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Inspirational Bathroom Designs from Around the World

Posted on 19 Mar 2014
Modern bathrooms are places to relax and pamper as well as to wash. With various different styles of bathroom, from sleek and contemporary to traditional and those drawing inspiration from different cultures, the style of the bathroom can create a unique and luxurious ambiance that makes bathing and grooming an indulgent experience. Here are six inspirational bathroom designs from around the world.

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Japanese Style
Bathroom design by Kasch
Japanese bathrooms combine technology with Zen to create smart, functional and stylish areas. A focus on clean lines and minimalism creates a sense of space and light. Japanese baths are shorter and deeper than Western baths. They are ideal for soaking and luxuriating in after washing and scrubbing in the shower. Add aromatherapy oils to the soaking tub for soothing and rejuvenating. A separate shower or wet room with a ceiling mounted rose adds a sleek dimension to the room. Clean white units work well mixed with sleek glass and rich woods such as cedar. Glass bricks make an imaginative partition.

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Italian Style
Italian Style Bathroom Collection by BranchettiItalian bathrooms are sumptuous and elegant, utilizing luxurious materials such as marble and bronze. Whether traditional or contemporary, the Italian look is glamorous and refined. Traditional styles utilize glass and crystal, while wrought iron can be used for candle holders or mirror frames. A traditional glass sink makes a bold impression, or more contemporary rooms may reinterpret the traditional with a sleek and streamlined glass sink. Mosaic tiles, whether traditional or modern in design, add instant Italian style.

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Scandinavian Style
Scandinavian Interior Design by IndustriromantikScandinavian bathrooms are all about natural materials and simple, functional spaces. The look is understated and warm, but also impressive. Space is well used and storage is cleverly blended in. Use paler blonde woods extensively, including for the walls, cupboards, shelves and around the bath. Mirrors enhance the sense of light, while plain white tiles can be used in some areas instead of wood. Wet rooms are great if you have the space. Use frosted glass or plain Roman blinds, and keep accessories simple, natural in style and to a minimum.

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English Country
English Country bathroom at Rosehill Cottage
Traditional country bathrooms are welcoming and comforting, with plenty of soft furnishings and decorative touches. Natural wooden floors can be enhanced with colourful bath mats. Paintings on the wall and decorative items add elements of country style. You could include flowers in vases, porcelain jugs, bowls of pot pourri and quirky items such as bird cages or old plates. Fold warm fluffy towels on top of a wooden unit, and if there is space add a chair in the corner. Old fashioned iron bath tubs with a rolled rim are a classic element, though the country effect can also be conveyed with a grooved wood paneled bath. Old style taps are a must.

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Bali Style
Bali bathroom designer unknown
If you have been inspired by the images of indulgent tropical spas and want to create a similar healing ambiance for your bathroom, a Bali style bathroom may be for you. Bathrooms have clean lines and make the most of light and space, but have more decorative elements than the Japanese style bathroom above. Decorative wooden cabinets in dark woods such as teak and wicker baskets can be used for storage, while intricately carved dark wood mirror frames add opulence. Alternatively use mother of pearl finish mirror frames and tiles for a connection with the sea. The sea can provide more inspiration for this bathroom, with pebble tiling used for floors, showers and even baths. Add bamboo accessories, seashells and tropical flowers floating in glass bowls.

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Mexican Style
The Mexican style is bold and vibrant, with terracotta walls, bright tiles and funky accessories. Vivid blue or hand painted tiles with floral and leaf motifs can be used to either line the walls completely or just to create splash back areas. Baths, sinks and toilets can also be decoratively painted and glazed. A traditional floor will be tiled in terracotta or rich brown color. A chest of drawers adds a country style touch, while an old chair could be painted a bright turquoise. Accessories can include figurines, cheerful prints and decorative pots, as well as cacti or similar plants. The focus is on creating a rustic and colorful space in which to revive and refresh.