Incorporating Travel into Your Bathroom Décor

Bowl of Trinkets

With limited luggage space, it isn’t always easy to bring back everything you see while overseas. Fortunately, small souvenirs can have just as much of an impact. If you’d like to trigger travel memories or inspiration for future trips, place a small bowl of trinkets or small mementos from your travel on the countertop of your bathroom vanity. If they’re shells, fill the bowl with sand. If they’re tiny packets of matches, place the bowl next to a beautiful candle. This idea can work for virtually every bathroom, even those where space may be an issue.

Vintage Suitcase Décor

Suitcases are a traveler’s must-have staple, so what better way to include travel in your bathroom décor than with a repurposed vintage suitcase? Search for a hard case suitcase at your local thrift store, put on your thinking cap, and get a little creative with the possibilities. Although this will only work in a large bathroom, you can repurpose a small suitcase as a place to keep your extra hand towels and spare soap sets. If your bathroom is on the smaller side, consider cutting the suitcase in half, decorating it as you wish, and hanging it on the wall.

Postcard Wall Art

While postcards may seem like a thing of the past, they’re perfect for travel-themed décor. Because they cost virtually nothing to buy, they’re quite easy to get a hold of. Start your collection with a postcard from nearby, and gradually build up your collection as you travel around the world. If you don’t have the patience to wait for your collection to grow naturally, visit thrift stores or browse eBay for postcards you can purchase. Once you have a decent collection, create a decorative piece of wall art and place your favorite postcard in the middle.

Travel Photography Books

Instead of leaving a messy pile of magazines in the bathroom, why not place a couple beautiful travel photography books on a table near the toilet? If you traveled to Germany and fell in love with Dresden, find a book that’s focused on the architecture of Dresden. If you love tropical destinations, find a book of tropical underwater photography. Regardless of the type of book you choose, remember to save the expensive books for a coffee table, as items in the bathroom can be damaged by water, hairspray, makeup, and humidity.

Map Shower Curtain

If you love to daydream in the shower, a map shower curtain is the perfect way to incorporate travel into your bathroom décor. Although shower curtains are more functional than decorative, they’re a great way to add a bit of personality to your bathroom without taking up any additional space. When it comes to map shower curtains, there are many variations available on the market. Spend some time browsing online and find the map shower curtain that’s right for you.

Plane, Trains, and Automobiles

Similar to the postcard wall art, this decoration idea will take some time, as you’ll have to collect the tickets from planes, trains, buses, and other modes of transportation while you’re on vacation. Once you have a decently sized collection, choose your favorites, buy a frame, and create your own piece of art. If all of your tickets are from the same state, country, or area of the world, incorporate a map of that area into the piece of art. It’ll be a nice reminder of the places you’ve been, and will act as an inspiration for your next vacation.

Halloween Decoration Ideas for Your Bathroom

With Halloween right around the corner, you may be searching for the perfect way to take your household decorating to the next level. Whether you’re throwing your annual Halloween bash or want to decorate a bit for the kids or grandkids, the bathroom is an often an overlooked space for decorating. Although it will catch many off guard, your guests and friends will enjoy being greeted by a bit of Halloween cheer when they enter your bathroom. Think outside the box and try one of these spooky ideas for decorating your bathroom this Halloween.

Stage a Murder Scene

Depending on the age of your guests, this may be a bit too scary- so proceed with caution. If your guests aren’t frightened very easily, staging a murder scene is an easy way to scare those who enter your bathroom. Simply purchase a cheap shower curtain, find an old towel, and use a mixture of acrylic paint and red food coloring to create the “gore”. Hang the shower curtain and towels outdoors, and get to work. Splatter the paint on the shower curtain so it looks like streaks of blood and, for an added effect, add a pair of hand prints to the curtain. Once dry, place the shower curtain and towel in your bathroom, and add some leftover “gore” to the mirror.

