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50 Stylish Bathroom Design Ideas for the Fastest and Freshest Makeover

We're never buying a boring bath mat again.

white bathroom with freestanding tub
Lisa Romerein

We spent a lot of time in the bathroom, so give your space the design upgrade it deserves with some easy decor fixes. Fresh houseplants, bold rugs, and smart storage swaps will refresh a powder room in minutes, or invest in a total remodel for even bigger impact. Add more zen to your evenings with a freestanding bathtub or make the morning routine that much easier by adding his-and-hers sinks. Laying down colorful tile, adding wallpaper, or replacing hardware can create the big visual change you're looking for.

When you're designing your bathroom, consider how to make the space function for you — whether you prefer to hide clutter in storage baskets or showcase favorite products and neatly folded linens on open shelves. Bright white walls will always look fresh and clean, but don't overlook adding vibrant tile, towels, or carpets for pops of color. They'll warm up the room and turn it into a cozier retreat. Even painting the trim a saturated hue can create a more inviting vibe. Looking for additional bathroom design inspiration? Check out these organizing, shelving, and paint color ideas for updating your space. Whether you're working with a teeny-tiny powder room or revamping the entire master bath, these decorating tips will make the most of your bathroom.

bathroom with fiddle leaf fig tree
Amy Neunsinger
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Touch of Greenery

A lush plant, a colorful rug, and unexpected window treatments make the bathroom feel as decorative as the rest of the house. Try a small potted orchid or asparagus fern in a corner (either will thrive in humidity) or reach new heights with a fiddle leaf fig.


modern bathroom with ladder towel rack
Designed By Becki Owens
2 of 50
Bathtub Shelf

A simple shelf across the tub provides a perch for fresh flowers and a scented candle — plus a glass of wine when it come time to unwind.


bathroom with armoir
Lincoln Barbour
3 of 50
Repurposed Hutch

While you'd typically find a china cabinet in the dining room, this one gets a new life in the bathroom as a storage hub for towels and supplies.


bathroom with red curtain
Roger Davies
4 of 50
Garden Stool

This do-it-all piece of furniture is perfect for holding overflow items from a small shower or as a movable place to perch while bathing kids.


pink bathroom
5 of 50
Warm Pink

Think pink for an inviting place to get ready each morning. "Perhaps one of my favorite warm paint colors is a hue that dances right between blush and nude," says Decorist designer Erika Dale. "This color is perfect for a bedroom, dressing room, or bathroom. There is a reason every Hollywood starlet is lit with soft pink light… it is so flattering!"


blue bathroom cabinetry
Jean Allsopp
6 of 50
Cool Blue

Try the other side of the color wheel if you want a space more suited for unwinding, like this powder blue cabinetry. "Cool colors bring to mind water and the sky and therefore a create a more calming, focused, relaxed, restful, soothing, and refreshing feeling," Dale says.


blue shower curtains
Monica Buck
7 of 50
Doubled Up Curtains

Frame a basic shower stall with a set of matching curtains to turn it into an artful focal point. This cornflower blue pair adds extra color while keeping water off the floor.


neutral white and beige bathroom
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Glam Mirrors

Changing your looking glass also changes the room. If you have a plain mirror now, go for a little glam, or vice versa. Or just add a sleek smart countertop makeup mirror, like Simple-human’s Sensor Mirror, to see yourself in your best light.


glam black bathroom
Nathan Kirkman
9 of 50
Dramatic Lighting

Dining rooms shouldn't have a monopoly on chandeliers. Glam overhead lighting can set the mood in the bathroom, too.


Bathroom in New Luxury Home with Two Sinks and Dark Blue Cabinets. Shows Walk-In Closet
hikestersonGetty Images
10 of 50
Fresh Paint

A simple coat in a fresh shade can make the bathroom feel new. Use your existing decor as a color guide, but if resale is important, stick with a crisp white like Benjamin Moore’s Simply White. Always look for a mold- and mildew-resistant formula that stands up to humid conditions.


floral wallpaper in bathroom
Jean Allsopp
11 of 50
Floral Wallpaper

Here's your chance to add bold blooms to your bathroom. Pick the peel-and-stick kind for a low-commitment makeover.


