Underwater Dreams Hooded Towel by Elodie Coudray
My little Miles is the joy of my life. Sometimes, he can be quite the comedian. Last night, we were brushing his teeth, and he asked me if I wanted to hear a joke. Well, of course I did. With a crafty grin on his face, he began: “Knock knock.” “Who’s there?” I asked. “Wanda,” he said. “Wanda who?” I asked. “Wanda, are you having bathroom problems?” he answered. Then he giggled for six minutes straight, insisting that he hadn’t heard it anywhere, that he’d come up with it himself.
I’ll admit it, I giggled along. Miles’s silliness can be contagious. But as I was alternately chuckling with him and sighing at him that it was past his bedtime, I couldn’t help daydreaming what our bathroom would be like with a little girl, too. How silly would her bathroom be?
Fortunately, as an interior decorator, daydreaming creative bathroom ideas for little girls is part of my job. In fact, it’s one of my favorite parts—almost as fun as sharing my ideas with you. So, I took a little time to come up with some unique, whimsical bathroom ideas for the little lady in your family. If there’s a little girl in your life, or there will be soon, maybe you’ll see something you like!
Hug My Little Whale Hooded Towel by Valentina Belloni
A bathroom is a more practical room than a bedroom, but that doesn’t mean it’s a place where you can’t have fun. Commonly, the drawbacks of decorating your bathroom are the lack of free space and the presence of moisture. To get around these drawbacks, turn the functional aspects of your bathroom, like your shower, bathmat, and towels, into decorations themselves.
Shower curtains, bath mats, and towels are opportunities to bring color and design into your little girl’s bathroom. Including any of these bathroom furnishings in her favorite color will brighten up the space, in a hue she’s sure to love for years to come. For instance, if she loves pink and purple, consider a tide pool party shower curtain, a mermaid towel, or a hippo bath mat. If she’s more into turquoise, try a tree town curtain, a buggy bath towel, or a different mermaid mat.
If you have some time to invest in a project, you can paint the walls her favorite color, as well. Bright shades will help make your bathroom feel like an airier, fresher place. So, if your daughter prefers a dark color, consider using it as a trim along windowsills or door frames to contrast and enhance a lighter shade.
Submarine Adventure Bath Mat by Rebecca Huang
Lots of clients over the years have asked me what the best decorating themes are for little girls. I always ask them the same question in response: “What does she like?” The sky really is the limit, and definitely don’t feel like you need to stick with girly-girl decor.
Here are some bathroom themes I’ve noticed have been extra popular recently:
If you have more than one little girl (who can’t quite agree), or if what your darling daughter likes today isn’t what she liked three months ago, you might want to think about a more “neutral” theme for your bathroom. When I say neutral, I don’t necessarily mean beige or boring, just maybe a more traditional take on a bathroom theme. These themes, I find, grow well with children as they get older, making it less likely you’ll be redecorating in six months. Examples include:
Tide Pool Party Shower Curtain by Maura Stockton Wang
While bathrooms are often among the smaller rooms in the house, there’s usually still room for at least a few pieces of wall art. Using smaller pieces, like 8” framed art prints, or a few pieces of different sizes, can fill in space without seeming crowded. Many interesting, inventive framed pieces and canvas prints can fit your daughter’s fancy and your half-bath’s walls.
Small art pieces come in far greater variety than printed bathroom furnishings. If your little girl is fascinated with zebras, for example, and wants a zebra bathroom to go with her zebra bedroom, you may have a tough time finding furnishings to match her taste. A few pieces of zebra wall art can make up the difference—and make the bathroom.
In addition, there are creative ways to use the wall space in a bathroom in a functional, yet decorative, way. For instance, if you don’t have a bathroom cabinet, a floating shelf can serve multiple purposes. Hanging on the wall above the toilet or beside the sink, wall shelves can be used alone or in a pair or trio. They can be painted to match your decor, to match the color of the wall, or left as a wood finish for a more rustic, woodland feel. Use colorful containers to hold your daughter’s toothbrush and toiletries, while also setting a framed art piece or two on the shelf, leaning up against the wall.
Rather than a standard towel bar, consider hanging some fun, on-theme hooks to hold your little girl’s bath towels. As a rule of thumb, every piece in your bathroom can have a functional and decorative purpose. You just have to be creative.
Paper Boat Rider Bath Mat by Anna Shuttlewood
As you and your little girls grow, so will your and their tastes, and you’ll naturally start desiring new surroundings.
That’s what makes designing a bathroom for your little girl fun—the accessories and design pieces are relatively inexpensive and will likely need to be updated after awhile. Finding fun, new bathroom furnishings to replace beloved old ones, especially if your daughter helps you pick new favorites, can create new memories to cherish. As she grows up, the two of you can pick out new towels and curtains together, colorful new bath mats, and kooky new figurines to stand on the sink. No matter what decorations you ultimately decide on, what’s important is that you’re sharing them with each other.
We’ve got plenty of other whimsical themes to choose from!
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