Ages ago, a blog-reader-slash-client posed this question on Facebook: “Can you tell us what kind of art you should put in a bathroom?” Nothing like answering a question months (or years) later, right?
I do apologize, Jen M., for taking so long to address the issue, but you’re right, it’s not necessarily as simple as picking something out that coordinates with your bathroom decor. Other factors come into play. I follow the rules below when selecting art for clients’ bathrooms, as well as my own.
Criteria for Bathroom Art
1. First and foremost, the art needs to be durable in moist environments. You know kids and visiting relatives don’t really care if you end up with mold in your bathroom–they could care less about proper ventilation. So the chances of them steaming up the bathroom after a shower are pretty high. The art you hang in your bathroom needs to be able to weather the humidity well. For that reason, I don’t ever hang watercolor paintings in a bathroom. I try to stick with hardier items like acrylics on canvas, gallery-wrapped giclée prints, metal, or acrylic on wood–that sort of thing can literally take the heat. Mixed media may not be the way to go, depending on the staying power of the glue or adhesive the artist used in the creation of the piece.