scandinavian bathroom
Over the past few years, there’s been a real emphasis on interior spaces that are designed with wellbeing and lifestyle in mind. Inspired by the Scandinavian way of life, it’s something that has also trickled down into bathroom design. Scandinavian inspired bathrooms often include natural materials such as wood, glass and ceramic, natural light, and the use of warm neutrals like grey and beige.
Inspired by Scandinavian spas and saunas, there’s plenty of ways to be inspired by this design trend in the bathroom - even on a budget. These bathroom décor ideas will introduce a touch of warmth and character to your home, incorporating elements of wood, greenery and monochrome colour palettes.

Neutral coloured wall panels

Dark colours such as anthracite grey, putty beige and even forest greens and midnight blues have grown in popularity recently. These earth inspired colours are perfect for a quick bathroom update. For something more substantial, tile effect wall panels can be really effective. For old houses, wall panels are a great idea as they will cover uneven surfaces with ease. Cover all walls with the panels or choose accent walls to highlight areas of interest – perhaps your double sinks or walk in shower.

Black bathroom hardware

Matte black taps or shower fittings look ultra-modern and are a great way to decorate a bathroom alongside other black accessories such as soap dispensers and toilet roll holders. These black taps look sleek against wood, whether that’s used as panelling or in storage furniture. Take it a step further and choose black framed windows or a shower screen. If you don’t have a large budget, simply changing the taps and shower fittings is a great way to update the space.
scandi sink


Bring an element of nature inside by using pot plants. Not only will they purify the air (perfect for allergy sufferers), but some plants will thrive in the humid environment of a bathroom, especially succulents or ferns. The benefits of indoor plants also include an increase in energy and vitality, as well as boosting your mental health. As well as this, they’re a great way to introduce a pop of colour to your bathroom – contrasting with its monochrome colour palette.


The bathroom doesn’t have to be just a practical space. Accessories such as bath mats or rugs can add texture. If your bathroom is larger, introducing a chair to the bathroom is a good idea, and you can easily choose one that suits your home. If you live in rented accommodation, accessorising the bathroom in this way can be a great way to make the space feel like home. Even presenting hand soaps and toothbrushes in minimally styled dispensers and dishes is a great way to add personality on a budget.


Scandinavian design values simplicity and quality above all else. However, even the most minimal individuals will require storage to keep essentials hidden away from view. If you’re planning a new bathroom from scratch, be careful not to underestimate the importance of storage. If you have a large cupboard, portion it up inside using storage boxes or inbuilt shelving.