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Designing your bathroom around a specific object
Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2011

Was there something in the bathroom showroom that caught your attention and left you feeling as though you wanted it in your home right away? Maybe it was a uniquely designed vessel sink or a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Whatever it is, designing the overall look of your bathroom based on one specific object can actually result in a space that's very personalized and unique.


If you're set on purchasing that flower-shaped vessel sink for your master bathroom, what you can do with the rest of the space is to keep it fairly neutral while still complementing the object. Keep major fixtures like the bathtub and the toilet white, but opt for accent pieces like a backsplash that you can tie in with the theme. For the walls, go for a light green tone that will set the mood and foster a feeling of a beautiful garden growing right in your bathroom.


Whether it's a sink or a sculpture, finding inspiration to renovate your bathroom from one object can be a bold move, but you'll surely be satisfied in the end once it all comes together.

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If your bathroom vanity has been a part of your home for years, it's likely you may have recently noticed some wear and tear on the furniture. It could be a crack on the countertop or a blemish on the wood cabinet - but how much damage is too much to merit a replacement?


If the mark is less than a few inches long, it could still be salvageable. So what should you do? First, try visiting a hardware store and purchasing granite dust to sprinkle over the crack and then finish it off with a sealant. However, if the crack is big enough to pose security concerns with the sink, then it might be time for a new bathroom vanity.


Are the vanity's wood cabinets looking a little rough? Perhaps all they need is a little sanding and a new layer of stain to breathe some life into them. They will also need a water-resistant layer that you can paint over to protect it from water. However, if you see evident signs of damage like mold or warping, you might need to get a new bathroom vanity altogether. 

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Add life to your bathroom with plants
Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Is your bathroom starting to appear sterile and boring? With white tiles and fixtures, it's easy for your space to look like it belongs in the hospital. If you're searching for ways to brighten up the room without spending too much money on a renovation, simple additions like plants may be able to breathe new life into it.


The main concern when adding plants in a bathroom is the humidity. Because of the constant change in temperature, you have to ensure that you choose the kind of flora that will be able to thrive in these kinds of conditions. Another factor that you should take into consideration is lighting.


According to Apartment Therapy, plants like bamboo and Chinese evergreen thrive well in low-light bathrooms. For areas battling high humidity and featuring a number of windows, orchids and azaleas may be the best options.


When placing plants in the bathroom, make sure to properly showcase them so everyone who comes in will be able to see their beauty. Place a gorgeous orchid on the countertop of your bathroom vanity in front of the mirror to reflect the green and pink colors of the flower. Another good place is the top of your toilet. Throw a beautiful potted plant on top of it and the space is bound to be transformed in an instant. 

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Most cottages and cabins are small, but that homey and cozy atmosphere that you feel once you step inside is often unlike any other. Perhaps it's the painted wood floors or the simple furnishings free of over-the-top embellishments that work such magic. Whatever the case may be, emulating that rustic feel in the bathroom is not as difficult as you might think.


Wood fixtures are perfect additions to create that cabin ambiance that screams (or whispers) comfort and simplicity. For an authentic appearance, opt for wood paneling on the wall or the ceiling. A rustic-looking bathroom vanity in wood can also create that cottage feel that you're looking for, but it's important to choose a piece with simple detailing as opposed to a Victorian-style vanity.


If it seems as though all the wood in the bathroom is making the space smaller than it is, use whitewash to lighten the color. You can even paint over it with a soothing shade for that perfect rustic look. Additionally, ensure that you apply a sealant to the material to protect it from the shower and humidity.  

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A bathroom vanity is a must-have addition for any bathroom. It's a practical piece of furniture that not only holds the sink and faucet but can also be used for storage. Additionally, a bathroom vanity can set the tone of the space.


Bathroom fixtures like toilets and bathtubs are often purchased in neutral colors, allowing them to blend into the room. This is why the bathroom vanity becomes a major focal point, garnering the attention of anyone who comes in - the furniture, depending on the materials it's made from, anchors down the entire look of the bathroom. In fact, when renovating, many use the bathroom vanity as the starting point to create a theme in the space.


Whether you opt for a contemporary piece with brushed steel and glass or an antique bathroom vanity with intricate carved detailing, make sure that it's the star of the room by adding complementary bathroom accessories that can up the overall appearance of your space without detracting from that beautiful piece of furniture.

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If you're in the process of renovating your bathroom, you're probably already thinking about what theme and color palette would look best in the space. If you can't make up your mind, you might want to go blue - a favorite color among many.


Blue is the color of the ocean and sky and is always a welcome addition to any room. Besides remaining so appealing, the hue also is known to have relaxing properties, which is perfect in creating a serene atmosphere in the bathroom.


"As a collective color of the spirit, it invokes rest and can cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming," SensationalColor.com reports.


You can add blue to your bathroom in different ways. Go all out by installing tiles and bathroom accessories that feature the lovely hue. For a subtler approach, use it as an accent color for a backsplash behind the bathroom vanity or border around the room.


Hopefully, adding blue to your bathroom will provide you with a peaceful experience as you soak your stresses away in your bathtub.

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Do you have a gorgeous view of your garden in the bathroom? A bathroom that features a window can be tricky due to privacy concerns, but if it's possible, using it as the focal point can completely revolutionize how the space looks.


