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dark bathroom with marble herringbone tiles

There are 3 Main Bathroom Design Styles. Which are You?

Trying to figure out how to bring all of your bathroom wants and needs together isn’t easy, but there’s a smart place to start.

That place is determining your bathroom style. And the good news is, most bathrooms fall into one of three categories. By understanding which of the three bathroom styles below is your favourite, you can then start to build upon that base with more details. The details are what make the space uniquely yours, but the base or vibe will start off as somewhat generic.

One of my top tips when it comes to thinking about what bathroom style to go with is to consider your home’s overall design. Is it masculine, feminine, luxurious, casual, calm, invigorating and so on. Once you have that figured out, you can marry up a bathroom design that matches.

So let’s explore the three main types of bathroom styles below and what characteristics make them unique.

Which Bathroom Design Styles are you into?

organic bathroom with textured basin and belly baskets

The Organic Bathroom

This style of bathroom is all about natural materials. Warm timbers and matte tiles play alongside concrete and other elements with a rougher, tactile finish.

The cabinetry in this look features an obvious wood grain and the bath tends to be more fluid in shape. For the most part, tapware would be silver, while other materials like stone and bamboo would be present too.

The vibe here is like an oasis…

…A place to retreat to after a long day. Styling in a space like this would embrace indoor plants and a lot of the decorative cues resemble a dayspa like in this bathroom.

You might even find weathered materials like an old rustic ladder in this style of bathroom, or a set of terracotta vases in a matte finish. A round wooden side table beside a freestanding bath would also feel right at home.

The shower screen in a bathroom like this is likely to be frosted.

dark bathroom with marble herringbone tiles

The Luxe Bathroom

This style of bathroom channels a high-end hotel. Everything about it screams luxury and it’s an invigorating design packed with wow-factor.

While the organic bathroom is quite light and airy, the Luxe bathroom is the complete opposite. Sure, there’s a sense of space and grandeur, but the look is far more graphic.

Black and dark brown tones dominate this space…

…While warm metallic accents are introduced to further evoke the sense of sophistication.

There’s a lot of shimmer and shine in this look. Tiles tend to have a gloss finish and the gold, bronze or copper tapware really stands out. Dramatic pendant lights would feature here, as would a double sink and waterfall shower head.

Vanities would most likely be raised off the ground and towel rails would be heated. If you love this sorta vibe, you’d love the High Street trend.

all white minimalist bathroom with marble

The Minimal Bathroom

The last bathroom style feels really simple, but there’s still a fair amount of interest created in the minimal bathroom through texture and shape. It’s a striking look that embraces a lot of crisp white tones, but not much else in the way of colour.

Herringbone, hexagonal or penny round tiles would all be at home in this look, as would cararra marble en masse.

All of these design elements would be kept white…

…With moments like marble vein or black grout creating some visual stimulation in the space. If any other tones were to be embraced, it’s likely to be muted greys, but this would be in very small doses.

Storage in this look is likely to be recessed into walls to create the illusion of more space in the room. Shower screens would be kept completely transparent or completely removed.

It’s a very less is more approach and feels incredibly clean.


Which Bathroom Are you Into?

Sure, there are literally thousands of different bathroom types. But these really are the main three bathroom design styles that tend to dominate.

Examine bathrooms moving forward and you’ll notice they channel one of the three vibes. An organic dayspa vibe, a luxe and high end feel, or an all-white affair that embrace texture. Some even cross over and marry up.

Now that you know which style you’re most drawn to you can begin honing in on the individual elements you need to make the room uniquely yours!

This post includes images and/or videos (two and four) of Metricon display homes and events, reproduced with permission. © Metricon Homes Pty Ltd 2016. Image 1 via Reece and others sourced via Pinterest.

Outside of writing the TLC Interiors blog, Chris is an interior stylist and author. You can also catch him on your TV screens as a designer on Channel 10's Changing Rooms. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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