Explore options for bathroom styles, and decide which approach is right for the bathrooms in your home.
This contemporary southwestern bathroom has a dramatically curved quartz slab top with a wooden apron that comes to a point and copper sinks and bronze fixtures on top. The sculptural open shelving is curved too. The rustic textures, neutral colors, the mix of wood and stone brings warmth to the space. The bathroom has simple lighting by LED rope lighting concealed under the counter, ceiling soffit, and hanging pendants.
Whether you're installing a brand-new bathroom or updating an existing one, you'll want to understand the full range of bathroom styles available before the first tile is laid.
Spring for a Vessel Sink
Vessel sinks are gaining in popularity due to their high-end look and increasingly affordable prices. There are literally thousands of styles and materials available including porcelain, glass, stone, copper and even polished wood. Before selecting a vessel sink, measure carefully to ensure that there is ample clearance at the front and back of your vanity to accommodate the vessel's bowl.
Replace the Vanity
Make a small bath feel more spacious by replacing the vanity cabinet with a pedestal sink. If you have a lot of toiletries, you'll need to add shelving elsewhere in the room to make up for lost storage. Timeless in style, a pedestal sink is the perfect fit when you desire a vintage look. Design by Grace Sorensen.
Add Floating Shelves
If your bathroom is short on storage, add wall shelves above the toilet. They'll keep toiletries within reach while providing a place to display a few decorative accessories. Catalogs carry floating shelves in a variety of styles or you can hit you local hardware store for an easy do-it-yourself kit. Design by Abby Schill.
Dramatically change the look of your bathroom by simply swapping out the lighting fixtures. Need help from a pro? Electricians typically charge $30-$70 per hour, with most fixtures requiring less than an hour to replace. Thrifty Tip: Use low-voltage vanity lights to save money on your energy bill. Design by Grace Sorensen.
Deck the Walls
Smooth, three-dimensional pieces such as vintage dishes, wall sculptures and sealed art canvases will add visual interest and hold up well in a bathroom's damp conditions. Thrifty Tip: Search flea markets and yard sales for one-of-a-kind items that won't break the bank. Design by Grace Sorensen.
Finish the Look With Molding
Trim molding is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to quickly update the look of any bathroom. Add timeless appeal with wide crown and baseboard molding or install a chair rail, beadboard or paneled wainscot for a charming update. Design by Abby Schill.
Add Style With Tile
Just as the right accessories finish your outfit, the perfect tile will rev up the look of your bathroom. Whether you choose sleek glass or opt for rustic natural stone, new tile will add architectural interest, color and texture. Thrifty Tip: Online auction sites and builder supply warehouses are great places to shop for designer-quality tile at bargain prices. Design by Grace Sorensen.
If you're looking to keep it simple with your bathroom design, you may want to consider a classic or traditional style. Defined by no-fuss elements like clean lines and muted colors such as white, gray and beige, traditional bathroom design can be timeless and is unlikely to negatively impact resale value.
On the other end of the spectrum, modern bathroom design often incorporates vibrant colors, contrasting textures and angular fixtures to put an updated twist on traditional bathroom style.
Similarly, an eclectic bathroom style may combine seemingly dissimilar elements—like ornate mirror frames, a claw-footed tub and bold, geometric tile patterns mixed with more traditional fixtures—creating a fun approach that exudes personality.
For a more countrified, rustic style, you may want to experiment with "bringing the outside in" via raw or reclaimed wood for cabinets, tub enclosures or mirror frames, and other natural elements like plants.
Conversely, you can create a bathroom that hearkens back to a more romantic era by incorporating vintage elements like tufted seats, ornate lighting fixtures and elegant cabinet designs.
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