Skulls Bathroom Decor

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Skulls Bathroom Decor
Skulls in your bathroom need not be dark and mysterious. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

If you want to add an unexpected twist to your bathroom decor, a skull theme is an eye-catching option. Though skulls may be a motif you only associate with Halloween, a range of differently themed skulls can help you create a design that suits your personal taste and style. From subtle inclusions to dramatic skull wall decor, a skull bathroom theme can be a dark or playful option for your design.

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General Design

Choosing the appropriate ways to incorporate skulls into your bathroom decor is the difference between a bathroom that is well-designed and a bathroom that is visually overwhelming or distracting. Instead of plastering your walls with a skull mural, consider your bathroom fixtures and accessories as opportunities for subtle skull inclusions. Choose skull-themed hardware for shower curtain hooks, drawer pulls and door knobs, for examples. Linens with a subtle skull border around one edge are understated but theme-appropriate. Skull detailing on items like toothbrush holders and soap dispensers adds cohesion to your bathroom design.

Southwestern Skulls

If your tastes include a preference for Southwestern design, animal skulls are an appropriate option for your bathroom decor. Southwester decor is characterised by bright, sunny colours, exposed wood and woven fabrics, so include such elements to serve as a backdrop for your skull theme. Both imitation and authentic steer, longhorn and buffalo skulls are distinctive additions to your wall decor. Consider mounting an animal skull over your medicine cabinet or toilet to create a visual focal point on your wall. If bleached skulls are too morbid for your taste, invest in a hand-painted longhorn skull. Instead of a traditional towel rack, opt for a set of mounted longhorns. When choosing linens, look for trim details with Southwestern skulls in colours like rust, sand and orange.

Gothic Skulls

Gothic skulls are the most literal interpretation of a skull theme, and they are suitable for bathrooms decorated in rich burgundy reds with dark wood detailing to create a romantic, dramatic space. Instead of traditional bathroom lighting, consider dark metal sconces with carved skull designs that create low ambient lighting for long baths. Set toothbrushes or hand soaps in clear glass skull holders and opt for glass or crystal skull drawer pulls for an elegant, classy touch. Built-in shower shelving provides space for skull-themed candle holders that both incorporate the skull theme and contribute to a romantic, Gothic atmosphere.

Kids' Bathroom

A children's bathroom provides more opportunity to playfully incorporate kid-friendly skulls into the design. A pirate theme based around the skull-and-crossbones design is distinctive and child-appropriate. A jet black shower curtain with a bright white skull and crossbones quickly establishes the decor scheme. Instead of traditional curtains, alter a pirate flag to serve as a panel drapery. Apply adhesive skull wall decals along the top of the walls as a decorative bathroom border. When choosing skull-themed toothbrush holders or drawer pulls, look for skulls adorned with eye patches or bandannas to complement the pirate theme.

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