How to Design a Bathroom Start to Finish

Decorating your bathroom can be as complicated or as simple as you like it. Generally, people who seek to redo their bathrooms have different things in mind. Do you want to rip out old faucets and pipes and replace them? If so, you’ll likely need professional help. But if you’re just looking to give your bathroom a facelift, we’re here to help inspire you with smart bathroom decor updates.

Bathroom - via @brookewagnerdesign

Main Bathroom Elements

It’s a good idea to understand the core elements of your bathroom and decide which ones need updating and which ones can stay as-is. Here’s a list of the typical primary elements of any bathroom:

  • Sink
  • Vanity
  • Toilet
  • Bathtub
  • Shower Faucet & Hardware
  • Shower Tile
  • Floor Tile

Bath vs. Shower

Do buyers prefer baths or showers? Preferences for baths versus showers can vary, however, according to some real estate studies and surveys, showers are often considered more practical and are generally preferred for daily use due to their efficiency.

Modern homebuyers, particularly younger ones, may favor homes with well-designed, walk-in showers and bathtubs!

That said, having at least one bathtub in a home is often considered desirable for families with young children or for people who enjoy the option of taking a bath.

In high-end properties, a luxurious bathroom might feature both a spacious shower and a separate bathtub. Offering both options in a home can appeal to a broader range of buyers!

Bathroom with gray blue cabinets via @brookewagnerdesign

Bathroom Decorating

Many lightweight and easy decorations will give your bathroom a fresh look. Here are a few ideas for updating your bathroom decor:

  • Bathroom Mirror or Cabinet
  • Towel Rack
  • Bath Towels
  • Toilet Paper Ring or Stand
  • Hand Towels
  • Hand Towel Ring
  • Soap Dispenser
  • Shower Curtain
  • Candle

These updates are great for updating your bathroom on a budget. A few upgrades and changes here and there can go a long way. You can remodel your bathroom without spending a fortune!

Bathroom - via @tiffanygharris

Let’s talk about a few bathroom essentials.

Basic Bathroom Products

If this is a guest bathroom, you may wish to provide the following bathroom products to make sure your guests are comfortable!

  • hand soap
  • cotton balls
  • q-tips
  • toilet paper
  • hand towels
  • bath towels

If your bathroom has a shower, then you’ll want to ensure there is shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel or body soap available at a minimum.

Bathroom Styles

As you begin to think about the bathroom decor updates you wish to make, it’s a good idea to make a bathroom design Pinterest board like mine to organize your ideas in one place.

Here are our bathroom guides by style:

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I hope this basic bathroom decorating guide was helpful in planning your bathroom. If you’ve updated your bathroom before, then don’t hesitate to share any advice you have with us in the comments!


1 comment

  1. What is the name of the BLUE on the end cabinet, from the first photo?
    It’s just what I’ve been looking for !

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