5 Stylish Ways to Warm Up Your Ice-Cold Bathroom in No Time

published Jan 16, 2018
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As if braving the winter cold to get to work wasn’t tough enough, most of us have chilly apartments to deal with before ever stepping foot outside. Even more difficult is figuring out how to warm up our freezing (and oft tiled) bathrooms—making it hard to stay comfortable (and sane) after showering and during middle-of-the-night trips to the toilet.

But fret not my frigid friends, there are plenty of affordable and surprisingly stylish ways to transform your freezing bathroom into a toasty retreat. From furry bath mats to hanging houseplants, here are some hot decor ideas that’ll warm up your ice-cold bathroom in no time.

Shaggy Bath Mats

A thick pair of socks is no match for a freezing cold bathroom. That’s why it pays to invest in high-pile rugs and shaggy bathmats to help keep your feet as warm as possible while you’re in the bathroom. Not only will your space instantly feel warmer and more inviting with a fluffy rug, you can use them to liven up your decor scheme, too.

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Amagansett Bath Rug at Kassatex, $30
Made of 100% cotton, this machine-washable rug perfectly blends style and comfort. (Image credit: Kassatex)

Candles & String Lights

Set a cozy tone for your bathroom with warm, ambient light. Whether with twinkle lights, flameless votives or perfumed candles, a soft glow in your powder room will make it feel instantly homey.

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Capri Blue Starlight Candle at Anthropologie, $26
This aromatic candle comes in a stylish gold vessel that creates a twinkling scene when lit. (Image credit: Anthropologie)


Not only do they look great, but it turns out some houseplants can actually help your bathroom feel warmer, too. Plants use their leaves to release moisture into the air, making them a stylish and eco-friendly way to up the humidity (and warmth) in your bathroom.

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Heartleaf Philodendron (3 Shoots) at Etsy, $12
Pretty and easy-to-care for, philodendron it the perfect plant to keep in a low-light bathroom. (Image credit: Etsy)

Plush Towels

Nothing makes a bathroom feel more inviting than having a bunch of big fluffy towels ready at arm’s reach. Splurge on a couple of quality bath towels (and a heating rack if you can fit it in!) and you’ll stop dreading the moment you have to step out of the shower.

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Authentic Hotel and Spa Turkish Cotton Bath Towel (Set of 4) at Overstock, $47.99
A set of four Turkish cotton bath towels for under $50 is the stuff of myth and legend. (Image credit: Overstock)
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If you have a window in your bathroom (specifically one not within your showering space), a good set of thermal-insulated curtains will keep your bathroom warmer. But even without a window, draping lush, dreamy drapes around your bathtub (or even your toilet area) is a chic way to make the room look more like a cozy haven.

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Set of 2 Sateen Twill Weave Insulated Panels at Target, $47.49
Classic and chic, keep the cold from creeping into any window in your bathroom with insulated drapes. Use a pretty curtain panel (or even a ruffled shower curtain) to add some flair to a sparsely decorated bathroom. (Image credit: Target)