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Bathroom Ideas and Designs

If your bathroom is a small space in your home where you don’t spend much time, it’s time to think about alternatives. Whether you’re going for a full renovation or just a refresh; making your bathroom design brighter, cleaner and more attractive will make you feel happier to use it every day. Browse the pictures to find inspiring bathroom ideas on Houzz, including stylish vanities, fancy toilets, taps, shower tiling, as well as storage ideas for small bathrooms.

How do I find bathroom ideas for my remodel?


If you’re starting your bathroom remodel from scratch, or ripping out and starting again, then once you’ve sorted the plan and the plumbing you’ll need to think about what kind of ideas you’d like. The easiest option is to get inspiration from bathroom professionals. However, if you’ve dreamt of a roll-top bath or a walk-in shower with heating at, then you might want to take longer looking for each item individually. Choosing all white elements will obviously tie everything together, but also think about the style you’re going for – ultra modern taps will clash with traditional Victorian-style wash basins. And it’s probably good to consider your flooring or surfaces, and walls to make sure everything will complement. Take a look through the different styles of bathroom designs on Houzz to get some inspiration.
uk bathroom ideas

How do I select the right bathroom decor & furniture?


Selecting bathroom decor such as cabinets, mirrors, shelves or other furniture for bathrooms can be tricky. You want to consider the storage they offer while also making sure they make an attractive feature as you enter your bathroom. Don’t forget you need them to be durable and withstand the damp conditions, e.g. if you’re going for a painted cabinet make sure the paint is suitable for baths. For medicine cabinets you will find most have mirrored fronts, but you can find extra features such as clocks and shaving sockets built-in.

What bathroom storage ideas should I look at?


While bathroom storage ideas is not the first thing you think of when it comes to bathrooms, you’ll be surprised at how much difference it makes when your bathroom is organised – specially if you’re dealing with a small bathroom, this is essential.

We all know how accessories like bottles, toiletries, lotions and potions can pile up next to the bath. And where to put the cotton buds, painkillers, plasters, other medicine, creams and sanitary products? That’s not even considering using your bathroom as a place to store your towels and bathrobes. The first thing to consider when reviewing bathroom ideas is if you can invest in built-in bathroom storage. Large vanity units will have drawers and compartments to store a great number of toiletries and bathroom necessities, and if your bathroom or cloakroom has room for a built-in cupboard you can start storing small accessories and larger items there. If you can’t do anything on this scale, you could investigate built-in storage around the bath or look at less permanent options.
bathroom ideas for improving storage

Shelves and shelving units, like ladder shelves, will give you extra space without taking up too much floor space. Also look for wire, wicker or fabric baskets, large and small, to store items under or next to the sink, or even on the wall.

What's the best ideas for lighting?


Water and electricity don’t mix, so make sure your bathroom lights are safe, first and foremost. There are actually regulations around what type of light fittings you can use and where – IP67 rating lights for submerged areas e.g. inside baths and sinks (Zone 0); IP65 for any area above a shower or bath (Zone 1); and IP44 rating for anything 0.6m from a bath or basin (Zone 2). After you’ve made sure your light fittings are safe and to-code, you can consider the type and style you’d like as your working through your bathroom ideas.
incorporating great lighting into your bathroom design ideas

The sink, the mirror, shower and/or bath are the places where you might want the clearest and strongest light. You can use these if you want it to be bright and clear. Otherwise, you might want to look at some soft, ambient lighting in the form of chandeliers, short pendants or wall lamps. You could use accent lighting around your bath in the form to create a tranquil, spa feel, as well.

Bathroom tiles – what should I go for?


