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Do-It-Yourself 'green' cleaning supplies for the bathroom
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011

Whether you have an older bathroom or have recently finished a complete renovation, keeping the bathroom clean is important to maintaining the space's beauty as well as stopping the spread of germs. While many people are turning to store-bought natural products to cut down on their exposure to chemicals, others have found that they can save money and the environment by using a few basic ingredients to make their own effective and environmentally-friendly bathroom cleaners.


Baking soda is one of the most natural and effective cleaners for all areas of the home, including the bathroom. Make a paste by mixing baking soda with water to clean tiles, showers, bathtubs, sinks and bathroom faucets.


Vinegar is another great all-natural cleaning product - and, surprisingly, it won't leave your home smelling like vinegar! According to the Acworth Patch, white vinegar has mildew fighting properties that make it ideal for bathroom cleaning. TLC.com recommends spraying it on bathroom surfaces to loosen soap scum and dirt as well as treating stubborn bathroom stains (like a bathtub ring) with a cloth soaked with vinegar. It can also be used to mop floors.


No matter what type of cleaning products you use, experts say it's important to clean the bathroom once a week, although many people will find their spaces need a few spruce ups in-between as well!

 

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A unique, two-year collegiate competition is coming to an end. The U.S. government's Solar Decathlon challenged teams of college students to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. The winning team will blend affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.


Three teams involved in the competition have included Moen bathroom faucets in their designs because of their water efficiency, design aesthetics and affordability. The products chosen include Moen's 90 degree faucet and showerhead as well as other bath accessories that complement the modern style of the designs. In addition, the fixtures carry the EPA's WaterSense label, which means they flow at a reduced rate of 1.5 gallons per minute, versus the standard 2.2 gallons per minute on less efficient products.


"Moen is dedicated to developing thoughtfully designed products that combine water efficiency and high-end styling - all while maintaining the quality experience that users have come to expect," said Moen's director of marketing, Kevin Campbell. "We're thrilled to have our products recognized by each of the teams and be included in their homes."


Individuals who want to incorporate some of the bathroom designs featured in the Solar Decathlon homes may want to visit SolarDecathlon.gov.

 

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Replace or refurbish?
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011

Whether you're moving into a new home with an outdated bathroom or simply cannot stand to look at your current bathroom for another day, experts say there are ways to make a big impact in your space by picking and choosing which items to replace.


While many people choose to replace their existing bathroom vanity to make a dramatic difference in the appearance of the room, experts say some may choose to paint or refinish theirs and add a new faucet, sink, countertop and cabinet hardware to completely change the look without spending too much money.


For those who purchase a new vanity but cannot afford to replace their bathtub, some suggest re-glazing the surface or covering it up with an acrylic bath liner and wall surround.


"It does transform the whole bathroom," Stewart Pruzansky, who owns a company that installs acrylic bath surrounds, told NorthJersey.com.


The decision on whether to replace or refurbish bathroom furniture and fixtures may depend on the condition of the items. Bathtubs with holes or cracks may not be able to be fixed and must be replaced to ensure their integrity and appearance. However, picking and choosing which items to buy and which ones to hold onto can help make affordable luxury within reach for many homeowners.

 

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Many homeowners planning a bathroom renovation want to take their project to the next level by not only creating a beautiful space, but ensuring that it's as environmentally-friendly as possible. Creating a so-called 'eco bathroom' can be achieved in many different ways including using low-VOC or zero-VOC paint, installing more efficient plumbing fixtures and using recycled materials.


When it comes to the bathroom's focal point - the bathroom vanity - those interested in using eco products may choose one that is constructed with sustainable materials and low-VOC finishes, such as those available from the Wyndham Collection. Products that are manufactured in environmentally-friendly facilities or are shipped using recycled materials also help homeowners keep projects as "green" as possible.


Natural stone or man-made vanity tops and floors that use recycled materials are often preferred by those who want an eco bathroom as well, according to the Star Tribune. Other flooring options that are in high-demand for eco-friendly bathrooms include natural stone or glass tiles, which are often made with recycled bottles and jars.


The news provider also reports that cast iron bathtubs and sinks help reduce the impact on the environment, as they are made from about 90 percent recycled materials.

 

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Black and white creates a unique color palette for the bathroom
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2011

While neutral colors such as tans and greens are commonly chosen for bathrooms, design experts say a combination of black and white is becoming increasingly popular.


Many different styles and sizes of bathroom vanities are available in both black and white. While a white vanity adds a clean, fresh look to a space, a black vanity adds a sense of sophistication. However, instead of installing these pieces against a different colored backdrop, experts suggest sticking to a purely black and white color scheme to create a beautiful and elegant space.


For instance, a white vanity, bathtub and toilet set in a room with black walls and white trim looks anything but dark and dreary. Add in a black and white patterned shower curtain as well as pops of another color (such as yellow) for a truly fabulous bathroom design. DIYNetwork.com suggests that adding a vase of yellow flowers, some yellow candles and other elements help to soften the deep black walls.


A similar effect can be achieved by painting walls white and adding a black vanity, shower curtain and other accents. While small pops of color through the addition of towels, art and other décor items are interesting, sticking to just black and white with the addition of some gray accessories is also an option.

 

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Bathroom design experts say that bathroom vanities are the most common focal points in most bathroom renovation projects.


While many couples choose a dual-sink vanity for a master bath renovation, Arizona-based designer Lori Carroll recently told DIYNetwork.com that many are opting instead for separate his and her vanities. This is sometimes achieved by installing two separate furniture-style vanities.


"One thing that we're looking at more and more is husbands asking for a little taller master bath vanity," Carroll told the website. "When he's 6'6" and she's 5'5" I could tweak his vanity all the way up to like 37 inches. That's much more convenient for a tall person than the traditional 34-35 inches."


The discrepancy in height can be addressed by installing a piece in between the two vanities, according to Carroll.


"I might create a makeup area or maybe a taller vanity with drawers and doors or a combo of the two," she told the website.


This trend highlights the fact that many people are focusing on creating spaces that work efficiently for the user, and ensures there is adequate storage space to keep toiletries and other items out of sight, yet easily accessible.

 

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Shower enclosures help protect floors
Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011

While many people choose to install a glass shower enclosure as part of a bathroom renovation, home improvement experts say that this is a good project to complete at any point.


Glass shower doors can completely change the look of a room, much like the way installing a new bathroom vanity can. They also help to achieve a clean, spacious and modern feel in the bathroom.


