Seaside Sanctuary: The Ultimate Guide to Beach Bathroom Décor


Published: May 22, 2023
Updated: November 25, 2023

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As a lover of all things coastal and beachy, I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to be moving to a home near the beach with my family this summer. I have so many coastal décor ideas to explore and eventually implement into my own space, especially for a serene beachy bathroom. With the right décor and accessories, you can create a relaxing and peaceful oasis that feels like a vacation every time you step inside. From the colors of the walls and tiles to the marine-inspired accent pieces, every detail can contribute to the overall ambiance of your beach-decorated bathrooms.

In this article, I’ll share some tips and ideas for decorating your bathroom with a nautical flare. Whether you’re starting from scratch or just looking to refresh your existing design, these ideas will help you create a beautiful and functional space that captures the essence of coastal living. So, grab your beach towel and sunscreen, and let’s dive into the world of bathroom beach décor ideas.

1. Beaches, Breezes, and Bathmats

I am a massive supporter of elevated bathmats such as this one made of slatted bamboo; Its slatted design allows air to circulate underneath the mat, preventing mold and mildew buildup. This type of bathmat is also very easy to clean, wipe it down with a damp cloth and let it air dry. So, not only does it give a natural and rustic look, but it also has practical benefits. Bamboo is a sustainable and durable material that is resistant to water and moisture, making it perfect for a bathroom. You can use it in various ways, either as a standalone mat or on top of a larger rug or carpet for added texture and visual interest.

2. Tropical Trays and Toothbrush Holders

African Zulu wood shields inspire these bath accessories, yet this pale stormy color lends itself well to a coastal bathroom. The collection features a range of accessories, including a soap dish, toothbrush cup, and lidded jar, all made from high-quality porcelain material. The hand-carved white tribal motifs create a sense of modern sophistication while adding texture. The accessories are designed to be functional and stylish, elevating your bathroom’s look while providing practical storage solutions.

3. Seaside Storage

A white oak bin is a simple yet effective way to bring a touch of natural beauty to your beach-themed bathroom. White oak is a strong and durable wood with a light and airy appearance, making it perfect for a coastal-inspired aesthetic. You can use it to store towels, bathrobes, or any other bathroom essentials while adding texture and warmth to the space. The oak’s natural wood grain and knots add a unique charm that will complement any coastal décor. I would style this bin on my bathroom counter with hand towels rolled inside for easy access for guests after washing their hands.

4. Cape Cod Cotton Curtains

Your shower curtain can make all the difference in your bathroom. A classic stripe watercolor shower curtain is a must-have for any marine-themed bathroom. The combination of stripes and watercolor gives a soft, dreamy look that is perfect for a relaxing and tranquil space. The muted shades of blue and green create a calming effect that evokes the feeling of a peaceful seaside retreat. The watercolor effect adds a touch of whimsy and artistry, making it a bathroom focal point. You can pair it with matching bath towels, bathmats, and other accessories to create a cohesive and inviting look or use the colors in the curtain as an easy color palate.

5. From Sandbars to Towel Bars

I need more than a single towel bar in my bathroom, on the days I wash my hair, I use two towels just myself! This Yamazaki 3-Tier Towel Rack is an excellent way to add extra storage space to your bathroom without sacrificing on style. It features a minimalist design that is perfect for a contemporary or minimalist coastal look. The rack is made of durable steel and wooden rails, resistant to rust and corrosion. The three-tier design allows you to store multiple towels or other essentials in a small footprint, making it perfect for smaller bathrooms. I would slide this rack against the wall behind a bathroom door to optimize space.

6. Beachcombing for Bathmats

A hand-tufted Sabine clam-shaped bathmat is a unique and playful way to pay homage to exciting marine life in your space. The mat features a whimsical design that resembles a clamshell, adding a touch of fun to the space. The hand-tufted construction is made of soft and plush cotton, making it comfortable to step on if the previously discussed hard, wooden bamboo matt wasn’t quite your cup of “sea.” You can use it as a standalone mat or layer it on a large rectangular mat for added dimension.

7. During High Tide

A bath tray is an excellent way to organize your bath time essentials when your tub’s tide is high, and you are soaking the day away. This tray is made of high-quality teak wood and stunning brass accents that are eco-friendly and resistant to water and moisture. It is the perfect size to fit the essentials, a good book or laptop, a candle, and a glass of wine… definitely a glass of wine. Its compact design allows you to store it easily when not in use, either beside the tub or in a cupboard. I would store it on my counter and use it as a counter tray for my soap dispenser and diffuser when I am not using it, it is too gorgeous to hide and adds a touch of natural beauty to the bathroom.

