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7 Trendy Bathroom Design Tactics for a Cleaner 2022

This post is courtesy of Ryan Sundling – Group Marketing Manager at Cardinal Group Management. He has over ten years of experience in the student housing industry and works with Cottages at Tucson every day to help them with their marketing efforts.

The bathroom might be the last room in the house you’d think about redecorating.

For sanitary reasons, this makes sense. Everything you use has to be germ-resistant and waterproof. How do you design a bathroom that is both stylish and sanitary?

Cleanliness can look good. If you know how to mix style and sanitation, you can have a bathroom that’s easy on both the eyes and the immune system.

With these bathroom design ideas, you can have a clean bathroom that looks fashionable, too.

1. Add Some Color

Bathrooms tend to be decorated in neutral colors and simple textures. When you add color to an otherwise simple room, you can turn blah into fun!

Whether your bathroom is small or large, bold hues mixed with contrasting pales can make an impact.

You can pull off this look either by setting a backdrop of bolds and accenting it with pale or by doing the opposite.

If your walls are shades of white, for instance, decorate your bathroom with a mix of vibrant-colored towels and rugs. Match them with your toothbrush holder and little accessories for a stylish room you enjoy being in.

To add a little extra contrast, use variations of your main color throughout the room. Too much of one color can be overwhelming. Tone it down and mix it up by interspersing complimentary colors throughout your bathroom.

If you really want to change your walls but can’t paint your bathroom, get some removable wallpaper instead. This allows you to have wallpaper in your apartment without ruining the walls.

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2. Think Geometrically

If you’re going bold with color, why not go all the way with bold patterns, too?

Solid, vibrant colors are the perfect background for geometric prints. They’ll add some visual texture to your bathroom, which will make it feel more dynamic and inviting.

Your toothbrush holders and other accessories accent the main colors in the bathroom. Stick to your chosen color scheme, but then complement the color with geometric patterns.

As a trendy design idea, geometric shapes have topped the list for years. But, it’s crucial to remember that less is more.

Avoid filling your entire bathroom with a single pattern. If you have polka-dotted walls, for example, don’t hang polka dot prints. It’ll make your bathroom feel claustrophobic and overwhelming.

Instead, buy prints in a different pattern than your walls. If you’re going with floral or rainbow wallpaper, highlight it with striped or polka-dotted artwork. Then, blend it together with solid-colored rugs or shower curtains.

3. Keep it Simple

Not everyone loves the bold, in-your-face look. If you’re not on board with making a loud statement, you may prefer to add simple touches.

Luckily, minimalism is all the rage these days, so your bathroom will fit right in.

Instead of vibrant colors and sassy geometric prints, go with smooth, clean lines. Choose shower curtains with neutral whites, grays, and taupes.

Don’t keep anything in your bathroom that doesn’t have to be there. And try to keep most of those chosen furnishings in a neutral color (maybe with a few accent splashes). For a zen atmosphere, place a plant or two on your bathroom shelf.

The best part about this type of design is that minimal accessories and fixtures are easier to clean. When you don’t have to use as much elbow grease to clean your bathroom, you’ll have a lot more time to do the things you want to do!

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4. Create Hidden Storage

No matter what type of bathroom design you have, focus on keeping clutter to a minimum. Only your accessories, like your toothbrush holder, should be on the counter.

How do you do that in a small bathroom, though?

The answer lies in the trick of hidden storage options. Luckily, there are many for you to choose from:


Vanity mirrors with hidden shelves behind them are far more space-efficient than flat mirrors. You can hide all of your beauty products and medications safely away behind the vanity.

Bins and baskets are great for keeping clutter under control. You can place them on standalone or hanging shelves. Just make sure to get waterproof ones, as they’re easier to clean.

Get some storage organizers for inside your cabinets. Hairdryer holders, pull-out drawers, and other storage solutions will prevent your cabinets from getting unruly.

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5. Embrace Plants

For thousands of years, people have used plants as decorations. Not only do they look great in any home, but they also have health benefits.

Plants, just by doing what they do, improve the air quality in small areas. They absorb excess moisture and balance the humidity of a room. Certain plants, such as eucalyptus, combine with steam to make the air easier on your lungs.

This makes them especially good for the bathroom, which is often one of the most humid spaces in your home.

Plants are thought to be mental health boosters, too. Research shows that people who keep at least one plant in their home are happier in general.

6. Think Stylish and Functional

Most people make their bathrooms look similar to the one they grew up with, but designs have changed significantly over the years. There are more opportunities to combine style and function than ever before.

Instead of the typical over-the-toilet shelving unit, try placing a chic ladder rack in the corner of the room. You can use it for towels, washcloths, or small decorations.

Toiletries can be stored in a fashionable tray.

Showers and tubs don’t have to be boring to be stylish. Both showerhead caddies and corner shelving have come a long way in terms of design.

Don’t forget about your wastebasket and laundry bin, either. They should match your decor if they’re going to stay in your bathroom.

7. Don’t Skimp on Comfort

You don’t sleep in your bathroom (hopefully). But you primp, prep, and get ready in there, so you may spend as much time there as you spend in your bedroom!

If you’ve got the space, why not add a chair or ottoman in the corner? That gives you a place to sit while you’re getting ready. Just make sure it isn’t upholstered or it will collect moisture.

And get a foot warmer, too, as a treat to yourself. They’re perfect for those cold days when your feet are freezing after your shower.


The days of basic bathrooms are over. No matter what your bathroom looks like right now, you can transform it and make it yours.

Make a statement with color, accessorize for style and hygiene, and pamper yourself with a bit of added luxury.

This is not your mama’s bathroom. You’re free to do with it whatever you want!

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