The Bathroom: Coastal Décor, Room by Room #1

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When you’re redecorating, you’ll want a plan for each room that you’re giving a makeover. In this series, we’ll offer ideas for coastal décor in each room of the house, starting with the bathroom.

Your Best Friend

In the bathroom, your best friend is the water. This is one room where people will expect to see the sea, and if you’re not doing the whole house, but still want a bit of seaside style, this is where it’s easiest to incorporate it. Use a few accessories near the sink to make a statement, consider a mirror with a border, put up a complementary wall hanging, and make sure the shower curtain matches.

Your Biggest Challenge

What’s the bigger challenge in a bathroom—the lack of space or the lack of natural light? Coastal style is about creating a light, breezy atmosphere just as much as it is about the seaside décor. With a small space like this, you’ll need to stick to very light colors and neutrals to open it up—this isn’t the place for deep or navy blues—especially if the bathroom doesn’t have any windows. Keep your theme tight (e.g. just seashells or just ships, not both) and understated. Too many accessories will make a small space seem cluttered. Bathrooms are about utility; don’t make yours hard to use with too many decorations.

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