Today I’m linking up with Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop on Bathrooms (which just happens to be my favorite room in the house)!
1. Even though your bathroom may be small, don’t be afraid to go bold w/ color. Since it’s a separate room w/ a door, who cares if it totally doesn’t match the rest of your house? Some of the most beautiful bathrooms I’ve ever seen have been: bright red, terra cotta, black, navy blue. It’s also a small room to make such a bold commitment, so if you find you don’t like it, it won’t take you a week to re-paint! Forget the whole: dark walls make a small room look smaller – not true.
2. Hide your bottles! Nothing makes a bathroom look more “cluttered” than a bunch of different sizes, shapes, and colors of all your health and beauty products. Put them in a pretty basket w/ a lid, put them on a shelf with a deep basket as a “drawer”, put them under your sink. OR get decorative containers for the essentials: matching soap and lotion dispensers. Lowes also carries a lovely white ceramic mouthwash dispenser that I first saw at a spa, and then had to have for myself!
3. Use your “soft items” to bring color to the room. Your towels, floor mat, toilet cover, and shower curtain are all wonderful options for bringing cohesive color to the room. Instead of keeping your towels in a linen closet, stack them on top of the toilet. Install an open towel holder that keeps them rolled up on the wall, or if you have a small table or bookshelf, stack them there. Keep your washcloths in a shallow basket on the vanity.
4. Find a great piece of large art, and pull your colors from there. Many people shy away from art in the bathroom, but I say “go for it!” buy an inexpensive print or poster and a simple frame, and even if the moisture eventually causes it to curl or ripple, just go buy another! If you really love the print, but several at the same time so that you can replace as needed and still keep your same theme. Of course, a good ventilation system will really cut down on this problem.-
5. Use plants! If you’ve got some natural light in your bathroom, many tropical plants LOVE the steam and humidity that your showers provide! Get a tall floor plant, or if you don’t have any floor or counter space to spare, hang one from the ceiling.
6. Keep it fresh! Nothing is worse than a bathroom that smells like a bathroom. I love plug-in tart warmers. Small ones will hang right on your plug, while decorative large ones can also act as art on your vanity (and a nightlight too). I prefer these to candles because a bathroom is usually “out of sight, out of mind”, and you never want to leave a candle burning unattended. Of course there are lots of other options: scented reed oils (also decorative), Febreeze set and refresh, sachets, potpourris, etc.
7. A couple other touches I love to find (and place) in bathrooms are:
*Fresh flowers – you and your guests will find your spirits lift when you see them!
*A small bowl or basket of breath mints (especially nice if you’re hosting a dinner party).
*Easy to find emergency feminine products under your sink.
*Room spray that doesn’t make a loud “phsssssssshhh” sound when sprayed (could be very embarrassing for people). Non-aerosol pumps or small bottles are best.
*Lotion (especially during the winter)
8. Hmmm….speaking of keeping your bathroom fresh, I happen to have a Febreze Set and Refresh to giveaway to a lucky reader! I have one sitting on the back of my toilet right now, and I love how fresh it’s keeping that area! Would you like one? Just leave a comment on this post! Winner will be chosen over the weekend.
Well, those are all the bathroom tips for this post! Hope your day is a delightful one! Thanks for stopping by, now go get in your bathroom and make it beautiful!