Kid's Bathroom Decor

Explore ideas and inspiration for a kid's bathroom decor, and get ready to decorate a kid's bathroom with fun and functional style.
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By: Sean McEvoy

Kids' bathrooms and bedrooms can be a great opportunity to have a ton of fun with design and decorating, and if you're contemplating a new kid's bathroom install or an update to an existing one, you'll want to explore all your options when it comes to kids' bathroom decor.

12 Stylish Bathroom Designs for Kids

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Jack and Jill

This Jack and Jill bathroom from HGTV Dream Home 2010 was created to provide a shared, gender-neutral space for two kids, while simultaneously giving each their privacy. The turquoise and orange color theme within each bedroom was consistently mirrored in the bathroom design, too.

Baby Blues

A soft, robin's-egg blue was splashed on the walls to visually expand and brighten the space, while still incorporating deeper shades of blue for a sweet and interesting monochromatic look. To contrast with the blue surroundings, designer Linda Woodrum integrated pops of vibrant orange accessories in unexpected spots.

Simply Green

This fresh and fruity palette of green and orange is the perfect color combination for a small and narrow bathroom. The colors ensure that the room is not washed out or too bright. With a pedestal vanity, an alternate storage solution is essential if you want the kids to keep the bathroom squeaky clean.

Luscious Hues

Rather than extend the floor-to-ceiling green paint into the bathroom's other half, designer Linda Woodrum added a three-lined stripe of orange and green to create a simple yet visually dynamic space. There's no neutral tiling in this kids' space; orange subway tiles line the inside of the shower for a slightly hidden continuation of the orange and green duo.

Bright Delight

RMS user bluej82 used a zesty shade of orange along with a subdued, rainbow-inspired shower curtain to give this bathroom a childlike charm without sticking to a particular theme. The mature design elements make it an ideal spot for guests and adults, while still incorporating a hint of whimsy.

Marine Life

No matter how far you are from the coast, you can still bring the best elements of the sea inside and into your decor. Ditch the generic towel rack in the kids' bathroom and replace it with something a little more inspiring. The hooks can be their favorite animals, like this smiling octopus in vibrant, eye-catching colors with an equally bright backboard.

Mountain Living

For kids and tweens who love outdoor sports, the spacious ski dorm bathroom from HGTV Dream Home 2011 boasts multiple stalls, sinks and storage equipped for a large gathering of friends and visitors. The industrial-chic design appeals to people of any age, but the casual sporty feel of the space will be an instant favorite to adventurous young girls and boys.

Daring Contrast

Set off from the warm and vibrant girl's bedroom, this sophisticated yet youthful bathroom boasts an entirely different color scheme and design style than its eye-catching neighbor. However, the natural tree-branch elements were subtly mirrored in the tiny wall shelf and rippled vanity mirror. Plus, marble countertops and crisp, white cabinets provide a classic look that she won't outgrow any time soon.

Red, White and Blues

A classic nautical theme can work for both playful and beach-chic designs. This simple and contemporary kids' bathroom from HGTV Dream Home 2009 presents an equal balance of red, white and blue around the room for a tamed yet bold look.

Glamorously Chic

Tween girls will swoon over this glamorous adult-like bathroom with its regal clawfoot bathtub and over-the-top color palette. To tame the bold fuchsia walls, designer Cindy Aplanalp added white subway tiles to the wall and incorporated light wood cabinetry and storage shelves.

From: Cindy Aplanalp

Beach Chic

A neutral color palette is perfect for any age. This kids' bathroom may not have bold colors or playthings, but its soothing tone and tranquil appeal create the ultimate spot for relaxing after a soccer game or unwinding after a math test. And with plenty of concealed storage space, the kids will know exactly where to store their things. Design by RMS user gfxgirl

Bath Splash

Although this green-themed bathroom features frogs, dragonflies and lily pads, a more adult look can be instantly traded in when the kids require a more "grown-up" bathroom design. Design by RMS user giftednotions

Generally speaking, bathrooms in homes that are specifically set aside for use by kids run the risk of becoming chaotic, disorganized affairs. Visions of linens and toiletries strewn everywhere, bath paint covering the walls like graffiti and an explosion of bath toys blanketing the floor like so many leaky, squeaky land mines spring immediately to mind. But whether you're working on a girl's bathroom or a boy's bathroom, with a few decor flourishes, your kid's bathroom can be organized, efficient, attractive, and still a fun space for its primary (school) clientele to address all that mud spatter.

One of the first decor elements you'll want to consider in a kid's bathroom is color. Many homeowners seek to emulate the color scheme of their kid's bedroom when it comes to their bathroom design. Bright, primary colors are popular, with bold blues, yellows greens and reds common choices. Some parents may choose to employ different hues for different genders, even demarcating space in a Jack and Jill bathroom this way. Compared to bathrooms intended for use by their grown-up counterparts, however, kids' bathrooms tend to much more colorful affairs, with wall paint, wallpaper and surfaces all fair game for bright, bold pops of color.

When it comes to decor flourishes like wallpaper, you'll have many options to explore for a kid's bathroom. There are plenty of choices specifically intended for kids and featuring favorite cartoon characters, animals and nature themes, or even sports themes. Additionally, generic designs featuring abstract geometric shapes, stripes, polka dots or other unique, colorful designs can add a fun and funky look to a kid's bathroom space.

When it comes to accessories in a kid's bathroom, you'll be free to choose from themed items featuring characters they love — a toothbrush holder emblazoned with their favorite movie character, for example — or generic but still kid-themed items (think of the same toothbrush holder, but in the shape of an elephant). Many home goods stores have lines specifically designated for children, with both branded and generic items to choose from.

Finally, when it comes time to choose linens, curtains and other fabrics for your kid's bathroom, you'll have another opportunity to add visual interest and fun-factor to the space. Shower curtains can be a great opportunity to feature characters or fun designs (clever underwater scenes or bold patterns featuring sea life, for example). Towels can similarly show off bold, fun designs, and rugs are widely available in animal or character shapes, helping to create a space that actually makes kids look forward to cleaning up.

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