HOW TO TURN CRITICISM INTO DESIGN SUCCESS
So I never thought I would be doing a guest bathroom update this soon, HOWEVER, I wanted to touch base on a few things I’ve learned since not only ‘completing it’, but having it shared on different websites.
If you’re reading this and you’re a blogger, then you already know the thrill of having something you created shared with the world. It’s such an honor and the recognition is equally as gratifying after all the hard work. This bathroom, like the other rooms in our home, was a labor of love. Completely taking it down to the bare bones and starting fresh.
With the excitement of our guest bathroom being shared, I was naive to think that not everyone would agree with our design choices. I think this naive thinking was for sure from the adrenaline high of finishing a project. HOWEVER, I wanted to share what I took away from the comment section of our shared bathroom, and how I used what I originally viewed as ‘criticism’ as helpful design advice that I’m ultimately thankful for. At first I let the comments get to me…then a few weeks went by and the light bulb turned on.
Keeping an open mind for sure worked in my favor here, even if it wasn’t an immediate epiphany.
To show you an example of what I’m talking about, here’s a photo from our final guest bathroom reveal when it was shared, and a current photo. Then I’ll dive into the changes we made and why.
So there isn’t a terribly drastic difference here, however the changes I made were based on not just the comment section alone, but also by some personal research I did on my own. One of the commentators brought attention to the height of my framed photograph. Mainly pointed out how high it was in comparison to the chair rail. At first I was immediately defensive, because I believed it made the room look ‘larger’. If you’re a designer I know you’re eye rolling hard right here. There were multiple comments referencing 7 inches.
Upon doing my own research the average seemed to be roughly 8-10 inches above ‘furniture’ (we'll use the chair rail as our ‘furniture’ in this particular design situation). By hanging at this height you allow the art/photograph to be ‘visually connected’ as opposed to just ‘floating’ too high.
So the first design change I made in our guest bathroom was lowering the framed photograph. I believe this completely changed the look of the bathroom, for the better. I also decided to switch out our photograph for a more impersonal photograph. Someone touched base on it being weird to have a family photo in your bathroom, which I still don’t really agree with, but love this switch.
The next thing I changed was the awkward mirror in our guest bathroom. There wasn’t necessarily too much criticism revolved around the mirror per-say, however I just couldn’t love it after each week passed. The black mirror and the towel hanger just stuck out like a sore thumb.
I decided to switch it out for a large frame less round mirror. Not only did this design switch eliminate the drastic color contrast of the black, but it is HUGE and reflects everything, making the space even brighter. I am loving it.
I’m now currently on the hunt for a muted green faux cactus to fill this beautiful pot we have hanging in the corner. Here are a few of my favorites.
Thanks for stopping by and reading today. I hope this post shows you, that not everything, even if you deem it as ‘criticism’ has to be harmful. The negative can easily be turned into a positive if you allow it to. Don’t let your ego get the best of you and be open to others opinions, you never know if could help you in the end like it did for me and our guest bathroom!