Bathroom art is having something of a moment – as we all begin to see every room in our home as living spaces rather than purely functional, we are enjoying adding decorative elements to zones that were previously ignored. And while bathrooms are perhaps the last place you’d consider hanging artwork – the steam, the moisture, the potential splashes – we love the idea of making our bathrooms feel more like boutique hotel ensuites and being able to enjoy a favorite piece of art while relaxing in the tub. These are just a few of our bathroom art ideas – and we've added a few tips at the bottom about what not to do when displaying art in the bathroom. You can see all our bathroom ideas in one gorgeous picture gallery for more inspiration.
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‘The bathroom is often seriously under-served when it comes to adding style and personality,' says Owen Pacey, founder of restoration company Renaissance London. 'A great way to start is with art. Hang framed prints and introduce sculptures to give the often-neglected space a unique feel. Start by choosing one piece you love that works well in the space, and go from there. Perhaps you could build up a gallery wall above a bath, or stick with one statement piece to really draw the eye.’
For a harmonious feel, choose or commission artwork that will blend well with your chosen color palette. Brooklyn-based interior designer, author and creative director, Athena Calderone has done just this and the rusty tones and free-hand nature of the painting are mimicked in the marble block by the window.
Black frames stand out well on paler walls and give the artwork a dramatic edge, use black elsewhere to link it through the scheme. Look out for architectural pieces to add a further dimension. Bathroom designed by Athena Calderone/Image by Gieves Anderson.
It's tempting to paint bathroom walls a bold color but it should always be done with caution if natural daylight is poor since the tones cast around the room by the wall color can create unflattering reflections. However, painting a section of an accent wall to frame art is a wonderful way of showing off a collection, as in this bathroom designed by CP Hart.
Whatever style of artwork you love the most should be what you choose – take this stunning illustrative piece as an example. It shows that you don’t need to pick a painting to hang, you could ask an artist to paint directly on your wall to fit the space.
The larger the artwork, the more of a focal point it will have so bear that in mind – go big if you want to make a statement, or smaller if you want it to integrate more with your scheme.