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4 Bathroom Dilemmas and How To Solve Them

Two designers shed some light on common bathroom problems

Photography: Dairy Darilag (Main Photo)

Since the bathroom is one of the most used areas at home, it's often challenging to keep it stylish and organized. However, with just a couple of adjustments and a few designer tips, you can easily transform a messy space into a functional and clean area.

Interior designers Kristine Neri-Magturo and Pauline La’O shares a list of common bathroom concerns and how you can best solve each.

Read the original article ("Bathroom Problems Solved!") in the March 2015 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living AppLog on to for more details.  

What can I do to hide eyesores like the balde and tabo?

Balde at tabo are a staple for every Filipino bathroom. Just make sure that these are clean and well-maintained,” shares interior designer Pauline La’O.  To create a clean look, you may opt for a safe color scheme. Interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo suggests neutral tones like white and beige.

RL Tip: If you want to go tabo-less, install a bidet spray next to your watercloset.

My bathroom tiles are slippery, what should I do?

If you’re conducting a renovation soon, Pauline suggests installing matte, unglazed, or “rustic” floor tiles that are not slippery. For a quick fix, go for a non-slip shower bath mats or slip floor tape adhesives. These come in different designs like transparent, solid color, or floral, so you are free to choose which style suits your bathroom's scheme and design.

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno.

Which is better: shower enclosures or shower curtains?

“Shower enclosures because they contain water better. Also, they can add a luxe feel to the home. But if budget and space don’t allow for an enclosure, then curtains can certainly offer a lot of great personal creative expression in ways that enclosures cannot,” says Kristine.

Which is better: bath tubs or showers?

“This is really personal preference. Showers use less water than baths, save time, and they’re easier on the water bill. But then again, bathing in a bath tub with bath salts and vanilla-scented candles is really a great way to relax and rejuvenate at home,” says Kristine.

Photo by Marc Jao.

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