Finding a Personal Style for Your Bathroom

The design style of your bathroom should always reflect your personality and preferences. To add a personal touch to your bathroom, these ideas should help – classic, country, modern, and eclectic. You don’t have to strictly stick to these designs. The important thing is you’re able to create your own style.
Finding a Personal Style for Your Bathroom

The bathroom is the only room in the house where you can truly bring out your personal style. It’s the place where you can fully relax and be yourself, so it’s only right that you surround yourself with things you like. But finding your personal style is harder than it sounds. For one thing, there are lots of styles to choose from, and it’s not uncommon to like more than one. When there are so many options, it’s hard enough making just one choice, let alone the right one.

So how do you find a personal style for your bathroom? Here’s the first rule: you don’t have to stick to a single style. If you like the warmth of natural elements and the sleekness of modern design, there’s no reason why you can’t put them together. It’s all in how you make all those details work together. To help you get started, here’s a quick guide to some of the most common bathroom styles.


Classic bathrooms tend to be cold and formal, but softened with intricate architectural details. What makes them unique is that there are different sub-styles for masculine and feminine bathrooms. Masculine baths make use of stone, metal, and fine woods such as beech and mahogany; feminine ones favor decorative accents, light colors, and small tiles.

In both styles, dark wood furnishings and simple, tight-backed furniture are favored. There’s usually very little decoration; function is more important than form and all shapes are kept simple and traditional. You can combine common shapes such as oval, rectangles and columns to give it a bit of variety, but patterns are usually kept at a minimum. It’s common to buy everything in pairs, as classic designs are all about functionality and balance.


Comfort and coziness are the central themes of a country bathroom. Wooden floors, wooden countertops, and wainscot or beadboard paneling are some of the most common elements. Bright colors such as red, yellow and orange are also added for warmth. Country bathrooms are perfect for those who like things cozy, familiar and old-school. 

Use light, grainy woods such as maple, birch, or hickory. The natural wood color gives your home a nice warm glow, but if you prefer a bit of color, you can have them washed or painted. You can also spruce them up with colored fabrics, preferably with traditional patterns such as stripes, floral, or plaid. Combine wood with old or tarnished metal accents to add some interest. Natural wood floors aren’t suitable for bathrooms, so you might want to get laminate floors with a wood finish instead.

What sets country style apart, however, is that you’re free to add your own accessories. In fact, it’s your personal touches that give it a homey, comforting feel. Don’t have anything of your own to put up? Visit an antiques shop and look for interesting items you can add. They don’t have to be bathroom accessories—you can get old jars, oil paintings, decorative rugs, anything to add a vintage feel to your space.


If you like to keep things neat and absolutely cannot live with clutter, modern bathroom design may be right for you. Modern bathrooms are very minimal, emphasizing space, contrast, and clean lines. Solid colors are preferred over patterns, but textured surfaces provide variety in place of colors. Most modern bathrooms have a stark black and white theme, although red and blue are also fairly common. Splashes of a complimentary color can be added for contrast.

Modern bathroom design also favors a contrast of materials, particularly between natural and man-made ones. It’s common to place glass against stone or wood against metal. If the look seems too cold and impersonal, you can add an indoor plant to warm up the room. You can also open up a window or install a large wall mirror to emphasize natural light.

Clutter is your biggest enemy when you have a modern bathroom. Things lying around disrupt the bareness of the space which you are trying to emphasize. To prevent clutter, make sure you have ample storage in all key areas. But remember, you’re keeping things minimal, so stick to simple cabinets with straight edges and sleek surfaces. Built-in storage works well for small bathrooms.


If you’re like most people, you’ll like a few things about each theme and can’t really choose just one. However, most people will settle for one theme anyway. If you think you like all your options equally, you can try going for an eclectic theme. Eclectic is the “no-theme” theme—you basically just take what you want from various inspirations and mix them all together. It won’t be as professional or put-together as traditional themes, but it’s definitely as personal as you can get.

That doesn’t mean you can forget all the design rules, though. There still has to be a unifying element to bind all your designs together. Otherwise, your bathroom will look cluttered and not very comforting. The simplest way to do this is to choose a neutral unifying color, such as white or beige. Use it as your foundation color and add your colors, patterns, and designs from there.

Specialty stores and flea markets are a great place to shop for accessories. Unlike malls and supply stores, they seldom carry anything mass-manufactured (even when they do, they’re not likely to have duplicates anywhere in town). It allows you to display your individuality and find unique pieces that truly reflect your tastes. Of course, quality and functionality are essential—no matter how pretty something is, it’s not worth much if it doesn’t work.