It’s rare to find bathrooms without tiles. Although it can be done with panelling, materials like tadelakt, waterproof paint, wallpaper or well-treated wood; bathroom tiles are so copious and easy to apply that it’s hard to avoid going with tiles in the bathroom. The great thing is that both floor tiles and wall tiles come in a huge variety of sizes, styles, colours and patterns, so you can remodel your room completely with whatever tile choices fit with your bathroom ideas. When it comes to flooring, tiles will be durable, easy to clean and deal well with water, but if you want something different you could go with modern concrete, traditional or country-style treated wooden floorboards, or a bit more quirky bamboo, cork or vinyl.
bathroom tile ideas

What to do with small bathrooms?


The best small bathroom ideas will maximise the space you have. From installing a bidet to simple decorative tips there are plenty of things you can do to make it look bigger. Recessed shelves can make a huge difference both visually and practically to small bathrooms, so if you are able to have these installed when your walls are being renovated you could add some to your shower or sink area.

You could choose pale colours and iridescent tiles that reflect the light, keep walls and ceilings the same colour and texture, and use complementary shades throughout the bathroom– fewer contrasts and transitions will help maintain the sense of space. Floating bathroom units also draw the eye to visible floor space underneath them, and clear glass shower screens will keep the room feeling open and airy. Finishing touches like artfully placed large mirrors will also make small bathrooms appear more expansive.

Browse some of the most popular room pages on Houzz.
Inspiration for a contemporary bathroom in London.

Marco Fazio
Inspiration for a contemporary bathroom in London.
Bright tiles against white decor. - jude_hall76

Contemporary bathroom in Buckinghamshire with flat-panel cabinets, black cabinets, a freestanding bath, grey tiles, marble tiles, grey walls, a vessel sink, grey floors and an open shower.

Marmara polished marble flooring combined with Star White Split Face and Star White marble wall tiles. Materials supplied by Natural Angle including Marble, Limestone, Granite, Sandstone, Wood Flooring and Block Paving.

This is an example of a small romantic bathroom in Dorset with glass-front cabinets, green cabinets, a claw-foot bath, white walls and a pedestal sink.

Unique Home Stays
This is an example of a small romantic bathroom in Dorset with glass-front cabinets, green cabinets, a claw-foot bath, white walls and a pedestal sink.

Small bohemian family bathroom in London with white cabinets, a shower/bath combination, white tiles, ceramic tiles, white walls, a built-in bath, a vessel sink and a two-piece toilet.

Caitlin Mogridge
Small bohemian family bathroom in London with white cabinets, a shower/bath combination, white tiles, ceramic tiles, white walls, a built-in bath, a vessel sink and a two-piece toilet.
Mirror - fi_holder

Inspiration for a large modern family bathroom in London with a japanese bath, a wall mounted toilet, beige tiles, beige walls and beige floors.

Inspiration for a large modern family bathroom in London with a japanese bath, a wall mounted toilet, beige tiles, beige walls and beige floors.
freetown house - winston_strasser

Design ideas for a classic bathroom in Surrey.

David Giles
Design ideas for a classic bathroom in Surrey.
mirror on wall to create more space and light - hannahewebster

Inspiration for a large world-inspired ensuite bathroom in Other with a freestanding bath, black walls, medium hardwood flooring and a wall-mounted sink.

Inspiration for a large world-inspired ensuite bathroom in Other with a freestanding bath, black walls, medium hardwood flooring and a wall-mounted sink.
Oooooo nice colours and atmospher... Nice wallpaper - sher_09

Design ideas for a traditional bathroom in London with freestanding cabinets, black cabinets, a one-piece toilet, black and white tiles, white walls, a vessel sink, multi-coloured floors and an open shower.

Design ideas for a traditional bathroom in London with freestanding cabinets, black cabinets, a one-piece toilet, black and white tiles, white walls, a vessel sink, multi-coloured floors and an open shower.
Smaller en suite with white colour and black highlights - vikasgupta1

Contemporary ensuite bathroom in Surrey with freestanding cabinets, white cabinets, a freestanding bath, a corner shower, a wall mounted toilet, grey tiles, white tiles, white walls, brown floors and an open shower.

