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  • Writer's pictureSarah Pence

How to Style: Your Bathroom

Bathrooms. They're a necessity, a selling point for those wanting to sell their homes, and a place often upgraded - but rarely styled. And that's sort of tragic when you think about it, friends. We spend a lot of money on this space to make it nice and functional and we spend a lot of time in this space. [Don't act like ya'll don't hide in there with your hidden mom chocolate sometimes to take a breath - I see you. And I'm saying cheers from the empty tub I'm sitting in with mine at 2 pm - it's all about survival and there's no shade coming from me.] So, why shouldn't it be styled just like the rest of the house? "But how?", you ask. Keep reading, my friend. I'm going to share some design tips for styling bathrooms both big and small and what small things can make a BIG difference!

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|| Full Baths ||

Styling your bathroom should be about 2 things: style and function. Do we want it to look good? Of course. And there are tons of ways to do that like simply painting the vanity a fun color and swapping out the hardware or giving the lighting a quick upgrade with something more stylish than the builder's grade vanity lighting that was there when you moved in - more on that later. But, it also NEEDS to be functional. So, when you're getting ready to decorate your bathroom you really need to think about how you and your family use the space. Do you have a slippery floor? Then a bath mat is a must. (You can check out a few of my favorites here!) Is your laundry room on a different floor of the house? Then a laundry basket is a top priority. These are things to keep in mind as you shop for decor and style your bathrooms. Who uses it? How do they use it? What do you need in it? One of my favorite ways to accomplish style and functionality is using shelves.


|| Shelves ||

I love shelves in the bathroom because they allow you to have functional styling as they can serve as additional storage and give you a great foundation to change things up often without making new holes in the wall. This is a great way to keep the things you often reach for - towels, toilet paper, soaps, etc. - readily available in a stylish way. Here are a few tips on how to style them:

  • A fun sign or piece of art (like that "cheeky" art you saw on Etsy) will add a personal touch and is a great anchor piece for layering on your shelves. Whether you're styling shelves in a large master bath ensuite or the little half bath down the hall, this is a great piece to include to bring a smile to your (or your guest's) face.

  • Add plants. You knew that was coming right? When I said they work well in every room of the house I meant every room. Plants add life, color, texture, and health benefits (cleaner air, anyone?) to the space. [BONUS TIP: Oftentimes bathrooms are the perfect spot for those high-maintenance tropical flowers you love, but can't seem to make happy! Light from the window + humidity of the running shower = happy plant babies!]

  • Mixed metals and woods add unique storage options and give your styling a bit of interest.

  • Adding a small stack of hand towels is a great way to make them easily visible and accessible while also adding softness, pattern, and texture to your overall design.

  • Apothecary jars are the perfect little storage and display pieces. They come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and can be used for just about anything!

If wall shelves aren't your jam or you simply have a ladder shelf or another open-style bookshelf that you want to repurpose and find a place for - try the bathroom! Vertical storage is a fantastic way to draw the eye up which adds interest to the room and it's a total space saver!


|| Half Baths ||

Ah, the half bath. Notoriously the smallest and most intimidating room of the house. But, just because it's small doesn't mean it can't be fabulous! I get a lot of questions on social media about how to jazz up a small half bath because most people think 1.) that it has to be white or a light color because it's small and 2.) that you can't really put anything in it because you won't have enough room to style it. Nope. Small doesn't mean it can't be dark, bold, and a little bit sassy! And you can absolutely add functional storage and decor to a small bathroom. Take this one for example:

  • Adding this fun removable wallpaper and bead board totally transformed the space. Walking into this one is like a delightful little "wow" that is just enough to make the bathroom look totally on trend and wonderfully classic at the same time.

  • Using a fun mirror, upgraded light fixtures, and mixed metals are all subtle and inexpensive upgrades.

  • Opt for alternative decor options. Use a faux floor plant to add a pop of life and color to the corner of the room. Instead of a generic waste basket under the sink (where your guests won't see it), use a rattan waste basket that adds style and necessary function. And ditch the typical wall-mounted towel holder and opt for a blanket ladder to repurpose a towel rack!

Your half bath may be lacking in space, but it can be abundant in style!



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Stay tuned for more styling tips coming soon in my "How to Style..." series and be sure to follow along on social media for more tips, design inspiration, and FUN!

And as always...

Until next time,

Be well. Stay kind.

And keep dreaming.


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