Farmhouse. Bohemian. Vessel sink. Undermount sink. Open shower. Freestanding tub. Wall sconces. Pendant lights. If you're thinking about remodeling your bathroom, you might be swimming in a sea of endless ideas, which can be pretty overwhelming. There are so many focal points that it can be difficult to narrow down the look and feel of your master bathroom, not to mention all of those practical features you'll need, too.
Well, guess what? You've come to the right place. Here, we've laid out everything you need to know, including helpful information and inspiration to guide the way. Ahead are the most important things to consider when planning a beautiful bathroom renovation.
Before we get to it, if you're looking for more technical information on doing a full-scale bathroom remodel, check out our Ultimate Bathroom Guide: How to DIY Your Dream Bathroom:
Bathroom Light Fixtures
Light fixtures are always a key choice in powder room — especially since most bathrooms don't get a ton of natural light. You'll want to provide optimal light in your space and bring additional visual interest to a bathroom through your fixtures. Simplify your search by thinking about which areas need the most light, select options that aesthetically fit the space (from wall sconces to flush mounts to pendant lights to chandeliers), and peruse top lighting retailers.
You'll have a wide variety of lighting themes to choose from, with fixtures that fit the style and feel of your bath, including contemporary, industrial, bohemian, and modern lights. And you can outfit your small bathroom with lighting that is proportionate to the space. Check out our comprehensive bathroom lighting guide below to learn more:
If you were to think of your bathroom as an outfit, the floor tile would be the accessories. Tile brings color and personal style to a bath, and can also be placed on the floor and countertop. Bold, patterned tile also works beautifully as a backsplash.
There are some factors to consider. First, you'll need to decide where to install the tile in your bathroom (perhaps you prefer a tile-clad shower and hardwood floors instead of top-to-bottom tile). Next step: Select the material — from porcelain tile to ceramic to porcelain to stone, all these materials carry pros and cons. Think about the style of your space. Will midcentury-inspired tile look best? How about a mosaic tile floor? Of course, one primary consideration when selecting floor tile is the color and how it will impact the room feel. For something neutral and clean, you can always pair white tile with white walls And, of course, you'll need to consider your budget, which will help in determining the material — all of which is outlined in our how-to guide on bathroom tile:
Showers and Bathtubs
When searching through bathroom ideas to remodel your shower — whether in the master bath or a guest bath — visualize your most soothing shower experience and the one that makes the most sense for your lifestyle. First, decide if a shower and bathtub combo is right for you (this option is convenient if you need to save space). Or, perhaps you're blessed with ample square footage and you can pick a freestanding bathtub (or, for something more romantic, a claw-foot tub) and a separate walk-in shower. If you hate cleaning the bathroom, then you might opt for a shower curtain over glass shower doors. If you love taking baths and you know you'll be bathing little ones and pets, turn to the many bathtub options that are available. When you've chosen your shower or bathtub (or both), you can further style things with a tile floor or handheld showerheads and body sprays.
Decide on your options by consulting our complete guide to bathroom shower and tub ideas:
Next, we'll move on to the sink. If the thought of this gives you a sinking feeling, never fear. There are tons of modern bathroom sinks available nowadays, but we're confident you'll discover the right one for your bath. Industrial trough sinks look amazing in farmhouse bathrooms and provide lots of space for multiple people to wash up. A vessel sink sits on top of the counter and adds shapely style to a space. Installed below the countertop, straightforward undermount sinks have become surprisingly chic in recent years. Console sinks have antique visuals that work best in large bathrooms. Self-rimming sinks are trend-proof, perfect if you're aiming for a timeless look. Wall-mounted sinks look sleek and modern. And there are several sinks that will nestle right into a diminutive bath.
Begin your bathroom sink journey with our complete guide:
Modern-day countertops come in a range of materials that have their upsides and downsides depending on how much maintenance you want to put in and the visuals you're hoping to achieve.
