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5 Bathroom Design Tactics for a Cleaner 2020

This guest blog post comes to us from Entrada Apartments, a modern and elegant solution to living in downtown San Diego, CA. 

As our lifestyles become more hectic, cleaning often takes a backseat to work and family responsibilities.

But, there are things you can do to keep your bathroom clean, even if you don’t have time to scrub it every week. If you organize it the right way, your bathroom will look better and stay cleaner.

Below, we’ll discuss some innovative bathroom design ideas that will help you stay organized. These tips combine style, efficiency, and hygiene to create the perfect bathroom setup.


1. Add Texture 

We often think of texture as a tactile quality. But it’s a visual trait, too. There are the textures you can feel, but also some you can see.

When it comes to accentuating your bathroom’s design with texture, stick to the visual types. Rigid, bumpy surfaces are breeding grounds for bacteria, particularly in moist and humid bathrooms.

Visual textures add more than just style. They also make the room feel more inviting. A robust visual texture will have a much greater impact on your bathroom’s “vibe” than a tactile surface could.

 

Examples of visual textures include:

You don’t have to be a professional designer to use visual texture.

Just be sure to limit your decor to surfaces that are easily cleaned. Otherwise, you might end up with mold and mildew in between the cracks!


2. Get Yourself Organized

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There are many ways to organize your bathroom!

Regardless of how clean you keep your bathroom, without an organizational system, you’ll always be spinning your wheels to keep up.

There never seems to be enough room in small bathrooms, so if you think yours could use some extra storage space, it’s time to get creative!

That doesn’t mean that you need to knock down walls. Instead, add counter space and shelving where you can. Your walls are the canvas for your storage solutions!

Can’t drill screws into the wall?

That’s okay! There are other options for you:

Standalone bath ladders give you a place to keep your supplies in baskets and bins. When space is extremely limited, small bath shelves can be squeezed into tight corners.

Placing a ladder shelf over your toilet is a clever way to use that awkward space above the latrine, and caddies can be used to organize your shower supplies.

 

Related: 25 Coat Closet Organization Hacks to Eliminate Clutter (in 2 Weeks)

 


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Don’t forget to scrub those tiles!

3. Learn the Dos and Don’ts of Bathroom Cleaning

It might sound like common sense, but not everyone was taught how to clean a bathroom. Knowing the proper way to keep your bathroom clean will also guide you in your overall design.

Bathroom Cleaning Tips You Might Not Know

By the time you’re an adult, you’re expected to know how to clean a bathroom.

Thus, many people are hesitant to ask for help.

 

 

Use these tips to clean your bathroom like a pro:

Get the Right Cleaning Supplies

  • Invest in microfiber cloths to clean your sink and counters. These towels absorb excess water, which could invite bacteria.
  • For streak-free mirrors, use newspaper (not paper towels or cloth) to wipe off glass cleaner.
  • Get a scrub brush and grout cleaner for your shower. If you have tiled walls, spray them with tub cleaner every week.

Store Your Toiletries in a Sanitary Way

  • When left in the shower, toothbrushes and razors attract bacteria. Keep them upright in holders outside of the shower so they can dry between uses.
  • Shower curtains should be closed after use to prevent mildew from building up between folds.
  • Makeup should not be stored in the bathroom for long periods because bacteria are attracted to lipstick and powders. Humidity and moisture can also ruin your favorite products.

These simple storage tactics can keep you healthy and cut down on the time you spend cleaning!


4. Use Plants as a Natural Cleaning System

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This tasteful use of greenery expands what was once a narrow space.

Plants keep your air fresh by absorbing excess moisture and removing toxins.

And if you choose the right plants, you don’t even need a green thumb to reap the benefits.

Best Plants for Bathrooms

These plants require minimal upkeep and only need a little sunlight, but will still purify your air:

  • Peace lilies
  • Aloe vera
  • Bamboo
  • Succulents
  • Spider plants

 

For overly-humid bathrooms, get some plants that thrive in moisture:

  • Air plants
  • Aglaonema
  • Dracaena
  • Snake plants
  • Ferns

Research shows that keeping plants in a small bathroom can boost your immune system. And they can be good for your mental health, too. So they not only look nice, but they can also keep you healthy!


5. Keep It “Zen”

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The term “Zen” gets a bad rap. Many people think it’s a passing trend. But Zen is a design philosophy that has been around for centuries, so it’s far from a fad.

In the home, Zen can be used to design minimal, clutter-free spaces. It’s essentially a “less is more” policy to decorating.

Zen bathrooms look similar to the decor you’d see in a spa. With this design scheme in mind, you should try to cut back on furnishings and leave as much empty space as possible.

 

Here are a few ideas to help you create a Zen-like environment in your bathroom:

  • Neutral colors
  • Simple lines and basic patterns
  • Natural materials like stone or wood
  • Greenery
  • Minimally-visible storage

These subtle yet luxurious tactics will let you relax in comfort while making your bathroom far easier to clean.


Conclusion

When it comes to the overall design of your bathroom, your tastes are the primary deciding factor. But with these tips, you can easily combine hygiene and style together to create a beautiful bathroom.

It’s time to put these ideas into action. By this time next year, your bathroom will be the cleanest and best-looking room in your entire home!

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