Banish Boring: 10 Unexpected & Unusual Bathroom Details to Steal

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Though I've managed to add a cute shower curtain, other than that, my bathroom in my apartment does not have much else going for it. I think "boring" would be an accurate descriptor. But when you're staring at a tiny space (that you're not allowed to paint the walls in), sometimes you forget there are other things you can do in a space to spice it up. Thankfully I found some interesting and inspiring ideas in real homes to consider.

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Unexpected and ultra functional lighting spotted in Ali & Dustin's Reinvented Piece of Denver History: The Black Eye Coffee Shop.

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Neon-painted pipes offer a pop of interest in Kirsten's Bluebird of Happiness House.

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Lack of storage isn't a bummer when you've got a compact shelf to display toiletries and collectibles. Spotted in Grainne and Ian's Characterful Collection in Edinburgh.

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A tiny bathroom in Lauren and Chad's Vintage Comfort is made better with a wall collage of teeny framed art pieces stretching nearly from ceiling to floor (I'm actually liking this idea for my bathroom a lot).

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Don't waste a weird nook when you could curate a collection of interesting oddities. Ann and Jack's Cozy Austin Abode has a great example.

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One mirror is not as interesting as a hanging medley of them. Alison, Paul & Ru’s Home of Colorful Collections has inspiration.

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A chandelier in the bathroom isn't actually that unexpected of an idea anymore, but it always comes off as lovely. Spotted in Anne & Leo's Cozy Cosmopolitan Loft.

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A Flamingo tile mural by Surface View is a delight in Charlie's Charming Townhouse.

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Unexpected details don't have to be terribly daring or hard to implement, as spotted in Kirsten's Bluebird of Happiness House. Just a couple of pleasant, medium-sized potted plants in the shower window of this bathroom is unexpected.

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Chalkboard paint and a chalk octopus add a surprising element to the bathroom in Miles & Antena's Laid Back Coastal Home.

Do you have any unusual or unexpected design details in your bathroom that banishes boring? Share your ideas for folks still struggling with blah bathrooms!

(Image credits: Adrienne Breaux; Kathryn Bacalis; Ashley Poskin; Lizzie Ford; Lauren Naimola; Alexis Buryk; Rebecca Bond; Jacqueline Marque)

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Adrienne photographs beautiful homes in and around her home base of Austin, Texas. She's a contributor to UPPERCASE Magazine and spends all her free time exploring small town Texas. She watches a lot of Star Trek.