Avoid These Mistakes In Bathroom Design

Sunday, March 04, 2018

A spacious, well-organized bathroom is truly life-changing.

A great bathroom should, of course, be visually pleasing, but most importantly, it should serve its purpose well: adequate storage for everything from bath products to towels, lighting that serves the tasks performed in a bathroom, and finishes that are resistant to humid environments. Avoids these errors.

Neglecting Storage: Every single designer agreed on one major mistake: not having enough storage.

“You absolutely need as much storage as possible to ensure that your bathroom stays the most functional and uncluttered space,” said interior designer Tali Roth. “Medicine cabinets, although often harder to find attractive ones, are so, so useful for storing all those small items for everyday use. If you’re building from scratch, explore recessed wall cabinets and recessed shower shelves.”

The designers at Studio Life.Style suggested focusing on the vanity: “Make sure to either custom make or purchase a vanity that has plenty of storage to hold things like your hair dryer and makeup.”

Laguna Beach, Calif.-based designer Ohara Davies-Gaetano insisted on the importance of towel storage: “Make sure that you have allocated space to keep fresh towels. I always suggest having a few robe hooks placed around the bathroom instead of towel bars — this allows you to have a place to dry multiple towels or robes.”

The designers at Massucco Warner Miller suggested getting creative with storage solutions: “Even if you don’t have room for a vanity with serious storage, it doesn’t mean you can’t sneak in some extra space elsewhere with a vintage apothecary cabinet, a train rack, or even recessed medicine cabinets for keeping toiletries out of sight.

Overlooking Lighting: The other main bathroom design offender: lighting.

“There’s nothing worse than a poorly lit bathroom,” said Roth. “People often forget that they need multiple light sources and end up with a single dull sconce. Try to incorporate both decorative and task lighting.”

Davies-Gaetano agrees: “So often the importance of lighting is overlooked when designing a bathroom,” she said. “It’s always preferred to make sure that a bathroom has a good source of natural light as well as strategically placed overhead and vanity light. If your bathroom suffers from poor lighting, add a table lamp, floor lamp, or chandelier.”

For the designers at Massucco Warner Miller, the importance is to install lighting that suits your needs: “Think through the lighting to make sure it suits your needs. If you love applying meticulous makeup, it’s helpful to add sconces or even a chic lit magnifying mirror. Or if you favor soothing baths, dimmable ceiling lights to create a relaxing mood would be a great choice.”

Choosing Too Many Finishes: Roth pointed out how messy designs can become when going crazy with finishes and patterns: “My theory is that in most circumstances, more than two finishes in a bathroom can look odd. Try to flow the materials in a digestible way — keep all the floor materials the same and change up the walls. If you want a statement pattern or color, use it on the floors or tile the inside of a recessed shelf instead of putting it everywhere.”

Planning Electrical Too Late: For New York-based designer Jane Abercrombie, the single biggest mistake when designing a bathroom is to plan the electrical components too late. “Remember, electrical planning needs to be done very early in the process,” she said. “For example, a hardwired makeup mirror is great mounted on the wall, but you need to remember this in the early phase. It’s so wonderful to have outlets in drawers — for hair dryers and straightening irons so they can be tucked away quickly and neatly. If you forget to do this, you can have someone cut a grommet hole in the drawer and use an extension cord from the wall outlet. This is a game changer!”

Choosing Slippery Tiles: “A common mistake is using cool, decorative tile on their bathroom floors that aren’t made for getting wet, which can make it really easy to slip on,” explained the designers at Studio Life.Style. “This can be fixed by either making the flooring slip-resistant which can be done with treatments, or making sure that the tile you choose is suitable for bathrooms.”

Forgetting Personality: “People forget that bathrooms can have personality just like any other room in your house,” the designers at Massucco Warner Miller told us. The fix: “Add a fun and unexpected light fixture, chic art, or even wallpaper! Bathrooms are typically smaller spaces, so it doesn’t take much to really spice them up and make them cohesive with the decor of the rest of the house.”

Not Considering Humidity: Lastly, the designers at Studio Life.Style warned against the use of wallpaper: “We can all agree that adding wallpaper to any bathroom can immediately warm up a space. We love using wallpaper in all the bathrooms we design, but the biggest thing we always keep in mind is that the wallpaper needs to either be made for bathrooms (like a vinyl, for example), or the backsplash needs to be high enough so that the wallpaper won’t get damaged.”