AN INTERIOR designer has revealed the eight common mistakes he sees people make when it comes to decorating their bathrooms.
Nick, who is from the US, shared a video on YouTube where he can be seen not only discussing the problems, but sharing how to fix them.
So if you’re hoping to design your perfect bathroom, then look no further…
CONSIDER A FLOATING TOILET AND VANITY UNITY
Nick says that not considering a floating vanity or toilet is a big mistake people make.
“They can be a really great option for a lot of people because they’re easier to clean, super easy to clean underneath so often there’s hygienic benefits there and it’s just a really nice, clean contemporary design…” he explains.
“There are floating toilets and really great modern toilets that you may want to consider that may fit your design style a little better.”
He adds: “Also this is just personal, but I really don’t care for the worm toilet…I don’t really like that on the side of a toilet.”
The interior design also notes how people often have just one light in the centre of the room and make the mistake of not adding any additional lighting.
“I love wall sconces in the bathroom – I think it’s a really great way to add some symmetry,” he says.
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“If you have a larger vanity you can put two different wall sconces for a bit of a grander look, or one simple wall sconce above your mirror.”
Nick goes on to share some of the other things he believes homeowners should consider.
“Of course, you know I’m a big fan of recess lighting scrips,” he continues. “So feel free to put that in behind the mirror in your bathroom.”
“And it can really be elegant and beautiful, underneath your vanity – especially if you’ve got a floating vanity – that’s another great way how you add a bit of a subtle glow.”
It’s also super classy which I love.”
The interior designer adds: “If you’re really grand and have the space for it you can also get away with a pendant or chandelier over the top of the bathtub.”
Nick goes on to identify themed rooms as a major bathroom mistake – specifically referencing beach-themes which he often comes across.
“I’m not talking about a design style or a cookie colour palette – that’s all great if it’s integrated into the rest of your home, I’m all about that…” he explains.
“I’m specifically talking about the beach theme which I feel so many people have in their bathroom.”
“It shouldn’t really feel like you’re walking into a completely separate space in your home.”
He adds: “When you take it a little bit over the top you’re moving beyond design style and the art of subtlety and you’re starting to move into a kitschy theme.”
“I don’t think that’s what you’re trying to do but that’s how it reads.”
VINYL SHOWER CURTAIN
Nick says gross vinyl shower curtains which have been kept for way longer than they should be are also among the offending mistakes he sees on a regular basis.
“If you have a brown line on your shower curtain it’s time to get a new one,” he quips.
“If you’re going for a plastic shower curtain that’s obviously a waterproof material, but there are more natural looking shower curtains that make a little bit more sense and are just a little bit more chic than going for some plastic curtain with maybe a giant Tucan or jungle theme on it.”
OVERLOOKING GROUT COLOUR
The designer highlights one particularly area that people often overlook – and that’s grout.
“Grout is really important and there’s actually a lot more grout when you look at these patterned tiles than you realise,” he says.
It’s actually a huge deal to look at what grout is going to be selected versus the tile that you place in your bathroom.”
Nick goes on to offer his expert advice on choosing the right grout colour for your bathroom.
He advises opting for a grout that matches closely with the tiles if you’re after a subtle grout that blends in, but recommends choosing something opposite if you want a pop of colour to make the tiles stand out.
And when it comes to carpet in the bathroom, that’s a big no-no, according to Nick.
“It’s a hygiene thing, there’s splash-back – don’t do carpet,” he says.
He also urges homeowners to ditch the “fuzzy things” that he sometimes sees placed firmly on top of the toilet lid.
“If you can pick up whatever it is and you can put it in the washing machine, then great, but if it requires equipment to clean, don’t put it in the bathroom,” he urges.
“It’s not made for the bathroom – don’t do it.”
INSTALLING BARN DOORS
Nick jokes that his strong dislike for barn doors is very well-documented.
But for those who don’t know, he explains: “I particularly hate barn doors on a bathroom…
With bathrooms, there are sounds and smells that a barn door isn’t going to help you with.”
The barn door in the bathroom is just not a good idea…let’s just try to keep things classy but let’s just say there are other doors that are better suited for a bathroom.”
NOT ENOUGH STORAGE
Nick also explains that there’s so much going on in the bathroom, it’s essential to have somewhere to store everything from your towels to your toiletries.
“One of the things that I love that a lot of people don’t take into account is a medicine cabinet….they’re really underrated – especially if you can get one of those ones that are inserted into the wall,” he says.
“That’s a really great thing because you’re hiding your storage behind the mirror…”
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