One of the many benefits of choosing to install a glass shower enclosure over a shower curtain is that they provide a water-tight barrier that prevents water from escaping the shower area and collecting on the floor, which could lead to problems such as leaks, buckling floors and mildew.


Glass shower doors are generally easy to maintain, especially those that have been manufactured with a "clean coat" protection that helps keep maintenance low. However, regardless of the glass, homeowners are encouraged to regularly clean these products, especially around the tracks where dirt build-up is common, according to SouthShoreDreamBath.com.


Shower enclosures are available in many different sizes and styles - finding one that will work well in any space is easy.

 

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While tile and other solid surfaces are the most common choices for a new bathroom floor, design experts say a new product allows homeowners to install carpet in their bathrooms without having to worry about moisture, mold and mildew.


Those looking for a durable area rug or wall-to-wall carpeting for a bathroom might consider a product called FLOR.  This modular carpet system product allows users to create a custom floor covering that can be configured for any space.


FLOR is soft and sturdy, but has moisture-wicking properties and antimicrobials that protect against odor and bacteria. Unlike traditional carpet, FLOR carpet tiles will not allow moisture to penetrate to the surface below. Instead, moisture remains on the face of the tile until it is blotted with a clean cloth or until it evaporates. This makes it an ideal product for rooms with high humidity, such as the bathroom.


"The FLOR tiles are great because any individual piece can be removed, cleaned, dried and then put right back into place with no trouble," Sheila Harris, a homeowner who installed this carpet system in a bathroom, told HGTV.com. "Obviously, this is exactly what you want in a bathroom, where there's a lot of moisture. Not just any wall-to-wall carpet would work as well as this does in my bathroom."


This innovative product can instantly change the look of any bathroom, much like a new bathroom vanity, bathtub or shower enclosure can.

 

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While there are many ways homeowners can instantly change the look of their bathroom, none is as effective as installing a new bathroom vanity.


Vanities are available in countless sizes, colors and styles. Whether you want a traditional, antique, contemporary or modern bathroom, there are literally thousands of vanity choices available online and in stores.


Installing a new bathroom vanity can easily be done by many homeowners - without having to hire a contractor. According to DIYNetwork.com, there are several easy steps that should be followed for those replacing an old vanity and installing a new one on their own.


Obviously, removing the old vanity is the first step. This involves shutting off the water supply at the main valve and turning off waterlines to the sink. Before the new vanity is put into place, the DIY Network suggests prepping the vanity top by installing the fixtures. Then, the new unit can be positioned and leveled where you want it. It should be attached to wall studs with 2 ½ or 3-inch wood screws. Finally, install the prepped vanity top with caulk and attach the waterlines.

 

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Add shelving for additional bathroom storage
Posted on Monday, September 26, 2011

For many people, storage is a major consideration when embarking on a bathroom renovation. Sometimes, a space simply isn't large enough to hold a bathroom vanity that has ample space for makeup, medications, soaps, shampoos, toilet paper, toothpaste and the many other personal hygiene and beauty items needed on a daily basis.


While linen closets often provide extra storage space, some choose to eliminate their closets in favor of an overall larger space. In addition, many who preserve their storage closets often prefer to have their often-used items closer at hand.


Design experts from HGTV say shelves can help keep items neatly organized and within reach. Empty walls over the toilet and above the showerhead are ideal spaces to add storage. Some even recommend constructing built-in shelving between wall studs.


"We've done doors on a wall in the bathroom where you open it up and basically build a cabinet that fits in between the studs in the wall," bathroom design expert Thompson Price told HGTV.com.


Keeping shelves neat and tidy once they're installed is easy with some basic storage items such as baskets, bowls and jars.

 

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When it comes to bathroom renovation trends, showers are in. Some homeowners remove the bathtub and opt instead for a large, luxury shower in its place. Others combine their shower and bathtub and those with large spaces sometimes choose to have both a shower and tub, separate.


Glass shower enclosures are especially popular, with many choosing them for the clean, modern look they help achieve. However, the fact that clear glass does not offer any privacy is a negative to some people, especially those who might be sharing a bathroom space with family members.


Shower enclosures with frosted glass help solve this dilemma by helping to achieve a beautiful appearance without sacrificing privacy. This type of glass is available in many different styles and sizes of shower enclosures.


Those who want to preserve their modesty but already have a clear glass enclosure may consider applying a frosted glass film on their door themselves. According to NouveauBathrooms.com, two different types of frosted films are available - one that requires glue to stick and one that stays in place due to static force. Both are relatively easy to apply by following the manufacturer's instructions.


These films may also help homeowners who have an awkwardly-placed bathroom window achieve more privacy without sacrificing natural light.

 

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There's no denying the fact that most people considering a bathroom renovation strive to create a beautiful space. With a large variety of décor styles available in items including bathroom vanities, bathtubs, showers, toilets and faucets at the click of a mouse, some may lose sight of the fact that the room must be practical as well.


Experts from NouveauBathrooms.com say that a bathroom should cater to those who use it. For example, a tall vanity is not recommended for someone who is short, or for a bathroom that kids will be using.


Another consideration should be what materials items are made of, as some things will hold up to the humidity and basic wear and tear of daily bathroom use better than others.


"Most of us want our bathrooms to look clean, tidy and presentable, but the most attractive materials and features aren't always the most durable, appropriate or economical," the website states.


The design website suggests those considering a renovation answer certain questions for themselves before making purchases. These questions include "how often will the space be used?" and "who will regularly be using the bathroom?"


All in all, putting a bit of extra thought and planning into anew bathroom will help homeowners make smart choices that will help ensure they will be pleased with their room for years to come.

 

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Don't overlook smaller items when renovating
Posted on Friday, September 23, 2011

It's a common scenario among many who are undertaking a bathroom renovation project - they spend the majority of their time, money and effort on shopping for and choosing the ideal bathroom vanity, bathtub or shower enclosure and forget that smaller items are an equally important part of their new space.


While large items will most likely take up the majority of any project, design experts say it's important to consider items such as faucets and sinks as well. After all, these will also contribute to the overall style and design of the room.


When choosing a faucet for a new bathroom, it's important to take into consideration the overall style of the space. You should choose faucets and other bathroom fixtures that complement the overall décor of your room, whether it's traditional, modern, contemporary or antique. The same rule holds true when choosing a sink.


