Bathroom design mistakes (and how to avoid them)

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Refitting or redesigning your bathroom can be quite an exciting process and is something that can add a great deal of value to your property. However, bathroom fitting and design mistakes can be costly – and tricky to rectify. I’ve researched a list of the most common bathroom design mistakes so I’ve had a look through this and have added my own ideas too. Hopefully this will help me to avoid making similar mistakes when I’m decorating my own home in the future, and will save us all money in the long run. Right, let’s get into that list now, shall we?

Mistake 1: Not sticking to a budget.

This is the first and most essential point to consider when arranging your fitted bathroom. Your budget should dictate everything else, so you don’t end up overspending or unable to finish the project. Make sure you spec out all of the costs, including:

  • Cost of design
  • All fixtures and fittings
  • The cost of installation
  • Any plumbing work, including water pressure, waterproofing and drainage

You should have enough budget to cover everything you need – and a little spare in case any unforeseen issues come to light.

Mistake 2: Failing to consider your lifestyle

Once you’ve got your budget, you really need to think about how you are planning to use the bathroom –  you don’t want something slick and modern if you’ve got to wash the dog every week! Ask yourself – and anyone else who lives there – how you want to use the space, including how much time you’ll spend in there and what you want to have access to. You also need to think about how you might use the space in the future. If you’re planning on having children, you may want to include features such as baths now to avoid additional work further down the line.

Mistake 3: Having inadequate storage

No matter the size of your bathroom, you still need to store all of the same items, including towels, toilet roll, cosmetics and other bathroom products. Not having enough storage can lead to an untidy environment or bathroom products having to be stored in another room. This can be avoided by getting bespoke bathroom design that fits as much storage into your bathroom as possible.

Mistake 4: Not thinking about ventilation

In a room that generates a great deal of steam, making ventilation a priority is an essential. Failing to consider this could leave you with damp and the potential for mould and mildew to grow. I’ve lived in plenty of mouldy properties and it was always down to poor ventilation. So a great extractor fan is really important to me and will be one of the first things I buy for my next bathroom.

Mistake 5: Failing to think about flooring

Another curse of a wet environment is slippery floors! Make sure you consider the type of flooring that will run throughout your bathroom. Choosing a non-slip surface for the floor is a good idea – something you could also extend to the floor of the shower, to ensure everyone using it remains safe. As well as choosing something non-slip, consider how you can add style with your flooring; if you’re planning on white or neutral walls, why not try for a bolder pattern on the floor?

Mistake 6: Neglecting lighting

The lighting in the bathroom can make or break the space, so you need to make sure it’s right. Choose bright, well-lit options, with lots of mirrors to make the most of the space.

Mistake 7: Not making it ‘you’

When undertaking any design project, you want to make sure the place reflects you as an individual or your family as a whole. Find ways of making it personal. You could add photographs, artwork you like or pick a statement colour you may not be brave enough to try in another room.

I hope that this long list of mistakes has helped you to learn more about what you want and need from a bathroom. I also hope that it’ll help you save money when you’re remodelling because it’s so much easier to do everything at once in one big decorating project than it is to add extra things (such as extractor fans and lighting etc) afterwards. Have I missed anything out? Let me know in the comments below and please share your own bathroom decorating experiences, I’d love to hear about it!

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2 Responses

  1. Thanks Aisha, I agree – keeping the room bright and fresh is key! Thanks lovely, have a fab week 🙂 x

  2. Hey Cassie,

    Loved this post! Really agree with the lighting point in particular. I live in a rented property and we had to have the lighting changed because it was just so dull! All about the bright, fresh bathroom decor!!

    Would love to see a post on your plans with your VW camper! If you do write one, let me know! You have my email, or I’ll keep an eye out for it!

    Hope you’re well 🙂


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