Bathroom Decorating Ideas

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The bathroom: a boring expanse of white tile that taunts you with its dull conformity to the expectations of what a “bathroom” should be. Homeowners can remodel, but renters may be more limited in their bathroom decorating decisions. But fear not—there’s a lot you can do to make your bathroom beautiful without replacing tiles or knocking down walls. Read on for some sensational suggestions for bathroom design.

1. Evaluate Your Needs

Are you a high-maintenance type who goes through an hour-long bathroom routine every morning, or do you just brush your teeth, hop in the shower, and go? Your bathroom setup can vary greatly depending on your needs. Those who spend more time in the bathroom likely also have more products to store, and will need to make storage decisions accordingly. Those who have fewer products may have more room for unique decorations or colorful curtains in the bathroom.

2. Store Your Stuff in Style

Clutter can be a big enemy in the bathroom. Since apartment bathrooms can be short on space, you might need to get creative with storage. The over-the-toilet storage shelf is a reliable option, but has been done before. Consider keeping supplies in closets and drawers, or ask your landlord if you can add some shelving in the bathroom. Tall (or small), thin cabinets can come in handy in the bathroom, since space is often at a premium. Since your landlord might not want you to paint the bathroom, buy an inexpensive cabinet and paint it an exciting color or pattern—you’ll have a fabulous focus piece for your bathroom. You can also monitor your daily routine and figure out where you do most of your preparation for the day. If your bathroom is small and can’t accommodate your makeup or hygiene items, consider purchasing a vanity for your bedroom and styling your hair and doing other tasks there.

Don’t think that you have to hide everything out of sight in a cabinet, though—there are plenty of attractive smaller storage options that can allow you to put your items in place and on display. Simple space-savers like over-the-door towel racks can help keep your bathroom clutter-free. Bathroom accessories with suction cups can be affixed anywhere and will prevent precious countertop space from being taken up by large numbers of items. Trays are another stylish and inconspicuous way to keep your necessities organized.

3. Do Something Unexpected

Everyone has seen bathrooms with nautical themes and floral themes; maybe you’ve even seen some powder rooms with zebra and leopard prints making for a safari theme. It may seem cute to put boats and seashells in the bathroom, but if that’s not your interest, consider taking another tack. What themes or colors interest you? Maybe red is your favorite color, but you thought it was too strong for your living room. Spice up the bathroom with some red towels, a red shower curtain, and red accessories. The bright color will make white tiles and walls pop, and you’ll feel revived and energized after a refreshing shower in your revved-up red room. Additionally, artwork is often reserved for the living or dining room—but why? Hang some framed pictures or photographs, or check out the new vinyl adhesive artwork that’s becoming popular. If you want to liven up boring tile without replacing it, consider these embossed wall tiles for the bathroom. They lend texture and interest while still being totally temporary.

4. Make the Functional Funky

Just because it’s a bathroom doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Instead of having a monochromatic set of towels, or hiding the towels in the linen closet, use colorful towels to lend some excitement to the room. Ditch your clear plastic shower curtain, or use it as a liner for a classy canvas curtain. Throw in an assortment of wall mirrors that will add light and the illusion of space to your bathroom. Something as simple as installing a new set of towel racks and door pulls can drastically alter the mood of your bathroom. Seashell-shaped soaps are a little overdone, but something unexpected (like a rubber duckie swimming on a bar of soap with ocean waves, or perhaps some watermelon or cupcake soap) in the soap dish can bring a smile to your face and accentuate the rest of your bathroom at the same time. Whatever appeals to you is what you should grab and run with.

A little effort and a lot of creativity go a long way toward transforming your bathroom from blasé to beautiful. Use these tips and your own sense of style to make even the dullest bathroom space into an attractive and useful area.

14 Responses to “Bathroom Decorating Ideas”

  1. July 19, 2006 at 7:19 pm, Guest said:

    I changed my tp roll towel bar and installed a hand towel bar it looks much classier


  2. July 27, 2006 at 4:30 pm, Guest said:



  3. October 16, 2006 at 9:17 pm, Guest said:

    A great storage for the bathroom is a plastic shoe pocket rack that hangs over the door. Each “pocket” holds all sorts of “stuff” and strong enough to hold bottles of shampoo/conditioner!


  4. January 23, 2007 at 2:33 pm, Guest said:

    We have a beach-theme guest BR (white, beige, and light turquoise shower curtain/rug) – my husband and I framed beach postcards from our honeymoon and and put those on the walls – people always comment on that.


  5. April 27, 2007 at 1:05 pm, Guest said:

    Wow! Sounds like nice ideas. I have the jungle/bamboo thing going on in my bathroom.

    What do you all think about fabric shower curtains?


  6. May 01, 2007 at 2:11 pm, Guest said:

    i think fabric shower curtains are gorgeous- in fact, thats what im planning on putting in my bathroom when i move into my apartment this fall. my favorite is on; its a double-swag curtain with clean lines and comes in a TON of colors. heres the site:


  7. May 12, 2007 at 10:22 am, Guest said:

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  8. May 15, 2007 at 5:49 am, Guest said:

    nice thing man


  9. July 31, 2007 at 11:09 am, Guest said:

    i love organised bathrooms. here are some ideas for a spic and span bathroom.

    – Mae


  10. October 23, 2007 at 12:01 pm, Guest said:

    cool man im going to be doing the same thing !!


  11. December 26, 2007 at 12:15 pm, Guest said:

    under the sink is where everything seems to get cluttered and messy. fun baskets can keep things organized, plus you can pull a whole basket at a time out if you have lots of things you need for your morning routine !


  12. January 10, 2008 at 6:49 pm, Guest said:

    how to display a water fountain or candles


  13. April 20, 2008 at 7:35 pm, Guest said:

    You can also use this folding cart, to store away any bathroom items and transport it where you want it to go. This rolling cart folds when you don’t use it and expands when you do. Check it out.


  14. March 18, 2011 at 10:00 am, jack said:

    I couldn’t agree more with your suggestion to change the bath hardware. It makes such a difference and can really change the whole look of the bathroom, even before you change the color. Cheap but effective!


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