Rookie Mistake: Shower Curtains

Rookie Mistakes: a series of common decor mistakes made by rookies… aka US. And no we are not judging because heck, we have made (and continue to make) these mistakes too! Today’s rookie mistake is one Bridget has made over the past TWO years and just finally addressed last week!! If we can do it, you can too.Caseys-Living-Family-Room-Pillows

Last Month’s Rookie Mistake: Couch Pillows
This Month’s Rookie Mistake: Shower Curtains

See anything wrong with my shower curtain? IMG_6571I’ve got to be honest, I really didn’t see anything wrong with this shower curtain. Until now…. when I look back at this photo and am a little horrified that I didn’t address this rookie mistake earlier. Am I expecting my bathroom to flood? <– because my shower curtain is ready for it!  #minicurtain

I grew up in a house that had zero shower curtains. No, we were not just showering in the open, more like all of our showers had glass doors on them so we never had a need for shower curtains. And no, we didn’t grow up in a large, glamorous house, more like a modest ranch with lots of extended family in the plumbing biz. The only time I experienced shower curtains growing up was in hotels and college, and both places’ shower curtains creeped me out. They made the shower so dark and eww… I just wasn’t a fan!

When I moved into our house, I had no choice but to join Team Shower Curtain (ugh). To say I was a rookie on that team was an understatement. I bought a clean white shower curtain and liner and called it a day. Since then, Casey has always encouraged me to upgrade to an XL Shower Curtain so that the curtain isn’t “flood length” and so the curtain could hang higher, creating the illusion that the ceilings are taller than they actually are.

IMG_6576-001Per usual, I should have taken her advice….. two years ago! I’ve been living with this standard shower curtain (which I really loved by the way) & not doing our small bathroom any favors.


I recently broke down and traded our standard shower curtain in for an XL curtain and liner and boy am I glad that I did!

shower curtainI found mine in stores at Bed, Bath & Beyond (but there wasn’t a huge selection for XL in stores and they were HIDDEN so you may want to ask or really dig). However, there are TONS to choose from online, not just from Bed, Bath, and Beyond either. Almost all online places that sell shower curtains offer online XL options, so I’m sure there is one that fits your bathroom’s decor.

I don’t really feel like these photos do it justice because in person, the new curtain makes SUCH a difference! No more flood length curtain.

The ceilings look taller, the curtain isn’t flood length and the whole look just seems more complete/polished. I LOVE it! Even my mom, who still lives in that anti-shower curtain house, commented on what a difference the new curtain made. She’s even more of a shower curtain rookie than I am, so if she noticed it must have made a big difference!

I still am not 100% Team Shower Curtain but living with a shower curtain has gotten a little easier. Luckily we have a window in our shower so there’s lots of light in there and the shower curtain isn’t as dark and scary as the hotels I remember growing up. Hehe, and no…. you can’t see in or out of the shower window.

Please… someone tell me I’m not the only Shower Curtain Rookie around here. I can’t be the only one rocking a flooded curtain, can I? #rookiemistakes

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  • ellen ross

    omg this is too funny. so when we got our new home last month, my bf hung the shower curtain super high. So much so that the weights at the bottom didn’t even do anything so the curtain was constantly blowing in at us in the shower. So I had him move it back down and he ended up taking some paint off where the bar had been. we will touch it ujp lol but it was too funny.

    XO ellen from Ask Away

    • Ha! That is too funny, Ellen. Nothing a little paint can’t fix 😉

  • Liz

    I LOVE shower curtains! As soon as the liner is dirty, just spend $5 and get a new one. As soon as the curtain is dirty, throw it in the laundry. No daily maintenance required to keep it looking good!

    • Liz, love this perspective!! You’re winning me over to Team Shower Curtain. =)

  • Nikki

    I love your new shower curtain! I actually only have glass shower doors at my house and I really wish we had a curtain instead. I think they look softer and are easier to clean. It probably just depends on what you grew up with.

    • Good to know… and I guess I never thought about that since I never cleaned the shower growing up. #oops Thanks Nikki!

    • Lindsey Hammer

      We had those sliding shower doors in our rental and I love curtains so much more so i just hung it in front of the door. We would pull it back to shower but other then that we had it closed to get the look I loved and no one knew the difference!

    • Wow… love that! Thanks for the tip!!

  • Zan Turner

    I think I had one of these shorter length shower curtains in our girls bathroom, and it looked terrible. The pattern was cute and my kid still asks for it. I still have it in the closet. The longer ones on Bridget looks way much better. But what do you mean – the length will cause it to flood?

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one! As for the “flooded length”, I was comparing it to flood pants. Just a joke… not a good one. Haha

  • I never thought about the kid in the bathtub situation…. genius!! Thank you for the insight!

  • Hahahahaaaaa so am I! Where is the flood?? I am making a mental note right now to fix this as soon as I get home tonight!

  • Glitter your Dash

    Omg I can’t believe that I’ve been living like this since I moved out of my parents house!! How have I not known this?? Fixing this stat!! Thank you for sharing the love.

    • hahahaha! We too did this for a loooong time! You’re going to be amazed at the difference once you get a longer curtain. The ceiling is going to appear so much taller! Good luck!

  • Terrie Brown

    I agree. I normally find my bathroom curtains where I buy my window curatins. If I couldn’t hang it on my window probably wouldn’t hang in bath. Grommet curtains to rod curtains I love the beautiful look in bath