36 Bathroom Design Ideas | Midwest Living

36 Bathroom Design Ideas

Take a tour of our stylish bathrooms for inspiration on how to create a relaxing oasis just right for you.

Farmhouse flair

A sleek backsplash, wall faucet and carved counter give this rustic bathroom a modern touch. A slanted area in the counter directs water to the silver "trough" below, giving a new spin on an old farm idea. An inexpensive closet mirror, framed with raw cedar, hangs horizontally and completes the rural theme.

Naturally light

Natural color oak, neutral limestone and a white tub keep the palette of this bath light and bright. Windows let in plenty of light but are also placed for privacy.

Classy reflection

Rich wood tones of the pedestal sink and mirror frame stand out against a creamy background in this serene powder room.

Vintage finds for a bathroom

A soda pop cooler becomes a colorful and creative sink. For unusual molding, this Minnesota homeowner applied yardsticks above corrugated steel wainscoting. To coordinate with the sink, she mixed red and green sticks.

Outside feel

It's like bathing outside--but in private! Setting the soaking tub in front of the windows provides an extensive view of nature. Cafe curtains maintain privacy.

Practical indulgence

A walk-in shower is the focal point of this bathroom. Though the black-and-white scheme gives it a masculine tone, beaded board, fluffy towels and the sweet etagere balance the look.

Sparkling glamour

Shimmering glass tile covers a sparkling surround to a low, jetted tub. A series of green-leaf prints and a window waterfall enhance the relaxing bath.

Farmhouse flair

A sleek backsplash, wall faucet and carved counter give this rustic bathroom a modern touch. A slanted area in the counter directs water to the silver "trough" below, giving a new spin on an old farm idea. An inexpensive closet mirror, framed with raw cedar, hangs horizontally and completes the rural theme.

Vintage look

Black-and-white tile sets a vintage tone. But a walk-in shower, pedestal sink and modern towel warmer keep it modern and ultracomfy.

Simple and serene

Calming chocolate-brown walls contrast with white cabinetry, trim and floor tile to create architectural interest in this soothing master bathroom. A white-painted freestanding cabinet, rescued from a flea market, offers extra storage for towels and bath essentials. A grouping of antique mirrors on the wall brings a touch of elegance.

Playful modern

His-and-her porcelain washbasins with custom trestle-style wooden legs and wall-mounted faucets look contemporary, yet casual, in a clean-white bathroom. Bright towels (stored cleverly in baskets under the sinks), artwork and a vase of flowers add pops of cheerful color.

Simply traditional

Dark woods and taupes warm this traditional-style master bath. Floating a stock drawer unit between a pair of vanities creates a custom, furniture-style look and offers extra counter space. Framing the mirrors adds a simple but impactful touch.

Nautical escape

Watery blues on the walls and countertop mix with classic white to create a lake-inspired color scheme in this vacation home master bath. A raised tub offers lake views to bathers. A porthole window is the finishing touch.

Pretty being green

Green, dried magnolia-leaf wallpaper gives this bathroom for two an earthy look. The sinks are ecofriendly, made of concrete and an aggregate of recycled toilet porcelain.

Understated elegance

A spalike, overflowing tub is the ultimate luxury in this handsome master bathroom. A two-level vanity offers a seated area for pampering. A recessed tile shelf provides storage for soaps or flowers above the tub.

Sweet country

A reproduction claw-foot tub preserves old-cottage style in this light-filled bathroom. White subway tile and lavender paint brighten the walls.

Enchanting style

Carrara marble vessel sinks, a white glass-tile backsplash and mirror-front maple cabinets create subtle glamour in this master bath. Soft green-and-lavender orchid wallpaper brings pretty color.

Quiet comfort

Soft gray walls and brushed-nickel fixtures contrast with crisp white painted woodwork and a sleek pedestal sink for a simple, relaxing escape. Small touches, such as a fluffy flokati rug, a dark chocolate table with towel storage and a floating glass mirror complete the look.

White and airy

An all-white scheme looks sophisticated and serene -- perfect for a bathroom with views of nature. A solid-surfacing surround gives the tub a smooth look. Blinds tuck into the windows' framework so nothing detracts from the scenery.