Spider Egg Sacs

Petrify your friends and family members when they open the bathroom door, only to be greeted by these home-made creations hanging in your bathroom. This inexpensive, yet effective, scare is an easy Halloween DIY project you can do with your kids. All you’ll need is a foam egg, white batting, white stocking, plastic spiders of various sizes, pushpins, and a glue gun. To make the eggs, wrap a foam egg in white batting, pull a white stocking over the ball, position the plastic spiders inside, between the batting and stocking, and use the hot glue gun to glue larger ones on the outside. Then, use the pushpins to hang the creepy eggs from the ceiling.

Toilet Paper Hands

What’s creepier than someone else’s hands holding the toilet paper roll? These “magic” hands appear to cradle your precious toilet paper, and is actually quite simple for you and your family to create on your own. All you’ll need is an old pair of mittens, aluminum foil, and a few scraps of fabric. Stuff the aluminum into the fingers of the mittens to give them a shape- for “fatter” fingers (or bigger gloves) wrap the aluminum in the fabric scraps first for some extra thickness. When your “hands” are complete, place them on either end of the toilet paper dispenser, add a brand new roll of toilet paper, and your helpful hands are good to go!

Roaches...Everywhere!

Following the theme of disgusting and creepy decorations, what’s grosser than a hoard of cockroaches running around your bathroom? Probably nothing, and that’s what makes this a great choice for creeping out your guests. You can purchase a handful of hideous roaches at virtually any Halloween store. Once you do, dab a small amount of removable-adhesive to their bottoms and stick them onto your bathroom floor, wall, ceiling, or vanity countertops. Arrange them in a way that looks realistic whenever someone turns on the light. Sit back, relax, and wait for some screams!

Decorated Pumpkins

Last but not least, you can’t go wrong with some nicely decorated pumpkins. If you don’t have time to set up the roaches or the resources to stage a murder scene, a nicely carved or decorated pumpkin is a super easy way to bring a bit of Halloween spirit into your bathroom. Whether you carve scary faces or paint a black cat directly onto the pumpkins, they can be displayed on the vanity, the edge of the bathtub, or on top of the toilet tank. Since flowers are always a beautiful addition to any bathroom, you can even carve a pumpkin and use it as a DIY vase for your freshly cut flowers.

5 Creative Uses for PVC Pipe in the Bathroom

If you’ve recently renovated your bathroom and have leftover PVC pipe, don’t toss it out or throw it in the attic. Aside from the functional uses of the pipe, like irrigation and plumbing, there are more creative ways to use it around the home. It’s one of those ordinary construction materials that’s cheap to buy, simple to find, and easy to work with; therefore, it’s the perfect material for a variety of DIY projects. With some creativity and a little bit of elbow grease, you can create a smart storage solution for your hairdryer or a chic succulent planter. Here are some of our favorite creative uses for PVC pipe in the bathroom.

Hairdryer Storage

If you live with a woman, or are one yourself, chances are there’s some hair devices stored throughout your bathroom. Whether it’s a blow dryer under the sink, a hair straightener on the counter, or a curling iron in the cabinet, you can use old PVC pipes to keep them safe and well organized. The shape of a PVC pipe connector makes it the perfect place to store your hair dryer or flat iron. If you’d rather not stare at ugly, white PVC pipe, paint the pipe your favorite color or design it so it blends in with the rest of your bathroom’s décor.

Bathroom Mirror Frame

Do you have a mirror in your bathroom and want to refresh its look without spending tons of cash on an expensive frame? You can take a PVC pipe, cut it into rings, and make a frame for your mirror. You can use pipes of different thicknesses and sizes, and mix and match different colors for a more bohemian look. Decide the layout before you cut the pipes, and don’t forget to sand the edges before gluing the pieces together and creating the frame. The only materials you’ll need are a hand saw, PVC pipe, and adhesive. For a step-by-step guide, check out the Better Homes and Gardens’ tutorial.

Countertop Organizers

If you’re anything like the rest of us, your bathroom countertops are likely cluttered with toothbrush tubes, makeup supplies, and other bathroom accessories. Fortunately, old PVC pipe painted in a bright, beautiful color is an easy and cost-effective way to organize your bathroom countertop. Simply use a hand saw to cut the pipe in random lengths, spray paint them in your favorite color, arrange them in a manner you’re happy with, cover the bottom with cardboard, and voila! You have yourself an effective and unique way to store and display your bathroom necessities. If you end up liking this storage option, you can use it in the office or kitchen, too!

