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Are You Guilty of These Common Shower Curtain Blunders?

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Experts lift the curtain on all the dos and don’ts.

It’s high time we recognized shower curtains for what they really are: an integral part of your bathroom aesthetic. Sure, they serve a practical purpose, but they’re also a cheap and easy way to bring some style into a small space.

Picking out a shower curtain seems simple enough, but as Realtor.com recently pointed out, there are actually plenty of ways to slip up when it comes time to let the curtain fall.

To start, keep things simple. "Too many frills, crazy, annoying patterns, or anything that needs special care is a problem when it comes to shower curtains," Drew Henry of Design Dudes told Realtor.com.

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Experts also suggests skipping plastic—that goes for both the liner and the curtain. Sure, plastic shower curtains are inexpensive, and you can throw them away guilt free when the time comes, but unfortunately, they also look cheap. Not only that, but they tend to show water stains, soap scum, and mildew pretty quickly. Instead, Henry votes for splurging for fabric.

"I recommend a fabric liner made of polyester, which is pretty water-resistant and also very spa-like," he offered.

Another common pitfall is being afraid of plain white, Realtor.com reports. Fun, colorful patterns can be hard to resist, but they’re not always the best choice for a bathroom. A pristine white curtain gives a space a fresh, high-end look and will never go out of style.

"Hotels use it exclusively because it telegraphs cleanliness—so it's the only color I ever specify," Justin Riordan of Spade and Archer Design Agency, explained.

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And last, but certainly not least, comes the greatest of the shower curtain faux pas: the plastic ring. "Plastic shower rings remind me of the '80s—and more specifically John Candy in Planes, Trains, Automobiles," designer Lindsay MacRae told Realtor.com. She and Henry both agree that metal rings are the only way to go. And don’t forget to make sure they match the metal fixtures in the room!

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