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How to Choose Art for Your Bathroom

Choosing a piece of art for your bathroom isn’t as simple as picking something that coordinates with the rest of your bathroom décor. Since the bathroom is one of the darkest, wettest rooms in the house there are rules you must follow when selecting art for your bathroom. Not only do you need to find something that matches the rest of your decor, but it must be water resistant and made of materials that can withstand extreme levels of heat and moisture. The right materials, combined with the perfect look and style, can transform your bathroom walls from ordinary to interesting overnight.

Durability

First and foremost, the art needs to be durable in moist and humid environments. If your heart is set on hanging an art print, it’s time to start thinking about a mat and frame – they’re a necessity in the bathroom where water and steam can ruin a picture after only a few showers. Not only will the frame protect your print, but it’ll help your print look like an expensive piece of finished artwork. When it comes to choosing a frame, metal and plastic are the best choices, as they’ll need to be replaced less often than wood. The best way to choose a mat and frame is to visit a professional framing store and let the salesperson know the piece will be placed in a bathroom – they’ll know which frames are best.

Opt for Inexpensive

Inexpensive art is always an appropriate choice for the bathroom – if anything goes wrong, you’ll easily be able to afford a replacement. Limited edition prints, a poster signed by your favorite band, or anything overly sentimental should be hung elsewhere in your home. Although many pieces of art can withstand the harsh elements of a bathroom, take proactive measures and save yourself the worry. If you’re looking for a unique statement piece, check out your local antique shop and Saturday yard sales. You’re sure to find something unique and affordable for the exposed brick wall near your bathtub.

Fake It

If you like the idea of putting a “real” painting in your bathroom, there are plenty of paintings made from waterproof materials. These paintings are designed to be placed in the bathroom and are sure to withstand the heat and moisture. When it comes to waterproof wall art, it’s important to remember that the back needs to be protected as well. Mold and mildew love natural fibers that are left in damp environments, and if you only worry about waterproofing the front of a frame, you’re setting yourself up for disaster. By sealing the back of your painting, you’ll keep the entire piece protected from water vapor, heat, and steam.

Consider Vinyl

Vinyl wall stickers are a great alternative to paintings and mixed media; they’re fully-customizable and are available in hundreds of styles and color choices. From bird silhouettes to word clouds, this material allows your creativity to truly take over. Vinyl’s versatility isn’t the only thing we love about it: it’s easy to remove, won’t damage the underlying paint, tile, or wallpaper, can be cleaned with a sponge and warm water, and won’t break your budget. And, when the time comes to sell your home, you can remove the vinyl decals in a few easy steps and supply potential buyers with a clean slate to work with.

Wallpaper Ideas for Your Bathroom

Although wallpaper has been in and out of vogue throughout the years, one fact remains: it’s undeniably chic in small spaces like your bathroom. Not only can wallpaper instantly create a visually appealing aesthetic, but it can transform your bathroom from a practical room into a luxurious or quirky space – depending on the look you’re trying to achieve. Choosing a wallpaper design for your bathroom depends on the specific look and feel you’re trying to create; whether you choose a classic floral print or a funky striped pattern, here’s some tips for choosing the perfect bathroom wallpaper design.

Pay Attention to Personal Style

Transform your bathroom into your own little sanctuary by matching it with your personal style. If you’re a fierce fashionista with an eye for style, go bold with trellis wallpaper in bright colors or a bold, patterned design. Colorful wallpaper makes a bathroom exude cheerfulness and an adventurous spirit, while wallpaper in more traditional colors prevent a bathroom from coming across as being too frilly or over-the-top. When decorating a shared bathroom, allow each person to come up with a few options – hang swatches on the wall and narrow the choices down one by one.

Create Space with Prints & Patterns

Before deciding on a wallpaper pattern, evaluate the size of the space you’re going to wallpaper. Large prints and patterns and dark colors will make bathrooms appear smaller, so avoid these if you’re wallpapering a small guest bath. Alternately, if you’re interested in creating the illusion of space in a small bathroom, light wallpaper that’s textured or has small patterns can do the trick. Reflective wallpapers will bring light into bathrooms by reflecting light off their surface – if your bathroom is windowless or has small light-limiting windows, add reflective wallpaper to your list of possibilities.

