Style by the Decades: How to Decorate Your Bathroom at Every Age
While your living room is probably where you spend the most time, that doesn't mean your bathroom should be given any less attention. We understand the limitations your finances have during this decade, but a little aesthetic upgrade doesn't have to dent your salary that much at all. Shop our picks below and elevate your restroom for under $100.
Your partying 20s are behind you, but that doesn't mean your days of having fun are over. Quite the opposite. It's time to start hosting all those dinner parties and celebrating Friendsgiving at your place. While the dining and living areas are the first places you upgrade, don't forget about the bathroom. While it's not the first place your guests see, it's certainly the one that will leave a memorable impression. Your restroom should be fresh, clean, and sophisticated, not just so your guests feel comfortable cleaning up (although that's important) but also as a place of refuge after a long day. It's where you start and end each day, and it's an important part of your morning and evening routines. Give it the attention it deserves.
This is the era where you might (or not) have some little ones running around your feet, which means your priorities in the bathroom have certainly changed since your 30s. You'll want to invest in durable hardware and finishes that can withstand a heavy-handed toddler. You'll also want to streamline everything, storing away the decorative objects you once had on display and any products you don't want them to eat. A tub is also essential for small families as bath time becomes a nightly ritual. If you don't have little ones, then chic and classic minimalism will reflect your refined and matured taste. A freestanding tub is the perfect remedy for soaking away those stressful working hours.
As you enter your 50s (aka the golden age of happiness), it's officially your time to relax. You've perfected those morning and evening routines, so you know what you want and need from a bathroom—and it should certainly reflect that. This space should be a tranquil respite to breathe easy and let yourself unwind in a grand design to officially transport you into the comfort zone. Are you ready for that ahh feeling?
ABC Carpet & Home Fez Flat Weave Wool Rug ($8470)
It's time to toss the humble bathmat for an elevated vintage rug. This wool version is much hardier than you think and can withstand a day in the life of a bathroom. Just remember all that wear will only make it look better with age. It will elevate your bathroom to a whole new level in an instant.
It's officially time to ramp up the style dial and turn down the frequency setting to the chill. You know exactly what you like and dislike, and your refined aesthetic is reflected in your elevated interior choices. The bathroom should be lavish yet relaxed, the epitome of luxury but never too high-brow. This means investing in opulent pieces that make your bath time feel expensive and decadent. Go on—you deserve it.
While your age should never be the determining factor in whether you purchase something or not, we certainly believe it influences your decision. As we enter each new decade of our lives, we evolve into a newly improved, grown-up version of ourselves. We shed our 20s skin as we move into our 30s and embrace the many changes that occurred in ourselves both personally and professionally, then start the cycle over from 30s to 40s and so on. It's exciting and daunting, all rolled into one. With every new era, your palette is refined a little more as you hone your likes and dislikes (e.g., you definitely need to toss these things by age 30).
As every year rolls over, so too does your salary, which means your home can start to reflect your matured taste and sophisticated aesthetic. But developing your artistic sensibility takes time and confidence, so we launched our new series, Style by the Decades, to help. We've already guided you through the living room and dining room, so this time we compiled a few of the must-have pieces for every bathroom, according to your age.