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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.
This is an example of a medium sized contemporary shower room in London with black cabinets, cement tiles, white walls, open cabinets, a corner shower, a one-piece toilet, white tiles, a vessel sink and an open shower.

Photo by Nathalie Priem
This is an example of a medium sized contemporary shower room in London with black cabinets, cement tiles, white walls, open cabinets, a corner shower, a one-piece toilet, white tiles, a vessel sink and an open shower.
Looks very modern and easy to keep clean - suzanne_val123

Design ideas for a contemporary shower room in Other with a corner shower, white tiles, white walls and a wall-mounted sink.

Design ideas for a contemporary shower room in Other with a corner shower, white tiles, white walls and a wall-mounted sink.
The shelves and mirror cupboard solution - pettitrandi

Design ideas for a small contemporary family bathroom in London with flat-panel cabinets, light wood cabinets, a freestanding bath, a wall mounted toilet, beige tiles, porcelain tiles, beige walls, porcelain flooring, a vessel sink, solid surface worktops, green floors and an open shower.

Batroom with green geometric tiles. Photo by Chris Snook
Design ideas for a small contemporary family bathroom in London with flat-panel cabinets, light wood cabinets, a freestanding bath, a wall mounted toilet, beige tiles, porcelain tiles, beige walls, porcelain flooring, a vessel sink, solid surface worktops, green floors and an open shower.
Really like these floor tiles - they really make a statement - claude5776

This is an example of a traditional bathroom in Other.

Craig Magee
This is an example of a traditional bathroom in Other.
I like the basin sticking out more than the toilet. Also the use of texture on the décor, but I don't like the pebbles, ouch! - barbevans5555

Inspiration for an urban bathroom in Buckinghamshire.

Dark & striking blue adds instant drama, combined with metallic elements creates a sense of luxury
Inspiration for an urban bathroom in Buckinghamshire.
Dark blue wall with copper bath - mathew_hart33

Photo of a medium sized contemporary shower room in Surrey with a vessel sink, a walk-in shower, beige tiles, beige walls, dark wood cabinets and an open shower.

Dornbracht Mem brassware paired with the EOS basin from Ashton & Bentley and Domino furniture exclusive to C.P. Hart.
Photo of a medium sized contemporary shower room in Surrey with a vessel sink, a walk-in shower, beige tiles, beige walls, dark wood cabinets and an open shower.
Tap in right place. Lovely shelf. Nice side panel. - tim_saxon

Design ideas for a contemporary ensuite bathroom in London with flat-panel cabinets, a built-in bath, a wall mounted toilet, beige tiles, ceramic tiles, beige walls, ceramic flooring, a submerged sink and solid surface worktops.

Anna Stathaki
Design ideas for a contemporary ensuite bathroom in London with flat-panel cabinets, a built-in bath, a wall mounted toilet, beige tiles, ceramic tiles, beige walls, ceramic flooring, a submerged sink and solid surface worktops.
Not nice - lost loads of space in the width - mkomorowska

Inspiration for a contemporary ensuite bathroom in London with open cabinets, white cabinets, beige walls, a console sink and light hardwood flooring.

Inspiration for a contemporary ensuite bathroom in London with open cabinets, white cabinets, beige walls, a console sink and light hardwood flooring.
Beautiful bathroom in Victorian house - jomo_21

Photo of a medium sized industrial bathroom in London with blue cabinets, a freestanding bath, a walk-in shower, white walls, ceramic flooring, marble worktops and an open shower.

Photo of a medium sized industrial bathroom in London with blue cabinets, a freestanding bath, a walk-in shower, white walls, ceramic flooring, marble worktops and an open shower.
Exposed brickwork, roll top bath - webuser_37952216

Small contemporary shower room in London with an alcove shower, black tiles, grey walls, a wall-mounted sink, black floors and an open shower.

Small contemporary shower room in London with an alcove shower, black tiles, grey walls, a wall-mounted sink, black floors and an open shower.
SINK - kihikihi

Inspiration for a contemporary bathroom in London with freestanding cabinets, red cabinets, grey walls, a vessel sink and grey floors.

A playful touch is added to the downstairs WC, with bespoke cabinetry in fire engine red and colourful artwork.
Inspiration for a contemporary bathroom in London with freestanding cabinets, red cabinets, grey walls, a vessel sink and grey floors.
Colour!! Love the art work on the wall. - jude_hall76

Small contemporary family bathroom in Sussex with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, a built-in bath, a shower/bath combination, a one-piece toilet, white tiles, porcelain tiles, white walls, cement flooring, a wall-mounted sink, solid surface worktops, multi-coloured floors and a hinged door.

Randi Sokoloff
Small contemporary family bathroom in Sussex with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, a built-in bath, a shower/bath combination, a one-piece toilet, white tiles, porcelain tiles, white walls, cement flooring, a wall-mounted sink, solid surface worktops, multi-coloured floors and a hinged door.
small bath tub idea for washroom - aravi

Inspiration for a medium sized contemporary family bathroom in London with white cabinets, a built-in bath, a built-in shower, white walls and a wall-mounted sink.

Varnished wallpaper makes a unique bathroom feature. The bespoke reclaimed wooden bath panel adds warmth and comfort to the design. Photo: Andrew Beasley
reclaimed wooden bath panel. also try tea crates - jldevereux

Inspiration for a large contemporary bathroom in Other with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, a freestanding bath, a walk-in shower, beige tiles, a vessel sink and an open shower.

Inspiration for a large contemporary bathroom in Other with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, a freestanding bath, a walk-in shower, beige tiles, a vessel sink and an open shower.
Large shower no door Free standing bath - lolololo1223ohjg87dbew

This is an example of a classic ensuite bathroom in Cornwall with an alcove bath, a shower/bath combination, white tiles, metro tiles, white walls, a wall-mounted sink and an open shower.

Layton Bennett
This is an example of a classic ensuite bathroom in Cornwall with an alcove bath, a shower/bath combination, white tiles, metro tiles, white walls, a wall-mounted sink and an open shower.
Love these style of tiles and dark grouting. - rachel8925

Photo of a contemporary bathroom in London.

Marco Fazio
Photo of a contemporary bathroom in London.
The contrasted floor tile, superb. - julielynnford

Inspiration for a traditional bathroom in London with dark wood cabinets, a corner shower, a wall mounted toilet, grey tiles, white tiles, stone slabs, beige walls, a submerged sink and an open shower.

Inspiration for a traditional bathroom in London with dark wood cabinets, a corner shower, a wall mounted toilet, grey tiles, white tiles, stone slabs, beige walls, a submerged sink and an open shower.
I like the storage under the sink and the ‘indent’ for toiletries - zeinabozigi

Photo of a medium sized bohemian ensuite bathroom in Surrey with a freestanding bath, marble tiles, ceramic flooring, marble worktops, white floors, white walls, white tiles and a submerged sink.

Photo of a medium sized bohemian ensuite bathroom in Surrey with a freestanding bath, marble tiles, ceramic flooring, marble worktops, white floors, white walls, white tiles and a submerged sink.

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