Succulent Planter

Succulents or fresh flowers displayed on a bathroom vanity countertop are not only pleasing to the eyes, but it can help improve indoor air quality. Since succulents tend to have shallow roots, the DIY pots don’t have to super long in order to get the job done. Choose the best option for your space- long pipes are ideal if you have a lot of vertical space on your counter, while shorter PVC pieces can easily be substituted for pots or vases. To take the personalization a bit further, use a sharpie or spray paint to decorate the DIY pots or planters.

Bath Toys

If your child loves playing in the bath (and you don’t mind the “mess”) you can use PVC pipe to build them some unique toys to play with while in the tub. Simply get some PVC pipe elbows and T’s, fix them to the wall with suction cups, and arrange them in different ways. Since the suction cups aren’t permanent, your child can easily move them around whenever they want something new. They can create a complex snake shape, pour water in from the top, and wait until the water falls out of the bottom.

How to Turn Vintage Furniture into a Bathroom Vanity

From minor improvements to complete overhauls, kitchens and bathrooms typically see the most renovation work over the course of a lifetime. While some improvement projects require the expertise of a contractor and qualified workers, some are easy enough for almost anyone to complete. Although repurposing vintage furniture into a stylish and chic bathroom vanity isn’t an entirely new concept, the notions of upcycling and repurposing have grown more popular in recent years. If you’re considering bringing some unique, vintage style into your bathroom, read on for some repurposing tips.

Pay Attention to Height

The “new rule” for standard bathroom vanities is that the countertop should be 34-36” from the floor. In older homes, you may notice shorter vanities – the older standard was 32-34” off the ground, likely because the present population is taller in comparison. Since it’s difficult to find a vintage piece at the standard bathroom vanity height, the rules change when repurposing vintage furniture into a vanity. Instead of bringing a tape measurer with you while shopping, keep these questions in mind: can you comfortably brush your teeth while standing in front of this piece? If you hang a mirror above the piece will you be able to see your whole face? As long as the height is comfortable and practical for you and the rest of your family, go for it. If you’re set on keeping your vanity at its standard height, consider mounting the vanity to the wall to make up the difference.

Counter Material

The truth is, repurposing vintage furniture for use in other rooms of the home is much easier than the bathroom, where moisture and steam are daily occurrences. In some cases, you may be forced to choose a new top surface in order to escape the accumulation of mold or gradual deterioration of the piece over time. Hardwood surfaces can be used in a bathroom, but only if they’ve been waxed or oiled over the years and are intended for use in a bathroom that gets low-to-regular use. However, if the existing surface is delicate, already in need of repair, or will be used in a public, family, or children’s bathroom, you should consider exchanging the top surface for something with a bit more durability. Marble and quartz are durable choices that are an aesthetic match with most vintage furniture.

Adapting to Modern Plumbing

Unfortunately, not all pieces of antique furniture are suitable for a conversion to plumbing. If you’ve decided that the vintage piece can be adapted to modern plumbing, you’ll need to carefully plan out the process. You’ll need to accommodate the sink and its plumbing for a proper fit, spend time waterproofing the piece both inside and out, or you may have to replace older wood tops with granite or other natural stone slabs. If you love the look of vintage furniture but aren’t sure you have the wherewithal to adapt the piece of furniture on your own, you can either call in the professionals or find a line of reproduction pieces – they’ll be designed for modern plumbing without losing their vintage look and feel.

Finish with Style

Since the DIY vintage vanity is almost guaranteed to be the focal point of your bathroom, it’s important to keep everything else in your bathroom as minimalistic as possible – otherwise your guests may feel bombarded with things to look at whenever they need to wash their hands. Your hardware choice should complement the look of your antique vanity. In many cases, brushed nickel or distressed bronze faucets are great choices, while polished and shiny faucets may distract from the overall vintage look of your bathroom. For countertop accessories, such as soap dishes or toothbrush holders, head to your local antique shops. Even if you don’t find what you’re looking for in an antique shop, you may be inspired to repurpose another antique piece into something new.

