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Untitled designed by Maria Palantino
UntitledDesigned by Maria Palantino
Guest Bathroom designed by Shima Hjalmeby
Guest BathroomDesigned by Shima Hjalmeby
Tribeca designed by Bethesda Contracting
TribecaDesigned by Bethesda Contracting
Guest Bath - East Wall 1 designed by Robin Baab Olascoaga
Guest Bath - East Wall 1Designed by Robin Baab Olascoaga
Mens Restroom designed by Kim King
Mens RestroomDesigned by Kim King
Downstairs Kitchen Vibes designed by Rxchel Abrahams
Downstairs Kitchen VibesDesigned by Rxchel Abrahams
Untitled designed by Alyssa Markley
UntitledDesigned by Alyssa Markley
dining room sconces designed by Liz Kirby
dining room sconcesDesigned by Liz Kirby
Paint Colors designed by Gloria Nolt
Paint ColorsDesigned by Gloria Nolt
Common Bathroom designed by Inayah McMillan
Common BathroomDesigned by Inayah McMillan
Primary Bathroom designed by Kaela Oden
Primary BathroomDesigned by Kaela Oden
Primary Bathroom designed by Yamel Arvelo Disla
Primary BathroomDesigned by Yamel Arvelo Disla
Guest Bathroom Mood Board 3 designed by Rachael Igoe
Guest Bathroom Mood Board 3Designed by Rachael Igoe
Bathroom designed by Heidi Sheridan
BathroomDesigned by Heidi Sheridan
Guest Bathroom Mood Board designed by Mary Kate Blum
Guest Bathroom Mood BoardDesigned by Mary Kate Blum
KIDS Bathroom designed by Mary Alice Gajo
KIDS BathroomDesigned by Mary Alice Gajo
Final Bathroom Mood Board designed by Inayah McMillan
Final Bathroom Mood BoardDesigned by Inayah McMillan
Primary Bathroom designed by Linda Kochajewska
Primary BathroomDesigned by Linda Kochajewska
Primary Bathroom designed by Yamel Arvelo Disla
Primary BathroomDesigned by Yamel Arvelo Disla
Bathroom (copy 5) designed by Katia Gailas
Bathroom (copy 5)Designed by Katia Gailas
Bedroom Mood Board (copy 20) designed by Sanem D'Angelo
Bedroom Mood Board (copy 20)Designed by Sanem D'Angelo
Bedroom Mood Board (copy 23) designed by Sanem D'Angelo
Bedroom Mood Board (copy 23)Designed by Sanem D'Angelo
Bedroom Mood Board (copy 26) designed by Sanem D'Angelo
Bedroom Mood Board (copy 26)Designed by Sanem D'Angelo
Bathroom Mood Board designed by Laurel Browning
Bathroom Mood BoardDesigned by Laurel Browning

Design tips for decorating a minimalist style bathroom

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

What’s the best way to design and decorate a minimalist 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 minimalist 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 minimalist 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 minimalist 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.
  • Minimalist 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 minimalist 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.

What materials and home decor should I use to achieve a minimalist bathroom design?

Minimalist interior design champions the"less is more" philosophy, prioritizing simplicity and clean lines (and absolutely no clutter! Minimalists make Marie Kondo proud.). This style emphasizes open spaces, minimal furnishings, where every piece of furniture and decor serves a specific purpose. Minimalism is not for the faint of heart. If you like to collect things, this style is maybe not for you.

When it comes to decorating a minimalist bathroom, practice restraint. Carefully select accents and decor that add a touch of personality without overwhelming the visual landscape to maintain the style's hallmark clarity and composure. Minimalist spaces typically feature a monochromatic color palette. Whites, grays, and other neutral tones are common colors used in minimalist design. Natural light is a key component of minimalist design, enhancing the sense of openness and tranquility.

Common minimalist decor elements include light, natural woods or sleek, modern metals. Oak is a popular choice for floors, walls, or furniture pieces. Prints and patterns are not very common in minimalist interiors. When they are incorporated, they tend to either feature crisp lines and geometric shapes or subtle organic movement.

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