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Bathroom Blunders: 7 Easy Solutions for Better Privacy and Use

Bathrooms, as common as they are said to be our own sanctuaries, often end up being a hot mess. This can be due to poor layout, privacy issues, or just bad design. Let’s put an end to bathroom blunders and reclaim it as a space where you can relax.

1. Don’t Let the Toilet Steal the Show

bathrooms where the toilet is out of sight
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Nobody wants the toilet to be the first thing they see when they open the bathroom door. It’s not just an eyesore; it’s a privacy nightmare. Tuck that toilet away! Position it behind the door or off to the side. Consider creating a separate toilet zone if you’re doing a full remodel. This improves privacy and allows multiple people to use the bathroom simultaneously without awkward encounters. For an extra touch of luxury, add a frosted glass partition or a chic sliding door to separate the toilet area.

2. Measure Twice, Install Once

correctly installed bathroom decor
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Incorrect measurements can lead to a cramped, dysfunctional space. Imagine trying to open a vanity drawer only to have it slam into the toilet. Not fun. Always measure twice before selecting fittings and fixtures. Think about how doors and drawers will open and how you’ll move through the space. Your builder or plumber can help ensure everything fits perfectly.

3. Storage Wars: The Battle for Space

bathroom mirror storage and wall storage options
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A cluttered bathroom is a stressful bathroom. Without proper storage and counter space, your toiletries are scattered everywhere, making the space look messy and uninviting. Eye-level storage is your best friend. Opt for recessed mirror cabinets to store everyday essentials like toothbrushes and makeup. Built-in shelves and vanity drawers can also help keep things organized and out of sight, and use decorative baskets and trays to corral smaller items and add a pop of style.

4. Light the Mood

bathrooms with good natural lighting
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Poor lighting can make even the most luxurious bathroom feel like a dungeon. Good lighting is essential for tasks like shaving and applying makeup. Combine task lighting with ambient lighting. Install vanity lights at face height and consider adding a skylight or larger windows to let in natural light. Don’t forget dimmer switches for those relaxing bath times.

5. Ventilation is Everything

one example of poor bathroom ventilation and one example of good ventilation
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Bathrooms are humid environments, making them a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Poor ventilation can also lead to peeling paint and warped doors. Ensure your bathroom has adequate ventilation. Install a good exhaust fan and consider adding a window if possible. In larger bathrooms, you might even need two ducts—one near the shower and another near the toilet.

6. The Right Fixtures in the Right Places

attractive bathroom fixtures for interior design
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Oversized fixtures can make a small bathroom feel even smaller, while undersized ones can look out of place and inefficient. Choose fixtures that are proportionate to your space. A freestanding tub might look fabulous, but it’s not worth it if it takes up half your bathroom. Opt for a smaller vanity and ensure there’s enough space between fixtures for easy cleaning and use. You can even select fixtures with a cohesive finish, like brushed nickel or matte black, to create a unified look.

7. Create Functional Zones

bathrooms partitioned into zones
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A well-zoned bathroom is more accessible and aesthetically pleasing. It also helps organize the space and makes it more functional. Divide your bathroom into the bath, shower, vanity, and toilet zones. This can be as simple as adding a stud wall or using different flooring materials to delineate areas. This approach enhances functionality and makes the space feel more luxurious.

Ready to Say Goodbye to Bathroom Blunders?

There you have it—your ultimate guide to fixing those bathroom blunders that compromise privacy and utility. You can turn your bathroom into a functional, stylish sanctuary by making a few strategic changes.

Ready to make your bathroom the envy of all your friends? Start your journey with us today, and let’s kiss those bathroom blunders goodbye! Hudson and Crane provides home interior design services in Washington D.C. and surrounding areas.

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