Should Bedroom and Bathroom Decor Match?

When it’s time to redecorate your master bedroom and en-suite bathroom, there are a lot of questions that you will have to ask yourself. One such question is, “Should I match the color or theme of my bedroom to my bathroom?” In this brief post, I’ll explain how you can get to the answer to this question on your own.

Bedroom and bathroom decor should only match if you - the homeowner - want them too. You can choose entirely separate colors and themes if you prefer - it’s your house! Totally different approaches can still look splendid, but there is definitely something to be said for the cohesiveness of a unified theme.

Should Bedroom and Bathroom Decor Match?

If that is the route you choose, then there are many ways that you can achieve this look. The possibilities only end with your imagination. I know that “it’s up to you” isn’t exactly the greatest answer to this question. So, in the content below, I’ll illustrate to you how you can get a unified look through a variety of different means. You can match wall colors, decorative themes, accent colors and even minor decorations to make your bedroom and bathroom aesthetics match.


Should My Bedroom and Bathroom be Painted the Same Color?

Many people choose to make their bedroom and bathroom walls the same in color. This is, for sure, one of the easiest and surefire ways of making sure there is a matching theme. But in some cases, it isn’t always possible.

The wallpaper that you’ve used in your bedroom, for instance, isn’t practical for a bathroom due to the moisture and humidity that build up in bathrooms. But you can choose to paint the bathroom a complementary color.

As an example of this, consider the paint options that could match a simple, patterned wallpaper like this one:

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A blue or white paint shade is not only popular for bathrooms, but it would work seamlessly with this particular design – or any blue and white wallpaper.

In fact, nearly any shade of white could be used in a bathroom to complement a wallpapered bedroom if such a matter is a priority to you. White and off-white shades like eggshell are the go-to tones inside of homes for a reason: the versatility! Check out these examples from Instagram to see just how much white lends itself to a decorative eye.

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White walls with rustic theme bathroom

The white walls in this bathroom allow the rustic theme in the rest of the décor to really shine.

White walls with modern aesthetic bathroom

In this bathroom, white wall paint emphasizes the modern aesthetic of the room and provides a crisp, clean feeling.

Feminine bathroom with white walls and pink and gold accents

This ultra-feminine bathroom utilizes white walls that allow the golden accents to make a more dramatic impact.

See? White walls don’t have to make a bathroom plain, and they are certainly versatile if matching colors and themes are important to you across both the bed and bathroom. If you have wallpaper in your bedroom and aren’t keen on changing that, consider white walls while focusing on creating a cohesive theme through the use of accessories and décor.

How Can I Create a Unified Master Bedroom and Bathroom?

There are many ways to create a cohesive look between the bedroom and bathroom. Below I will explain some of the easiest ways to achieve this, as well as share some examples of what I mean.

Use Colorful Accessories to Create Unification

As an example, check out this bathroom design. As you can see, there is a yellow accent wall that can be styled around.

Bathroom with yellow walls and wooden accents

If you’ve chosen, as so many others do, to use a vivid shade to brighten up your bathroom, that doesn’t mean that you need to throw yellow onto the walls of your bedroom. To keep with the sunshine theme of this bathroom and reflect it in your bedroom, only a few small additions are necessary.

Color-matching throw pillows are a simple and effective way of tying the bedroom and bathroom together.

Since the bed is the centerpiece of the bedroom (obviously), it makes sense that a matching shade is especially effective in creating a theme in this way.

Keep the Light Fixtures Consistent

An eye-catching light fixture – whether it’s suspended on the wall or the ceiling – can make a powerful statement in a single room. When you use identical light fixtures between your bedroom and bathroom, this impact is shared between the two rooms and helps in tying them together. Here are a few examples of stunning lighting fixtures that can easily work in a bedroom and a bathroom.

Match Bedroom Furniture and Bathroom Cabinetry

If possible, consider making your bathroom cabinets match the furniture in your bedroom. No matter what decorations you have around these prominent fixtures, their cohesiveness will be obvious.

Reverse the Color Scheme

Your bedroom and bathroom don’t have to match in color, exactly. What you can do to create a unified design while keeping things a bit different is to reverse color schemes. Let’s say that your bathroom has dark tiles and blue walls. Your bedroom could then have the opposite – blue carpeting and dark walls. This practice breaks things up and keeps it interesting while remaining totally complimentary.

Hang Matching Wall Art

Hanging wall art is one of the easiest ways to inject your personality and style into any room. You don’t have to stick with identical pieces of wall art, either! If you get your hands on a beautiful set of prints that maintain the same color theme and subject matter, you can hang them in different locations. Consider these examples of wall art sets from Amazon for some inspiration.

If placed in a prominent location, even a single print can make a big impression.

Floral prints are rarely a bad addition to interior decorating. These prints are more muted in color and are very eye-catching (even individually).

So, What’s the Verdict?

Of course, nobody is forcing anybody to make their bedrooms match their bathrooms in any way. If this is an aesthetic choice that you don’t consider a priority, you can still create beautiful rooms in their own individual ways. But if you do want to have these two rooms run along the same color scheme or overall theme, you might be surprised at how simple it can be to accomplish this.

Through the use of careful color coordination and the infusion of the right elements and accessories, you can create any number of cohesive looks. Even subtle décor choices can lead to surprisingly effective results. If you apply the methods shown above, you can’t go wrong.

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