Every year, we throw a Christmas party for my husband’s business colleagues. We also host at least one major extended family event and several smaller ones. That means our home is always full of guests during the holidays.
I spare no imagination or reasonable expense when it comes to decorating for Christmas. Because it is the time of year when all of our family and friends gather, I want it to be an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.
With a lot of sleepovers taking place, our bedrooms are also set for maximum comfort and warm holiday greetings. For information on how I decorate my bedrooms for Christmas, please see my article on that subject.
Another important room, whenever you have guests involved, is the bathroom. Virtually everyone will visit that facility at one time or another during the holiday season. That’s why I like my two bathrooms to be Christmas-ready.
Here are some of my favorite ideas for decorating a bathroom for the holidays, along with tips on how to make the room come together and where to find the items you will need.
Step 1. Choose a theme in keeping with the overall color scheme of the room.
The best way to get started with decorating is to choose a coordinating theme and color scheme.
Tip: Pick something that will work in conjunction with the normal decor of that room so that major changes don’t have to be made. For example, my guest bathroom falls off the main guestroom, which is done in blue and brown with inspirational messages. Therefore, the guest bathroom continues that color scheme and theme. On the other hand, my main bathroom is done in shades of red and ivory. That color scheme makes it easy to use a traditional Christmas theme in that room.
Step 2. Replace towels with Christmas ones or adjust what you have to suit the season.
There are plenty of colorful and delightful Christmas towel sets as well as individual pieces available in the marketplace today. However, matching the chosen colors with a particular theme can be a bit trickier in nature.
If possible, purchase pre-made towels that will fit with both. For example, it is easy to match the color scheme of my main bathroom, which is predominantly ivory and red. Dozens of different Christmas themes will work well. On the other hand, my blue and brown bathroom presents a problem. While I might find blue towels for that room, chances are good they will carry a snow theme, which might not fit in with what I want to use. Therefore, I often go with plain colored towels in blue or brown and decorate them myself.
Tip: Decorating towels for Christmas can be easy, using one of the following ideas.
Idea #1. Use Christmas fabrics to make your own cutout appliques. These can can be ironed or sewn onto plain towels and finished off with matching craft paints to secure raw edges down. I do not recommend using fabric glue on towels since they are regularly exposed to water and soaps that might degrade the glue.
If you can’t find fabric appliques you like to apply to your towels, look for pre-made Christmas appliques that might accomplish the same them.
Idea #2. Decorate with other things such as braid, beads, or strips of Christmas ribbon. These things can also be ironed or sewn on with relative ease.
Idea #3. Hand paint your towels with a Christmas design. There are lots of iron-on patterns available in fabric and arts and crafts stores that you can choose from. Better still, come up with your own design in keeping with the room’s theme.
Idea #4. Embroider or cross-stitch a Christmas pattern onto towels. Patterns for embroidery and cross-stitch are almost limitless. Therefore, it is feasible to find one that fits perfectly in with any theme. You also have color control in order to stay within the room’s color scheme.
Idea #5. Pin Christmas jewelry onto the towels. They can be easily removed for laundering and then reapplied. The size is particularly perfect for hand towels and the look is very elegant.
Tip: Shop after Christmas sales for ideas and supplies for next year’s towel design. You’ll save a boatload of money and be able to get more bang for your buck.
Step 3. Switch out the rest of your bathroom linens too.
It is possible to buy complete Christmas linen sets that include not only towels but also matching rugs and even shower curtains. If you can find one that fits your theme, go for it.
Tip: If you can’t find a shower curtain that matches your Christmas theme you can use some of the same ideas noted above for towels to decorate shower curtains as well.
Step 4. Add flowers or greenery.
Pull colors from the linens to help you choose the appropriate flowers and greenery for the bathroom. For example, since my guest bathroom is done in brown and blue, I like using a misture of blue and brown silk poinsettias. I choose silk plants when I can find them because they can even be set on the floor if insufficient vanity space is available.
Use silk garlands in the same color scheme to accent the tops of curtains in the bathroom. You can even use them to adorn some external shower spaces or to wind around a bathroom vanity surface.
Tip: Silk flowers and greenery don’t have to be expensive. Beautiful choices can be found at places like Dollar Tree or Family Dollar for just pennies on the dollar.
If you can’t find garlands you like or can afford, try making your own by using inexpensive pine garland as the backing. Glue flowers or other Christmas decor into the pine or try weaving in beads or ribbon for accent.
Step 5. Don’t forget the walls.
Even the artwork in a bathroom can take on a Christmas feel. Cover wall art to look like a Christmas package. I wrote a how-to article on that technique, if you want to check it out.
Switch out artwork for the holidays or, if possible, use what you already have. For example, in my guest bathroom the theme of inspirational messages is timeless. It works as well for Christmas as it does for the remainder of the year.
Step 6. Create ambience.
While your guests may not spend a lot of time in your bathroom, you want them to be comfortable while they are there. Therefore, don’t eliminate ambience from the room.
Idea #1. Use candles. If you don’t like using real ones, choose one or more of today’s faux options. They are affordable while still looking authentic. They also come in various sizes from tiny tea lights to large tiers.
Choose a beautiful Christmas hurricane on the vanity, incorporating both candles and flowers or greenery in one single piece. Another idea is to place tealights around the bathroom on multiple surfaces including an open windowsill.
Idea #2. Twine tiny rice or LED lights inside of translucent glassware for the vanity. These are delicate enough for the smallest room.
Tip: Candles and Christmas lights are something you can find easily at after Christmas sales. Most stores also have a lot of them left after so you can pick them up in just about any color you desire.
Step 7. Make sure the room smells good.
If the candles chosen for the room aren’t scented you can still add pleasant scents through oil diffusers, plug-in scents and room sprays. Opt for scents that have a Christmas tie-in like holly, pine, vanilla, cinnamon, etc.
Tip: Always check to make certain your guests aren’t allergic to perfumes before adding any kind of scent to a guestroom.
Don’t overwhelm small bathrooms with a lot of decor but try to make the room warm and inviting by adding just a few special Christmas touches.