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Your ultimate guide to bathroom decorating

The experts at Reno and Decor shared with us what bathroom upgrades to invest in. After you’ve hired a bathroom renovator to do the work, it’s time to decorate your new space! Here’s their advice on what you should be incorporating to make it the most spectacular room in the house! With our ultimate guide, bathroom decorating can be made easy!

Why invest in bathroom renovations, anyway?

The bathroom is an essential space with its own unique requirements. At one time, it was a purely utilitarian room, but today it functions as a private retreat, allowing homeowners to luxuriate in the personal pleasures of grooming. There are myriad ways to enhance the beauty and practicality of this hardworking room.

Who wouldn't want a bathroom like this?

Who wouldn’t want a bathroom like this?


Although the bathroom is home to a flurry of grooming activities, most people look at this busy space as a quiet refuge, so careful consideration must go into choosing a colour for walls that is flattering to the skin, easy on the eye and generally soothing. Shell pink, pale salmon, ivory, and bisque work to bring out a rosy hue in many skin tones.

These bathroom looks are soft on the eyes.

These bathroom looks are soft on the eyes.

Hire a professional to paint your bathroom the perfect colour. Check out our directory of painting professionals to get started.


The bathroom tends to have many hard (though never sharp) surfaces that are cool to the touch: stone, tile, chrome and porcelain are examples. Soften these hard edges with comfortable and inviting fabrics like plush bathroom towels—there is nothing more luxurious than a large stack of fat, white towels.


A lively shower curtain and style-appropriate window treatments are other places where fabric may be required. Of course, terry cloth is a perfect choice in a bathroom given its compatibility with water. Cotton, polished cotton, and linen all work beautifully. For the shower curtain, unless you are using a laminated fabric or a water-resistant fabric, place a plastic liner on the inside to prevent fabric from coming into direct contact with water.


These colourful shower curtains can brighten up any room!

Want to dress up your bathroom with colourful towels and accessories? Check out our directory for furniture and home accessory stores to find a store nearest you!


In order to emphasize the bathroom’s function as a room, consider placing at least one piece of furniture in the space. A small slipper chair is an ideal perch for polishing toenails, a vintage or antique chair can sit at a makeup mirror, and a handsome stool or occasional table can rest at the side of the tub holding towels at the ready.

If the size of the room permits, a chest of drawers provides valuable storage space as well as an anchor for a decorative mirror, collection of plates, or work of art.

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Furniture, chairs and artwork create a warm and inviting bathroom space.

Don’t forget to use our directory to find a furniture and home accessory store near you. They’ll have what you need to decorate your bathroom.

Accessories & Artwork

When it comes to finishing touches, pamper yourself with enticing accessories. French bath salts displayed in a glass decanter are an affordable luxury. A silver or mirrored pedestal tray can display a selection of perfumes and potions. An antique dish can hold a toothbrush or makeup brushes stylishly. If counter space is limited, consider a wall-mounted toothbrush and cup holder, and to keep often-used bottles and jars at eye level, install open shelving for easiest access.
Finally, do include some artwork in the bathroom. Since this is a private space, you are free to choose work that speaks to your heart. A series of black-and-white travel photographs can fill an empty wall and remind you of your honeymoon or favourite vacation.


Find unique furniture and accessories at a home accessories store! Our directory has details on different stores in your neighbourhood.

If you’re not ready for decor but need to actually renovate your bathroom, we can help you with that as well! Check out our directory to find a bathroom renovation specialist that can transform your bathroom!

Reno and Decor just published their August & September edition online! Check it out for more great stories from our publishing partners.

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