When the subject of bathroom decor comes up, many people automatically start thinking in terms of complete remodeling, with no middle ground for decorating in mind. That couldn’t be further from the truth! If you really pause to look at photos of “dream bathrooms”, you’ll realize that beautiful bathroom decor is created from the very same components that make up any other type of interior decorating. In fact, with a little creative thinking, you can adapt nearly anything to work into your bathroom decor.
What is Your Ideal Bathroom?
Just as decorating any other room in your home, you need to begin your bathroom decorating by creating a plan, so you can get the final results you want without losing track of the project. Don’t be afraid to spend some time looking for ideas before you sit down and start drafting out your plan.
There are a few factors you might want to keep in mind as you go:
The overall decorating style in the rest of your home. For the best effect, the decorating throughout your home should flow easily from one room to the next, not jolt from one extreme to another.
The atmosphere you want to create. Will you want your bathroom to have energy, to make for easier early mornings? Would you prefer a relaxing style, for unwinding at the end of a long day? Do you need a middle ground decorating style, so you can change the atmosphere to fit your mood?
Your unique needs and everyday living. It’s important to create bathroom decor that not only looks the way you want, but that also works the way you need it to. If you have particular needs or wants that will help improve the function or comfort of your bathroom, make them a higher priority than changes that solely affect the appearance of your bathroom decor.
Influencing the General Style & Color Scheme
Whether you’re interested in decorating with a simple color scheme or a more complex one, there are nearly endless ways for you to bring the colors you want into your bathroom decor. Similarly, there are many ways to change the style of your bathroom decor.
It may help to think of your bathroom as being divided into two groups: Firm Decor and Flexible Additions:
Firm Decor consists of things such as structural parts, flooring, bathtubs and showers, counters, and cabinets. Essentially, anything that would be considered remodeling should you decide to change it. If your bathroom plan includes changes to Firm Decor, it’s best to choose chameleon styles and neutral colors that will work well with a range of other styles and colors.
Flexible Additions are things that are easier (and less expensive) to change and update. This includes things like towel sets, window and shower curtains, and other accessories. Because Flexible Additions to your bathroom decor are easy to change, you can get more creative and experiment with changes to your style and color scheme. You can emphasize a particular color by echoing it throughout your bathroom decor, incorporate an accent of an entirely new color to change things up, or even create a new color scheme altogether.
Texture is one of the key aspects of interior decorating, so don’t be afraid to incorporate new textures throughout your bathroom decor. There are numerous possibilities available for fabrics that are capable of withstanding the humid conditions of the bathroom, from silky and smooth to roughed and fluffy, which makes adding fabric an easy way to make a big impact on your bathroom decor. You might want to consider fabrics that are designed for outdoor use as a durable choice for upholstering vanity seats, making shower and window curtains, and creating textile artwork.
Set the Atmosphere with Lighting
Of course, we can’t forget the importance that lighting plays in setting the atmosphere in interior design. From dim switches and chandeliers to bright skylights and recessed lighting, don’t underestimate the importance of finding the right type of lighting to make the most of your bathroom decor.
Artwork & Accessories
As long as you keep in mind the humidity and environmental conditions, decorating your bathroom isn’t limited to anything less than interior decorating for any other part of your home. You can use that frame you love around a bathroom mirror, incorporate artwork created or protected for outdoor patio use, bring the room together with a beautiful rug- the possibilities are truly endless!
Gone are the days of shag carpeted toilet lid covers and everything-dolphin-themed bathrooms! No matter what style or atmosphere you’re looking to create, and no matter what type of budget you’re working with, it’s not difficult to decorate your dream bathroom if you’re willing to think creatively. Don’t forget to enjoy your project and really make it your own.
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