Nature-Inspired Bathrooms

Dressing Room
Let the natural world into your bathroom with a nature-inspired bathroom makeover. Take a lesson from these baths, inspired by different parts of the natural world.

Exotic Safari

After moving from South Africa to Atlanta, these homeowners redesigned their bathroom to bring a bit of their former country into their new home. The look was achieved by sticking to a simple and natural palette of stone, wood, and metal. Their redesign resulted in an organic and natural-looking master bath that evokes the feeling of a luxurious five-star lodge at a South African game reserve.

Shower Space

Set between the private toilet compartment and the shower, a ladder functions as a towel rack and also complements the organic environment of this exotic master bath. The ladder is the perfect way to bring in a simple and functional accent piece. Large travertine tiles on the floor and wall create a unified design in this master bath.

Statement Tub

Placing the chiseled-marble tub in front of a bay window creates an instant focal point in this bathroom. In order to install the 1,200-pound tub, the windows were removed and a steel support beam was added. The bay window sets the tub in the perfect place for natural light and outside views. The zebra-pattern rug adds to the African design inspiration.

Basin Sink

The 10-foot trough sink in the master bath is made of engineered quartz and was designed to resemble the water basins found at safari camps. Above the vanity, a recessed medicine cabinet in a dark walnut finish falls in line with the streamlined look of the bathroom.

Sleek Fixtures

To add sleek style without detracting from the safari theme, single-lever brushed-nickel faucets are used in the master bath. Brushed-nickel finishes are easy to clean and resist smudges and water spots.

Tree-House Inspired Bath

Playing up organic tones that complement the natural world outside was the inspiration behind this master bath makeover. The open and sophisticated master bathroom boasts beautiful natural views of dark Douglas fir trees growing right outside the window. The exposed beams used in the bathroom create an organic connection to the trees. Large windows over the tub maximize the beautiful views and can swing open easily to let in fresh breezes.

Flooded in Light

Bringing natural light into the bathroom was one of the key design changes in making over this master bath. Opaque glass panels now run the length of the room. These panels let light from the south-facing front of the house into the back of the house. The glass also reflects the natural light that enters from the windows over the tub, making the room feel large and open. A custom cross-checked quartersawn-maple vanity cabinet provides ample storage.

Sleek Vanity

The bathroom makeover features an above-counter sink that rests upon creamy Thassos marble. The marble is tumbled, not polished, giving it a softer, more natural look that fits the theme of the master bath. Subtle quartz flecks in the Thassos marble capture the sunlight streaming through the windows, creating a shimmering effect.

Tub Deck

The 6-foot-long white tub in this master bathroom sits 10 inches above the floor on a deck made of recycled wood. The deck adds to the natural and woodsy feel of this treetop-inspired bathroom. The deck also provides a nonslip surface for getting in and out of the tub and is a convenient place to put towels and other bath essentials.

Accent Lighting

With natural light serving as a major focal point in this bathroom makeover, finding the right light fixtures to complement the natural light was key. Above the vanity, these simple pendant lights with ribbed-glass shades sparkle in the sunlight and illuminate the bathroom with a soft glow in the evening.

Beach Chic

East Coast meets West Coast in this waterfront bathroom makeover. Blending the classic Cape Cod style and casual California feel resulted in this bright, beautiful, classic, and comfortable bathroom. A soft color scheme mixed with bright white cabinetry and vintage fixtures adds to the classic feel. The bathroom was gutted and replaced with freestanding pieces to make the space look larger. The wooden vanity is painted white and topped with Carrara marble. Twin sinks, ample counter space, and storage underneath make the piece both stylish and functional.

Tub with a View

A deep soaking tub is located in an alcove at one end of the bathroom. Surrounded by natural light from a skylight and the two windows overlooking the beach, the tub is the focal point of the room. The alcove gives the tub its own space and helps create a relaxing atmosphere in this long, narrow bathroom.

Calming Colors

The vintage style of the fixtures used in this beach-inspired bathroom gives it a classic, old-fashioned feel. The deep soaking tub features polished-nickel fixtures. A band of shimmering jewel-tone mosaic tiles adds a playful spot of color. It also defines the white subway tile on the bottom portion of the bathroom walls from the sea-green paint on the upper walls.

Hotel Luxury

The light beach-inspired color scheme opens up this narrow bathroom. This makeover also includes some hotel-style luxuries, such as radiant heat in the floors, a private toilet compartment located next to the shower, and a heated towel rack that ensures quick-drying towels -- a must for humid beach locations.

Dressing Room

A dressing area attached to the bathroom continues the same clean and soothing ocean color scheme from the main part of the bathroom, but black-walnut flooring visibly separates the area. Keeping the color palette the same allows the room to function as a whole, but changing the flooring gives the dressing area its own space within the bathroom.

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