European-Style Bathrooms

Explore the options for European-style bathrooms, and get ready to create a classical, stylish bath space in your home.




Photo by: marili forastieri

marili forastieri

By: Sean McEvoy

European-style bathrooms are typical of what's often referred to as "transitional design." This simply means that they combine elements from different eras and design movements, for an eclectic—but often very effective—style mix.

The mix of old and new in European-style bathrooms can be as bold as pairing midcentury modern, Scandinavian-style cabinets with rough-hewn materials like stone or natural wood for countertops or sink pedestals.

Art Nouveau Inspired Bath

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Fashioned around a painting of bathing women at the lake shore, this powder room speaks to a former time and century past. Photo courtesy of Suke Medencevic

A Subtle Color Combination

The watery theme sets an appropriate tone for the pale turquoise and celadon green palette. Photo courtesy of Suke Medencevic

Photo By: Suke Medencevic

Standout Features

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 faucet and mirror. Photo courtesy of Suke Medencevic

Unconventional Storage Solutions

An antique U.S. mail box is an unconventional element that adds character to the space and functions as storage for reading materials or extra toilet paper. Photo courtesy of Suke Medencevic

Conversely, for a more traditional "Old World" look, you may choose to build a bright and airy space around a grand centerpiece, like a classic claw-footed porcelain tub. Pedestal sinks in matching porcelain will give any European-style bathroom a timeless, historic feel.

In terms of accessories, natural wood, wrought iron and stone are great choices for towel racks or mirror frames. They can complement any transitional design, whether its emphasis is on the more modern or the more traditional.

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