Top 5 Warm and Inviting Bathroom Design Ideas

If you’d like to spend a bit of time and money redecorating one of the rooms in your home, you might want to consider starting with the bathroom. Although the kitchen gets more foot traffic and the bedroom requires a design that creates relaxation, it’s the bathroom that often needs the most help. This forgotten space is one of the key factors in home prices. The bathroom is also used for several different reasons, and the right design approach can make that space your favorite place to soak away the stresses of the work week. Bathroom design is an entirely personal affair, and no two homes will approach things the same way. But here are five of the top warm and inviting bathroom design ideas to help you on your way.

First of all, start with the right color palette. The right colors on the walls will make all the difference. If you have a lot of light in there, you could choose a warm color that’s on the darker end of the spectrum. But if you don’t have much natural light, you’ll probably want to stick with brighter colors that make the space feel airy. Most bathrooms are too small for an accent wall, so go with a solid color. And you’ll probably want to skip wallpaper in this space, due to the moisture and frequent changes in temperature.

Next, turn your attention to the furniture. The best way to create a warm and inviting atmosphere is by utilizing real pieces, and if you can find antiques that’s even better. Most bathrooms are dominated by porcelain and chrome, which are certainly beautiful options. But they’re not particularly warm. Older furniture pieces given a fresh coat of paint or a new finish will transform the space into something a bit more interest. And consider real wood pieces as well. That makes a nice contrast from the smooth flooring in most bathrooms.

The fixtures will be your next assignment. Look for pieces that are unique in their design. You will have to spend a bit here, but it is always worth it. The right fixtures on the sinks, the tubs, the walls and in the lighting design will reveal the care you’ve put into the space. And it gives you the chance to get a little creative. Don’t be afraid to break from tradition here. For example, if you have a beautiful old tub and you use it often, consider hanging a classic chandelier above it. Subdued light while you’re soaking will make you never want to leave the room.

The last thing you want in a warm and inviting bathroom is a cluttered sink area. So if you don’t have a lot of cabinet space built in, look to add some more through furniture. Look for pieces that have a mix of open shelving and closed cabinets, so you can display what’s attractive and hide the little odds and ends that you don’t really want people poking through. The open shelf works well for towels, baskets and a couple of design focused pieces, and the whole cabinet unit will add to the lived in feel of the space.

Finally, don’t be afraid to incorporate floor coverings. The bathroom tile is often cold and slick, so a carpet with a soft weave placed in front of the sink will surely be a welcome addition on those chilly winter mornings. It also gives you a chance to warm up the room with a bit of color, especially if you choose to leave the walls white. So before you head over to and spend big on new hardware, see if you can create the warm and inviting look you desire with a simple floor covering.

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