New Year New Room Refresh: Styling Tips for the Bathroom
Hi there! Well, in an ideal world, all of my items would have arrived by now for a room reveal but let’s face it, Okinawa is just a little speck out in the middle of the Pacific ocean. Packages come in by slow boat or plane and I never know which. It’s a little terrifying when I think about it that way! Hee hee. I know the East Coast has been slammed with a winter storm so some of my friends hoping for a room reveal today too are sharing awesome DIY ideas instead. I’ll share all of the links at the end of this post so you can see room reveals and amazing DIYs.
The bathroom is one of the hardest rooms for me to style. Especially our current ones with traditional Japanese style (aka big, yellow-plastic sinks with coordinating storage).
I’m always up for a challenge though and have enjoyed the decorating and styling I’ve done in those rooms.
Here are some ideas for achieving a relaxing-spa atmosphere working with whatever style of bathroom you have!
Items that look good in any bathroom:
Soaps and bath salts in pretty containers
Neutral loofahs and fluffy-white towels
Wooden toothbrushes and bath brushes have a nice texture too but only display items your and guests will actually use! If you have interesting bathroom storage like the wall unit we have, instead of filling with shampoo bottles and body wash like expected, roll hand towels or washcloths. Add baskets or pretty pouches to hide personal items.
Make your bathroom work for you!
A primitive bench or wood stump is a wonderful contrast against bathroom tiles and adds waterproof surface space.
So fun, right? (Click HERE to see how to make a bamboo ladder for under $10!)
Don’t forget the back of the toilet. Something as simple as a little bowl with floating flower heads can make a huge difference.
If you have a flat lid, try a little tray with bathroom appropriate items to create a stylish vignette. (An empty rum bottle with yard clippings totally qualifies as “bathroom appropriate”!)
Art prints are a great way to add more interest to the bathroom. (If humidity is a problem, photographs can get damaged so use caution!)
A great art piece can be the perfect inspiration for bathroom decor. Otherwise, look at different textures, colors, and patterns used in your bathroom decor and materials to tie in art pieces. Here are some amazing prints from Minted.com that would work great in my bathroom.
Are you ready to see what everyone else is up to? A Designer at Home is next on the list, I can’t wait to see her finished hallway!
Oh my goodness! That shot of your bamboo ladder – absolutely gorgeous! It is going to be in my head all day! And Love, love your minted picks. Your space is already looking so fresh and lovely! -Rachael
Aw! Thanks Rachael. That ladder was so easy to make. I think I need more. In white and gold. lol
Kathryn, you know how to make a bathroom look so relaxing! Your photos look like they came out of a high end resort ad—they look so good. I ned to implement your tips…I need a spa at my house ASAP….this cold weather has me bogged down.
Thanks Jess! Even with the yellow-plastic wall storage, the bathrooms in this rental are my favorite. The big windows and deep tubs help!
Beautiful! You definitely made this bathroom work for you. I love the copper accents and florals/plants. Looking forward to seeing your laundry room next week. 🙂
Thanks Steph! I hope more items arrive this week. 😉
Great tips!!! I never think to put plants in the bathroom. I need to do this! The rum bottle, LOVE!!!! Awesome job and I look forward to your reveal.
Thanks Sara! Plants in the bathroom seemed to be a thing in Texas. Especially with the big garden tubs and open glass showers.
I love all your bath accessories, especially that stool! And those plants make such a darling display. Your bathroom feels really homey and also very chic. Like yours, my bathroom isn’t maybe quite my style. Definitely going to be stealing some of these tips!
Thanks Brittany! I really like how the wood stool and plants warm up the place. 🙂