Without much consideration, bathroom design can often feel purely utilitarian, leaving us to forget about the final layer that really makes a space feel finished: decor and accessories.
We're firm believers that making every little chore (like washing your face, brushing your teeth, and taking a shower) a tiny bit more pleasant is the secret to finally becoming a morning person ... or, at least it will make the time spent in the space feel more relaxing and serene, you know, like a day spa. Which is why we've rounded up all the best bathroom decor ideas to transform your sanctuary. Whether you're working with a small space, a master bathroom, or you're completely doing a DIY remodel, read on for all of our fun bathroom decorating decorating ideas.
One of the most effective bathroom decorating ideas to focus on right away is wall decor. The good news? There are PLENTY of options to choose from in your makeover. In a small bathroom, a gallery wall of mirrors can help reflect light and make the room feel bigger. Or, add patterned wallpaper to a powder room for an exciting and unexpected pop of color and personality. Want something a little bolder? Consider a tile accent wall with a herringbone pattern, bold color, or painted cement tile.
Shelving can also be an opportunity to marry storage with home decor. Open shelving or floating shelving can give you an opportunity to store towels and toiletries, while also providing a place for keepsakes and small pieces of art.
If you're going into a bathroom remodel, start with tile. Of course, standard white tile (like subway tile) is always a lovely design moment. However, if you're looking for ways to inject color and character into your bathroom design, consider how bathroom tile can be incorporated into your backsplash, countertops, or shower. Even small bathrooms can benefit from a tile moment — consider installing a small mosaic on your floor or shower floor.
Patterned ceramic tiles can completely change your bathroom look — try transforming even a small bathroom floor with a new design.
For something unexpected, consider pairing white tile with a funky-colored grout.
Bathroom Vanity & Cabinetry
Your bathroom vanity and cabinetry can also define the space. With cabinetry especially, you can think about colors that pop (a can of paint can be your best friend in a bathroom makeover) and how swapping hardware might change up your interior design. With a vanity, you have plenty of options depending on the size and style of your bathroom. In a master bathroom, consider a double bathroom vanity. You can also easily DIY an old antique hutch or dresser into a unique bathroom vanity.
While all bathrooms need lighting, you don't need to make your lighting so utilitarian. Sconces are a favored style in bathrooms, however, for something truly opulent, consider pendant lights or even a chandelier. Of course, keep in mind your bathroom style when choosing lighting. Modern sconces might work better in a midcentury-inspired bathroom design. Sconces with globe bulbs would love lovely in a modern bathroom, while a chandelier would be striking in a retro or farmhouse bathroom.
Adding plants to your bathroom instantly injects a dose of color and texture into your bathroom design idea. And bonus: You won't find yourself bogged down with dozens of design questions. Simply choose the type that will thrive in your environment based on sun-to-shade ratio, and enjoy the fruits of your (minimal) labor. Plant yours in a chic seagrass basket to create a casual, California vibe, or perch it on the countertop to soften an industrial-style bathroom. If your counter space is limited, opt for a hanging planter that hooks to the ceiling to draw the eye up — you can enjoy gorgeous bathroom decor and have plenty of space to display all of your makeup and skincare goodies.
Shower Curtains and Bath Mats
We're here to prove that even the most functional bathroom decor ideas can be dressed up with a just a little extra design sense. Instead of using the same old bath mat you've had since your first grown-up apartment haul from Bed Bath and Beyond, go for a cozy rug that lends a sense of comfort and sophistication.
Another accessory that could use an upgrade? That slimy shower curtain. Not to worry! It doesn't have to be an expensive ordeal. Slowly swapping out other accents, like plain soap dishes and toothbrush holders, with options that fit your vibe, whether rustic or spa-like, will make your bathroom feel more like your personal refuge, not to mention it will blend in seamlessly with the rest of your home, too.
Where to Shop for Bathroom Decor
McGee & Co. has an ideal selection of bathroom accessories, ranging from shower curtain hooks to gorgeous soaps, trays and storage pieces. If you're looking for classic, investment-worthy styling pieces, look no further.
Target is budget-friendly, always on trend for the season, and easily accessible, so you can transform your beautiful bathroom in as little as one afternoon with affordable shower curtains, bath mats, and extra storage for toiletries.
Not to get completely Friends — à la "The One with the Apothecary Table" (if you know, you know) — on you, but it's pretty hard to beat Pottery Barn. Its bathroom products are simple, well-made, and timeless, and instantly make you feel like a grown-up.