Article written and published by LINDSEY LANQUIST.
The #BathroomsOfInstagram hashtag is at once a strange and charming place. Because it’s undeniably weird that we humans choose to post photos of our bathrooms online for all the world to see. The bathroom is one of the most intimate places in any home; we wouldn’t make it the centerpiece of any home tour, yet we engage in the social media equivalent of that behavior with no inhibition.When we go to decorate our homes, many of us neglect our bathrooms. We prioritize couches, rugs, and tables. We perfect our bedrooms and our living rooms—our dining rooms and our kitchens. And at the end of it all, we finally get around to decorating our bathrooms. Maybe we buy a cute shower curtain or a cozy bath mat. Maybe we make sure our towels match our washcloths. And if we’re feeling really ambitious, maybe we’ll slip a plant in there or throw up a painting.
Though bathrooms are one of the most necessary rooms in any home, we can’t seem to stop depriving them of the effort and energy they deserve. Put simply, bathrooms are endlessly underrated spaces. And the beauty of the #BathroomsOfInstagram hashtag is that—little by little, post by post—it’s beginning to change that.
Put simply, bathrooms are endlessly underrated spaces. And the beauty of the #BathroomsOfInstagram hashtag is that—little by little, post by post—it’s beginning to change that.Spend a few minutes perusing the #BathroomsOfInstagram hashtag, and you’ll see stunning furniture, vibrant colors, and exciting décor. You’ll find lush greenery, cozy candles, and storage containers so cute you might actually look forward to cleaning your home. You’ll see vivid tiles, bold wallpaper, and even the occasional statement rug.
With each Instagram bathroom idea you lay eyes on, you’ll become increasingly convinced that bathrooms don’t have to be afterthoughts. They can be veritable oases—paradisiacal places that can transform your morning shower into a genuinely restorative experience. No, your bathroom doesn’t need to become the most statement-making stop on your home tour—or the focal point of your Instagram. But it can be a little lovelier, a little prettier, and a little more welcoming than it is now.
1. Minimalist Mood: When decorating your bathroom, think about how you’d like the space to feel. While vibrant shades can be fun and exciting, a deep minimalist palette can leave the room feeling cozy and comforting.
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2. Small Statement: This bathroom is proof that chic design doesn’t have to be effortful. A clean palette and a couple statement pieces can go a long way.
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3. Light and Bright: This minimalist bathroom is so lovely you might find yourself tempted to spend all day in there. Natural light, an understated palette, and ample seating?
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4. Statement Walls: Your bathroom may be the perfect place to test out that statement-making wallpaper you’ve been eyeing. Prints that feel overwhelming in large spaces may be a perfect fit for your bathroom’s smaller walls.
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5. Cheery Colors: For some, the bathroom is less a space for taking excessively cozy baths, and more a space for getting ready each day. Invite your bathroom vanity to help you wake up each morning by filling it with energizing colors and décor. (In other words, make it exactly what you want it to be.)
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6. Simple Storage: This bathroom maximizes storage space without inviting clutter. The massive mirror and pared-down palette keep the space feeling open, while the huge chest of drawers keeps it from feeling bare.
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7. Dark and Layered: Cultivate the space you want. If that space is dark, layered, and vaguely jungle-esque, chase it. You deserve a bathrooms that fits your personal aesthetic.
UPDATED FEB 11, 2020
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