My bathroom mistakes to avoid!

I recently shared our black and white main bathroom and as much I love certain features in this space… there are a lot of mistakes too!

Bathrooms are a difficult space to get right and mistakes in here can be hard to rectify and costly!

I hope sharing my bathroom mistakes to avoid will help you get your next bathroom even more perfect. There’s a lot to be said for getting the small details right.

Check out this video where I explain our mistakes and what I would do differently next time.

Main mistakes I made

Forgetting shower wall niche: even though it was there on the plan, it got overlooked during the build and was spotted too late. Not wanting to fix up sheeting, re-waterproof, wait the days for it to dry and get our tiler back out on site, we opted for a black shower shelf instead.

Forgetting a towel rail next to the shower: we have towel hooks on the other side of the bathroom but forgot to allow space for a towel rail or wall hook next to the shower. Most guests use the small stool by the shower or throw their towel over the shower screen.

Putting our toilet flush too low: which means people need to touch the toilet seat to flush the toilet. Not ideal.

Placing powerpoints in a visible spot: my gut told me not to put the power point above the vanity but I didn’t listen and now it’s the first thing I see when I enter the bathroom. Good design is about function first but aesthetics is also important. Next time I would hide it in the vanity or at least place it in a less obvious spot.

Positioning the bath drain too far to one side: meaning the bathtub I wanted wouldn’t cover the drain as the base was too small so I had to select a different bath. Be sure to give the specs of all your products to all your trades so they can properly allow for these during the build.

Getting the overall scale right: we went a bit overboard with our shower while the rest of our bathroom is a regular size. Next time I would have opted for a smaller shower or made the rest of the bathroom bigger to get the proportions of the space right.

I hope sharing my bathroom mistakes to avoid helps you with your bathroom renovation or new build! Do you have any bathroom questions or concerns? Post them in the comments below!


  1. I definitely think your shelf looks better than a niche which can get a bit gross in showers but look awesome near baths.

    • Oh thanks so much Caroline! All these lovely comments about the shelf are making me feel like it was another ‘lucky mistake’ to make 🙂

  2. I love how your bathroom looks and could definitely live with these mistakes in my home! Still got bathroom envy over here!

    • Awww thanks Sarah! Sometimes I wonder how I could have missed such obvious things but building a house is pretty crazy and around the time our bathrooms got done there were a million trades in our house all at once so I can see how things got overlooked 🙂

  3. True that. The mirror is a beauty! I went moody charcoal in the powder room, pretty pinky/mushroom in the ensuite shower and a braver turquoise behind the main bath. All the same tiles, just mixed up the colours. A bit nervous about the colour pairing of the ensuite tile With the tapware – I chose Flemish Copper (Astra Walker), so it’s either going to look hideous or soft and romantic. Hopefully the latter! I’ll post it on the blog soon ?

  4. I was almost too terrified to read this! I made the same mistake with the proportions to the downstairs bathroom. There was never going to be enough room for a decent towel rail either but luckily it will mostly be used as a powder room. Other oversights will undoubtedly come to light over the coming weeks! Hehe.

    I actually love your shower shelf and when you look at the bathroom as a whole, I’d buy into it being deliberate so the bath wall niche packs more punch (love the strip lighting in there btw). Also dig The bath tub but I know what you mean about wanting to get your first choice…

    • I like your thinking about the wall niche Jane 🙂 There are just so many things to think about in a bathroom that it’s hard to cover off every detail… and even if you plan perfectly unexpected things can pop up during the build (like the position of our drain!). Luckily there isn’t anything in here that bothers me overly – I’m just glad I found that killer mirror which makes the space feel complete and more balanced some how. Can’t wait to see pics of your bathroom soon! Did you end up selecting a coloured wall tile?


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