Colorful character

A single bold flower painted on the wall instantly brightens the guest bath. To make this flower, a stencil was taped to the wall as a guide. A multicolor rug, towels and window treatments continue bold hues throughout the room.

Country casual

Narrow beaded board, painted taupe, contrasts with the white trim, tub and window in this country bathroom. The result is a casual, cozy spot for relaxation.

Enticing calm

A soft aqua damask wallpaper dresses up this traditional master bath. Bronze fixtures and crystal knobs add a hint of glamour.

Cabin in the woods

Create a two-tone effect by contrasting the color of the frame and doors or drawers of a vanity. Green paint enlivens this rustic cedar vanity and matching mirror in a log-cabin-inspired bathroom.

Spa with spice

Purple walls, a geometric rug and an African basket give this master bath an exotic flavor and pair nicely with the coffee-color cabinets and contrasting white sinks and countertop.

Architectural accents

White trim pieces add architectural interest to a traditional-style bathroom, especially when mixed with wall-tile treatments and built-in bath shelves (between wall studs). Basic ceramic tiles cover large areas of the walls, while pricier mosaic glass tiles appear as accents inside shelves.

Inexpensive elegance

A concrete countertop dresses up basic white-painted cabinetry and looks great with brushed-nickel fixtures and accessories. Black-and-white photography, opposite the mirror, is easy art. Bargain white fabric makes pretty drapes.

Tradition with a twist

Vanities flank a luxurious whirlpool tub in this master bathroom. The unique layout offers pretty views while one soaks in the tub. Oil-rubbed bronze accents pop against blue-and-white damask wallpaper.

Nature walls

A life-size mural of aspen trees in winter turns this bathroom into a relaxing outdoorlike oasis. Soft green paint matches the leaves in the paper. Two tones of wood accents help warm the space.

Rustic retreat

A bright rug and striped shower curtain liven the wood paneling in this rustic retreat bathroom. Inexpensive hooks from a hardware store are great for holding multiple wet towels (in colors to match the decor).

Calming contrast

A limited color scheme of dark wood stains on doors and cabinets contrasting with stark white paneling, sinks and tile creates a visually relaxing bathroom. A chocolate-color ottoman offers extra towel storage and a comfy place to sit. A tall cabinet has room for a coffeemaker and small refrigerator or towels and other bath essentials.

Old tub, new bath

An antique claw-foot tub sits in a dormer in a new bathroom carved out of attic space.

Modern layout

A unique in-floor tub and open shower gives this bathroom European style. A simple red shower curtain adds an energizing pop of color.

Luxe living

An enamel-white mirror on a mirrored wall brings unexpected elegance to a bathroom vanity. Another unique feature: a backlit, translucent counter, which perfectly illuminates a gorgeous glass sink.

Bathing beauty

Identical curved ash vanities, on opposite sides of the bathroom, look more like furniture pieces than traditional vanities. A sculptural freestanding tub, positioned under a large drapery-framed window, becomes the focal point. Quartzite floors complete the sophisticated, spa look.

Handcrafted style

A custom-cut quartzite countertop and an artisan-made sink bowl and accent tiles give this powder room Arts and Crafts style.

Spa haven

Soothing aquas and creams, along with spalike amenities, make this loft bathroom a pampering paradise. Reflective glass-tiled walls bounce light, while arched-neck faucets and contemporary vessel sinks add modern elegance. A whirlpool tub offers relaxing soaks. Cube storage, a bench and a robe rack help control clutter.

Simply chic

A rectangular vessel sink with a wall-mount faucet and eye-catching backsplash look sophisticated atop a furniturelike, wall-mount cabinet with decorative legs.

Warm and welcoming

Dark wood cabinets (with a convenient cutout for towels) and caramel walls give this guest bath a cozy feel. Mosaic glass tiles pull from the rich colors for a cohesive scheme.

See bathroom remodel tips or read about bathroom vanity ideas at our sister site, Better Homes and Gardens (bhg.com). 

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