Make a Statement and Let It Rule the Room
The saying that less is more is one of the most important rules of home decor and interior design or decorating. It's easy to want to include multiple patterns and colors that you love in one room but this rarely ends up being as appealing as you originally thought.
A busy bathroom rarely looks chic and stylish. Instead of packing in everything you love, limit yourself to one major statement. This statement could be a bold shower curtain, a brightly colored wall or an ornate vanity. Go with a statement that really lets your personal taste shine without being overwhelming.
Focus On One Scheme for Bathroom Hardware
One more pro tip is to match all of the hardware in your bathroom. This includes the showerhead, faucets, cabinet drawer pulls and light fixtures. Just as an example, having matching antiqued bronzed drawer pulls, door knob, faucet and mirror frame will look put together and cohesive. This will look much more professional than a chrome faucet, gold light fixtures and brass drawer pulls.
Like most interior decorating tips, this rule isn't set in stone. If you don't personally like the look of matching everything, choosing similar finishes to the metal will achieve a very similar appeal. If you've already have hardware you love the look of but not the color, you may be able to repaint them with proper products from your local home decor or hardware store.
Take Advantage of Natural Lighting
One trick to making almost any bathroom look more welcoming, open and airy is to take advantage of natural lighting. High quality lighting fixtures can definitely transform a bathroom but nothing beats sunlight.
If you have a window in your bathroom, don't cover it up with a heavy curtain. Privacy is important of course but that doesn't mean you need to block the window completely. Instead opt for a frosted window (you can buy DIY treatments) or choose a light drape that will let in light.
Another trick for taking advantage of natural lighting is to swap a traditional heavy or opaque shower curtain for a frosted or clear one. This will really open up the room and allow light everywhere. If you have a small bathroom, this alone can really make it seem larger.
Finally, use mirrors to reflect natural lighting. Well-placed mirrors are perfect for helping you bounce lighting from the window around the room. You aren't just limited to one large vanity mirror, so try using other small mirrors or installing overhead cabinets that have mirrored panels.