This is mainly because a window can create space even in the smallest of bathrooms. With the right type, the room can look expansive, making one feel as if they're taking a shower or soaking in the bathtub outdoors. Additionally, a window brings in some much-needed natural illumination, which is especially important in a cramped space.


To make the most out of the outdoor view, opt for treatments like drapes to create visual interest and to frame the window - however, do remember to choose drapes that will complement your existing bathroom accessories. If you're in the process of renovating this area, install your bathtub next to the window for the ultimate relaxing experience. 

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The bathroom is used for many purposes, but ironically, we give it the least amount of space in our homes. This is why homeowners need to be aware of every inch of the room and make the most out of it.


Perhaps the one area that often gets overlooked is the vertical space of any room - after all, we normally can't reach that high! However, in a cramped bathroom, it may be beneficial to get the most out of this. Hang shelves and baskets and stack them up as high as you can go. Install a shelving unit on top of the door for products or bathroom accessories that you occasionally use. For a medicine cabinet, opt for a slim version that you can place next to the bathroom vanity.


Once complete, try to call attention to the bathroom wall - hang window treatments to add height to the area or elongated decorations to create the illusion of space. 

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How to brighten up your bathroom
Posted on Monday, June 27, 2011

Your bathroom, besides your closet, is most likely the smallest space in your home. To make the most out of the room, you have to understand that factors like light and color are crucial to creating a space that doesn't feel cluttered.


Brightening up your bathroom can visually change how the bathroom will be perceived. Sticking to neutral tones like white and grey on the walls as well as the bathroom fixtures like the toilet and the bathtub will give a sense that the room is bigger than it is.


Besides its practicality, a big mirror over a bathroom vanity can reflect light and can also make the room appear huge, creating a new dimension in the space.


Of course, proper lighting fixtures can brighten up any dim bathroom. This can be very important in a room that doesn't have windows for natural illumination. Opt for sconces over your bathroom vanity to add visual appeal to your walls. You can also install recessed lighting on the ceiling for optimal brightness.

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A bathroom is a multifunctional space and is an important addition to any home. Besides the shower and toilet, a sink is an integral fixture in the space, used by everyone for tasks like brushing one's teeth to washing hands. This is why choosing the right sink for your bathroom is a decision that you shouldn't take so lightly.


Having the right sink and matching faucet in your bathroom can make your everyday hygienic activities go a little easier. Are you looking for a deep sink that you can fill with water for shaving? Perhaps a vessel sink is the right choice for you. This raised option is not only handy, it's also seriously nice to look at!


Besides your needs, take your existing bathroom vanity into consideration. If you're replacing an old sink and there's already a hole on the countertop, then you might want to get a new piece with the same dimensions. Additionally, it may be best to keep the style of the bathroom vanity in mind so your new sink won't look out of place.

 

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A piece of art in the home can completely alter the way a space looks. From a framed painting to an antique sculpture, nothing says sophistication like having a beautiful piece of artwork that reflects your style. Even a space like the bathroom deserves something to make it as eye-catching as the rest of your home.


Even with a limited space, there are plenty of things that you can add to a bathroom for that extra touch of elegance. For example, try to make use of the walls - hang a beautiful framed painting right on top of the toilet for a splash of color in the room. If you have a creative side, why not paint a mural and showcase a one-of-a-kind piece of art? Head out to your garden and get inspiration from the flora and fauna for a masterpiece that's waiting to be painted on the wall.


You can also let your bathroom fixtures do the talking. There are many options these days when it comes to stylistically designed toilets and bathroom vanities, many of which are works of art by themselves.

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Are you tired of how your bathroom vanity looks? Perhaps it's the finish of the wood or the overall outdated feel of the piece that has you wishing for a new one. Or maybe you just want an unexpected change to tie everything in your bathroom together. Before exchanging it for something else, you might want to read on and see if your vanity can be salvaged.


If you're tired of the look of the wood paneling of your furnishing, why not paint over it with a different color? HGTV also suggests covering it with wallpaper in a cool pattern- just make sure to apply a varnish or waterproofing finish to prevent the paper from getting ruined.


For a quicker change, try replacing the old hardware of your bathroom vanity with new ones. Change out those outdated knobs and handles for sleeker hardware with a chrome finish for a contemporary feel in the space. Complete the makeover by replacing the faucet with a new piece that will complement the brand new hardware.

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Are you reminiscing that time when you went to that gorgeous tropical destination? Perhaps you're missing the crystal blue waters and the palm trees of the Caribbean or that rustic hut you stayed in when you went to Bali. If you'd like to reconnect with the tropics, why not create one in your bathroom?



To recreate a tropical getaway, one thing's for certain: Keep it bright and simple. Opt for a soothing tone of aquamarine on your wall to mimic the gorgeous Caribbean blue. For a more rustic and authentic feel, use wooden panels in a light finish for the walls and the floor - bamboo is the perfect material to use.



Continue the theme with the bathroom accessories and fixtures - choose pieces like your sink, bathtub and toilet in a neutral palette to keep the space bright. Woven baskets can act as storage units but are also great additions to pull the tropical look together. For a tongue-in-cheek approach, opt for curtains and towels with tropical patterns - perhaps palm trees or a scene from the beach!

