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Adding a personal touch to your bathroom storage area
Posted on Friday, December 30, 2011

Storage is always at a premium in a small space like a bathroom, and while medicine cabinets and bathroom vanities can keep plenty of things in a safe place, many people are looking to incorporate their own unique design. According to Better Homes and Gardens, creating a cutaway storage shelf in your wall will create storage space out of nowhere and offer a new blank canvas to display some dazzling color.


When you've installed the shelving area, consider painting the frame in a dark neutral color like black or brown and then using the inside areas for brighter hues. For instance, you can use fabric wallpaper on the back wall of your shelves and pair them with matching candles and soaps to create a uniform look.


Your new storage space doesn't have to be limited to bathroom supplies. Use family photos and other decorative accents to put your personal stamp on the space and offer a bit of contrast.


Adding storage can not only improve the utility of your bathroom, but provide a wonderful new spot to decorate. How would you choose to jazz up a cutaway storage area?

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When a homeowner is looking to revitalize the look of his washroom with designer bathroom accessories, perking up the look of the toilet paper roll is probably down on his list of priorities. However, Kimberly-Clark Inc. looks to change all that by offering a line of toilet paper roll covers that can add a decorative touch to your backup rolls, according to Boston.com.


Most toilet paper rolls are stacked on the back of your toilet when not in use, so Kimberly-Clark saw an opportunity to release a set of limited edition boxes in gorgeous designs that can spruce up the look of a bathroom.


"It's just surprising when design finally meets toilet paper - that's sort of the final frontier," Allen Adamson, managing director for the global branding firm Landor, told the news source.


The new toilet paper covers can be found in many home goods stores and come in three geometric designs that can adhere to most design schemes.


These new products highlight the decorative potential that can be found in any bathroom item. Would you use toilet paper roll covers in your washroom?

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Couple finds engagement ring lost in toilet after 36 years
Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2011

In a miraculous story of pure blind luck, Terry and Donna Claver of Stanford, Montana, recently found the engagement ring that Donna mistakenly dropped inside of their toilet 36 years ago! According to the New York Daily News, Donna had placed the ring on the lid of the toilet and it slipped inside.


At that point in their lives, the Clavers were saving money for a new baby, so after removing the toilet and searching through the pipes, they decided it was lost for good. However, during November of this year, the couple was undergoing an extensive bathroom renovation with a new bathtub and bathroom vanity, so the toilet was finally replaced.


Terry Claver and his son asked the workers if they could dispose of the toilet themselves and proceeded to take a sledgehammer to the device. Lo and behold, right in the center of the toilet was Donna's wedding ring, which was still in good condition after being trapped there for 36 years.


You may never know what you'll find when you begin a bathroom remodeling project. If you found an engagement ring after nearly four decades, would you decide to wear it?

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Bathrooms are one of the most heavily-used rooms in your entire home, and as a result, they will need a few hidden features that will help to improve their lifespans. According to the Ottawa Citizen, reducing the amount of moisture, waterproofing and effectively caulking your space can help prevent problems down the road.


Of all the bathroom accessories you should look into, a fan is a must. This can help to reduce the humidity and moisture in your washroom that can cause paint to chip. Additionally, be sure to check the seals in your shower and around your tub and caulk them to prevent any leaks.


Waterproofing is another factor to consider, especially when installing flooring. Tile and natural stone are fabulous options, and they endure high levels of moisture without breaking down. Cork flooring has also become extremely popular, and it is a low-impact surface with tons of decorative potential.


Staying on top of the ins and outs of your bathroom can help you to avoid costly repairs in the future and make it cozier in the meantime. What small upgrades are necessities in a standard bathroom?

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Dustin Kruse isn't like your standard four-year-old boy - instead of toy trucks and airplanes, he has been fascinated by toilets for as long as he can remember. According to the Daily Mail, Kruse asked his parents for a Kohler Dual Flush toilet for Christmas and he lucked out and received his dream throne for the holiday.


Dustin's mother believes his love affair with the toilet came about when they took him to a Kohler showroom when he was three years old. Dustin had already potty-trained himself when he was two years old, so his mind ran wild when he saw the new device.


"He was like, 'Mom, I'm asking Santa for this toilet. Wouldn't it be the greatest?'" Dustin's mother told the news source. "And I could just see his little mind think."


Dustin's new dual flush toilet uses a half flush for liquids and a full flush for solid material, and he believes that its sustainable design is something that everyone should have. Whether Dustin is an interior design savant or simply a fan of cleanliness, we may never know, but would you ever give your child a brand new toilet for Christmas?

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Bathrooms are one of the most frequently-used rooms in your entire home, and if you live in an apartment, chances are your quarters are a bit cramped. Even with a dearth of space, you still have plenty of design options and bathroom accessories at your disposal to create a lively, everyday space, according to Better Homes and Gardens.


There are some small craft projects you can undertake to make common additions stand out even more. If you have a large shower curtain around your bathtub, take a weekend afternoon and decorate the sides of the material with beaded edging. This will add a pop of color to your washroom that you can pair with matching towels, soaps and candles.


Your bathroom vanity is another important consideration, so try to look for a design that can match the look of your furniture around the house. For instance, if you're using a lot of eclectic furnishings in your living room, you don't want to go traditional in the washroom. Keep your theme consistent to create an attractive layout for your entire apartment.


Apartments come with their own unique design challenges, but keeping things uniform and sprinkling in a bit of your personality will certainly help. How have you made your apartment bathroom stand out?

