9 Ways to Decorate Your Bathroom Counter

A poorly decorated counter can make a room feel empty. And yet, you shouldn't waste precious countertop space. Are you decorating your bathroom correctly?

You had a long day at work, and after making sure the kids are fed and ready for bed, it’s time for you to unwind. 

Maybe it’s a quick shower and then watching TV, or perhaps it’s a glass of wine and a bubble bath. Either way, having a clean and organized bathroom counter will help you unwind and relax before bed. 

It’s important to have a clutter-free space that allows you to get clean and ready for bed, and of course, that also comes in handy in the morning when you’re making sure everyone is ready for their day and on time. 

Your bathroom is likely the first place you go in the morning and the last place you go before laying down at night. Keeping it fresh and stylish will help you stay organized and stress-free! 

Here are some ways to freshen up and functionally organize your space without it feeling sterile or boring. 

9 Bathroom Counter Decor Ideas 

1. Use Glass Jars 

Since this is typically an area with limited space, it’s important to have organizational strategies in place. Using glass jars is one of the best ways to have everything you need within arm’s reach and still look great. 

These jars can hold your Q-tips, cotton balls, and dental picks. You can decide what your needs are and what you use most, and instead of shoving them under the cabinet, store them on the counter in the glass jars. 

The jars put a modern twist on storage, and it adds to the functionality of your space. It’s also a great way to remember when you’re running low on supplies because you can see how much you have left of your products. 

cotton balls and q tips in glass jars

2. Utilize Counter Trays 

If you share this space with a significant other or if you want to keep certain items grouped together, consider using a counter tray. 

These trays are easy to find and can be used to match the style of the rest of your house. Use a rustic metal tray for a farmhouse or industrial-style home, or use a modern wooden tray for a mid-century modern or French-inspired home. 

The trays allow you to group items like a plant, a candle, and a soap dish, and it makes it very easy to clear off the countertop if you need additional space. 

bathroom counter tray with glass containers and candles

3. Add Fresh Greens and Flowers 

A great way to make this space feel welcoming and relaxing is by adding fresh flowers or plants. 

It’s an inexpensive way to add warmth and color to this area without adding unnecessary clutter. Certain plants like a spider plant would look great on the bathroom counter, and it’s easy to maintain! 

You can use a custom vase or even a glass jar with a small plant to save functional space. 

Many plants will thrive in this bathroom environment and help you unwind after a long day without needing a ton of attention. 

minimalist type bathroom with a white ceramic sink and black hardware

4. Make it Personal 

Let’s face it, some days are tougher than others to get up and get moving. Some days, you need a small reminder of why you’re working hard and getting up early. 

Adding a family photo or special memorabilia is a great way to give you that extra boost of motivation in the morning. 

You’ll see it when you get up to wash your face or brush your teeth, and on a hectic morning, it just might be the one thing that motivates you to keep working hard. 

If you don’t have room for a photo, you can customize other accessories that washcloths and hand towels with a monogram. 

a large bathroom with a bathtub that is painted red

5. Use Organizers 

If you’re really tight on space, using counter organizers can be a great addition. 

When you’re sharing a vanity with your spouse, it can feel cramped and cluttered quickly. There are tons of different organizers that look elegant and help keep your space clutter-free. 

Even if you don’t like the look of organizers, you can keep them just under the vanity in the cabinets; that way, it’s still accessible but keeps makeup or hair products out of sight. 

You could even make this work to your advantage from a decorative standpoint by using organizers or drawers that match your style. 

Use wicker pull-out drawers for a coastal or farmhouse-style home or rustic metal drawers and shelving for a modern or industrial home. 

makeup brushes in a small storage organizer

6. Add Candles 

Certainly, a fantastic way to make this space feel intimate and allow you to feel like you’re at a spa is by using candles. 

Find a relaxing scent like lavender that will help put all the stress of the day behind you and allow you to relax before bed or as you start your day. 

They’re inexpensive and come in any color or size you can imagine, leaving plenty of room for customization. 

Adding a candle to your space is the perfect way to create a retreat within your own home, kick off your shoes, let down your hair, and relax. 

tinted clear glass bottles for hand soap and candles

7. Find Organic Soaps 

A great way to update this space, have a beautiful aroma as soon as you walk in, and utilize adorable counter decor is with organic soaps. 

They look great, usually coming in various colors that fit your style or preference, and they smell wonderful. 

You can turn your bathroom into a spa retreat by using organic soap and allowing them to awaken your sense of smell. 

They’re usually inexpensive and come from small or local business owners, which means you’ll be giving back to your community when you purchase them! 

gold faucet and a wooden soap holder white ceramic

8. Custom Soap Dispenser

If you prefer liquid soap over a block of soap, you still have an amazing opportunity to turn that into a beautiful decorative point. 

Using a custom or unique soap dispenser is a great way to upgrade your space without taking up any unnecessary space. You’d have a soap dispenser there anyway, so you might as well ditch the plastic bottle and splurge for a unique option. 

Depending on your personal preference, you can incorporate your style in this detail, using a rustic, wooden, or jeweled dispenser.  

There are many options, and it allows you to have a fun and decorative twist on a much-needed and functional item.  

tinted glass bottles as soap dispensers and cotton holders bathroom

9. Upgrade the Fixtures 

If you need every bit of countertop for functional purposes, you may not have a lot of space for various decor. 

You can, however, upgrade the fixtures to draw your eyes and attention to them and enhance your space. 

It saves functional room to work with and gives your space an elegant and personal touch. 

white bathroom with large mirror, blue cabinetries and gold facet
Jessica Childres
Jessica Childres is a Georgia native and former teacher. She loves to share her skills, knowledge and passion with others. She has an ongoing interest in real estate, home decorating, and design.
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