Is it OK to hang pictures in a bathroom?

Every room in your house can be beautifully decorated, including the bathroom. Create a focal point by hanging pictures over the bathtub, towel racks or toilet. Here are some tips to get you started:

Above The Tub

  • If you want your tub to be the centre of attention, hang one large piece above it.
  • Choose a soothing print that will help you relax when soaking.
  • Make sure to leave enough wall space between your artwork and tub to avoid any damage from splashing water.

Above The Towel Bar

  • Display one large piece or a combination of pieces that are at least 2/3 or equivalent to the towel bar’s width.
  • Center your artwork with the towel bar.
  • Placement is important. Don’t hang your art too close to the bar as it could get damaged every time you reach for a towel but don’t hang it so high that it’s floating on the wall.

Above The Toilet

  • Choose pieces as wide as the toilet tank to create balance between the two.
  • A tall vertical piece or a combination of pieces hung in a column will help fill the space.
  • Leave enough space between the back of the toilet and your art to display some accessories such as: tissues box, folded towels, a basket etc.
Humidity: Art’s Worst Enemy: Humidity from hot showers and baths can damage your artwork so choose pieces that can easily be replaced, or are moisture-proof, or are covered with glass.

Use the right hardware

  • Safety is key when hanging a piece with glass in the bathroom. Be sure it’s fastened securely to avoid an accident.
  • Alternatively, replace the glass in the frame with plexiglass which is more impact resistant.
  • Place Anchor Points on the bottom corners of your frame to keep it in place and straight.

Avoid damaging artwork with hairspray or perfume

  • Use caution when looking in the mirror and using hairspray or perfume. Artwork is often hung opposite the mirror and you don’t want to overspray and damage the art that’s behind you.

Liette's signatureLiette Tousignant
Co-Founder of Under The Roof Decorating

4 thoughts on “Is it OK to hang pictures in a bathroom?

  1. Debra havens

    Hi I love to to hang and place photos of my friend and family all over my house. The question I have I want to hang some pic in the bathroom but iam afraid they will be ruined by the moisture in the bathroo. We to have a fan. How can I do this with out my pictures getting ruined. Any help would be helpful. Thank you.

  2. Liette Post author

    Hi Debra – you can hang photos in a bathroom, just make sure you have copies of them, so if they were to get damaged by moisture they could be replaced. I’ve had photos inserted in ready-made frames hanging in my bathroom for years, and I’ve never had any warping or mildew issues. You could also consider hanging a pretty canvas instead of a picture frame if you’re worried about moisture damage. Canvases are affordable and safe on bathroom walls. I would not hang any expensive unique custom framed pieces in a small bathroom with poor ventilation, I’d display them in rooms of the house where there’s no moisture.

  3. Bobbi

    Do I centre a picture in the bathroom on the wall or do I put it on the wall or do I centre it with bathroom door open?

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