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What is the state of your bathroom's "visitability?"
Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2011

You may not want to think about it, but over time, you'll have to incorporate a few age-related bathroom accessories to make the space more accommodating as you get older. On the other hand, inviting elderly relatives to your home could be another concern, so installing a few of these items could pay off in the long run, according to DavidsonNews.net.


There are a few quick and easy upgrades that can make your home more marketable and spare you from renovations down the road. Consider placing a few handlebars inside of your bathtub - this will make it much easier for an elderly person to get in and out.


Look into the size of your doorways as well. If they are narrow, this will inhibit their ability to accommodate a wheelchair or walker. Widening these doorways will make it much easier to complete your design project and improve the accessibility of your bathroom.


Whether you're having family members over or if you're doing some long-term planning, a few age-related improvements will drastically improve the utility of your space. What changes make the difference in an elderly bathroom?

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For those who are lucky enough to have an abundance of space in their washroom, there are countless opportunities to show off decorative flair. According to Better Homes and Gardens, adding a plush chair will not only improve the room's comfort level, but it will offer another blank canvas to display a few charming decorative accents.


There are plenty of viable areas where a small chair could improve the look of your washroom, but the most visually striking is near a window. You can then surround it with bathroom accessories like side tables, mirrors and your toiletries to create a relaxing spot to apply makeup and get ready for the day.


Wherever you put your new bathroom chair, be sure to dress it up with colorful slipcovers or throw pillows. This is a fabulous spot to display seasonal decorations, so you can give your room a quick face lift during any time of the year.


Comfort should be one of the primary objectives in your bathroom to create a dynamic and inviting space. What additions can help your washroom become a bit cozier?

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Color blocking is a fashion term that describes the combination of two complementary colors or varying shades of the same hue to offer stunning contrast in an outfit. The term also applies to interior design - according to Better Homes and Gardens, color blocking with white is an effective way to make a bathroom feel much larger.


This style works particularly well in a room with an abundance of natural light, so look at your bathroom vanity, counter top and other bathroom accessories as an opportunity to blend shades of cream, crisp white and ivory together into a dazzling aesthetic.


Be adventurous with your wall color - if you're going to be using trim in crisp white, be sure to provide contrast with a light tan or beige color on your walls. This will create a soft look for the space during the day and a calming feeling in the evening.


This style can work with bold hues as well, so experiment to find the perfect combination for your home. What color blocked hues seem to work well in a small bathroom?

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Storage is always going to be at a premium in an apartment bathroom, and if you have a particularly stringent rental agreement, you won't be able to alter the look of your walls to keep your toiletries and bathroom accessories out of view. Luckily, according to DeccanHerald.com, there are some compact items that can dramatically improve your storage space and traffic flow.


Easy-to-stack storage containers are wonderful options to keep everything in your bathroom organized, but try to utilize them near a bare wall to make use of every possible available space. Go for a set of translucent containers, so you'll never lose track of any of your toiletries.


Floating wall shelves are another popular style choice in bathrooms, and you can find them in any color and finish. These can be arranged on a wall into a special design, or throw a few on the wall side-by-side to display family photos, decorative accents and anything else that adheres to your color scheme.


Even in the smallest washroom, you can utilize these items to improve the flow and storage capacity of your bathroom. What storage options do you prefer in a cramped bathroom?

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White is a prevailing hue in many of today's modern bathrooms, but your bathroom accessories and style choices will fall flat unless you have a bright complementary color for the space. According to Better Homes and Gardens, using white wainscoting in tandem with a vibrant paint color will create a dazzling arrangement that can revitalize the look of your bathroom.


Wainscoting, or using wooden panels around the entirety of your washroom, is an excellent way to introduce a neutral hue and simple patterns into your space. The news source suggests wainscoting up to eye level, then painting the area from the top of the paneling to the ceiling with a bold paint color.


When you have your color scheme down, consider sprucing up your bathroom vanity with contrasting knobs and other hardware. This can help add visual interest to the space and you can pair them with matching vases, towel racks and other chic accents.


A white bathroom never seems to go out of style, and infusing your own tastes into the space will help make it your own. What paint color works best with your white wainscoting?

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Bronze bathroom accessories, such as faucets, dials and vessel sinks, have become wildly popular in the world of interior design, but they won't work in just any bathroom. According to StarTribune.com, utilizing these accents will require a neutral color scheme that embraces elements of nature.


The counter top of your bathroom vanity can make or break the look of your washroom, so opt for a darker surface such as granite or a matte hue. This will allow the color of your bronze fixtures to really pop out against the backdrop.


Mosaic tile is another popular choice to pair with bronze faucets and dials, so consider flanking the area behind your vanity with a mixture of tan, brown and black tiles. You can also continue this style as a border inside of your shower or as a design that stretches around the perimeter of your washroom.


Bronze fixtures are a fabulous addition to any bathroom, but you'll have to weigh your color choices carefully to pull them off. What color scheme brings out the best in your bronze fixtures?

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If you've recently purchased an old home, you may have a bathroom that looks like it belongs in another century. Between outdated furnishings and cramped quarters, your bathroom may need a lot of work to be updated. According to Better Homes and Gardens, reflective bathroom surfaces are an ingenious interior design trick to make a space feel much larger.


This style can be incorporated rather easily with a new bathroom vanity. Use metallic or clear cabinet hardware to improve the glossy look of your counter space. A large framed mirror or standing an oversized mirror against a wall can be quick and easy ways to visually increase the size of the space.


