Artwork In the Bathroom

by Rachel Laurendeau on November 22, 2012

The bathroom seems to be the last place we think about decorating, but we do spend a considerable amount of time in there, so why not make it an art-filled space?

Gone are the days of bathrooms being seen as purely utilitarian. Today we create master bathrooms that feel like home spas that twinkle with beautiful, well thought out finishes and custom showers. Many of the materials used in modern bathrooms can be seen as little gems and works of art unto themselves. We place art in our living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms and even hallways, so why not in the bathroom?

• Incorporating shelves, niches and nooks into your space during bathroom remodeling is a great way to create display opportunities for art and collectibles.

• When hanging art on bathroom walls, framing is important. Make sure that your artwork is behind glass or plexiglas to protect it from the heat and steam of the bathroom and to make it easier to clean. If the piece is important to you and you don’t want it damaged, take it in for professional framing and tell them it’s for the bathroom.

• While relaxing in the bathtub, having an interesting work of art to look at and get lost in can be just what you need to take your thoughts away from your hectic day. Just make sure that the piece is hung a little lower than usual height so that you aren’t straining your neck trying to look up at it.

• People tend to take art too seriously, in my opinion. The bathroom can be a good space to have fun with art. You don’t need to put up a priceless canvas in the bathroom; instead you can use framed postcards, thrift store finds, inspirational quotes, ceramics, pottery or even cute pieces that your kids have created. Print out a few of your favorite photos, put them in whimsical frames and see where your imagination takes you.

• Not really a fan of artwork in the bathroom? You could simply hang a pretty shower curtain or quirky drapes and place fresh cut flowers in an interesting vase. Voila, easy artistic touches to take your bathroom one step further.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go sort through a crate of unused art pieces and photographs and find just the perfect piece for my main bathroom home improvement before our guests start arriving for all of the upcoming holiday parties.

What type of artwork do you have in your bathroom? Leave us a note in the comments section below.

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