Countries and cultures from around the globe are popping up in bathroom design. Be inspired by these bathroom design ideas from Japan, France, Italy and more.
By Karli Sanders
Zen and Now
Shelly Riehl David uses multi-colored tile to give this Zen-inspired steam room a relaxing glow. A fountain and ample seating make this space much more than your average bathroom.
A bedroom is converted into an oversized Moroccan restroom fit for a sultan. Every tiny tile was hand cut in Morocco. A canopy tub adds a luxurious touch to this North African- inspired space.
Didier Michot brings us this rustic, Old World master bath. A neutral palette, natural materials and plenty of stone give a European flair to a modern bathroom.
South of the Border
Rounded corners and textured walls create a southwestern flair in this large, walk-in shower by Steve Appolloni. This look would work in a home that embraces Native American, Latin or even Spanish style.
If you can’t decide between a clean, Asian aesthetic or French country style, check out this bathroom. Rate My Space user inputplease uses stone flooring, travertine sinks and detailed woodwork to create a bathroom that speaks of both cultures.
Subtle details give this room island flair. Rate My Space user BoBendana modeled her bathroom after the style of the Indonesian island of Bali. The vanity is made of carved teak, while the golden seashell mirrors give the room an exotic glow.
This vanity echoes to the days of Louis XVI. An elegant piece such as this can give your home regal flare without breaking your non-royal budget.
Mind Over Matter
Prayer beads, flags, Buddhist art and shades of red create a bathroom that’s undoubtedly Asian. This space is an escape from the rest of the home. Larger bathrooms allow homeowners to use them for more than personal grooming. This space is also used to practice yoga and meditation.
The distressed blue walls and cabinetry in this master bath by Ken Kelly are a replication of French country cabinetry prevalent in southern France during the 18th century. Piped-in music and a flat screen television mounted behind a tempered two-way mirror make the space modern.
When In Rome
Picture yourself soaking in an ancient Roman bath. Now make that dream a reality with the help of designer Troy Beasley. An oval-shaped cutout and sunny, yellow floor-to-ceiling tiles create a luxurious space with Italian grace.
HGTV. Global Bathroom Designs, [Online]. Web address: http://www.hgtv.com/bathrooms/12-stylish-bathroom-designs-for-kids/pictures/index.html (Page consulted on September 19 2011)