Behind your vanity area, you could opt for a reflective type of paint to improve the room's use of light, or opt for a mosaic tile design. You can create nearly any design imaginable with these tiles, so mix and match to find the combination that will work during any season.


Use of light and iridescent surfaces can make a huge difference in a cramped washroom. What kinds of space-saving tips do you have for first-time bathroom designers?

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Strive for symmetry when choosing your bathroom vanity
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2011

If you're designing your bathroom to accommodate two people, you will have some tough decisions when it comes time to choose your bathroom vanity. A dual-sink design is often the best choice for a shared washroom, but the style will be at its best when you put symmetry at the forefront of your design plans, according to Better Homes and Gardens.


Once you've settled on the perfect bathroom vanity, you should then plan the area around the piece of furniture to give it a streamlined appeal. For instance, consider installing matching mirrors in front of each sink, and if you use light fixtures, be sure to put them on either side of the counter top.


You can follow the same design scheme when implementing soap dishes, dispensers and towel racks. Lastly, create a centerpiece for the area between your two sinks - you can easily use a small tray to display colorful soaps, candles and green plants to give your bathroom a finishing touch.


A double-vanity is the ideal choice for a two-person bathroom, but you'll need to add a few bathroom accessories to help it achieve its full potential. What additions would you make to a dual-sink vanity?

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Vessel sinks have become one of the most popular interior design additions to bathrooms over the past few years, and companies all over the country are looking for the next hot style that will change the industry. According to the World Interior Design Network, Kohler and plumbing products provider Kallista have launched a series of four vessel sinks in various metallic designs.


The new sinks, dubbed Obidos, Trinidad, Coimbra and Robert Kuo Wavelet, are designed in a clean-cut elliptical format and are constructed with features like a traditional marble look or satin bronze finishes. The sinks are designed with a deeper bowl to avoid splashing on the surface of a bathroom vanity and can suit styles ranging from rustic to industrial.


Perhaps the most stunning of the new sinks is the Robert Kuo Wavelet, which is hammered from a solid piece of copper combined with a relief of sheet metal. This offers significant light refraction and can add to the warmth and overall feel of a bathroom.


These new sinks are just a few of the fabulous styles that are on the market right now. Which vessel sink would help to jazz up the look of your bathroom's aesthetic?

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Interior decorating is all about going with what you love and being able to live with a given aesthetic over the course of months, even years. While you could go out and splurge on new bathroom accessories, oftentimes unexpected items can make a far more significant impact, according to Better Homes and Gardens.


Go around to flea markets and tag sales to find a few unique items that you can display on small tables or your bathroom vanity. For instance, if you're working with a rustic aesthetic, antique wicker baskets or small tables can provide a dazzling place to store small items and infuse some calming hues into the space.


If you have some blank wall space next to your sink, consider hanging a series of small pieces of artwork in an art gallery format. Three or four framed pieces will add a burst of color to your vanity area and add a bit of visual interest to your room.


The world is your oyster when it comes to repurposing items, so go with objects that blend easily with your decorative scheme. What found object would look best in your redesigned washroom?

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Choosing the right bathtub for a dog owner
Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Let's face it, unless you're able to spend hundreds of dollars at the groomer's, you're probably going to give your pooch a bath in your own bathtub to cut costs. This can dramatically change the look and utility of your bathroom if you're giving your pooch monthly baths, so there are a few things you should keep in mind.


First and foremost, you should look for a bathtub that is raised higher than traditional pieces. This can help to ease the strain on your back when you're washing your dog and it can prevent water from splashing all around your bathroom.


You should also look into a detachable shower head that can make rinsing off your pooch much easier. You can opt for a design that can be removed all in one assembly or a combination of a detachable shower head and a permanent fixture. This can go a long way towards making your doggy bath a lot less messy and remove any traces of soap on his coat in the process.


Dog owners will be forced to make some special preparations for their furry friend, but your bathroom will still be conducive for your needs. What bathroom accessories are a must in a dog-friendly home?

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Whirlpool tubs are one of the most sought-after luxury bathroom pieces in the world of interior design, and recently Hafro has released a new bathtub called the Bolla Sfioro that looks right at home in a contemporary setting. According to Trendir.com, the new whirlpool tub is fitted with a series of hydro-massage and customized settings that make it one of the most cutting-edge appliances available.


Where the whirlpool really stands out is its use of sanitary features, which helps to improve the life span of the tub. It is fitted with an integrated disinfection system that filters out spent material and also uses a skimmer to remove any small particles that could be left behind.


The tub also features a dazzling array of electronic bells and whistles including a temperature control and timer that will allow users to design their ideal settings. Lastly, the design of the piece is certainly groundbreaking - with a small gap between the side of the tub and the base, it gives the look of an infinity pool on a much smaller scale.


Hafro's new device will set a new standard that the rest of the market will have to follow. What features do you look for in a new whirlpool tub?

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Making the right use of natural light is one of the biggest concerns of an interior designer in a bathroom, so if you're working on the project on your own, you can dramatically improve the look of your washroom with lighter paint colors, according to Better Homes and Gardens.


Unless you're going for a strikingly modern aesthetic, softer paint hues like pastels and other warm neutrals are ideal for bathrooms big and small. Since many bathroom accessories and appliances are typically white, a brighter hue can help to break up the action in the space and give you an inspiring backdrop to work with.