Updating bathroom accessories such as towel bars, toilet paper holders and robe hooks can also keep your renovation cohesive. In addition, new towels, bath rugs and art work are important finishing touches for a new space.

 

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You've chosen a bathroom vanity, bathtub, shower enclosure and faucets. Before installing these items, it's important to choose a floor for your bathroom renovation. While ceramic tile remains a popular flooring choice in the bathroom, design experts from HGTV say there are several other flooring options that are ideal for today's spaces.


Those who like the look of a tile floor might want to check out different varieties of glass tiles for their new room. This surface is easy to clean and a good option for those who want to make their space more environmentally-friendly, as they are often made using recycled bottles and jars. In addition, glass tiles are available in many different shapes and colors to complement any bathroom décor.  However, experts say that some varieties can be slippery, so it's best to choose tiles that are sandblasted.


Wood floors are also becoming more popular in bathrooms, especially in homes that have hardwoods throughout other rooms.


"Wood is fine in bathrooms," interior designer Nicole Sassaman told HGTV.com. "You just have to dry water off of it rather than letting it sit, but you should do that anyway. Putting extra coats of varnish on it will also help make it more durable."


Bamboo and cork can create a similar look to regular hardwood floors, but offer other advantages. Both materials are resistant to mold, mildew and bacteria and repel moisture, which is important for humid areas like bathrooms.

 

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Basic white no longer the only option for bathtubs
Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2011

Every separate space in a home has a focal point. In a living room, it's often a fireplace, sofa or bookcase. In a bedroom, it can be an armoire, headboard or other piece of furniture. In the bathroom, the focal point is most often a bathroom vanity or a bathtub.


While there are many different styles, colors and materials available for bathroom vanities, many people still feel that their options on creating a statement with a bathtub is limited to choosing a different shape or size of white tub.


However, design experts say that basic white is no longer the norm when it comes to choosing a new bathtub. Colored bathtubs, as well as ones that are constructed of stainless steel and wood, can add a unique element to any bathroom renovation.


Freshome.com reports that a wooden bathtub - like the Laguna Basic Tub by Alegna - is an ideal addition to a contemporary bathroom. These items are not only stylish, but are durable and are expected to look beautiful in a space for years to come. They are available in different finishes to match any bathroom décor and are can also be upgraded with luxury extras like an integrated Jacuzzi.


Those searching for an unusual element to help make their bathroom beautiful and stylish may consider purchasing a unique bathtub to make a statement.

 

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While renovating a bathroom in an older home may be necessary to update plumbing, electrical and structural items, experts say many homeowners are also making updates that help retain the historic charm of their homes.


Kitchen & Bath Design News recently highlighted a Cambridge, Massachusetts, project that succeeded in preserving the home's antique charm, despite transforming the space into a spa-like, modern bathroom.


The publication reports that the owners wanted their new bathroom to reflect the period charm and character of the home, which was built in 1915. To achieve this, the couple completely gutted the existing bathroom as well as an adjacent dressing area and rebuilt it from the ground up. The room's new focal point is a freestanding, deep-soaking bathtub


While the bathtub helped the project stay true to the home's historic feel, the other elements in the space contributed to a modern, spa-like aesthetic. A large, dual-sink bathroom vanity helped create ample storage to keep toiletries out of sight, as did his and hers medicine cabinets. Radiant floor heating and a temperature-controlled towel warmer added to the luxurious feel of the space. In addition, a pale color palette was used for tiles and walls to keep the space clean and open-feeling.


Others who want to create a modern space that won't look awkward or out of place in an older home may choose a similar strategy for a bathroom renovation. A antique-styled bathroom vanity or bathtub can serve as a focal point in a space equipped with many modern amenities!

 

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Create an escape from stress with a luxury shower
Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2011

With the trend towards creating luxurious spa-like bathrooms continuing, many people focus on adding a whirlpool bathtub that they can use to soak away their stresses. However, design experts say that a fabulous shower can be used instead to create that relaxing, retreat environment that many are seeking with a new bathroom.


Whether you choose a steam shower, a rain showerhead or multiple body sprays in a new shower, you're sure to create a fabulous in-home getaway. Advanced technologies, like Moen's ioDIGITAL vertical spa, take the luxury factor a bit further by allowing users to program their ideal water temperature and flow with the push of a button. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that this system even allows individuals to turn the shower on from their beds so it's ready to go when they are!


The news source reports that many who want to add style and function to a new shower are also choosing in-shower benches that allow users to sit down while showering. While some shower bases are available with built-in benches, consumers can add their own as well.


Amenities such as aromatherapy, CD connections, iPod hookups, telephone receivers, timers and acupuncture massage are also available in many steam shower units. These will surely transform any bathroom into an at-home spa!

 

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Individuals considering a bathroom renovation for their children may consider enlisting the help of those who will using the space before choosing a bathroom vanity, bathtub, faucets and accessories.


Adding unique or fun products will also add a sense of playfulness to a bathroom makeover for a youngster. After all, a cool room needs some coordinating items to complete the look. Towels, bathroom rugs, art and other bathroom accessories will make the space feel like their own, especially if they're involved in choosing them. Even something as small as a special toothbrush can make a child, tween or teen excited to use his or her new bathroom.


Brush Buddies talking toothbrushes are shaped like animals and actually talk users through the task, helping to ensure they don't forget any parts and that they brush long enough. Several different animals are available including a pig, monkey, cow, dog and cat.


Music lovers of all ages may also enjoy a singing Justin Beiber toothbrush. The toothbrush includes two songs by the pop sensation - one for the morning and one for the night. Brushing through the whole song will help fans extend their brushing time.


In fact, Brush-Buddies.com cites studies that show that the average person brushes just between 45 and 75 seconds each time they brush their teeth - well below the recommended 120 seconds dentists say is necessary to ensure good dental hygiene. Design the bathroom of your little one's dreams and his teeth are bound to sparkle!

 

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Whether you're planning a complete bathroom renovation by installing a new bathroom vanity, bathtub, faucets, accessories and fixtures, or just making a few smaller changes to improve the overall look and function of your space, experts say it's important to remember ventilation.


Bathrooms, especially those equipped with steam showers, need proper ventilation for several reasons. Fans help to keep moisture to a minimum and avoid the growth of mold, mildew and other bacteria that can lead to allergies and other health problems. In addition, a properly ventilated room will look better over time.


The good news for those looking for a bathroom ventilation option is that there are now many new types of systems available, including one that incorporates a powerful bathroom fan into a regular recessed light.


