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4 of Your Favourite Bathroom Styles and How to Recreate Them

If you’re planning a bathroom renovation, the first thing to do is decide what kind of look and feel you want for your new space. Do you gravitate toward bright and airy? Or is a moodier palette more in line with your taste?

Pulling inspiration from popular bathroom designs is a great way to discover your style. By exploring tried and tested designs, you’ll be able to start piecing together which features, colour schemes and finishes speak to you the most.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of 4 of the most popular bathroom designs, complete with tips and tricks on how to recreate them to perfection within your home.

Contemporary / Urban Bathroom


Contemporary AKA Urban bathrooms utilise a streamlined, no-frills approach to design, featuring pure geometrical forms and horizontal lines. Designed with a focus on practicality, this style is ideal for small spaces due to its rational and uncomplicated approach to space. An indisputable crowd-favourite, Urban bathrooms are an excellent option for those who are renovating with longevity in mind or to sell.

Key elements of urban bathrooms:

  • Muted palettes with matt concrete look finishes
  • Large-format porcelain tiles to streamline cleaning
  • Sleek tapware, black being a very popular choice
  • Top mount, solid-surface basins
  • Floating vanity units
  • Open plan layout featuring walk-in shower / freestanding bath
  • Stone benchtops with minimal pattern.


The Urban Bathroom Display at our Port Melbourne Showroom is a perfect example of this aesthetic.

Traditional Bathroom


Traditional bathrooms have an elegant and timeless look and feel to them, drawing inspiration from classic architecture’s fundamental principles of symmetry, proportion, and balance. Often utilising elements that reminisce of artisanal crafts, traditional bathrooms are charming, graceful and welcoming.

Key elements of traditional bathrooms:

  • Soothing palette with soft hues like blue and beige
  • Furniture style vanity units, with shaker profile doors
  • Undermount basins
  • Classic mosaic or subway tiles
  • Stylised tapware with brass finishes trending now
  • Framed or bevelled mirrors
  • Marble or marble inspired benchtops
  • This bathroom is the perfect canvas to go all out on accessories, including chic handles and pulls.


The Parisian Display at our Port Melbourne Showroom takes traditional elements to new heights.

Coastal / Boho Bathroom


Coastal AKA boho bathrooms are arguably the hottest trend in interiors right now, making waves on Pinterest and Instagram with its casual and laid-back approach to design. Warm and carefree, these bathrooms utilise organic forms and soft hues to bring nature’s peaceful vibes into your home. If the idea of a coastal retreat speaks to you, this could be the perfect style for your home.

Key elements of coastal bathrooms:

  • Include an abundance of natural light where possible
  • Add natural timbers in ashy colours, almost producing a sun-bleached look
  • Trendy tiles! Think eye-catching fish-scale, kit-kat mosaics utilised cleverly through the room
  • Terrazzo also features heavily in coastal bathrooms, with many beautiful colours to choose from
  • Include curved mirrors, shower screens, walls, and the list goes on. Don’t shy away from organic forms to nail the coastal look
  • Consider installing ceiling showerheads to kick that beachy feel into high gear
  • Add a touch of rattan when styling your finished bathroom to add to the organic look.
  • Add layers and tactile interest through organic textiles like linen and bamboo.


Scandi Bathroom


Scandi or Scandinavian design is all about letting the natural light into your home and making it the star feature of your design. This style characterises by its ability to create a warm and homely space that is also practical. With its understated elegance and paired back approach to design, Scandi continues to captivate hearts across the globe and is one of our clients’ favourite styles.

Key elements of  Scandi bathrooms:

  • Furniture-style, minimalist floating vanity units.
  • Bright white dominates the palette to maximise natural light (an essential feature in Scandinavian homes where natural light is scarce throughout the year)
  • Warm, honey-like timber tones add a homely touch and make the space less sterile
  • Large-format porcelain tiles in soothing whites and greys work perfectly within this style
  • Clutter-free surfaces are a must, generally achieved through the inclusion of drawers and smart storage solutions
  • Use of handles is minimal, with geometrical forms a firm favourite
  • Streamlined tapware in classic matt finishes like chrome are very popular among Scandi bathrooms.

Feeling inspired? These are just some of the most highly requested bathroom styles at smarter Bathrooms, but of course, you can make any design your own by tailoring it to your unique taste and needs.

We believe that beautifully designed + expertly crafted renovations should be accessible to all Melbourne homes. That’s why, over the past 17 years, we’ve focused on developing simple and repeatable processes so we can consistently deliver high-quality results in a seamless, hassle-free way. The smarter way.

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