Spanish-Style Bathrooms

Gather info and ideas for Spanish-style bathrooms, and get ready to add a sunny and lively design to your bathroom.

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By: Sean McEvoy

Spanish-style style bathroom design takes its cues from casual, comfortable and welcoming design developed through many centuries in the regions bordering the Mediterranean Sea.

Taking influences from many historical time periods and diverse cultures, Spanish-style bathrooms may feature design elements that originated in countries as disparate as Italy, Turkey and Greece. This commingling of cultures and influences resulted in a style that's eclectic yet elegant, soothing yet lively, and a popular choice for homeowners the world over.

Despite its diverse influences, Spanish-style bathroom design does feature some elements that are fairly consistent, having survived centuries of design shifts because of their utility, attractiveness or versatility. The bold use of color is probably the signature trait of Spanish-style bathroom design. The natural beauty of the Mediterranean region and the bright, vibrant colors of the sea, sky, sun and earth in this part of the world all inform the color palette for Spanish-style design. Spanish-style bathrooms often feature warm earth tones in deep orange and rusty red alongside bright, sun-washed tones like bright whites and yellows, turquoises and sparkling blues. Colors may saturate the space as a primary color scheme, or they can be seen as bright pops of color via accents like accessories and linens.

Floor and wall tile is almost always a key component of Spanish-style bathrooms. As in southwestern design, iconic terracotta tile can often be found on floors, countertops and tabletops. Traditionally only available in burnt orange and rusty red hues, terracotta tile is now available in a wide selection of colors, so it can be featured in just about any color scheme.

Furniture in Spanish-style bathrooms is often somewhat rustic, constructed from quality hardwoods that may be hand-distressed or painted in bold, bright colors. Natural wood is generally preferred in order to bring a bit of the outdoors inside and emphasize a connection to the Mediterranean region's natural beauty.

Curving or arched doorways and shower stall entrances are another trademark of Spanish-style bathrooms, hinting at the Moorish history of Spain and the entire Mediterranean region.

Lastly, bold patterns and textures are also key elements of Spanish-style bathroom design. Mosaic-style backsplashes or full-wall murals may artfully display pastoral or seaside scenes as well as abstract patterns in vibrant colors. Walls may feature glazing or stucco to add texture, and curtains and linens often feature intricate patterns. Fringe on furniture cushions, window curtains or shower curtains offer another opportunity to feature visually distinct texture.

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