Pop Art Style Bathroom Brings Art in Your Life

Sep 16th

One of the most instantly recognizable styles of modern art is that of Pop Art, which dates back to the 1950s and counts Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein among its best-known artists and painters. Bright, bold colors and stylized yet recognizable objects and personalities from popular culture are the characteristics of the Pop Art aesthetic, and as it’s such a fun and easy style to imitate especially when you want to create Pop Art style bathroom.

pop art tile designs in bathroom
pop art tile designs in bathroom

Almost everybody has seen Warhol’s famous repeated Campbell’s soup can and Marilyn Monroe paintings, and although we’re not suggesting that you paint enormous tins of soup all over your bathroom walls, there are many ways in which you can be inspired by Warhol’s works.

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You can start your Pop Art decoration in your bathroom by painting Warhol’s favorite colors there. His favorite colors included bright yellow, aqua blue, cerise pink and orange, among many others. One way in which you can introduce Warhol’s style into your bathroom is in the form of square wall tiles in the Pop Art palette in just one area of the bathroom – perhaps above the sink, or bordering the bath. Against plain white walls, those colors will really make an impact.

Here are some steps you can do to get a perfect Pop Art style bathroom:

  • Shop for a large Andy Warhol print to hang in your bathroom and set the color palette in your 1960s bathroom. The print “Cow Wallpaper” from 1966 is a good choice because the colors are relevant to color choices of the 60s.
  • Frame and hang the print on a bare wall in the room. Opposite the commode and away from the shower is a protected space for artwork.
  • Wall paper the opposite wall with retro pink wallpaper. Wallpaper in the 1960s featured grass-like textures and graphic designs. Choose a paper with texture but not a lot of decoration that would clash with your artwork. Paper only the wall behind the mirror, sink and toilet.
  • Hang ceramic towel holders in the room. Bathrooms in the 1960s were highly tiled and fixtures were often also ceramic.
  • Lay a large, shag area rug in the bathroom in pink or yellow to match the poster. Bathrooms in the 1960s were often wall-to-wall carpeted but this will give you the look while still allowing you to wash the rug easily.
  • Purchase plastic toothbrush holders, soap dishes, tissue dispenser and drinking cups. Choose either plain, solid colors or look for those with large geometric designs. Hang fluffy yellow towels on the towel racks to compliment the colors in the Andy Warhol print.
  • Place a large ceramic or metal ashtray on the vanity. Since smoking was very popular in the 1960s, an ashtray in the bathroom was commonplace.
  • Use a plastic shower curtain in the room, choosing one with a pop art theme or large, simple geometric designs.
  • Line an open shelf unit with vintage product bottles and containers. Include some hair rollers and a flowered shower cap to add interest to the display.
  • Complete the space by placing some vintage catalogs and magazines from the 1960s in a rack next to the commode.

When you focus on the Pop Art style bathroom as movement in the 1960s you not only select an aesthetically pleasing theme but one that can also provide commentary about the decade.