Let’s face it – a bathroom is one of the hardest rooms in your home to decorate, and one of the most used by guests. What can you do to liven up the room and give it some character? There are plenty of things you can do, many of which you have probably never thought of. This article offers tips and ideas for adding ambiance, interest and even a little romance to your bath.
Whether yours is large and spacious or very small, you can make it beautiful and appealing.
Liven up the walls
You may think that the only way to decorate walls is with white paint, especially if your bath is on the small size. If you are using a solid color, you should keep it light. However, if you decide to go for a pattern or design, you can use rich hues of amber, gold and burgundy, or any other colors that suit your decor. In a small bathroom, vertical stripes make the room look visually taller. You can do this with wallpaper that has a wide stripe, or paint them on yourself.
Another great idea for bathroom walls is to use rubber stamping techniques, which lets you place any design you like on the walls. Faux finishes are highly popular today, and add an element of texture to the room.
Lighting sets the mood
In a bathroom, it’s often necessary to use two different kinds of lighting. Most people want bright lights around the vanity mirror, so they can easily see to shave, apply make up, etc. Other than task lighting, low wattage ceiling lights can add a romantic and ambient atmosphere to a large bathroom.
For a smaller bath, you can still get the effect by placing a sconce on one wall and using a 60 watt bulb. This will provide a warm effect for those times when you simply want to relax in the tub after a stressful day.
Time for a few personal touches
Now that you have beautiful walls and the perfect lighting, it’s time to add a few accessories to make the room even more appealing. Use objects and motifs that reflect your unique personality, such as a large boldly-colored vase filled with greenery or even an old trunk topped with some of your favorite accessories if you have the room.
Use your imagination! A soap dish and a toothbrush holder don’t add much interest to the room. Use the most luxurious towels you can afford for display, to add further splashes of color to the room.
If your bathroom isn’t too small, accenting the tub is an option that many don’t think about but can add a lot of character. Hang sheer panels from the ceiling and drape them softly around the edge, pulling them back to the wall about 8 inches above the edge of the tub. Add full size mirrors to two walls around the tub, and talk about romance! Imagine a candle flickering and reflecting in the mirrors as you relax in a tub filled with rich, soothing oils.
With a little imagination, there is no end to the things you can do to make your bathroom exquisite – and your guests will be amazed at your decorating sense.