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.

Accent Walls: Tips & Tricks

If you’re looking for an inexpensive and easy way to add a bit of dramatic style to your bathroom, creating an accent wall is the perfect way to liven up a room while creating an immediate focal point. Typically known as painting one wall a completely different color, accent walls aren’t necessarily limited to paint – some accent walls include patterned wallpaper, mosaic tiles, and other decorations. If you’re interested in revitalizing your bathroom with an accent wall, here’s some tips.

Pick a Wall

Before you settle on a paint color or material it’s important to decide which wall you’d like to accent. Typically, walls that feature a large piece of furniture or a large bay of windows are the natural choice. If there’s no clear architectural feature in your bathroom to build your accent wall around, don’t worry – an accent wall can create drama on its own. In situations where there’s no specific features, the most common choice is the wall directly across from your bathroom’s entrance. Once the accent wall is complete, you can add more interest with mirrors, décor, or a piece of artwork.

Choose an Accent Material

Whether it’s a coat of paint or adding a design, the next step is choosing the material you’d like to use. If you’re a minimalist at heart, consider a solid coat of paint. If you’re on the more ambitious side, the only limitation is your imagination. Textured wallpaper, geometric patterns, wall murals, weathered wood planks and chevron paint patterns can all be used to create an accent wall. For a contemporary look go for patterns in mid-century geometrics and bright colors. If the rest of your bathroom is traditional, try a subdued damask paper design.

Decide on a Color

When most people think of accent walls, bright oranges or reds probably come to mind. If that level of commitment scares you, you’re not alone – a wall doesn’t have to be bold for it to be beautiful. When choosing a color for your accent wall, it’s important to decide what color temperature you’d like. If you’d like your room to be cozy and inviting, colors like red, orange, and yellow produce warmth. Cooler colors, such as blue, purple, and green, tend to transform bathrooms into cool, restful, and serene spaces. Repeating a color already present in rugs and accessories can also help you decide on a color.

Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment

For an accent wall with a bit more character, try experimenting with a graphic wallpaper pattern, tiles, or color blocking. Some companies’ custom make wallpapers to work with the other colors in your room, so if you’re worried about your interior decorating skills, they can offer advice. Additionally, adding decorative tile to the space behind your vanity is a cost-effective way to make a statement in your bathroom. Finally, it’s important to remember not all accent walls have to be a solid color – you can get creative with color blocking by using striped paint or wallpaper patterns for your accent wall.

The Top Five Remodeling Apps

Whether you’re in the beginning stages of planning a renovation project or are already midway through, DIY project guides, calculators, and color matching swatches, would all come in handy, right? Lucky for you, there’s an app for everything nowadays – including home improvement, design, and renovation. With these helpful mobile apps in your virtual tool-belt, you’ll be able to tackle virtually any project without having to get your contracting license.

WikiHow (Android, iOS)

This free app is like Wikipedia for the DIY community. Within the app you’ll find thousands of how-to-guides ranging from life hacks and quick repairs to DIY projects and food recipes. Users can browse by category, search by term, check out featured articles and bookmark how-tos for offline reading – all from the comfort of their own home. If you’re using the iOS version, there’s an additional perk: a collection of first aid and survival guides that come preloaded for offline use – because you never know if you’ll hurt yourself while at the hardware store.

Houzz (Android, iOS)

Often referred to as the “Wikipedia of Interior Design”, Houzz is a popular social network dedicated to interior design and home improvement. Their official app is the home of thousands of articles, discussions, and photographs intended to inspire and motivate DIYers to take the next step in renovating their homes. Whether you’re looking for ideas or inspiration, this is the app for you. When the time is right, the app includes a directory of local professionals including architects and contractors.

Home Improvement Calcs (iOS)

Perfect for homeowners interested in forecasting the costs of certain renovations, the Home Improvement Calcs app includes a variety of helpful DIY calculators and estimation tools. The database includes over 74,000 present functions that range from mulch coverage to attic insulation volumetrics. With the amount of explanatory illustrations found in Home Improvement Calcs, you’ll be able to make your way through the flooring section of Home Depot with ease.

iFixIt (Android, iOS)

This DIY-oriented app focuses on do it yourself repairs, and includes repair and teardown guides for a variety of categories and devices, ranging from vehicles and smartphones to common household appliances and furniture. Whether you’re fixing a leaky sink or replacing your cell phone’s battery, this site can help. Users can browse by category, check out featured guides, and even create their own guides straight from within the app. If you don’t have the necessary tools or parts, the app includes a handy link to iFixIt’s own online store.

House Maintenance Schedule (Android)

So, you’ve installed a new vanity sink – but will you remember when to deep clean the oak? Now, thanks to the House Maintenance Schedule app, you’ll be reminded when it’s time to give your vanity a little TLC. Anything from flushing the water heater and inspecting fire extinguishers to changing HVAC filters and cleaning the rain gutters can conveniently be scheduled using this app. Over time you’ll find that remembering miniscule maintenance tasks can prevent them from becoming large and expensive issues.

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