“Can I use your bathroom?” If those words make you the slightest bit uncomfortable, you either need a good cleaning or — even better — a full renovation. In this article, we’re covering the latter.
Nice bathroom decor isn’t only about your guests, though. It’s about you, your family, and a frequently used room that calls for major comfort and a pleasing, personal aesthetic. Just like any other area in the house, you should feel at home the moment you step into your bathroom.
Now, unlink your concept of “bathroom” from plain tiles and squeaky-clean nothingness. Let’s jump into a few home design inspiration ideas to get you thinking outside the box.
Get organized with vanities
It can be frustrating to walk in and find only a shower, a toilet, and a sink composing a bathroom. Where’s the convenience? Vanities are stylish and will store everything from personal hygiene products to makeup and items that need to be within your reach. Not to mention, you can have them painted fun colors, if you feel like giving neutrals a break.
Spruce it up with photos
These may not be the type of photos you typically associate with home decor; having family photos in the bathroom would be odd, of course. But what about framed inspirational quotes and artsy drawings? When they’re well curated, they can change the whole ambiance by giving it a homey feel.
If you’re not living on your own or just need constructive opinions, try sharing your wall display ideas with your family or decor-savvy friends for a perfect match. Just a quick tip: to avoid the hassle of overloading your phone or computer with pictures, invest in a photo storage device. This way, you can store as many photos as you want and only share them with people who matter.
The bathtub: keep it or ditch it?
Some people would rather replace their so-called “old-fashioned” tubs with chic open showers, which is totally understandable if you’re all about modern spaces. But the truth is that it all depends on the style you’re going for.
For instance, a pastel tub compliments a shabby chic bathroom style in all its sophistication and adds to its “pretty aging”, if you will. Don’t call it outdated–call it vintage.
Add accent lighting
The lighting in your bathroom should go beyond your typical ceiling light fixtures. Chandeliers are a good pick if you’re feeling fancy, and they’re not limited to living rooms and foyers.
We’re sure you’ve seen pictures of cool bathrooms where lights–white or LED–emanate from coves, behind mirrors, and even from inside the showers. Accent lighting is an elegant addition if installed in the right places, with the right colors.
Going overboard on the colorful lighting might make your bathroom look like a pub, while properly placed soft blue lights might give it a lagoon-like atmosphere. It’s all about balance. If in doubt, go with whites: cool, neutral, or warm, depending on your preference.
Update the flooring, update the whole room
When the flooring is upgraded, it sometimes feels like the whole room has been remodeled. That’s why you should pay special attention to all kinds of styles and patterns you could use other than plain tiles.
After all, you’ve got options like carpeting, laminate, or vinyl, all of which are waterproof. Keep in mind that playing with colors is absolutely allowed. With the help of an interior designer, there’s no limit to your creativity.
By sticking to your design preferences, your unique sense of style, and a professional hand, your bathroom will not only make you proud to show your guests around, but it’ll become a personalized retreat where you can chill out.