NuTone's new fan lights disappear into the ceiling with other recessed lights, to provide a practical and attractive way to control humidity in a bathroom.


Not only does this product serve two purposes by lighting and ventilating, but it is also available with a humidity-sensor that automatically turns the fan on and off, as needed.

 

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Experts say that individuals renovating a bathroom in their homes may want to consider making changes to help create a space that will be safe and efficient for themselves and their families for years to come.


The Chicago Tribune reports that the number of Americans older than 65 is estimated to top 72 million by the year 2030, according to the U.S. Administration on Aging. As the majority of in-home injuries occur in the bathroom, especially among seniors, it's important to design bathrooms that are safer for the aging population.


Bathtubs and showers that contain benches and grab bars can help cut down on the number of falls suffered by older individuals. Removing the bathtub and opting instead for a shower that is easier to get in and out of can also reduce bathroom accidents. Some may even choose to eliminate the need to step over a lip of any sort and turn their space into a wet room.


"In a wet room, the shower and bathroom share one big, open space that has an extra floor drain and slightly sloped floors for drainage," HGTV.com explains.


Other senior-friendly changes include installing an elevated toilet seat, using brighter light bulbs and night lights, keeping floors clear of hazards and improving storage.

 

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Author's toilet being sold for $1 million
Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2011

When it comes to choosing furniture and fixtures for a bathroom renovation, some people will spare no expense.


Those who want to purchase a toilet that was once used by famous author J.D. Salinger will have to subscribe to the same "the sky's the limit" philosophy if they want to buy it, as it's being auctioned with an asking price of $1 million.


According to the News & Observer, a North Carolina collectibles dealer is auctioning the "Catcher in the Rye" author's toilet on eBay.


While Rick Kohl admits $1 million might be a bit high for the commode, he says the item is worth at least $100,000. He told the newspaper that he will entertain reasonable offers.


The toilet, which was taken from a New Hampshire home that Salinger moved out of in the 1980s, is a simple, white Crane Oxford model manufactured in October 1962.  It does not come with a seat or a lid, and it has not been cleaned. However, it does come with a letter of authentication from the home's owner, who purchased it from Salinger.


Perhaps an aspiring writer will bid on the item, hoping that he or she will be inspired while sitting on the toilet that was once used by a literary genius?

 

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The popularity of classic, water-guzzling porcelain toilets in the Denver, Colorado, area has spurred utility managers to call for a ban of non-efficient commodes.


According to the Denver Post, these old-style toilets use as much as 3.14 gallons of water per flush.


Utility managers have asked state legislators to consider setting a statewide toilet standard of 1.28 gallons per flush, in order to save water.


"This not only saves water consumption overall, but it also provides an opportunity to reduce the amount of water sent to wastewater treatment," Democratic state senator Gail Schwartz told the newspaper. "If consumers can save money and also work toward saving water, I think this might be popular."


While any law would not require individuals with old toilets to replace them, it would help ensure that new ones being sold are much more water-efficient. 


Denver-area homeowners are already being given rebates for swapping out old toilets with new, efficient ones.


Similar legislation is also being considered in California and Texas, and toilet manufacturers are said to be in support of it as well.


According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, toilets are by far the main source of water use in the home, accounting for nearly 30 percent of residential indoor water consumption.  Replacing old models with a WaterSense-certified toilet can save as much as 4,000 gallons of water each year.

 

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Many people embark on bathroom renovation projects to turn outdated spaces into functional and beautiful rooms. These bathrooms often include amenities that are certainly not must-have items in a modern bathroom, such as steam showers, whirlpool bathtubs and heated floors. Other things, like a working bath or shower, properly functioning sink and a toilet that flushes, cannot be eliminated. Or can they?


A new study conducted by the London Science Museum has revealed that many British people would prefer to live without a flushing toilet than to have to give up the social networking website Facebook.


According to the Daily Mail, Facebook ranked fifth on the list of things people in the UK said they couldn't live without. Sunshine was ranked first, the internet second, clean water third and a refrigerator fourth.


A functioning, flushing toilet ranked ninth on the survey of 3,000 British adults.


While the study certainly shows the popularity of the website in the UK, it raises the question of whether Americans would answer similarly.


With an increasing trend toward creating spa-like bathroom retreats at home, odds are many Americans would have to rank a functioning, flushable toilet above a website.

 

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Black bathtubs make a modern statement
Posted on Monday, September 19, 2011

When it comes to bathroom style, those who enjoy clean lines and a sleek, clutter-free look often prefer modern bathroom vanities, faucets, toilets, bathtubs and accessories.


Many modern bathroom designs feature geometric shapes and materials including glass, chrome and solid-surface vanity tops.


While white is a common color found in many modern bathrooms, some people choose to add splashes of bright colors as well. However, those looking for a unique focal point for a modern bathroom may consider a black bathtub, like the Number One Bathtub by Corcel.


According to Trendir.com, this bathtub, which is constructed of carbon fiber, features an aerodynamic shape with racy lines and curves.


"[It is] perfect for a luxury modern bathroom," the website states. "The way its surface plays with light gives it a mysterious, black magic kind of allure. This piece is truly for those looking for something special and unique - something dramatic but in a straightforward, unfussy way."


Whether you decide on a black tub like this one, or decide to infuse black into the space with tile, paint or accessories, the dark color can help create an uncommon modern bathroom retreat.

 

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Whether you have a big or small bathroom, the trend of creating luxurious, retreat-like spaces continues.


"Spa-like master bathrooms are still strong," designer Lisa Peck recently told the Star Tribune. "People want a calming retreat from the world."


Peck told the newspaper that many are creating these relaxing bathroom retreats with high-end amenities including deep-soaking, whirlpool bathtubs, showers with multiple body sprays and heated floors and towel racks.


But those looking for a luxurious addition to their bathrooms may consider installing a rain shower head as a more affordable option.


These plumbing fixtures turn a regular shower into a spa-like experience. Instead of a high-pressure water flow that can sometimes be abrasive, a rain shower head gently cascades the water over the body.


"Washing under such rain showers is incredibly refreshing and you will step out feeling both invigorated and clean," according to NouveauBathrooms.com. "When compared to traditional shower heads, rain showers are more energy efficient as they disperse the water flow instead of just shooting it out. This way, less water is used and this will make the difference for your utility bills."