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Opulent bathroom looks on a budget
Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Are you looking for the ultimate in luxury when it comes to your bathroom? Well, you don't have to hire a designer to get the room of your dreams - all your need to do is make some smart purchasing decisions in order to obtain a sense of opulence.


Those on a budget should be sure to prioritize and decide which part of the bathroom or which fixture will be used the most. If you're a sucker for a nice soak after a stressful day at work, then feel free to splurge on a bathtub that can be used for years to come. Not only will a tub be helpful for your aching body, a gorgeous piece can also allow anyone to feel as though they're in the midst of a luxurious retreat.


Another way to stay on budget is to do the work yourself. An opulent bathroom wouldn't be complete without a one-of-a-kind antique bathroom vanity, so why not create one with an old cabinet or get a fixer-upper and finish it yourself?


There are a lot of ways to design a luxurious and fancy bathroom without having to spend too much money, but it's all up to you and the amount of time you're willing to commit in fashioning the space of your dreams.

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Turn your bathroom into a summer retreat
Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Are you ready for summer? We're sure you've been sprucing up your outdoor living space to prepare for the coming warm months - what's better than a lounge area on the patio that includes a hammock to lie on with a cold sweet tea and your favorite novel? However, if it gets too hot and you don't have a pool, the next best alternative is to get in the bathroom for a cold shower or bath, so make sure that the room is prepared for extra use.



For the perfect summer bathroom retreat, ensure that you've stocked up on the right bathroom accessories, from towels to soaps. Go easy on scented body washes and opt for fresh-smelling scents instead.



When it comes to bathroom fixtures, make sure that everything's in tip-top shape. Check your shower panel, faucet and bathtub to make sure that they are in working order to get the best use out of them during those balmy months. You wouldn't want your shower breaking on you after sweating it outside now, do you? 

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Weekend DIY project: Replace your bathroom vanity
Posted on Monday, June 20, 2011

Are you looking for something to do in your spare time? For homeowners, a weekend hobby may include fixing up the garden and planting new flowers and plants. For those who are handier around the home, a Saturday probably revolves around renovating the patio or coordinating a new addition to a room. If you're looking to makeover your bathroom, installing a brand new bathroom vanity could be a great DIY project that can be finished within the span of a weekend.


This might sound like quite an undertaking due to its sheer size, but installing a bathroom vanity is actually not as complicated as one might think. However, you do need a friend or two to help you carry the furniture into the room. Once you've removed the old bathroom vanity, it's only a matter of positioning the new fixture and aligning it to the studs and plumbing underneath before the job is done.


Of course, securing the bathroom vanity onto the wall and the countertop onto the frame is very important task that should be completed properly. Using the right tools, like an electric drill with a screw bit as well as the right caulking and sealant products, will ensure that your DIY weekend turns out to be a success.

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Different eras are characterized by a variety of designs - the contemporary period, for example, is represented by a streamlined aesthetic, composed of minimalist designs and a neutral palette. So why do so many people still prefer the look of antiques?


In the bathroom, an antique bathroom vanity is still a popular choice for many traditionalists around the country. Perhaps it's the old world feel of the piece - dark wood carved with intricate detailing is usually complemented by elegantly curved bronze faucets to match. The result is often something that appears to come straight from a room in a Victorian European castle.


Of course, the undeniable popularity of an antique bathroom vanity may be rooted in all that it can offer - most pieces resemble furniture composed of several drawers and cabinets so that you can hide your hygienic products and other knickknacks. Whatever the case may be, the appeal of an antique bathroom vanity is unquestionable. If you're planning on purchasing one for your space, it may be important to make sure that the piece will ultimately complement your current design aesthetic.  

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Show off your quirky style in your bathroom
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2011

Do you consider yourself as a nonconformist and an individual who marches to the beat of your own drum? Your style could be considered as eclectic or quirky, from your clothes to the design of your home. If you're looking for a way to truly showcase your non-traditional aesthetic, you might want to start in your bathroom.


Because it's such a small space, a bathroom can be a great place to put your creativity to the test. So paint the walls and replace the tiles with bold colors! Of course, your bathroom accessories and fixtures will also be important in creating an environment that's uniquely you.


In fact, toilets these days come in a wide variety, from models with elongated tanks to high-tech pieces, so many homeowners are now showcasing them as one-of-a-kind pieces of art.


Demonstrating your quirky design aesthetic can also be accomplished through the bathroom vanity that you choose for your space. Several modern pieces come in bold colors that can be a centerpiece in any bathroom. You can also opt for an antique bathroom vanity and marry it with other contemporary fixtures for that ultimate eclectic mix in design. 

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When renovating your bathroom, it's mostly the major fixtures that get the most attention. From installing the toilet to the bathroom vanity, it's only natural to leave bathroom accessories as an afterthought. However, in the end, these accouterments are just as important in pulling the whole look of your bathroom together - plus they're practical and useful additions to any space!


A toothbrush holder, for example, can also add to the overall aesthetic of a bathroom. Because of this, a brushed steel square holder can be the perfect addition to a contemporary bathroom with metal detailing.


Other bathroom accessories like towel rings, towel bars and shelves are important to a bathroom space as well. Just make sure that they all have the same metal finish for a uniform look - after all, you wouldn't want a bronze faucet if your shelf is made from chrome.


