6 do’s and don’ts for decorating a bathroom that won’t embarrass you in front of guests

Whether your bathroom is your own personal spa or a tiny space shared with three roommates, it should be a place of order, freshness and calm.

Take a good, hard look around, says designer Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey of SCW Interiors in Alexandria. “The perfect look and feel of a bathroom is one that meets the end users’ needs,” she says. “It’s different for everyone, but I think that a space that is functional and flexible is key. And your bathroom should be the cleanest room in your home.”

Cavin-Winfrey says she is amazed at how many things people leave scattered on bathroom vanities, shelves and floors. “I think a bathroom should always be uncluttered. The average human makes so many choices and scans so much information in a given day — your daily rituals at home should be easy to maintain and not require any extra work to find things you need.” She says always keeping the bathroom tidy has its benefits, including being ready for guests at all times. “That can help make entertaining stress-free,” she says.

Whether you have a dedicated powder room for guests or everyone must share the one bathroom in your home, these dos and don’ts might help you clean up your act.

Don’t put a rug in your bathroom. A bathroom is not a place for wall-to-wall carpeting or area rugs. These cannot be properly cleaned in this environment. Think of the germs on a bathroom floor and how a damp rug or mat could be a magnet for mold. ­Cavin-Winfrey suggests providing a machine-washable bath mat (with or without rubber backing) for use right after a shower or bath. Then let this dry on the side of the tub or shower when not in use. She uses the no-slip CB2 lateral teak bath mat ($40, cb2.com).

Do stock both bar and liquid soap. In a powder room, Cavin-Winfrey prefers a pump bottle so there is no gooey soap bar left in a pool of water by a previous guest. She would choose ElizabethW’s Vetiver hand wash ($22, elizabethw.com). If you have a guest staying the night, it’s a nice welcoming gesture to leave a fresh bar of soap atop a stack of clean towels on the bed. She likes Crabtree & Evelyn goat milk soap ($8, crabtree-evelyn.com).

Don’t think of toilet paper as an accessory. Stacking a Costco-size tower of toilet paper rolls next to the toilet is not necessary or attractive. Why not reduce clutter and store your roll stockpile in a linen closet or in the garage? If you like to keep a roll or two nearby, use a small holder that fits nicely on the tank or discreetly on the floor. So many of her clients needed an attractive TP organizer, Cavin-Winfrey now sells this Matahari woven rattan two-roll model ($72.50, scwinteriors.com). Also, it’s thoughtful to have a box of tissues around so guests won’t have to rip off a piece of toilet paper to blow their nose or adjust makeup. Extra points for a tissue box cover, such as the one in white lacquer from the Container Store ($13, containerstore.com)

Do minimize products. Your shower, bathtub ledges and countertops should not look like you are a tester for a shampoo or beauty company. Eliminate the excess and store items not used daily elsewhere. “I myself am a product junkie but find unique ways to contain clutter with small trays around the tub or the vanity,” Cavin-Winfrey says. “If your shower doesn’t have an integrated niche, consider wire baskets to mount on the tile.” She prefers the WEBI 12½ -inch rectangular stainless-steel wire caddy ($29, amazon.com), which should be fixed to the wall. As for prescription drugs, medications or personal-hygiene products, tuck them inside a cabinet or drawer.

Don’t use plastic bags to line bathroom trash cans. Do you want to take your style tips from motels? Hopefully not, so don’t use your Target bag as a trash liner, Cavin-Winfrey says, or buy rolls of mini trash-can liners. It seems wrong for the planet to be buying small plastic bags to corral trash in your teeny-tiny wastebasket, she says. Instead, buy good-looking metal or recycled plastic wastebaskets that can be easily and frequently wiped out and sanitized. This hammered-nickel wastebasket ($39, potterybarn.com) fits the bill.

Do use hooks for bath towels, not bars. How many people neatly fold their large towels when they hang them up over a bar? Do you really expect guests to do that? Hanging towels on an oversize hook makes them dry faster and looks less messy, Cavin-Winfrey says. She often uses the large Restoration Hardware Spritz hook ($39, restorationhardware.com) in her projects. Using a bar is fine for hand towels, though.

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The top 6 living room design ideas

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1. FOCUS ON THE POSITIVES

Begin with a checklist of the room’s strong points, perhaps the fireplace, French windows or simply a sunny aspect. Plan your scheme to highlight these key features. Then think about the elements you don’t like and work on removing them, or changing them to minimise their impact on the space.

2. REMOVE ANY OBSTACLES

Increase your layout options by making change to the fixtures and fittings. Could you rehang a door or remove it to open up an unused corner? And have TV sockets and power points moved if needed, so you’re not tied to an awkward layout. Consider moving a radiator to free up part, or all, of a wall, or swap a standard panelled one for a vertical model that takes up less floor space.

3. MAKE STORAGE A PRIORITY

For a contemporary look, keep everything in one place rather than having lots of separate pieces of furniture. It’s a good idea to have furniture made-to-measure to fit one wall and incorporate everything, including your TV and media equipment. Alternatively, modular furniture can be adapted to suit you and the room. Ikea has an easy-to-use online planner that you can use to create an arrangement that works. If you have space, you might want to include a little desk with some drawer files to create a study area.

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4. CHOOSE THE RIGHT LAYOUT

  • Rectangular If two rooms have been knocked into one, there are two focus points and the most common pitfall is to arrange furniture so the room feels like a corridor. Minimise the look of a long room by putting seating across it. Try two sofas opposite each other or, more casually, a sofa and two chairs. Interior designer Louise McCarthy’s rule is to create symmetry: ‘Try to get a balance between the different number and size of the pieces of furniture and always attempt to position them away from the walls.’
  • L-shape An L-shape can feel like two separate rooms. Use the main area shape for seating, following the same rule as for a rectangular room. If the room is large enough, think about different functions for the two sections. For example, a formal seating area in the main part and a relaxation and TV-watching zone in the smaller part. To integrate the two areas, introduce rounded furniture, such as a circular table or small chair at the corner. Wallpaper a wall, add greenery or a mirror to bring the corner forward.
  • Square If there’s no obvious focal point, square rooms can feel boxy and featureless. In larger square rooms, having two, or even three armchairs with a sofa breaks up the symmetry and is a versatile mix. Alternatively, position sofas at right angles to each other towards the television in the opposite corner, or the fireplace.
  • Small rooms If space is tight, try two sofas or a sofa and single chair in a loose L-shaped configuration. Choose styles with narrow arms and slim backs that take up less room. A corner sofa would sit right against the wall but measure up carefully as corner units can be quite big. Swap a coffee table for occasional tables or storage at either end of seating to keep the central space open. Put the television on the wall or on low-level furniture that extends across a wall and will give you extra storage.

5. TRY NOT TO LET A TELEVISION DOMINATE THE ROOM

Don’t be tempted by that big 70 inch screen if you can barely fit a sofa in. If you have a fireplace, keep that as the focal point by positioning the television in an alcove or recess. In a small room, you may want to mount the TV on a wall to minimise its impact. It should be at eye level when seated, but no lower than 120cm from the floor. Position so there’s minimal reflection off the screen from the window or lights, but have a light nearby to prevent eye strain.

6. ADJUST THE LIGHTING

Dimmer switches are the easiest way to adjust the mood of the room, while wall lights give a gentle, diffused glow – ideal for relaxed evenings. Otherwise, add an extra power point or two so you can have table lamps to provide atmospheric lighting that you can also read by.

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