5 Ideas of Bathroom Decorating Themes for Creating Your Perfect Bathroom
In this article I will be taking a look at five bathrooms, all with their own unique design themes. Although you can make use of any theme you like in your bathroom, if your bathroom is to be used by your family and the occasional guest, subtle themes can speak a thousand words.
Ebony, Ivory and Twigs
The theme used in this bathroom aims to create an earthy, natural and warm atmosphere. The use of ivory colored slate-type tiles on the wall behind the sink enhances the earthy effect, as they look like natural-stone tiles.
Ivory is a neutral color. The hint of red in both the pictures on the wall and the red towels and face cloths in the baskets beneath the sink tend to ‘tip the scales’ when it comes to this bathroom’s color scheme. By using red, a warm atmosphere is suggested. Had the images in the pictures and the towels been blue, the theme would generate an entirely different feel.
Ebony and ivory, like black and white, always compliment one another, regardless of how they are used together. The use of the ebony colored vase, bowl, table under the sink, floor mat, shower curtain, and picture frames, together create contrast within their ivory environment; contrast being a commonly used design technique.
This theme is modern; however, the use of natural looking accessories and decorations leaves this theme unfixed and open to the eye of the beholder, being neither contemporary nor traditional.
The twigs in the vase are the cherry on top for this design, and without them the natural and down-to-earth atmosphere would be lost. My only suggestion here would be that instead of using a polished chrome finish on the hardware; an oil-rubbed bronze or even a satin-nickel finish could have enhanced this design dramatically.
All in all, a subtle and natural design that won’t cost a fortune.
The Subtle Victorian Theme
While a bathroom like this may look like it cost a pretty penny to put together, most of the features seen here can be purchased from your local home store, a flea market, or a white elephant shop. The window, the bathtub and the pillars are the only features that would need to be installed by a builder or contractor.
However, had this bathroom featured a claw-foot or freestanding tub, a standard square window, and no pillars, the theme would still have worked well.
Starting with the sinks; these are standard bathroom sinks with widespread faucets that can be purchased from most home stores. The legs on which they rest are legs from an old antique table. As you can see they each make use of two legs, and a table is made of four legs, which means one table = two sinks!
The color scheme in this bathroom is perfect as once again white and black, ebony and ivory, work together.
The large cabinet is simple in its style and lacks any hand-crafted detailing, yet the fact that it is oak promotes the Victorian theme. It provides more than sufficient storage space here.
The floor tiles are marble, which is the most common choice for Victorian themed bathrooms. The chrome hardware looks stylish here; however, once again I would have suggested the use of satin-nickel or oil-rubbed bronze finished hardware instead. The mirror on the right hand side would also then have to be coated in the same finish.
The ebony corner cupboards provide extra storage space, and the rounded grey vases with flowers add the elegant touch.
Finally, this bathroom’s best aspect is its spaciousness. Although one may say that vanities could have been used instead; leaving space open beneath the sinks proves to be very effective for the overall design.
All in all, this design lacks nothing, and says so much with so very little.
A Natural Bathroom with an Exquisite Mosaic
I cannot imagine anyone not feeling relaxed, at peace, and comfortable in a bathroom like this. Although the picture does not display the entire room, the theme used here is easy to comprehend.
Using light colors in a bathroom automatically generates the feeling of peace. Granted, creating a mosaic like this may take some time, but the design will never be outdated. In years to come it will be as effective as it is today, so the investment of time is worth it.
The use of light wood for the mirror and cabinets, probably pine, contrasts ever so subtly with the blue in the frame of the mosaic, proving once again that using opposite colors together can be attractive.
Although the style here seems to be contemporary, it’s the traditional elements that create the overall design effect.
Finally, we see satin-nickel in its glory. Note the very slight brown tinge to this finish; subtle, earthy, and less profound than chrome is.
The simple use of an oval off-white vase with twigs (once again expressing the element of earth), with just a touch of color from the yellow feather, works beautifully.
The lights positioned above the mirror are highly effective. As you can see from the reflection in the mirror, the mosaic continues throughout the bathroom, ending before it meets up with any corners of the room. This technique makes this mosaic appear as if it is a picture on its own. It is not a ‘clever tile design’; it is in fact a very specific focal feature that makes this bathroom one of a kind.
How to create your own mosaic on your bathroom wall is discussed in detail in one of my other books, How To Tile A Bathroom.
All in all, the use of light colors here, and the simplistic, somewhat contemporary features in conjunction with a traditional theme, work well together.
The Asian Contemporary Theme
For those who enjoy the bolder aspects of design, this theme is perfect. Grey, black, white, and red complement each other well, and the patterns along the wall tiles emphasize the Asian theme.
Starting with the wooden floor mat; these can be effective in a bathroom, especially if one steps out of the bath or shower dripping with water. They serve a non-slip purpose; however, one must never neglect the disadvantages of these mats. As the water drips through the wooden slats onto the floor, if the mat is not lifted regularly and the floor beneath it isn’t cleaned, this could become a haven for mold and grime. Here I would rather have chosen to use a simple black thick cotton mat.
The decorative features used here; being the white vases (with twigs once again), and the clever use of patterned tiles, are very effective. The functional features that serve decorative purposes would be the shelving on the left hand side, the mirror and the wall-mounted vanity. These match one another and are all contemporary in style, working together well to express modernism in this design.
The mirror used is also highly functional. The built-in lighting allows for the entire mirror to be illuminated, without having to install lighting fixtures above it or on either sides. The cabinet provides sufficient storage space, reducing clutter.
The single-hole faucet is simplistic in its design, once again a common aspect of the contemporary style.
All in all, a lovely design for those who enjoy bold colors and the Asian influence.
The Biggie Best Bathroom
While some individuals may cringe at the Biggie Best style, there are traditional homeowners that embrace it. Here the use of pinks, mauves, and royal reds work well in accordance to this style.
It’s not so much the colors that express this design; blues, yellows, or greens could have the same effect. Here, it’s the patterns of the wallpaper and on the curtains that mark this design as Biggie Best.
Biggie Best was extremely popular in the 1800s when woman wore long ‘hooped’ dresses. Lace was seen everywhere and floral patterns were the best way to express the beauty of feminism. While most men may have had to sit back in their armchairs with arms crossed, in a ‘huff’ as their wives dictated that this style was the style to be used for their bathroom’s decor, it was (and still is) the woman of the house that spends the most time in the bathroom. Husbands obviously ‘put their foot down’ when their wives suggested this style for the tool shed!
The small tiles used for the countertop are subtle and sweet, exhibiting the intricacy of the Biggie Best style.
Here, the fern suggests a natural element, and the brass trinket box is used for a facecloth and creams or liquid soap. The sink and faucets work wonderfully together, completing this style. The traditional somewhat antique mirror is also a beautiful decoration that serves its function well.
As you can see in the refection on the mirror, pictures have been placed on the walls, which serve a decorative purpose, but without them this bathroom decor design may have lacked that little something.
In this bathroom, aesthetics is everything. However, all of the functional fixtures and accessories serve a decorative purpose.
Remember, when it comes to Biggie Best, the sayings; “less is more” and “too much of a good thing” clearly don’t apply.
All in all, a beautiful bathroom with a very specific decor design.
These are just a few examples of different decor design themes, or ideas that should spark your inner creativity.
Article From : Smith, Amanda (2012-06-12). Bathroom Decorating Ideas for the Perfect Bathroom Design.
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