Don’t Abandon Your Bathroom: Decorating Overlooked Spaces

When you spend hours on Pinterest, poring over your favorite decorating pins and ignoring whatever real life problems are facing you this week, you probably don’t see a lot of bathroom decorating pins. After all, it’s a bathroom — what can you really do with it? The answer, it turns out, is a lot.

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When decorating, you tend to overlook functional spaces in favor of, say, your bedroom and your living room. These are the places you spend the most time in, so it makes sense, and it’s also what your guests will see when they visit. However, leaving an area of the house without decoration can pull away from the aesthetic feel you have going for the rest of the house. Conversely, stylizing your bathroom can create an extra touch that adds to the quality and class of your decorating. So how do you turn your bathroom into something other than a creative desert?

The How To Part

As a college student, you probably have a small bathroom whether you live in an apartment or a dorm. Having a cramped space can make it difficult to add extra items for aesthetics, so it’s best to build your bathroom decor using things you already have and need: replace your plain magnifying mirror from the dollar store with one that has a more eloquent base. Trade out white shower curtains for something more specific to your taste — preferably with ruffles. You can also incorporate purely decorative items that are small enough to not get in your way: an antique hand held mirror can sit on a bathroom shelf next to a few perfume bottles, while that small counter corner can be taken up with a short stack of decorative soaps.

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I set this little vanity tray (brought from Home Goods) up on the side of my apartment sink, then added my favorite Halloween soaps, a decorative handheld mirror (easily found online for around $10), and other things like a perfume bottle (given as a gift; its 20s style reminds me of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them!) and my favorite perfume from England. It doesn’t take up a lot of room, but still adds beauty to an otherwise very plain space.

You don’t have to go all out with a bathroom; you should still focus your decorating skills (and budget) mainly in living spaces like your bedroom. Instead, use the small space to add personal touches. Spare a wall in the bathroom to hang that poster you can’t live without and personal notes from your favorite friends or family. Buy a set of whiteboard markers and doodle on the mirror on the wall. The combination of zany and elegant touches will create a nice-to-look at space that is also fun to wake up to in the morning. This can be especially important when you have an impending interview to ace.

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Do it Old Taylor Swift style — it looks seriously cute and easily comes off (so you can write on even your most decorative mirrors). Unless you use Sharpie (don’t do that).

Good luck, Champagners!


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