In the end, bathroom accessories are practical additions to any bathroom, so try to put as much thought into choosing the right pieces as the major bathroom fixtures.

 

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Moen introduces Danika bathroom faucet
Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2011

Are you looking for that perfect modern accent for your bathroom renovation? Moen, makers of fine bathroom accessories, married design with ergonomics and recently introduced the Danika bathroom faucet - an accessory that can elevate the modernist look of any bathroom.


"We continue to see that modern styling is growing in popularity," director of retail marketing for Moen, Kevin Campbell explained. "With the introduction of Danika, we're expanding our modern portfolio, as well as providing a contemporary option at an affordable price point."


With its soft and contemporary lines, Danika is a faucet that can complement any space and any bathroom vanity. Your outdated bathroom will be transformed once you install this gorgeous faucet.


The company released two chrome one-handled models: one for a regular lavatory and a taller model for vessel sinks. And besides the gorgeous look of the faucet, it also meets the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's guidelines to be an environmentally-conscious product.


If you're looking to replace your bathroom vanity's old faucet, you might want to check out a Danika for a modern accent in your space. 

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You step into your shower, you slip and grab a hold of your curtain, and yet you fall anyways. It sounds like a scene from a comedy film, but this is something that has actually happened to many people. Most curtains are held up by a rod that normally hangs with nothing more than pressure. Additionally, shower curtains are hard to clean and can become teeming with bacteria, so why not replace yours with a shower enclosure?


Shower enclosures are normally made with glass and can be framed with aluminum. They can also feature sliding or pivoting doors, allowing you to decide which makes more sense in your space. Besides being durable, these glass enclosures are also easier to clean.


Perhaps what often seals the deal when it comes to shower enclosures is how they look. Because you can see right through them, they don't detract to the overall aesthetic of the space and can go great with a contemporary shower panel. However, if you normally share your bathroom with others who might want to use the bathroom vanity while you're showering, it's best that you purchase the frosted glass variety. 

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Freshen up your half bath
Posted on Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A half bathroom is a space that only contains the bathroom vanity and the toilet. Because it's such a small area, people often end up taking it for granted. Instead of it existing as that closet-sized space under the stairs, why not spruce it up?


Look at the small square footage of the room as an advantage - this means you'll be able to finish your project faster and it won't cost as much to renovate. In a half bath, the bathroom vanity becomes the main focal point, so put in some extra effort when redoing this piece.


When it comes to the color of the walls, try to choose light tones that will make the room seem bigger (this is especially important for half baths without windows). Just make sure that the color that you choose will complement the rest of your bathroom accessories. Additionally, because of the lack of space, it's best that you make good use of the walls when it comes to decorating and storage. Hang shelving units for your knickknacks so they won't crowd the floor.

 

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Choosing the right steam shower for your bathroom
Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Many might think that a steam shower is an expensive addition to their bathrooms, but the benefits of having a high-tech system in your space far outweigh the costs of going to a spa in the long-run. If you're interested in installing a steam shower in your bathroom, here are some things to consider.


First, it's important to look for a system with an intelligent design, according to Creston News Advertiser. Opt for one that already has add-ons installed, like a music player and light and aroma therapies with easy-to-use and intuitive controls.


Additionally, try to remember that you want to spend more time relaxing in the steam shower than cleaning it. The news source recommends insisting on a system that will drain the shower generator after you use it to prevent calcium build-up.


Of course, the look of the steam shower should also be taken into consideration. Search for a system that will seamlessly fit in with the rest of your current bathroom accessories and fixtures. 

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Value-adding bathroom trends to look for
Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011

Are you planning on remodeling your bathroom? If so, we're sure you understand that the process not only involves creating a space that you'll be happy with, but also means increasing the overall value of your home. Here are some value-adding ideas that you might want to take into account.


Perhaps one of the most important steps you can take to ensure that future potential buyers of your home will have no qualms about the bathroom is to install uniformed fixtures. From the bathtub to the bathroom vanity, choose pieces that have the same theme and come from the same collection. This is not the time to mix - just match!


Another way to up the value of your bathroom is to splurge on your bathroom accessories, considering serious home buyers will have no problem looking at every nook and cranny of your home. Opt for faucets, shower panels and towel racks that have the same finish so they can all seamlessly tie in with the overall look of the bathroom. 

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Do you have a crazy idea for your bathroom? Well, you're not the only one! Many people try different design schemes in their spaces in order to create that ultimate customized look. However, some people tend to overdo it, resulting in a bathroom that may not be as pleasing as they would've imagined in their heads. Fortunately, there are actually many trends that are considered over-the-top that still exude the right kind of sophistication.


In fact, Matt Muenster, host of DIY Network's Bath Crashers, recommended that homeowners tile their walls - and the ceiling as well! It sounds crazy, but trust us when we say that the look is actually very sophisticated and reminiscent of those extravagant European bathrooms.


Another idea that Muenster lists is to bring the outdoors in - when overhauling your bathroom, you might want to tear down a wall and install a large window in order to give the impression of bathing outdoors. Of course, privacy will be an issue, so if you're not on top of a mountain or a remote beach, make sure that the window is facing your bathroom vanity and not the toilet or shower.  

