When you think of school bathrooms, what comes to mind? (This song maybe?) They’re probably not the most beautiful place in your school, yet most students visit them every single day. These days, though, schools are thinking differently. They’re taking their restrooms back and turning them into havens of inspiration, motivation, and peace. Here are some of the best makeovers we’ve seen.
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1. Remind them of the most important bathroom rule of all
Let’s face it: this message is more important than ever these days. This idea from Student PSEA is easy to replicate in your own school bathrooms, especially if you use a pre-cut vinyl decal for the lettering.
2. Let the sun shine
This middle school’s bathrooms each have their own social-emotional learning theme. See more of their inspiring murals at Today’s Woman.
3. Take a trip over the rainbow
Families love to get involved in adding color and happiness to school bathrooms. Visit Be Here By Design on Instagram to see more murals by these awesome parents.
4. Tap your teacher talent pool
Don’t be surprised if your art teacher isn’t the only one with creative skills. Take a look at what the teachers of Wall Intermediate School accomplished.
5. Seriously, teachers are so talented
The restrooms at Hightower Elementary School in Doraville, Georgia, were painted by a staff member, and they go a long way in brightening up an otherwise plain space.
6. Use bulletin board sets
No one says you have to paint the walls. Add colorful posters or decorations meant for bulletin boards like Stratford School did.
7. Hire a local artist
Cierra Lynnis is the artist behind this gorgeous bathroom. She says she’s available to travel, principals. Learn more from her Instagram post.
8. Encourage them to be-YOU-tiful
This simple message is so much more important than a wall of mirrors over the sink, don’t you think? Credit goes to Abbie Swiatnicki on Pinterest.
9. Use decals designed for stall doors
This idea started with an artist who volunteered her time to paint positive messages in school bathrooms. She created a set of decals that can be added to stall doors, and the demand was so high she’s created dozens more. Find them all in her Etsy shop.
10. Make it pretty
Those shimmery dots! Somehow they just make everything feel a little more elegant… even school bathrooms. See the rest of the stall decorations from Mandy Hipshire on Twitter.
11. Add giant flowers
Wendy Mullins uses enormous colorful flowers to decorate school bathrooms. It’s her way of giving back to the schools her kids attend.
12. The more color, the better
These bright and playful restrooms at Priceville Elementary School in Decatur, Alabama, are enough to make any kid’s day. Circle decals, inspiring words, and bright colors! We agree with Shelly Hollis, who tweeted, “This bathroom at Priceville El makes me smile!”
13. Always choose to be kind
This message is timeless. That’s why Pleasant Hill Art Center features it on their bathroom wall.
14. Transform the mirrors
What do kids see when they look in the mirror? At Shenandoah Elementary, they see leaders!
15. Take inspiration from what you’ve got
At Bonnieville Elementary in Hart County, Kentucky, teachers and volunteers are working hard to create a fun and inspiring design for the students and staff, beginning with the bathrooms. They used the natural design of the bathroom, which led to a great racetrack!
16. Motivate kids with superheroes
This is just one of the terrific ideas we found on the Finley Inspiration Walls Pinterest board. Want to give it a try, but not up to painting? You can find really affordable superhero decals and sayings on Amazon.
17. Rock on with a music motif
Here’s another cool school bathroom idea from the Finley Inspiration Walls Pinterest board. This would be a cool design for a bathroom next to the music room or auditorium.
18. A sports theme is always a winner
One more from the Finley Inspiration Walls Pinterest board , this time featuring sports. Try this one in locker rooms or restrooms near the gymnasium.
19. Design kid-friendly bathrooms from the ground up
This London school was designed to make kids feel happy, safe, and secure. Check out more photos of Rosemary Works School here.
20. Simple solutions are inspiring too
No time or money for murals or decals? Sticky notes to the rescue! The Middle School Counselor adds these positive notes to bathroom mirrors and encourages kids to take one if they need it. (Pro tip: It’s really easy to print on sticky notes. Learn how here.)
21. Feature the pineapple metaphor
Fayetteville Academy did a bathroom makeover a few years ago, and the murals went viral. The pineapple metaphor is one of our favorites.
22. Post motivational messages
For many kids, the words matter more than the design. This school painted a series of motivational quotes in their bathrooms; see more of them here.
23. Create a positive culture
This middle school in Texas had big goals for their bathroom makeover. “The school hopes the uplifting messages create a space of support and love for middle schoolers who may be struggling or feeling alone,” says USA Today.
24. Get students involved
At this Las Vegas school, it was the students who spearheaded the bathroom makeovers. See more of their awesome work here.
25. Really, really make sure they wash their hands
They’re probably tired of hearing it, but the message is vital. This wall was created by Custom Murals for Pentland Primary School in the UK, and we love the details.
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