Guest Post by Andres Cuellar
While the kitchen may be the heart of every home, you can’t deny how many landmark events happen in a child’s bathroom. Whether it’s getting ready for the day, potty training or washing up for the night, kids (and their parents) spend a lot of time in the bathroom. Add some whimsy or tranquility to this hot spot to make their learning experiences fun and less painful.
If your child is old enough, sit down with them to get an idea of what they have in mind. If they’re not old enough to help and you’re in a creative rut, just pick a fun theme. A good rule of thumb is to have fun and keep it simple. There are even many prefabricated accessories and fixtures on the market for those who are strapped for time to DIY.
As with any bathroom remodeling project, the planning basics still apply. Once you’ve decided on a style, start by establishing the purpose and goals of the remodel, create a budget, then evaluate the existing space and decide ahead of time what you want to do with it before you start shopping for materials.
As is the case with bedrooms, care should be taken to select colors that your child or children won’t quickly outgrow. This can be as simple as keeping the wall color of a princess bathroom to a neutral lavender or sticking with a red, white and blue theme that could be repurposed for multiple themes.
Blues and greens are other great gender-neutral tones that when selected in the appropriate hues can be re-purposed over time. For mixed-gender bathrooms, consider a fun combo such as turquoise and orange. If the children’s bathroom doubles as a guest bathroom, go for a color with pop contrasted with something subdued and avoid committing to a particular theme.
Now it’s time for the finishing touches! With plumbing fixtures typically neutral in tone, consider using cabinets, walls and wallpaper as opportunities to integrate color. While wall decals could peel off because of humidity, consider using stencils to paint inspiring messages.