When we discussed faucet choices for our very first bathroom renovation with our contractor, I think I said something to the effect of "whatever you think—I don't care about bathrooms." I was of the opinion that bathrooms are just a place to get clean, brush your teeth, and—ahem—take care of business.
Since then I'm glad to say that I've had my eyes opened to the beauty and breadth of bathroom design. I've talked before about my process for choosing materials for a bathroom renovation—tile, vanities and all that big stuff.
But what about styling?
It can be tricky to strike the balance between practical and pretty, but there are a few simple tricks I've picked up from styling our new guest house bathroom that I think can help add beauty to any bathroom—no matter the style of it.
ADD SOME NATURAL ELEMENTS
When I was designing our guest house bathroom, I was drawn to inspiration photos with stunning vintage wood vanities. Alas, our budget didn't stretch that far, and we had to go for something more basic and cost-effective. However, I realized that by using wood accessories, I was incorporating the same tones into my color palette and it was a good compromise for getting the look that I wanted. It can be as simple as adding a wooden step stool for the the kiddos to use, or a wooden candlestick on the vanity.
An even thriftier way to instantly elevate the style impact of a bathroom is to add some green—either a houseplant, or a vase with cut greenery on the vanity (or both!) Eucalyptus is my personal favorite (thanks Trader Joe's).
There is something about these natural elements that will work in just about any bathroom—it's the perfect way to add depth and texture to a space.
MAKE A STATEMENT WITH TEXTILES
Linens are a great way to add your own personal mark to a bathroom. Whether you are keeping it simple with elegant neutrals, or whether you are drawn to bolder choices, textiles instantly make a bathroom feel more styled.
We have shower curtains rather than screens in all three of our bathrooms, and I love that it gives me the option of adding a pattern or texture that I don't have to love indefinitely—it's the easiest thing to switch it out if you tire of it. I chose a pale blush shower curtain with pom pom trim for our guest house bathroom and it's been such a fun addition to the room!
CHOOSE STORAGE THAT'S BEAUTIFUL
Everyone needs storage for toilet paper, towels and q-tips—so why not make it part of the design of the room? Baskets are the obvious choice here, and I use them in all of our bathrooms.
You can also use pretty trays, jars and trinket dishes to corral items together.
I found some cute lidded seagrass baskets in IKEA and am using them for tissues/cotton pads/q-tips in our guest house bathroom.
DON'T FORGET THE WALLS
The bathroom is usually a neglected space when it comes to hanging artwork. Obviously the humidity needs to be taken into consideration so I wouldn't put any family heirlooms in there, but that's no reason to leave the walls bare.
Our neighbor gifted us with some vintage photographs of Queen Elizabeth soon after we moved into our home, and I decided to hang them up in our guest house bathroom as a quirky reminder of our native land!
The big guest house reveal is coming at the end of this month! I can't wait to show you everything I've been working so hard on, including the bathroom of course. Be sure to follow me on Instagram to get the first sneak peeks—I literally cannot WAIT to share this space with you!!