With a lighter backdrop, you can also use darker shades of the same hue in the form of towels, bath mats and other accents to add a bit of contrast to your space. For instance, if you're using a pale green in your bathroom, counteract the look with forest green pieces of decor to stay within your chosen theme and provide a bit of visual interest.


These refreshing colors can breathe new life into your bathroom and keep it looking stylish for years after your project is completed. Which light paint hues are your ideal choices in a washroom?

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A classic clawfoot bathtub is a timeless design in many bathrooms, but leaving it on an island in the middle of your washroom won't let it reach its true potential. According to Better Homes and Gardens, using bathroom accessories to your advantage can help to make this stunning piece a focal point of your space.


Placement of your shower curtain is extremely important when decorating an area around an antique bathtub, so consider hanging them near the ceiling for dramatic effect. A curved shower curtain bar over the top of the tub will draw the eye toward your ceiling and help make the room feel much larger.


Use a standard plastic curtain on the interior while using a curtain liner on the outside to infuse the room with a bit of color. Always use washable curtain liners that can be switched out to hail the change of the seasons and keep them in tip-top shape throughout the year.


This can be one of the easiest fixes in your bathroom and it can revitalize the look of your space. How can a shower curtain change the look of your washroom?

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While the bidet hasn't quite caught on in many American bathrooms, the level of technology associated with some products may cause the public to stand up and take notice. Bathroom manufacturer Brondell has recently released a line of heated, remote-controlled bidet seats that are meant to revolutionize the way people use their washrooms.


The Brondell bidet seat is a stunning piece of bathroom technology that combines a wireless remote control with a warm water wash system that can be controlled by the user. Everything from water temperature to pressure can be controlled at the push of a button, and it also uses a slow-closing "slam-free" seat and lid.


With the release of Kohler's Numi and other high-tech bathroom accessories and products, Brondell saw an opportunity to give consumers a cost-effective upgrade that can let them experience some of the best technology the industry has to offer.


Brondell also looks to incorporate this technology into standard toilets, but those designs are still on the drawing board. If you could have this kind of technology in a bidet, would you use one in your bathroom?

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Once you've decided on a bathroom vanity, a toilet and the perfect shower, the rest of your design project will consist of filling in the gaps with your own sense of personal style. According to Better Homes and Gardens, fabric accents can play an important role in pulling together your aesthetic without breaking the bank.


Coordinating different materials is a fabulous way to create a streamlined setting in your bathroom, so look to your walls and your shower as inspiration. If you have a particular fabric that can liven up your windows, continue the style with your shower curtain, towels and other bathroom accessories.


You can also continue your theme in unexpected places. Use a matching cushion on a chair in front of your bathroom vanity or cosmetic table to create a uniform layout. Decorative window valances and even some elegant bath mats can help to soften the look of your bathroom and maintain its streamlined appeal.


These quick and easy improvements can help you put your personal stamp on your design project. What areas of the bathroom are perfect places to incorporate a fabric accent?

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Citizens rank Burnley park toilets as the Loo of the Year
Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011

Being forced to use a toilet in a public park can be a harrowing proposition, but if you're on the other side of the pond in Padiham, England, you may just luck out. According to the Lancashire Telegraph, more than 1,334 entries were tallied to name the facilities in Burnley parks the Loo of the Year.


While there may be a few of these awards stateside, they probably don't have the same set of stringent criteria. Voters were able to rate bathrooms all around the country in terms of their signage, interior decor, light fixtures, sustainable improvements, cleanliness and the overall management of the space.


"We know park-users want clean well maintained toilets in Burnley's parks...the five stars awarded to the toilets in Towneley and Memorial Park show we achieve the high standards that the public expect," Jeff Sumner, executive member for leisure, told the news source.


With a wealth of cutting-edge bathroom accessories, these new facilities are the cream of the crop in Lancashire. Everyone knows how nice it can be to not have to worry about a public bathroom's cleanliness, so which public restrooms in your area are deserving of praise?

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If you live in a small apartment, space is always going to be at a premium, and it can be even worse in your bathroom. Whether you're looking to install a medicine cabinet, floating wall shelves or some small wicker baskets, there are some ingenious ways of reducing the clutter in your space, according to Better Homes and Gardens.


If you have a small cutout on a side wall or any other extra space to work with, consider using glass shelves. These pieces will give your bathroom a much lighter feel, and they allow items that are placed there to look like they're floating in mid-air.


Another tip that works especially well with glass shelving is to use small decorative rope lights to create a back splash effect. You can cycle out various colors to decorate for each season to give your washroom a delightful aura that is sure to earn some praise from your family and friends.


These bathroom accessories can add a refreshing touch to your restroom and make it feel a lot more open. How can you use glass shelves to provide the best effect in your space?

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Urban apartments are usually tough balancing acts between traffic flow and utility, so any kind of shortcuts you can find to make the space feel larger will help toward your bottom line. According to Better Homes and Gardens, a vessel sink with a corner bathroom vanity could be the ideal solution for a cramped restroom.


If you don't have the space to incorporate a large-scale vanity, consider making one of your own. The news source showcased a homeowner's project using an L-shaped vanity that fit snugly into the corner. On top of the piece was an elegant vessel sink and it was also flanked by a colorful arrangement of mosaic tile.


In an ingenious way to save space, the designer installed a small towel rack on the underside of the counter top. On the other side of the space, a medicine cabinet was installed and other small shelves to make up for the lack of storage space underneath the sink.


A combination of homemade bathroom accessories with designer pieces could create a one-of-a-kind aesthetic for your space. How can your creativity help your restroom stand out?

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While you may not want to think about it, you're probably going to be staying in your home for the long haul and your bathroom will need to be a lot more accessible when you're reaching your golden years. According to The Times Colonist, there are some inexpensive bathroom accessories that can help you avoid an extensive renovation down the road.


First you should look to your doorways - make sure that the space is wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair or a walker. This also applies to counter top heights, aisles and other spaces in your bathroom that may become cramped.


When approaching your bathtub, consider a side-entry tub with an adjustable shower head that can be reached easily from a seated position. A retractable nozzle is a great choice, and you can find these products in a number of different styles and finishes to suit your interior design.


Lastly, think about installing grab bars inside of your shower to make it easier to get in and out. These simple changes will pay off in the long run and make sure that you can age gracefully in your own home. What senior living changes do you recommend for bathrooms?

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Bathrooms are one of the most frequently used spaces in your home, but they can also be one of the most cramped, making storage a top priority. While a medicine cabinet and a bathroom vanity can serve a number of purposes, a built-in storage unit that combines open and closed storage can instantly improve your washroom's decorative potential, according to Better Homes and Gardens. 


A built-in storage unit will be a bit of extra work, but it will give a new purpose to a blank wall in your bathroom. Ideally, you can create an area that combines two cabinets and a series of shelves so you can display everything from fresh cut flowers to scented candles to colorful bath soaps.


You can also use one of your small closets to include a fold-out ironing board. This is an extremely handy addition that will help you multi-task while you're trying to get out the door in the morning.


There never seems to be enough storage in a washroom, so implementing this setup could help to improve the utility of your room. What storage ideas work best in your bathroom?

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While it may be tempting to invest in beautiful dark bathroom accessories, sinks and toilets, these pieces can make a small washroom feel much more cramped than it has to be. According to Better Homes and Gardens, the best choice for a small bathroom is to use pearly white furnishings to make the space feel much larger.


However, just because you may use a white bathroom vanity and paint color, that doesn't mean your space has to be absent of vibrant hues. You can use your bath mats, towels and decorative soaps to introduce a bit of personal style into the space.


Another way to implement your own aesthetic is to be creative with your light fixtures. Whether you'd like to include an opulent small chandelier, a series of pendant lights or overhead LED fixtures, you can incorporate your own ideal lighting scheme into the space. Best of all, the white backdrop will work wonders to improve the ambiance of the room.


If you're working with a white color scheme, you may just find the right blend of decorative accents to make your space feel much larger. What additions would you make to an all-white washroom?

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Holiday bathroom updates that will have your guests raving
Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, your decorations are up and you're preparing to have company, you may have forgotten to spruce up the look of your washroom. Luckily, there are more than enough ingenious style choices you can use in this space to highlight some of your bathroom's best features and introduce a slew of holiday hues.


There are a number of quick and easy bathroom accessories you can incorporate into your space, so look first to your bathroom vanity as a blank canvas. You can incorporate a few scented candles, holiday-themed towels and other little bits of flair to infuse the space with a bit of festive color.


A centerpiece may look like it belongs on your dinner table, but it can give your washroom a visual boost. Combine a few winter accents into a small bowl, such as ornaments, pine cones, garland, tinsel or anything else you have left from your decorating scheme. This will be a jaw-dropping addition that your guests are sure to love.


The holiday season is your perfect excuse to show off your decorative flair, so take advantage of the opportunity! How will your bathroom stand out this year?

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For those looking to give their bathroom a dose of traditional style, there's nothing quite like adding a pedestal sink. However, many of these bathroom vanities have exposed plumbing and offer very little in the way of storage, so using a sink skirt may be a wonderful way to hide toiletries and give your space a pop of color, according to HGTV.com.


This is a fairly quick and easy craft project that requires just a bit of measuring, a little sewing and a glue gun. Head off to your local craft store to find a cut of fabric that can adhere to your design scheme. Be sure to measure the height and width of the sink and add about five inches to compensate for the hem and seam allowance.


You can then use a small piece of cotton piping cord to form a small seal with the top of the sink. This is fairly easy and can be sewn together rather quickly with a sewing machine. When it's all done, you'll have an ingenious way to store more items in your washroom and an extra dose of color.


These simple craft projects can work wonders to put your personal stamp on the space. What kinds of crafts can you use to improve the look of your washroom?

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When you've chosen the perfect bathroom vanity for your space, you may think that your design project is through, but there are many ways to jazz it up even further. According to Better Homes and Gardens, using a combination of chic shelving and mosaic tile can create an idyllic spot to wake up to in the morning.


For example, if you've invested in a vanity featuring copper faucets and dials with a dark wood medicine cabinet and counter top, you already have a fabulous neutral backdrop to work with. Consider using a selection of brown, tan and pale green mosaic tile behind this area to create a one-of-a-kind arrangement.


Shelving is also a big consideration, so consider using a few small symmetrical shelves on either side of your mirror. This can hold everything from toiletries to small candles, and it will give you yet another place to incorporate a number of chic decorative accents.


The possibilities are nearly endless in the world of bathroom design, but paying particular attention to your vanity can yield fantastic results. What small additions have you used to improve this area of your bathroom?

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Looking to revamp the look of your bathroom? Try wallpaper
Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2011

When you're approaching your bathroom design project, finding the right paint color to set the mood in your space is vitally important. While paint or a heavily tiled look may be commonplace, you can set your bathroom apart from the rest by incorporating wallpaper instead. Here are a few tips to pull your entire aesthetic together, according to the Washington Post.


