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In the age of social media, we love seeing beautiful interior solutions to get inspired. Interior photography, unfortunately, hides a massive problem from the eyes of a viewer. A picture-perfect interior that is absolutely impractical can bring a terrible disappointment to those who got inspired by those photos and decided to implement the same solutions in their interior design.
Here is a list of interior design solutions, which are picture-perfect, but absolutely impractical for different reasons.
A picture-perfect interior that is absolutely impractical
Glass door in the bathroom
A glass door is a great alternative to shower curtains. Although the practicality of a glass door is questionable. I personally have a glass door in my shower, which makes a beautiful separation without losing the view. The bathroom looks bigger and richer. But let me tell you, cleaning all the stains from water drops is a nightmare. You end up “washing windows” weekly and this is a tedious job.
Bathtub in the middle of the room
This has been a trend in the last couple of years. I must admit, I also love this trend. A nice bathroom in the middle of the room looks stunning. It gives such a bohemian vibe and comfort; you could only dream of. But here are some problems with this solution. First of all, it doesn’t have a showerhead and you can make a pretty shower curtain around, that would still look stunning. So, you will end up taking a shower while sitting. Second, it is a challenging task from a technical point of view to connect the bathtub with a pipe system.
Moreover, all those pipes would be nearly impossible to hide. And finally, splashes of water will be all over the place and could damage carpet, parquetted or whatever floor you have. So, the question is, is it worth the pretty Instagram photo?
Open shelves in the kitchen
I personally prefer open shelves in the kitchen. Even now, drafting this article, if I must choose closed cupboards and open shelves, I still would prefer open shelves. The impracticality here comes down to the mess that your shelves become unless you keep things in the exact places, and it always looks as on day one. Besides, it’s a massive dust collector and you must make sure you clean shelves and everything you store in them often enough.
Glossy kitchen furniture (especially with push-to-open systems)
I guess it’s already known to everyone, glossy furniture shows fingerprints and dust. Push-to-open systems are nice, but that only means you will be touching the glossy surface even more often and good luck with cleaning that. If I am correct, IKEA even published a manual on how to clean such surfaces. As a fix, if you still love glossy furniture in the kitchen, choose door handles and avoid push-to-open systems.
In Europe, it is common to walk at home without wearing shoes. So wooden floors and carpets are something we appreciate and keep clean at any time. Keeping wall-to-wall carpet clean is a challenge. If you have a carpet or a rug, that you can easily change in case you spilt something that is not washable, a wall-to-wall solution is not going to be as easy.
Marble countertops look fantastic. Nonetheless, the material is soft and easy to destroy. So, if you have a marble countertop, inspect it closely and you will find all the scratches in it.
The bathroom is wet and humid. A simple question. What does water or humidity do to paper? That’s right, you will eventually see the pretty “dress” on the wall melting in front of your eyes. I do believe though, there are some ways to keep your bathroom less humid by ventilating the bathroom.
What do you think about those points? Is there anything else you would add to the list?