How to decorate your bathroom
Anne, Painter, Cambridge26 guides
Bathroom decor from floor to ceiling
Choice of wall covering
For a stylish bathroom look, the first thing is always the walls and floor! You have an endless choice of colours and materials (block colours, images, imitation wood or tile, sparkly…) The bathroom being by nature a wet room, it's a good idea to choose a specialized waterproof, rotproof product. There's a wide range of styles available both for walls and floors. Here are a few examples of wall coverings that are sure to add character to your decor.
Composite or laminate flooring
Creating a look with accessories
The decorative side
Among the many items of bathroom furniture on offer, the basics are: a washbasin (single or double) or larger sink, storage units, a mirror or bathroom unit with built-in mirror, a bathtub or shower, and smaller accessories for storage etc. (towels, baskets, soap dish, tooth mug, bath mat, shower curtain, waste bin…).
Some homeowners will want to add a finishing touch to the bathroom look they're going for.
If you've got a toilet in your bathroom (freestanding or hanging), think about tying it in with your decor. Toilet seats are available in every style, from the novelty to the completely functional! Even toilet roll holders can form part of the decor: choose between refined stainless steel, classic ceramic or kitsch plastic! You might even want to use stickers: bamboo, spots, grass pattern… there's something for every taste! Here are a few ideas for creating an atmosphere, all the richer for the sheer choice of accessories.
A style for every bathroom
Sleek modern look
For a few years now, something previously thought of as standard has become something of a leitmotif of bathroom decor: the tap! Now available in various shapes (minimal, retro…) and a choice of tech level: mechanical or electronic – with an infrared detector – well-chosen taps can really add to a sink or washbasin. Ditto for the shower head, where everyone seems to want ultra-modern, rectangular, round or square, extra-large… Even the shower column offers a choice between the retro and the distinctively modern.
The perfect finishing touch
Common pitfalls in bathroom decoration
A bathroom is a place of relaxation, so it's advisable to use light, gentle colours to help set the tone. It's totally possible to add vivid touches of colour, but always in moderation: that's the magic word! Limit yourself to a maximum of three different colours and avoid using several bright shades. Bright colours clash and compete for attention in your field of view, so it's a good idea to limit their use, whether on the floor, a stretch of wall or in a feature corner (sink or shower area, for instance).
Choice of colours
Light and colour
Everyone dreams of having a bathroom bathed in natural light… Unfortunately, lots of bathrooms don't have any windows. So it's a question of artificial light, or rather bathroom lighting. This has a tendency to alter the original colour of the walls: a tasteful khaki as seen on the colour chart can turn the colour of goose poo under neon lamp! This is partly why it's sensible to choose light, subtle colours when decorating (they'll alter less under changes of lighting) and use 'daylight' lightbulbs which give out white light similar to natural light.
Taste is fundamental
Learn more about bathroom design...
- How to choose your flooring
- How to choose your wall tiles
- How to choose your kitchen and bathroom paint
- How to choose your interior floor tiles
- Shower or bath: what's best
- How to choose your decorative paints
- How to choose your hardwood floors
- How to choose your shower cubicle or tiling
- How to choose your bathroom accessories
- How to choose your bathroom mirror
- Wall-hung or back-to-the-wall toilet?
- How to choose your freestanding toilet
- How to choose your toilet seat
- How to choose your toilet roll holder
- How to choose your synthetic grass
- How to choose your shower curtain
- How to choose your decking and duckboards
- How to choose your bath mat
- How to choose your bathroom taps
- How to choose your shower head
- How to choose your shower column
- How to choose your bathroom lighting
- How to choose your lightbulbs
- How to choose your bathroom sink
- How to choose your bathroom heater
- How to choose your shower rail
- How to choose your shower cubicle
- How to choose your shower door and walls
- How to choose your shower handrail
- How to choose your bathtub
- How to choose your bathroom units
- How to choose your toilet
- How to furnish your bathroom
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I’m also a self-taught DIY and decorating enthusiast. I love to find and restore furniture, creating one-of-a-kind decorative elements. Last summer I completed the restoration of my sister’s house with my niece. We did it all: electrical work, tiling, finishing, plasterboard. And today, whenever I get the chance to share my experience, I'm happy to do it. Here's a typical DIY joke: ‘What’s the difference between a clown and a DIY enthusiast? One has paint all over his face, the other makes people laugh.’ Happy tinkering, everyone!
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