70 Stunning Bathroom Decorating Ideas for an Easy Upgrade

Budget-friendly inspiration fit for every space, even your small powder room!

bathroom decorating ideas
Trinette Reed / Stocksy United

The bathroom doesn't have to be all about function, it can easily become one of your most well-designed spaces — whether you're crafting a spa-like oasis or an art-filled powder room. If your bathroom design has been an afterthought up to this point, it's time to start brainstorming fresh inspiration. To kick off your much-needed redesign (even if you're working on a budget), we've rounded up our favorite bathroom decorating ideas.

Rest assured, you don't need a complete renovation to breathe new life into your bathroom. There are a ton of affordable improvements you can make in only a few hours: installing peel-and-stick wallpaper, introducing expressive artwork and adding clever storage solutions. Layer other decorative accents, like stylish rugs, swap in new cabinet hardware or hang a floating shelf. The best part? Most of these simple upgrades don't have to be permanent, making them ideal for renters and homeowners alike.

We've included spacious spa bathrooms, tiny half bathrooms and small bathroom decorating ideas, so you can find inspiration no matter the size of your space. Whether you prefer all-white bathrooms, moody and eclectic interiors or rustic bathroom designs, we suggest starting off with a mood board — a roundup of possible bathroom paint colors, your favorite textures and finishes (like wood stains, hardware finishes and tile materials) and ideas for bathroom lighting. Take notes as you click through these beautifully decorated bathrooms.

bathroom with black abstract wallpaper
Ema Peter
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Abstract Wallpaper

Go bold with an abstract black-and-white wallpaper, like this one inspired by female beauty. For another touch of intrigue, there's a gold rectangular mirror with bird motifs and unique wall lights.


white bathroom with natural materials
Margaret Austin
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Natural Materials

Not only do the two large windows have an indoor-outdoor feel, this light-filled space is full of organic textures like raw woods and rattan.


small bathroom in a mauve paint color with gold embellishments
Haris Kenjar
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Mauve Paint

Country meets chic in this small bathroom, which features wood panels painted in a soothing mauve shade, gold fixtures and a rustic cow portrait.


bathroom decorating ideas, blue bathroom
Sara Ligorria-Tramp; Design: Ginny Macdonald
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Floor-to-Ceiling Tile

Balance dramatic floor-to-ceiling tile with a standout piece of wall art and a stylish pendant that won't overwhelm the overall design scheme.


bookshelf in bathroom
Rob Karosis
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Display of Books

Whether it's built-in storage or an open shelf bookcase, showcase your collection in the bathroom for a cool, vintage feel. A forest wallpaper and candlelight sconces elevate the look.


rustic modern farmhouse bathroom in small cottage with clawfoot tub, white oak vanity, and white pebble stone floor
Trinette Reed / Stocksy United
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Touches of Matte Black

From the round vessel sinks to the complementary vanity and tub hardware, this modern farmhouse bathroom is full of subtle matte black accents.


white bathroom with wood wall
Design by Studio Shaolin; Photo by MEGAN MOURA
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Wood Accent Wall

Here, Shaolin Low chose to keep original wood paneling around the bathtub to serve as a statement wall. To create contrast, she went with modern, all-white fixtures for the rest of the space.


RELATED: Studio Shaolin Turns a Dated Honolulu House Into a Coastal Contemporary Abode

bathroom decorating ideas, terrazzo sink
Jessica Bordner
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Curvy Mirror

A minimalist mirror with graceful curves brings contrast, as well as a touch of elegance, to this bathroom's eye-catching terrazzo sink.


california home tour bathroom shower
Jill Weller
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Brass Fixtures

Make any space feel more sophisticated with simple gold accents. In this airy California home, Alice Arterberry and Barrett Cooke of Arterberry Cooke Architecture go for brass — from lighting and cabinet hardware to the faucet and shower head.


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Christopher Dibble
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Botanical Wallpaper

While only the upper walls of this bathroom are sheathed in botanical wallpaper, the look still manages to make a major impact. A floral plant and candelabra-style chandelier with leaf accents adhere to the nature-inspired theme.


bold bathroom with blue cabinet
Paul Versluis, Design by Tamara Day
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Hexagon Vanity Mirror

Although it's a small space, this bathroom by designer Tamara Day is full of bold accents — most notably, the gold hexagon mirror, but also the oversized art and daring blue cabinet with acrylic pulls.