For something unexpected, earthy, and durable when properly cared for, choose wood. Concrete is another option that goes against the grain and is ideal for industrial bathrooms. Marble is oh so luxurious, and it works in several different bathroom styles. Similar to marble but without the high expense, quartz is a quality option for bathroom countertops. Glass is sleek and fits seamlessly into modern baths, but be prepared for possible scratches and nicks. Solid surface countertops are traditional, and for good reason since they're so durable. Laminate will be kind to your pocketbook.
Ready for some more in-depth info on bathroom countertops? Head over to our one-stop-shop guide:
Bathroom Design Ideas
We know Pinterest and Instagram are brimming with bathroom design ideas, and you might have a million of these looks in your head. Here in the 21st century, there are seemingly endless design styles and themes to choose from. The real question is, which one feels right for a bathroom remodel? And to add onto that, which style will work best with the rest of your home? Perhaps a modern look, readied with slick lighting or on-trend patterns, is the right pick. A minimalist bathroom could just include a frameless shower and white subway tile. Modern could be far from your mind as you scroll through vintage bathroom ideas. In the opposite direction, contemporary style that's so right-now could be directly up your alley and match the avant-garde visuals in your home.
Rustic, farmhouse, industrial, or bohemian themes could mirror the worn woods, neutral colors, and reclaimed objects you love decorating with. To echo modernist motifs, choose a midcentury or Scandinavian theme for your bath.
Itching for more inspo? Read our complete guide to bathroom design styles here:
Small bathrooms are not a bummer. We repeat: Small bathrooms are not a bummer. In fact, small spaces can give you an opportunity to exercise a bit of creativity, especially when it comes to making the space look larger with light colors and skipping busy patterns. When remodeling a small bathroom, you can add decorative flair by thinking minimally with your decor, combining form and function, and installing floating shelves. You'll even have enough room left over to hang attention-grabbing light fixtures.
If you've got a small powder room, then you'll want to read our full guide on designing a small bathroom:
Bathroom Color Ideas
Even in the teeniest of bathrooms, we think color is always a home run. To make your bath stand out among other bathroom ideas, you can paint it in a color that feels just right to you. Or use tile, cabinets, and other decorative elements to tie your palette together.
Go with something that pushes the envelope a little, like black (or a black-and-white combo) or a whispery pink. Or, if you want your bathroom to look tried and true, you can never go wrong with blue or green.
Feel like you're ready to start painting? Check out our complete guide to bathroom paint color ideas:
You've covered a lot of the visuals that will surround you in a bathroom; now you'll need to consider what you're putting under your feet.
Marble floors look particularly lovely, and ceramic tile offers a lot of personality, particularly when you opt for something colorful and patterned. Concrete floors are having a moment (but might be a little cold from time to time, so keep that in mind). And remember that you can always dress up your floor with a cozy rug. Or, go all in and opt for floor-to-ceiling statement tile.
Primed for the next step? Use our guide as a starting point and adjust your flooring options according to your budget, the maintenance you wish to devote to it, and the aesthetic value:
We have more toilet styles available to us than ever before, like composting toilets that are ideal for tiny homes and Airstreams. Then there's the one-piece toilet, a newbie to the design world, in which the base and tank are connected. The two-piece toilet is a budget-friendly choice that's been around for years. Wall-mounted toilets are streamlined and compact —
in other words, made for small bathrooms. And a smart toilet, the latest and greatest bathroom invention, comes with technology that makes it touch-free and lights up at night.
You can read all about these styles in our helpful guide:
Bathroom Wall Ideas
Now your bathroom walls could use a little love, whether you choose to hang wallpaper or add artwork. In the spirit of farmhouse style, you could always install shiplap in your bath. Wainscoting can look shockingly modern as well.
And don't worry — your bathroom will still look unique and cool if you decide to simply paint the walls. Around here, we're particularly fond of shell pink, black, and even bright yellow for bathroom paint.
Check out our helpful guide to all things bathroom wall coverings: