Bathroom Collection by Rebecca Huang
When we moved into our current home, I was overjoyed about having two bathrooms. I loved being able to give my two growing girls their own dedicated space for getting ready for school, so we wouldn’t have to jostle each other for time at the sink or space in front of the mirror every morning. Unfortunately, that second bathroom was the drabbest, saddest room in the house. My friends advised me not to get too ambitious about decorating it: A children’s bathroom, they pointed out, should be safe, comfortable, and functional above everything else. It must be able to withstand heavy use every morning and evening. It’s not designed to be the pristine showpiece of your house, nor should it be.
But “comfortable and functional” doesn’t have to mean “serviceable yet dull.” The household budget didn’t support a complete renovation, but luckily I found a simple yet utterly transformational way to give my girls the bathroom of their dreams—and mine. Do you want to know my secret?
I’m serious. Shower curtains—unique, playful, colorful, cute children’s shower curtains—can transform your kids’ bathroom into their own personal paradise. As far as I’m concerned, shower curtains are downright magical.
A new shower curtain—just as long as it’s the right shower curtain—is the secret weapon in any busy parent’s emergency design kit. Even if you do nothing else, you can simply hang up a fresh, colorful curtain, and your bathroom will automatically look brighter and more refreshed. Try it out; you’ll see what I mean.
Give your bathroom a splash of visual interest by picking a curtain with a cheerful and whimsical design. Nautical themes are always a great bathroom choice—think of a shower curtain emblazoned with a giant blue whale, a colorful school of fish, seahorses, or mermaids. Let your children help you select a curtain, and guide them toward a design that matches their current interests or sparks their imagination. The theme of your kids’ bathroom is a great place to give them a chance to express their individual personalities.
Make sure you listen to your kids. Don’t make the mistake of assuming your children’s tastes are identical to yours. When I was eight, I thought I would grow up to be the captain of the US women’s national soccer team; I would’ve happily handed over my allowance for a shower curtain emblazoned with cleats and soccer balls. The other day, I asked my eight-year-old what she wanted to be when she grew up, and she solemnly informed me that she’s narrowed it down to two possibilities: a unicorn trainer or a mermaid princess. We’ll save the discussion about reasonable life goals for when she’s a bit older, but in the meantime? My girls are the proud owners of a beautiful mermaid-themed bathroom.
Edie and the Mermaid by Elodie Coudray
In addition to being a great way to instantly transform your children’s bathroom, shower curtains are relatively inexpensive, and they’re simple to replace if you ever want to change your design theme. But some of today’s best children’s shower curtains are so original, so cute, so playful and fun that you probably won’t want to replace them anytime soon. For longevity and ease of care, look for a machine-washable curtain.
The housewares section of department stores and discount stores are, I’ve found, inevitably disappointing in their selection of children’s shower curtains. For the most part, you’re going to find licensed merchandise like designs featuring comic-book heroes and cartoon characters. There’s nothing wrong with that—my kids love cartoons. But cartoon characters can make your children’s bathroom look… well, cartoonish. A better approach is to find a curtain in a playful and creative design that your children will adore—and that you’ll love as well.
Look for work from independent artists and designers. Skip mass-produced prints in favor of designs that have been specifically chosen to inspire and appeal to the imaginative dreams of children. Maybe those dreams involve a kite-flying fox, or a bunny rabbit in space, or a whale swimming peacefully with tigers, turtles, and bears. Over the course of an average day, your kids will spend a great deal of time in the bathroom. Why not make sure their imagination has a chance to roam freely while they’re in there?
Shimmer and Shine by Anna Shuttlewood
Once you’ve discovered the perfect shower curtain, you might find yourself inspired to decorate the entire bathroom around it. Children’s shower curtains are the ideal first step in the design process, as they can serve as an easy and obvious focal point to a theme, which you can then develop throughout the entire bathroom via the use of accessories. Include your children in this process. This is their room, after all, and letting them have a hand in some design decisions is a great way to boost confidence. My girls had fun helping me match the bath towels, washcloths, and bath mat to the colors and theme of their mermaid shower curtain.
For a polished touch, consider adding framed art that continues the theme featured in your curtain. In the case of the mermaid curtain, I was delighted to discover a matching art print. Artwork that coordinates with the colors or theme of your bathroom is a smart and simple way to give everything a cohesive yet unfussy look. Just be sure to hang any paintings or prints at your children’s eye level—they’re the ones who are going to be enjoying it daily.
Galaxy Gathering by Irene Chan
Your children’s bathroom is always going to be a place of chaos. Kids are loud and messy, especially when given access to toothpaste, bubble bath, soap, and running water. The right cute children’s shower curtain—one that’s whimsical, playful, and unique—can introduce a note of calm into the chaos by giving your children’s bathroom an appealing hint of artistic style, while providing your kids with a source of creative inspiration. Harness the power of a well-designed shower curtain to bring that inspiration into your home.
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