8 enviable minimalist bathroom ideas to swoon over

These minimalist bathroom ideas are sure to make you swoon (and immediately have a clear out)

Minimalist bathroom ideas
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Looking for minimalist bathroom ideas? Are you yearning for a clutter free, sleek lined bathroom that sparks joy? Aren't we all. To successfully create it though, you need to be happy to have less (or to hide your clutter), as bits and bobs lying about does not make for a pared-back modern bathroom. So first things first, it's time for a clear-out and let these five fabulous looks be your motivation. You've got this, we believe you can achieve the minimalist bathroom of your dreams...

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1. Use marble to create serene light filled space

How gorgeous is this bathroom? Not only is it minimal, but it shows you how to create this look when space is tight. The mini bath is a great shape and it looks perfect sitting on the large marble floor tiles - and we love how the tiles continue on up the wall. The walnut style basin unit adds warmth to the scheme and creates a depth with its beautiful grainy texture. Keep the rest of the scheme simple. 

2. Go for a single color for your minimalist bathroom 

Minimalist bathroom ideas

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This stunning walk-in bathroom is the epitome of minimalism. The simple, pared back design oozes calm and sophistication. To recreate this, you need to only have what you really need on show and to keep the elements basic - yet beautiful. The flooring is actually vinyl - who would know?! And it complements the textured stone tiles and bare plastered wall. Accessories are kept uber simple - the Shaker style peg rail, antique stool and wooden shelf on the right add character. 

3. Pare back on what you need

Minimalist bathroom ideas

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There are so many great elements in this bathroom - let’s start with the super-smooth green wall that ties in with the gorgeous garden, and then the pale grey floor tiles - that give just a hint of pattern. The wall-hung units that allow your eye to skim underneath to create the illusion of space are a fabulous modern touch. Then, the matching bath with a handy white shelf behind it. And not forgetting the stylish metal side table for your book and possibly a gin? What’s not to love?

4. Match your wall tiles to your floor tiles for a seamless look

Minimalist bathroom ideas

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For an all encompassing look, check out this bathroom. The use of matching wall and floor tiles creates a cozy feel even though the style is minimalist, and it’s a good design point to consider - as minimalist bathrooms can often feel a little stark. The ruby red towels add warmth and contrast against the black fixtures and fittings whilst the blind offers a decorative aspect. 

5. Bring some nature into a minimalist  bathroom 

Minimalist bathroom ideas

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Well, isn’t this the dream? Lying back in a comfy bath whilst admiring the most fabulous wooded view! If you are lucky enough to have a corner aspect like this, then do consider placing your bath so you can see out - as long as you don’t have nosey neighbours…The modern style bath is the focal point and the look is kept minimal by the white flooring, moody green walls and lack of clutter. You can add in some coloured glass vases and bottles for a bit of extra colour and a textured towel for interest. 

6. Add character to a minimalist bathroom 

Shoe designer Jacqueline has filled her renovated Edwardianhome with vintage furniture, art, plants and curios from Her travels

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Minimalist bathrooms don't always have to mean stark and void of personality, you can create a clutter-free space that still has plenty of character. Look at this bathroom for example, still clean, fresh and minimalist but the retro style vanity and the antique mirror give the room something beyond white sanitary ware and walls of metro tiles. 

7. Choose a walk in shower for a minimalist bathroom 

wetroom by Devon & Devon with black and white floor

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Minimalist bathrooms work best if there is nothing breaking up the space – so opt for a walk in shower and ditch the bulky enclosure. This will allow light to flow around the space, making it feel bigger, brighter and well, just better!

8. Choose warm tones in a minimalist bathroom

Luxury bathroom with a modern feel, black freestanding bath and concrete finish walls

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If you like the idea of a minimalist bathroom without the extravagant opulence, just keep the space inviting with warm tones and low lighting 

Simple silhouettes and well chosen materials – think hardwoods and concrete finishes – can create a soothing and luxurious feel when combined. Complete the look with industrial-style light fittings and a statement freestanding bath. 

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Sophie Warren-Smith

Sophie has been an interior stylist and journalist for over 22 years and has worked for many of the main interior magazines during that time both in-house and as a freelancer. On the side, as well as being the News Editor of indie magazine, 91, Sophie trained to be a florist in 2019 and launched The Prettiest Posy where she curates beautiful flowers for the modern bride.