10 Ways to Add Asian Design Elements to Your Bathroom

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A space with Asian design elements creates an inviting and serene look, while offering spa-like luxuries. Your bathroom should be one of the most relaxing spaces in your home, where you can go to unwind after a long day. What makes Asian design more serene than others is its ability to produce a sense of tranquility, balance, and visual harmony with the use of clean lines, minimalist decor, soothing color schemes, and natural materials. By incorporating the following Asian design elements, you can transform your bathroom into a soothing getaway.

1. Use Soothing Color Schemes

Calming tones, like crisp white, earthy brown, and warm neutrals are often seen in Asian-decorated bathrooms. These color swatches evoke a peaceful and open space. If you’re feeling risky, try out a darker tone like black, which is also typically used in bathrooms with Asian design. This color adds a dramatic look in your bathroom and is sometimes used to anchor a space.

2. Create A Staycation Resort

Transforming your otherwise boring bathroom design into an exotic Asian-style bath gives you the opportunity to create a space that feels like a spa in Japan or a beachside Balinese resort. Incorporating warm wood decor is one way to achieve a Zen-inspired bathroom. Add visual and textural appeal with rich red-tinged mahogany bath surrounds or even a light blonde wood cabinetry and window frames.

3. Add a Glamourous Touch

Because Eastern-inspired bathrooms sometimes integrate shimmering metallic tones (like gold, silver or copper), you have the opportunity to make your bathroom more glamorous. Have some fun with these elements to create even more drama and flair in your space.

Try adding a gold-tiled vanity or mosaic tiling with intricate pattern details in black and gold. This amps up the glamorous touch while still offering a bathroom that’s functional yet sleek. For a more refined look, include cultural artifacts that speak to the authenticity of the design. Metallic finishes will also communicate this décor aspect.

4. Simply Tranquil

A calm and uncluttered design is one of the most important features of a Zen-inspired bathroom. This will help you achieve a relaxing room design. Go for neutral-toned walls as they offer a warm and an inviting atmosphere. Then, decorate the rest of the room in crisp white and chrome fixtures for a more finished look. If you have room in your bathroom remodeling budget, add floor to ceiling windows that give the room a ton of natural lighting. Nothing goes better with a relaxing shower than the serene views of nature.

5. Fun Wall Coverings 

Although bathrooms with Asian design elements usually have empty/plain walls, feel free to make yours a bit more visual and inject some of your own personality into the remodel. I’m all about adding wallpaper if it adds texture to the walls, and koi-printed wallpaper does exactly that. Koi, in Japan, represent love, friendship and courage; while in China, they are seen as symbols of wealth and prosperity. This fish-patterned wallpaper adds layers of visual appeal as well as much-needed character to your bathroom.

Tip: While Koi-printed wallpaper serves as an authentic touch, if fish-patterned wallpaper isn’t your idea of a fun décor aspect, try wall coverings that feature iconic cultural motifs like language characters or cherry blossoms.

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6. Bamboo Accents 

Another common design element is bamboo accents. You have a lot of options in regards to how you want to incorporate this element in your design. A bamboo sink is a unique feature that could give your bathroom a strong visual appeal. This ecofriendly material can be used to create strong directional lines, which is a key characteristic in Asian design aesthetics. The warm, earth tone will bring life into your space and give it more personality.

7. Feng Shui

You’ve probably heard of the ancient Chinese practice feng shui, which harmonizes your home through various design arrangements. It improves the flow of positive energy through your space and, in turn, has a positive effect on homeowners. Because of its tranquil and uncluttered characteristics, feng shui sometimes slips into Asian-influenced designs.

The key elements of feng shui to remember are: Choose soothing color palettes, omit clutter, and decorate a wall with large mirror(s) to assist with positive energy flow. Don’t forget to allow plenty of natural light into the room, great ventilation, and fresh air. Try to incorporate candles and plants into the design as they transmit a calm and uplifting vibe.

8. Refined Accessories

Delicate accessories are my go-tos when I want an easy way to infuse culture into my home. It’s stress-free, while still adding character and brilliant visual appeal. For Asian design elements, play with patterns like cherry blossom prints and Eastern-inspired geometrics. And, I always suggest it, go thrifting. It’s by far the most fun and you still get to check items off your “to-do” list. Double win.

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9. Vibrant Red

In Asian culture, red symbolizes joy, good luck, fortune, and purity. Because of this, the color plays a vital role and is used quite often. When incorporating the bold color into your remodel, start off slow, with small, bright furniture, and decorative accents. The warm, vibrant shade will bring life into your room.

10. A Natural Touch

Natural décor accessories are used in bathrooms with Asian elements to boost an organic and tranquil atmosphere within the space. Decorate the space, sparingly, with woven boxes, cultural art and live orchids. Not only will it add character to your bathroom, but also create a spa-like finish to your remodel.

Tip: Go a step further to make your bathroom the one-stop-shop for ultimate relaxation by adding mood lighting, fluffy robes, plush towels, and candles.


Your bathroom remodel with Asian design elements should produce a sense of tranquility, balance, and visual harmony to achieve a getaway in your own home. If you are interested in transforming your bathroom, click here and get connected with up to four bathroom remodelers near you.

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