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Choosing the right bathtub for your bathroom
Posted on Friday, June 10, 2011

Wouldn't it be great if you could come home after a tiring day at work and just turn on the water, add some bubbles and soak your stress away in a bathtub? If you're looking for your own personal tub in your bathroom, there are several factors to consider.


The first, of course, is the size of your bathroom. If there's no room for a bathtub, then you can't really do anything about it. If you're in the process of renovating your space, however, it's important to make sure that you have the correct dimensions for a snug and perfect fit.


Another consideration is the functionality of the bathtub that you intend to purchase. Are you getting one for a simple soak once in a while or are you looking for that quintessential spa experience? If you chose the latter, look for a whirlpool tub with several massage jets installed in it.


Additionally, the look of your bathroom should also dictate what kind of bathtub you should get. For the traditionalists, a claw-foot tub might be the perfect addition to complement your antique bathroom vanity. If you're more into contemporary design, opt for a streamlined piece that features minimalist straight lines.   

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Are you thinking about making over your bland bathroom and turning it into a space that will grab the attention of anyone using it? You might want to go bold by using red in your design scheme.


The color red is mostly associated with passion and drama, so why not create a space that's teeming with excitement by using a color palette that's reminiscent of gorgeous red roses or hot chili? You can start by choosing an accent wall and painting it with the firey, unforgettable color. If you think that a red wall could be too overpowering, opt for bathroom accessories adorned with the shade instead. Pair a red shower curtain with a collection of gorgeous towels for a rich and bold pop of color in the bathroom. You might even want to add accent tiles in the shower for an even more customized look.


Of course, it's important to remember to keep major bathroom fixtures in a neutral tone. A red bathtub may seem like a great idea at first, but the shade might turn potential buyers off when you're ready to sell your home.

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Create an Asian-inspired bathroom
Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2011

Different people can be inspired by a variety of things when it comes to their homes. For some, the look of an Asian-inspired room is very appealing - the simple lines and minimalist decor create an uncluttered yet organic space that's pleasing to the eyes. If you're in the process of renovating your bathroom, you might want to look to the Far East for some inspiration.


For some Zen in your bathroom, choose a color palette that will be relaxing to the eyes - shades of grays and greens will complement any bathroom accessories and fixtures that you install. For the fixtures, think contemporary pieces with streamlined designs - choose a bathtub and toilet that have simple lines and no extra fuss. For the bathroom vanity, you can also go contemporary but opt for a piece with wood detailing. And if you're installing tiles, look for a collection with bamboo-inspired textures or pebbles that mimic the natural surroundings so popular in the Asian aesthetic.


To finish the room off, opt for minimal bathroom accessories that have practical purposes, like a bamboo mat or bamboo roman shades for the windows.

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There are many ways to create a bathroom that can match the luxurious feeling of the spa. You can install a steam shower or a stress-reducing whirlpool tub to emulate your favorite weekend spot, but perhaps one of the most cost-effective and easy ways of having a relaxing time in your bathroom is by purchasing a shower panel with a rain showerhead.


Remember the feeling of being a kid and getting soaked in a strong rain shower? Well, that sentiment can easily be experienced once again with a rain showerhead. Most would agree that there's just something about water flowing right on top of your head that leads to a relaxed mind and soothed soul.


For added luxury, certain shower panels come with not only the rain showerhead, but several massaging jets and a handheld water output as well for that quintessential spa experience. If you are, however, looking to simplify, you can always just get a shower head without the other amenities. 

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Health benefits of a steam shower
Posted on Tuesday, June 7, 2011

How amazing would it be to have a steam shower in the comforts of your own home? No longer will you have to awkwardly sit in a room with other strangers as you try to relax and sweat your stress away. And besides, a steam shower has such great health benefits as well.


According to DrGranny.com, relaxing in a steam shower increases your antibody production, and in the process, improves your overall immune system. Additionally, a steam shower allows you to sweat off the many toxins in your body.


For the skin, the steam that emanates from the shower opens up your pores and helps remove excess oil as well as dirt that accumulates on your epidermis. This is probably why people who frequent saunas step out with glowing skin.


If your muscles and bones are in pain from intense physical activity, there's no better place to be than in a relaxing steam shower. The news source also mentions how the heat and steam can dilate blood vessels, increasing overall blood circulation to relieve you from any aches and pains that you may be feeling.

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What's in a modern bathroom? Well, actually, the question should be: what's not in a modern bathroom? If you're planning on gutting your bathroom entirely for a modern look, you need to understand that simplicity truly is key.


A modern bathroom differentiates from a traditional one in many ways. However, perhaps the main detail that characterizes a modern space is its sheer minimalism. In these rooms, don't expect to find any ostentatious design elements, like carved detailing in wood furniture. Instead, clean lines and streamlined pieces are used. Additionally, the colors are particularly toned down in a modern setting, unless you want to make a statement with a bold piece of furniture.


Transforming an outdated space into a modern one is fairly simple - just restrict yourself from using too many bathroom accessories and cluttering the area. For that quintessential modern piece, choose a bathroom vanity in a neutral tone with linear design and chrome detailing. Pick up the metal with chrome faucets and fixtures that will complement the overall aesthetic of the room.  

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Finding inspiration for your bathroom renovation
Posted on Monday, June 6, 2011

When it comes to renovating their bathrooms, many people know exactly what they want and how their spaces are going to look. For some, making over their privies may be easier said than done due to lack of inspiration.


