Brown Bathroom Ideas

Brown bathroom ideas and inspo.

Are you designing a brown bathroom and looking for inspiration? You’ve come to the right place. Spoak has all the interior design inspiration to get those creative juices flowing. Browse room designs, inspiration images and decor ideas or take our free room design tool for a spin below!

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Madison Primary Bathroom designed by Ella Rausch
Madison Primary BathroomDesigned by Ella Rausch
sproos! Design Challenge designed by Lisa Chaves
sproos! Design ChallengeDesigned by Lisa Chaves
Secondary-Bath-02_Story-Board_Option-02 designed by Alena Blasio
Secondary-Bath-02_Story-Board_Option-02Designed by Alena Blasio
Primary Bathroom designed by Grace Worden
Primary BathroomDesigned by Grace Worden
Primary Bathroom Finishes designed by Lacey Saggio
Primary Bathroom FinishesDesigned by Lacey Saggio
Bathroom designed by Autumn Janesky
BathroomDesigned by Autumn Janesky
Untitled designed by Jennifer Malinas
UntitledDesigned by Jennifer Malinas
McGee & Co. Challenge designed by Nichole Hill
McGee & Co. ChallengeDesigned by Nichole Hill
Bathroom (copy 2) designed by Ashley Colunga
Bathroom (copy 2)Designed by Ashley Colunga
Terrazzo Project designed by Ashley Revivo
Terrazzo ProjectDesigned by Ashley Revivo
Powder bath designed by Kaitlin Westhoff
Powder bathDesigned by Kaitlin Westhoff
Primary Bath Option 3 designed by Lauren Demeter
Primary Bath Option 3Designed by Lauren Demeter
Naturalist bathroom designed by Carly Johnston
Naturalist bathroomDesigned by Carly Johnston
Bathroom Mood Board 2 designed by Autumn Janesky
Bathroom Mood Board 2Designed by Autumn Janesky
Powder room designed by Jillian Fiebelkorn
Powder roomDesigned by Jillian Fiebelkorn
Playful Vibe designed by Rosa Rodas
Playful VibeDesigned by Rosa Rodas
HALF BATH designed by Upstate Down
HALF BATHDesigned by Upstate Down
SD boys bathroom designed by Ashley McCain
SD boys bathroomDesigned by Ashley McCain
Irongate House Mood Board designed by Frances Pearce
Irongate House Mood BoardDesigned by Frances Pearce
Mood Board designed by Dawn McIntyre
Mood BoardDesigned by Dawn McIntyre
Primary Batb designed by Lacey Saggio
Primary BatbDesigned by Lacey Saggio
Master Bathroom designed by Jenna Quinones
Master BathroomDesigned by Jenna Quinones
Tub Area designed by Brigid Duncan
Tub AreaDesigned by Brigid Duncan
Concept designed by Dawn McIntyre
ConceptDesigned by Dawn McIntyre

Design tips for decorating a brown style bathroom

Here’s how to achieve the brown aesthetic room of your dreams.

What’s the best way to design and decorate a brown bathroom?

On one hand, bathrooms are undeniably practical spaces. They serve a very specific purpose and are often the smallest rooms in any home. On the other hand, bathrooms also double as havens for cleansing and self-care, an intimate escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Small room, big personality.

Designing a bathroom that's both functional and stylish involves combining practicality with aesthetic appeal. Whether you're in the process of a bathroom remodel or looking to makeover your existing one, these are the key elements to include in your design**:

  • Tile: Tile is typically the first choice you’ll want to make when designing a bathroom. You may opt to tile the entire bathroom or just the floors in a powder room or backsplash for the shower or bathtub area. Select tiles that are durable, non-slip, and easy to clean. Tiles range in all different shapes, sizes, materials, and layouts. From penny rounds to large format floor tiles, zellige to subway tile, or checkerboard to herringbone, your choice of tile will set the tone for the whole bathroom. And don’t forget the grout! Your choice of grout color can completely change the way your tile looks in the space.
  • Paint or Wallpaper: If you don’t choose to tile your walls, you’ll want to select a paint or wallpaper that can withstand moisture and humidity. Vinyl wallpaper is best for this application. We are partial to covering walls, ceilings, and trim in a uniform paint color to create a cohesive look. Or consider an accent wall to serve as a focal point.
  • Bathroom Vanity: The bathroom vanity should balance the style with functionality, offering adequate storage and countertop space. The vanity provides place to wash hands or brush teeth, and storage for toiletries and personal care items. It’s common for modern bathrooms to include a vanity with a double sink. Sink options include under-mount, vessel, and pedestal sinks and range in materials from porcelain, stone, or glass.
  • Mirror or Medicine Cabinet: Choose a mirror or medicine cabinet that complements the vanity in size and style. Consider a framed mirror that matches the bathroom’s design style, or a frameless mirror for a sleek, more modern look.
  • Toilet & Sink: The modern standard for toilets and sinks is white porcelain. But if you really want to make a statement, consider going with a color! Colored fixtures are having a comeback moment or you can source a vintage option.
  • Shower or Bathtub (for full baths): Depending on the size and layout of the bathroom, you may opt for a shower or bathtub (or a bathtub with shower combination). A shower will consist of a showerhead, faucet controls, and a shower enclosure (shower curtain or glass door), while a bathtub provides a space for soaking and relaxation. If you have the space, you may opt for a separate shower and a freestanding clawfoot tub.
  • Lighting: Combine task, ambient, and accent lighting for a layered lighting scheme. Consider the placement of lighting fixtures to eliminate shadows and evenly light the space. Dimmer switches can adjust the mood. Sconces are popular options for vanity areas.
  • Faucets: Faucets are an opportunity to add a decorative touch. Select finishes that match other metal elements in the bathroom, such as cabinet hardware or lighting fixtures. Consider water-saving models for environmental sustainability.
  • ** Bathroom Decor**: From bath mats and shower curtains to soap dishes, toothbrush and toilet paper holders, bath accessories should be both functional and decorative. Coordinate the color and pattern with the overall color scheme and style to bring your design vision to life.

If you are looking for more inspiration or need an extra hand with your bathroom design, check out our step-by-step guide on How To Design a Bathroom.

How do you decorate with brown?

More popular with traditional and mid-century design styles, brown is making a modern comeback. Chocolate.

Lighter browns can create a backdrop of subtle warmth, perfect for spaces meant to feel open and airy. Darker browns add depth and solidity, ideal for creating focal points or a sense of grounding in larger spaces.

Brown can serve as a neutral foundation in your color palette, allowing other colors to pop and stand out. Consider using brown as a base color for larger furniture pieces like sofas or rugs. The beauty of brown often lies in its texture. Incorporate brown through natural materials such as wood, leather, or even brick walls to add depth and tactile interest to your space. A richly grained wooden table or a supple leather armchair can bring warmth and character.

Brown pairs well with a variety of colors. For a sophisticated, modern look, pair dark browns with jewel tones like sapphire blue or emerald green. To prevent your space from feeling too heavy or monochromatic, balance brown with lighter neutrals such as cream, beige, or soft gray. These colors can help lift the visual weight of brown and create a harmonious, balanced look.

To embrace the natural moodiness of brown, incorporate other earth tones like taupe, terracotta, caramel, or burnt orange. These warm and rich hues can create a sense of depth and sophistication in your space. Consider using these shades in upholstery, curtains, or even wall paint to add warmth and character to your bathroom.

Brown pairs beautifully with warm colors like orange, red, or gold. Consider incorporating these warm hues through accent pillows, throws, or artwork to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere. The combination of brown with warm colors can evoke a sense of comfort and relaxation.

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