Think the Garden of Eden or the Roman Baths when you think bathroom decor. Your bathroom, guest bathroom, or powder room can be one of the most fun rooms in the house to decorate. Although, we take bathroom decor sets (like toilets, sinks and bathtubs) for granted, bathroom decor was not always the way it is today.
In the Middle Ages, baths were public places for socializing, celebrating, swimming gossip, etc. Kind of like modern day health clubs. However, when the plagues came, baths went out of fashion. ( Sound familiar?)
Don't tell your kids, but King Louis the XVI (1754-1793) is said to have had only two baths in his life, both leading to him getting sick. Luckily, there was a "bathing revolution" around the time of the French Revolution. In Paris in 1790, there were 150 baths but by 1800 there were 300. Neverthless, bathing and bathrooms weren't exactly de rigueur. An 1801 survey showed that among 66 mansions, only 21 had private bathrooms. Too bad, or as the French say, "tant pis." It would have been fun to see the bathroom decor at a place like Fountainbleu.
Queen Elizabeth Stuart, was the first to have a bathroom. The flush toilet was invented for her in 1596 but it was not until the end of the 19th century that the invention began to appear in non royal British homes. (Even today, the British are not known for their bathroom plumbing or their decorative batroom decor.)
Leave it to Benjamin Franklin to bring the basics of bathroom decor to the United States. He brought the first bathtub to America and used to write in the bathtub. Early to bed, early to rise. When did he get into the bathtub? It wasn't about having decorative bathroom accessories for him. It was more functional than that.
It was not until 1810 that the first 3 piece bathroom set arrived in America(toilet, tub and sink). And not until 1851 that The White House had a bathroom set, for which Millard Fillmore was widely criticized. Such spending excess! Imagine, a decorative bathroom set! What the tabloids would have done with that.
You don't have to be a President, a King or a decorator, or excessive, to have decorative bathroom decor. Afterall, most bathrooms are quite small compared to other rooms. That makes using unique bathroom decor a fun project you can tackle in a weekend. Our fabric shower curtains, tissue box covers, decorative paper hand towels, bathroom trash cans....make it easy to decorate your bathroom. Here is a shot of one of the bathrooms at Buckingham Palace to inspire your bathroom decorating ideas.