The 5 Bathroom Design Mistakes to Avoid
The bathroom is one of the most commonly renovated or remodeled rooms in the house. Though a massive overhaul is possible, even a few small changes can elevate this intimate area from a purely functional space to a gorgeous and inviting personal addition.
While it’s easy to become excited about all the possibilities when it comes to designing your bathroom, from fixtures to paint and beyond, it’s imperative that you avoid falling into a few commonplace pitfalls that many homeowners come across unexpectedly. Here are five of the most typical bathroom design mistakes to bypass when you tackle the toilet.
1. Insufficient Lighting
Your bathroom will likely have at least one window, but windows alone aren’t enough to provide an adequate amount of light in a bathroom. If you want it to feel spacious and comfortable, you’ll want to add some soft lighting over the sink and from the ceiling.
Without enough light, a bathroom appears dark, obviously, and a little unpleasant. Nobody wants to feel around for what they need in a dimly lit lavatory, but nor do they want harshly lit features glaring back at them in a mirror.
2. Relying on Windows Only For Ventilation
A crucial element of designing a bathroom is providing effective ventilation. Just as with the lighting, one small window isn’t enough, but many people believe it is. Airflow is essential, and where that air is flowing is also an important consideration. Even if you don’t have a duct system in place, think about how you’re going to provide ventilation, especially in a smaller bathroom. More than one window is nice, but if you can’t add any try installing an affordable and inconspicuous fan system.
3. A Cluttered Layout
The most beautiful bathroom in the world is ruined if the layout makes it impossible to use. Ensure there is plenty of space between each bathroom fixture, including toilets, sinks, showers, tubs, mirrors and cabinetry. Not only are you required to have a certain amount of area for permits, but you also need them for comfort. In tiny bathrooms, this might mean removing a tub in favour of a stand up shower.
Imagine how you’ll use the area on a daily basis, and keep in mind shower curtains, views of the toilet from outside and medicine cabinet doors. And don’t forget: Sometimes more than one person is in the bathroom at a time.
4. Doors That Won’t Fully Open
This is important for all bathrooms to consider, but even more so the tiny spaces with limited square footage. If your main door only partially opens thanks to a misplaced sink, you have a big problem. Know where all the doors open, from the entrance to the cabinetry, so they don’t bump into each other and cause annoying problems. Functionality extends beyond the layout alone. It also has to do with how the features inside the bathroom interact with you and the other features.
5. Not Enough Storage
A final necessary design feature is installing plenty of storage. Even minimalist bathrooms need space for the clutter that accumulates from daily use, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, hairbrushes and toilet paper. Consider adding built-ins if you want a streamlined look, or add vertical shelving to keep items off the ground. An efficient, functional and beautiful bathroom will have plenty of storage options, but they won’t be eyesores.
Any renovation is exciting, but as in all rooms in the house, a bathroom redesign requires plenty of advanced planning to come out right. Be careful to avoid these common mistakes when designing a new bathroom, whether you’re simply touching up the vanity or starting from scratch, and the end result will be as marvellous as you expect.
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