Interior designers share the 9 biggest mistakes people make when decorating and designing a bathroom

Interior designers share the 9 biggest mistakes people make when decorating and designing a bathroom
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You could unintentionally be messing with your bathroom’s design.

  • We spoke to interior designers to learn the common mistakes people make when decorating a bathroom.
  • Shower curtains and liners that don’t fit properly can distract from your room’s overall design.
  • Most bathrooms should have multiple light sources, including one in the shower. 

You spend a decent amount of time in the bathroom, so it’s important to make it look good. 

Unfortunately, it’s pretty easy to stumble upon a few design mishaps while planning out this much-used space.

Here are some of the most common mistakes people make when decorating a bathroom, according to interior designers. 

A bathroom that doesn’t have sensible storage options could just become cluttered.
Bathroom with gray tile walls and mirrored medicine cabinet
A medicine cabinet can help conceal clutter more than an open shelf can.

Gena Kirk, vice president of design at KB Home, told Business Insider that sometimes a customer’s “design aesthetic” can prevent them from actually thinking practically about their bathroom, especially when it comes to storage. 

She suggests using a medicine cabinet that incorporates lighting, electrical outlets, and integrated mirrors for a space that’s both beautiful and functional.

She also suggests adding extra storage through built-in cabinetry near the sink or toilet.

Ideally, bathrooms should have multiple light sources.
Bathroom with skylight, windows and glass shower
The brighter, the better.

Proper lighting is a must throughout your home, especially in your bathroom, Kirk told BI.

“We all do a lot of close-up work in the bathroom, from brushing and flossing to plucking and applying. If you do not have proper lighting this could go horribly wrong,” she said.

Ideally, she sai,d you should include three forms of it in your space — overhead, close-up, and task lighting, which can be moved or adjusted so you can use it for specific activities.

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Not incorporating a universal, functional design into your bathroom could be costly down the road.
White and gray bathroom with shower with no step and large mirror
Make sure your mirrors are hung to a functional height.

Jessica Lagrange, founder and principal designer of Jessica Lagrange Interiors, told BI that low toilets and high tubs are just a few of the design faux pas that can cause problems in the bathroom.

“These things can be lethal to not only older household members or guests but anyone who isn’t being cautious every moment they use the bathroom,” Lagrange said.

She said that it’s important to have a bathroom that’s safe and sustainable, especially since major renovations can be expensive — so you may want to be especially careful when choosing the height and measurements of your most-used bathroom pieces. 

Short mirrors are impractical and they can make your space seem smaller.
Framed mirror in bathroom
Consider installing the biggest mirror you can fit in your bathroom.

Many people spend time in the bathroom styling their hair, applying makeup, and getting dressed — all of which require the right mirror. 

“My pet peeve in any bathroom are mirrors that are too short,” Ami Austin, principal designer at Ami Austin Interiors, told BI. “It is always best to take the mirror to the ceiling or crown molding from the vanity. It allows for a more spacious bathroom.

Shower curtains and liners that don’t fit properly can distract from your room’s overall design.
shower curtain bathroom
Always take measurements before you purchase a shower curtain.

Shiny floors might look nice, but they’re often too slippery for a bathroom.
Bathroom with large tub, shiny floors
Bathroom floors are basically guaranteed to get wet on a regular basis.

Gail Barley, principal designer at Gail Barley Interiors, told BI that bathrooms often get wet and slippery, which can be a safety hazard. 

Because of this, she said you should avoid slick finishes on your bathroom tiles, opting for rough or matte ones instead. If you already have a slippery floor, try topping it with washable rugs that can be held in place with carpet tape. 

Not having storage solutions in your shower could lead to a cluttered mess of bottles on your floor.
Gray criss-cross tiles with cut-out for storage in shower
You can get built-in shelves or temporary ones.

Without proper storage solutions, your shower can quickly become cluttered with bottles and sponges. 

“When designing your shower, you should always consider where your shampoo bottles and other bathroom accouterments will go,” Barley said.

Even if you are unable to redesign your entire shower, you can use a caddy or adjustable shelf to affordably add more storage to the space. 

If there are no lights in or near your shower, your bathroom may be less functional.
Bathroom with mirrors and blue countertop
Make sure you have lighting throughout your bathroom.

“No one wants to shower in the dark, but so many people neglect to place lights in their showers thinking that a central fixture will put out enough light,” Barely told BI.

Because of this, you may want to invest in having a light fixture installed in your shower, especially if your space has a dark shower curtain or no window. 

A themed bathroom with too many colors can be overwhelming, not relaxing.
Blue bathroom
Sometimes it’s not worth it to commit too hard to a theme in a bathroom.

Colorful bathrooms can be fun, but you might be better off adding pops of color with art instead of using vibrant tiles, tubs, and sinks that can be costly to replace. 

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“Unless you are decorating for a child’s bath, themed baths are also busy and uninviting,” Austin told BI. “Instead, use neutrals with a pop of color from art to bring out the best look.”

This story was originally published on December 30, 2019, and most recently updated on May 16, 2024.

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