As soon as you decide on the perfect pattern, you'll need to decide on the proper placement. Since you're obviously not going to be using wallpaper in the shower, perhaps you'd like to use it as an accent wall behind your bathroom vanity to infuse the space with a splash of color.


If you're going to be papering multiple walls in your bathroom, be sure to use a matching hue of mosaic tile in your shower stall. This can help to unify your arrangement and you have plenty of options to choose from, including a simple border around the shower or an intricate design of your choice.


Wallpaper can be a cost-effective means of jazzing up the look of your washroom. Which pattern would look best in your redesigned space? 

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Once the heavy grunt work of your bathroom design project is out of the way, planning out what to do with the rest of your gutted space will be tricky. Choosing the right shower or whirlpool in your bathroom will be informed by a number of factors, from your age to the amount of space and its decorative potential, according to HGTV.com.


There are countless combinations to choose from when shopping for a shower setup, but one of the most common is the bathtub and shower combo. This will allow you to incorporate any number of adjustable showerheads and faucets while giving you the option to enjoy a soothing soak after a long day.


When you've decided on the alignment, consider placing small cubbies inside of your walls to store small bathroom accessories and toiletries. This will add a unique touch to your washroom and improve the versatility of your space.


Whether you choose an elegant whirlpool or a space-saving tub and shower, there are countless ways to incorporate your own sense of style into the space. How will you help your shower stand out from the pack? 

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It seems like when there's a revolution in the bathroom industry, it originates in Japan. This was the case recently at a recent exhibition at the Ginza shopping district in Tokyo. According to NewsNet5.com, Swarovski has put a custom-made toilet on display festooned with 72,000 crystals that took more than a month to complete.


The toilet is being displayed at the Lixil showroom as a means of promoting Swarovski crystals and showcasing unrivaled decorative potential in the most unlikely of places. While the piece is not expected to go on sale, it has been valued at $128,000 and is considered one of the most expensive toilets ever made.


"Much has happened in Japan this year, and as we approach the end of the year we're displaying this item, hoping that we will carry on and make the coming year one that shines brilliantly," Kazuo Summiya, manager of the Lixil showroom, told the news source.


A crystal toilet is a luxury that few could afford to incorporate, but if you did have a chance to use this stunning throne, what kind of decorative scheme would you use with it? 

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Create storage space in a snap with attractive shelving
Posted on Friday, December 9, 2011

After you've chosen a paint color, a bathtub and completed the major work that goes into a bathroom remodeling project, you're probably wondering how you're going to fill in the gaps. Adding additional shelving and storage space is the easiest way to reduce clutter and improve the overall aesthetic of your washroom.


First off, you should look for a medicine cabinet - this will help you combine storage space and a mirror into a compact package. There are countless styles and shapes available for amateur designers to choose from, so look for a piece in a neutral shade or in a style that matches your bathroom vanity.


Floating wall shelves are an excellent way to take advantage of a bare space, and you can find them in countless designs ranging from long flat panels to corner shelving. These are quick and easy updates where you can store small bathroom accessories and also have a place to display decorative accents.


Storage is always at a premium in a bathroom, but incorporating some of these accents will help to improve the overall utility of your space. What storage tips do you have for bathroom remodelers? 

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Bathrooms are some of the most frequently used rooms in your home, but they can also suffer from cramped quarters. There are a number of interior design tricks and bathroom accessories to help make this space feel larger, and one tip is to use your windows to your advantage to improve your sight lines, according to Better Homes and Gardens.


Whether you already have a window in your space or not, adding one can greatly improve the look and feel of the bathroom. Being able to look out onto the landscape when entering will increase the depth of the room and play a visual trick on the eyes that will make it feel much larger.


Additionally, you should eschew heavy shower curtains or large glass doors by using a simple pane of frosted glass around your shower area. This will allow a greater dispersal of light throughout the bathroom and make it feel far more inviting.


The use of natural light can make or break the atmosphere in your bathroom, so make it a primary consideration of your design project. What is your favorite strategy to allow light to filter into your bathroom? 

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When you're out shopping for bathroom vanities, you may soon discover that the opulent piece that you picked out may not work in your small space. If space is at a premium, you can take a different tact with your design project by using slender counter space and vessel sinks to open up the available space in your bathroom, according to Better Homes and Gardens.


The news source suggests avoiding the typical inlaid sink and storage combination and instead use a single glass counter with two vessel sinks. This will create ample space underneath the sinks to add small baskets, drawers and other slender pieces to provide additional storage.


With this counter in place, you can then build around your sinks with bathroom accessories such as soap dishes, toothbrush holders and other small conveniences. This will give your bathroom unrivaled utility while making your sink area seem like it's not even there!


Space-saving is an important staple of many design projects, so using this decorative scheme could drastically improve the look and feel of your bathroom. How do you compensate for a lack of space in your bathroom? 

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A rustic bathroom vanity idea for your redesigned washroom
Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2011

Incorporating a rustic style into one's bathroom may seem difficult when you're sifting through countless porcelain bathroom vanities that barely ascribe to your aesthetic. Luckily, ArtCeram has released a skinny, space-saving vanity that implements a sink with a wide surface area and plenty of storage space below, according to Trendir.com.


