Pictures for the bathroom wall – go with the flow!

Treat your bathroom as an equal

An unattractive bathroom, yesterday.

The bathroom is often sadly neglected when it comes to decent décor. This is partly because, these days especially, people tend to spend less time in there. It's all about serving a specific function; either disposing of bodily nastinesses (see left), having a quick shower, shaving or putting one's face on. Fewer people actually spend time soaking in a nice, long hot bath, so it's no great surprise that we spend less of our decorating money on things like colour coordination or nice pictures for the bathroom wall.

But there's no reason - nor excuse - for this neglect. Even if you have a really small bathroom, there are loads of ways to make it attractive. But there are certain things you need to think about.

Pick a colour scheme for your bathroom's décor

Simply thinking about colours and hues would be a great first step toward creating your ideal bathroom.

Do you like soft pastels or brighter primary colours? Are you into floral patterns or sharper straight lines in blacks, whites, and greys?

Remember, this is the most private room in your home, and there's no shame in taking the time to enjoy it.

Which wall art works for bathrooms?

This is totally up to you. There's no right or wrong style of image here. It's your bathroom.

Hydrant-Close - by Robert Mondoux

If you have kids, or if you sometimes have guests with small children, you may want to avoid some of the scarier/more gothic pictures. But you should definitely make sure you use images that go with your colour scheme, and that you feel good about. Make it something you love.

Variety is always a good idea.

When in Venice
When in Venice - By Irene Suchocki

It may also be worth thinking about getting a few different paintings or photos that would work in some of your other rooms as well. A lot of people like to swap things around from time to time, and that's always good.

Just have fun with it; making your bathroom just the way you like it really shouldn't feel like a chore.

But remember - it can get damp in there!

If you've got a well-ventilated bathroom, or if you intend to change your bathroom wall art fairly frequently, this shouldn't be an issue. It is worth bearing in mind, however, that most paintings and photos aren't really made to be hung in damp areas. But don't let this deter you. There are plenty of different waterproof frames out there that will protect your precious pictures (here's an example: A3 Waterproof Silver Snap Frame 25mm).

What's your style? Let us know...

We'd be interested to see what our readers think. What would look good in your ideal bathroom? Let us know by leaving a comment below.


7 thoughts on “Pictures for the bathroom wall – go with the flow!

  1. Five years ago, when I decorated my new apartment I took my time to think about the bathroom.
    As you say, we don't use to spend much time there, so the main idea I had was use the space. Fortunately my two bathrooms have windows and plenty of natural light humidity is not a problem and I have small furniture there to keep all the towels and bed linen. Also, on the biggest one I store my first aid kit, medicines and dirty clothes.
    Everything using nice furniture and baskets.
    On each bathroom I have three white walls and another one with tiles of an absolutely different color (one bright tones of orange and the other green).
    Not paints or pictures there yet, but can be an option and now I know where to find a nice frame.


    1. Post author

      It's always a good idea to use space wisely, and it sounds like you have lovely bathrooms for doing just that! Come back and visit in a couple of weeks, after I've found more artists/photographers and their works. Maybe you'll find something that's just right for you!

  2. hi Mark
    I absolutely agree, bathrooms need to be decorated as well. I still remember a lime green bathroom I had years ago! It was so bright, didn't even need the light on, lol! I put pictures up in my bathroom and I usually pick a color scheme as well. Blue and purple are the colors in my bathroom at the moment. It is a room where we do a lot in but also a room that I associate with relaxation in the form of a bubble bath 🙂

    1. Post author

      Ooh... bright lime green? Were the batteries included?

      Blue and purple sound like a great choice for relaxation in a bubble bath - with some classic Deep Purple and a nice glass of Burgundy, of course! 😉

  3. My colour is a light purple... And my daughter is obsessed with the colour too so it would work quite well... Bodily nastiness...hahahahaha. I think tiles with some decor work quite well as well and don't really require to be replaced often. Coloured tiles with some art that I can fill the wall and floors I think is pretty amazing. Yea?

  4. Samantha

    Thanks for the tips about choosing the right pictures to use to decorate a bathroom! For some reason, I have never decorated my bathroom with wall art or photography, and I appreciate the tips on how to make it work well. Thank you also for recommendations about counteracting the humidity in bathrooms! Very useful to know as well.

  5. It is true. In some bathrooms the décor is lacking and in other places non-existent. I have seen a few though that are to die for. It makes me wonder about the cost spent in a room where we hardly frequent.


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