Bad Bathroom: Design Errors to Avoid
It seems hard to believe now that only a few decades have passed since you would have to trek outside to use the bathroom. But ever since bathrooms have moved indoors, their designs have become more and more sleek and elegant. Having said that, there are still plenty of mistakes out there that you want to avoid. Well, in this article, we are going to be focusing on the negatives as a way of inspiring you to make good decisions. Here we go…
Limited Budget for a Big Project
A good rule of thumb when you are designing a bathroom is to expect to be over-budget. The costs of any major work such as this can end up spiraling out of control, and while you want to keep a close eye on things, you still need to build in a contingency plan. After all, the last thing you need is to be left without a bathroom for an indefinite amount of time! You are better off holding off on the job until you have a sufficient amount saved in the bank to do it right.
Even if you only have a limited amount of space in your bathroom, you want to ensure that you make the most of it. Ideally, you will want to have your three essential items of a bath/shower, toilet and sink with enough space to be able to navigate between all three comfortably. If you have a little more room to work with, you can get a little more creative such as installing a large and small freestanding tub. Essentially, you are best off planning everything out carefully, so you are not left with major spacing issues.
Lack of Storage
You may not automatically think of the bathroom as a place that requires a great deal of storage, but it can be very annoying if you aren’t able to keep all your essentials in the room. So, add some cabinets and put up some shelves. Also, make good use of the walls for things like towel racks. Also, install some sturdy hooks for the backs of the doors so you can hang up your robes.
Going Overly Trendy
While it is never a bad thing to make your bathroom look modern, there is always the danger that you could be drawn into making it look too trendy. Make sure that you are completely happy with all your fixtures, materials and design palette. If you want to go for a style that is likely to last in the long-term, use neutral colors, classic styles and materials that are high-quality. Of course, you always have the option of getting a little more creative with your accessories as these are easier to change and update when you feel like it.
Choosing Bad Materials
With so much temperature and humidity change in the bathroom, you need to ensure that you choose the right materials when you are creating it. These kind of changes can be very tough on all manner of material including wood, textiles, paper and porous stone. The best way that you can preserve your bathroom in the long-run is by choosing materials that are specifically designed to go in there, rather than trying to save cash with a budget-friendly approach.
Lacking in Lighting
Not only can poor lighting conditions in the bathroom affect the look of the room, it can also be dangerous. After all, tiles are often slippery, and you may miss a big puddle of water on the floor. As well as having some good-quality overhead lighting, you should also go for some other options. A small one over the mirror is a good starting point, and you may also want some emerging from the floor.
There is a wide range of advantages directly linked to having good ventilation in the bathroom. The air in the bathroom tends to get very humid, and unless this is cleared regularly, it can end up rusting metal and leading to mold and mildew issues. There are plenty of ventilation options that you can take including installing multiple stations around the room or a central overhead fixture. Alternatively, add a bigger window to the room, which has the obvious advantage of inviting more natural light into the space as well.
These are just a few of the mistakes that you will want to avoid if you are thinking of redesigning your bathroom at any point in the near future.