The vanity is designed for the utmost in utility and can fit just about anywhere. It features a wide sink on top of the stand that allows water to have plenty of space to disperse and can be fitted with many contemporary faucet designs. The simple design of the piece makes it very adaptable to rustic layouts, but it can also be combined easily with contemporary bathroom accessories.


The base of the bathroom vanity is a simple wooden design with one shelf and that's about it! The modern, slim and simple design is perfect for individuals who love minimalistic furnishings, and it's the perfect non-obtrusive piece that can allow other decorative accents to shine.


While this sink isn't for everyone, it could be a fabulous way to update the look of one's bathroom. Would this sink work in your vision of a rustic washroom? 

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For those who are embarking on a bathroom interior design project, a white washroom may not seem like the most exciting space in the world. However, this neutral backdrop can be very advantageous to your style choices, so you can pick a pattern that works for you and run with it, according to HouseBeautiful.com.


If there's a certain color combo that you've fallen in love with, keep your bathroom washed in white and then incorporate your choices into strategic areas. Striped patterns are very easy to find and blend into your bathroom, but stick to a simple two-tone design to make shopping for bathroom accessories much easier.


An area rug, matching towels, a toothbrush holder, or even a decorative border around your ceiling are quick and easy ways of to implement the design. However, don't allow yourself to go overboard - you still want the neutral hues of your bathtub, bathroom vanity and other accents to shine through.


Incorporating striped patterns in your bathroom is one of the quickest ways to give it a dramatic face lift. What color combinations do you think would look best in an all-white bathroom? 

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Corcel releases one-of-a-kind carbon fiber bathtub
Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011

If you're in the midst of a bathroom remodeling project, you probably think you've looked at every bathtub and whirlpool on the market, but there are a multitude of products you won't find in the everyday showroom. According to Geek.com, those with plenty of funds to spare this holiday could drop $72,000 on a Corcel bathtub made from carbon fiber.


This awesome piece of bathroom décor is limited to a production of only 51 pieces, so only the most affluent one percenters will be able to get their hands on one. For those who love the look of a black and white bathroom, this tub is the vessel of their dreams that can stand up to years of punishment and keep looking great.


The tub is also extremely large - at eight feet long, it can hold up to 81 gallons of water. While the tub may look more at home in a science fiction movie, it shows the lengths that some consumers will go to find the perfect accent for their washroom.


Of course, if you don't think you can drop $72,000 dollars on a new tub, Corcel sells the next best thing. The company also makes a carbon fiber toilet seat which could be an intriguing update for a modern aesthetic. If you had the money, would you invest in a carbon fiber bathtub? 

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A British company called Captive Media has designed a urinal that will forever change a man's experience in the bathroom. According to The Guardian, the company has created an interactive video game that allows men to use their stream to hit a series of targets, go down a ski hill or complete a series of trivia questions.


Bars and restaurants will likely love to get their hands on these bathroom accessories as a means of making the everyday bathroom visit far more enjoyable. The video game system uses an infrared device to detect where a man's stream is hitting inside of the urinal, so it can perform actions on the video screen at eye level.


"It is allowing brands to engage in a fun and memorable way," co-developer Mark Melford told the news source.


It remains to be seen whether or not this system becomes a hit with consumers, but it has filled an advertising niche in the market. For advertisers, this is a new and untapped outlet that could be the ideal place to capture the user's attention. Would you be tempted to give this new urinal a whirl? 

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Lighting is one of the top considerations during your bathroom remodeling project, but don't think you need to settle on a single light fixture. According to HGTV.com, layering the light with multiple fixtures as well as letting in an abundance of natural light can help to improve the atmosphere of your bathroom at any time of day.


"This is the place where we all do very detailed and important work such as shaving or applying makeup," renowned lighting designer Randall Whitehead told the news source. "It is also the first place we see ourselves in the morning and the last place we see ourselves at night. Wouldn't you want the sight of yourself to be a positive one?"


Whitehead suggests dividing your lighting scheme into four specific areas - task, ambient, accent and decorative lighting. Task lighting is particularly important near your bathroom vanity, while ambient and accent lighting softens shadows and illuminates certain features in your washroom. Lastly, decorative lighting is anything from LED fixtures to a small chandelier, so be adventurous with your style choices.


Lighting requires a lot of trial and error, so be sure to experiment with the many fixtures at your disposal. What lighting combination works best in your bathroom? 

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Every year, one lucky winner gets a chance to move into HGTV's Dream Home, which combines many of the year's top interior design trends with cutting edge green design. This year's version is located in Park City, Utah, and the structure's master bathroom has a number of intriguing design choices that amateur designers can incorporate into their own homes, according to HGTV.com.


The master bathroom of the home combines two bathroom vanities opposite one another with a space in between. There is a separate room for the toilet, and a large basin bathtub as the focal point of the space.


What really stood out about the room is that the designers used mosaic tile around the areas of the space that experience the most activity. The combination of subtle brown, tan and beige tones in the tile surrounded the sink and bathtub areas, while a softer white shade of paint was used on other walls to instill a sense of warmth in the space.


When you're designing your own washroom, mosaic tile could be the addition that pulls your entire room together. Which combination of colors would look best in your bathroom? 

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If you've recently moved into an older home or if you're fond of perusing flea markets and salvage yards, you may have come across a sink or bathroom vanity that fits perfectly in your space. After you've reconditioned the piece and installed it, you'd be surprised how many modern bathroom accessories can work with an antique sink, according to HouseBeautiful.com.


First and foremost, you're probably going to want to update the faucets and dials with modern pieces. You can choose anything from chrome to brushed copper, so keep your paint color and other decorative accents in mind when deciding.


