Bringing art into the bathroom can be tricky considering the steam from the shower or tub and the often-limited space. But it can be done!
Think creatively (and install a good exhaust fan so your art won’;t suffer from the moisture) and break some rules—which is easier to do in smaller spaces anyway—and you’;ll have an interesting and unique restroom instead of the usual boring powder room.
Crowd the Walls
This Manhattan bathroom via White Cabana features a huge variety of art, but the white walls and matching white frames tie it all together so it’;s cohesive—and fabulous.
This bathroom breaks all the rules for a small space, covering dark walls with a plethora of art. Does it make the space feel a bit smaller than all-white walls would? Sure. But it also transforms a totally blah powder room into a statement-making space that doesn’;t feel super-bathroomy, a modern trend that’;s fun to play with.
Murals are often thought of as “for kid’;s rooms only” but this one proves that they can work in other spaces—a simple line drawing over existing tile is incredibly cool.
A mural doesn’;t have to be hand-drawn or painted—photo murals have become widely available through a number of companies. Large photographs are a great way to bring art (as well as color and fun) into a small room, especially one without a window, which many bathrooms are.
Sculpture is not such a crazy addition to a bathroom, even a small one, if you do it carefully. This high-rise bathroom in NYC is an interior room and is quite petite, so the 2 pieces here add to the room without taking it over.
Think about not only your sculpture’;s size and how much space it takes up, but also placement— Raising a large statement piece up off the ground helps it work in a area with limited floorspace.
This isn’;t a big bathroom, but a custom mosaic wall that flows into the tub by Alicia Tapp Designs, makes a huge impact.
A cut glass mosaic is a less-common take on the art form, which is ideal for bathrooms as it is easily cleaned.
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