The Two Ws: Water-Resistant & Washable

Have you ever been in a bathroom with visibly dirty wallpaper that was curling at the edges? In the past, wallpaper was universal – the same wallpaper you’d use in a bedroom or office would be sold for use in bathrooms. As technology advanced, wallpaper manufacturers began producing entire lines of wallpaper dedicated to overly hot and humid areas, like the kitchen and bath. Not only are these types of wallpaper resistant to heat and water, but most can easily be washed with a sponge and warm, soapy water. If you plan on wallpapering the inside of a bathtub or shower enclosure, make sure the wallpaper is marketed as fully waterproof and not water-resistant.

Create a Color Scheme

If your bathroom is adjacent to your bedroom or another room, use wallpaper to tie the two rooms together. Whether you use two wallpapers with different designs or use a similar print with slightly different colors, hanging these wallpaper designs in separate rooms can create a cohesive look. If you aren’t ready to wallpaper your whole bathroom or only have enough in your budget to invest in a few meters of ultra-luxurious wallpaper, choose one wall as your accent wall and decorate the rest of your bathroom using a similar color scheme.

Decorative Tile: A Guide

Once upon a time, choosing tile for your home was as easy as picking from a handful of pastel ceramic squares. Would it be mint green or pale blue? What about light pink or bright yellow? Today, the choices can be overwhelming – porcelain tile can be made to realistically look like everything from aged wood to sleek Italian marble, and tiles made of glass, cork, mirror and even leather are available in all shapes and sizes. With so many options, it’s tough making a choice: here’s some tips to guide you through the decision-making process.

Create a Plan

Before jumping into tile choices, you should lay out where the tile will be. Not only will this set your plans in stone, but you’ll have a general idea of how much tile you’ll need to purchase in order to complete the job. Your plan doesn’t have to be a professional layout; a hand sketch or elevation of each wall will do. The sketch can be given to your contractor or, if you’re taking a DIY approach and shopping at a smaller tile store, the professionals there can work with your layout to help you find the perfect tile.

Alternating vs. Consistent

While in the past homeowners chose a particular tile and used it throughout the space, some contemporary design trends favor alternating between large and small tiles. Simple changes, like using two different size subway tiles, can make a bathroom more stylish and interesting without risking it looking dated in a few years’ time. Another option is alternating the thickness of the tile so some rows jut out further than others. Some homeowners get creative with grout: thick lines of grout in bold or dark colors that contrast with the tile is one way to make a statement. No matter the type of tile you choose, deciding between a traditional or more contemporary style is crucial.

Tile Types

Once you’ve created a plan and decided on a style, it’s time to choose a tile type. If your tastes lean towards modern, clean lines, consider incorporating subway tile into your bathroom. If maintenance and durability are high on your list, you can’t go wrong with porcelain: it’s virtually maintenance-free and can be used on any surface or area of your bathroom. Glass tile is especially popular in bathrooms because the reflectivity is a great way to add light to dark spaces, but it shouldn’t be used in high traffic areas, such as bathroom countertops or floors, as glass can break more easily than other tile types.

Regardless of the size of your budget or home décor, incorporating decorative tiles into your bathroom is a great way to create an upscale look in your home. If your budget is small, consider using tile in a small area of your bathroom – such as a backsplash or behind the walls of your bathroom vanity. The variety of tile styles and designs for your bathroom are vast; find the one that works for you and transform your bathroom into the stylish, upscale haven you’ve always known it could be.

How to Choose a Decorative Mirror

Gone are the days when mirrors were used only to check reflections – now they’re regarded as multi-purpose accessories that can enhance interiors and create an illusion of more space and light. Because decorative wall mirrors reflect light, they can help make even the smallest and darkest bathrooms seem more comfortable and inviting. Mirrors can hide storage space, create a focal point in your bathroom, and help you take advantage of any source of light that’s present nearby. Here’s some tips for choosing a decorative mirror for your bathroom.

Choosing a Style

Before deciding on a size, shape, or color, you must decide on the style of mirror. The style of the rest of your home should play a vital role in your choice of decorative mirror. If your home is filled with antique décor, it would be a good idea to choose a decorative mirror that’s elaborate and extensive in design and form. Similarly, if your home borders on modernity, a mirror with minimalist design elements is your best choice. For a sleek, streamlined look choose a mirror with a simple wooden, metal, or plastic frame. For a more dramatic look, seek out a mirror with an ornate, gilded frame. Mosaic-style frames are perfect for those interested in a fun, eye-catching look without taking too much of a design risk.

