Tuesday, May 21, 2024

How to Use Contrast in Bathroom Interior Design

Contrast is one of the easiest and most impactful ways to add visual interest and make a statement in any space, whether that means designing a powder room or large primary bath. Designers are using textures, vibrant accessories on open shelves and natural elements from outside as a source of inspiration in their designs.

Julia Alexander Interiors designed this transitional bathroom that blends country charm with country chic features such as wood beams and painted shiplap cladding while still showing off its lush natural environment.

Rustic Wood

Rustic wood can create an inviting and relaxing bathroom atmosphere, while natural rough stone and wood combine beautifully with other decor styles, like modern tile. Rustic wood provides warmth while creating a distinct aesthetic in any bathroom space.

Consider using reclaimed or recycled pieces of wood as vanity countertops, wall paneling, bathtub steps or accent stools in your bathroom, adding texture and history while emphasizing rustic style. This will bring texture into your space while emphasizing rustic charm.

If your bathroom opens into another bedroom, try connecting both spaces by creating an integrated look using similar flooring or ceiling treatments. This creates a seamless appearance between rooms that help make them seem closer. Here, natural wood ties together this large master bathroom’s various elements: its white sink paired with wooden stand and bronze sconces are just two examples.

Double Sinks

Bathrooms may not be the first space guests notice when entering a home, but it remains one of the most crucial spaces to setting a relaxing and inspiring mood. Furthermore, functionality is of primary concern and beauty can make all the difference here.

Installing two sinks is one way to increase functionality while creating an elegant look. Here, a custom console built around the plumbing allows the two sinks to function as vanity while offering plenty of storage. Simple iron hooks on the wall hold extra towels.

Even the simplest bathroom can become sophisticated with attractive storage pieces from D Burns Interiors like this console in the bathtub. Not only is it functional for keeping items organized, but its custom piece also serves as an attractive place to lean decor or plants and keep things feeling fresh and organized in your space.

Floating Sink Basin

Create a contemporary bathroom design using wall-hung basins with sleek finishes for a space-saving approach that does not sacrifice style or function. There are numerous wall-hung washbasin options online ranging from ceramic basins that exude luxury to natural stone basins with luxe features that you can find.

Add decorative elements to make the space feel extra special. Interior designer Breegan Jane added decorative circles (sconces, seating and tub) in her bathroom to give it a luxe hotel-esque aesthetic.

If your bathroom covers an expansive space, try zoning different areas to optimize functionality. Toledo Geller used large shower stalls, separate tub and toilet rooms and a powder room with textured walls to create distinct zones which feel like their own spaces.

Natural Elements

As bathrooms evolve into places for wellness, natural elements can help create a more relaxing and soothing space. This could include adding natural textures such as woven baskets or rugs, wooden accents or stone walls into the space.

Natural colour palettes are also very fashionable. Muted earthy tones like clay tones and soft greens pair nicely with woods, stone, and marble surfaces.

Fluted patterns have made an appearance everywhere from glassware and kitchen cabinetry, to wood vanities in bathrooms. Their subtle but eye-catching grooves add subtle yet eye-catching texture. Sometimes less is more: even small touches of nature can send powerful design messages; for example, adding stones as stripes adds unique character and helps tie everything together seamlessly.


Mirrors play an essential part in bathroom interior design, from making small bathrooms seem bigger to reflecting light to adding drama in larger ones. Beveled and frosting glass mirrors add visual interest while other decorative elements provide additional visual interest. When searching for the ideal bathroom interior design elements to choose framed mirrors with decorative elements to complete your vision.

Choose a frame that complements the molding, vanity or door in which your mirror will hang for an aesthetically pleasing result. Color coordination between frames is also key when selecting mirrors as art pieces.

Mirrored medicine cabinets can help keep toiletries organized and easily accessible, while their reflective surface reflects natural and overhead light to make a small space seem larger and brighter. Furthermore, this design works particularly well in bathrooms without windows by spreading existing natural light around the room for additional illumination.

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