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Five Styling Mistakes You Might Be Making In Your Bathroom

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Great design and impeccable styling have the power to transform your bathroom from a space of pure function into one ripe for relaxation, retreat and rejuvenation. If these adjectives don’t quite ring true for yours, chances are one of these common styling mistakes is holding you back.

Mistake #1: Forgetting Flow and Personality

Many homes treat their bathroom as a completely separate entity from the rest of the house, in terms of both architecture and style. This creates a disconnect, robbing the sense of calm or pleasure from the space.

Possibly the most common form of this mistake centres around forgetting to add the extra touches that make the rest of your house feel considered and cohesive. If your bathroom has blank walls, bland fixtures, and a general lack of personality, it won’t be a space you’ll enjoy spending time in. It’ll feel transient or purely practical, making your visits entirely perfunctory.

To fix this common styling error, simply add a point of interest, like some interesting wall paper, a detailed light fixture, or a statement mirror. Whatever it is, make sure it complements the décor of the rest of your house so your bathroom becomes a logical and welcoming part of your home.

Mistake #2: Cold, Hard Edges

The base layer of any bathroom is cold, hard materials (think tiles, porcelain, metal, and glass). If you don’t soften these up with well thought-out accessories, you’ll end up with a space that feels unpleasantly utilitarian.

To avoid this fate, introduce softness through beautifully lush towels (any of our collections fit the bill), little bursts of greenery, warm timber accessories. Floor runners can also work, as long as they’re absorbent enough for the space and your room is well ventilated.

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Mistake #3: Not Enough Storage

This is a big one. If you don’t have adequate storage, your bathroom will feel cluttered and won’t function at its best (if you’ve ever spent 15 minutes rummaging through your overstuffed medicine cabinet, you’ll know what we mean).

Unless you’re considering some sort of renovation where you can build more storage in through built-in wall cabinets and recessed shower shelves, you’ll need to get creative with the space you already have.

Purchase a stylish shower caddy to get your shampoo and lotions off the shower floor, invest in some drawer organisers for overstuffed bathroom cabinets, attach a hairdryer hook to the underside of your vanity, or add a towel basket or stylish stand-alone cabinet (vintage stores have some wonderful finds) if you have the floor space. Generally speaking, the more you can hide from view, the better. This allows your bathroom to look cleaner and more thoughtfully styled.

Mistake #4: Overlooking Lighting

A poorly lit bathroom isn’t only bad for plucking your eyebrows or doing your make-up; it’s also bad for the feel and mood of the room. Harsh fluorescent lighting will give off public restroom vibes, and inadequate yellow bulbs will make the space feel old or dingy.

The goal here is to incorporate both decorative and task lighting, so you can adjust according to how you’re using the room at different times. Think bright lighting around your vanity for all those tasks involving your appearance, and dimmable ceiling lights for relaxing baths. Statement lighting, like chandeliers or pendants, also adds a welcome hit of personality.

Mistake #5: Too Many Finishes

Bathrooms are relatively small spaces, meaning there’s a higher chance your styling will look messy if you try to pull together too many different ideas. If you have mismatched tapware, multiple types of tiles, or more than one feature piece, it’s time to refine your approach.

The general rule of thumb is to stick to only two finishes so your materials and patterns flow in a digestible way. You can then add fun and personality in the details, through statement towels, a bright pot-plant, or designer fixtures.

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