How to Match Your Bathroom to Your Personality

Since the bathroom is one of the few places where you can relax without interruption, it’s important that it reflects your personality and unique style. Studies show that if you’re comfortable with your surroundings, you’ll be happier and healthier while spending time in your home. By decorating your bathroom according to your personality, you’ll feel at ease while taking a bath or energized while getting ready in the morning. With all the wall color, vanity, and tub options available on the market, why not match your bathroom to your personality? If you’re curious about how, here’s our guide for bringing your personality into your bathroom.

Start with Color

Adding color to your bathroom is perhaps the easiest way to breathe some life into your bathroom. Whether you like to relax in your sunken tub after a long day at the office or prefer an energized space when getting ready in the morning, there’s a color for that. While white is a popular choice for minimalists, bright bathrooms are all the rage. In fact, some of the most beautiful bathrooms pair striking accents with muted backdrop: purple against white, sea foam green against grey, or a vivid yellow against natural wood. If you prefer a more neutral bathroom, consider keeping things light – light brown, light greys, or light tans. Darker tones, such as deep reds and browns, are perfect for those interested in bringing feelings of warmth and comfort into their bathroom.

Choose a Vanity

Before choosing a vanity style or color, it’s important to decide on a type. If you have the extra square footage, most experts recommend purchasing a double vanity – potential homebuyers will see it as a perk, and you’ll enjoy the extra counter space in the meantime. If you consider yourself to be light-hearted and easygoing, a vanity made of teak wood may be the perfect choice for you. Since teak contains hints of yellow and tends to reflect light better than other types of vanities, a calming or soothing effect will take over your bathroom. If you’re more of an introvert, a vanity made of mahogany wood will bring class and formality into your bathroom.

Faucets and Door Handles

It may sound silly, but different faucet finishes can evoke various styles and personalities. If you consider yourself to be traditional or classy, easy-going finishes such as polished silver or white porcelain are a great way to bring a bit of sophistication into your bathroom. If your friends would describe you as being adventurous or daring, head to your local antique store – you’re sure to find a great selection of antique and vintage door handles and cabinet knobs. And, if you’re feeling especially crafty, you can make your own cabinet knobs using just about anything, including wine corks, broken jewelry, pebbles from the garden, bent spoons, and rulers.

Do-It-Yourself

One of the best ways to match your bathroom to your personality is to create a one-of-a-kind DIY piece. If you love to travel, create a collage using old map books – just be sure to frame the piece in a humidity-resistant frame. Since bathrooms are one of the most humid rooms, special care needs to be taken when choosing artwork to display. For more information, click here. Other fun projects can include using an old ladder as a display area for plants, making your own homemade soap in unique designs and colors, or painting your doors with chalkboard paint and writing inspirational quotes or music lyrics on the inside or outside of your bathroom door. When it comes to these projects, don’t be shy – your bathroom can never have too much personality.

Give Your Bathroom a New Look with a New Vanity

If you only have the budget to make one upgrade to your bathroom décor, choose a new bathroom vanity. Yes, you can install a new fancy toilet or an ultra-chic waterfall shower, but nothing will make your bathroom look fresher than a brand new vanity. Not only are they the focal point of virtually every bathroom, but installing a new vanity is a quick and easy way to give your bathroom an entirely new look. Since not everyone has the luxury of a large bathroom and an even larger budget, finding a vanity that fits your space is key. Here are some tips for choosing the perfect vanity for your space, style, and budget.

Why a Vanity?

While the installation of a new shower or toilet tends to require plumbing experience that just adds to the overall cost, bathroom vanities can be switched out and replaced with relative ease. If you’re somewhat comfortable using basic household tools, chances are you can replace a vanity on your own – without the help of expensive contractors or remodelers. With just a little carpentry experience and a passion for DIY, you can have a new, stylish vanity installed in no time. Before you worry about style or color, start by considering the bathroom space you have available.