Another option is to combine a small floating wall shelf above your sink with a medicine cabinet above it. This will help to reduce clutter around the surface of your sink and provide a small area to display candles, small plants and other colorful additions.


Antique items can add depth and personality to your bathroom, so if you have one that you've fallen in love with, use it to your advantage! What antique bathroom features would look at home in your washroom? 

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With the holiday season in full swing, you may be hosting family and friends for winter gatherings, so you'll need to make sure that your guest rooms are up to snuff. If your guest bathroom has seen better days, there are some quick and easy improvements that can revitalize the look of the space.


While you may not have enough time to go out and install a brand-new bathroom vanity, you can improve your existing surface quite easily according to Better Homes and Gardens. Start by replacing the existing hardware, such as faucets and dials, to give the space a modern aesthetic.


Storage and hanging space is also paramount in a guest bathroom, as your loved ones will need a place to put all of their belongings. Install some additional shelving on either side of your bathroom vanity, as well as towel racks and small baskets to cut down on clutter.


Lastly, don't forget a few green plants as a finishing touch to give the room a bit of vitality. What updates will your guest bathroom need just in time for the holidays? 

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An accent wall is one of the most popular features in the world of interior design, as it allows a homeowner to infuse a space with a dash of color without washing the entire space in the same hue. This style works particularly well in washrooms as a way of unifying the look of bathroom accessories and bathroom vanities into a streamlined aesthetic.


No matter what design scheme you're going for, an accent wall can help to blend your decorative additions with ease. Go with a paint color that you'd be comfortable pairing with your shower curtain, towels and other accents that you'll change frequently.


Wallpaper is another consideration for your accent wall, and there are countless designs to choose from that could revitalize your space. Fabric wallpaper is a wonderful option, and its ease of installation and removal could allow you to change it once a year!


Wall color is a major consideration during your bathroom design project, and it can dictate the overall feel of the room. What color or style is your ideal choice in a washroom? 

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With more Americans choosing to remodel their existing homes rather than move into a new one, your bathroom design project should be planned out with long-term needs in mind. In particular, adding a few improvements that can adhere to senior needs could be a fabulous way to save money in the long run.


According to TheProvince.com, there are a number of beneficial bathroom accessories that will allow you to age in place in your home without having to worry about future costly purchases. Your tub is a huge consideration, so look into a bathtub with a side entry, side rails, a detachable shower head and other items to make everyday activities less stressful.


Installing a toilet that is higher up than traditional models can also help to reduce strain on aching joints. You should also look into a swiveling mirror that can be lowered in case you or your spouse will be using a wheelchair in your golden years.


These simple improvements may seem a bit out of place in the midst of middle age, but getting them out of the way will make this the last bathroom design project you'll have to undertake. What addition can make your washroom more accommodating in your senior years? 

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After you've picked out the big details such as a bathroom vanity, a bathtub, toilet and flooring, it's the little things that will help to pull your interior design together. If you're looking for a practical addition to your washroom that has some aesthetic appeal, choosing between a soap dish and a soap dispenser could be a bit tricky.


If you're thinking about a soap dispenser, ideally you should look for a product that will be placed inside of your bathroom vanity to save space. This internal device will make it much easier to refill the hand soap, and it will streamline the look of your counter space. You can find them in finishes such as chrome, brushed nickel and many others.


A soap dish is a timeless design that looks at home in a rustic or contemporary aesthetic. It holds unique decorative potential for homeowners, as you can find soaps that match your paint color, towels or other decorative accents.


These bathroom accessories can be a fabulous finishing touch for your remodeling project. Which side are you on - a dish or a dispenser? 

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If you're in the midst of a bathroom design project, your flooring is just as important as picking out a new faucet or a bathroom vanity. One option that has gained steam in many interior decorating circles is cork flooring. This floor covering is not only sustainable, but it will provide a number of unique benefits that makes it ideal for bathrooms, according to MotherEarthNews.com.


Due to the high amount of moisture in bathrooms, flooring choices will be reduced drastically. Cork flooring has impressive moisture retention and will have to be cleaned a lot less often than other flooring types. As an added bonus, the flooring also provides significant give, which can be a huge benefit for consumers with joint issues who need a low-impact surface.


Sustainability is also a huge benefit to cork flooring, as the material is harvested from the bark of cork trees which can grow back quite quickly. This will give homeowners peace of mind that they can reduce their carbon footprints while still appointing their home with a long-lasting flooring type.


Flooring is one of the biggest considerations during bathroom remodeling, and it can make or break your aesthetic. Which flooring types are your top choices in your new washroom? 

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Bathrooms are typically the smallest and most frequently used rooms in your home, and as a result, clutter will begin to build up over time. Additional storage should be one of the priorities of your design project, and Better Homes and Gardens has a number of attractive projects that could work beautifully in your washroom. 


While you could opt for a medicine cabinet or another wall-mounted piece, you can add visual interest to your bathroom by using mirrored storage around either side of your bathroom vanity. Head off to a big box store and invest in two large storage towers that can hold towels, soaps and other toiletries, but also hold space for small baskets and other accents.


Instead of installing towel racks, consider using an old coat rack in a bare corner. Repurposing items has become an extremely popular facet of interior design, and this can be an intriguing addition that will save wall space for artwork or other accents.


Storage is always a huge consideration in bathroom design, so what tips and tricks do you have for amateur decorators? 

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