blue-gray bathroom
David Tsay
12 of 50
Untraditional Tile

Instead of laying them in straight rows, mix up the orientation of your mosaic for a fresh take, like this diagonal herringbone pattern on the wall.


gold mirrors and bathroom vanity
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Polished Fixtures

Give your vanity personality by dressing up the sink with a new faucet. Stylish options include polished chrome or copper, brushed nickel or bronze, and even brass or matte black. If you don’t want to replace the counter or sink too, make sure to measure the existing holes and match them.


marble shower
Colin Poole
14 of 50
Sparkling Marble

It's hard to beat the inherent beauty of natural stone. GH Lab tip: Since regular bathroom cleaners contain acids that can etch marble, stick with a neutral product, like Granite Gold Shower Cleaner.


gold bathroom
Trevor Tondro
15 of 50
Metallic Touches

Mixed metals – like gold scones and silver cabinet pulls — balance each other out in this luxe bathroom.


gray tiled shower
Trevor Tondro
16 of 50
Bold Shower

Save an unexpected pattern — such this honeycomb-like tessellation — for inside the shower. It's also a less-expensive way to feature a luxe design without splurging on the whole room.


bath salts in clear bottles
J Muckle / Studio D
17 of 50
See-Through Storage

Put your favorite bath salts on display by transferring them into clear decorative bottles. It's instant decor and a reminder you should take a nice, relaxing soak.


wood bathroom accents
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Wood Washstand

Create a one-of-a-kind sink (with the help of a contractor) by outfitting a vintage piece with a basin. Look for one with a bottom shelf or cabinet for extra storage space.


green bathroom
Annie Schlechter
19 of 50
Bold Ceiling

Dark paint up above adds an unexpected element to this wallpapered bathroom. Pick a more saturated version of what's already on your walls for a no-fail pairing.


purple bathroom
David A. Land
20 of 50
Soothing Lavender

Purple conjures up associations with luxury and royalty, so what better hue to upgrade your space with?


Mirror and poster above green cabinet in bathroom interior with black chair and plants. Real photo
KatarzynaBialasiewiczGetty Images
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Hanging Plants

Mini succulents look cute on the counter, but train pothos or ivy to grow trailing vines for a whole wall of green.


colorful bathroom
Alison Gootee/Studio D
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Pops of Color

Let what's on your walls — whether it's patterned plates or a pretty print — dictate your color palette, like this room's assortment of red, blue, and aqua.


neutral master bathroom
Laura Moss
23 of 50
Updated Hardware

If you’re not ready to invest in a new vanity, swapping out drawer pulls can give your bathroom a brand-new look. Go for a modern, sleek feel with a bar pull, or add some personality with colorful ceramic knobs.


eucalyptus shower
Simon Whitmore
24 of 50
Relaxing Eucalyptus

Hang fresh eucalyptus branches in the shower for a mini aromatherapy treatment each morning. The scented stems let off a relaxing fragrance in the steam.


bathroom with wall mounted faucets
Annie Schlechter
25 of 50
Wall-Mounted Faucet

Moving hardware up onto the wall offers a sleeker look — and makes it easier to clean the back of your sink without knobs in the way.


bathroom with navy trim
Peter Murdock
26 of 50
Navy Trim

Painting the molding, door, and vanity the same rich blue hue elevates this sleek master suite. (We're also loving the matching cushy chair for getting ready in style.)


white bathroom with freestanding tub
Lisa Romerein
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Spa Essentials

If you're lucky enough to own a freestanding tub, turn it into a little zen zone with a padded stool and silky-soft towels. Decanting bath salts into a clear jar will inspire you to pamper yourself that much more.


blue tiled bathroom with storage baskets
Alec Hemer
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Storage Baskets

No linen closet in sight? Keep bath and hand towels rolled up in a cute basket on the (bright blue tiled!) bathroom floor, where they double as decor.


Bar Cart - Bathroom Shelf Ideas
Mike Garten
29 of 50
Handy Bar Cart

Roll in a wheeled cart for instant storage space. Cute catchalls corral toiletries (and extra TP) on the shelves below, while apothecary jars have a new home up top.


painted blue bathtub
Nassima Rothacker
30 of 50
Painted Tub

The walls aren't the only place you can take a brush to. A cool blue on the underside of a clawfoot tub reinvigorates a spa-like space.


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