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Should you put artwork in a bathroom?

Written by Hallana Beck

We get it, bathrooms can be boring and the easiest way to spice up the most intimate space in your home is by hanging up a beautiful work of art. Whether it be a photograph, print, or poster, art can make your bathroom a comforting place to do your duty. However, bathrooms can also be a dangerous space for your art because of all the moisture and steam produced by showers and tubs. The last thing anyone wants to happen to their beautiful print or photograph is for it to become warped, faded, or even worse, moldy. So, in order to prevent the unthinkable from happening to you, let's go over some helpful tips on how to properly care for bathroom art.


don't hang originals

Limited edition prints, original paintings, one of a kind photographs, and relics from the past should not be placed above your toilets. Instead, we recommend displaying artworks that can easily be replaced, it's just not worth the risk.


Open a window

That is if you're lucky enough to have one in your bathroom. If not, don't fret! Just make sure to keep the door open when the room is not in use to let the air flow. We also suggest turning on the bathroom fan every so often to freshen up the air inside. If you don't have an air vent above your potty, that's okay too, try investing in a small portable fan instead.

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Choose a fitted frame

Mold can grow on just about any surface, especially paper-based materials which is unfortunate for art collectors. We can't control the material artists work on, but we can choose how we frame it! (for the most part)... Creating a sealed enclosure for frames will block steam from getting to your print. Although this is typically done by professionals, but is also possible to do at home. 


Avoid Wood

It's safe to say that just about everyone loves the look of wooden frames, they add a touch of elegance to any room. Sadly, bathrooms just aren't one of them since the humidity and changing temperatures from steamy showers cause wooden frames to expand and contract, damaging the seal, frame, and work of art. So, we highly suggest pairing your prints with metal or plastic frames.

All in all, as long as you keep the air flowing, choose the correct frame, and hang replaceable artworks, it is safe to hang artworks in your bathroom.



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