Boy's Bathroom Decorating

Get tips and ideas for boys' bathroom decorating, and prepare to create an efficient and attractive bathroom for the boys in your home.
Blue Glass Tile Shower in a Charming Kid's Bathroom

Blue Glass Tile Shower in a Charming Kid's Bathroom

The fun decor and bright color scheme in this children’s bathroom is playful enough for a child to relate to, and chic enough for a grownup to love. Vintage swimsuits add a touch of whimsy while the large sink basin provides a lot of practicality.

By: Sean McEvoy

If you're remodeling or installing a bathroom for boys, you'll want to peruse options for boys' bathroom decorating. Playful accessories with favorite characters plus fun, functional storage will give you plenty of options, ensuring that your boy's bathroom design will be an efficient, handsome space.

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Haute Hawaiian Decals

Removable tropical decals lend some whimsy to bathroom walls. Since they're temporary, teens can swap them out whenever their tastes change. (Say, every five minutes.) Image courtesy of RoomMates

Tile Me Crazy

Paired with a neutral shower curtain, this tiled bathroom explodes with color.

Fresh and Fine

A great choice for a teen bathroom is a bright color paired with black and white details. Funky accessories, like this mirror, are also a must.

Punk Rockin' Details

This teen bathroom will eventually transition into a more grown-up space, but for now it has a rock 'n' roll vibe with guitar soap dispenser, poppin' purple trash can and skull-themed shower curtain. Photo from RMS user lilriguez

Up Roar

Like any teenager, this bathroom walks the fine line between fun and grown-up. Photo from RMS user Perri

A la Francaise

For the travel-loving teen, consider a bathroom themed after her favorite dream location.

Two Toned

The separation between toilet and sink adds an extra layer of privacy for this teen bathroom.

Glamour Girl

If your teen girl is into glamour and likes pink, this is a bold choice to match her bold personality.

From: Cindy Aplanalp

Pops of Color

For a more subdued teen bathroom, add fun pops of color in art and accessories.

Princess Pretty

Lavender and gray is a hot combo. Add a chandelier and your teen girl's bathroom is fit for a princess.

Not Just Blue

This teen bathroom combines grown-up blue tiles and clean lines with an exciting yellow shower curtain.

Slick Stick-Up Wallpaper

Wallpapering a bathroom can be tricky business. This temporary wallpaper can be removed easily, and is the perfect accent when paired with a funky fixture. Image courtesy of Blik

One of the first elements to consider when thinking about a boy's bathroom is color. While there are no hard and fast rules for the use of color in a gender-specific bathroom design, spaces specifically designed for kids often feature bright, bold colors like reds, greens, yellows and blues. The use of color in a boy's bathroom may also be dictated by the age of the boy (or boys) in question — spaces for younger children often feature more playful, vibrant color schemes, whereas those for use by tweens and teens age up a bit, with more nuanced colors and hues featured. Another aspect of color to consider when planning a boy's bathroom is the room's primary intended inhabitant — if he or they have a favorite color or colors, you may consider incorporating those into the design.

Storage is a key aspect of any bathroom design, and it's particularly important when it comes to kids' bathrooms. Though there are surely kids out there who are meticulous, organized and exceedingly neat, they're a rare species. Most kids struggle with keeping any space — let alone one where they bathe, wash and brush — spic and span. Bathroom organizers for toiletries and accessories can go a long way toward keeping things tidy in a boy's bathroom, separating and categorizing the various components of bathroom use and for easy access and — maybe, with any luck — return.

Linens and accessories are a great opportunity to add personality to a boy's bathroom design. Depending on the age range of the boys using the space, you may want to consider themed accessories based on their favorite TV or movie characters, sports, activities or interests. Many home goods retailers offer lines of kid-specific bath accessories (with or without branded characters) or common kid-friendly themes like animals, nature and outer space. For towels and shower curtains, big, bold prints are available featuring all of these themes; they can be a great way to add style and humor to a boys bathroom (shower curtains in particular are available in a wide range of fun and funny aquatic themes).

Wallpaper is another decorative element that can capture a fun, kid-friendly spirit in a boy's bathroom, featuring nature scenes, sports or beloved characters. Artwork is another great option here, whether themed to the interests of the boys in the home, more abstract, or featuring favorite photos of family members.

Furniture in boys' bathrooms can run the gamut from vibrant and playful to more staid and formal, but many parents prefer a kid-themed approach here, too. Wooden or plastic chairs and benches are available in a wide selection of bright and bold colors, and can be a great way to add colorful impact — not to mention function and comfort — to the design.

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