Both beautiful and mysterious, mermaids captivate the imagination of young and old alike. A mermaid theme can be used in any type of bathroom, from kids' bathrooms to master bathrooms and guest bathrooms. It's all in the type of décor you use, as mermaids are portrayed in many ways.
Kids' Bathroom Ideas
You'll find a plethora of cartoon style mermaids for a kids' bathroom. Start with bold, bright color on the walls such as:
- Seafoam green
Disney's "The Little Mermaid" is a popular theme for both bedroom and bathroom décor. You can find Ariel the mermaid on shower curtains, bath towels, light switch covers, wall decals and soap dispensers.
- eBay is a good resource for "The Little Mermaid" bath accessories.
- Find "The Little Mermaid" wallpaper borders, decals and nightlights at Wallpaper Inc.
Other Mermaid Décor for Kids
If you prefer something a little more unique than licensed merchandise for a child's mermaid themed bathroom, think handmade décor or folk art. You can find this type of décor online or create your own. Ideas include:
- Framed wall art
- Wood or metal wall plaques
- Ceramic figurines
- Fabric towel appliques
- Stained glass wall or window hangings
Hang ocean themed wall art or colorful fish wall decals for an under the sea feel. Fill goldfish bowls with assorted seashells.
Find handmade mermaid themed décor at Etsy.
DIY Mermaid Decor
Look for images of mermaids online and print out the ones you like. Mat and frame these pictures for bathroom wall art. Embellish the frames by gluing seashells to them.
With mermaid fabric, you can personalize and embellish bath and hand towels with letters or fabric strips sewn along the bottom edge. Mermaid fabric can also be made into framed art or tapestry style wall hangings by sewing a simple fabric casing along the top edge on the back.
Find over 700 mermaid themed fabric patterns at Spoonflower.
Visit Paint Your Own Pottery to find a pottery painting studio in your community where you can take your kids and create mermaid or ocean themed décor for their bathroom. Display the finished pieces on a high bathroom shelf, safely out of reach.
Master or Guest Bathroom Mermaid Décor
A mermaid theme in an adult bathroom has a much more sophisticated feel. Stick with an ocean or beach inspired color scheme on walls, cabinets and bath linens with hues of:
- Blue and green in varying shades
- Brown and tan
Hang framed mermaid art prints or look for picture or mirror frames featuring mermaids. Another clever idea involves the use of fish scale tiles on the wall. You may only want to fill in a partial section of the wall, as these tiles can be difficult to find. Try the following resources:
If you are an ambitious, do-it-yourself type decorator, you can try making your own fish scale tiles like designer Kara Paslay did when she couldn't find any of these tiles to purchase for a client's home bar backsplash. This is a great way to dial in the colors you want when you paint and glaze them. A mix of blue, turquois and green tiles would look stunning. Take a look at her tutorial at Kara Paslay Designs.
Vintage Mermaid Accents
Artistic and vintage style mermaids make classy and interesting bathroom décor. See how many compliments you'll get when you hang an Art Deco style fabric shower curtain featuring a seductive, deep sea siren. These curtains are printed on demand when they're ordered at Café Press.
Art Nouveau style mermaids made out of cast iron, pewter, resin and copper make elegant bathroom accents. You can find these mermaids fashioned into:
- Wall hooks
- Soap dishes
- Toilet handles
- Trinket boxes
- Candle holders
An Art Nouveau style mermaid accent lamp placed on bathroom shelving or in a wall alcove adds an unexpected touch of sophistication.
Find these vintage mermaid accents at The Mermaid Cove.
Ocean Themed Accessories
The key to keeping a mermaid themed bathroom classy is to choose your mermaid décor selectively and complement it with ocean themed accessories.
Sea shells and starfish make perfect display items in baskets, glass jars, vases or simply placed along wall ledges. Keep a small soap dish, basket or container filled with shell shaped hand soaps near the sink.
Wallpaper and borders featuring coral, seashells, fish and seaweed complement a mermaid theme. Consider stenciling designs like these on cabinet doors.
Find ocean and seashell inspired décor at Home By The Seashore.
Natural lighting keeps a light, airy feel to the room, adding to a beach-like atmosphere. Consider installing a skylight, as lighting from above will add to an underwater feel, especially if diffused with a blue light filtering shade.