Deciding on a Size

The size of your decorative bathroom mirror should depend on a couple factors – the size of the wall you’re placing it on, and how big of an impact you’d like the mirror to make in the bathroom. If you’re hanging the mirror on a large wall and would like to make a bold statement, opt for an extra -large mirror measuring between 25 and 31 inches on each side. While large mirrors can make big statements, the mirror should not be so large that it overshadows other elements in the room. On the other hand, a mirror that’s too small may go unnoticed and fail to create the type of design impact you intended.

Selecting a Shape

While square and rectangular options are the most common decorative mirror shape on the market, it’s possible to find wall mirrors in a variety of shapes. While square and rectangular mirrors offer the most traditional look, choosing a mirror in an unusual shape can immediately bring attention to the wall, even if the mirror lacks a flashy, decorative frame. If your bathroom is a bit on the funky side, a triangle or diamond-shaped mirror can add a quirky touch. If the bathroom in question is for children, a mirror in the shape of a butterfly or flower is a fun way to add character to the room.

Picking a Color

When choosing a mirror with a decorative frame, pick one in a color that works with the rest of the room’s décor. A basic black or white frame can work with virtually any color scheme, while metallic colors like gold and silver can add a posh look to a modern bathroom. A colorful frame with trendy drawings and an eccentric shape can liven up a bathroom, while mirrors in subdued colors will blend in with the rest of the bathroom’s fixtures. Regardless of the shape, size, color or style of mirror chosen, ensure that it’s durable, easy to clean, and resistant to bumps and scratches.

Bathroom Accessories: The Best of the Best

Life’s all about the little things – crisp bed sheets, clean towels, a new bottle of your favorite shampoo, and long showers where the hot water doesn’t run out. Whether you’re looking for a chic update to your guest bath or are putting the finishing touches on a total bathroom renovation, here’s some of our favorite bathroom accessories you’re sure to fall in love with. From stylish shower curtains to aromatic candles, you’ll find it all right here.

Hancock Large Rubber Vase

Ideal for bathrooms frequented by small children and guests, these rubber vases are both stylish and practical. While the material gives the impression of fragile ceramics, these rubber vases won’t shatter to pieces when accidentally knocked over. Available in colors that include black, red, and green, this 8”x 7” vase is a foolproof way to display bouquets of flowers cut fresh from the garden.

Smooth Antique Votive

These antique votive holders are the perfect way to welcome fall into your home. The subtle ribbed texture makes for a beautiful display day or night, and can easily be cleaned with a soft, dry cloth. Available in gold and smoked and in three different sizes, these votive holders can hold more than just candles – flowers, knick-knacks, cotton balls…use your imagination!

Icon Bath Trays

Perfect for bathrooms with an antique vanity or traditional feel, these icon bath trays come in three different patterns: pig, bunny, and fox. Guaranteed to bring a bit of character to your countertops, these ceramic bath trays feature fun designs and are super functional. Whether you use them as a soap dish or place your rings on them while you wash your hands, these are the perfect accessory for your bathroom.

Apothecary Shower Curtain

Whether you’re a barber by trade or simply love the design, the apothecary-themed print of this shower curtain is perfect for a bathroom dominated by males. The curtain itself is biodegradable and made from polyethylene vinyl acetate (PEVA), so you’ll be eco-friendly and fashion-forward at the same time. So, what are you waiting for? Surprise that special man in your life with this masculine shower curtain.

Duffy’s Brew ESB Shampoo & Conditioner

Crafted from medium-bodied beer from Elysian Brewing Co., this shampoo and conditioner set is perfect for self-proclaimed beer snobs. The mineral-rich hops, malt and barley found in Duffy’s Brew ESB Shampoo and Conditioner will naturally add body and shine to your hair. The products are sulphate, paraben, and phthalate free, contain no artificial colors, and are not tested on animals.

NEST Wasabi Pear Candle

Infused with the essence of Wasabi, this candle is a Lavish Body + Home top seller and staff favorite. With Anjou pear and fresh, ozonic watery notes, this candle is made of premium, soft, cosmetic-grade wax to optimize burn and fragrance diffusion. Designed to complement the beauty of its surroundings, the glass vessel’s classic shape and modern stripe etching is sure to complement any bathroom décor.

Mr. Steam Essential Oils

What bathroom would be complete without a spa transformation? For over fifty years, Mr. Steam has been creating well-designed and durable steam products made of earth-friendly, water-based organic oils that don’t pose a hazard to you or the environment. With fragrances that include Invigorating Orange, Green Harmony, and Celestial Blue, you’re sure to find just the scent you’ve been looking for.


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