Having a beautiful bathroom is a bit like having a personal spa—one you don’t have to share or book in advance (unless you have teenagers, that is). It can be a refuge with wine and bubbles after a long day, or just a place to freshen up before work.
We think bathrooms should be more than just a wasteland of cosmetics and unread magazines. Which is why we so often look for dream-loo decor inspiration wherever we can find it. The best place for that these days? Instagram, hands down.
As part of a new series, we’re uncovering the top trending looks on Instagram each week, room by room. And best of all, we’re telling you how you can manage to recreate these dreamy designs in your home.
Last week, we got cooking in the kitchen. This week: We get down to business in the bathroom. From tropical influences to tribal-inspired tile, here are five of the most popular bathroom decor posts on Instagram this week.
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Happy Tuesday! I’m on a little road trip to Doncaster today (work not pleasure I’m afraid!) so I’m up and at it early! Our plumber came yesterday and changed all the horrible exposed plastic pipe fittings under the sink to chrome and they look fab! I’d been told by our original fitters it couldn’t be done when I complained I didn’t like them! 😡 . Would love to hear what corkers you have been told by trades people?! . . . #bathroomsofinsta #howimonochrome #patternedtiles #rolltopbath #industrialvintage #urbanjunglebloggers #myhomevibe #ekbbhome #myfabhome #myspaceanddecor #mystylishspace #howivintage #weeklyinteriorinspo #myhousethismonth #myinteriorstyletoday #interiorsnapshot #stopandstaredecor #interior4inspo #interiorideas #interior125 #mybeautifulmess #interior4all #abmathome #interiormilk #apartmenttherapy #sodomino
We’re loving this bathroom, which feels like a jungle oasis. Growing plants in the bathroom is so easy it feels like cheating—even if your thumb is as black as coal. Just follow the advice of Instagram user @the_house_that_jen_built, who created a chic rainforest in her bathroom.
“You can’t ask for a better environment to maintain plants,” says New York designer Amanda Giuliano. “If you have zero experience taking care of plants, even something as maintenance-free as succulents can thrive in a bathroom.”
That’s because a lot of plants love the moisture from your shower—including air plants, bamboo, ferns, and even the Bromeliad, a tropical favorite.
Having plants in your place won’t just look great—they’re also proven to make you feel better. As a decor trend, indoor plants also work well to warm up rooms with a lot of stone and tile, which can otherwise feel too sterile.
“Plants make a space typically filled with hard surfaces much softer, with that luscious green,” Giuliano says.
Steal the look: To grow your very own at-home rainforest, pop over to your local nursery or garden center, or check out the options you can have delivered to your door by online retailers like Amazon and The Sill.
Forget the jets and fancy candles. This bathtime trend is far less complicated—but just as luxe-looking. We fell hard for the free-standing tub featured in @stylesourcebook, a repost from the talented @figr_architecture.
“Free-standing tubs are the epitome of any dream bathroom,” Giuliano says.
These sleek tubs also are relatively easy to install, if the bathroom is large enough to accommodate one, she says.
“They can be an amazing focal point, and come in a variety of styles,” says Lanna Ali-Hassan, co-owner of Beyond the Box Interiors.
They’re also relatively affordable, and can instantly give your bathroom that high-end spa aesthetic.
Your investment in a free-standing tub will retain its value, Giuliano says. “It’s been a staple in bathroom design for centuries.”
Tribal-chic bath tiles
It’s no secret that the market for tiles is exploding. As we mentioned in last week’s roundup of kitchen trends, gone are the days of bland subway tile. But one thing we weren’t prepared for was the unique pop of black and white in this tribal pattern, spied in a @hunkerhome repost of a bathroom design by @sterinwilliamson.
“Tribal tiles are an amazing choice for any bathroom, especially if you are trying to add pattern, texture, and personality into your space,” Ali-Hassan says. “Pair them with a vintage light fixture and a sleek vanity to achieve that timeless design.”
Mirrors that shatter the norm
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Building a house can be expensive but combining high and low end items is the perfect way to achieve balance while trying to stay on a budget. In the bathroom for example, we combined higher end tile and lighting with lower end mirrors and a bathtub. But it all works so well together you would never even know what was high and what was low. This method is applicable in fashion, home decor, travel, basically everything! … … … … #bathrooms #bathroomsofinsta #homedecor #decor #hexagontile #tile #interiordesign #tileideal #ikea #ikeamirrors #ikeacanada #shiplap #highlow #parklighting #homehardware #hgtvcanada #styleathome #instahome #goldhardware #moen #bathroominspo #albertagirl #style #decorate #whitehome #whitehomestyle #bathtub #target
“Can I have a sleepover in your bathroom?” asked someone who liked this post from @misschrisycharms. We want to know if there’s space for one more. Her retro-chic design in playful pinks and classic white makes for the perfect bathroom—and the double set of minimalist round mirrors only makes it better.
“Round mirrors bring a softness to bathrooms,” Ali-Hassan says. “They also break away from the traditional square or rectangle, so your eye will immediately go to the vanity area.”
These mirrors aren’t just captivating for their unique design—they also help brighten up a space and make a small bathroom feel larger.
Steal the look: Round mirrors aren’t hard to find, but we’re partial to the sleek design of the mirrors sold by Crate and Barrel’s alter ego, CB2.
Turkish towels everywhere
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☀️We put so much work into this house!!! So happy for the new owners that get to enjoy all the beautiful details! 🛠 @chasehomesllc 📷 @abeallbray . . . . . #heyaidlookatme #cljsquad #bathroomsofinstagram #interiordesign #sodomino #showemyourstyled #smmakelifebeautiful #mydomaine #homewithrue #hgtv #housebeautiful #currentdesignsituation #bhghome #apartmenttherapy #home4all #mydecorvibe #homeyouhave #elledecor #abmathome #myhome #mcgeeandco #bhilivebeautifully #smploves #myoklstyle #decorinspo #myscoutandnimble
Turkish towels have been around forever, but having one on every hook in the bathroom is a luxury we have yet to experience. Hand towels, bath towels, and even Turkish bathmats can quickly transform any bathroom into a place of indulgence. Which is just one of the reasons we loved this trending photo from @whitneymichellewilliams.
“Turkish towels are becoming a household staple, since they’re so versatile—they can be used as bath towels, beach towels, and throw blankets, and have an amazing texture that is soft and fluffy,” Ali-Hassan says.
Steal the look: Assemble your stacks of towels, in any color, by shopping the collections at The Bali Market. They’re not just pretty to look at. “An added bonus,” Ali-Hassan says, “is they dry quickly and become more absorbent over time.”