There’s just something so perfect about European design. I love how rooms and furniture meld the modern and the antique so perfectly. European design doesn’t always feature a lot of the personal amenities we love in our North American bathrooms, but Europeans sure know what matters nonetheless! It’s not unusual at all to find steam showers, whirlpool tubs, and other luxurious, spa-inspired options in even the smallest bathrooms.

Looking for inspiration or something just a little bit different than the same-old-same-old? Look no further than these beautiful bathrooms.



The natural stone or marble look is perfect for both warm and cold climates. Remember to install floor heating under the tiles to keep your feet nice and toasty.



I just love the Japanese-inspired design of this bathroom. Europeans love spacious bathrooms outfitted in natural materials. The wood and neutral tile look would be perfect in any bathroom.


When space is at a premium as it is in many European homes, then homeowners need space-saving furniture that can store a lot of stuff, but that is also as minimal as possible. This vanity and side storage unit solves both issues neatly. It doesn’t jut out very far from the wall while offering drawer and cabinet space.



Think your bathroom is just too tight for the full European effect? Remember, European design is all about mixing traditional and modern with natural materials and neutral colors. The small bathroom in the image above demonstrates how, with the right sized pieces, even a small space can be turned into a luxurious space.

What are your favorite elements of European design?




bathroom-backsplashFor some reason, not one of my bathroom sinks has a backsplash behind it. That means that I’m forever wiping away water and soap splotches. My tub and shower surrounds are tiled. If you own a steam shower, you don’t have to worry at all about a backsplash because the whole unit is entirely enclosed and waterproof.

Given that I’m in the mood for a little do-it-yourself, I thought I’d research some backsplash possibilities to install behind my bathroom sinks. Here’s what I discovered:



Yes, you read that correctly. Concrete isn’t just for sidewalks anymore. It’s been a trendy floor material in modern homes for quite a while. Now, it’s become an ideal backsplash choice. Why not, right? It’s water resistant. It’s beautiful. It can be tinted to match the color of your bathroom decor. It can really take on any look you want.



I can just hear the questions forming in your mind. Since when does wallpaper make an appropriate backsplash? Since it became waterproof, of course! Vinyl-coated wallpaper now comes in designs to match any taste. It can withstand moisture and regular cleaning.



Wood makes a stylish backsplash if it’s been treated or engineered to be waterproof. It’s already a popular flooring choice in kitchens. Bathroom backsplash is just the next frontier.



Tile is the old go-to, isn’t it? Despite its popularity, it’s not a boring backsplash material in the least. In fact, modern tile colors and designs make it forever stylish. You can mix the tile, too, with bamboo or wallpaper for a personalized look.

Over to you: which is your favorite bathroom backsplash look?




Bathrooms can seem like an afterthought in terms of home design. They’re small, sometimes cramped, and not really built for more than one person at a time. Once you add in a toilet, sink, and steam shower, there really isn’t a lot of room to move around. Granted, I doubt there are too many people who step into the bathroom with the intention of walking around for exercise.

So, I understand why bathrooms are typically small. But, there’s no reason why it has to look small. Renovating isn’t always an option. But, implementing some of these tips below should go a long way in making that small space look larger than it is.

Color. Choose light (or simply white!) colors for all fixtures and walls. Light colors reflect the light making the room look larger and brighter.

Light. Remove heavy curtains and blinds. If you’re worried about privacy, consider installing textured glass. It will let in all the natural sunlight available, but block visibility. If you want some kind of window covering, choose lightweight and light-colored fabrics that allow the natural sunlight to stream in.

Mirrors. Even small spaces can support large mirrors. You’ll find that the mirror reflects the light and tricks the eye making the room look larger.

Floating furniture. Choose bathroom vanities and sinks that attach to the wall. As long as there’s space along the bottom of the walls, your bathroom feel spacious.

Over to you: how do you make your bathroom look larger?