5. Beach Theme
Don’t confuse “traditional” with “boring.” Traditional does not mean there is no design at all. Traditional can mean elegant, and it can mean the standard bath, shower and sink(s) along with added flourishes like a tasteful chandelier or a claw foot tub. You can also add a few nice paintings to the wall for some extra class. Think regal but subtle. Small lamps and glass holders for things like cotton balls or Kleenex also work. Imagine a fancy Park Avenue penthouse bathroom (without going over the top).
3. Warm and Cozy
At the other end of the spectrum is the cozy look. This works well in spaces that might not get a lot of natural light and in smaller guest bathrooms. You can even go for a red-toned, patterned wallpaper, darker bath mats and warm hued towels. Lit candles look great in this kind of environment and you could even add a small lamp on the counter or next to the sink to give it even more of a warm glow. The effect is almost like that of a traditional study—it’s a little more masculine, though warm and very cozy.
2. Light Colors
Unless you are really partial to shades like gray or dark blue, as above, lighter colors do tend to brighten up a bathroom. This is the space you’ll be getting ready in most likely: doing your makeup, your hair or shaving. Light, bright surroundings are more flattering and natural light will give you a better environment to get ready for work or for that big date. Whites, light yellows, lavender and sea greens are all very nice for a bathroom, especially one that gets a lot of natural light. Remember this does not mean that the entire room needs to be stark white—think airy, light and sunny.
This is a great way to make a bathroom appear larger than is it. Picking a monochromatic color scheme can also add a little bit of elegance to the space; it is harmonious and does not assault your senses with a mishmash of colors and fabrics. You could go with neutrals everywhere to keep it light and airy. White is always great for a bathroom, and you can add some personality by putting out colored soaps, flowers or other little accents to give the room a bit of color without disrupting the flow of the color scheme. You could always go darker too, and go with all gray tones or even dark blues. It can give your bathroom the feel of a day spa—and who wouldn’t want that?