Updating or renovating a bathroom is not only a pricey project to undertake, but it’s also a very emotional one. If you have the opportunity to design your perfect bathroom, then it’s natural to let your emotions lead the way when it comes to selecting tapware, fixtures and tile colours. But it’s important to think practically about the layout of your bathroom and how the space will be designed, in order to achieve an end result you love.
We’ve put together a list of things that can make your bathroom look cheap, so you can pull together a luxe look you’ll love forever.
1. Old and worn medicine cabinet and vanity
One thing a bathroom can never have too much of is storage. However, old or worn medicine cabinets and vanities can cheapen the overall look of a bathroom. When renovating or updating a bathroom be sure to invest a little more time and money into providing beautiful storage options and benchtops.
2. Poor lighting
Lighting can make or break a bathroom and overlooking it can be detrimental to the overall design of the space. Not only that, but poor lighting in a room where you apply makeup, shave or do your hair can be hard on your eyes and even worse on your appearance. Step away from the basic glass ceiling fixture and try a pendant light or wall sconce for a luxe look that doubles as bright task lighting.
3. A busy colour scheme
A bathroom that has multiple patterns on tiles and different finishes across the tapware and other fixtures looks messy. Try to keep the floor tiles one colour, the walls one colour and the fixtures all in a uniform chrome, gold or matte black. If you really want a feature to pop, try different colour tiles in a recessed wall or shelf.
4. Incorrect toilet placement
It’s always best to have the toilet hidden from immediate view of the door of the bathroom. Consider nestling it towards the end of the vanity so it’s hidden, behind a small dividing wall or to the side of the door.
5. Lack of personality
A bathroom is a room like any other. It can be accessorized, styled and dressed up to represent your personal style. A bathroom that is completely bare except for the necessities can look unfinished. Instead, try to incorporate greenery such as foliage plants, a trinket tray to hold the bare essentials such as everyday beauty products, and purchase some great-looking soap and moisturiser dispensers.
This article originally appeared on Better Homes and Gardens.
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