Eclectic Bathroom Design

Mixing design styles (contemporary with traditional or cottage with Craftsman) creates a one-of-a-kind look. Take some ideas from these creative bathroom designs to incorporate in your own remodel.

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  • Ceiling-Mount Showerhead

    This circular shower with a ceiling-mount showerhead is a great solution for a small upper-floor bathroom. Before you start, however, have your contractor or plumber check the space above the room to make sure it can accommodate the necessary pipes. Attics often aren't insulated, which could cause problems with freezing.

  • Walnut Cabinets

    In this vanity area, dark woodwork suggests an updated old-world influence. English-made walnut mirrors with hammered metal accents continue the theme. Tumbled marble tiles on the countertops, backsplash, and shower wall provide a contemporary counterpoint.

  • Glass Shower Enclosure

    Large windows, multiple mirrors, and a glass shower enclosure ensure visual continuity and make this master bath seem as large as possible. Rich wood cabinets contrast beautifully with white tile, marble, and glass. Note the shower column, a good way to include a multihead shower system without paying for custom plumbing.

  • Vintage Bathroom Design

    All the charm of an older home and all the benefits of a new one fill the space in this master bath. Marble flooring, subdued colors, and a place to relax create an elegant modern feel. The freestanding tub with a tub filler that comes up through the floor recalls the early days of plumbing.

  • Furniture-Style Vanity

    The vanity in this master bath resembles a Victorian washstand, with its wood base, turned legs, open storage, white marble countertop, and nickel drawer pulls. Coffee-color wood, a white backsplash, pale walls, and soft gray limestone flooring match the high-contrast look found in the rest of the house.

  • Modern Round Tub

    Mosaic tile, expanses of glass, and a neutral color scheme direct attention to the curvaceous geometry in this tub room. The white tub is wrapped in soothing shades of beige and sand mosaic tile and tucked into a curved, windowed bay. Limestone flooring forms a traditional base for contemporary forms.

  • Creative Bath Lighting

    Here's a clever trick for a small bathroom: A false wall of glass panels was built 6 inches in from the room's exterior wall to diffuse light from windows. You get the full benefit of the windows without sacrificing room for large mirrors and placement of the sinks.

  • Corner Shower

    Rich stone tile on this floor and shower surround reveals a classic influence, while the ultramodern toilet, curved vanity, and counter are more contemporary.

  • Concrete Countertops

    Efficiency is the key to the success of this bathroom. From the custom concrete countertops to the freestanding bathtub, this space proves the benefit of careful planning: making the most of the space you have. Concrete is a great choice for a custom counter. Make sure your contractor finds an experienced fabricator, as working with concrete can be a challenge.

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    Contrasting Colors

    The design of this handsome bathroom was inspired by the home's half-beam Tudor construction. The dark finish on the woodwork and creamy white marble counters mirror the wood beam and stucco exterior. Note how mirrors were placed across the end wall and on both sides of the built-in vanity to create an infinite reflection of light from the lone window.

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    Bathroom Seating Area

    Classic elements combine with modern accents for the perfect balance of character and comfort in this restful retreat. Bathroom furniture feels oh-so-traditional, while serene hues of white, watery green, and blue blend for a contemporary feel. A modern take on a classic claw-foot tub extends the stylish mix.

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    Bathroom Dormer

    Mixing styles is the hallmark of an eclectic look, as illustrated by the color scheme and materials in this master bath. The white-on-black treatment pairs black cabinetry with carrara marble, a white stone full of black veining. The look is contemporary and classic at the same time.

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    Corner Shower

    Here's an interesting twist on an upper-floor shower. An entry tucked under the slope of the roof gives way to a full-height shower stall in this children's bathroom. Glass panels are more budget-conscious than full-length glass walls.

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    Small Bath Shower

    Even a small space can be fitted with a commodious walk-in shower. This built-in angled bench and tiled niche handle a lot of the necessities without taking up much space, and a clear glass door and a half-wall keep the space from feeling closed-in. Note the use of pebbles for the floor of the shower.

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    Stone Tub

    Scagliola stone, a handmade blend of crushed marble, limestone, and travertine, was developed by Italian monks in the 17th century and later duplicated by Italian and French crafters. This freestanding tub is made of the material. Its earthy texture and color are a striking contrast to the typical tub, yet the surface is surprisingly smooth to the touch.

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    Bright and White Bath

    Crisp white cabinets with glass knobs create traditional charm in the master bath of this 1939 home. Casement windows open to a private deck. A large mirror and a glass-front cabinet help open up the small space.

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    Rustic Shower

    Carved logs do double duty as shower caddies for bath necessities and as a privacy screen for the open shower area. Natural stone tiles and exposed ceiling beams enhance the rustic feel. A black showerhead matches the black knob, temperature adjuster, and drain.

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    Bathroom Vanity Island

    A soothing blend of colors and styles makes this master bath an island of serenity. A cove ceiling above the tub literally heightens the sense of escape. The dark-stained, yellow pine flooring and painted wainscoting seem rustic against the marble tile on the freestanding vanity and the tub deck.

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    Beaded-Board Bathrooms

    Beaded board is the perfect cottage-style accent for baths; it's inexpensive, durable, and easy to install, plus it adds instant charm to any space. Steal one -- or more -- of these ideas to incorporate into your own bath.
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