Bathroom décor is usually the most sterile and unwelcoming in the house. This need not always be the case. A paradox exists that almost inches over into the land of Alanis Morrisette-style irony. Precisely because the bathroom is such a functional room in the house, you are endowed with the ability-nay, the necessity-to decorate it in such a way that the function is almost forgotten or tossed to the side like a losing Presidential candidate.
The ability to decorate a bathroom in such a way that it becomes the talk of the neighborhood requires not terribly much money, although as with all things American, the more money you have the spend the more elaborate you can decorate. Let’s begin, won’t you, with a decorative flourish that speaks directly to the non-primary use of this most utilitarian of rooms. The bathroom is often called the reading room or library and there is a way to make your bathroom feel like the periodical or newspaper section of libraries of yore. An effective black and white color scheme is one that use decoupage, newspapers and bare walls to create your own personal newsie screaming out the headlines of your choice. Transform your bathroom into a veritable history lesson by decoupaging your favorite headlines from newspapers around the world right onto the wall. This is a particularly good idea for a smaller bathroom.
Another cool way to refashion your bathroom is to paint the exterior the tub the same color as you paint the border around the walls. Then paint the floor this color, but give it an additional container of Wow! by utilizing decorative tricks of the trade like creating a faux wood grain or painting a faux throw rug. The repetition of a bold color like red or orange or midnight blue that leads the eye from the wall border to the tub to the floor stands as one of the key elements of interior design. You can then accessorize with items that either contrast or complement your focus color.
You can also create a stunning design by connecting the floor tile to the bathtub. Bet you didn’t even know that you can apply ceramic tile to the tub, did you? Bingo, bango, bongo and Irving: you CAN apply the same tile that you use on the floor to your tub. To make this bathroom decorative choice really scream for the attention it deserves, you should use either a vivid geometric shape on the tile or get yourself one of them there picture tiles. Stepping into a bathroom where the floor seems to crawl right up onto the side of the bathtub is an effect not likely to go unnoticed.