Don’t let these six myths prevent you from creating your dream designer bathroom.
Today we had a discussion with QS Supplies, an independent bathroom retailer in UK that sells designers bathrooms, and they explained to us about the myths they encounter on day-to-day basis, while dealing with their customers.
Wall toilets are for mansions
This isn’t true. Wall toilets are becoming increasingly popular in everyday households. There’s a common misunderstanding that wall toilets are difficult to assemble. There’s no difference between the installation methods of a floor-based toilet to a wall-mounted one, and as most bathrooms are remodelled from scratch it can be included in a bathroom package.
We also typically tend to think that wall-mounted toilets are only suitable for spacious and palatial pads. In fact, wall-hung toilets are perfect for smaller bathrooms because the tank is built into the wall and that leaves more floor space to work with.
You can’t wallpaper bathrooms
This is also a myth. Wallpaper was staple decoration in bathrooms during the Victorian era and people hadn’t access to any special materials to safeguard it. Today, most bathroom wallpapers are waterproof and washable.
Even so, experts recommend painting several layers of clear acrylic varnish over the wallpaper surface to fortify water resistance. This is an excellent way to prevent moisture from penetrating, which also protects against peeling, and it doesn’t alter the appearance.
Wallpaper works best when combined with tiles; tile the lower walls around the bath and paste the wallpaper above.
Small bathrooms always look cramped and cluttered
It’s true that most of us have limited space to work with, especially when it comes to bathrooms. Still, there are lots of things you can do to cleverly disguise a lack of leeway. Minimalism is an art form and can transform a seemingly small area.
Use neutral pale tones, like white or coral. Make good use of your square footage by incorporating built-in cabinets under the sink.
Erect thin glass shelves on your walls instead of using cumbersome corner units to hold your toiletries. Reflected light and pastel shades all help to create the appearance of extra dimension.
Large tiles will make my bathroom look bigger
This is a common misconception. Large tiles can actually make a small bathroom look poky and stuffy. Bearing in mind that every bathroom has to have the basics; the sink, toilet and shower or bath, some clever thinking regarding tiles can really improve spatial appearance.
It’s not the size of tiles that create the illusion of expanse; it’s more to do with how you construct them around the fundamentals. The more you can naturally extend and continue tiling from one area to the next, the brighter and airier the entire area will seem.
Too many electrical lights are dangerous
This isn’t strictly true. Water does carry electricity efficiently. It’s when the two mix, that the outcome can be potentially lethal. Modern day bathroom accessories are specifically designed to meet safety standards and much emphasis is put on where you place them.
Special requirements are necessary when installing light fixtures because electrical work must comply with standard building regulations. It’s recommended that you don’t attempt light fittings yourself.
Use a qualified, registered electrician. You can have as many lights as you want as long as they are fitted to the ceiling and professionally enclosed.
Chandeliers can’t be used in bathrooms
Having a chandelier hanging in your bathroom may sound very grandiose and technically unworkable, but more and more people are opting for fancy, pendant-style lighting. There’s a lot of obvious concern regarding their safety so, it makes common sense to follow recommended regulations.
Ideally, the bottom of your chandelier should be (at the very least) eight feet above your bathtub edge, and at least three feet beyond it. Fittings should be constructed tightly, and wall sockets should be protected with a ground-fault circuit interrupter. One good example you can see below