If you want the kids to spend enough time in the bathroom to follow the cleaning rules, make it a place that's fun as well as functional.
Because space is at such a premium here, your decorations must be functional as well.
And make kids a part of the decorating process. Give the room a theme you can live with, and let the kids choose the colors. Make it fun!
These kids bathroom ideas can help get the decorating process started the right way.
With safety secured, it's time to move on to the playful decor. Choose kid-friendly accessory themes.
Kids don't want their bathrooms to have a spa look - that island-of-tranquility bit is not their thing.
This is the place for color and fun, a place where a child can make his or her own imprint.
An older daughter might choose tiny ceramic flowerpots (self-decorated, of course) to contain her cotton balls and Q-Tips.
Let them help you choose a look they'll love. For a less cluttered look, choose coordinating containers for toothbrush, soap, and tissues.
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.
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 your hands and body as well.
Be sure to wash your towels right from the start and they'll stay soft and thirsty for years to come.
Replace the shower curtain. Fresh, clean colors and styles will appeal to your sense of cleanliness and loveliness, and if they coordinate with the linens, it'll help give the kids' bathroom a complete new look. (If your bathroom's really small, however, a clear curtain is the best choice.)Replace the shower curtain hooks, too with something snazzier like these steel silver dolphin shower curtain hooks.
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.
Replace old, mismatched fixtures with new, personality-plus styles.
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.
Replace rusted, old, or unsightly faucet and light fixtures.
While this is not an inexpensive option, it does make a world of difference. And while you're at it, consider a new showerhead or new faucet and handles for the sink.
One of the simplest kids bathroom ideas is to add a light to this small room. It opens up a small space and adds interest.
A recessed spotlight is a low-profile solution. Wall sconces are an elegant choice for half-baths and guest bathrooms.