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There are thousands of possibilities for your bathroom design. If you’ve ever browsed Houzz or Pinterest’s bathroom sections, you’ve probably noticed their sizable collections of creative bathroom ideas. The good news? These nearly limitless options allow you to personalize your bathroom to your heart’s content. But what if you can’t decide on just one design? How can you narrow down your choices?
Selecting an interior design style will help you simplify your options. Here are the five most popular bathroom design styles:
Characteristics: Classic, serene, curved details, elegant, neutral walls, hardwood floors
The traditional bathroom’s popularity lies in its timelessness and tranquil sophistication. Walls may be solid and neutral-colored, or they may incorporate classic European patterns such as floral designs and paisleys. Floors are typically hardwood and may be covered with neutral- or rich-colored rugs. Fixtures are intricately detailed and curved. White bathtubs and sink complement the walls. Marble flooring is also typical with this bathroom style. There may be some darker accessories, such as an oil-rubbed bronze chandelier.
Characteristics: Organic, unique, sleek lines, sustainability, natural materials such as stone and wood
Not to be confused with modern design, contemporary design contrasts the texture of organic design with the simplicity of open space. Stone, wood, and marble are commonly found in a contemporary bathroom. This design style favors sustainable features, such as water-conserving faucets and large windows (to let in natural light). Neutral walls offset minimalist-yet-bold accents. Black, white, and metallic surfaces may be seen on bathroom furniture and fixtures.
Characteristics: Tranquility, neutral colors, elegant minimalism, comfortable textures, clean lines combined with curves
Transitional style unites traditional and contemporary interior design styles. Contemporary traits, such as simple lines and minimal adornments, are blended in with traditional elegance and feminine curves. Neutral colors may be contrasted with a pop of black, gray, dark brown, or even color. Textured, natural materials are mixed and matched with graceful, rounded elements. This style is clean, not fussy—you won’t find overly intricate patterns or trims in a transitional bathroom.
Characteristics: Simple, clean, minimalist, open space, wood and leather, neutral colors with primary colors for bold accents, light and airy, straight lines
Modern design is also referred to as “Mid-Century Modern Design.” Wall-mounted fixtures are popular for this type of style, as they help maintain the “airy” modern look. Walls may be black, gray, white, beige, or otherwise neutral. Floors are bare and uncluttered, with the occasional neutral-colored rug. Bold accents, such as matching red fixtures, pop out against simple-colored walls. A modern bathroom may have wooden beams and skylights in the ceiling, bringing natural elements indoors.
Characteristics: Collaborative of various design styles or eras, harmonious, unique, unified
One of the toughest interior design styles to coordinate, an eclectic design is a carefully orchestrated assortment of different styles. The styles you wish to mix-and-match are up to you; there is no hard or fast rule for eclectic design. Typically, the room is unified through color, texture, or other design elements. For example, a black-and-white theme may be prevalent throughout the room. Pay careful attention to every detail that goes into an eclectic design to prevent a cluttered look.
Still not sure which interior design style would best suit your bathroom? Taking a quiz to determine your style preferences is the first step in the selection process. HGTV has a great Style Finder Quiz below:
If you’re having a lot of trouble deciding upon a design style, you may want to consult with an interior designer regarding your bathroom plans. An interior designer has the certifications and experience necessary to create a well-planned space. She or he can help you discover which bathroom style is right for your home. Interior designers also advise with bathroom fixtures, furniture, wall colors, flooring, rugs, and accessories.
Want to see more bathroom style options? Check out Windermere’s Interior Design Styles page for a list of 19 interior design styles!
Get inspired in a Crawford Supply Group showroom, located in Illinois, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. We carry a variety of bathroom products in various interior design styles. You can also set up a free Showroom Consultation with one of our knowledgeable team members.