Shabby Chic Bathroom Ideas

Shabby chic bathroom ideas and inspo.

Are you designing a shabby chic 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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Weezie Design Challenge designed by The Casual Digest
Weezie Design ChallengeDesigned by The Casual Digest
Untitled designed by Lyrica Tyree
UntitledDesigned by Lyrica Tyree
New York Inspired Pink and Black Bathroom designed by Presleigh K
New York Inspired Pink and Black BathroomDesigned by Presleigh K
Powder Room 1 designed by Jessica Brugger
Powder Room 1Designed by Jessica Brugger
Pink-Hued Bathroom (moody) designed by Bridget Nelson
Pink-Hued Bathroom (moody)Designed by Bridget Nelson
Primary Bathroom Mood Board designed by Liz Wibbelsman
Primary Bathroom Mood BoardDesigned by Liz Wibbelsman
Weezie Design Challenge designed by Harpeth Home Interiors
Weezie Design ChallengeDesigned by Harpeth Home Interiors
Mom's Bathroom Vanity Side designed by Christopher Speed
Mom's Bathroom Vanity SideDesigned by Christopher Speed
Brighton's Bathroom designed by Avery Foret
Brighton's BathroomDesigned by Avery Foret
Powder Room 3 designed by Robin Gahan
Powder Room 3Designed by Robin Gahan
Weezie Design Challenge designed by Lindsey LaPrime
Weezie Design ChallengeDesigned by Lindsey LaPrime
Guest Powder Room (copy) designed by Jasmine Owens
Guest Powder Room (copy)Designed by Jasmine Owens
Tradional designed by Ashley Vipond
TradionalDesigned by Ashley Vipond
Bathroom Vibes designed by Kerry Drapcho
Bathroom VibesDesigned by Kerry Drapcho
Storage Bathroom designed by Alex Marie
Storage BathroomDesigned by Alex Marie
QICK BRIDAL EDIT designed by Jasmine Fitzgerald
QICK BRIDAL EDITDesigned by Jasmine Fitzgerald
Beach Vibes Girls Bathroom  designed by Lindsay Gorske
Beach Vibes Girls Bathroom Designed by Lindsay Gorske
Lighting designed by Francesca Pasquali
LightingDesigned by Francesca Pasquali
Bathroom 3D designed by Janae Sullivan
Bathroom 3DDesigned by Janae Sullivan
Downstairs Tub Bathroom designed by Serena Finnerty
Downstairs Tub BathroomDesigned by Serena Finnerty
Weezie Design Challenge designed by Melissa Scaramuzzo
Weezie Design ChallengeDesigned by Melissa Scaramuzzo
Richa Bathroom designed by Jenna Quinones
Richa BathroomDesigned by Jenna Quinones
Bathroom Mood Board (orange and blue) designed by Raven Dorsey
Bathroom Mood Board (orange and blue)Designed by Raven Dorsey
Hayes Bathroom / Chamberlain  designed by Christina Butora
Hayes Bathroom / Chamberlain Designed by Christina Butora

Design tips for decorating a shabby chic style bathroom

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

What’s the best way to design and decorate a shabby chic 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 shabby chic 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 shabby chic 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 shabby chic 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.
  • Shabby chic 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 shabby chic 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 shabby chic bathroom design?

Shabby chic interior design style combines the old and the new to create a romantic and feminine atmosphere. The style embraces imperfections, with weathered finishes and repurposed items adding character and charm. Floral motifs, delicate lace, and gentle ruffles are hallmark features of a shabby chic aesthetic (lookup LoveShackFancy for inspo).

To infuse your bathroom with a shabby chic aesthetic, choose a soft color palette of whites and creams, or pastel colors like lilac or baby pink. Central to achieving the shabby chic look is the use of distressed furniture that tells a story of time, complemented by an array of vintage textiles and patterns that add depth and character. Think: toile wallpaper, floral drapery, and ruffled upholstery. Then layer in vintage or antique heirloom decorative pieces to complete the look.

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