Choose a Size

If you have a large bathroom, this step is simple. Since you won’t have as many space limitations, you’ll have a lot of freedom and can easily go for that extra-wide bath vanity with oversized mirrors. If you have a smaller bathroom, you may be more limited with your choices, but this doesn’t mean your bathroom has to suffer. A classic trick for making a small bathroom appear larger is to install a pedestal sink with a simple hanging mirror. Pedestal style sinks work well in smaller bathrooms, as they create the illusion of space without sacrificing valuable square footage. If you need extra storage space, hang decorative fabric around the edge of the sink and discreetly store bathroom items below.

Select a Theme

The important thing about updating the look of your bathroom with a new vanity is to select an overall theme. Since vanities are the focal point of bathrooms, it’s important to explore all your design options before making a final decision. If you’re interested in a more modern flair, art deco or black, lacquered wood are good choices. For those interested in more classic approach, traditional bath vanities come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from farmhouse to shabby chic. Fortunately, many retail stores and websites allow you to preview hundreds of different designs before making a final decision.

Pay Attention to Countertops

As with kitchen countertops, those installed in bathrooms should be constructed of a nonporous material. Over time, moisture can ruin otherwise good-looking countertops made of laminate, natural wood, or other materials. While the majority of bathroom vanities are made of nonporous material, it never hurts to verify – especially if you’re repurposing another piece of furniture as a bathroom vanity. Generally, people choose a bathroom vanity that complements their home. If you’re leaning towards an upgrade in the future, some find it beneficial to upgrade in phases – that way you can mix and match styles until you figure out what makes you comfortable. With a bit of time and patience, you’ll have a beautiful bathroom before you know it.

Choosing the Best Paint for Your Bathroom

While replacing bathroom tile or tubs may require a professional touch, adding a fresh coat of paint is an easy way to transform your bathroom without a professional’s help. Picking a paint color for your home can be challenging, and one of the trickiest rooms to design and paint is the bathroom. Given the size and layout of the bathroom, you have to be careful not to choose a paint color that will make the room seem smaller than it already is. If you’re thinking about rolling up your sleeves and painting the walls of your bathroom on your own, keep this advice in mind.

Natural Light vs. Artificial Light

One of the things that makes choosing a paint color so tough is the lack of natural light in most bathrooms. Nothing can alter a paint color faster than the overhead and artificial light that’s so common in bathrooms around the world. In order to choose a color that you know will work well in the space, look at the paint cards and color swatches in the bathroom with the lights turned on and off. This way, you’ll know what the color will look like during the day with the lights off, and in the middle of the night with the lights on full blast. If the color works well in both environments, it’s passed the first test.

Look Down

If you’re completely unsure of what color you’d like in your bathroom, look at your bathroom floor for inspiration. For example, if your bathroom tile has tiny specks of color scattered throughout you may want to consider incorporating one of those colors on the walls. By choosing a wall color that compliments or blends in with your flooring, the room will look more put together. If your bathroom floor is carpeted, you may want to consider removing the carpet in the process- future homebuyers may see it as being outdated and unsanitary.

Pay Attention to Location

Another way to select your bathroom paint color is to let your location guide your selection. If you live in a typically overcast area, using a bright, uplifting color can improve your mood and give you a bit of sunshine in the morning. Similarly, if your home is located near a beach or lake, using a deep blue can accentuate the natural blue tones in the sky and seas surrounding your home. In addition to location, think about what the bathroom means to you – if you primarily use your bathroom to take a relaxing bath, consider using dark greys or light blues instead of bright, energizing colors.

Choose the Right Type

Since many of a bathroom’s fixtures produce running water, it’s not uncommon for a bathroom to get humid from time to time. Unfortunately, not all paint types can withstand the level of humidity caused by frequent baths and showers. When it comes to bathroom paint, it’s important to avoid paints that will develop mold or mildew due to exposure to excessive moisture. Many paint companies, such as Sherman Williams, offer paints that are designed to inhibit the growth of mold and milder in the bathroom. For more information, visit your local home improvement store and speak with a paint specialist.

