Working in the bathroom industry I’ve obviously seen a lot of badly designed bathrooms in the past. We get a lot of customers who have moved into a new home and want to renovate the hideous bathroom design that the previous tenants had installed, and there seems to be no end to the strange and frankly baffling bathroom designs out there. My last house had a bright pink bathroom when we first moved in, which looked completely out of place in comparison to the rest of the house (although some of the carpets looked like they were straight out of the 1970’s too) and we soon ripped it all out for some nice white fixtures. I’ve seen bad bathroom designs in the homes of people I’ve been visiting too, although I’m far too polite to say anything.
So, in this post I aim to educate people on a few bathroom no-no’s that you absolutely mustn’t do if you want a bathroom design that’s going to stand the test of time and not have your guests wondering if you hired the Mad Hatter as an interior designer.
Bathroom Carpet is a No-Go
If you only do one thing in this article then steering well clear of carpet in the bathroom is advice that you would do well to follow. For starters, bathroom carpet just looks unnatural and – in 95% of cases – it’s pretty hideous. Yes, you may enjoy the feel of the soft carpet when you’re brushing your teeth but is it really worth butchering your bathroom design just so your feet can feel a little warmer for a few minutes? If you want to keep your feet warm on laminated or tiled floors then consider underfloor heating instead.
The second reason you shouldn’t have bathroom carpet, and probably even more important than ruining a bathrooms design, is that carpet harbours moisture. Obviously there’s a great deal of moisture in a bathroom, and when it gets into the carpet it can retain this moisture and ultimately lead to a growth of mould and mildew. We’ve all got the bathroom floor a little wet from time to time, so consider what effect that will have on the carpet while also remember that the steam given off by things such as a hot shower will also be sucked into the carpet.
If you already have carpet in your bathroom, or still want to go for it despite what you’ve read here, have a look at this article on how to look after carpet in the bathroom.
Avoid the Quick and Cheap Route
When it comes to getting your bathroom installed a professional who’s going to get the job done properly is definitely the way to go. It’s tempting to get your mate Dave in who says he knows a bit about fitting bathrooms but isn’t a qualified fitter, and while this may save you money you can’t rely on something not going wrong in a couple of months. Spend a bit more money and get in a qualified fitter, who will make sure to waterproof everything and make sure a small leak isn’t going to cause a massive problem over time.
It depends on your personal preferences, but it’s generally accepted that bathroom suites look the best when they remain white. That red toilet may look stylish to you when you see it on a website, but are you really going to love it once it’s installed and the rest of your bathroom has been completed? Keep it white and stylish. When I talk about colours I only mean the bathroom suite; you can introduce colours on walls, floors and bathroom accessories as long as they complement each other. The trick to introducing colours is to not make it look like a clowns makeup bag has just exploded in your bathroom.
Clutter in the bathroom just ruins the ambience that you’re attempting to go for, a clean bathroom with everything hidden away will be far more relaxing than one with a thousand shampoo bottles piled up at the bottom of the bath. Invest in vanity units with cupboards, or wall cabinets complete with a stylish mirror to give your bathroom a bit of extra storage space to hide those toiletries away. You could even try introducing novel ideas such as small wicker baskets.
For some more ideas on reducing clutter, read our article on creating a minimalist bathroom.
While there are wallpapers available now that can withstand humidity I still feel like wallpaper doesn’t have much of a place in the bathroom. Opt for tiles instead, or paints that are specially formulated to deal with hot and humid areas. There are plenty of variants and colours available, so again shop around to find one that suits your tastes. The last thing you want is to put up wallpaper and have it peel off on top of you while you’re having a relaxing bath.
Thankfully Plumbworld continue to offer a huge range of low cost yet high quality designer products that will keep your bathroom up to standard for years to come. Click here to have a look at a choice of bathroom suites.
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