Working With What You Have
First time decorators are generally not in a position to completely redo everything in their bathroom due to major renovation cost. For most homeowners, working with what we have in place and making it attractive and functional is sometimes all we can do. But don’t despair, bathrooms featured in magazines and show homes can be a great inspiration for projects that can add a designer touch to the space you can later do yourself.
Avoiding the Biggest Mistake
Most first time decorators, including myself, have made this mistake: that being buying too many things at once without thinking through whether you actually need them. The result of this grab for “shiny objects” is a lot of purchases that you really don’t need or they clash with your final decorating plan and you will wind up replacing or returning them to the store later (if they will take them back). To avoid this newbie mistake you must understand what the space (and you) truly needs to get the desired effect you want in the end. This can only come from planning.
Lighting is Paramount
Before decorating your bath, the best investment you can make is good lighting. No one enjoys looking in the mirror under unflattering fluorescent light, so get natural daylight bulbs over the dressing area and install good down lighting to layer the illumination. One option, for a custom look is to remove your standard mirrors and replace them with decorator-style units with a large frame over your dressing vanity to add drama and elegance to the space.
Function Before Beauty
Most first time decorators forget just how useful walls can be in a small bath. Be certain to utilize this surface with enough towel bars, hooks or sunken shelves without making it look too cluttered. A common decorating mistake is to concentrate on creating a beautiful room that ends up being impractical due to an oversight in usability.
Disband Disorder Before it Begins
Good storage for toiletries, towels, and cleaning supplies is a must. You can avoid clutter by keeping accessories to a minimum in the room. If you require additional storage, use a wall-hung shelving unit, or freestanding furniture such as a small chest or a baker’s rack. Another novel idea is to lift cabinets off the floor with bun feet to add that special designer touch. Even better, a floating vanity will take your design sense to a new level and visually make the room look bigger.
Softening the Look
Design itself is such a personal choice but most bathing spaces are hard and cold, one way of softening up the look is to add fabric shower curtains around the tub. Not only does this add a much needed contrast but it also adds a touch of romance for those quiet times. Tailored drapery coverings around the windows could also add to the ambience and style of the room.
Keep Costs Down
You can easily accomplish the look of expensive inlaid tile by using less-costly printed or painted versions available at most home improvement stores. The only caveat is that you should not use these on the floor of well trafficked areas because eventually the prints will fade from wear and tear. Backsplashes or walls on the other hand are the perfect place for this sophisticated detail.
Surround Yourself With Things You Love
Dash and grab decorating is a big no, no. Take your time; add one piece at a time if necessary to see if you really like it. You can’t see what you can’t see so proper lighting is a must. Be sensible about functionality and keep cost down to avoid excessive stress and you will end up being surrounded by things you need and love in your bathroom.