The truth is that it's actually quite simple to be inspired, as long as you open up your mind. You might want to step out of your home and perhaps walk around your neighborhood - you never know what you'll see that may eventually influence your bathroom aesthetic. For instance, strolling through a park could give you ideas on creating a nature-inspired bathroom, complete with bamboo tiles and an antique bathroom vanity.


Another way to be inspired is to look into other people's bathrooms. You don't have to copy exactly everything that you see, but you might be able to pinpoint certain features of the space that pique your interest. You don't even have to go anywhere to check out other people's spaces - many homeowners post pictures of their bathrooms online. Do a quick internet search and see what style suits your fancy. 

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For some, a bathroom serves one purpose, and that's to get them clean and tidy. For others, the space is more than just a toilet and a shower - it's a room where you can be alone with your thoughts as you relax in a bathtub and let go of all the stresses of the day. So what's more luxurious than soaking in a whirlpool tub?


Installing a whirlpool tub in your bathroom is the ultimate opulent choice for anyone who would rather be relaxing in their own private space than at a spa. There are many options for people to choose from - in fact, some tubs even feature a collection of massage jets that will likely soothe your aching body. Others also have enough room for more than one person, so feel free to invite your sweetheart to relax and soak with you.


With a whirlpool tub, you can turn your own bathroom into a retreat, effectively getting rid of the need to book a weekend trip at your local spa when life gets a little out of control.

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Is your bathroom boring and sterile? If you think that your fun personality is not being fully expressed inside your space then you might want to do something about it by installing a statement piece bathroom vanity.


A vanity is the centerpiece for any bathroom and is normally the most prominent out of all the fixtures. A white toilet and bathtub can easily blend in especially with white tiles, so picking out a bathroom vanity that's full of character might be the right choice for you. If you would like to showcase your traditional aesthetics, look for an antique bathroom vanity that resembles a piece of furniture with extravagant detailing. If you have a colorful personality, opt for a modern piece with bright and bold colors to reflect who you are.


Just remember that even with a statement bathroom vanity, you still have to take into consideration its functionality, so look for a piece that features ample storage space under the sink to store your knickknacks.

 

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You've probably seen one in a high-end hotel bathroom and thought it was a sink for kids - well, that was actually a bidet (pronounced b-day). This fixture has been a staple in the privies of the privileged for centuries as an important part of an individual's hygienic process. The question is, do you need one in your own space?


Well, if you have the room for it, why not? The reason why most modern homes don't come equipped with bidets is because of the area that's required for its installment, but if your bathroom is spacious enough for one, then go for it! However, do remember that just like the toilet, the bidet requires some elbowroom to be used properly.


Of course, if you don't have the room for one, there are plenty of alternatives that you can install in your bathroom in order to mimic the function of a bidet. Instead of a separate piece, why not purchase a washlet that you can attach to your existing toilet? These add-ons come in a variety of models, and some include the entire toilet seat as well as a washer, air dryer and temperature control.

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Go for chrome with your bathroom accessories
Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The word normally gets tossed around when it comes to talks of design, but what exactly is a contemporary aesthetic? According to Rental Decorating, "[c]ontemporary is characterized by clean lines and smooth surfaces without intricate details." This means no frou frou embellishments and overly fanciful pieces. Additionally, a contemporary space makes use of a neutral palette as well as metal accents.



The use of metal is especially important in completing the contemporary look of a bathroom. Materials like chrome, brushed nickel or stainless steel are most often found in this kind of setting, just keep it uniform and avoid mixing and matching. The faucet, for example, is the perfect bathroom accessory to showcase the right piece of metal - it is, after all, the center piece of any bathroom vanity.



However, just like jewelry, use metal accents sparingly. Besides the necessary fixtures, try not to overwhelm the senses with too much of the material, otherwise, you could end up transforming your bathroom into a cold and uncomfortable space.

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There are many things that you might not imagine doing in your lifetime, and one of them is installing your bathroom toilet. But what if the situation requires you to do it yourself? Perhaps hiring a plumber is just out of the question, or maybe you're in the mood for a challenge. Whatever the case may be, getting your porcelain throne installed is actually quite simple - as long as you have a friend to help you along!


In fact, the DIY Network lists four easy steps to setting up your toilet. The first is to install the wax ring onto the ground. Second, position the siphon onto the drain hole. Third, attach the water supply to the tank. And fourth, position the toilet over the siphon and attach the water supply line.


Perhaps the hardest part of the installation is the effort required to position the fairly heavy toilet onto the hole. This is why you're going to need an extra set of hands, so don't be embarrassed to ask a friend or a family member. They will, after all, likely be using it in the near future!

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Who doesn't like the look of wood? Whether painted or stained, a wooden antique bathroom vanity or wood paneling in our homes gives any space that hint of earthy vibe. Unfortunately, as beautiful as these pieces are, they're not necessarily as durable as, say, a granite countertop. In the bathroom, having wooden pieces might mean some extra maintenance work to ensure that they last a lifetime.


Because the bathroom is such a humid place, it is important that you protect your furniture in the space by treating it with the right finish and topcoat. When you purchase an antique bathroom vanity, make sure that you ask the seller about the condition of the piece and whether it needs to be treated. The same goes for having wooden floor in the space. There is paneling specifically made for the harsh conditions of a bathroom, so keep this in mind.