 

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Are you looking for an undoubtedly luxurious addition for your bathroom renovation? Those who want to create a beautiful, spa-like retreat to escape from the stresses of their lives may consider installing a steam shower as part of their new bathroom.


In addition to functioning like a regular shower, a steam shower generates steam to deliver a truly spa-like experience.


"When compared to a regular shower, the steam shower offers a wider range of health benefits," according to NouveauBathrooms.com. "For instance, steam showers can strengthen the immune system and make the cardiovascular system even stronger. Also, the main symptoms of chronic pain and rheumatism can be reduced."


Many steam showers come with a wide range of amenities that add to their luxurious feel as well. These include aromatherapy, CD connections, iPod hookups, telephone receivers, timers, benches, acupuncture massage, fluorescent mood lighting, ceiling rain showers, multiple shower jets, body sprays and foot massages.


These showers are available in many different styles and sizes, so they can easily be incorporated into any bathroom space.


And, those who worry they'll be a nightmare to clean should think again. Experts say many come equipped with an ozone sterilization system and simple push-button cleaning.

 

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Vessel sinks add a unique focal point to a space
Posted on Friday, September 16, 2011

Designing a new or remodeled bathroom is an exciting process. After all, with a wide variety of bathroom vanities, faucets, bathtubs, showers and accessories now available at the click of a mouse, finding the perfect components to create the space of your dreams has never been easier.


While bathrooms were once designed primarily to be functional, most people now strive to create efficient, easy to use rooms that look great as well.


Many are now choosing vessel sinks, which sit on top of a vanity much like a bowl, as a unique focal point for their bathrooms.


In fact, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), vessel sinks have grown in popularity over the past year, with more than half of designers surveyed by the association saying they've used them in their projects.


These sinks are available in different shapes, materials and colors, which often make them a good choice for those who want to add an uncommon flair to their space.


"They are primarily used in powder rooms where you want to make a statement," bathroom designer Becky Worley recently told the Chattanooga Times Free Press.


While these sometimes bold sinks are popular, the NKBA found that traditional, under-mount sinks remain the most commonly-used option for bathroom designs.

 

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Individuals looking for inspiration for a bathroom renovation project certainly have a lot of places they can go to find it. Websites, television programs, magazines and designer showrooms are common places where homeowners can see newly renovated spaces containing the latest trends in colors, bathroom vanities, fixtures and accessories.


Individuals in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota recently got to see some innovative bathroom designs first-hand, through the 2011 American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Minneapolis Kitchen & Bath Tour.


The tour allowed people to personally enter more than 15 newly renovated spaces throughout the area.


According to the Star Tribune, there were a few trends that stood out when it came to these updated bathroom spaces, including more streamlined freestanding, furniture-like vanities, water-saving faucets, showers and toilets, as well as lustrous matte gold accessories.


Luxurious, spa-like master bathrooms also continue to be popular, as was seen on the tour.


"People want a calming retreat from the world," designer Lisa Peck told the newspaper.


She added that popular amenities include showers with multiple body sprays, deep-soaking bathtubs and heated towel racks and floors.


However, when it comes to powder rooms, many designers are creating interesting spaces with unique materials and accessories such as hammered metal sinks, concrete counter tops and illuminated floating vanities.


"Think outside the box in terms of materials," designer Michelle Byers advised.

 

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Green: The new neutral?
Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2011

If a person speaks about a green bathroom, odds are many would think the space's eco-friendliness is being referenced.


While "going green" by installing more efficient faucets, toilets and showers as well as bathroom vanities constructed using environmentally-friendly materials and manufacturing processes is undoubtedly becoming more and more common, so is using the color green in bathroom spaces.


According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), a survey of bathroom designers has revealed that green is becoming an increasingly popular color choice for bathrooms.


"A year ago, green color palettes were used by only 14 percent of NKBA designers, but at the end of 2010, that figure had risen to 24 percent," according to an NKBA press release.


Tennessee-based bathroom designer Kris Keith agrees.


"The most popular greens are in the medium tones: sage or olive green," he recently told the Chattanooga Times Free Press. "Shades of beige and charcoal are used as accents. In the last year, we've gotten a lot of new colors from cabinet manufacturers trending toward chameleon colors. Green is kind of like a chameleon - if you put it with blue it looks more blue, put it with gray and it turns gray. Green is the new neutral."


Other common colors for bathroom spaces include white, off-white, beige, brown, blue, gray, bronze and terracotta.

 

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When it comes to designing an attractive and functional bathroom space, many people rely on the advice of industry experts to guide them in the direction of furniture and fixtures that are trend-right.


Each year, the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) polls 100 of its members throughout the nation to gauge what types of bathroom vanities, plumbing fixtures, bathroom accessories and materials are popular in new and remodeled spaces.


Two Tennessee-based designers - Kris Keith and Becky Worley - recently discussed some of the hottest bathroom trends with the Chattanooga Times Free Press.


When it comes to materials for a vanity top, both designers say that granite is still the most commonly-used material, although quartz is gaining popularity. 


"Quartz is a little more expensive, but the beauty of quartz is that it's a workhorse counter that holds up to wear and tear, and you can get it in a variety of colors; even wild colors such as fire-engine red, orange or lime green," Worley told the newspaper.


Faucets with a satin nickel finish also continue to become more popular.


"We're also seeing people choose more polished-chrome and polished-nickel faucets," Worley said.


And, when it comes to sinks, under-mount varieties are still the most-used, with vessel sinks coming in second.

 

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Updating a bathroom? Don't forget the lighting
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Individuals planning a bathroom renovation project often focus on items such as the bathroom vanity, plumbing fixtures, bathtub and flooring. But designers say updating your space's lighting is often essential to creating a beautiful and functional bathroom.


Besides just installing a new lighting fixture, experts say it's often important to hire an electrician to add additional sources of light.


After all, adequate light is needed for many of the tasks performed daily in the bathroom such as applying makeup and shaving.


Newspaper columnist James Dulley wrote in the Detroit Free Press that bathrooms generally need good task lighting at the mirror and vanity. This can be achieved by installing lights both above and on each side of the mirror, which helps illuminate the space and cuts down on shadows.


Task lighting can also be installed over the shower or bathtub.


Recessed lights often work well in these areas, and some experts suggest installing a dimmer switch as well. This not only adds extended life to the bulbs and helps to save energy, but a dimmer also can help make the space more peaceful by providing ambient lighting.

 

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While many people embarking on a bathroom renovation project get caught up in defining the room's style, many experts say that isn't necessary.


