11 Ideas for Scandinavian-Style Bathrooms

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    Scandinavian Bathrooms: Simplicity, Utility, and Comfort

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    Matthew Millman

    Despite living in cold, dark countries, Scandinavians have mastered the art of designing comfortable yet functional spaces that make use of natural, local materials. Scandinavian design is based on three features: simplicity, utility, and beauty.

    If you've ever taken a look at Scandinavian homes, you'll recognize the style: clean lines, lots of white and neutral colors, practical concepts that maximize space and function, and elegance highlighted by natural materials, cozy fabrics, and lots of light.

    In the bathroom, the Scandinavian style means bright spaces with natural wood tones, soft fabrics, multi-function spaces, and clean lines. This example by Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders, via Houzz, shows a quintessential Scandinavian bathroom, all the way to the wooden box tub. Decorative elements are limited to two bright yellow flowers on the vanity.

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    Dark Bathroom (EM Architecture)

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    Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriott

    Although known for brightness, the Scandinavian style can also accommodate a darker mood, as in this bathroom by EM Architecture, via Dwell. The stacked subway tile makes the walls look wider, while the black floor hex tile and ceiling keep it all contained and comfortable. The wood is darker than most Scandinavian bathrooms, but it works well in this space. The rustic texture of the wood is decidedly in the Scandinavian tradition. 

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    Bathroom with Glass Tile (Lovejoy Designs)

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    Lovejoy Designs

    To make this bathroom more spacious, Lovejoy Designs chose a floating vanity in light wood—a classic Scandinavian design element. This opens up the area around the sink, and shows off the natural material of the wastebasket. It also highlights the beautiful glass tile on the wall. A single flowering branch and a minimal piece of floral art add the finishing touch. 

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    A Touch of Blue (Raumcouture)

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    Sevnja Kohlmeier

    If you like minimal decor, the Scandinavian style will always deliver. Add a touch of color, as in this bathroom by raumcouture, via Houzz, and you have a beautiful, spacious, yet fun space. Note how the transparent glass shower wall separates the shower space yet doesn't interrupt the lines of the bathroom at all. Everything seems part of the same harmonious whole, with the smallest footprint possible.

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    Farmhouse Bathroom (Raud Veltman Architecture)

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    Ruard Veltman Architecture

    This farmhouse bathroom by Ruard Veltman Architecture features the natural wood and minimal profile common to the Scandinavian style, with a touch of farmhouse via the trough sink vanity. A large mirror reflects natural light and enlarges the space, while also serving as the only decorative element. 

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    Sweetly Scandinavian (Anton Gorbatenko)

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    Anton Gorbatenko

    Add a little feminine sweetness to your Scandinavian bathroom with a subtly patterned tile, as in this design by Anton Gorbatenko. The tile extends to the vanity countertop, giving the space a sense of continuity and harmony. Light neutrals, lots of white, and a focus on geometrical shapes define this bathroom's Scandinavian influence.

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    Marble-Tiled Bathroom (Designpad Architecture)

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    This small bathroom by designpad architecture, via Houzz, uses classic Scandinavian features to enhance function and keep things simple, with marble tile enveloping the walls and floor. This choice is bold, yet it works to give the space movement and visual interest. The desk-style vanity keeps things open, and the functional medicine cabinet provides much of the  storage space usually served by a vanity countertop, providing horizontal space for a larger sink. 

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    Scandinavian Bath with Teak Open-Shelf Washstand (Paola Salinas)

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    Paola Salinas

    The massive teak open-shelved washstand dominates this bathroom by Paola Salinas. Retro wire baskets make storage easy, while lilac-grey towels add a little color. The sink and faucet keep lines clean and simple, and the large mirror, framed with the same teak, adds light and a sense of visual space. 

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    Super-Minimal (Line Architects)

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    Dmitrii Petrov

    If your heart aches for minimal design, this Scandivanian bathroom by Line Architects definitely delivers. Clean, straight lines everywhere, and only two colors plus the faintest touch of green. Everything is kept as minimal as possible, whether it's the hidden tank toilets or the shallow sinks. You barely notice the shelving along the back of the room.

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    White Bath with Black Backsplash (Amber Interiors)

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    Tessa Neustadt

    The contrast between black and white gives this bathroom by Amber Interiors, via Houzz, almost too much brightness, but the wood tones and minimalist approach make this bathroom solidly Scandinavian in flavor. Pure white walls, floor and ceiling gleam, while a matte black backsplash wall focuses the attention on a gold-framed mirror and single light fixture. The skylight really makes the difference here, and gives this bathroom a lot of space and depth.  

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    Night and Day (ZROBY Architecture)

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    ZROBYM Architects

    Night or day? Choose your time with this dual bathroom by ZROBYM Architecture: one-half black, one-half white, and both sides complemented with a pale blond wood that is classically Scandinavian The tile on the white side seems randomly installed, giving the space unexpected visual interest in contrast to the solid pattern of the dark side.