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7 easy bathroom decorating ideas to inspire the most neglected spaces


Bathrooms can be tricky territory in apartments for young adults. They’re all too often overlooked when it comes to interior design and decor (and sanitizing), but are arguably the most painless room to upgrade with easy, inexpensive fixes. Here is a list of simple bathroom decorating ideas that will take your toilet to the next level without emptying your wallet.

Most young adults find themselves in outdated or sometimes downright run down living situations, but the smallest room in your apartment can be the best place to start your home improvement. Improving the bathroom for the entire 20s doesn’t require a complete makeover to have an impact. The secret is in the tastefully executed details that add just a touch of luxury or charm. It’s not limited to the shower curtain that you and your roommate have been thinking about to the point of excess at Bed Bath & Beyond. Unexpected elements, as functional as they are pleasant to look at, enhance the space. The bathroom is a place of essential human requirements, but also a place of preparation and relaxation. It should invigorate you before you start the day, but also bring you peace before you go to bed at night. Create the right ambiance with a handful of decorative touches and maximize the potential of your powder room.

1. Create a board on the throne

One of your bathroom’s most visited destinations is the toilet, so why not give this frequented fixture a little luxury? Crown your throne with a pretty tray with some pretty and practical trinkets. Plants are always a given, and scent diffusers, candles and matches are welcome “decorative pieces” to have on hand. Change the look and mood whenever you want, simply by replacing candles with vases or bottles with frames. The mixed materials add a bit of drama, but make sure to keep it simple, not cluttered, or you’ll feel like you’re using your seat as a makeshift shelf.

2. Find a unique soap dish

Unless you are using a pump only, a soap dish is a necessary accessory that you can have a little fun with. It doesn’t have to be a soap dish at all.

3. Show statement soap

Once your soap dish game has intensified, why stop there? Soap comes in many shapes and sizes, some shaped to look like diamonds, popsicles, the Sharks, or stones (seen here).

4. Be reflective: improve your mirror

Mirrors are automatically the centerpiece of the room and can completely transform the space. Unless your mirror is permanent, this is a great opportunity to turn a bathroom staple into a centerpiece. If you can change it, do it. The oversized option here exudes the grandeur of the masterpiece proportions and makes a mid-sized bathroom much more open.

5. Add a touch of color

Adding a pop of color by using a bright accent paired with a neutral, seen here with hand towels, is an effective but non-binding way to add a fun, modern look. It can easily be updated every season, or as you wish.

6. Invest in bamboo accents

Bamboo is not only sustainable, but also quite standardized. So even if you don’t buy your bath accessories as a set, choosing bamboo will keep things cohesive and consistent. As a bath mat, bamboo is a savior, especially for bathrooms where the population exceeds one person. Roommates won’t argue over who’s next to bring a moldy microfiber rug to the laundromat.

7. Add a little green

Plants literally bring a room to life, and the bathroom is no exception. Add an outdoor touch to the tiniest of indoor spaces with ivy hanging from the top of your bath basket. Don’t worry if you don’t have a green thumb, the high humidity environment is an ideal setting for these plants to thrive.

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