|Restoration Hardware Weathered Oak Sink Console|
Show Your Bathroom's Softer Side
One way I love to make a bathroom more inviting is my putting some of the soft comforts of the space on display. Get a stock vanity that has some exposed shelves in addition to cabinets. Stack up extra towels here, kind of like you’d see in a high-end hotel but with whatever colors and patterns suit your style. The towels will add a soft, plush feel to the space and will make it easy for guests to home to find an extra towel if needed. If it doesn’t make sense for you to get a new vanity, consider a shelving console appropriate to the size of the room. Use bins or baskets to store other commonly used items that you are comfortable sharing with guests. And get a soft, plush rug so bare feet don’t ever have to touch that cold tile floor!
|Bathroom by Emily A. Clark|
Evaluate Your Bathroom Lighting
If you are living with the same bathroom light fixtures that were in your home when you first bought it, consider if the lighting could be improved by changing out the fixtures. Often, homebuilders choose inexpensive vanity lighting that has little character or poor color rendition. Choose light fixtures that actually tie into the design theme of your bathroom and use light bulbs that allow colors to look natural, not yellowy or washed out. If your bathroom only has overhead lighting, consider adding wall sconces on either side of the vanity mirror. Side lighting is best for lighting faces!
Even the Bathroom Needs Art
Add some culture and style to your bathroom by hanging art on the walls, just as you would do in your living room. If you have a large enough space, you might even consider a three-dimensional sculpture. Art is sometimes overlooked in bathroom décor, when function eclipses design, but attention to detail is essential if you want to create an inviting space. Art adds character and warmth, sending the message that this space is worth spending time in. Just keep in mind that any art hung in a bathroom will be exposed to moisture, so choose artwork that is moisture resistant by nature (such as a ceramic wall hanging) or that you would be comfortable disposing of if damaged by water over time (such as a poster print).
Bath Salts, Anyone?
Bath salts, specialty soaps, lotions … include some luxury bath amenities in your space, displayed in jars, trays, or baskets. Even practical, everyday items like toothpaste can be purchased on unique and attractive packaging, such as this Marivs Strong Mint Toothpaste. Don't be afraid to treat yourself and show guests your hospitality by inviting them to do the same. Just make sure you keep a steady stock so these are always available and part of the room’s design accessories.
|Bath Accessories from Pottery Barn Spa Shop|
Do you have questions or suggestions for creating an inviting bathroom? Please post a comment below and I promise to respond!
This post was created by Katie.
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