40+ Minimalist Bathroom Ideas That Will Inspire You [Picture Gallery]

Minimalism is becoming all the rage, and for good reason. Sometimes less really is more, and when you consider the speed with which minimalism is catching on, the proof is in the pudding.

Intentional minimalism, interestingly enough, is not actually a focus on getting rid of things, it’s a focus on the objects that we allow ourselves to have. The idea is that each object takes thought, energy, time, and in some cases, money. Minimalism is becoming aware of those concepts and reducing those draws on yourself by reducing the things you surround yourself with.

By focusing on quality instead of quantity, we intentionally choose the things we surround ourselves with based on the effect they have on us. Once we begin this practice with our physical things, it translates over into the mental side, helping us prioritize things that really matter, not giving so much time, energy, and money to things that don’t.

40+ Minimalist Bathroom Ideas That Will Inspire You [Picture Gallery]

Keeping that in mind, let’s go over some minimalist ideas for bathrooms. This is a design style that you can really take and make your own!

Greenscape

Bathroom with garden wall view

The clear focus of this bathroom isn’t actually in the bathroom itself. It’s the grass and ivy outside. Each item placed in this bathroom has a counterpart in color, and they’re all very muted, which almost forcibly draws your eye to the exterior landscape.

 Tropic Vibe

Zen interior bathroom with potted bamboo plant in minimalist scandinavian architecture

Something common to minimalist looks, but certainly not a requirement, are “seamless” looks. Minimalism isn’t just limited to your possessions, it can be applied to your decorating color palette as well.

Rose Gold

Wall mock-up in luxury minimalist bathroom

The only really notable piece in this bathroom that didn’t come with it is the plant. Why?  It has the only non-reflective surface in the room! If you’re having a hard time choosing what to use in your minimalistic decor theme, use something different than the things you’ve already chosen.

Hypnosis

Vintage bathroom white brick and gray tile wall

Even if you’re only going to use a few colors, you can generally find those colors in a design or a wallpaper that can then be incorporated into your look. Just because you’re embracing minimalism doesn’t mean you have to give up detail.

Taste of Autumn

Tiled bathroom with wood counter and orange towels

Regardless of the style of decorating you’ve chosen, there are some rules that will always apply. If you’re wanting to add an extra dimension to your room, add your favorite color to some elements of the room!

Industrial

Tiled bathroom

Black and white, almost checkered tile, with the exposed metal, gives an undeniably industrial feel to this bathroom. Incorporate the features that your bathroom comes with to figure out the direction you want to go!

A Hint of the Future

Modern white design bathroom

Using or installing alcoves is a beautifully unique way to display things without protruding and taking up the space that you used to decorate in. This provides a modern, almost futuristic feel to your room.

Bare Necessities

Modern white bathroom with toilet and sink

Minimalism, out of all the decorating styles or techniques, doesn’t brag to be anything fancy. It’s about the things you need, and if that’s all you have, that’s enough.

Snow Blind

Modern white bathroom with city view

You’re not going to get a room that’s brighter than a room that consists completely of white, reflective surfaces. Break up that brightness by adding some softer colors and textures to create a more welcoming environment.

Don’t Waste Space

Modern white and beige bathroom

Minimalism isn’t just about how little you decorate your space, it’s how you use that space. Incorporating your washer and dryer into your bathroom not only makes sense, but it saves space.

Masterpiece

Modern dark themed bathroom interior

Everything in this bathroom is perfectly balanced, and it based on rules of opposites. Black and white, interrupted only briefly by a single plant. The order of the lines on the black wall, countered by the chaos of the random discoloration of the marble.

Elements

Modern contemporary interior bathroom with two sinks and large mirror

Combinations of stone and wood will always be a classic. Even if you can’t cover your entire bathroom with it (or don’t want to), you can still incorporate elements of it by using things like polished stones, or driftwood.

Shades of Grey

Modern condominium bathroom

If you don’t feel like putting a ton of work into figuring out a color scheme, pick one color and then decorate using different shades. Doing this provides variety without the hassle of too many choices.

Simplicity

Modern compact bathroom

It’s ok if you don’t have a lot of space, you can always change something up to make it your own. Take something that comes with the bathroom, and change it out with something else. A door, towel rack, or sink are easy options.

Layers

Modern black themed bathroom

This bathroom is meant to be observed in the different levels it creates. The different ledges of the walls and the top of the mirror, brought down by a lower ledge, and solitary lights dangling low from the ceiling. A single Jade Tree is all that has been given to this bathroom to break it’s functional, almost industrial feel.

Translucence

Modern bathroom with window and stone tile wall with parquet floor

Do you want to increase the amount of natural light in your bathroom, but don’t like the idea of people being able to see inside? Install some opaque windows! They’ll let in light, but not sight.

Uncommon Space

Modern bathroom with shower

Make sure you’re properly utilizing the space you have! For example, many people don’t use space above their toilet for anything.

Light the Room

Modern bathroom with parquet flooring

Changing up the light in your bathroom is a great way to personalize without taking up room. For example, you can replace ceiling lights with wall fixtures, or vise vera.

 Floorplans

Modern bathroom with glass shower

If you don’t have the space to work around much, you can change up the floor! The floor on the inside of this shower has been replaced with stones, and in combination with the blue and green, gives a neat oceanic feel.

Floor to Wall

Modern bathroom with garden view window

You don’t have to change up your floor tile to something else, just because it’s what is normally done. Continue using that tile to climb up the wall for a change in pace!

