Vivid colors bring the same life and joy to the bathroom as the children do. Photo Credit: carabou
When it comes to children, especially boys, it’s fair to say that the only truly kid-friendly bathroom is one that cleans itself after everyone goes to bed at night. Perhaps that’s really just a parent-friendly kids’ bathroom, though. Luckily, there are several easy things you can do to make a bathroom fun and interesting for the kids.
The first thing to take into consideration is the ages and interests of the children who will be using the room. Also think about how long they’re going to be “into” any certain theme before you splash it across your bathroom walls. A shower curtain is easily replaced, but you may not want to have to repaint and stencil every three years as your child waxes and wanes through faddish phases.
Before deciding on the details, begin with color choices. Children tend to like vivid colors better than pastels or the neutral tones that adults lean toward. Whatever hues you go with, try to keep in mind that you’ll want something that can hide a bit of filth and that can be pleasing to your child as he or she gets older. Also, make sure that you get a scrubbable paint, else you’ll be endlessly making touch-ups.
When choosing items like the toilet, vanity cabinet, and tub and shower features, take into account the height of your child. For example, it can be very frustrating for a toddler to use a bathroom where they can’t reach the faucets, soap dishes, and medicine cabinet as well as having a toilet that’s difficult to get on and off. A well-placed stool can alleviate a lot of height issues, but it’s not something you’ll want a slippery kid to try to balance on after taking a bath.
It’s a good idea to finish the bathroom with fun, colorful and inviting things that your child will enjoy. The more enjoyable the bathroom is, the easier it will be to get your child to want to bathe, brush their teeth, and take care of their hygiene without a fuss. Get your child’s input and together pick out some whimsical items like a playful shower curtain and bath mat, a sink side accessory set, and some kid-friendly towels and washcloths.
While you may have to swap out the theme of the room every so often as your child finds new interests, bear in mind that if you keep their bathroom up to their expectations, they’ll stay out of yours!
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