Whoever said the lavatory is strictly a place for “business” was WAY off. This highly trafficked room deserves so much more. In a space that tends to be de-prioritized when it comes to decorating, we’re loving the idea of using a piece of art to elevate your typical bathroom decor.

In fact, we’d argue that the bathroom is a perfect place to display an eye-catching art piece. There’s always a “captive” audience, if you know what we mean.


We’re not suggesting you throw down mad cash for an original masterpiece here. Rather this is the perfect place to get a little experimental and peruse sources like eBay, Etsy, Elsie Green or your good ole fashioned flea market for something inexpensive and interesting. We love the high contrast and seriousness of the portrait in the bathroom above. It adds an air of gravitas to the space. You’ll note there isn’t a shower in this space so there’s less need to fret about dampness.

In the end, adding a piece of original art is a simple way to give the bathroom the attention it deserves. After all, it’s always been there to help us take care of our dirty work.

What sort of interesting decor have you seen or chosen for your bathroom?? We’d love to hear more Ideas to Steal!

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image via Oscar V

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  1. I had my sister sketch a nude portrait to hang above my tub. I love it!

    1. I really love the idea of a figure drawing in a bathroom

  2. We do. In the kids bathroom we have framed art they created. In our bathroom we have original framed art we bought off the street in NYC. I love it.

    1. That’s a genius idea Leigh. I’m totally doing with some of my son’s preschool art for his bathroom

  3. My dearest mother always had wonderful art in the “loo”. Some originals from her dear friend, a wonderful artist. And I have always carried on the tradition. My mother felt it was important to have something beautiful to look at while in the loo. Your question makes me smile remembering her originality. She was, and is amazing. My dear dear mother.

    1. That’s a wonderful story Mary. Thank you so much for sharing. I’m still looking for my perfect piece of art for my master bath. You’re inspiring me!

  4. We have a very small rental house and when we moved in the bathroom was painted a perfect shade of poo brown. We painted the entire space a bright blue then just covered the walls in found and gifted art, salon style. I have a growing collection of local art and a penchant for tiny pieces, so the intimate space of our bathroom is perfect for small art.