Elegance is a term that implies style and grace, qualities that are as appreciated in people as they are in interior design. And it can also refer to a simple and pleasing solution to a problem. Elegant bathroom design encompasses all of those meanings: a way to lay out, design, and decorate an essential and utilitarian room in the house so that it does its job and looks good doing it.
So how do you make your bathroom look elegant? Creating an elegant bathroom of any size, shape, or style can be achieved through everything from clever space planning to the choice of fixtures, finishes, and accessories. Check out this roundup of small, big, vintage, modern, minimalist, and maximalist bathrooms that each embody elegance in their own way.
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Blogger Athena Calderone of Eyeswoon designed this luxuriously minimalist primary bathroom on the second story of her Brooklyn townhouse. She mixed old world elements—a generous soaking bathtub, plaster walls, and a beautiful marble fireplace—with sculptural accessories and artful styling that gives the light, airy, and dreamy space a timeless elegance for the ages.
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Interior designer Kara Mann created a quietly luxurious bathroom that respects the historic character and elegant bones of the existing architecture. A large soaking tub, vintage-style lighting, and a floating double vanity have presence while following the proportions of the room and are subtle enough to keep the focus on the water views.
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Blogger Athena Calderone of Eyeswoon didn't plan on installing a pink marble shower in her Brooklyn townhouse primary bathroom. But when she found this stunning slab on sale for the price of the marble tiles she was planning on using, she let serendipity guide her design choices to stunning effect, creating an undeniably elegant and memorable walk-in shower.Continue to 5 of 45 below.
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This showstopping bathroom from interior designer Kara Mann has a contemporary glam rock elegance thanks notably to a stunning marble bathtub that matches the countertops, floor and wall tile.
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For this historic remodel in Bath, Maine, interior designer Tyler Karu of Tyler Karu Design + Interiors carried the patterned floor tile into a bathtub wall niche, creating practical storage and a focal point in the irregularly shaped room.
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Interior designer Lisa Gilmore of Lisa Gilmore Design installed a floor-to-ceiling industrial-style metal and glass door partition to separate the spacious shower form the rest of this dressed up bathroom with its colorful patterned tile floor and wallpaper. The glass partition separates the space and its graphic industrial lines add a pleasing juxtaposition that feels modern.
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Interior designer Ginger Barber of Ginger Barber Interior Design created a luxurious focal point in this pretty bathroom with a silver clawfoot tub positioned in an arched window nook that affords a view of the manicured lawns. A French upholstered armchair in the guise of a towel rack adds a touch of textbook elegance that recalls another era.
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Interior designer Lisa Gilmore of Lisa Gilmore Design created a formal primary bathroom suite that includes arched openings to a double shower, a soaking tub jutting out lengthwise from the wall, patterned tile, an imposing chandelier, and gilded lighting fixtures and mirrors.
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This handsome bathroom from interior designer Abby Voyles of Bell + Boy Design Co. has an elegant contemporary feel with its black, white, and gold palette and crisp graphic lines.
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Interior designer Tyler Karu of Tyler Karu Design + Interiors mixed modern elements with her clients' antiques and art collection for this historic remodel in Bath, Maine.
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Blue and White
This spacious bathroom from interior designer Jessica Risko Smith of JRS ID is awash in two different blue and white patterned tiles that gives it a lively and elegant feel.
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Plant a Tree
Interior designer Lisa Gilmore of Lisa Gilmore Design created an elegant modern bathroom with dark wood cabinetry, gray wall tiles, tailored lighting, and a patterned floor tile. A large tree planted in the corner next to the bathtub adds a relaxing element, while helping to visually divide the space.
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Interior designer Jessica Risko Smith of JRS ID used vintage-style metallic accents and lighting to add elegance to this spacious white bathroom design complete with a generous soaking tub and an old-school dressing table. A window positioned high above the tub allows a tree view while bathing, and enough privacy to leave the windows bare.
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Interior designer Andrea Pietragallo of Britt Design Studio used golden toned wood and fixtures to add an easy elegance to this modern bathroom. She mixed formal elements like a decorative mirror, polished lighting, and a vintage rug with casual touches including a towel rack ladder leaning against the wall to create a relaxing take on modern elegance.
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Interior designer Jessica Davis of JL Design created an elegant bathtub nook with all the trimmings—floor-to-ceiling curtains, framed artwork, a crystal pendant light, and a vintage rug in the guise of a bath mat.Continue to 17 of 45 below.
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Interior designer Andrea Pietragallo of Britt Design Studio kept it simple in this elegant bathroom, with its arched window, high ceilings, and interesting angles. She added a retro-style garden tub, a vintage rug, simple window dressing, and a glass and silver chandelier that maintains the light and airy feel.
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Crisp and Green
Interior designer Lisa Gilmore of Lisa Gilmore Design used an assertive shade of green paint, a sculptural gold mirror, wall sconces outfitted with shades, and a wall of bright white tiles to create a crisp take on modern elegance in this sophisticated bathroom design.
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This modest bathroom from the team at interior design firm Leclair Decor has a simple elegance thanks to all-white walls, counters, and cabinetry. Bronze hardware, sconces, and a framed round mirror add sparkle, while touches of black on patterned floor tiles, framed art, and the glass and metal shower add polish.Continue to 21 of 45 below.