How to Create More Space in Your Bathroom

Despite its functionality and frequency of use, bathrooms are typically the smallest rooms in the home. Combine minimal square footage with limited storage space, and your bathroom can become a haven for junk. If your bathroom is feeling cramped or cluttered, it may be time for a bathroom overhaul. To maximize the space in your bathroom, consider these bathroom design and organizational tips.

Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall...

Does your bathroom have a plate glass mirror that’s been attached to the wall since the 1970s? If so, you should replace it with a smarter solution designed with storage in mind. If your bathroom is lacking a vanity with available shelving, replace your plate glass mirror with a practical medicine cabinet. To create additional storage space, purchase a medicine cabinet that can be recessed into the wall. Once you’ve installed the medicine cabinet in your bathroom, fill it with prescription medication bottles, tubes of tooth paste, and other eyesores that have been cluttering your countertops.

Throw Out the Old

Most homeowners accumulate too many toiletries, towels, bathroom cleaners, and accessories than can realistically fit in their bathroom space. In order to avoid over accumulation, go through your medicine cabinet, vanity drawers, and cabinets every few months and throw out any unused or expired items. From there, assess your bathroom lifestyle needs. Do you need more counter space? Do you need extra storage? Often times, homeowners find that if they throw out old items and forego replacing them until necessary, the storage space already available in their bathroom is more than enough.

Install Under Vanity Lighting

While this design tactic doesn’t actually add more storage space to your bathroom, it’ll make your bathroom look more visually appealing and feel larger than it is. Aside from making your bathroom vanity appear more beautiful, installing under vanity lighting is also functional. Those who install under vanity lighting find that groping for things under the drawers and cabinets becomes a thing of the past. Installing lighting under your vanity isn’t difficult and, in most cases, can be done without the help of a contractor or handyman.

Utilize the Hidden Space

It might be difficult to imagine where you might find an extra inch of space in a small bathroom, but there’s one secret area that’s easy to access and can be used to your advantage. If you have access to a blank wall, the space between the studs offers a lot of potential storage space. Whether you build floating shelves directly between the studs or actually cut into the wall and install built-in bathroom cabinets, you can add a lot of extra space for things like spare toiletries or linens without having to alter the existing layout of your bathroom.

Get Wired

When it comes to charging personal care items in the bathroom the excess cords and wires are not only visually distracting, but they can be dangerous as well. By purchasing cabinets equipped with outlets (or installing your own), you can keep your electric toothbrushes and razors fully charged and completely out of sight, while minimizing the risk of electrical shock. This strategy is especially useful for families or those with young children, as children of toddler age are most susceptible to accidentally shocking themselves in the bathroom.

What Kind of Bathroom Privacy Windows are Right for You?

Whether you already have a bathroom window or windows are included in an upcoming bathroom remodel, finding the balance between privacy, light, and gorgeous views is an age-old struggle for homeowners. Sure, you’d love to enjoy a beautiful view while relaxing in the tub, but the undeniable challenge of finding privacy can’t be avoided. Whether your bathroom window is in a high-traffic area or not, nobody wants to constantly worry about accidentally exposing themselves to a neighbor, family member, or complete stranger. If you’d like to protect your privacy without obstructing natural light, here are a few options for bathroom privacy windows.

Privacy Window Film

With options starting at as low as $10 per window, window film is perhaps the most budget-friendly way to protect your privacy in the bathroom. From beautiful stained glass clings to colorfully embossed film, you can easily transform a plain window into an intricate piece of art in just a matter of minutes. Due to their low cost and ease of application, privacy window films can be changed as often as you like. Some homeowners use the same film for years, while others change up the design every few months. Perhaps the best thing about window films is that they aren’t limited to the bathroom – if you have a window next to the front door or facing a busy street, add extra film to your shopping cart and be prepared to enjoy a new level of privacy.

