The bathroom is that room in our home that is essential, but oftentimes forgotten when it comes to decor. We spend a decent amount of time in our bathrooms so why not make it a room in your home that is as organized, pretty and functional as say your office or your living room? Bathrooms pose a unique challenge because they're smaller than any other room in your house (unless you're a millionaire) so your decor choices have to be both pretty and functional.
Here's how you can spruce up your bathroom and maximize the space:
Organize with Glass
Glass canisters are my absolute favorite bathroom storage option. They display your pretty bathroom things (like q-tips and cotton swabs) and they can sit directly on your counter top, or on a tray (I bought mine, pictured below, at West Elm). Using glass gives your bathroom a more spa-like appearance and keeps everything you need right at your fingertips.
Hand soap tends to come in pump bottles that don't necessarily fit in with your decor. Why settle for the plastic bottle the soap came in? I like to buy clear, antibacterial soap in a large container and transfer it into glass, plastic or acrylic soap pumps that look fancier than the ones you bought the soap in.
Ditch that boring rinsing cup and switch it our with something more stylish! I love glass and ceramic cups---use them for drinking or to hold toothbrushes! You can add one with a pattern or in a solid bright color. My gray and white stripped cup is from West Elm.
I love reed diffusers in bathrooms---they are a wonderful decorative touch with the added benefit of a fresh scent. Pier-1-Imports and other stores sell all kinds of pretty reeds like ones with color or floral touches that you can mix in with the regular reed sticks.
Personalize your space with monogrammed towels. The ones we have are from Bed, Bath & Beyond--- a good choice if you're looking for something super affordable.
You don't want to go too crazy with decor that isn't also functional (like the above items) but a couple of decorative touches can make a big impact---just keep them small and think about proportion---don't add a vase with flowers on a small counter top and don't add anything that will make your counter appear too cluttered. I chose a piece of coral (from Z Gallerie) for our guest bath which has larger counter top space than our master bath.
Lay it Out
Your bath mat prevents you from slipping and dragging water from your shower through the rest of your bathroom---but it doesn't have to be plain and boring! I recently added a graphic print bath mat to our bathroom and it really brings the space together. Ours is from West Elm.
Need a way to stow away hair products, tools, towels and other items in your bathroom? Baskets are the perfect way to keep things organized under counters or in your linen closet. It hides everything while keeping it easy to access. Our baskets are from Target. I prefer baskets to plastic storage bins because they look more decorative and are opaque---thus hiding what's inside which makes everything appear clutter-less. The Young House Love couple has mastered the use of baskets in their bathroom.
Photo credit: YoungHouseLove
You know when you go to a spa or hotel and there are fluffy white towels everywhere? Re-create that tranquil feeling at home by using only white towels in your bathroom. I like to have rolled-up or folded white hand towels available in my guest bath especially. I keep white towels folded up in one of our bathroom cabinets for a crisp, clean look.
What are some decorative elements you have in your bathroom? Let me know in the comments below!