In a dream scenario, our bathroom would be a haven, a place to switch off completely, one that combines function (a shower that doesn't give up the ghost every winter, say, a great - and reasonably flattering - mirror) and taste (the most original tiles, the perfect base colour, the most striking metallic accents): there is, after all, something inherently relaxing about a space that manages to nail practicality and aesthetics.
People with great bathrooms, we can only assume, almost certainly have their lives together: they definitely don't store their over-flow beauty products in plastic stacking boxes, and they've probably never accidentally left an old razor on the side of the bath (they most likely only use Glossier and Aesop products in that bathroom, too....).
It's for these reasons that trawling through Pinterest in search of the perfect bathroom set-up has the power to instantly make us feel a little more zen (which is all too rarely a side effect of social media usage).
We've done just that in pursuit of the best bathroom styling inspiration, taking in everything from bold statement wallpaper to striking yet minimal tiling to the most covetable colour schemes and the switch-ups that don't require too much time or investment. You're welcome...
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Yes, you can find a place for millennial pink in your bathroom, too: just stick with simple shapes (a patterned tile might feel a little cloying) and choose a hue that's pale, not Pepto-Bismol.
OK, we take back what we said about pink and pattern: the floral effect of these hexagonal tiles is pretty irresistible. Just be sure to counter-balance a statement floor like this with minimalist white walls.
A gallery wall will work just as well in a bathroom as it would in your living space: see this cheeky array of prints for proof.
What could be better than a free-standing bath? A colourful free-standing bath of course. We love how the colours of the room are subtly reflected in the choice of art, too.
Lead flashing (that's the stuff you'd use to re-point a roof, FYI) can be used as a graphic overlay, adding interest to a plain shower door.
For an even more dramatic finish, try a diagonal or asymmetric overlay (or maybe even both, as shown here). Plus, the floor-to-ceiling terrazzo tiling certainly certainly adds impact too.
Your bathroom is crying out for some houseplants - and if you're short of floor space, consider hanging them from above...
Consider switching up the way you place your tiles, in this case creating a vertical line to give the illusion of space (side note: deep blue looks great with gold accents).
For proof that maximalism works just as well for bathrooms as it would for the rest of your home, how's this for statement wallpaper? Gucci's swan print paper might stretch your budget a little, but brands like House of Hackney are sure to have some slightly more affordable options.
The powder room at the Ned in London is essentially our dream bathroom - plus, maybe that pastel sofa in crushed velvet isn't just for the living room...
The fancy term for this shelf is a 'floating vanity,' a shelf/sink combo that just seems to float effortlessly: paired with white walls, it instantly gives the illusion of space, meaning that it's perfect for a small bathroom.
A mixture of old and new: Art Deco-style tiling in vintage bottle green for an accent wall, paired with terrazzo and exposed piping.
Here's a palette cleanser: a bathroom that's (almost) all in white, yet still feels exciting thanks to clever use of shape, texture and light.
Two easy, affordable ways to instantly update your bathroom: opt for a large, circular mirror and introduce some house plants in plain white pots.
These simple, rectangular tiles are what our US cousins call 'subway tiles.' A timeless option for bathrooms, you can make the finished effect a little bolder by using a darker grout in between.
Another clever way to create the illusion of space and depth: use coloured tiles that will give a 3D effect.
It's not all about the bright whites and millennial pinks: darker shades, such as this deep blue-green, can look very stylish in a bathroom. Just be sure to include light accents in the fixtures and fittings, or opt for a more neutral floor colour.