8 Mistakes To Avoid When Decorating & Organizing Your Bathroom

Bottle dispensers on bathroom tray

The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home and is one of the most frequently used. As such, it is important to ensure that your bathroom is both well-organized and visually appealing as you'll see in the pictures shared. You have lots of options available in both bathroom decor and bathroom organizational choices, and it can be easy to make mistakes that make your bathroom design less effective. You don’t have to be an interior designer to have a lovely, well-organized bathroom if you avoid these mistakes. 

1. Hiding Everything

Your bathroom is primarily a functional space, and while a neat, tidy appearance is always appreciated, having a bathroom where everything is put away and hidden makes the space more complicated and time-consuming to use. Instead of hiding everything in drawers, create space for tidy, well-placed items in your bathroom design. Use bottle trays and soap trays to keep your sink items organized and tidy so that they are at hand when you need them. 

Elegant organized bathroom counter

2. Overcrowding Your Bathroom

Too many decorative items, furniture, or storage solutions may make your bathroom feel cramped and overwhelming, especially if you have a small bathroom. Keep your bathroom decor simple and functional, and consider each item’s role carefully. If your bathroom aesthetic is more maximal, like a boho-styled bathroom, make sure that each piece of decor has a designated place.

White tiled bathroom shower box

3. Ignoring Comfort

Nobody enjoys an industrial bathroom, so make sure to choose fixtures, decor, and other elements that make you feel relaxed and comfortable. Natural materials are a great way to bring in some calming elements; natural stone like marble or warm, soothing wood will improve the feel and atmosphere of your bathroom no matter what your overall design choices are.

Bottle dispensers on grey cabinet bathroom countertop

4. Not Planning Ahead

Your bathroom can be a beautiful, spa-like space if you let it– but if you don’t plan ahead, it is hard to create a coherent design. You wouldn’t randomly choose items for your kitchen or bedroom, so why would you ignore your tastes, preferences, and design aesthetics for your bathroom? Choose cohesive design elements and think about what you’d like your bathroom to look like. Do you like luxurious bathroom design, or perhaps the refreshing, clean lines of a spa-styled bathroom? You have plenty of options for choosing a bathroom decor style, so think hard about what you’d like your bathroom to look like before you go shopping.

Bottle dispensers on white tiled shower

5. Neglecting Storage Space

Storage is essential in the bathroom to keep the space organized and clutter-free. Make sure to incorporate ample storage solutions such as shelves, cabinets, and drawers. Storage can also be considered a design element in its own right, with sink-side and countertop accessories like ring dishes or pedestals providing visual appeal as well as storage space.

Bottle dispensers on bathroom countertop

6. Picking The Wrong Color Scheme

There’s a reason that many bathrooms are white, neutral, or primarily light-colored: these color palettes open up the space and make your bathroom look larger and more inviting. Choosing the wrong color scheme can make your bathroom look cramped and smaller than it actually is; if you choose a dark color scheme for an interior bathroom that doesn’t have natural lighting, you are setting yourself up for a very uncomfortable bathroom design. 

However, choosing a light color scheme does not mean that you can’t have lots of color and visual interest in your bathroom. Pops of color from decorative towels, candles, decorative tiling, or other decorative home decor elements can add texture and interest to your bathroom no matter what color scheme you select.

Bottle dispensers on elegant shower box

7. Using Mismatched Fixtures

Unless you are going for a very specific design aesthetic, take some time to make sure that your bathroom fixtures match. Gold-toned taps on your sink will clash with silver-toned knobs in your shower. Fixtures made from the same metal or color family will keep your bathroom looking coherent and avoid visual clashes. You can even incorporate your fixture material into other parts of your bathroom design; for example, you can choose soap and lotion dispensers with matching hardware to help promote your design theme. 

8. Following All The Trends

Design trends come and go, and while following them can be fun and rejuvenate your space, constantly remodeling or changing your bathroom can be both exhausting and expensive. Instead of jumping on every single interior design trend, choose classic themes for your major designs and add trendy updates with your decor rather than your major furnishings. 

At The Polished Jar, we believe that your home is your sanctuary and that your bathroom, kitchen, and all other rooms should perfectly reflect your personal tastes and ideas. Check out our blog for more bathroom decorating ideas, and shop our catalog of hand-selected, well-chosen items to find inspiration for your next bathroom update.

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