Tuscan-Style Bathrooms

Explore your options for Tuscan-style bathrooms, and prepare to create a bath space that's a spa-worthy, rustic retreat.

Elegant Gold Master Bathroom

Elegant Gold Master Bathroom


Photo by: Thomas Oppelt

Thomas Oppelt

Italy's fabled Tuscany region is famous for its beauty, its food, and its distinctive architecture—a rustic mix of natural hues and textures that's also reflected in Tuscan-style bathrooms.

Beautiful Bathroom Color Schemes

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Soothing Blue

Warm colors like orange and red represent energy, while cool blues and greens have a soothing and calming effect, the makings of an ideal spa-style color palette. To start, choose a blue or green color you really like, and don't shy away from darker tones.

©Design by Erica Islas

Energizing Orange

Color affects mood, so before you settle on a shade, ask yourself how you want to feel in your bathroom. Energized or relaxed? Do you want a space that is stately and formal or cozy and casual? The subdued terra-cotta orange in this bathroom is energizing but doesn't overwhelm when paired with neutral tile. Bonus: The tile itself is a great way to introduce color.

©Design by chgosouthpaw from Rate My Space

Vintage Cream

One color has the ability to alter the appearance of another. For example, beige tends to dull the look of white when the two hues are paired. Cream pops against the soft, calming hue of pale blue, an example of another effective color duo.

©Photo by oldhousemama from Rate My Space

Why Not Red?

Go for a wow factor with pops of red against a clean white backdrop. This striking bathroom design mixes old and new to create something totally now.

©Bathroom by Civility Design

Classic Neutrals

Low-contrast combos such as taupes, beiges and tans will create a casual, classic bathroom style that can be dressed up with colorful accessories. If you're not a fan of beige, choosing high-contrast color schemes such as black and white will create a more pristine, formal look in the bath, says interior designer Mark McCauley, ASID. Note: To avoid a matchy-matchy look, choose bathroom accessories in a hue dissimilar to the room's most dominant color.

©Photo by hpj185 from Rate My Space

Contemporary Birch

Bathroom cabinets are a great way to bring in color. The birch cabinetry in this room plays against blue walls, red accessories and natural slate tile to create a cohesive "finished" look. For variety, choose towels, decorative pieces and flooring in a shade lighter or darker than the walls.

©Photo by SDM52 from Rate My Space

Rich Mahogany With White and Gray

A popular color combo in newly built homes, mahogany and crisp white works wonders when paired in the bathroom. Create a neutral playing field by painting the walls a muted clay-like gray, and incorporate textures via tile, flowers and even beveled mirrors.

©Photo by EllenMarie from Rate My Space

Characterized by the use of trademark colors like ochre, terracotta and soothing Mediterranean blues, Tuscan-style bathrooms tend to feature surfaces that are matte or distressed, rather than sleek, shiny or modern in appearance. The prevailing theme is comfort and relaxed elegance, in a space that feels more like a vacation villa than a place to visit prior to your morning commute.

Natural light is often a key feature of Tuscan-style bathrooms. Window coverings are often semi-transparent, light and airy. Other natural features are also common, such as window boxes for flowers or potted plants, or rustic benches or chairs in unfinished wood. Exposed wood beams can have the same effect, and countertops might feature matte stone rather than gleaming marble, continuing the down-to-earth, relaxing aesthetic.

Floors may be traditional terracotta tile or marble; sandy, natural colors and finishes are popular. Hand-painted or distressed finishes on wood furniture or trim can add to the laid-back feel, and some styles even feature murals or garden scenes on walls or hung artwork.

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