By necessity, bathrooms are often cold and hard, shiny and sterile. One way to add contrast, character and warmth to this setting is with oriental rugs and kilims. Usually made of wool, they are naturally stain resistant and effective at repelling water. And their rich deep colors look lovely against marble and tiles.
If you are looking for a new look or want more color in your bathroom (but not interested in making more permanent changes), consider investing in a new rug or importing one from another room in your house. Here are some terrific examples of this inspired look.
1 From Martin Gomez Arquitectos via Desire to Inspire.
2 Max Rollitt bathroom.
3 Carey Dodson Design via Houzz.
4 CWB Architects via Houzz
5 Kristen Buckingham designed room via Covet Living.
6 Burnham Design via Attic Mag
7 Natalie Clayman Interior Design.
8 Houzz via Jaclyn Paige
9 Mell Lawrence Architects via Design Manifest.
10 Sheryl Crow's bathroom from Architectural Digest. The 1920s pedestal sink and black tilework are original to the house; the Persian carpet is from Safavieh.
(Images: As linked above.)