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Brie Williams
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Suspended Shelf

A traditional bathroom vanity isn't the only way to go, especially if your space is on the small side. Simply suspend a compact wooden shelf on the wall above your sink and style it with your favorite decorative accents. Achieve a cohesive look by installing a wire storage basket on a wall nearby for hand towels.


bathroom with chevron tiles
Jessica Bordner, Design by Ginny Macdonald
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Double Up on Pattern

Chevron tile wall on one side, floral wallpaper on the other. This trendy bathroom is proof that two totally different patterns can complement each other when used correctly.


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August Oliver
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Brushstroke Pattern

Lifestyle blogger Anna Mae Groves proves that graphic wallpaper can transform a room in an instant. The en suite bathroom in her Cincinnati home features removable wallpaper in a brushstroke pattern — the perfect backdrop for black modern sconces and brass rectangular mirrors.


RELATED: Lifestyle Blogger Anna Mae Groves Takes Us Inside Her Stylish Home Makeover

bathroom decorating ideas, bathroom decorative ladder
Raquel Langworthy
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Decorative Ladder

A decorative ladder that's perfect for towels stands out against a palette of warm neutrals and soothing blue tones.


bathroom decorating ideas, bathroom with yellow tub, wallpapered ceiling
Karyn Millet
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Wallpapered Ceiling

Any interior designer will confirm that it pays to remember the fifth wall — your ceiling. Take yours to the next level with floral wallpaper, like the design featured in this lively southern California cottage.


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William Abranowicz
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Lively Shiplap

In this bold bathroom, landscape art is all that's needed to complement sunny yellow shiplap walls.


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Ali Harper
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Leaf Motif

Along with leaf-patterned wallpaper, a mix of simple decorative pieces — propped art, a candle and a small table lamp — give this bathroom a homey feel.


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Ali Harper
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Gallery Wall

Gallery walls shouldn't be reserved for living rooms. Take your creativity to the bathroom, filling walls with unique pieces you love. Bonus points if you go vintage!


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Mandi Gubler
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Oversized Map

A basic bathroom received a boho-inspired makeover, courtesy of Mandi Gubler. An oversized map pops against the emerald wall, while new tiles and fixtures pull the look together.


bathroom ideas pattern
Max Kim-Bee
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Pattern Play

Go for a fresh and vibrant look, thanks to windowpane wallpaper and a botanical sink skirt.


bathroom ideas vintage fixtures
David A. Land
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Old World Look

Give a bathroom an old world feel with beadboard and an assortment of curios, including brass picture frames and vintage light fixtures.


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Floral Wallpaper

Go bold with graphic floral wallpaper, which works especially well in a small bathroom. Layer the design with a woven mirror and fresh blooms.


bathroom decor ideas animal print
Mikkel Vang
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Animal Print

A zebra-print ottoman adds a dose of drama to this all-white bathroom design, featuring floor-to-ceiling shiplap.


bathroom with fiddle leaf fig tree
Amy Neunsinger
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Touch of Greenery

A lush plant, a colorful rug and elegant window treatments make the bathroom feel as decorative as the rest of the house. Try a small potted orchid or asparagus fern in a corner (either will thrive in humidity) or reach new heights with a fiddle leaf fig.


modern bathroom with ladder towel rack
Designed By Becki Owens
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Bathtub Shelf

A simple shelf across the tub provides a perch for fresh flowers and a scented candle — plus a glass of wine when it comes time to unwind.


bathroom with armoir
Lincoln Barbour
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Repurposed Hutch

While you'd typically find a China cabinet in the dining room, this one gets a new life in the bathroom as a storage hub for towels and supplies.


bathroom with red curtain
Roger Davies
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Garden Stool

This do-it-all piece of furniture is perfect for holding overflow items from a small shower or as a movable place to perch while bathing kids.


pink bathroom
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Warm Pink

Think pink for an inviting place to get ready each morning. "Perhaps one of my favorite warm paint colors is a hue that dances right between blush and nude," says designer Erika Dale. "This color is perfect for a bedroom, dressing room or bathroom. There is a reason every Hollywood starlet is lit with soft pink light… it is so flattering!"


blue bathroom cabinetry
Jean Allsopp
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Cool Blue

Try the other side of the color wheel if you want a space more suited for unwinding, like this powder blue cabinetry. "Cool colors bring to mind water and the sky and therefore a create a more calming, focused, relaxed, restful, soothing and refreshing feeling," Dale says.


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