Window Coverings

Shades, shutters, blinds, and curtains will all provide privacy without blocking the natural light. Since window coverings allow you to control the amount of light, they can be closed during showers and baths, and left open the rest of the time. A pull down window shade will give complete privacy without breaking your budget, while custom sized wood plantation shutters will set you back several hundred dollars. One important thing to remember when choosing window treatments is the material: curtains made of heavy fabrics are a haven for mold, so avoid them at all costs. Thin, gauzy curtains over your window will let the sun shine through while protecting your privacy. Plus, they’re easy to clean: just toss them in the washer with your towels and linens.

Glass Block Windows

If you’re dedicated to taking advantage of natural light as much as possible, glass block windows are the perfect solution. They’ll obscure what’s inside while letting in an entire wall of light into the space. Available in custom sized units, ordering and installing glass block windows is easy. Since they’re made of a versatile material, they can be used for a variety of purposes, including creating an illusion of space in walk-in showers. Glass block windows can be ordered in a variety of shapes, including squares, rectangles, and stair steps, allowing you to create a unique look that’s all your own. Glass block windows and panels can be purchased in standard or custom sizes, and are ready to install straight out of the box.

Skylight or High Window

If you’re adding bathroom light sources in an upcoming remodel and have tons of control, consider installing a skylight, high window, or light tunnel. Not only are they a great source of light, but you won’t have to worry about protecting your privacy. Light tunnels are mounted on the roof and allow light to flow through a flexible shaft that exits through a lens on the ceiling. Light tunnels start at about $500 for installation, and a window or skylight with construction costs included start at about $1,500. While they’re not the most cost-effective way to incorporate natural light into your bathroom, your privacy concerns will be made virtually obsolete.

How to Decorate a Small Bathroom Vanity

More than just a place to wash up, bathroom sinks and vanities are a part of your bathroom you can decorate in your own style. From antique cabinets to modern designs, there are countless style options when it comes to the vanity itself – but why not expand your creative touch beyond the vanity design? If you’re concerned about decorating your bathroom vanity due to its small size, you can still pack a powerful decorating punch with the right accents and fixtures. Here are some tips for organizing, decorating, and keeping your small bathroom vanity a clutter-free and fully-functional extension of yourself.

Focus on the Essentials First

When it comes to decorating your small bathroom vanity, it’s important to pay attention to the essentials. Put your daily supplies out first, such as soap holders, toothbrushes, and cups. From there, examine how much space is left over. If there’s sufficient room, you can add a picture frame or a small vase of flowers. If the vanity looks cluttered with the essentials, adding more clutter to the countertops will only decrease the functionality of your bathroom vanity. Fortunately, there are ways to decorate small bathroom vanities without adding knick-knacks and accessories to the already crowded countertops.

Consider Small Accent Pieces

If you’d like to keep your countertops as clutter-free as possible, consider using small accent pieces as decoration. Switching up the knobs on your vanity is a great place to start. If you have an antique vanity, head to your local antique store for a selection of beautiful vintage knobs. Those with modern vanities can easily find glass, quartz, glass, silver, or metal bathroom vanity knobs online. Not only is decorating with small accent pieces an easy way to add personality to your bathroom, but it’s perfect for those on a budget: you can easily find vanity knobs for as low as $3 both in stores and online.

Backsplashes, Walls, and Panels

One of the easiest ways to decorate a small bathroom vanity without sacrificing space is to focus on the backsplash, walls, and panels surrounding the fixture. From pegboards and pennies to old maps and even chalkboard paint, a creative and fun backsplash is guaranteed to be a conversation-starter among family and friends. For creative inspiration, read our article about innovative and inexpensive backsplash ideas. When it comes to walls and panels, consider painting them in a fun or funky color – just be sure it doesn’t clash with your vanity or the rest of your bathroom décor.

Fresh Flowers and Natural Light

If you’re fortunate enough to have the luxury of a bathroom window, take advantage of the light it produces. While bathroom lighting fixtures are great solution for bathrooms that are low on light, nothing quite compares to the beauty of natural light and the convenience of fresh air. During the spring and summer months, consider keeping a small vase of daisies, roses, or lilies on the countertop of your bathroom vanity. During the fall and winter months, create your own seasonal displays with leaves, twigs, branches, bark, sprigs of holly, or a bit of evergreen straight off the Christmas tree.