Tony Murray
Contemporary ensuite bathroom in Surrey with freestanding cabinets, white cabinets, a freestanding bath, a corner shower, a wall mounted toilet, grey tiles, white tiles, white walls, brown floors and an open shower.
nice bth and flooring - mathew_warburton

This is an example of a medium sized contemporary bathroom in Other with a wall mounted toilet, grey tiles, grey floors, a built-in bath, a corner shower and ceramic tiles.

neil davis
This is an example of a medium sized contemporary bathroom in Other with a wall mounted toilet, grey tiles, grey floors, a built-in bath, a corner shower and ceramic tiles.
The lighting Around the room makes it feel warm - webuser_212737754

Photo of a contemporary bathroom in London with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, an alcove bath, brown tiles, white walls, a console sink and a two-piece toilet.

Thomas Alexander Photography
Photo of a contemporary bathroom in London with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, an alcove bath, brown tiles, white walls, a console sink and a two-piece toilet.
Love how the floor is such a main feature as it continues up the bath side - webuser_406989138

Inspiration for a scandinavian shower room in London with a walk-in shower, pink tiles, mosaic tiles, white walls, mosaic tile flooring, a vessel sink, multi-coloured floors and an open shower.

Luke Hayes
Inspiration for a scandinavian shower room in London with a walk-in shower, pink tiles, mosaic tiles, white walls, mosaic tile flooring, a vessel sink, multi-coloured floors and an open shower.
Tiles - webuser_923502513

This is an example of an expansive contemporary ensuite bathroom in London with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, a freestanding bath, a walk-in shower, a one-piece toilet, black and white tiles, marble tiles, white walls, marble flooring, a wall-mounted sink, marble worktops, white floors and an open shower.

This is an example of an expansive contemporary ensuite bathroom in London with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, a freestanding bath, a walk-in shower, a one-piece toilet, black and white tiles, marble tiles, white walls, marble flooring, a wall-mounted sink, marble worktops, white floors and an open shower.
I like the sinks & the melangeurs - lara_saba

This is an example of a contemporary ensuite bathroom in London with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, a freestanding bath, beige tiles and a vessel sink.

This is an example of a contemporary ensuite bathroom in London with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, a freestanding bath, beige tiles and a vessel sink.
a different bath tub - anamika_menon

Inspiration for a medium sized contemporary ensuite bathroom in London with an alcove bath, an alcove shower, brown walls, a wall-mounted sink and a wall mounted toilet.

Master Bathroom
Inspiration for a medium sized contemporary ensuite bathroom in London with an alcove bath, an alcove shower, brown walls, a wall-mounted sink and a wall mounted toilet.
recessed storage and wood effect cupboards - michelle_henderson82

Inspiration for a contemporary bathroom in Other.

Darren Chung
Inspiration for a contemporary bathroom in Other.
I like it because it's warm but it may be too much wood and too much 'furniture'. I like the shutters. - judytorrance

Photo of a medium sized contemporary bathroom in London with a built-in bath, a walk-in shower, white tiles, a wall-mounted sink, flat-panel cabinets, a one-piece toilet, white walls, marble flooring and an open shower.

Contractor: Element Construction
Photo of a medium sized contemporary bathroom in London with a built-in bath, a walk-in shower, white tiles, a wall-mounted sink, flat-panel cabinets, a one-piece toilet, white walls, marble flooring and an open shower.
I think this is the type of layout I had in mind if there's enough space. - tphunny

Photo of a beach style shower room in London with grey cabinets, a freestanding bath, grey tiles, white walls, a submerged sink, a hinged door, an alcove shower and beige floors.

Nick Smith
Photo of a beach style shower room in London with grey cabinets, a freestanding bath, grey tiles, white walls, a submerged sink, a hinged door, an alcove shower and beige floors.
Nice flooring - like tiles (but not in grey). Bath looks good too - webuser_220102332

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