20+ Ways to Add Personality to Your Bath

Clearly the bathoom in a home serves a purpose, but that doesn't mean it has to be boring. Decorate your powder room by adding some style and character, often in an easy and affordable way. Here are 25 tips to take your bathroom from drab to fab.

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September 07, 2016
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Frame It

The living areas and bedrooms of a home aren't the only place to show off artwork, family photos or catchy phrases. Display them in a stylish frame and put them in the bathroom where guests can enjoy them. 

Pick a Theme

Pick a theme for your bathroom. Whether it's robots, like in this little boy's space, or animals or cartoon characters, you can add whimsy by adding something you love to your bath's decor.

Glass Magic

Glass shelving provides a way to store and show off items while not distracting from the background, as do many solid shelving options. The only catch? You'll want to keep them extra clean!

Modern Sink

The sink in a bathroom clearly serves a purpose, but it can also be unique and stylish. Choose one that's deep or wide and long, like this modern version, which anchors the space in an unexpected way.

Mirror on the Wall

A round mirror hung from a nail adds a bit of country charm to this space. Skipping the standard mirrored wall in front of the sink and, instead opting for an individual mirror, is an easy and affordable way to add style.

Door Drama

As seen on HGTV's Genevieve's Renovation, designer Genevieve Gorder kept the original antique door in a space. Switching out the door (or keeping the antique original intact) adds character to not only the bathroom, but also to the hallway. 
From: Genevieve Gorder

Gilded Hardware

When most home owners think of a shower head, the main concern is that it works well. That aside, it can also be a stylish addition, like this beautiful gold faucet. 
From: Genevieve Gorder

Tile in Color

Add character by choosing colorful or patterned tile in a bathroom, as with this turquoise version. With the rest of the bathroom in black and white, the bright aqua really pops.

See this complete makeover.

From: Genevieve Gorder

Eclectic Wall Coverings

This bright and colorful wallpaper injects a dose of whimsy, playfulness and carefree charm to this powder room. Look for unexpected and bold patterns, like this one using Penguin book covers.

Essentials Within Reach

You don't have to store towels behind cabinet doors. Organize supplies neatly out in the open, allowing for easy access and shelving style.
From: Jenni Leasia

Fun and Functional Stools

A bathroom stool is a necessity in a home with kids. Choose stools with personality, like this pair of bright, bold red ones that pull this bathroom style together. 

Make a Statement

Cover the walls of a modest-sized bathroom in wild wallpaper. Something hot pink and sparkly might be too much for a large wall, but in a small space it's a show-stopper.

Soak in Style

A deep, free-standing bathtub will make any guest envious. This Asian-style bathroom, featuring a cheery yellow-tile accent wall, exudes the ultimate sophistication thanks to this unique, yet simple, tub.

A Basket Full

Use fun baskets for extra storage, whether you need a place to store towels or stack magazines. Choose baskerts that are wicker, metal or even acrylic, depending on the style you are trying to acheive.

Rustic In Every Room

Carry the style of your home to every room in the house, including the bathroom. A sliding barn door does just that, by adding a rustic punctuation to this bathroom's fresh white palette. 

Walls of Attention

Don't be afraid of painting your walls a dark, deep color. Dark navy walls allow this bathroom's artwork to be the center of attention. 

Vanity Like No Other

Have a vintage buffet or dresser that you love, but just can't find the right spot for? Use in in an unexpected place, such as your power room! Customize your bathroom by using a piece of furniture instead of a builder-grade vanity. 

Spell It Out

Put the writing on the wall. Whether it's a framed saying, a family monogram or a meaningful word, adding a message to your wall adds character in any space.
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Clean and Bright

Thanks to large windows, a skylight and the exclusive use of white, this bathroom feels spacious and bright. Allow natural light in your space to make sure it feels airy and clean.

Elegant Lighting

A beautiful chandelier doesn't just belong in an entryway or over a dining room table. Add a chandelier to a bathroom for the ultimate in elgance.

Simple Additions

Something as simple as fresh flowers and fragrant candles add to the mood of a bathroom. 

Easy Accents

A matching shower curtain and hand towel are an easy way to change the entire look and feel of a bathroom. As seen on HGTV's Good Bones, home reno specialists Karen E. Laine and Mina Starsiak bring a sunny disposition to this bathroom thanks to golden arabesque prints and fresh yellow flowers.

See the complete home renovation.

Whimsical Hooks

Install wall hooks for holding wet towels and clean clothes. Choose traditional ones, or hooks like these featuring iron male and female rabbit heads.

Gallery-Worthy Walls

Decorate your bathroom walls with a beautiful piece of artwork. This traditional powder room makes a bold statement with bright blue walls and an oversized peacock painting. 

Unforgettable Color

The bathroom can be the most memorable room in a home if you allow fun and playful features. Something like this neon lime green sink is a sure attention stealer.

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