9 kids bathroom ideas

These 9 kids bathroom ideas can bring both fun and functionality to this utilitarian room.

However, don't undertake this bathroom makeover all by yourself. After all, if you want the kids to spend enough time in the bathroom, you have to make it a place that they like, too.

And who better to enlist in decorating than the little bathers themselves? These 9 kids bathroom ideas can help get the makeover started.

  1.  Help the Kids Choose a Fun Bathroom Theme

Time to help the kids choose a theme. A few kids bathroom ideas that are always a hit with the younger set: colorful fish, bright yellow ducks, and bold jungle animals.

An older daughter might choose bold, colorful flowers or an ocean theme replete with dolphins; a teenage son might lean toward football or another favorite sport as a theme.

Kids don't want their bathrooms to have a spa look - that island-of-tranquility bit is not their style.

This is the place for color and fun, after all - a place where a child can make his or her imprint. Expect bright pinks, blues, and yellows to be more their style.

  2.  Choose Fun, Safe Bathroom Accessories

  • An older daughter using a flower theme for her bathroom might choose tiny ceramic flowerpots (self-decorated, of course) to contain her cotton balls and Q-Tips.

  • A ducky bucket for hairbrushes and accessories, along with ducky soap dispensers and shower curtain might round out your toddler's accessories.
  • For a less cluttered look, choose coordinating containers for toothbrush, soap, and tissues.

  • Add theme-related non-skid rugs, slip-resistant tub decals, and plastic cups for post-brush rinsing to round out the accessories.

  3.  Give the Bathroom a Paint Facelift

A new coat of paint is the quickest, cheapest, and arguably most dramatic way to give new life to an old bathroom. Don't forget the switch plate, toilet paper holder, and the like. Consider a removable switch plate decal as an easy alternative to tackling the challenge of detail painting around outlets.

Accent the bath in contrasting color for a stylish flair. Seal with a clear waterproof coating. Good, calming color choices (blues, greens) can help make mad morning dashes feel less stressful.

  4.  Bring in Fresh Towel Replacements

Soft, thirsty, fluffy new towels in a hot new color or seasonal hue will provide not only the update you're looking for, but a luxurious treat for hands and bodies as well. If space is especially tight, consider adding towel hooks instead of the traditional bar towel holder on the wall. Be sure to wash your towels right from the start and they'll last for years to come.

  5.  Replace the Shower Curtain, Too

Fresh, clean colors and styles will appeal to your sense of cleanliness and loveliness. 

And if they coordinate with the towels, so much the better. It'll help give a tired bathroom a completely new, fresh look and feel.

For small bathrooms, however, a clear shower curtain is the best choice as it provides the illusion of more space. This colorful tropical fish shower curtain on a clear background is a nice alternative to a completely design-free clear curtain.

  6.  Add a New Reflection

Why stop at just one bathroom mirror? Brighten up the smallest bathroom by bringing in a new looking glass. This tried-and-true decorating trick makes the room seem larger by reflecting light.

Add some serious pizzazz by framing your mirror (if it's one of those basic mirrors that you adhere to the wall above the sink). Cut your choice of molding to fit, and then paint it your favorite color or brush on an elegant gold or silver. Glue the molding in place with liquid glue.

  7.  Replace Drawer Pulls

Drawer pulls and cabinet handles come in myriad colors and styles. I used a pewter bat-and-ball drawer pull for my son Chris's bathroom.

You can buy drawer pulls in whatever sport, color, or animals (the possibilities are endless your child likes to make a jazzy statement.

  8.  Add a Light or Two

Add light to open up a small space and add interest.

  • A recessed spotlight is a low-profile option. 
  • Wall sconces are an elegant choice for older kids' bathrooms, half-baths and guest baths.

  9.  Make the Bathroom Bloom

Add a small decorative bud vase and fill it with a flower fresh from the garden to add a polishing splash of color and personality. Have fun bringing to life your own kids bathroom ideas!

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