"The new traditional is a mix of old and new; modern and traditional - a modern take on traditional elements," interior designer Nyla Free told the Calgary Herald.


Homeowners often choose a more traditional bathroom vanity and pair it with a modern faucet, vessel sink and solid surface counter top in the bathroom to create an updated and functional space, according to Free.


"Fixtures and fittings are also becoming so much more esthetically pleasing, so you're able to achieve a beautiful, warm, inviting bathroom with a mix of materials, shapes and textures," she told the newspaper.


Designer Sherrie Robinson also told the news source that a new bathroom vanity can instantly bring an old, outdated space into the 21st century.


Popular modern options include vanities that are made to look like furniture and floating vanities, which are mounted on the wall.


"It doesn't have to be extremely trendy," Robinson said. "Keep it simple, with clean lines – you'll love it for the next 20 years."


But remember, adequate storage is often key to keeping a space neat and clutter-free!

 

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Bathroom size decreasing, but features are not
Posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A new report released by the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) finds that homes will continue to get smaller but will contain more eco-friendly amenities in the next decade.


The findings confirm a recent trend reported by the National Association of Homebuilders, which found that the average U.S. home was 2,500 square feet in 2007 but had shrunk to 2,380 square feet in 2010.


While rooms throughout homes are expected to get smaller, the IFDA's "Vision for the Future" survey revealed that when it comes to bathrooms, smaller doesn't mean scaled back.


"Although the trend towards larger bath space has slowed down, 83 percent of the design industry pros feel that luxurious bathroom products such as spa showers, high-tech fixtures and TVs are on the rise," according to a review of the findings on FurnitureToday.com.


Renovating a bathroom to make it into a personal retreat user has been popular over the past few years, despite the recession and difficult economic times. Some design experts say that the economy may have fueled the popularity of these hotel-style luxury bathrooms, as many who know they won't be able to spend money to travel to five-star hotels often are deciding to bring the luxury of their favorite vacation spots to their bathrooms.


Homeowners can add a sense of luxury to their bathrooms by installing beautiful bathroom vanities and spa-like whirlpools, bathtubs and steam showers.

 

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While many people living in homes and apartments built in the 1940s and 50s promptly remove the pink, blue, green or yellow bathroom vanities, bathtubs, sinks and tiles, others are embracing the retro feel of these spaces.


"I never considered pulling out the pink tub and toilet. That would be blasphemy!" homeowner Michelle Roberts told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I knew I wanted to give the room an overhaul."


Roberts decided that black paint would help make a bold statement, and really showcase the bathroom's charm.


"The black paint was the most dramatic way to show modern design flair while remaining true to the vintage bones of the bathroom. I love the results. It brightens the green tile and pink tub and brings out the vintage feel of the bathroom, and because of the skylight, it's not too dark."


Roberts is among many who have embraced the vintage feel of their colorful bathrooms. Some choose to leave them alone to preserve the original style of their homes, while others are buying new bathroom fixtures that are manufactured to look retro.


"Several manufacturers of modern bathroom fixtures offer brand new lines that pay homage to the pink palaces of the past," the article by Amy Burger states.

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Making your bathroom more eco-friendly
Posted on Monday, September 12, 2011

While many people choose to make their bathrooms more eco-friendly by installing more efficient faucets, shower heads and toilets - as well as using energy-efficient lighting options - design experts say many bathroom vanities can make a space even "greener."


Several manufacturers have released bathroom furniture lines that are constructed using environmentally-friendly, zero emissions woods and veneers as well as low V.O.C. finishes. Many also use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood.


In addition, these eco-friendly bathroom vanities are constructed without the use of hazardous resins, epoxies and glues.


According to WorldInteriorDesignNetwork.com, some manufacturers are also offering more environmentally-conscious materials for vanity tops, including Caesarstone and Vetrazzo.


Caesarstone reuses and recycles manufacturing wastes including quartz, glass and mirrors for their surfaces, thereby reducing the amount of waste generated. Vetrazzo is a recycled glass surface comprised of 100 percent recycled glass.


Consumers can also rest assured knowing that choosing an eco-friendly bathroom vanity won't mean they have to sacrifice style or durability. These lines are built to last and are available in beautiful, stylish designs that can be incorporated into any bathroom space.

 

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While some design experts recommend keeping the colors in your bathroom neutral, there is a growing trend towards adding bright, bold colors to these spaces.


According to NorthJersey.com, many designers are encouraging their clients to add color to their bathrooms with paint, wallpaper and accessories. After all, a bright color may help invigorate you each morning while you're getting ready for work, or a darker hue may help you create a relaxing, peaceful space to unwind in.


When it comes to painting a bathroom, the type of paint you use is important because of the humidity it will be exposed to.


"In the past, for a bathroom or any wet area, you would use paint with a higher-gloss finish to repel moisture," Sonu Mathew, an interior designer with Benjamin Moore, told the website.


She added that new paint formulas, such as Benjamin Moore's Aura Bath & Spa paint, have matte finishes while still repelling moisture.


Consumers can also add more color to their bathroom with wallpaper or tile. However, according to NouveauBathrooms.com, large prints or busy patterns may make small spaces feel even smaller.


While adding color to a bathroom is a good way to change its look, design experts say a new bathroom vanity can also add a completely different feel to a space.


Those who don't have the budget to replace an existing vanity may consider painting it and adding an updated bathroom faucet to change the décor.

 

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Showers provide luxury in your bathroom
Posted on Friday, September 9, 2011

Not so long ago, individuals who wanted a luxurious bathroom they could use to relax, re-group and re-charge were short on options. Basically, they had to choose between a whirlpool bathtub with jets or a large soaker tub.


That is no longer the case. While many who want to create a bathroom retreat continue to install a beautiful bathtub, many choose to create a room with a large, luxurious shower instead.


Among the hottest trends in today's showers are walk-in varieties without doors or curtains, steam showers and showers with versatile shower sprays.

What if you don't have enough room for a large shower area?


"Remove your bathtub and install a shower where the tub was. Most people prefer showers anyway, and they are generally safer and easier to use," Universal design expert, Cynthia Leibrock, told HGTV.com.


"If the tub is eliminated, the new shower may well include steam and certainly a seat, to provide that tension release that speaks to the health we are all after," design expert Mary Jo Peterson wrote in a recent issue of Kitchen & Bath Design News.


HGTV.com also reports that removing the shower enclosure and bathtub altogether is becoming more common. This creates what is referred to as a "wet room."


