While we may feel the bathroom is just a utilitarian area of our home – there for our morning ablutions and our nightly rituals - there’s no doubt that it’s becoming a place where more and more of us can show off our own style, just as we do in the rest of our homes.
However, if your bathroom is in decent shape but just a little plain and you don’t want to fork out money for a remodel, you are in luck. There are plenty of ways to add a bit of personality to the house with a few small tricks.
Many plant varieties love the warmth and humidity that are naturally present in a bathroom. If you have a window that lets in a bit of light, then consider bringing in a few air-purifying plants for a gorgeous bohemian look. Consider hanging varieties like spider plants or air plants - which thrive in humidity - from ceilings or around window frames, or simply add a few bright pots with leafy ferns to shelving.
For a glamorous hotel look, consider using a small pretty tray to corral a few bathroom luxuries like handsoap and lotion in nice bottles, some pretty soaps, a container of cotton buds and a small bud vase with a single bloom. Using a tray keeps everything together and looks incredibly chic, too.
If you are looking for a more impactful change, than wallpaper can actually be a great idea in a bathroom! With a room that you don’t spend a lot of time in, you can actually get away with something a little bolder without fear of tiring of it quickly. There are plenty of wallpapers on the market now that are suitable for use in the bathroom – just check your labels! Consider big leafy patterns for a play on the tropical look that’s very popular right now or a bright geometric pattern for a bold and fun statement.
Dress Your Walls
It may seem strange to recommend using art in a bathroom but as more and more of us are treating our bathroom décor like any other room in the house, then consider adding a large statement piece or creating a gallery wall. I’ve used artwork in my bathroom for years with no ill effect to the art but you may want to stick with prints or inexpensive pieces for safety – no prized oil paintings here of course! Consider a simple gallery with black frames against a white wall for a classic look or go for thrifted chic with a set of old seascapes in ornate frames.
Take a Seat
Think furniture is just for the living areas of your home? Think again. If you have the space, then using petite pieces of furniture creates a fabulously eclectic look and creates interest in a functional space. Use a small wooden stool draped with towels at the side of the bath for a bit of luxury or bring in a simply stylish mid-century chair for the corner of the room for a fun additional seat in the space. For real wow-factor, an upholstered button-back chair can work beautifully as a statement piece but be sure you have plenty of ventilation to ensure there is no damage over time to fabric.
Light It Up
While bright, practical lighting is an essential in the bathroom, consider swapping out accent lighting for something a little bit different. We hung a large Moroccan style pendant in our bathroom over the toilet to create a bit of ambiance with its fractured light, whilst taking a relaxing bath. It’s important that the lighting you use is of course suitable for bathroom use or make sure its installation falls outside the recommended zones where water will be used. If you have questions, be sure to seek advice from a qualified electrician.
I hope you enjoyed my tips today on adding a bit of personality to your bathroom! How do you show off your personality in your bathroom design?
Kimberly Duran is an award-winning Interior Design blogger who chronicles her decorating journey in her blog, Swoon Worthy. Her style is unashamedly eclectic, bohemian and glamorous and when she's not helplessly drooling over design websites and adding things to the imaginary 'shopping basket' in her head, she likes to get messy tackling DIY projects, stalk eBay for bargains, take Instagram pictures of her cats and invest time in her on-going love affair with gold spray paint.
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