15 Bathroom Wall Accent Ideas That Will Liven Up Your Lavatory


Go for a Bold Color-Block

a bathroom has walls and ceiling in blocked colors of olive green, light blue, red, plum, and deep pink, a white marble vanity with wood doors, a mirror above vanity and a framed photograph on the wall
Noe DeWitt

In an Upper East Side apartment designed by Patrick Mele, the walls and ceiling were painting in a grid of varying shades to add playfulness to the powder room. Don’t know what colors to choose? Check out our designer-approved list of bathroom wall colors.


Make Bathtime Fun

bathroom designed by michelle r smith with quemere designs tile
Williams Jess Laird

In the kid’s bathroom of designer Michelle Smith’s New Orleans home a tiny painting and foam letters add a colorful and playful touch to an all blue bathroom.

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Add a Sculptural Artwork

a door with slats opens to a bathroom with a white marble floor and light blue walls is a white claw foot bathtub with a shelf across it holding soap and a vases, a 3d artwork hangs near the tub
Daniel Schäfer

In a bathroom, less is often more—especially if the artwork is as bold as this look in Elad Yifrach’s Lisbon home . In the primary bathroom, artwork by Sebastiao Lobo pops against walls painted in Skylight by Farrow & Ball.


Incorporate a Pretty Screen

in a bathroom with brown walls, a wall with door is made of square glass tiles in shades of brown and amber, oval mirror above a marble pedestal sink with bronze fittings
Adrian Gaut

In a Toronto home designed by Kelly Wearstler a stained glass partition was incorporated to reflect golden light into the powder room. Achieve a similar look with a chic lacquered or paneled folding screen.


Try a Tiled Mural

the main bathroom has a marble floor, deep bathtub, a small wooden stool, and in the glass doored shower, an image of an 18th century man with a staff and waistcoat is done in blue and white tiles
Maureen M. Evans

In jewelry designer Matthew Harris’s Lisbon apartment hand-painted Portuguese tiles, which show a man in 18th-century clothing, were used in the primary bathroom.

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Try a Tiled Backsplash

a mirror on a wall
Douglas Friedman

In composer and conductor Jonathan Sheffer’s New York townhouse decorative tile by Popham Design adds a little something unexpected to the primary bathroom amid the largely monochrome palette.


Add a Single Masterpiece

a white bathroom with a tub and a chair
Photographer: William Waldron

In the all white primary bathroom of a Virginia home designed by Darryl Carter a small framed painting makes a statement against all of the Carrera marble. Your bathroom might not be clad in marble, but the same concept applies to an all-white WC.


Add an Unexpected Mirror

the walls of a powder room are covered in a textured red wallpaper, a square free hanging sink is in red travertine, diamond shaped mirror with two small sconces above, a small three legged wooden stool
Kelly Marshall

Designer Mark Grattan covered the walls in a textured Élitis wallcovering that adds dimension to the powder room of Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird’s SoHo apartment. But the diamond-shaped mirror is the room’s true surprise.

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Incorporate a Mirrored Wall

a bathroom has white porcelain fixtures and walls that are painted a deep teal, a mirror on one wall and mirrors on the ceiling reflect multiple images of the room and of the vintage opal glass ceiling light
Stephan Julliard

Or, cover your walls entirely in mirrors. In the powder room of a Paris apartment designed by Pierre Gonalons the walls and ceiling are tiled in mirror, adding a touch of disco to this jewel-box loo.


Add Creative Lighting

a blue trash can in a dark room
Douglas Friedman

In the primary bathroom of a San Francisco home designed by Nicole Hollis the walls and ceiling are accented with a neon mirror by Agape and light fixture from Carpenter’s Workshop Gallery. You can achieve the same in a small bathroom with an all-black, high-gloss paint job along with minimal neon wall art.


Incorporate a Gallery Wall

a bathroom with a tub and a sink
Ricardo Labougle

In the primary bathroom of designer Lorenzo Castillo’s Menorca getaway the walls are covered in a collection of framed prints. To accent the ocean views the windows and doors are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Stiffkey Blue.

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Add a Wall Sculpture

a bathroom with a tub and sink
Alanna Hale

Add dimension to your bathroom with an abstract 3D wall sculpture. Here, a knot-like wall hanging by Katie Gong floats above the tub in the primary bathroom of a California home designed by Atelier Davis.


Supersize the Art

a white claw foot tub has fittings on the wall next it, glass containers and a vase on shelf behind tub and large framed artwork above, red shell chair, stool, glass pendant over tub, large window, radiator
Sylvie Becquet

Instead of a gallery wall, try a single statement piece. Here, a large piece of artwork by Gerald Incandela accents a wall in the primary bathroom in designer Robert Couturier’s French manor home.


Let the Views Shine

a chair and a lamp in a bathroom with a large window and a oval standalone tub
William Jess Laird

In a Los Angeles home designed by Studio Mellone, and with architecture by Woods + Dangaran, a primary bathroom wall was substituted for an accent window with a view. Who needs art when the views are this good?


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