How to Place Art in Bathrooms

January 29 / 2021 by Kennedy Contemporary

At Kennedy Contemporary, we feel that every space can benefit from the presence of art - even a bathroom! Although it’s one of the most commonly used rooms in the house, bathrooms can be tricky when it comes to placing art. Here are a couple things to keep in mind when selecting art for your bathroom:

  1. How often is the space used? Is it the guest bathroom that rarely gets used? If it’s an adjacent space without a shower, you will have more flexibility in terms of selecting a medium, or type, or art. Spaces that aren’t consistently exposed to steam or water droplets can handle paintings on canvas or unframed works. The space should be large enough that you won’t accidentally bump into the painting while you’re trying to use the facilities, but as the environment remains mostly dry and less trafficked, you can take more liberties in selecting the type of work to display.

  2. Shower, steam, + heat. For the main bathrooms of the house that receive frequent visits and are exposed to fluctuating temperatures, framed artworks are more appropriate and durable for the long term. A limited edition print or photograph when placed behind glass will last a lot longer in a bathroom rather than a painting on canvas (which is more susceptible to mold or mildew, or warping of the stretcher bars). Or, instead of framed artworks, perhaps choose a ceramic, glass, or porcelain wall sculptures, which are surprisingly durable and can easily weather the temperature fluctuations for many years to come.

  3. Where to hang? Consider the space itself - is the artwork right next to the towel rack where it’s certain to get rogue droplets of water? Is it above the bathtub? Even framed prints under glass will need to be cleaned if they’re placed in spots that are close to sources of water. Keeping this in mind, place artworks on bathroom walls that are far from water.

Most artworks are fairly durable, but ensuring their safekeeping will protect them for the next generation. Questions, or comments? We would love to hear from you! Email us at or follow us on Instagram for more helpful tips and information.