9 Unique Kids' Bathroom Ideas

Go from "blah" to "beautiful" with these fabulous kids' bathroom ideas.



Water themes abound when it comes to kids' bathroom ideas, but not every design has to be the same. Ocean colors and sea creatures are certainly adorable, but don't be afraid to consider something new when it comes to your look.

"Kids' bathroom colors can be wide ranging and might include bright greens, turquoise and white, orange and white, or even rosy sand and peach colors," suggests Jennifer Adams, an interior designer with her own line of furniture and decor products. Or skip the color completely, suggests Christa O'Leary, an interior designer and author of "Home in Harmony." "An all-white bathroom is the perfect backdrop for kids because you can change up the towels and accessories as they grow," she points out.

Behold, 9 fun kids' bathroom ideas to consider:

  1. Delightful Decals
    Colorful and versatile, vinyl decals can be easily swapped out when you want a fresh look or your child has outgrown the design. "Decals are a simple DIY design idea and are easier to remove than paint. Plus, they're mold resistant," O'Leary says. In this look from I Dig Pinterest, whimsical safari animals dance along the wall.
  2. Sweet Sayings
    "Motivational phrases can help kids start the day with positive encouragement," says O'Leary. Or they can be used to teach a few simple lessons. Basic hygiene is reinforced in this design from Creative CSI. Make your own with a pretty font from the computer and then frame it.
  3. Smart Storage
    A neat and tidy bathroom begins with a designated spot for toys, soap, toothbrushes and more. Young House Love made smart use of a narrow wall space to house rolled-up towels. Or simply repurpose a basket you already have for extra linens and find a tray to hold detangler and body lotion.
  4. Striking Stripes
    Your bathroom wall can get an instant upgrade with some bold painted stripes. You don't need a professional for every design, so give the DIY approach a chance. "If you're not sure you can paint a straight line, choose giraffe spots or zebra stripes," suggests Adams. Or just try shapes or animals or other wildlife your child likes. On Frugal Fanatic, you can learn how to create smart-looking stripes for your kid's bath.
  5. Cute Curtains
    Have fun with the details by including different soaps, countertop accessories or a showstopping shower curtain. "You could even buy an extra matching curtain and then cut out squares of fabric and frame them for a coordinated look," says Adams. For example, the "carnival-like bathroom design" on DigsDigs features bright, fun colors with complementary accessories.
  6. Surprising Shine
    "For dramatic effect, choose a focal point in your kids' bathroom and cover it with shimmery tiles from floor to ceiling," says O'Leary. Choose one wall for this design or a section of the room, like this assortment of blue tile ideas from The Style Files. Not ready to retile? Shop for shiny accessories like drinking cups or a toothbrush holder.
  7. Lovely Labels
    Don't let the bathroom fall into disarray! Teach kids to stay organized with color-coded labels, and everything will be stored in the right place. Here, Simply Kierste has created individual towel hooks for each of her kids. (You could also buy personalized towels and get the same effect.)
  8. Terrific Themes
    Traditional kids' bathroom ideas are fine, but an unusual one can transform the room. "Dinosaurs, birds, butterflies, colorful beetles, tropical flowers or even farm tools are all fun ones to consider," says Adams. A surfing theme is brought to life with this wall-mounted surfboard from So You Think You're Crafty. You could also just add objects to the counter or lean them against the wall to announce your theme. For example, flower pots say "gardening" if you line them up along a window sill.
  9. Homemade Hands
    Make a lasting impression on a kid of any age by creating a tile with his hand print. "Brush your child's hand with paint and stamp it on a few tiles, and then have a ceramics store glaze and fire for installation," suggests O'Leary. Use them as accent tiles on the walls -- your child will love seeing these each time he enters the room. Take inspiration from these creative DIY hands from Lolly Jane.

Embrace your inner designer (or enlist some friends or a home organizer to help) and create a bathroom your kid will love for years.

Want more design tips? Check out these 6 Kids' Playroom Ideas.

Jennifer Kelly Geddes is a New York-based writer and editor who specializes in parenting, health and child development. She's a frequent contributor to Care.com and the mom of two teen girls.

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