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6 stunning bathroom decor ideas that will inspire you to renovate

Each unique in style, these six sanctuaries will not only inspire, but they’ll also have you wanting to stay awhile

When it comes to kitting out your dream bathroom there’s a number of different elements to think about: from functionality, to use of space, and of course, your bathroom decor. To help inspire your bathroom renovation we’ve pulled together 6 of our favourite bathroom design ideas.

While bathroom trends tend to come and go, the golden rules of creating the perfect bathroom are to focus on creating a zen space that works for you and your family. Functionality and a clever layout are key to ensuring you’ll make the most of your bathroom – especially if its a particularly compact one.

Ensure that your bathroom renovation stays on track by planning well in advance and preparing for any unexpected delays and costs by working closely with your suppliers and building team – its all in the details.

Here are 6 of our favourite bathroom decor ideas to try…

1. Colour wash

Both a homage and a modern makeover, this sanctuary-like bathroom by Katie Lockhart Studio in Auckland references the home’s mid-century history while bringing it into the now with thoughtful design and bespoke details.

The Heath Ceramics tiles, undoubtedly the room’s hero, are beautifully complemented by the richly coloured Iroko timber joinery by designer Grant Bailey.

More contemporary touches are the Flos ‘Mini Glo-Ball’ wall light and matt white Dornbracht basin mixer. Green has never looked so good.

2. Three-piece suite

Utilising rugged and raw materials specifically chosen to weather with age, the bathroom of TRIAS studio’s Three Piece House in Newcastle, north of Sydney, is both robust and elegant.

Featuring a material mix that includes brass and Acapulco terracotta tiles, Italian terrazzo flooring and Opulence ceramic wall tiles in Flake White (all from Surface Gallery), the crafted space is perfectly suited to its coastal site and is a celebration of ‘less is best’ design.

“It will age beautifully and develop a story and patina over time,” says Jennifer McMaster of TRIAS.

3. Liveable luxury

Perfectly pared back and minimal in its sensibility, the bathroom of Conrad Architects’ Hornsby Residence in Victoria’s Malvern is a study in quiet design.

Deliberately restrained, the home’s simple and stylish palette centres on the use of marble and oak, and this continues into the ensuite, with accents of black adding a touch of drama to the otherwise crisp, calm space.

Sheer white curtains and walls devoid of tiles allow the space to flow seamlessly from the bedroom beyond, while the grand proportions lend a sense of luxury and timelessness.

4. Little mix

It’s not always easy to create that coveted lived-in feeling in a new build, but the texture-rich bathroom of the Denman Prospect Residence in Canberra’s Molonglo Valley has it in spades.

Designed by Studio Black Interiors, the ensuite effortlessly and dramatically combines the blue-green glazed porcelain Iris Aguamarina wall tiles from Rivoland Tiles with warm timber and accents of black and brass. A crisp-white stone vanity top provides just the right amount of visual breathing space.

Executed with subtlety, the small room mixes materials and textures in a shining example of how a little bit of daring can go a long way.

5. Wall-to-wall art

Let’s face it, wallpaper and wet areas haven’t always gone hand-in-hand, but thankfully there is now a range of purpose-designed wallcoverings suitable for bathrooms, kitchens and spas.

Wet System decorative wallpapers by Italian company Wall&Decò are watertight and suitable for surfaces such as cement, plasterboard, concrete, glass and ceramic tiles.

Best of all, the collection includes hundreds of gorgeous patterns and designs (including Inner Forest) to suit any interior. Practical and so very pretty.

6. City sanctuary

Located on the rooftop of one of Sydney’s most iconic heritage buildings – Edwards & Co in Surry Hills – this guest retreat was designed by Josephine Hurley Architecture as part of a larger renovation that included a spacious warehouse apartment below.

Despite its practical layout and humble materials, the bathroom and its accompanying timber-lined sauna have a sense of space and indulgent relaxation.

A seamless connection to an internal terrace (and outdoor shower) provides complete privacy not only from the warehouse residence below but the city beyond.

This article originally appeared on Homes to Love Australia. 

Words by: Bianca Martin. Photography by: Neeve Woodward, Benjamin Hosking, Derek Swalwell, Hcreations, Tom Ferguson /

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