Seashell Bathroom Decor Ideas

Explore seashell bathroom decor ideas, and get ready to add a bit of the seaside to your bathroom design.

bath_vertical_island_inspired_bathroom3

This mirror has island appeal that will brighten up a bathroom.

By: Sean McEvoy

If you're planning a bathroom install or update in a seaside vacation home or just looking to add some seaside inspiration to your inland bathroom, you'll first want to browse a range of seashell bathroom decor ideas.

15 Sea-Inspired Decorating Ideas for Bathrooms

See All Photos

Shop This Look

Seaside and maritime design and decor elements such as fish and mermaid themes are common in bathrooms along the coasts, but many homeowners choose an ocean-inspired theme for their bathrooms regardless of geography, simply because of the broad appeal of this soothing, softly elegant style.

Seashell bathroom decor can take many forms, from the addition of a few subtle accessories to a theme that runs consistently throughout the space. Ultimately, the decision regarding how much you want to emphasize the theme lies with you, but some aspects of the space may help dictate your decision-making. For example, if your bathroom is particularly small, you may want to lean toward a more simple execution of the seashell decor theme, featuring only a few key elements like soap dishes, linens and soap and moisturizer dispensers. Conversely, if your bathroom is an expansive affair that can accommodate a bigger, bolder theme, you may want to go big and feature seashell decor thematically on wallpaper, on storage elements, and even on fixtures like sink and shower faucet knobs.

Once you've determined the extent of your seashell decor plans, it's time to consider how you'll implement them. Your options will be just about infinite, and you'll have plenty of fun researching all of the nautical, seaside and sea-life-themed accessories and design and decor elements available.

One of the first places to start when it comes to planning your seashell bathroom decor is with the accessories scheme in your bathroom. Linens, in particular, are a great way to express a decor theme in a bathroom. Bath and hand towels, bath mats and shower curtains are all available in seashell prints, in a multitude of colors and patterns. Shower curtains can be found in a plethora of entertaining ocean-themed expressions, which can work well with a nautical or seaside theme.

Storage accessories can be another great way to continue a seashell-themed bathroom style. Toiletry bins, cups for supplies like toothbrushes, and soap dishes are all great opportunities to extend the seashell theme. You may even be able to find items like soap dishes in actual seashell form, bringing the theme to life.

You may also want to consider furniture for your bathroom that features seashell or sea life elements. Chairs, tables and benches can be inlaid with actual seashells, or they can feature cushions with seashell designs or a tabletop with seashells decoratively arrayed or displayed in containers.

Next Up

Coastal Design Style 101

Easy-breezy and laidback, coastal style can give even a landlocked home the beach house feeling of vacay, every day.

Coastal Kitchens

Bring the relaxed, laid-back feel of the beach into your cooking space with these ideas for coastal kitchen designs.

Serene Main Bath Retreat

Designer Barbara Gilbert gave this bathroom a fresh, serene look, including a spa bathtub and vintage chandelier.

Old World Main Bathroom

Designer Mark Williams shares how he creates a timeless main bathroom using traditional and modern elements.

Main Bathroom From HGTV Urban Oasis 2013

Smart and stylish, the main bathroom offers a spa oasis, plus stunning views of Boston's cityscape.

Main Bathroom From HGTV Urban Oasis 2014

Floor-to-ceiling windows, a glass-enclosed shower and luxurious soaking tub offer a spa oasis with stunning views of Atlanta's cityscape.

Traditional Elegant Main Bathroom

Designer Peter Salerno uses classic cabinetry, stunning architectural details and a creamy white color palette to transform this bathroom into the ultimate retreat.

12 Ways to Create a Luxe Resort-Style Backyard

Cue the cocktails and cabana stripes.

Main Bathroom Makeover With a Luxurious Tub

How do you make a bathroom a go-to retreat? Include what most homeowners want most — a tub to spend time soaking in, a shower for quick cleansing, good big mirrors, great lighting and a soothing palette.

You Can Now Shop Kate Spade's Home Collection on Amazon

Get your favorite colorful, whimsical pieces at more affordable price points — and Amazon Prime members get free two-day delivery!

Go Shopping

Refresh your home with stylish products handpicked by HGTV editors.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.