Left image by: Vivian Evans, Right image by: Maegan Tintari
Clean, simple, decadent – your bathroom should be a relaxing space, with some added luxurious design elements. A huge part of the design and decor will rely on the shape and size of your room; as well as your own bathroom preferences.
Decide what you want in your bathroom, a bath or a shower, towel rack or heated rails, large mirror or small mirror, under sink storage or self standing shelves. There are lots of options, and perhaps the best way to work out what you want is to visit a bathroom showroom where you can get lots of decor ideas as well as inspiration on how to utilize your space.
Bathrooms are inherently practical spaces; it needs to be functional first and foremost. So, if you’re designing from scratch, consider devoting a large space to it, or perhaps convert an existing attic into a large bathroom with space enough for a chaise longue.
Perhaps, if you’re updating your own home and have an extra empty room, you could create an en-suite for yourself. Or, even add a little steam or sauna room if you so desire. Take inspiration from the Roman baths or even your favorite spa and put candle holders around the bathtub, so you can’t help but relax!
Bathroom flooring can be a difficult decision to make, but as long as you have a bath mat, your options are fairly open! Wooden floors look nice, but can be slippery if they are laminated. Tiles can be really cold, so either invest in underfloor heating or buy a tile effect vinyl floor. Carpet floors are a luxury and only for those super clean, efficient people with no children!
Small Bathroom Decorating
Maximize the space with neutral colors and a clever use of mirroring. Choose a white bathroom suite, white walls, frame-less (or white frame) mirrors, and chrome accessories that will help reflect light and space around the room. Steer clear of anything too indulgent and chunky that will cramp the space and make it feel even smaller. Be aware that even thin black accessories will eat up light and minimize the size of the bathroom.
Choose decor ideas that are minimal and effective: a mosaic framed mirror, pearl effect tiles around the bath, matching towels on the heated rail, glass shower door instead of a curtain, boxes or drawers to hide products away that would otherwise clutter, decant liquid soap into a clear glass container to reduce the amount of labels, buy matching products for the shower and the bath.
The country bathroom decor style requires a fairly vintage approach that speaks of glamorous powder rooms of the past. A classic black and white bathroom is a beautiful way of creating a timeless interior, so add a black and white patterned vinyl floor; half white tiles//half black painted walls and a chair to drape your clothes, bathrobe and fresh towels.
If you have the space, add a large storage unit to contain towels, shampoo and extra soap, as well as your favorite skincare products and cotton wool. Make sure to change the knobs or handles for something that matches the room, and is cute and retro.
For a nautical beach effect, add a sailor’s chest to store the towels and a blue and white stripey theme on the lower half of the walls. Or just for a tiny touch, add some striped blinds at the window. You could even add some shells in the room, or some sand in a jar, just for a little touch of nature.
Kids’ Bathroom Decor
If your kids have their own bathroom, then it’s important to keep it safe and clean, so make sure that all items are installed correctly and checked frequently. Aside from that, make sure it’s a fun place for the kids to spend time; we all know how difficult it can be for little boys to get in the bath!
Make it really comfortable and keep toys around the tub for them to play with. Personalize their towels so they’ll want to use them all the time, and make sure that you include them in part of the design, so that they own it. Add colorful towels and accessories to make it enjoyable, and add modern and interesting pieces of furniture, like several circular mirrors or a frog shaped chair.
Paint their favorite quotes on the wall, and consider hanging storage for all the pretty kids’ products. Get some little stools, and paint on some ducks or dolphins, put stripes on the wall and buy a waterproof book. Mix and match patterns on the curtains, chairs and shower curtain, and be creative.
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