Before even starting your home renovation project, you probably have a few ideas of how a bathroom should be designed, based on houses you've lived in, bathrooms you have seen and visited and various pieces of common knowledge you have learnt about cleanliness and hygiene in this space. But how do you know which of these supposed requirements for a good interior design are true and which are false? Just because you are accustomed to one particular practice, such as having a shower curtain or using wall tiles up to a certain height, doesn't mean it is necessarily the best practice for your new space.

  • Myth #1: Your toothbrushes will get covered in faecal matter if your toilet is next to the sink
    The placement of the toilet can cause much consternation amongst people planning new renovations to the bathroom. Having the toilet in the same room as the sink and bath is certainly more convenient and private, but many people believe that it is unhygienic to place the toilet right next to the sink, where we conduct most of our dental hygiene. The truth is that flushing a toilet does release tainted water droplets into the air, but tests have shown that these attach just as easily to our clothes as toothbrushes, making the difference between toilet placements negligible.
  • Myth #2: Everything in your bathroom design has to match
    This myth applies to every room in the house and is an easy one to fall into for a renovator with little confidence in their decorating style. When decorating your own home you should give yourself a free reign to mix and match the elements that you really want, instead of just following a cookie cutter bathroom design.
  • Myth #3: Renovating won't raise the value of your home
    Many people are hesitant about starting a major renovation project because of the belief that the cost of the home improvement will outweigh the value added to your home. This particular myth has been debunked by multiple housing market research reports, which have shown that houses with modern bathroom designs have attracted more interest, sold faster and at a higher value than similar houses in their original state.
  • Myth #4: Accessible spaces need to be clinical and boring
    Contrary to popular belief, a special needs bathroom design doesn't need to look like a hospital room, with white walls, chrome hand rails and no sense of style. While this type of layout is simple, easy and practical for aging or mobility challenged users, it is hardly the kind of space we enjoy spending time in, making more style conscious choices preferable.
Author's Bio: 

Anne Mehla is a successful freelance writer for a Melbourne based company called Zeemo. I have experience in writing content on several topics including home improvement, luxury designer wardrobes, real estate, automotive and much more.