Display Inspiration: Art In The Bathroom

Sure the bath isn't the most practical room in the house for art, but adding even a little can bring cheerfulness to the most functional — and often uninviting — space. And in a rental it can help set the style tone when the landlord's tile choice does not.

While the bathroom isn't usually the ideal place to hang heirloom art and pricey pieces, it is the ideal spot to experiment with things like thrift store pieces or wild styles that you like but might not want to devote to wallspace elsewhere. Like hallways, closets, and other small spaces where you're not likely to be spending the majority of your home time, bathrooms are great places to go bold.

1. A casual display or inspiration board style installation of art takes the focus off a lackluster bathroom, and adds a little whimsy. Annemarie Buckley's bathroom, featured on Poppytalk, is a happy extension of the colorful and laid back style permeating the rest of her Vermont home.

2. Vintage seascapes play up the nostalgic vibe in Alex's Granny Chic apartment.

3. & 4. Designer Steven Gambrel is a master of adding drama to any space, bathrooms included. In place of wallpaper, book pages pasted to the wall establish an unexpected and playful tone, while a salon style display of framed pictures gives a bathroom art gallery status. Via Elle Decor.

5. Old photographs lend a little old world glamor to the bath designed by Gary Spain.

Images: As credited above.

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