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3 Easy Steps to Achieving a Scandinavian Style Bathroom

Everyone is rightfully obsessed with Scandi living spaces. But often a Scandinavian style bathroom is not as easy for people to pull together.

A Scandi bedroom, we’ve done. A Scandi living room, you know all about it. But a wet zone like a bathroom might be a bit harder to give a Scandi twist to.

Well, today is the day to change all that. Imma walk you through how you can achieve a Scandinavian style bathroom at your place. The aim: get this space matching the nordic vibes you got goin’ on in the other pockets of your home. Because every interior should tell a consistent design story from room to room.

For this post, I interviewed the style gurus from both Metricon and Reece. In the video above Vanessa and Carmen share their Scandinavian bathroom tips with me, and below I’ll show you some amazing images and share some style pointers.

I hope this gets you one step closed to achieving your dream Scandinavian style bathroom!

marble and timber bathroom ideas floating marble vanity

1. Keep Things Minimal

This style of bathroom is all about keeping things minimal. The room features a lot of clean lines and simple shapes. You’ll also notice there’s a decent sense of space here with a lot of room for air to flow around. The vanity, for example, is floating off of the floor. This keeps the room feeling quite light, as opposed to heavy and weighed down.

The best starting point when you’re putting a room like this together is to consider your colour palette. A Scandi style room is always about bright whites and warm timbers, and a bathroom is no different. So have a think about where you can inject those smooth timbers, pairing them with white stone to create a nice sense of balance.

In this Metricon bathroom, the timber has been used, but it’s not been overdone. It also features a smooth finish, because there’s no room for rusticity here. The reason for this is that the bathroom is a contemporary one. You want to ensure you keep that sense of modernity.

marble bathroom vanity with black tapware and grey tiles in metricon display home

2. Accent with Black Tapware

Of course, your Scandinavian style bathroom should feature white and timber. But it’s important to bring in some other colours and finishes too.

The black tapware, for example, picks up on the modern feel and makes the vanity area feel clean and uncluttered. It would have been so easy to just pop in some stainless steel taps and call it a day. But in a room like this, with such a sense of simplicity, you needed a little pop of wow. And the black tapware does that for you.

There’s also a good does of grey in here as well. If you take a look at the floor tiles, which continue all the way up the wall, they’re wonderfully grey and glossy. The gloss finish bounces like around the room and makes the entire space feel all the more open.

Notice the clean lines continue in the profile of the black taps, and also in the inlaid sink. Both keep the theme of minimalism going. There are little to no round shapes or fluid lines here.

3. Let the Tiles be the Focal Point

What makes this bathroom a standout for me is the mix of tiles. In a space that feels orderly, modern and rather minimal, the tiles give it necessary pizazz.

If you look at the image above you’ll notice the round penny tiles have been used as a feature on the shower wall. It’s important you give your own bathroom a focal point like this. If you fail to do so, you run the risk of the space feeling overly subdued and boring. Just one wall in a feature tile like this makes such an impact.

Outside of the shower, large-scale tiles have been used and this makes the bathroom feel larger. Having them travel up from floor to wall also helps give the room a sense of space.

The use of white grout is also a smart one as it makes the clean shape of each tile stand out. Very architectural.

marble bathroom vanity with black tapware and grey tiles

Decorating your Scandinavian Style Bathroom

You know me; I LOVE to style a room once the shell of the space is complete. You gotta make sure you do the same when your Scandinavian style bathroom is installed and ready for use.

In a clean and minimal space like this, don’t go too crazy with the styling. Keep the decor you bring in quite simple, but interesting. Some leather moments are a nice touch. Marble soap dispensers are also a lovely idea. And just a small amount of warm metallics can keep the space feeling chic and shimmery.

Of course, I love me some artificial plants or flowers, so give those a try as well.

Now lemme share some necessary next steps with you:

Happy styling and let me know if you have any questions!

This post includes images and/or videos of Metricon display homes and events, reproduced with permission.  © Metricon Homes Pty Ltd 2016.


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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I’m interior designer Chris Carroll, and at TLC Interiors we’re all about helping you create an amazing home without breaking the bank. It’s affordable designer style at its best, and we make the whole process easy and fun for clients & readers alike!

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