Monday, 28 April 2014

Choosing The Right Artwork For The Bathroom

The walls say a lot about the overall aesthetics of your bathroom. Leaving the walls plain and without any color, design or decorative accessories sends the message of a lackluster decor with no real sense of style or design. Allowing your bathroom to suffer from the "blank canvas" effect will only hurt your decorating efforts in the long run, so make it a point to decorate the walls with attractive artwork.

But with so many different types of artwork available, ranging in size, shape, paint color and design, how do you know which one to choose? There are a few different considerations you should make when choosing artwork for your bathroom...

Color Coordinating

Ideally, you want to choose artwork with color that matches your bathroom's current color palette. This may or may not be a difficult task depending on the particular piece, as some artwork contains dozens of different colors. Take a step back, though, and try to picture the artwork from afar, paying attention to its general color scheme. Do the colors coincide with your bathroom's decor?

Your artwork doesn't have to feature the exact same colors as your bathroom, but it should flow together in a cohesive manner. Displaying a painting consisting largely of brown colors into a modern bathroom with black furnishings creates an unbalanced atmosphere with clashing colors.

Warning: Bathroom Humidity Can Damage Artwork


Be warned, excessively high humidity in the bathroom can damage or even ruin artwork. The water vapor in the air will saturate your artwork, causing the paint to bleed and the canvas to warp. Depending on the severity of the problem, it can also lead to the formation of mold and mildew on the surface of the artwork. Thankfully, there are some steps homeowners can take to reduce the humidity levels in their bathroom.

Tips To Control Bathroom Humidity:


  • Run the exhaust fan while you shower and leave it running for 30 minutes after you get out.
  • If your bathroom does not feature an exhaust fan, crack a window while you shower to release the hot and humid air.
  • Pull the shower curtain back so it can dry out.
  • If humidity is problematic in your bathroom, install a dehumidifier.

Size Matters


When it comes to choosing artwork for the bathroom -- or any room inside the home -- size matters. Oversized paintings will drown out the surrounding decor, making the surrounding furnishings look and feel tiny. Undersized paintings won't offer the same level of visual appeal. Choose a painting that's sized appropriately based on your bathroom.

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