Is it OK to put artwork in a bathroom?
Short answer: yes! Long answer: your choices are much more limited than in other rooms of the house.
In the guide below, we'll review the Dos and Don'ts for the bathroom artwork and present an illustrated guide to several possible art styles. Reviewing these alternatives will help you visualize and decide what works for you and what doesn't.
You can purchase our recommendations directly from our website or contact us with any questions.
What won't work
Bathroom Art: Don'ts
A bathroom is, of course, a place with high humidity and moisture. Not all the time, but often enough, it gets full of hot and moist water steam.
Artwork on paper is not a good idea in the bathroom. Most likely, it won't last long. Why? Moisture will affect water-based paint and paper, as organic material will get mold or yellow stains over time. Not a good idea!
Artworks framed under glass are likely to trap moisture. This moisture will result in discoloration of the artwork over time.
What about artworks on canvas, oil, or acrylic? Works on canvas are stretched on wooden stretcher bars. Stretcher bars, exposed to heat and moisture, can deform, get moldy, and rot with time. Also, linen/cotton canvas will become loose.
What about vinyl art prints? Vynil won't stretch as much as organic linen/cotton canvas. However, wooden stretcher bars will have the same issues as on organic canvas: mold, deformation, and wood rot.
what will work
Bathroom Art: Do's
The only medium that will work reliably in the bathroom are aluminum metal prints.
High-definition aluminum prints offered by Art House SF are created by infusing dyes directly into the aluminum, so they have no paper, wood, or other organic materials.
HD Metal prints are:
- Corrosion-resistant surface as they are made from non-corrosive aluminum
- Corrosion-resistant backframe is also made of aluminum
- Scratch and abrasion resistant: Chromaluxe Metal has incredible scratch and abrasion resistance like no other print media.
- Easy to clean: aluminum surfaces can be cleaned with ammonia, bleach, acetone, or any all-purpose cleaners.
In the next section, we'll present 4 of our art recommendations. All artworks below are available as HD Metal Prints, ideal for your bathroom.
If you have children in your family or like cute animals, one option to decorate your bathroom is with happy and fuzzy artwork like this.
Wake up to these cuties while you take a shower! 😻 🐶 🐸 🦉 🐮 🐴
Ukrainian 🇺🇦 artist Alena Krutogolova from Kyiv, Ukraine, synthesizes the traditions of Ukrainian folk art and elements of naive art. Pet hedgehogs, dreamy floral cats, wandering sea cows, harvest hens, coffee elephants, spotted owls, and romantic frogs inhabit her world.
Your bathroom can become that island of happy silliness with Alena's collection. Alena's vibrant work looks great on metal and can be combined to create elaborate collages.
Many bathrooms often lack a full-sized window or don't have enough natural light. One way to address this is to add artwork with a window or a beautiful landscape.
Israeli 🇮🇱 artist Tavalina masterfully creates abstract landscapes and still lives. As if through a window in a wall, a fresh green landscape, an ancient Italian plaza, or a country home reveal themselves in her work.
"I love the power of color, and my creative process alternates between different contrasts – spontaneous vs. exact work, cold vs. warm colors, fast vs. slow, opaque vs. transparent, and a constructive vs. destructive process.
Gradually, I search for a new balance, a new order.
The paintings are constructed in layers, in a constant movement of exploration on the edge of a cliff.
I try to find in me the consent to get lost, to meet the unknown, to destroy - then appears discovery and surprise, and the finished paintings are vivid and full of energy.”
Calm and Peaceful
Our next recommendation is the minimalistic abstract artwork by Iris Kristmunds and Kjartan Guðbrandsson from Reykjavik, Iceland 🇮🇸. Iris and KG use a more moderate color palette with fewer dominant colors.
Their abstract expressionist artwork feels less busy and is naturally calming, with simpler colors, lines, and subjects.
Their art fits modern interiors with clean, simple lines without overly decorative elements.
Flowers and plants are always great additions to a bathroom. They add a bit of color to a commonly monotone bathroom color palette. House plants are one option. Small floral art prints are another one.
Belarusian 🇧🇾 artist Inna Petrashkevich is a contemporary watercolor artist. Every morning, 365 days a year, Inna wakes up at 4 a.m. in her country house and paints. Her subjects are not only flowers and plants but also emotions evoked in her country home.
Quiet and serene, her studies nonetheless suggest and underscore the wistful and fleeting nature of time - her artwork captures the evanescence of the short but beautifully evocative moments.
These are just a few ideas to help you find the best art prints for your bathroom.
High-definitional metal (aluminum) prints are the best option for any bathroom. As for styles, we suggest one of these four to make your bathroom a place you'd like to return to.
- Add a smile to your face with cute and happy artwork
- Make your bathroom more spacious with abstract landscape art
- Unclutter your space with Nordic, minimalistic art prints both in color and subject
- Add a bit of life with floras, bouquets, or plant art
Good Luck and Happy Decorating! 👩🎨 🛁 🖼️ 🧼 🎨
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