6 Gorgeous European Bathrooms

By Susan Redman, Houzz

Whether taking a cue from fashion or bringing the outdoors in, bathroom designers the world over look to cultural inspiration for new ideas. Even if you don’t have plans to renovate your bathroom anytime soon, you can borrow some of these globe-trotting treatments. Love Italian style? Paint black stripes on white walls. Want to be reminded of a summer vacation? Move in the tropical plants. Prefer bling in your bathroom? Hang an ornate mirror over the sink. There are many ways to convey an international style — just choose a country for inspiration.

Claudia Montevecchi, original photo on Houzz
Claudia Montevecchi, original photo on Houzz

Italy. Northern Italians are renowned for their sharp sartorial style, often expressed in fine pinstriped suiting and shiny black leather accessories. Imagine, then, a decorating scheme that adopts this tailored aesthetic. In the suave makeover of this Milano bathroom, the walls were painted in black and white stripes, which provide a graphic contrast to the white tile panel that surrounds the room. Other features are typical of the Italian love of luxury and high-end finishes. Fashionable indeed.

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Hisbalit, original photo on Houzz
Hisbalit, original photo on Houzz

Spain. It makes sense that a people so in love with fiestas would inject this kind of vibrancy and energy into bathroom design. Surely you’d want to party forever in this bathroom — or at least spend time washing and showering. The aqua and tomato red color combo makes for an exciting atmosphere — perhaps one that only a Spanish designer could pull off with such flair.

Franke Architekten, original photo on Houzz
Franke Architekten, original photo on Houzz

Germany. When it comes to the bathroom, every square inch (or centimeter) counts, which is why this meticulous tiling job in a Berlin shower, featuring an optical-art pattern of great intricacy, is so compelling. You could say that more is definitely more in this abstract, geometric design.

PAD Studio, original photo on Houzz
PAD Studio, original photo on Houzz

Britain. Heavens above! This bathroom looks like it’s been built in an old barn. Well, in fact the rustic yet luxurious space was created in a hayloft on the family-run property of Warborne Farm in southeastern England. The conversion is part of an award-winning farm-stay development.

Kreoo, original photo on Houzz
Kreoo, original photo on Houzz

Russia. My, what a chic bathroom this is! With floor-to-ceiling two-tone marble and a hand-carved bas-relief plaque, this drop-dead gorgeous space seems meant to be ogled more than used. Check out the black mirror frame and golden sconces. Seriously baroque, nyet?

Skeppsholmen Sotheby’s International Realty, original photo on Houzz
Skeppsholmen Sotheby’s International Realty, original photo on Houzz

Sweden. Scandinavians know there’s more to life than the daily grind, which is why they invented the sauna for relaxing in after a hard day’s work. This bathroom in Stockholm features one compact unit built into a corner, with just enough room for two to enjoy its steamy vapors.

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