Explore options for transitional bathrooms, and prepare to create a bath space that combines traditional and contemporary design seamlessly.
Transitional bathrooms tend to combine the best of both worlds, design-wise. They feature elements of contemporary or modern design, as well as more traditional approaches.
Art Nouveau Inspired
Fashioned around a painting of bathing women at the lake shore, this powder room speaks to a former time and century past. The watery theme sets an appropriate tone for the pale turquoise and celadon green palette. Unifying components include a turn-of-the-century bronze statue of a dragonfly dancer, authentic Art Nouveau Swiss sconces and curved flowing lines in the hand-rail and mirror. Photo courtesy of Suke Medencevic
A serene space has been created through impactful specifications such as orange sparkle grout around wall tiles that boast abstract detailing and a custom designed mirror. A cable track system to accommodate a creative solution for lighting also holds yellow accent bulbs, which contributes to the colorful artwork and textured walls. Photo courtesy of Jill Greer/Greer Photo
A polished semi-precious Lapis Lazuli could be no more intense and lovely as the blue wall tile and inlay pebble tile bordering a new wall. A wall mounted water spout and floating concrete vanity sink complement the contemporary look of the powder room. Convenience-centric technology includes a wall mounted foot pedal for hot and cold water control. Photo courtesy of Airoom Architects and Builders
In classic beach tones, this bathroom speaks of carefree days in the summer sun and a warm breeze through the open window. Bright and happy colors splash against a clean white background and accentuate the corner shower. Mosaic glass tile wrapped up, down and over segments of the room create just the right amount of color swatches. Photo courtesy of Suke Medencevic
Resonating with Refinement
A rounded ceiling, recessed lighting, a long-running and distinctive mirror as well as a built-in bench are some of the elements that create interest. A heated floor eliminated the need for a cumbersome radiator and an integrated sink continues sleek lines that contribute to this handsome space. Photo courtesy of Larry Amal/Amal Photography
Flow Blue China
Beaded wainscot, glass tile mosaic surrounding the tub and retro-styled faucets along with rich blue terracotta floors allude to Flow Blue china in the form of a beloved space. Other highlights include a drinking fountain and retro-styled faucets incorporated, and an audio component introduced into the room originating with a whole house system. Photo courtesy of John Tsantes and DC Design House
A Spa for All
This soothing spa-like bathroom goes beyond what’s apparent in accommodating the homeowners’ lifestyle. As part-time dog breeders, the expansive space also houses veterinary supplies, equipment, a puppy whelping area, and hidden dog door to a kennel area. Textured tile, frosted glass mosaic tiles and a frameless shower are just some of the compatibly warm design details. Photo courtesy of Douglas Johnson Photography
Cool grey-brown tones and geometric lines paired with dark bamboo cabinetry and hand-crafted glass tile are the foundation for a chic contemporary bath. A cable-supported privacy screen features the organic lines of leaves, and a floating vanity and wall-mounted toilet contribute to the overall openness of the space. Photo courtesy of Bernard André Photography
An Air of Elegance
Graceful arches, custom alder cabinetry in a smoky mesquite stain, and a walk-up sunken tub help create an air of elegance in this luxurious retreat. A grand entry framed in tile travertine wainscot and the open shower with tiled archways and hand-stamped tile accents sets the tone for an elegantly warm space. Photo courtesy of Jim Brady
Bathrooms that feature transitional design often employ clean lines and a soothing, comfortable style without using excessive ornamentation or overly bold flourishes. In terms of color schemes, transitional bathrooms tend to stick to the classics. Tan, beige, white and light grey are common, as they can help pull together the contemporary and traditional styles of furniture or other fixtures and accessories.
Flooring and countertops are often marble or natural stone, for an understated but classic look. When it comes to furniture, midcentury modern cabinets can be a great option, especially when paired with more traditional features like a natural wood bench or classic pedestal sink.
Combining the clean lines and flowing shapes of contemporary and modern design with the more traditional elements of classic bathroom styles can create a visually unique and appealing bath space in your home.
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