nothing to enhance this boring bathroom featured on HGTV's Brother Vs. Brother.

After: Brother Vs. Brother

After the redesign, a floating vanity adds tons of visual space, while new lighting above the mirror is reflected throughout the room.  

Before: Income Property

With a dark wood cabinet and tile walls, this basement bathroom felt dark, dated and confining.  

After: Income Property

After the renovation, the bathroom looks brighter and much more open. Light blue walls create a calming effect, and with overall less clutter, the entire space feels larger.  

Before: House Hunters Renovation

As seen on HGTV's House Hunters Renovation, the homeowners hoped to create a larger bathroom with room for a shower.

After: House Hunters Renovation

While tearing down a wall to add a shower, the homeowners decided to update the tile with a white version that reflects light in the room, making the space appear bigger.  

Before: Beach Flip

Old tiles, outdated wallpaper and a shower and tub combo weren't doing this guest bathroom any favors.  

Photo By: Todd Douglas / Getty Images

After: Beach Flip

After the makeover, this guest bathroom seems much more spacious with a full glass shower, new white floors tiles and a floating vanity.

Photo By: Todd Douglas / Getty Images

Before: Property Brothers

Poor lighting and an almost monochromatic color scheme make this bland bathroom feel dark and depressing.

Photo By: Shane O'Neal

After: Property Brothers

Gray penny tiles that flow beautifully from the shower into the rest of the stunning bathroom keep the room from looking blocked off, making the space feel much more open.  

Before: Beach Flip

Although vertical stripes can sometimes trick the eye into thinking a room is larger than it is, the wallpaper in this bathroom only looks dated and dull.  

Photo By: Todd Douglas / Getty Images

After: Beach Flip

A great alternative to the vertical-striped wallpaper is stunning mosaic tilework laid vertically on the entire bathroom wall.  

Photo By: Todd Douglas / Getty Images

Before: Property Brothers

Pink tiles and dark brown accents were the major offenders in this dated disaster.  

After: Property Brothers

With some help for HGTV's Property Brothers, this space was given a whole new look with a glamorous vibe. The iridescent backsplash visually enlarges the room by reflecting light throughout.

Before: Fixer Upper

Black tiles made this bathroom feel cramped and way too dark.  

From: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines

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After: Fixer Upper

With the aid of HGTV's Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines, this master bath feels much larger due to white wainscoting, white storage cabinets and not a single black tile.  

From: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines

Before: Property Brothers

Before a makeover by HGTV's Property Brothers, this dull bathroom lacked storage and personality.  

After: Property Brothers

After a major redesign, this contemporary space boasts a stunning tub, brand-new vanity and custom-built shelves that make the most of the space.  

Before: Love It or List It

A strange layout and dated fixtures make this bathroom feel cramped.

Photo By: Dale Wilcox /AP Images

After: Love It or List It

In the redesign, a new layout makes more sense and gives the bathroom a more pulled-together look. New tiles give the space a contemporary feel.

Photo By: Dale Wilcox /AP Images

Before: Buying and Selling

The green bathtub said it all in this cluttered space. It was way past time for a makeover.  

After: Buying and Selling

Hosts Drew and Jonathan Scott swapped out the green tub for a pretty green shower curtain. New floors and white wainscoting give this bathroom a classic look.  

Before: Genevieve's Renovation

A bright aqua tiled tub takes over in this downstairs bathroom, while the white shower curtain cuts up the room, making it appear smaller.

From: Genevieve Gorder

Photo By: Todd Plitt

After: Genevieve's Renovation

Because the room is more cohesive with a warm color palette and brass fixtures, the entire space feels larger.

From: Genevieve Gorder

Before: Property Brothers

Though white can often make a small space feel larger, this petite powder room was in serious need of some color.

After: Property Brothers

A new paint job, as well as brand-new flooring, completely transformed this once-dull space.  

Before: Rehab Addict

As the only bathroom in the entire house, this boring space definitely needed an upgrade.  

Photo By: Lauren Noess

After: Rehab Addict

By restoring the original wood floors, HGTV's Rehab Addict host Nicole Curtis was able to add instant warmth to the space. She also opened a wall to create a gorgeous master suite.  

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Before: Fixer Upper

There was nothing interesting about this outdated bathroom featured on HGTV's Fixer Upper.  

After: Fixer Upper

After an amazing makeover, which included expanding the space, this bathroom includes a walk-in shower and stunning quartz countertops.  

Before: Rehab Addict

This sad before called for a creative eye and a lot of work.  

Photo By: Lauren Noess

After: Rehab Addict

It's hard to believe this is the same small, empty space. Host Nicole Curtis added new fixtures and stunning white wainscoting which adds visual interest and reflects light within the space.  

Before: Buying and Selling

Because the paint color was too intense for the space, this bathroom felt even smaller.  

Photo By: Sarah Christine Wilson

After: Buying and Selling

A soft, neutral paint color instantly lightens the space, making it feel larger, while fresh flowers add a cheery vibe.

Photo By: Sarah Christine Wilson

Before: Beach Flip

This small guest bathroom felt extremely dated with old fixtures and faded paint.  

Photo By: Meggan Haller/Getty Images

After: Beach Flip

After the makeover, the space looks relaxing and spacious, with new floors, a calming color palette and improved lighting.  

Photo By: Todd Douglas / Getty Images

Before: Buying and Selling

A white vanity plus a cream-colored wall equals one boring bathroom.  

Photo By: Sarah Christine Wilson

After: Buying and Selling

The bulky cabinet mirror was replaced by a sleeker version, while new lighting and paint keep the entire space feeling bright and more open.

Photo By: Sarah Christine Wilson

Before: Buying and Selling

The tiles in this tiny bathroom didn't seem to coordinate with the space, and the overall look was far too boring.  

After: Buying and Selling

As seen on HGTV's Buying and Selling, the tiles were replaced with beautiful new wainscoting, while a simple basket easily adds needed storage.  

Another key element of Japanese bathroom design is the use of screens, both for privacy and for a contrasting visual element. Their wood frames complement the use of heavier woods in furniture, as well as the other natural stone or plant features.

The angularity of screens or other furniture can be offset with boldly curving sinks or tubs, often in substantial, bowl-like designs. These add tremendous weight to the overall design, contrasting with lighter features like screens and plants, and complementing the use of natural stone.

Openness is another common feature of Japanese bathroom design, and one way to achieve this is by creating shower enclosures that are either totally open or enclosed entirely in glass, so that the overall visual scheme remains unbroken by walls or other obstructions.

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