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Simple Bathroom Ideas for a Clean and Reduced Look

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April 14, 2023
Kallista Design

Are you looking to give your bathroom a stylish update, but aren’t quite ready for a remodel? Sometimes, a simple refresh is all you need to keep your space feeling and looking new. In this listicle, you'll discover simple ways to transform your bathroom's style and atmosphere with low-effort, simple bathroom ideas.

Keep reading below and see for yourself how much of an impact a few simple updates can make.

Match Your Faucet and Mirror Frame

off-white bathroom vanity wall with gold faucet and gold-framed mirror
Featured Product: One™ Sink Faucet, Tall Spout, Nero Marquina Handles

Sophisticated bathroom design requires thoughtful coordination of fixtures, materials, and patterns to create a delightful experience. One timeless and easy way to accomplish this goal is to match the finish of your faucet with your mirror frame.

off white bathroom sink with gold faucet

This neutral, simple bathroom design idea utilizes golden brass as a visually captivating accent color, offering a warm glow to the tall-spout faucet and rounded mirror. For an added touch of luxury, consider a decorative faucet with marble infused into the handles. Here, the deep blackness and striking white streaks of Nero Marquina marble serve as a stunning contrast to the golden sheen of the faucet.

Tropical Cornerstone

black shower room with plant in the corner
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If your bathroom has an empty corner, consider it an opportunity to display a towering, leafy houseplant. As indoor gardens and biophilic designs grow in popularity, you can be confident in the relevance and timeless quality of this approach.  

cropped picture of a bathroom showing the corner of a wood vanity, white tiled wall, and planter full of succulents
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You may wish to adjust this simple bathroom décor idea to utilize succulents instead of leafy plants. Succulents can be particularly pleasing in rustic and coastal bathroom designs.

Simple Small Bathroom Idea for a Console Table

marbled gray bathroom with vanity and mirror
Featured Product: Per Se® Bathroom Collection

A thoughtful touch of nature can benefit even the most monochromatic interiors with limited space. One of our favorite simple small bathroom ideas is topping bathroom consoles with a single, small vase of flowers for a hint of color.  

Decorative Flower Centerpiece

double bathroom vanity with gold faucets
Credit: @hommeboys Featured Product: Pinna Paletta® Sink Faucet, Low Spout, Lever Handles

This approach is similar to the previous small bathroom idea but on a larger scale. In the above image, an artful bouquet breathes life into a large, double vanity. Flowers in decorative vases can serve as a delightful focal point when placed in the middle of double vanity sinks and mirrors.  

Tip: Change flowers by the season or substitute faux flowers according to personal preferences. In this way, you can maintain a refreshed interior with minimal effort.

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Simple Sculptural Updates for a Glamorous Bathroom Interior

glamorous bathroom with blue marble vanity and gold gooseneck faucet
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If your bathroom is elegantly decorative, you can experiment with a variety of simple décor updates, from subtle accents to eclectic statement pieces. With this in mind, you may consider adding ornamental statues to a stately, Hollywood-inspired interior. When paired with golden, Unlacquered Brass faucets, you can achieve an especially luxurious result.

Simple Bathroom Bar Soap Idea

polished faucet with golden brass finish installed on a gray bathroom countertop with a bar of soap on it
Featured Product: One™ Sink Faucet, Tall Spout, Cross Handles

Sometimes, even the most minor adjustment can enhance the visual and functional appeal of your space. If you have a plastic soap dispenser on your countertop, consider swapping it out with a bar of soap atop a decorative dish. This can add an element of thoughtful sophistication to your bathroom.

Vertical Backsplash Tiling

black bathroom and black faucet
Featured Product: One™ Sink Faucet, Tall Spout, Cross Handles

While installing tiles in a horizontal pattern may be common, there’s no rule against a vertical approach. Vertical tile behind your sink can cause the illusion of a higher ceiling and larger space, which can be an especially useful visual effect in a small bathroom.

Play With Floral Patterns

white bathroom with floral decor
Credit: @karynmillet Featured Product: Per Se® Sink Faucet, Low Spout, Lever Handles

Rejuvenate your space with colorful, floral bathroom décor ideas. You can create a peaceful atmosphere by pairing flowery curtains and linens with real (or fake) flowers in a glass vase.

Fine-Tune Your Lighting

bathroom with lighted mirror and shower
Featured Product: One™ Sink Faucet, Tall Spout, Cross Handles

Lighting can serve functional and stylistic purposes in your bathroom, and it’s vital to determine the optimal balance. When grooming or applying makeup, you may need bright task lighting. Other times, you may wish to rely on ambient mood lighting—or natural lighting if your bathroom has a window or skylight. The right lighting can even make a small bathroom design appear larger.

Consider a combination of lighting approaches to find the perfect mix. Bathroom lighting options include lighted mirrors, wall sconces, chandeliers, and recessed ceiling bulbs.

Curated Countertop Amenities

bathroom vanity with chrome faucet and decor on counter
Featured Product: Pinna Paletta® Sink Faucet, Tall Spout, Lever Handles  

Simple guest bathroom ideas can make visitors more comfortable. Whether a family member is staying the night or you’re welcoming a new acquaintance into your home for a dinner party, you can place an assortment of soaps, lotions, and fragrances on your guest bathroom’s vanity countertop.  

Differentiate Areas With Tile

traditional bathroom
Credit: @mindygayerdesign Featured Product: Bellis® Sink Faucet, Traditional Spout, Cross Handles

You can add a sense of separation to your bathroom by changing your approach to wallpaper and tile. If a wall doesn’t physically separate your tub from the vanity area, consider using different wall materials or patterns for visual distinction between sections.  

Add Antique or Secondhand Pieces

maximalist bathroom
Credit: @karynmillet Featured Product: One™ Sink Faucet, Low Spout, Lever Handles

If you are utilizing an eclectic or maximalist interior design style, allow yourself to experiment with vintage pieces and oddities. You never know when you’ll come across a well-loved piece that’s perfect for your simple bathroom décor goals.  

Whimsical Wallpaper

bathroom with colorful wallpaper
Credit: @lmsdesignllc Featured Product: One™ Sink Faucet, Low Spout, Lever Handles

You can completely change the look of your bathroom by trying a different wallpaper or paint color. This simple bathroom remodel idea allows you to transform your oasis with ease. Consider bold, artful expressions to add a burst of personality to your space.  

Color Coordination

blue bathroom
Featured Product: One ™ Sink Faucet, Gooseneck Spout, Lever Handles

Be mindful of your color palette and use the same shade throughout surfaces, wall art, and linens for a cohesive look. Here, the blue walls pair well with blue-patterned towels and wall art to create a soothing coastal bathroom design.

Install Another Showerhead

shower with a ceiling mounted rainfall showerhead and a wall-mounted multifunction showerhead
Featured Product: Air-Induction Soft Modern Rain Showerhead

Bring elegant spa bathroom ideas to life by outfitting your shower with luxury fixtures. Pair a wall-mounted, multi-functional showerhead with a ceiling-mounted rainfall showerhead for an immersive cleanse.

Tip: For the best rain showerhead experience, choose one that develops air-induced droplets. Innovative air-induction technology offers a drenching spray while reducing overall water output.  

Design a Simple Bathroom With Understated Elegance

From simple bathroom décor ideas to modern kitchen ideas, we can help you design the home of your dreams. Explore more of our interior design ideas for further inspiration.  

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