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Interior designer Whittney Parkinson of Whittney Parkinson Design carved an elegant bathroom out of a spacious room in this 1920s Tudor home that looks like it's always been there with its French doors, central tub, antique chandelier and armchair.
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A play of patterned tiles in shades of black and white and bright gold fixtures add interest to this bathroom design by interior designer Tyler Karu of Tyler Karu Design + Interiors.
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In this Southampton bathroom, NYC-based SUK Design Group chose patterned floor tile, white shiplap walls, a classical pedestal sink, silver plumbing fixtures and wall sconces, adding a flourish of coastal elegance with an elaborate seashell-framed mirror hung above the sink.
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Interior designer Whittney Parkinson of Whittney Parkinson Design created an elegant English cottage feel in this primary bathroom with tones of white and taupe, an oversized pendant light hanging over the soaking tub, a framed painting, and a dramatic vase of simple branches.Continue to 25 of 45 below.
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Interior designer Tyler Karu of Tyler Karu Design + Interiors updated a classic Boston brownstone in the historic neighborhood of Charlestown with a mix of timeless furnishings and antiques that suit the home's original character.
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Interior designer Whittney Parkinson of Whittney Parkinson Design created a romantic, formal primary bathroom with classic elegance. A delicate chandelier hangs in the window outfitted with gauzy curtains anchoring a generous soaking tub. A marble floor includes a tile insert trompe l'oeil rug. Vanities and a built-in dressing table have brass finishes, oval mirrors, and wall sconces outfitted with lampshades to create flattering ambient light.
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Interior designer Desiree Burns of Desiree Burns Interiors used patterned wallpaper, gray paint, and brass lighting and accessories to add elegance to this petite modern cottage bathroom.Continue to 29 of 45 below.
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This English holiday house retreat bathroom designed by Peter Zumthor for Living Architecture has a raw elegance, with its deep rectangular wood soaking tub and minimalist rammed concrete and stone finishes.
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Use a Runner
Simple accessories like an overdyed runner add elegance to the clean lines and generous proportions of this primary bathroom from Leclair Decor. A spacious transparent glass shower with black metal detailing adds an industrial touch.
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Opt for Black
This handsome guest bathroom from interior designer Jessica Nelson of Jessica Nelson Design has a simple elegance with its matte black walls, glass sconces, marble sink, gray hand towels, and silver plumbing fixtures.
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Interior designer Mary Patton of Mary Patton Design added swan motif wallpaper, a dainty chandelier, monogrammed towels, and a marble surround tub for this classically elegant primary bathroom.Continue to 33 of 45 below.
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Interior designer Valerie Darden from Brexton Cole Interiors chose black-and-white wallpaper with a marbled effect, a retro sink, a French mirror, framed artwork, and matte bronze-toned finishes for this vintage-style bathroom.
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Black, White, and Gold
Interior designer Kate Marker of Kate Marker Interiors added elegance to a powder room with black-and-white floor tiles, shades of white and soft gray, black stone countertops, a decorative mirror and gold-toned finishes.
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Shades of White
Interior designer Erin Williamson of Erin Williamson Design added contemporary elegance to a historic home bathroom with an egg-shaped soaking tub, gleaming ivory-colored tile, soft off-white wall paint, and a play of transparency with obscured glass window and door panels and a glass pendant light.Continue to 37 of 45 below.
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Interior designer Mary Patton of Mary Patton Design used vintage touches—artwork in a gilded frame, a vintage ceiling light—mixed with sleek contemporary finishes in this polished primary bathroom design.
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A Modern Clawfoot Tub
Interior designer Cathie Hong of Cathie Hong Interiors added a reproduction clawfoot tub in this contemporary bathroom as a nod to classic elegance. Brass fixtures and a casual wood stool and towel ladder keep it feeling modern.
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Interior designer Mary Patton of Mary Patton Design placed a freestanding sink with a generous skirt in the space between two windows, added soft fabric blinds, powder blue walls, and a Venetian mirror hung above the sink add up to a timeless take on old school elegance.
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A blingy hammered copper claw foot vintage-style tub and an oval-shaped ceiling-mounted shower curtain rail is a nod to Victorian elegance with a contemporary spin from interior designer Erin Williamson of Erin Williamson Design.Continue to 41 of 45 below.
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Interior designer Alvin Wayne wrapped this spacious bathroom in a luxurious envelope of glossy stone that adds a contemporary elegance to the traditional bones of the room with its tall arched windows.
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Homeowners Becky & John Sheehan worked in collaboration with Hector and Pam Magnus of Architects Magnus to help bring their home interior vision to life. This spacious bathroom has a large shower seamlessly concealed behind a floor-to-ceiling opaque glass door. A dramatic floor-to-ceiling black tile backsplash for the tub has wall-mounted bright gold plumbing fixtures that add shine.
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Interior designer Desiree Burns of Desiree Burns Interiors used tones of beige, cream, silver, and wood to create an understated and elegant guest bathroom.
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In the Details
Ursula Carmona for Home Made by Carmona upgraded a tired guest bathroom with floral wallpaper, wood paneling, framed artwork, new lighting, and touches of green glass and brass accessories.Continue to 45 of 45 below.
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Simply Black and White
Interior designer Rasheeda Gray of Gray Space Interiors used a classic palette of black and white to create this simply elegant bathroom with a modern white soaking tub, white walls, black door, black-and-white marble floor and wall tiles, black plumbing fixtures and towels.