Choosing the right color scheme for your bathroom is an
important part of making your space your own. Changing colors is also a simple
and economical way to enhance your living space and add new life to your home.
Color schemes include more than the color of walls, but
painting is a good place to start. Bathroom walls tend to work best when
monochromatic, though different shades within a single color can be used on
opposite walls to produce a more unique feel. Be sure to pick up several shade
samples and paint small areas of your walls before committing to any specific
No matter what color your bathroom is you can spruce it up
with accessories – and here’s where possibilities become endless. Towels, rugs,
and shower curtains can add color and enhance a scheme, but so too can more
Wall art or sculptures placed on shelving can add splashes of
color. Toothbrush holders, soap dispensers, and even nobs on your bathroom
vanity can as well. With accessories, there are any number of permutations,
each capable of adding finishing touches and helping tie your color scheme
No matter if you desire a look that is fun and playful, sophisticated and elegant, or
simply light and clean, updating your bathroom color scheme is a quick way to
produce a look and feel that is entirely your own.
We found this amazing article on how to care for your marble surfaces from Martha Stewart:
Marble is a beautiful surface for counters and tabletops. But because it is quite soft and porous, marble can easily be stained, scratched, and chipped. To help prevent staining, marble surfaces are often coated with protective sealers. Depending on use, these coatings should be reapplied every year or two. Regular cleanings should be as gentle as possible. Dust the surface once or twice a week with a soft cloth. Wash the marble periodically with a cloth dampened with warm water, and, if necessary, a bit of mild dishwashing liquid. Remove the soap with another damp cloth. Never use dusting sprays or abrasive cleaners on your marble. Apply marble polish (available in hardware stores) on a regular basis to maintain the stone's luster.
To prevent ring marks, place coasters or trivets under glasses and dishes. Use mats or runners beneath hard objects that might scratch the surface. And always blot spills up immediately and rinse with a clean, damp cloth. If your marble does stain, you can try to remove it with a poultice made especially for drawing out stains.
Drains in the bathroom can easily become clogged by hair, cosmetics, and soapy residue. If your sink is slow or completely clogged, try these simple home remedies before calling in professional help.
• Clear the drain – straighten a wire hanger while leaving a small hook at one end. Insert the hanger, hook-end first, as far as possible, wiggle it a bit, and slowly pull it out. This can remove blockage caused by hair and other trapped objects
• Clear the pipes – place an empty bucket under the trap (the U-shaped pipe) below your sink. Use a wrench to loosen the slip nuts at the ends of the pipe and carefully remove the trap. Turn the trap upside down to empty it into the bucket. You may also need to clear the inside of the trap with your finger. Once cleared, simply put it back and tighten the nuts. Run water to test the seal before removing the bucket from underneath the trap.
If clearing the drain or trap doesn’t work, don’t fret. There are still plenty of items you already have at home that can help clear clogged drains.
Pouring the following things down your drain can often clear even the most stubborn clogs:
• Boiling water • 1/3 cup baking soda followed by 1/3 cup vinegar • ½ cup table salt mixed with ½ cup baking soda
For the last mixture, place ingredients into the drain dry and allow them to sit for 15-30 minutes. After this period pour boiling water down the drain for optimal results.
If these methods fail to produce results it may be time to call a plumber. Remember, caustic chemicals can be harmful to pipes and should be used only under the guidance of a trusted professional.
A simple internet search in any city in America will provide an overwhelming list of contractors, all of whom claim to be right for any job you throw at them. Choosing one on a whim may seem preferable to sifting through their information, but when you are hiring someone to remodel your bathroom, taking your time to choose the best team for the job is essential.
There are local and national websites that rate contractors based on real customer experience. Some people find these sites very useful, but they do not always have the full information you need. This makes knowing how to select the right contractor on your own very important.
What to Look for in a Bathroom Remodel Contractor
When selecting a bathroom remodel contractor it is important to remember that:
Good contractors are bonded and licensed. Make sure any contractor you are considering is licensed in your area and carries proper insurance
Good contractors are active in their profession. Ask your potential contractor about professional affiliations, union memberships, and other trade activities that show their dedication to their craft
Good contractors are respected. Ask for references and make contact with those references
Good contractors are approachable. You will have a professional relationship with your contractor. He will be in your home and working around your family’s needs. Interviewing potential contractors to understand their work habits and time frame is always a good idea. So too is gauging how comfortable you feel talking to a contractor
Good contractors are upfront. Ask about pricing and deadlines upfront. If you are unhappy with the answers, ask about options that are more conducive to your needs
Good contractors are not hard to find. Sadly, neither are terrible ones. And when considering a remodel of the room in which you start and end your day, time spent selecting the best one for the job is always worth the effort.