Change of Texture, Change of Pace

Modern bathroom with boho towels

If your bathroom is seeming a little sharp and full of hard edges, add a soft rug to give the room a more inviting appeal. Having multiple textures in the room will help you add depth!

Exposure

Modern bathroom interior with minimalistic shower

Having intentionally raw elements in your bathroom can actually have a charming “unfinished” look. The polished particleboard countertops and the visible wires for the lights don’t detract for the allure of this room, they add to it.

Playing with Shapes

Modern bathroom interior

This bathroom includes hexagons, squares, rectangles, and circles in its base elements like the floor, walls, and mirror. Adding variety like this is a simple way to personalize without adding too many actual objects.

Texture

Modern bathroom and wardrobe

If your bathroom is big enough, consider adding a rug. It boldly claims the center of the room, and you can build your color palette off of the colors you like in the rug.

Hidden Light

Minimal style white bathroom

Alcoves don’t have to just be limited to your walls, they can be used in your ceilings too. Hiding the source of your light, especially when used in corners and edges, is a good way to give your room a seamless look while not sacrificing light.

Something Old, Something New

Minimalist scandinavian white bathroom with bedroom in the background

Adding older objects, like a radiator, to an otherwise new and modern room is an effective way to claim your space, and good use of this technique shows off your ability as a decorator. It grabs attention, even if you can’t immediately figure out why.

Outside In

Minimal bathroom design

Making the features that are outside your bathroom a part of your decor inside is a great idea, especially if you need more space, or have limited options. The wooden wall outside covered in ivy may not be in the bathroom, but it’s certainly part of the decor.

New Growth

Luxury white family bathroom

Adding a plant element is a beautiful way to diversify a room, especially when you’re not wanting to add too much. They aren’t busy, and especially in a minimalist room, shouldn’t clash with anything.

Shake It Up

Luxury white bathroom

With a mixture of marble and wood paneling, this room is a modern throwback. Heralding from an era of stability and open spaces, designs and choices in decor like this remind us that we can use time periods as our inspiration, not just colors and places.

Change of Direction

Luxury villa minimalist black bathroom

With the black wall taking our vision upward, and the lighter, natural wood paneling drawing our vision outside, it’s easy to see the importance and significance of direction. Keep that in mind when you’re picking out paneling for your walls and floors!

Reflections

Luxury modern style wood bathroom

The use of many reflective surfaces in this bathroom helps brighten it up, when it may have otherwise been somewhat dark. If you’re worried that your bathroom is too dark, replace some of the existing elements with something more reflective to bounce the light around.

Using Edges

Luxury modern design bathroom and toilet

If you’re wanting to bring some contrast to your bathroom, but you’re worried about overdoing it, start with the edges of existing objects. A mirror with a dark frame, some dark marble surrounding an outline on the floor, or the borders of towels. Start small!

Diversity

Luxury modern bathroom

This bathroom design cleverly takes tale from the floor and backs it with the shower, while taking the color of the outside wall and using it as the floor for the shower. It’s a subtle change and is an effective use of resources, which fits perfectly into the theme of minimalism.

Mix and Match

Luxury master bathroom

This design took tile from the shower and incorporated it into the bathroom floor. It gives a sense of cohesion with the rest of the bathroom, and unity is always a desirable quality.

Radiance

Luxury En Suite Bathroom

Have fun with the lighting! Lights of different sizes, and from different sources can have some great effects, and you’ll want great lighting in your bathroom.

Stone Wall

Luxury bathroom features basin and bathtub

Using natural stone is a great way to give your room a somehow rustic and modern look. It’s aesthetically pleasing, and a great way to personalize your space.

Circles and Squares

Luxurious minimalist bathroom with wooden striped walls

Mix up the geometry in your room! Shapes can do a lot to make a statement when you aren’t using very many items or colors.

Stone and Wood

Luxurious minimalist bathroom with slate black stone wall

This use of light and dark elements is quite spectacular. Using dark stone to contrast a light wood gives an almost primal feel, while the cuts and layering of the material are unmistakably modern, generating a unique appeal.

Cross the Line

Free standing bathtub in corian

Setting an object perpendicular to the other lines in the room may seem counterintuitive, but it’s a great way to grab attention, and claim a center.

 

Domestic bathrooms

Using tile to draw the eye is just as effective as using a rug, or something hung on the wall. Even better, it’s incorporated into the surface, so if you decide later to use something like a bath mat, you can have both.

Tile Variety

Contemporary home bathroom with glass shower stall and marble tiles

From this angle alone, you can see at least four different kinds of tile, and none of it clashes. Don’t be afraid to use different colors and shapes of the same kind of decor, especially when it comes to your walls and floor.

Stormy Sea

Contemporary bathroom

Cleverly placed mirrors reflect light from the far window into the bathing area, while the light-colored wood further assists in brightening up the room.

Ocean Blue

Blue modern bathroom

Normally you’ll see white walls with a trim of a different color. Why not reverse it? White suddenly becomes the accent color, and it’s surprisingly pleasing.

Matte

Black and white themed minimalist bathroom

This room features many matte, or non-reflective surfaces, which is immediately noticeable because they’re all surfaces that generally shine. It also has a pleasing symmetry, maintained by having different objects of similar colors and sizes to either side of the centerpiece, which is the tub.

DichromaticBlack and white classic bathtub on brick wall

Of course, at the end of the day,  you can pick two colors, and buy a stool, a rug, and a towel in those colors and call it good. A large part of minimalism is simple functionality.

If you’re still looking for more ideas about minimal design you should check out Minimalist Kitchen Ideas to add it on your list.

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