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3 Common Bathroom Renovation Mistakes You Need to Avoid

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Written By: Henny Maherah

Renovating your bathroom involves more than just adding a fresh coat of paint. It’s about reviving the spa-like ambience it once had when you first moved in. However, bathroom renovations can get messy without thorough research and consideration. Here are some common mistakes to avoid when revamping your bathroom into a relaxing oasis.

How to Avoid 3 Common Bathroom Renovation Mistakes

1. Use durable and water-resistant materials

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Sleek bathroom with neutral toned wall and flooring tiles. Design and photo by Ohmyhome.

Do you find that with every scrub, more flecks of paint chip away from your bathroom pipes? Despite countless polishing efforts, your glass shower partition will never return to its natural shine. This is because the materials used to coat your bathroom pipes may not have been designed for prolonged contact with water.

When renovating your bathroom, opt for durable materials that are non-porous, such as tiles or quartz. Avoid porous surfaces like cement screed and marble as they would absorb water and deteriorate quicker. Choosing sturdy and water-resistant materials makes bathroom maintenance easier.

When selecting paint, ensure the paint has anti-mould properties that would prevent paint chipping when in frequent contact with water.

For the vanity, wood may not be the best choice despite the natural aesthetic that it brings. While it is not the area with heaviest water contact, accumulation of water splatter can lead to wood decay and mould if not well-maintained. Instead, go for a simple granite or quartz countertop for a sleek finish. If you opt for metal fixtures, make sure that they are rust-proof.

2. Prioritise functionality and storage

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Contemporary bathroom with ample under-sink storage space. Design and photo by Ohmyhome.

Bathrooms in Singaporean households tend to be smaller, so many homeowners avoid bulky storage areas that could make limited space even more cramped. However, this design trick may not be functional as storage is essential in the bathroom.

Good thing there’s a practical way to include enough storage without compromising on square footage. How? Think vertical. For example, the space above the toilet is often underused. A simple solution to maximise vertical space is by installing shelves above the toilet to store all your essentials. If you have high ceilings, the space above the doorway can hold an extra built-in shelf for towels or supplies.

3. Design for the long-term

Following interior design trends may seem like a creative idea to include in your bathroom renovation. However, like all phases, these fads usually go out of style in a few years. In hindsight, our parents probably thought those neon pink and luminous green printed ceramic wall tiles were creative back in the day.

In the same vein, common bathroom designs such as honeycomb mosaic tiles might be trendy and stylish now, but what is in trend today may look outdated and tacky within a year or two. Plain and simple looks may be the safer route in such scenarios. Clean lines and a neutral palette result in an elegant bathroom design that will never go out of style.

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Minimalist bathroom with rain shower head and cream tiles. Design and photo by Ohmyhome.

Achieving a resort-style bathroom is possible when you think ahead and make practical design choices. With these tips, retreating into your own private oasis is that simple.


Inspired to transform your bathroom into the spa of your dreams? Ohmyhome Renovation Services is ready to make your visions a reality. With prompt updates throughout every process, Ohmyhome guarantees a worry-free renovation.

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