 "In a wet room, the shower and bathroom share one big, open space that has an extra floor drain and slightly sloped floors for drainage," HGTV.com explains.

 

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Whether you have a traditional, antique, modern or contemporary bathroom, odds are the space will contain some stainless steel.


"Stainless steel fixtures can add character to any style of décor," according to FaucetDepot.com.


While many bathrooms contain stainless steel faucets and accessories, stainless steel bathtubs and sinks are becoming increasingly popular.


"A stainless steel bathtub could become a wonderful addition to your bathroom space as it can provide you with plenty of benefits," states an article from NouveauBathrooms.com.


A stainless steel tub or sink is easy to clean and durable, as it will resist both rust and corrosion.


However, the website reports that the material can stain or become blemished, so it is advised to avoid letting cleaners and soaps dry on the surface. Non-abrasive cleaners and sponges are also recommended to avoid scratching it.


Besides bringing a unique design element to a bathroom, installing a stainless steel bathtub or sink is considered environmentally sound, as the material is eco-friendly. In addition, since stainless steel is a good conductor of energy, water will stay warmer for longer in a stainless bathtub.

 

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Keeping a glass bathroom sink looking its best
Posted on Thursday, September 8, 2011

A glass sink is a great addition to any modern bathroom vanity. Whether you choose a vessel sink that sits on top of the vanity surface or choose one that is sunken into the surface, these sinks add a unique style to your space.


There are many different styles of glass sinks available, ranging from clear to brightly colored and patterned glass. Textured, frosted and smooth surfaces are also common.


No matter what color or type of glass sink you choose, experts say that a little bit of extra care and maintenance will keep it looking its best.


According to NouveauBathrooms.com, these sinks should be cleaned with a soft cloth, such as a cotton rag, to avoid scratching the surface. Dampened newspaper can also be used to help avoid streaking.


The website also suggests avoiding cleaners with acids and bleaching agents, as they can diminish the surface's shine.


In addition, it's important to dry these sinks after using them to avoid hard water residue and build-up. Simply keep a sponge handy to wipe off the remaining water.

 

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It's been said that couples with separate bathrooms get along better and are happier together. In fact, celebrity couples including Victoria (a.k.a. Posh Spice) and David Beckham, as well as Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas, admit to having his and hers bathrooms.


"Separate bathrooms is always a really great idea," Zeta Jones told The Sunday Times. "Mine is so messy, I'd absolutely hate for my husband to realize just how incredibly cluttery I can be."


While celebrities often have both the space in their mansions as well as the money needed to build separate bathrooms, most people may not. The solution for the rest of us: a double bathroom vanity.


According to NouveauBathrooms.com, separate sinks as well as individual counter space and under-the-sink storage space can help individuals keep the peace just as effectively as separate bathrooms.


When getting ready at the same time each morning or preparing for a special night out together, having your own space, rather than jockeying for a look in the mirror or a turn at the sink, can be priceless.


A double bathroom vanity is also more hygienic.


"The chance of contracting an illness or sharing germs, viruses or bacteria with a family member is greatly diminished when dual sinks are used and each person has their own dedicated sink," states the website.

 

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Individuals who like the clean lines and sleek, clutter-free look of a modern bathroom design have a variety of options when it comes to choosing bathroom vanities, faucets, bathtubs and accessories.


Choosing a modern-style toilet is the ideal way to complete the look of a newly designed space. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when making your choice, according to NouveauBathrooms.com.


First and foremost, if you're installing a new toilet into a space with existing plumbing, you'll need to know the rough in size. The most common in the U.S. is 12-inch, however 10-inch and 14-inch are also available.


The website reports that the next considerations include flushing capacity and what type of flushing mechanism is used.


"Pressure assisted toilets are the new generation and now preferred by most people in modern bathrooms," the website states. "Pressure assisted toilets are more expensive, so you need to consider this if you are on a budget."


When it comes to the actual look of the toilet, consumers can choose a round or elongated bowl and a variety of colors, styles and other options.

 

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Making the most of a small bathroom
Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The most recent issue of Kitchen & Bath Design News reports that homes - and bathrooms - may be getting smaller.


According to the National Association of Homebuilders, the average U.S. home was 2,500 square feet in 2007. In 2010, the average home shrunk to 2,380 square feet.


"Perhaps as a nod to current economics and environmental respect, there does seem to be a trend to remodel within the existing space, rather than adding space to create a master oasis," the publication's Mary Jo Peterson wrote.


Those embarking on a bathroom renovation in a smaller space can take the advice experts from NouveauBathrooms.com offer on making the most of the space available, however small it may be.


Installing a pedestal sink, rather than a larger bathroom vanity, is one strategy.


"By placing a pedestal sink in the small bathroom, you can open up the bathroom space by another 10 percent," the website suggests.


Other tips for making a smaller space appear larger include using soft color on the walls, choosing a light-colored floor, eliminating clutter and adding additional light fixtures to make the space appear brighter.

 

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The bathroom can often be one of the most wasteful spaces in the home. In fact, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), letting the bathroom faucet run for five minutes uses about as much energy as letting a 60-watt light bulb run for 14 hours.


While those embarking on bathroom renovation projects are often thinking about aesthetics first by choosing a beautiful, stylish bathroom vanity to serve as the focal point of their space, experts say choosing faucets with the WaterSense approval will help them create a more efficient bathroom as well.


Items that feature the EPA's WaterSense label are designed to help to save water without compromising flow. In addition to faucets, showerheads and toilets can also be WaterSense-labeled.


By installing these items as part of a bathroom update or renovation, an average household can save more than 500 gallons of water each year. Also, since these water savings will reduce demands on water heaters, households will also save energy. The EPA estimates that, in total, most households can save about $60 each year by installing more efficient faucets.

 

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While many people embark on bathroom renovation to make their space more efficient by installing updated bathroom vanities, faucets, fixtures and accessories, a new, high-tech mirror called the Magic Mirror may help homeowners make the most of their time in the bathroom.


Instead of just reflecting your image back to you, this mirror actually contains an interactive computer that allows the user to check out the day's news headlines, browse Facebook, respond to emails and view a calendar - all while shaving, brushing your teeth or applying makeup.


According to DigitalTrends.com, the mirror is also capable of scanning medication labels to display dosage instructions in front of the user, or scanning an image of the user's body type and allowing him or her to overlay clothing items on the body image to virtually try on clothes before purchasing them.