A lumpy caulk job not only detracts from the appearance of
your bathtub, it can fail to serve the purposes you caulked it for in the first
place. As with all things, caulking a bathtub is something that gets easier
with practice. But if you’re a DIYer, how much practice can you realistically
expect to have? And without that practice, should you just accept
There are really two choices here: you can lower your
expectations, or you can learn how to caulk like a pro. The latter, of course,
provides the larger benefit and, believe it or not, is actually not difficult
at all. You just need to know the proper steps.
How to Caulk a Bathtub
·Tape your joints – using painter’s tape,
carefully line the area just above the joints you are about to caulk, much as
you would around windows when painting
·Create a small, rounded opening – using a very
sharp knife, create a 1/8 inch hole by cutting your caulk tube at a 45-degree
angle. Using 100-grit sandpaper, gently round the opening
·Prep your caulk gun –squeeze the handle of your
caulk gun until caulk shows at the opening of the tube. Release the pressure
and clean the tip with a damp rag
·Set your pace – caulk at a steady pace, applying
consistent pressure as you follow the joint. If you miss a spot, keep going. It
is easier to make a second rapid pass than to clean goopy caulk off of your tub
·Smooth your edges – wet your pointer finger and
run it along the length of the caulk bead on all sides. Clean excess caulk off
of your finger at regular intervals using a damp rag.
Once your caulk has dried, carefully remove the masking tape
from around the joints. Do not remove the tape when caulk is still wet.
In addition to tubs, this caulking technique can be used for
tile, sinks, and other household items, and is well worth taking the time to
learn. When you know how to caulk properly, you can produce professional
results at a fraction of the cost, and earn some well-earned bragging rights
along the way.
The half bath is common in many homes and, while these
restrooms offer a significant amount of convenience, they can also feel cramped
and unwelcoming, which makes updating them a perfect way to add style and
comfort to your home.
Things to consider for a half-bath remodel include:
Sinks – pedestal sinks are best in a half bath,
though small vanities can sometimes work as well. This depends greatly on the
amount of space you are working with
Shower stalls – stand-alone showers come in a
range of placement options. Choose one that meets both the size limitations and
overall flow of your half bath. Consider adding a steam shower for optimal relaxation
Cabinetry – recessed medicine cabinets take up
no additional space but offer storage for toiletries. These cabinets often
include mirrors which both enhance convenience and help produce a more spacious
feel in half-baths
Storage – slim linen cabinets, particularly
wall-mounted options, can give much needed storage. Shelving can give space for
some toiletries and allow for decorating flourishes such as sculptures,
flowers, or whatever items speak to your unique tastes
Many bathroom fixtures come in matching sets or
complementary styles. Look for cabinetry, storage, vanities, and sinks that
look natural together. Taking this step helps ensure your half bath not only
provides the comfort and convenience you deserve, but improves the appeal and
flow of your entire home as well.
Even medium sized bathrooms can begin to feel cramped when
you begin to add shelving, cabinetry, and vanities. However, these things can
help produce a clean appearance while adding significant convenience, making
them an attractive addition to many restrooms.
One of the best ways to guard against a cramped feel is by
choosing bathroom furniture and fixtures that are ideally sized for your space.
If your washroom is small, get creative with shelving and cabinetry or consider
hallways adjacent to the restroom for some of your bathroom storage needs.
Lighting and reflective surfaces can also produce a more
spacious appearance. If your bathroom has little to no natural light, consider
adding windows or a skylight. If these options are not available, look at
installing additional light fixtures on walls or overhead to produce a brighter
look and feel.
Simple additions such as mirrors on bathroom doors can help
a room appear much larger. So too can chrome fixtures and glossier surfaces on
Your bathroom is where you start and end your day. Taking
steps to produce a roomier feel can extend into other areas of the home for an
overall more open, relaxing, and inviting aesthetic.