Wake It Up | The Bathroom

We've always been advocates of a fun bathroom.  Bathrooms are the spaces that get used SO MUCH but are low on the totem pole for design.  Especially a secondary bathroom.  A master bathroom will usually be the first bathroom to get some love AFTER the rest of the house has been furnished but the secondary bathrooms?  Forget it. You might as well call them the red-headed step children of the house...maybe before the basement, though.

The nice thing is that secondary bathrooms are small spaces so it's good to remember that, when you're designing them, they won't take up a lot of material.  The art is usually going to be smaller, the rugs less expensive, the paint quantity less...you see where I'm going?  Yes, hard surfaces like tile and granite ARE a little more, but if you're just trying to freshen up a bathroom without doing much with the hard surfaces, you don't have to spend a ton of money.

A typical bathroom that just needs to be freshened up probably doesn't have a ton of pattern. So consider bringing in a fun pop of pattern in art or a cool shower curtain. Of course, there's always our go-to pattern popping tool--wallpaper!  Just something new and different to liven it up!  No matter how small your bathroom is, there has to be one little piece of wall space or floor space that could hold pattern.

Maybe you're happy with your art or your bathroom just doesn't need too much pattern. Start thinking about the functional pieces in your bathroom that could be swapped out for something more interesting.  The vanity mirror can be a big statement piece...or it can just die.  In a large master bathroom, we like the idea of frameless mirrors that go all the way to the ceiling and have lights inset into them.  However, in a secondary bathroom or powder bath, where there isn't space for much else in the way of decor and focal pieces, a mirror can easily be a fun piece of art. Consider swapping yours out for something that's a little more fun.  Or, if the bathroom isn't used much for "getting ready", you could even used a grouping of mirrors that allow someone to check their face but is a little more fun to look at than one solid mirror.

Most bathrooms have enough space for an additional piece of storage or some shelving.  Selecting something that's more of a contrast in the space is another easy way to add decor and function.  An etagere or small glass cabinet that can hold additional guest towels, room sprays, toilet paper...maybe even a cute book.  Just be sure to style your shelving well in a bathroom.  Open shelves with a bunch of clutter are the last thing someone wants to see!

Finally, consider updating your cabinet hardware and accessories.  If you can swap out your faucets, great, but we're not in the camp that believes everything should be so matchy-matchy.  Fun cabinet door hardware with some updated towel bars, toilet paper holders, and towel rings can really jazz up a little bathroom.  So many people take those finishing details for granted but they matter!

Design Solutions | Storage!

Depending on your home, bathroom storage may be minimal.  This might be ok in a powder bath or guest bath, if you have a master bath to make up for it.  But if you only have a couple small bathrooms in your home because you live in a NYC apartment or a loft somewhere...or your home just isn't that big...then you're dying for more storage, I'm sure!  We admit, storage can be tricky.  It is very dependent on how you use the space so your involvement in the type of storage that you have is key--it really needs to be customized for you!  Today we're going to show you a few ideas that you can modify to fit your exact needs or just run with and maximize your storage space!

If your sort of stuck with the existing drawer space that is currently in your bathroom, evaluate how it's being used.  Drawer dividers can really boost the quality of your storage because they compartmentalize everything.  Stuffing things in drawers keeps the counter space clean, but it doesn't always utilize the drawer space well.  So take a look at what kinds of things you store in your drawers, how they could be grouped, and then find the right drawer organizer to make it work!

We don't love medicine cabinets but we know that sometimes they're just necessary.  These wall spaces can easily become a catch-all for the bathroom. Even though they're not that deep and aren't always that tall, you can still modify your usage a little to make them work harder.  First of all, add smaller containers that can sit on the shelves.  This is kind of like the baskets-on-closet-shelves look--- it's cleaner and easier to access everything, plus you use the space towards the back of the shelf because you can get to things easier.  Also, don't forget to utilize the back wall of the medicine cabinet.  This part is usually metal so you can add magnetic hooks or suction cup storage bins that will also increase how much you can keep in one place!

Put all of the wall space to good use!  Hooks and racks instantly add helpful storage to a bathroom whether it's because you can hang up more towels or hang up your hair tools.  Little hooks and racks can come in useful for so many different things--you wouldn't realize it until you had a bunch, though!

Hooks and racks don't always have to be visible either!  Under cabinet storage can use some building up as well and hooks & racks can come in handy!  We love these little pull out drawers that can be attached after-the-face to cabinets.  Put an additional shelf over it and you've double that storage!

If you have the wall space for another piece of furniture, don't be afraid to bring it in.  Even if it doesn't match exactly, it can still flow with the space and add an incredible amount of storage!  Finding that perfectly sized piece isn't always easy, so keep a lookout when you're browsing your local HomeGoods...or even thrift stores and garage sales...you never know what you'll stumble upon!

Finally, for a little extra love for your house guests, these tired baskets make create storage and display pieces in small bathrooms!  Set it on the countertop or, if you have a tall one, let it stand on the floor.  That way, your guests have all the essentials even if they forgot to bring them themselves!