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Are You Guilty of These Bathroom Decorating Mistakes?

Keep it posh and inviting with a few handy tips

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Photography: Michael Angelo Chua | Hans Fausto (Main Photos)

When deciding on the design and theme of our homes, many homeowners dwell on the quality and style. The same applies when decorating the bathroom. We often think it's enough to prioritize the kind of tiles and the quality of fixtures we're adding. While these are basic and equally important considerations, there are crucial issues we often neglect—especially when decorating this private space. If you want a functional T&B that looks picture-perfect, here are common mistakes you need to avoid:

Insufficient storage


We can't stress in enough—storage is key when it comes to achieving a clean and streamlined look. Imagine stepping into your bathroom and being greeted by different products on your counter. The thought can be tiring! It's easy to get carried away when decorating bathrooms, that we often forget to consider where to put everything once it's done. Before deciding on anything permanent, see how much storage you'll need. Make a list of things you need to store in your bathroom other that toiletries and start from there.

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Do you need space for spare towels? Where do you keep your stock of toilet paper, soap, and shampoo bottles? Not to mention, would you mind displaying your essentials on your counter? These are things you may want to think about so you can make or buy proper storage. Nobody wants rolls of toilet paper just hanging around—it’s not pretty. Consider going for woven bins for a tropical touch. You can also invest in a sturdy ladder shelf that doesn't take up too much space. Those who want to keep things under the sink may opt for plastic containers.

Shop for multipurpose bins and containers at The Landmark, Makati City.

Poor lighting


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Just like in any room, lighting plays a huge role in keeping a space inviting. Just because it’s the bathroom, doesn’t mean it’s a space we should neglect. Lighting should be a priority if we want to enjoy our prepping time. Nothing ruins a bathroom more than when it’s dimly lit.

If you have a smaller bathroom, proper lighting can open the space if you know where to place it. Go for wall lamps you can install near the mirror to avoid having an uneven makeup. We suggest having white lights in the toilet and shower areas to avoid accidents. For a resort-like feel, you can also incorporate cove lighting into the final look.

Exposed electrical connections


Not only is this dangerous in a place where water is almost always present, exposed wiring is an eyesore. If you’re designing your bathroom from scratch, consider where you’ll be needing outlets or electric sources. If you’re installing a mounted shower heater, make sure your electrician makes a dedicated source for that or risk getting electrocuted in the shower. Get them to install sockets near your countertops or, better yet, hidden in your drawers so it’s tucked away with your hairdryer. Remember, simple adjustments can make all the difference.

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RL Tip: When working on lighting and electrical connections, it's best to work with a professional. Get in touch with a trusty electrician.

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