Bathrooms, much like kitchens, can sometimes be overlooked and forgotten about unless a renovation is on the table. We tend to focus styling efforts on bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms because furniture and decor can go a long way even in the most basic, boxy style homes. When it comes to bathrooms, we are working with permanent fixtures and limited space so design paralysis can be strong. If you are staring at tile you hate or a medicine cabinet you’d like to throw in the garbage but can’t, it’s easy to just write off a bathroom altogether. Well, I am here to say that your bathroom deserves some styling love and I want to help get you there. Luckily for all of us, bathroom styling can be real simple and still pack a punch.
You guys are of course familiar with the soap dispensers, hand towels, and bath mats that are bathroom decor staples, but this is about the little extras that can make a world difference. These are not necessities but fun and stylish pieces that you may have overlooked. I am talking about 6 styling accessories that we use over and over that are both functional and stylish and are guaranteed to brighten up your bathroom and your mood. Let’s get into it:
Start With A Large Tray As A Base
Think of the tray as the foundation of bathroom styling. When you use a tray for even the most simple bathroom accessories, the styling feels much more intentional. When using this method, make sure to mix and match the height and scale of your items so you can create dimension and visual interest. We love to style bathroom trays with cute vase with flowers or branches, a small canister, a little dish (for rings, etc.), and a grooming tool or two. Here are some trays we are coveting right now:
1. Leather Catchall | 2. Riad Tray | 3. Large Concrete Tray | 4. Vintage Round Tray | 5. Simone Trays | 6. Edge Plate| 7. Two of Hearts Tray | 8. Hand-painted Terra Platter | 9. Green Marble Tank Tray
I love the rustic and weathered look of #4 and think it would add some interest to a boring bathroom vanity. A brass tray like #6 is a perfect addition to a bathroom that’s lacking in pretty finishes but honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of these picks.
Layer In A Small Dish Or Bowl
To add even more depth, a small jewelry dish or bowl goes a long way and allows the jewelry you already own to act as decor. This is especially helpful if your bathroom is lacking in brass or silver finishes as you can create the illusion of metal finishes with your jewelry. If you are in need, these small cuties are our favorites right now:
1. Round Jewelry Tray | 2. Brass Curio Display Box | 3. Soapstone Bowl | 4. Metal Brass Tray | 5. Sea Biscuit Bowl (Set of 2) 6. Small Catchall Tray | 7. Concrete Jewelry Tray | 8. White Marble Cloche Base | 9. Red Clay Mini Piglet Tripot
Add A Cute Vase For Height
Vases are instrumental in bathroom styling because they add height and texture plus you can play around with whatever pattern or color you want. We love flowers in vases of course, but foraging for interesting branches outdoors is such a fun and cost-effective way to fill your vases and bring life to your bathroom. If you have the space for a larger, sculptural vase do that! But if you have limited counter space, go for a little bud vase with a single stem. All that matters is that you are creating levels (stem included). So make sure that even if it’s small, it’s still varied in height from your other countertop pieces. These are some vases that will give your bathroom style instantly:
1. Pleated Stoneware Vase | 2. Glass Bud Vases (Set of 3) | 3. Monolithic Tadelakt Vase | 4. Little Gem Vase | 5. Tiered Stoneware Vase | 6. ‘Just Because’ Grid Vase | 7. Capstone Bud Vase | 8. Ceramic Bud Vase | 9. Canopy Trio Vases (Set of 3) | 10. Mini Porcelain Vase | 11. Camden Bud Vase | 12. Gray Stoneware Vase
Obviously, #7 is extremely cool and intriguing and would look good on any countertop. If your bathroom is lacking something textured and sculptural #1 and #5 are great picks but honestly I love the classic glass look of #9. Now if you are tight on space #2 is a pretty and affordable option.
Use Canisters For Everyday Products
We love freeing up closed storage space by decanting things that are used daily and displaying them in stylish canisters. Using canisters reduces clutter and it is such a simple way to make your bathroom feel more elegant and modern. These are the ones we have our eyes on:
1. Ribbed Glass Canister. | 2. Cane Storage Box | 3. Porcelain Bathroom Accessories | 4. Alabaster Storage Jar | 5. Glass Apothecary Jars | 6. Glass Jar with Stand | 7. Small Glass Canister | 8. Large Bijou Canister | 9. Glass Container
Once you have a jewelry dish, vase, and canister it’s time to configure them on your main tray. We suggest making sure each is varied in height and assembled in a way where the heights and widths are not too close together. We also like the dish “in between the vase and canister in case you wanted our go-to:)
Opt For Candles With A Sleek Container
Candles are a bathroom staple (because, well, you know..) and a great hack is to buy candles that have an already sleek or stylish container. Always having a candle in your bathroom makes it feel like a spa and will lift your mood anytime you enter.
When your candle is finished, use the container as a canister to reduce waste!
I could not not include #1 in this round up because how cool is that wood detail? I am really into it. #2 is super chic and smells INCREDIBLE (and EHD go-to) and #4 is made by an awesome queer-owned brand that we love.
Complete The Look With A Match Cloche Or Match Striker
Matches are the perfect mate for your stylish candle and can be used as decor too. They are an unsuspecting yet impactful prop that are useful and cute when decanted in a stylish cloche or striker. Here are some of our favorites:
And that’s all for now! What other styling posts would you like to see from us? Would you want a full bathroom combo post like we used to do? Drop your suggestions in the comments and have a lovely Wednesday, my friends. xx