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SD boys bathroom designed by Ashley McCain
SD boys bathroomDesigned by Ashley McCain
blue + white + brass bathroom designed by Katie Bourg
blue + white + brass bathroomDesigned by Katie Bourg
Bathroom designed by Erin Arnold
BathroomDesigned by Erin Arnold
Laura’s bathroom designed by Shellie Kemp
Laura’s bathroomDesigned by Shellie Kemp
Hallway - Bathroom designed by Kacey Dillier
Hallway - BathroomDesigned by Kacey Dillier
Powder Room Selections designed by Abby Baker
Powder Room SelectionsDesigned by Abby Baker
pensacola designed by Jaime Dorsey
pensacolaDesigned by Jaime Dorsey
Small Format Tile Ideas designed by Heather Hamel
Small Format Tile IdeasDesigned by Heather Hamel
Untitled designed by Olivia Eberhardt
UntitledDesigned by Olivia Eberhardt
945 T v.1 designed by Kalliopi Vlastos
945 T v.1Designed by Kalliopi Vlastos
Bathroom Option 2 designed by Elevated by Elise LLC
Bathroom Option 2Designed by Elevated by Elise LLC
Master Bath designed by Lindsey Gladura
Master BathDesigned by Lindsey Gladura
Untitled designed by Brooke Carsten
UntitledDesigned by Brooke Carsten
"Neutral Vintage" Bathroom designed by Paige Benoit Hayes
"Neutral Vintage" BathroomDesigned by Paige Benoit Hayes
Bathroom Mood Board designed by Randi Daly
Bathroom Mood BoardDesigned by Randi Daly
Powder Room Options designed by Jill Felice
Powder Room OptionsDesigned by Jill Felice
Primary bath Nickel designed by Emily Bartha
Primary bath NickelDesigned by Emily Bartha
Untitled designed by Sophia Everhart
UntitledDesigned by Sophia Everhart
Powder Room Vibe- William Morris Green/Black designed by Kristin Conroy
Powder Room Vibe- William Morris Green/BlackDesigned by Kristin Conroy
Powder Bath designed by Dani Flax
Powder BathDesigned by Dani Flax
Update 1 designed by Y Choi
Update 1Designed by Y Choi
Basement Nook + Baths designed by Showplace Design
Basement Nook + BathsDesigned by Showplace Design
Untitled designed by Brooklyn Martin
UntitledDesigned by Brooklyn Martin
Girls bathroom mood board 2 designed by Sheri Johnson
Girls bathroom mood board 2Designed by Sheri Johnson

Design tips for decorating a scandinavian style bathroom

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

What’s the best way to design and decorate a scandinavian 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 scandinavian 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 scandinavian 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 scandinavian 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.
  • Scandinavian 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 scandinavian 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 scandinavian bathroom design?

Scandinavian interior design is known for its simplicity, functionality, and connection to nature. Scandinavia most commonly refers to Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Renowned for its minimalist aesthetic and clean lines, it is deeply rooted in the Nordic principle of creating light-filled, airy environments that evoke a sense of calm and comfort.

To achieve a Scandinavian bathroom, start by cultivating an atmosphere that feels open and bright. Opt for a soft, neutral color palette that includes shades of white, beige, and gray to serve as a tranquil backdrop for your space. White walls not only amplify the natural light but also create a canvas for adding depth and interest through texture and subtle contrasts. Incorporate natural materials like light wood, leather, and wool to create a cozy and comfortable environment. Scandi furniture is elegantly simple and designed with both form and function in mind (and yes, Ikea has brought this Swedish design principal to the masses).

Decor in a Scandinavian home should be understated. You may be familiar with the concept of Hygge, a Danish word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality (it’s commonly used to refer to Scandinavian design). This can be introduced through soft lighting, plush textiles, greenery, and personal touches that make your space feel inviting and lived-in. Floor lamps are characteristic of Scandinavian spaces. The Scandinavian style creates a serene and clutter-free space that's both modern and homely, reflecting the Nordic lifestyle's focus on simplicity and wellbeing.

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