Bathrooms can be the most exciting room in your home to decorate. They can become a respite from the chaos of the daily hustle and a spa to rest and relax at the end of a long day. In this intimate space, it’s essential that you choose the right art to set the tone for a luxury lavatory atmosphere.
Most bathrooms have the standard white bathtub, toilet, and cabinetry. This makes the perfect blank canvas for you to explore different art options for your walls.
- Choose a Style You Want to Spend Time With
When narrowing down a style of artwork for your bathroom, take into account the style of your tub, shower, sink, and faucet. Do they have clean, modern lines or do they have Victorian flourishes? While you can always mix and match, make sure you do so mindfully and stick to just two contrasting styles.
Decide on what kind of space you want. Are you looking for a botanical getaway, an abstract retreat, or an elegant powder room? Keep this in mind when selecting artwork and ask yourself if the piece fits this style.
- Decide What Size and Number Works for Your Space
Measure your walls and decide which walls will work best for artwork. Think about the amount of light and where the light is, as well.
Don’t overwhelm the space with too many bulky pieces. If you’re going to go big, keep to just one or two pieces. Larger pieces can make a big impact. A large piece should take up no more than two-thirds of the open wall.
A gallery of smaller pieces can also add a lot of interest and eclectic flair to the bathroom. If you want to hang a gallery wall, start with one piece at the center and add pieces about 3-5 inches radially. Triptychs and Diptychs are also appropriate for adding sophistication and interest to your bathroom décor.
Plan for Moisture: Choose Your Medium Wisely
The same moisture that plants love, most art cannot tolerate. The last thing you want is mold and mildew ruining one of your favorite paintings. Certain types of artwork will last longer and resist the effects of steam and humidity better.
Artwork framed with glass usually does well in the bathroom. The same is true for photographs and prints. For a modern touch, acrylic mounted photographs can add color and stand the test of steam and sunlight.
Ceramic, blown glass, and most prints are smart bathroom choices.
You’ll want to avoid using oil and acrylic paintings that aren’t protected by glass. You may also want to skip any wooden frames that are not stained or lacquered since they risk getting warped. The same is true for unprotected photographs.
- Hang Your Art Where It Will Get Noticed and Stay Dry
Location is important when it comes to where your art will work best in the bathroom. Usually, the wall opposite from the toilet makes for a great space for a painting or photograph. The wall above the toilet or above a free-standing tub also makes for excellent art space.
When it comes to hanging art, think about how much wall space you have available and how to keep your art away from the shower and tub splashes. Don’t place artwork too low where kids may be able to reach it with wet hands or spray water on it while playing in the tub.
- Don’t Hesitate to Do-It-Yourself
Bathroom art doesn’t have to be something you purchase. The bathroom is a great place to experiment with D.I.Y. art projects. These often require very little monetary and time investment.
If you’re interested in creating unique and personal artwork you can try:
- Framed wallpaper
- Papier-mache letter
- D.I.Y. botanical art
- Silhouette art
- Doily art
- Map art
- Abstract canvas art
After choosing your art, check out the “Best Plants for Bathroom: Which is the right one for you?” for a plant to go with your art.
One of the best characteristics of the bathroom is that the art you hang can be easily switched out. You often don’t even need to make any new holes in the wall. Just have fun and enjoy the experience of adding some color and creativity to your bathroom.