If you've ever taken a
look at Scandinavian homes, you'll recognize the style: clean lines,
lots of white and neutral colors, practical concepts that maximize
space and function, elegance highlighted by natural materials, cozy
fabrics, and lots of light.
In the bathroom,
incorporating the Scandinavian style means bright spaces with natural
wood tones, soft textures, multi-function spaces, and sleek lines.
As a space in your home where tidiness and cleanliness is a
necessity, a Scandinavian styled bathroom is the perfect approach to
maintain the simple yet functional vibe you are aiming for.
1. Best colors for your
The Scandinavian color
palette is known to be kept to a minimal level; neutral colors like
beige, cool whites and warm whites are the best options. The color
palette that you choose will be determined with consideration towards
your personal style and color preferences too. If you feel a little
playful but still want to keep the sleek Scandinavian style, add pops
of color to your accent furniture and accessories.
Choose an important
bathroom item – tile sample, artwork, towels – to pull your color
scheme from. This may be the white, blue and aqua glass tile that you
have selected to accent the shower or it may be chevron-patterned
shower curtain that you have recently bought. Whatever you’re
jumping off point is, use this to pull two or three colors from, if
Once you have decided on
your color scheme you will need to make a decision on how it is
implemented. For example, your three colors may be gray, pastel blue
and white. Therefore, you could choose to paint the walls of the bathroom gray while
accenting the space with white towels and a few soft blue colored
accessories. The benefit to choosing a gray as your wall color is
that it is a neutral and can coordinate with a variety of colors and
styles. You won’t have to change the wall color if you decide it’s
time to get new towels.
Another factor to consider
in choosing the right color scheme for your Scandinavian bathroom is
people who will be using the space. If the bathroom undergoing the
transformation is going to be used primarily by children you can feel
free to be a little more adventurous with your choices. A great
combination for a kid’s bathroom is white subway accented by a
stripe of lime green or navy blue tile. In contrast, powder rooms or
½ baths are often decorated in a more dramatic fashion. Because a
powder room is less frequently used and not in regular contact with
the steam from a shower or tub, you could choose to install patterned
marble tiles instead of traditional tile or paint.
2. Great backsplash
and wall tile ideas for your Scandinavian bathroom
A beautiful backsplash
or accented tile wall acts as the
jewelry of the bathroom and provides a focal point for the space. It
is becoming increasingly common to find bathrooms, both small and
large, with a large portion of tile installed on the vertical spaces.
This is due to the natural beauty of tile, its water resistance and
the clean look it provides.
Your bathroom is a great
place to experiment with a textured tile backsplash or accent to
achieve that Scandinavian feel. If you are more reserved in your
design choices you may consider, for example, subway tile as your
main tile selection. From there you can introduce a color glass
mosaic to be installed in a horizontal or vertical stripe somewhere
in the space to add a pop of color. This provides a custom feel with
committing to an entire wall of vibrantly-colored tile that is likely
to lose the Scandinavian sense of style. In general, try to keep the
types of tile installed down to three selections: one for the floor,
one for the main wall or shower and an accent tile.
Add a little sweetness to
your Scandinavian bathroom with a subtle patterned tile, wherein the
tile extends to the vanity countertop, giving the space a sense of
continuity and harmony. Bring the bathroom together with light
neutrals, lots of white, and a focus on geometrical shapes to define
your bathroom's Scandinavian influence.
countertops for your bathroom
Due to the frequency of
use and constant contact with water, bathroom countertops must be durable and
hardworking. Thankfully, there are a variety of materials available
that are ideal for a Scandinavian-styled bathroom environment that
promotes both its function and sleek design.
The budget-friendly option
is laminate. Laminate comes in a wide array of colors and patterns
that are designed to mimic the look of high end products. While it is
resistant to water, it can fade and discolor over time.
Natural stone and quartz
are options available for those with a larger budget. However, if you
are remodeling a small bathroom, you may be able to indulge in these
surfaces because you will likely need less of them. Both natural
stone and quartz are low maintenance and highly durable. Granite also
handles heat well which makes it an excellent choice when curling
irons and straighteners are to be used.
4. Best flooring choice
for your Scandinavian bathroom
When it comes to your
bathroom flooring, one type of
material is the overall favorite, tile. Whether it is ceramic,
porcelain, marble or slate, tile is a great choice for the bathroom
because of its durability, water resistance, and sleek aesthetic
appeal. Floor tiles can be purchased in a variety of sizes such as
12×12, 18×18 and 12×24. In a small bathroom the general rule is to
install larger tiles because they give the illusion of more floor
space. However, this rule can be broken for styles of tile like penny
tile. Penny tile’s round edges provides a curved surface to walk
on, as well as providing a nod past design styles in a classic way.
5. Lighting and
accessories for your Scandinavian bathroom
Lighting is another
important element in your Scandinavian bathroom. This may involve
light from a window,
skylight or additional fixtures in
the space. Regardless of the source of the light, the quality is the
more important factor as it is important for this type of bathroom to
be bright and airy.
Don’t forget the
accessories. While space may be limited, a curated collection of bathroom accessories can provide the perfect finishing touch to your Scandinavian
bathroom. Sometimes, it is these finishing touches that complete the
space and make it feel inviting. It’s important to balance the hard
surfaces of the bathroom with items that are soft such as spa towels
and a small area rug.
A coordinating piece of
artwork can add interest to a bathroom, even a small one. It can also
provide a color palette to base the room on. The key is to keep it
minimal and clean. A dash of color won’t hurt, but make sure it
doesn’t overpower the essence of Scandinavian design.
Retro wire baskets make
storage easy, while lilac-grey towels add a little color. The sink
and faucet keep lines clean and simple, and the mirror, framed with
the same teak, adds light and visual space.