5 Décor Mistakes to Avoid in Your Bathroom
In this edition of her décor column, designer Kishani Perera shares the pitfalls to avoid when creating a high-style, functioning space.
It’s so easy to be overwhelmed by a bathroom remodel, or even a simple bathroom makeover! There’s something that feels so permanent about these selections and leaves many people terrified of making the wrong decisions. Here are some mistakes to avoid when designing a bathroom to help make the process a fun and easy one.
Although the bathroom has typically been thought of as a utilitarian space, people are now realizing it could be one of the most important rooms in the house—it’s a spa, a retreat, a place for a moment’s peace and quiet. However, when it comes to designing it, the permanence of the design decisions often leaves people paralyzed. Although it’s true you can’t switch up tiles like you would toss cushions, nothing is really forever, so let your creativity flow and go for the colors, patterns, and fixtures that add character and interest to your bath. You won’t regret it!
When remodeling a bathroom, many treat the space as though it were a completely separate entity from the rest of the house, in terms of both the architecture and the style. Some forget to carry the look and feel of their other rooms into their new lavatory designs, like creating an ultra-modern space in a traditional house (one of my biggest pet peeves), but these are factors that should definitely be considered when designing a new space. I love eclecticism, but creating a retro washroom when the rest of your home is English country is just wrong!
Another common mistake I see in bathroom design is not planning according to the given space. My philosophy is to work with what you’ve got and make the most of it. Embrace your room’s size, shape, quirks, and details instead of fighting them. Not accepting the limitations of your walls only leads to regrettable choices and a less-than-serene environment. Clients will often tell us that if they’re going to invest in a remodel, they must have things such as a two-person shower, a freestanding tub, a spacious vanity for plenty of storage, a separate water closet, etc., even though we’re working with a limited footprint. At that point we encourage clients to evaluate their priorities, be prepared to give up one of these wish-list items, and plan accordingly.
You must be thoughtful in choosing a pleasing combination of tile colors, patterns, and shapes along with your plumbing choices. If you’re timid at all about this process, use bold choices sparingly, go slow, and think balance. When it comes to choosing sinks, toilets, tubs, and faucets, don’t shy away from the more interesting selections, but counteract their intense nature with more-calming pieces. In this room, a blue sink is paired with a simple palette, and the result is a stunning bathroom with a balance of bold and classic elements. Alternately, if you’d rather the tiles do the talking, keep the sink, tub, and toilet selections nondescript, and go for bold tiles.
When it comes to bathroom design, there are many practical concerns that must be considered, but keep in mind that this space is an integral part of your home, so have some fun and let it be another opportunity to show off your tastes and aesthetic. Make sure you spend as much time thinking through its design as you would any other room in the house, and you’ll be sure to create a beautiful bathroom to enjoy for years to come!
Kelly Wearstler for Ann Sacks "Maven" Field Tile ($0)
Kelly Wearstler's collaboration with inimitable design house, Ann Sacks, is full of rich textures and bold refinement. This take on her signature Channels pattern adds iconic drama to any space.
In your opinion, what's the biggest mistake you can make decorating a bathroom?