Forget cookie-cutter looks. Take your bathroom to the next level of cool in 2023 with these awesome bathroom ideas!
31 January 2023
Top image: Design by atelier here
Text by Janice Seow
Many people see their bathrooms as their personal sanctuary, and that’s not going away anytime soon. That term ‘sanctuary’ plays out differently for different people, which is why we’ve put together bathroom ideas that we think are not only awesome, but also cater to different personalities and tastes.
The resort-inspired bathroom continues to be popular as it brings to mind relaxing days by the beach, and the idea of calming, spa-like indulgence – all of which have universal appeal.
Instead of a typical resort aesthetic (dark wood, rattan, pebbles), consider alternative bathroom ideas such as a custom rock wall feature for that rugged outdoor feel, like this one from Design Vault (above), or a raw and dusky-hued microcement finish on walls (below) for a more modern and minimalist look.
Speaking of outdoors, you can even build an artificial skylight in your bathroom using light changing LEDs to mimic different times of the day (below).
Want a feminine bathroom that’s elegant and tasteful, and not overly girly so the men in the house will still feel at home in them?
Choose soft and dusky pinks in favour of loud ones, and pair them with whites and other calming neutrals. Even subtle feminine accents in the form of flowers, accessories and patterned marble grains can go a long way.
Looking for a bold, statement-making bathroom? Besides going for loud colours, consider using shapes and patterns to deliver a playful touch, delineate the space, and even create optical illusion. So as not to go overboard, consider using them in the same or similar shade.
Placing the bathroom vanity outside the bathroom has become more popular among homeowners living in compact flats and apartments, and we see the trend continuing as people desire more bathing space and the comfort of a larger vanity.
In this four-room HDB flat, the enlarged master bedroom is big enough to accommodate a stylish vanity island that’s a bookcase on the bed facing side. It also serves as a ‘privacy screen’.
One easy way to bring nature into the bathroom is with wallpaper print. Just avoid placing the wall covering right by the shower. Vinyl wallpaper is a great option for bathrooms as it’s durable and resistant to moisture and humidity, and be sure to check on water proofing and water resistant treatments before purchase. There are so many design options, and we particularly love the wild and colourful design in this project. It really makes you feel like you’re in a lush jungle and at one with nature.
Depending on the design, full-length feature walls can be great for that immersive feel. You can also opt for half walls to create an accent and a point of interest.
Instead of a generic door, why not consider a ‘porthole’ bathroom entryway? It allows you to view and appreciate your bathroom design easily, and you can still have privacy with a door to the WC. It also plays intriguingly on the idea of frames and layers. It’s something you can consider if you do not have young kids or older folks living with you.
Homeowners often look to create various spa-like experiences in their bathroom, but this is a little more unusual. In this HDB project, a sunken floor design allows the owners to enjoy a warm and luxurious foot bath, just like what one might find at a Japanese onsen.
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