Luxury is a look, certainly, but it is also a commitment to
quality and longevity. This is why bathroom fixtures that produce a luxurious
look are often on the higher-end of the price scale. However, turning away from
luxury items because they seem expensive misses the larger point: these items
are made of better materials and expertly crafted to last, often years longer
than discount or knock-off alternatives.
If you are going for a luxurious feel in your bathroom but a
complete redesign seems too expensive, there are a number of small steps you
can take. Consider replacing just one or two fixtures at a time or
complementing existing fixtures with more elegant and well-crafted accessories.
These small changes can make a large aesthetic difference while laying the
foundation for your eventual upgrade to spa-like luxury.
As you are ready, begin to add fixtures that are most
attractive to you. This can include upgrades to the shower such as steam
features, shower-bars and waterfall heads, along with tub improvements
including whirlpool, light, and chromotherapy features. And, don’t forget the
details. Vanities, linen cabinets, even upholstered furniture can all serve to
create a luxurious experience and complete the look and feel you are trying to
Taking time to plan out your bathroom and making small
changes over a period of time will allow you to create a space that is built to
provide an inviting escape for years to come.
Bathroom cleaning products can be harsh both on your skin
and the environment. The corrosive ingredients in many bathroom
cleaners can actually work to destroy tile, grout, and countertops. Green
cleaning products offer a fantastic alternative to heavy-chemicals, but those
are often better for maintenance and, unless you clean every few days, may not
completely remove things such as mold and hard-water stains.
If you have become frustrated with the option of having a
bathroom that only looks semi-clean or using a harsh and dangerous chemical
cleaner, it may be time to consider high pressure water vapor. With this
option, you can safely and effectively restore every surface area of your
bathroom to its brightest and most beautiful no matter how much buildup is in
There are several steam cleaners available online and in
stores that work very well in bathrooms. Be sure to select a unit based on its
cleaning capacity and not on price alone. Remember, once purchased, your steam
cleaner can replace a majority of your cleaning products for a lifetime, making
this one-time purchase well worth it.
A good steam cleaner will not only remove stains, dirt, and
visible imperfections, it will also kill bacteria and viruses, destroy
allergens, kill fleas, mites and other tiny insects and their eggs, and produce
a completely sterile environment. This option in ideal for people with asthma,
families with small children, and anyone who desires a clean environment
without the personal and environmental hazards and irritations of chemicals.
Music is an important part of our lives – and from MP3
players to tablets to in-home stereos, we love to have it with us wherever we
go. Now, thanks to technological innovations, you can even have music in your
bathroom, allowing you to enhance your mood or create a specific feel at any
time of the day.
There are several modern fixtures infused with audio
features. Showerheads with wireless speakers, vanities with built-in radios and
AUX inputs, and similar upgrades allow you to add audio to your bathroom in
next to no time at all.
For more advanced audio-technology, consider a hydrotherapy
tub. These tubs combine pre-programed sounds with water features to create a
luxurious and relaxing get-away. Of course, you can always connect your own
music via wireless technology to further personalize your hydrotherapy
If you are not equipped to undergo a remodel or if you’re
simply looking for a quick and easy audio solution, consider wireless speakers.
These come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can be mounted or discretely
placed throughout the bathroom, giving you the power to stream music from your
phone, tablet, or computer. Be sure to look for varieties made for the bathroom
as some speakers can become damaged by moisture.
Adding audio to your
bathroom is a wonderful way to enhance your everyday experience. What’s more,
most of these option take very little time to install – often enabling you to
go from concept to completion in just a few hours.
Transitional design represents the marriage of modern and
traditional and, like all marriages, this can result in an even blending or one
that leans slightly more to one side. While traditional design favors intricate
details, ornate hardware, and a more luxurious aesthetic, modern design is
sleek, minimalist, and hip. Transitional vanities take elements of each of
these styles to produce something classical yet cool, impressive yet simple,
ornate yet efficient, and entirely individualized for each space.
The beauty of transitional design is that it doesn’t limit a
theme to one specific style. Choosing a transitional vanity opens possibilities
that would be eliminated by sticking with a traditional or modern theme,
allowing for complete personalization of your bathroom. These vanities can be
more modern or more traditional depending on your specific desires, and make
the ideal starting point for a bathroom redesign that incorporates your varied
and unique sense of style.
Transitional vanities continue to evolve as styles change,
but maintain their ability to fit seamlessly into nearly any existing theme.
There are a number of transitional designs – some leaning to one side, others
to another – giving you the selection you need to choose the vanity best suited
to complement and enhance your space.
Many parts of bathroom renovation can be completed with
little to no previous experience. Even things that seem complex like tile work,
grouting, and fixture installation can often be completed on your own, but some
portions of a renovation project should not be done without the assistance of a
trained and licensed professional.
If you are inexperienced, you may want to consult a
professional before working with:
Heat or fan installation
Instant water heaters
The removal of walls
Replacement or installation of windows
Working with fragile materials such as granite
These aspects of restoration can be, by turns, dangerous,
disastrous, and fragile. Consequences resulting from incorrect installation can
be far reaching and financially devastating. Working with a professional can
save you time and money, help ensure your project is done right the first time,
and ultimately protect your investment in your home.
It is important to remember that seeking professional
assistance is not a betrayal of DIY sensibilities. It is an intelligent
decision based on recognizing your own limitations and acknowledging that, in
the end, a safe and well-constructed space is what matters most.
There are a number of things to keep in mind when selecting
a bathroom vanity, not the least of which is its material. Vanities come in a
variety of materials, allowing them to meet any sense of style while keeping
within a budget. It is important to remember however that material will impact
things such as diverse as eco-friendliness and longevity.
The four most commonly used materials for the main frame of
bathroom vanities are solid wood, rubberwood, plywood, and MDF (medium density
fiberboard). Of these, solid wood and rubberwood are the sturdiest, better able
to withstand daily use and water exposure, and capable of producing years of consistent
beauty. Rubberwood is typically more eco-friendly as it is made of materials
that would otherwise go to waste. There are eco-friendly solid wood options
available as well.
Plywood and MDF are more cost-effective than solid and
rubberwood options. When moisture-controlled, plywood can be resistant to water
damage and may last for a good amount of time. MDF vanities are the least
expensive option, but cannot be relied on for extended use. Both plywood and
MDF are more likely to warp and crack, and will require replacement sooner than
more sturdy alternatives.
It is possible to find inexpensive vanities that are built
to last, but cost should not be the primary concern when looking for bathroom
fixtures. Looking at a range of vanities within a specific price-range can give
you the opportunity to find one that meets all of your requirements without
breaking the bank.