Every guest ends up in the bathroom. Make them feel at home with a fresh paint job, candles, and some creative organization. “It’s less about using assumed ‘male’ elements and more about the clean muted palettes and the layering of unexpected textures,” says Alex Caratachea, lead designer for Décor Aid. “When trying to keep a space handsome, look for simple, tailored pieces.”
Don’t be afraid to use bold colors on your walls and ceilings, and keep lighting in mind when upgrading your bathroom: one of the biggest mistakes you can make is relying on one source. Also, take your time when choosing your accessories – your shower curtain, wastebasket, etc. – and don’t shy away from art: it’s unexpected, but it’s another great way to dress up the intimate space.
Here are a few suggestions for upgrading your bathroom.
Stop tossing your towels over the door and instead try this stylish freestanding rack. The solid ash wood, matte painted steel, and wood easel brings a masculine energy into the bathroom. Rubber-banding on the bars ensures your towels stay put.
Add some organic textures while you organize your countertop. These natural looking canisters house your small, personal items, while a matching wastebasket really ties the room together.
Get rid of old and mismatched towels and upgrade to a luxury set. Wamsutta’s MicroCotton towels are made from 100-percent super-soft cotton to give them top-notch absorbent quality at a good price. Or try organic cotton towels from Coyuchi: medium-weight, with a rolled self-hem to help hold shape after washes.
Introduce brass to add another layer to your overall scheme. This Cedar & Moss sconce lamp has a glass shade for a mid-century look that will power the room.
After a decade of dorm-room worthy latrines, you’ll be surprised how quickly (and affordably) a new toilet brightens up a bathroom. Atlas International’s Ariel Platinum features a high-quality glaze that rebuffs annoying stains, and the sleek European design proves that a push-start isn’t just for Italian sports cars.
A few scented candles can make a big difference in a man’s bathroom. Baxter of California has sophisticated aromas like Moroccan Cedarwood and English Saddle Leather, and let’s you auto-replenish your stash monthly so you’re never in need when company arrives.
A geometric shower curtain coupled with neutral earth tones can spruce up a guy’s lifeless bathroom. Keep a fresh plastic curtain liner stored away in the event of mildew build up over time.
Don’t forget to have high-quality natural products available for guests (and yourself) when it’s time to wash up. Choose handcrafted bar soaps from Saavy Naturals in earthy scents like oatmeal almond and yuzu green tea.
Paint the bathroom a rich color to add depth to the space, and use black trim for a creative shift on today’s trendy charcoal. The Hague Blue paint from Farrow & Ball comes in three finishes.
Those annoying sporadic bursts of hard water can be overcome by upgrading your showerhead. It’s easy to switch it out, and that change creates an instant hotel-worthy experience. This Speakman rain showerhead is crafted in durable brass and equipped with 12 nozzles and 96 sprays.
Floating shelves give a guy extra room to stash his shaving gels, add small plants, and organize electric items. These West Elm reclaimed wood shelves add a back-to-nature appeal.
While investing so much time and effort into upgrading your bathroom, don’t forget to invest in your hygiene, too. The Oral-B 7000 Black electric toothbrush is linked to an app that provides you with real-time guidance and records brushing activity.