8. Nautical Light

This Neptune Travertine Wall Sconce Light is a stylish and elegant way to add ambient lighting to your beach-themed bathroom. The sconce features a natural travertine stone backplate known for its unique patterns and textures. The light fixture is made of high-quality metal with a brushed brass finish that perfectly complements the stone backplate. The light emits a warm and soft glow, creating a cozy and relaxing atmosphere in your bathroom. I would install one on either side of a mirror about the sink to get a flattering glow when getting ready for your next beach day.

9. Coral Cove Cotton Towels

These Kamilla Organic Cotton Striped Copper Towels are an eco-friendly and stylish way to add a pop of color to your beach-themed bathroom. The towels are made of 100% organic cotton, making them soft, absorbent, and gentle on your skin. These towels have pale copper stripes that add a touch of sophistication and warmth to the towels, while the natural color scheme complements the beachy ambiance of the bathroom. For a coordinated look, I would pair them with warm, neutral colors like sandy yellows or ivories and natural materials like wood and bamboo.

10. Beachy Blues

Printable art is an easy and affordable way to add a designer look to your beach-themed bathroom while being budget-friendly and supporting small artists. These prints feature beautiful and intricate shell designs in shades of blue, adding a pop of color and interest to the walls. The prints are available in various sizes and can be easily printed at home or at a local print shop. I recommend framing them and hanging them on the wall in a gallery style or displaying them on a shelf for a casual nautical vibe.

11. Marine Mosaics

I love all things vintage; these peel-and-stick backsplash tiles give me the retro coastal bungalow vibes of my dreams. The tiles feature a beautiful and simple pattern in light blue and grey, adding a subtle pop of color and texture to the walls. The tiles are easy to install and remove, making them perfect for a quick bathroom update and even renter-friendly. They are also waterproof and heat-resistant, making them ideal for use in the bathroom.

12. Woven Waves

CherryNow Tall Woven Laundry Basket, Decorative Blanket Basket for Living Room, Round Wicker Basket for Towels, Clothes, Farmhouse Jute Basket for Home Decor, 15 x 17.7 inches

If you like to keep your hamper in the bathroom, you will need a hamper that fits your oceanic oasis. The Tall Woven Jute Laundry Hamper is a stylish and eco-friendly way to keep your beach-themed bathroom tidy and organized. The hamper features a beautiful and durable woven jute construction, making it strong and long-lasting. The tall and slim design allows it to fit easily in small spaces while still holding a lot. The natural color scheme complements the beachy ambiance of the bathroom.

13. Ocean Cleanup

This Bar Harbor Waste Bin is a practical and stylish way to keep your boardwalk bathroom clean and organized. The bin features a beautiful, durable white bone inlay and dark blue stone, perfect for a coastal look. The contrasting color scheme complements the beachy ambiance of the bathroom, while the compact size allows it to slip easily next to the toilet. If you want to go more matchy-matchy they also have a soap dispenser and tissue cover in the same gorgeous material.

14. Corals and Candles

Seashell Scented Candles Aesthetic Trendy Candles Hand Poured Soy Wax Candle Handmade Shell Shape Candle Seashell Candle for Danish Pastel Room Decor, White, (Cute Style), Gifts

Nothing is better than a romantic bath illuminated by candles after a long work day. These seashell-shaped and scented candles are a playful and practical way to add a touch of fragrance and ambiance to your beach-themed bathroom. The candles feature a beautiful and realistic seashell design, a whimsical touch to the space. They are also scented with the fresh and relaxing scent of floral jasmine. You can use them to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere during bath time or opt to keep them as just décor because they are so adorable!

15. As Happy as a Clam

Huey House Small Replica Clam Shell Sculpture - 8.75Lx 5.6Wx 4.33H Handcrafted White Resin Seashell for Home Decoration

Continuing the theme of cute clam décor, a clam-shaped soap holder is a unique and playful way to store your soap in your seaside soaker tub. The soap holder is made of high-quality resin that is durable and easy to clean, making it perfect for everyday use. There are felt rubbers on the base to protect your delicate surfaces. I would place this on a wooden stool, holding my favorite coconut bar soap and my other bathing accessories, next to a stand-alone tub.

Surf’s Up: Making Waves with Beach Bathroom Décor

In conclusion, decorating a beach-themed bathroom can transport you to a seaside paradise whenever you step inside. By incorporating natural materials, fibers, colors, and beach-inspired decor elements, you can create a relaxing and peaceful space that feels like an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Whether you prefer a minimalist or a maximalist approach, there are plenty of ways to bring the beach into your bathroom.

Remember to focus on the details, such as the bath accessories, towels, and lighting, to create a cohesive and inviting space. Feel free to mix and match different beach-inspired décor elements to create a unique and personalized look that reflects your own style and personality.

With these tips and ideas, you’ll be well on your way to creating a beautiful beach-themed bathroom where you’ll love spending time. I know I am excited about my own oceanic oasis too! So, start dreaming of the sand and waves, and let your imagination run wild with the endless possibilities of coastal décor.

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