Additionally, caring for your gorgeous wood furniture in the bathroom means cleaning off water spills on them as soon as possible. An antique bathroom vanity runs the risk of growing mold or even rotting in the near future, so avoid longterm exposure to water.

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Your home is basically a reflection of who you are. If it's messy, well, that means you're messy! Additionally, how you style your space showcases how you are as a person. Let's take your bathroom vanity as an example.


If you've recently renovated your bathroom to include an antique bathroom vanity, you're merely expressing your traditional values. As a traditionalist, you enjoy the look of fine wood and carved detailing. This could mean that you like the finer things in life and enjoy nice, beautiful objects.


For the modernists, it's all about the functionality of an object. A streamlined contemporary vanity turns you on - especially in a neutral setting of whites, grays and blacks. What does this say about you? While some might think that a neutral space may be boring, we tend to think that you're more of a no-fuss kind of person.


Is your bathroom a mixture of both? Well, you probably consider yourself an eclectic person, incorporating pieces of the past with the functionality of the present.

 

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Gloom and despair may come to mind when the color gray is uttered. The white and black combination may be associated with cloudy days, but if you look closely, you'll most likely find the shade in many sophisticated rooms in hotels, restaurants and other chic establishments. So why is the color taking center stage in contemporary settings?


Just like its mom and dad, gray is a neutral hue. This means that it's a great canvas for different design aesthetics, so you need to stop associating the color with sadness! In a small space like the bathroom, gray can be the perfect balance between a sterile-looking white and a black that can quickly turn the space into a cave.


If you're not sold on the idea of having gray as the focal color in your bathroom, use it as the canvas for other colors to pop out instead. With a gray wall, mix it up with subdued yellows and blues for your bathroom accessories. The room will even look more sophisticated with chrome or stainless steel faucets and other fixtures.

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As the baby boomer generation ages, we're seeing more and more instances of multi-generational families in one household. Mom and dad go to work while grandma and grandpa care for the children - or go golfing! It's a great setup for many as familial bonds are strengthened. However, having individuals with different capabilities in one home may be tricky, especially when it comes to the functionality of the bathroom space.


If you're in the middle of this family gap, you have to understand the need for a few bathroom accessories for the older and the younger generation. In the shower, for example, you might have to install handle bars for assistance. Additionally, lighting can be an important factor in creating a comfortable bathroom space. Make sure that every nook and cranny is properly illuminated for everyone.


For the little ones, perhaps an addition of a stool in front of the bathroom vanity is needed as a step to his or her hygienic independence. Also make sure to put in no-slip bathroom rugs for the safety of everyone - and that includes you!

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As the baby boomer generation ages, we're seeing more and more instances of multi-generational families in one household. Mom and dad go to work while grandma and grandpa care for the children - or go golfing! It's a great setup for many as familial bonds are strengthened. However, having individuals with different capabilities in one home may be tricky, especially when it comes to the functionality of the bathroom space.


If you're in the middle of this family gap, you have to understand the need for a few bathroom accessories for the older and the younger generation. In the shower, for example, you might have to install handle bars for assistance. Additionally, lighting can be an important factor in creating a comfortable bathroom space. Make sure that every nook and cranny is properly illuminated for everyone.


For the little ones, perhaps an addition of a stool in front of the bathroom vanity is needed as a step to his or her hygienic independence. Also make sure to put in no-slip bathroom rugs for the safety of everyone - and that includes you!

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Enjoying your single life? Well, most bachelors do! If you have a pad all to yourself, you can pretty much transform any space into a cool and contemporary room to your liking. Unfortunately, most men may not have the designer's touch, so don't be afraid to pick up a home magazine or go online for some inspiration.


You might also want to start small - in other words, head straight to your bathroom. For that contemporary and almost industrial look, check out bathroom accessories in chrome or stainless steel. Nothing says 'man' more than a cool-looking faucet or a shower panel that looks like it belongs on the Enterprise. Just make sure to keep the major bathroom fixtures like the toilet and the bathtub neutral. Also keep the bathroom vanity minimal and void of fussy detailing.



For some additional accents, think about what you could do to the walls. If you're into that industrial aesthetic, you could check out faux brick paneling that mimics the look of those cool red bricks found in old buildings. You can also install faux tin ceilings for some added pizzazz. 

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Enjoying your single life? Well, most bachelors do! If you have a pad all to yourself, you can pretty much transform any space into a cool and contemporary room to your liking. Unfortunately, most men may not have the designer's touch, so don't be afraid to pick up a home magazine or go online for some inspiration.


You might also want to start small - in other words, head straight to your bathroom. For that contemporary and almost industrial look, check out bathroom accessories in chrome or stainless steel. Nothing says 'man' more than a cool-looking faucet or a shower panel that looks like it belongs on the Enterprise. Just make sure to keep the major bathroom fixtures like the toilet and the bathtub neutral. Also keep the bathroom vanity minimal and void of fussy detailing.



For some additional accents, think about what you could do to the walls. If you're into that industrial aesthetic, you could check out faux brick paneling that mimics the look of those cool red bricks found in old buildings. You can also install faux tin ceilings for some added pizzazz. 

