Shower curtains are one of the few places where you can and should inject personality into your bathroom, especially if you have a small one.
If your small bathroom is in need of a refresh, it is also one of the cheapest ways to totally change the look and feel of the room. Today we will answer some of the most common questions about choosing the right shower curtain for a small bathroom.
Is using just a clear shower curtain tacky?
If you can keep the shower clean enough that you don’t mind being able to see into it all the time, a clear shower curtain is a great way to open up the room. Clear shower curtains allow you to see into the entire space which can make a small bathroom feel less claustrophobic. As a bonus, they are usually the most inexpensive shower curtains you can buy. Wash or replace them regularly to keep away unsightly hard water stains. To find a good middle ground with the clear look, check out some of the new shower curtain styles that have an opaque block at the bottom and a clear strip on top. This style is especially great in a small bathroom without much light over the shower itself.
What shower curtain will help the room look bigger?
After clear, white and light colored shower curtains are the best way to expand the size of a bathroom. Opt for a white shower curtain liner, plus a white fabric or outer curtain mounted near the ceiling and hanging all the way to the floor. This will block out the space and make the room feel larger. If your bathroom is very small, we recommend you go for a solid color rather than a busy, patterned shower curtain. Too much color and pattern can make the room look cluttered, small, and uncomfortable.
How do I decide if I want more style out of my shower curtain?
If you want to punch up the look of the bathroom, there are many options available online for unique shower curtains that will add instant personality to your bathroom. You’ll be too busy checking out the shower curtain to notice how tiny the bathroom really is. Sites like Zazzle have hundreds if not thousands of templates plus the option to upload your own images to personalize your bathroom to your tastes.
Can I make a bland shower curtain look classy?
Yes! One often overlooked way of dressing up a bathroom is to get a new curtain rod and rings for your shower curtain. What could be sleeker than a white shower curtain with a matte black rod and rings? Or a navy shower curtain with oil rubbed bronze curtain rod and rings? There are so many possible combinations that would look great, and it can add instant sophistication for so little effort.
Do I really need both a curtain and a liner?
Although a curtain plus liner is the standard for a more upscale, refined look, it is getting easier to go without. Many combination curtain liners combine the waterproof layer with the design and style you typically would only see on a curtain. With this look, opt for a darker color to achieve a simple dramatic style. Save lighter color for other areas of the room.
What are some new trends to look out for?
This year, color blocking looks great in every room. Try a shower curtain with a white top and navy bottom. Or for a bolder look, find a shower curtain with orange and slate gray blocks. Black and off white is another color combo that is showing up everywhere this year. If color blocks are too dramatic for your decor, look for the same combos above (or whatever you like!) in an ombre or melt look to get a softer, more calming effect. Black and white patterned shower curtains are another look that we’re liking. Opt for something referencing your favorite artist, or a classic but contemporary pattern such as chevrons.
What are some classy, upscale styles for a shower curtain in a small bathroom?
Natural, organic unbleached fabric curtains are a great counterpoint to a bathroom that is otherwise sleek and modern. If your small bathroom leans rustic already, opt for a solid slate grey or matte black shower curtain to balance it.
Whether you go for a vinyl only or a vinyl and fabric combo for your shower curtain, remember that tidiness is key. Buy a shower curtain you like and spend a minute or two each morning tidying up after yourself in the bathroom and your bathroom will always look great and be ready for guests.