The device, which relies on voice recognition as well as a motion sensor, was developed by a research and development team from the New York Times. In addition to a mirror, it incorporates an LCD screen, Microsoft Kinect and a computer. This means that it will be able to recognize different household members and automatically customize the display content for each person.


The Magic Mirror is currently just a prototype, but is expected to make it to the market in the future.

 

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Create a statement with a freestanding tub
Posted on Tuesday, September 6, 2011

When you hear "freestanding bathtub," many people may envision a traditional, claw-foot tub fit for a traditional or antique-styled bathroom.


However, many stand alone bathtubs are anything but traditional, and they are definitely not just ideal for an antique space!


Like a bathroom vanity, a freestanding tub can create a focal point in your bathroom space. Whether you choose a more traditional shape and style or a completely unique and modern one, these tubs are great for creating a statement.


According to Freshome.com, these tubs can be brightly colored and constructed out of different materials including copper, wood, marble and concrete.


"Because concrete is so versatile, bathtubs that look like bowls, nutshells and even seashells are very popular in many modern homes," according to the website.


In addition, many freestanding bathtubs are outfitted with luxurious features such as directional jets, music, colored lights and aromatherapy to help transform an everyday bath into a relaxing spa-like experience.


Different depths and sizes also mean that some are large enough for more than one occupant at a time.


Remember, those who want to install a stand-alone tub should make sure to choose one that is appropriate for the space they have.

 

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Let's face it - kids spend a lot of time in the bathroom doing everything from potty training, bathing, brushing their teeth, washing their hands and even playing. Most parents strive to make their kids' bedrooms and playrooms fun and attractive, so why not put the same effort into their bathrooms?


Creating a bathroom that works well for kids and looks great doesn't have to be difficult. Inspiration can be found in magazines, home improvement stores, on television and even in your little one's favorite activities or bedtime stories. For instance, a sports-loving family may choose an athletic theme for their kids' bathroom, while a family with young kids who love a certain story may choose to decorate their bathroom around the book.


While a theme isn't necessary, how you renovate a bathroom for children will depend on how old they are. After all, you don't want to install kid-sized bathroom fixtures, such as a small toilet, if your child is approaching his or her teenage years!


One thing that is essential for any kids' bathroom is storage. You'll most likely want a bathroom vanity that has plenty of room to store things.


"Put organization in easy to find areas, and easy to reach heights," advises experts from Freshome.com. "Vanity sinks with open shelving below, bath toy storage with suction cup holders, and baskets for toiletries will help kids keep their bathroom clean and tidy."

 

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A bathtub with built-in storage
Posted on Friday, September 2, 2011

Is there such a thing as a bathroom with too much storage?


Even spaces with large bathroom vanities and plenty of linen closet space can benefit from additional storage. After all, many of us store a variety of items including bath products, toiletries, make-up, hair dryers, cleaning products and linens in the bathroom.


Now, bathroom furniture manufacturer Royo Group has introduced a free-standing bathtub that includes its own storage.


According to Freshome.com, "The Keops Evolution bathtub series display functional drawers and small shelves that can hold your beauty products near you while you enjoy a relaxing and well-deserved bath."


These modern-looking bathtubs feature two large drawers on the bottom of the bathtub base that are large enough to hold towels or other essential items. Built-in shelving on the tub's face are ideal for bath products such as soaps, shampoos and wash clothes or decorative items.


The furniture is available in several different colors including white acrylic, black and walnut with a white bathtub.


It's not all about function, either. Luxurious features such as water jet massage, air jet massage, a headrest, aromatherapy, LED lighting аnd a dynamic jet massage are also available.

 

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When you think of items that could qualify as a conversation piece in your bathroom a stylish shower enclosure or a unique piece of artwork come to mind. But designers at Kohler are hoping a new, state-of-the-art toilet will be the center of attention in bathrooms everywhere.


Kohler's Numi toilet is much more than just a conventional toilet. Its advanced technology includes an interactive LCD touch-screen interface, innovative dual-flush technology and an intuitive auto-open and -close lid.


It's also not just a toilet - it also serves as a bidet. And, it uses 20 percent less water than other toilets and has received certification from WaterSense and CALGreen for water efficiency.


In addition, the Numi toilet features a unique, futuristic look and contains some unusual luxurious features such as a built-in deodorizer, built-in music system, as well as a heated seat and foot warmer.


"It's truly an innovative product that makes a bold design statement," says Kohler's Jim Lewis. "We envisioned a toilet that creates a category in a caliber of its own. Numi packs technology into a compact toilet and is controlled by an advanced and intuitive interface. It's an astounding example of modern industrial design where form and function go hand in hand."

 

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Individuals looking to improve the overall look and style of their bathroom without purchasing a new bathroom vanity, bathtub or toilet can use a few hints from experts to achieve a designer look.


A new coat of paint, shower curtain and bathroom accessories are sure to transform the space.


"Calm, neutral colors help create a relaxing and soothing environment for rest and relaxation," says Brenda Wulff, director of product design and innovation for Choice Hotels International.


Even splurging on new, luxurious towels can help make your bathroom feel like a top-notch hotel or spa.


Installing new light fixtures or recessed lighting can do wonders as well. And, and elegant feel can be achieved by hanging a chandelier.


Instead of spending a lot of money on a new mirror, consider adding a decorative frame to an existing one to create a more finished look.


"Instead of replacing the entire mirror, a frame can be added to the bathroom vanity mirror in a matter of minutes to finish the look of the bathroom and save money," says Wulff.


Adding art work and other splashes of color can also help make a big difference.

 

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A new product recently introduced by American Standard could be the answer to a dream of many homeowners by drastically reducing the time and effort they need to spend on cleaning their bathrooms.


The Clean Tub and Shower features American Standard's EverClean technology, which helps bathtub and shower surfaces stay clean longer. This permanent finish inhibits the growth of stain and odor-causing bacteria as well as mold and mildew on the surface. Even better - the smooth, mirror-like surface resists dirt, even after years of use.


In addition to saving consumers valuable time, these products virtually eliminate the need to spend a lot of money on costly cleansers. Products treated with the EverClean finish can be easily and effortlessly wiped clean with just simple soap and water. And, the finish is permanent so it won't wear off after a short period of time.


This patented technology is now being offered on several products including a bathtub, wall surround, shower and shower enclosure for the first time. The EverClean technology is already available in the company's whirlpools, toilets and air baths.

 

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