7 Spot-On Ideas for Creating a Craftsman Bathroom

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A keen attention to detail is the defining characteristic of craftsman style. Born after the Victorian era, and inspired by Britain's Arts and Crafts movement of the early 1900s, it championed the use of sturdy materials such as brick and stone in the construction of homes built with distinct architectural features. Intricate crown molding, built-in bookshelves, and waist-high wainscoting are just a few of the design elements that came from it.

Today, craftsman homes are more commonly found under the guise of the classic bungalow, bringing to mind the vision of a quaint and charming space. And while the bathroom is not exactly the first area of a home that embodies these qualities, there are plenty of opportunities to make it work. Ahead, seven craftsman bathrooms that exude the staying power of the celebrated style.

1. Don't be afraid to be moody.

A wall-mounted sink may give off slight schoolhouse vibes but the clever pairing of the high-contrast tiles, deep teal walls, and lustrous brass accents give this moody bath plenty of design cred.

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2. Add a vintage rug.

Symmetry is an important element of craftsman style and this eclectically decked spot makes the most of it. The stained double vanity — aptly customized to fit seamlessly in the nook — may seem like the obvious focal point of the bathroom, but the true blue tiles and vintage runner are the cherry on top.

Get the look: Safavieh Vintage Hamadan Azar Runner, $146.99

3. Paint a door a bold color.

From the soaking tub and shower combo to the structured vanity and subtly patterned floor tile, this master bath has it all. But it's that painted black door that really highlights the craftsman bones and adds a bold flourish.

Get the look: Marquam Teak Double Vanity, Rejuvenation, $4,299

4. Pair subway tile with a console sink.

Sleek subway tiles and a reserved color palette instantly modernize this charming craftsman bath that we spotted on Jojotastic. The console sink, with its polished chrome stand, offers a welcome dose of shine to the muted elements of the room.

Get the look: Signature Hardware Manson Porcelain Console Sink, $799

5. Modernize your traditional design with wallpaper.

We love this powder room, devised by Ella Scott Design, for more than just its stunning molding and curvy architectural details. Its equally alluring wallpaper transforms the room with elegance and flair.

Get the look: Wallshoppe Dot Dot Wallpaper, $129

6. Don't forget to add natural elements.

True to the nature of the craftsman aesthetic, this dramatic powder room takes it back to the basics with a no-frills, minimalist wooden vanity and sleek basin sink. Deep blue walls, an unbleached wood door, and eye-catching tile complete the scene.

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7. A freestanding tub is essential.

Outside of its inspired use of tiles — we can count at least three different varieties in this dreamy vignette — it's the freestanding tub that steals the show in this craftsman bathroom. Directly next to it, there's a handy nook, built into the wall, that doubles as a landing spot for candles, soap, and towels.

Get the look: Vintage Tub and Bath Freestanding Gooseneck Faucet, $459


Anna is a New York-based writer and editor with a penchant for travel, design, and interiors.

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