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Enjoying your single life? Well, most bachelors do! If you have a pad all to yourself, you can pretty much transform any space into a cool and contemporary room to your liking. Unfortunately, most men may not have the designer's touch, so don't be afraid to pick up a home magazine or go online for some inspiration.


You might also want to start small - in other words, head straight to your bathroom. For that contemporary and almost industrial look, check out bathroom accessories in chrome or stainless steel. Nothing says 'man' more than a cool-looking faucet or a shower panel that looks like it belongs on the Enterprise. Just make sure to keep the major bathroom fixtures like the toilet and the bathtub neutral. Also keep the bathroom vanity minimal and void of fussy detailing.



For some additional accents, think about what you could do to the walls. If you're into that industrial aesthetic, you could check out faux brick paneling that mimics the look of those cool red bricks found in old buildings. You can also install faux tin ceilings for some added pizzazz. 

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Enjoying your single life? Well, most bachelors do! If you have a pad all to yourself, you can pretty much transform any space into a cool and contemporary room to your liking. Unfortunately, most men may not have the designer's touch, so don't be afraid to pick up a home magazine or go online for some inspiration.


You might also want to start small - in other words, head straight to your bathroom. For that contemporary and almost industrial look, check out bathroom accessories in chrome or stainless steel. Nothing says 'man' more than a cool-looking faucet or a shower panel that looks like it belongs on the Enterprise. Just make sure to keep the major bathroom fixtures like the toilet and the bathtub neutral. Also keep the bathroom vanity minimal and void of fussy detailing.



For some additional accents, think about what you could do to the walls. If you're into that industrial aesthetic, you could check out faux brick paneling that mimics the look of those cool red bricks found in old buildings. You can also install faux tin ceilings for some added pizzazz. 

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Enjoying your single life? Well, most bachelors do! If you have a pad all to yourself, you can pretty much transform any space into a cool and contemporary room to your liking. Unfortunately, most men may not have the designer's touch, so don't be afraid to pick up a home magazine or go online for some inspiration.


You might also want to start small - in other words, head straight to your bathroom. For that contemporary and almost industrial look, check out bathroom accessories in chrome or stainless steel. Nothing says 'man' more than a cool-looking faucet or a shower panel that looks like it belongs on the Enterprise. Just make sure to keep the major bathroom fixtures like the toilet and the bathtub neutral. Also keep the bathroom vanity minimal and void of fussy detailing.



For some additional accents, think about what you could do to the walls. If you're into that industrial aesthetic, you could check out faux brick paneling that mimics the look of those cool red bricks found in old buildings. You can also install faux tin ceilings for some added pizzazz. 

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Enjoying your single life? Well, most bachelors do! If you have a pad all to yourself, you can pretty much transform any space into a cool and contemporary room to your liking. Unfortunately, most men may not have the designer's touch, so don't be afraid to pick up a home magazine or go online for some inspiration.


You might also want to start small - in other words, head straight to your bathroom. For that contemporary and almost industrial look, check out bathroom accessories in chrome or stainless steel. Nothing says 'man' more than a cool-looking faucet or a shower panel that looks like it belongs on the Enterprise. Just make sure to keep the major bathroom fixtures like the toilet and the bathtub neutral. Also keep the bathroom vanity minimal and void of fussy detailing.



For some additional accents, think about what you could do to the walls. If you're into that industrial aesthetic, you could check out faux brick paneling that mimics the look of those cool red bricks found in old buildings. You can also install faux tin ceilings for some added pizzazz. 

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Enjoying your single life? Well, most bachelors do! If you have a pad all to yourself, you can pretty much transform any space into a cool and contemporary room to your liking. Unfortunately, most men may not have the designer's touch, so don't be afraid to pick up a home magazine or go online for some inspiration.


You might also want to start small - in other words, head straight to your bathroom. For that contemporary and almost industrial look, check out bathroom accessories in chrome or stainless steel. Nothing says 'man' more than a cool-looking faucet or a shower panel that looks like it belongs on the Enterprise. Just make sure to keep the major bathroom fixtures like the toilet and the bathtub neutral. Also keep the bathroom vanity minimal and void of fussy detailing.



For some additional accents, think about what you could do to the walls. If you're into that industrial aesthetic, you could check out faux brick paneling that mimics the look of those cool red bricks found in old buildings. You can also install faux tin ceilings for some added pizzazz. 

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Enjoying your single life? Well, most bachelors do! If you have a pad all to yourself, you can pretty much transform any space into a cool and contemporary room to your liking. Unfortunately, most men may not have the designer's touch, so don't be afraid to pick up a home magazine or go online for some inspiration.


You might also want to start small - in other words, head straight to your bathroom. For that contemporary and almost industrial look, check out bathroom accessories in chrome or stainless steel. Nothing says 'man' more than a cool-looking faucet or a shower panel that looks like it belongs on the Enterprise. Just make sure to keep the major bathroom fixtures like the toilet and the bathtub neutral. Also keep the bathroom vanity minimal and void of fussy detailing.



For some additional accents, think about what you could do to the walls. If you're into that industrial aesthetic, you could check out faux brick paneling that mimics the look of those cool red bricks found in old buildings. You can also install faux tin ceilings for some added pizzazz. 

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