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Regular grooming is a necessary facet of dog wellness, but paying for it can certainly add up over time. As a result, many dog owners choose to save a bit of cash by bathing their furry friends themselves, but this isn't always conducive to the ordinary bathtub. As you approach your bathroom remodeling project, be sure to keep the following bathroom accessories in mind.


Giving a dog a bath can be quite taxing on one's back, so when you're out searching for a bathtub, consider looking for one that is slightly raised. This can reduce the discomfort of staying in one position for too long and reduce the stress on your back.


Installing a shower panel is also a wise choice that can improve the look and versatility of your shower and also give you a handheld sprayer. This shower head is a no-brainer for dog owners, as it's one of the only ways to thoroughly rinse him off after each bath.


These additions can make your canine's regular baths a far less arduous experience. What bathroom accessories work best when bathing your canine?

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As much as you may not want to think about it, if you're in middle age and are approaching a bathroom remodeling project, it may be best to install a few bathroom accessories that can facilitate aging in place. Additionally, you never know when you'll have an elderly family member coming to visit, so this could save you hundreds in renovations down the road, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


If you're going to be replacing your toilet, be sure to look into models that are both energy-efficient and sit at a comfortable height. This can make transferring to and from a wheelchair far easier and you can appoint your bathroom with a new water-saving design.


Consider installing a few grab bars on the walls around your toilet and inside your shower stall. This can make it far easier for elderly family members to step in and out of your bathtub, and you should also look into an anti-slip surface for the bottom of the shower stall to reduce the risk of falls and serious injuries.


These improvements can spare you further renovations down the road and an instantly make your bathroom ready for any family member who may need a bit of extra help. What aging-in-place improvements do you have for bathroom remodelers?

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Many people think of a mirror as one of many bathroom accessories that gets lost in the shuffle of your remodeled bathroom. However, this is a far more prominent feature than people give it credit for, and Better Homes and Gardens has a few tips to make it work for you.


While an oversized mirror is a jaw-dropping accent for any washroom, it does little to improve the versatility of your space. One of the easiest additions you can make to your bathroom is a medicine cabinet and mirror combo. These furnishings can pair beautifully with your bathroom vanity, and can improve your storage space.


If you're going for something a bit more minimalist, a mirror mounted on your wall could be a great choice. Invest in ball-shaped mounting brackets that can allow you to swivel the mirror in the direction you need. This can make the furnishing far more practical and can serve multiple purposes in your washroom.


A mirror is one of the most significant purchases for your bathroom, so give the accent some serious thought before you decide on a model. What decorative tips do you have for individuals looking for a new bathroom mirror?

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Storage tips that can quickly de-clutter your bathroom
Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Your bathroom is one of the most frequently-used spaces in your home, and as a result it can begin to accumulate small items and toiletries that can make it feel cramped. If your washroom is in serious need of some organization, there are plenty of bathroom accessories that can turn the room into a streamlined space.


The walls in your bathroom are filled with untapped potential, so consider incorporating a medicine cabinet or a few floating wall shelves. This can create storage space out of thin air and it can provide a wonderful spot to display a few decorative accents.


Better Homes and Gardens recommends looking into drawer organizers that can fit into the spaces in your bathroom vanity. These can hold everything from soaps, bath gels and shampoos or you can use them to keep your jewelry and other accessories in a safe place.


There's nothing worse than walking into a cluttered bathroom in the morning, but you can completely revitalize the look of your washroom in under a weekend. What organizational tips do you have for a cluttered bathroom?

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In a country of 1.3 billion people, finding a place to go to the bathroom in China can be a daunting task. This is complicated even further for women, who have to endure longer lines and experience a disproportional ratio of bathrooms to men. According to MSNBC.com, a group of Chinese women in Guangzhou decided they couldn't take it anymore and have decided to occupy male bathrooms as a form of public protest.


The group began to hand out flyers demanding that the government increase the number of bathrooms for women to twice that of men and open up more unisex bathrooms in public places like train stations and shopping plazas.


According to the Huffington Post, the campaign has begun to show early successes. The city of Guangzhou is in the beginning stages of planning a minimum men's-to-women's toilet ratio at 1 to 1.5.


In the future, the group plans to expand its protest to the capitol of Beijing to gain the attention of senior officials. While the issue proves to be divisive in China, do you think the ratio of men's to women's bathrooms in the United States is acceptable?

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A square-shaped bathroom may seem like a cramped and uninspired space at first, but there are myriad ways to revitalize the look of your washroom. According to Better Homes and Gardens, a corner bathroom vanity is a wise choice that can open up the center of the room and can be appointed with modern bathroom accessories.


A corner bathroom vanity will open up your style options significantly. You can opt to place a large corner mirror above it, or use a mirrored medicine cabinet to improve your storage space. Instead of an overhead light, try two matching floating fixtures on each adjacent wall to offer soft lighting during any time of day.


To ensure that your counter space is clear, consider installing wall-mounted toothbrush holders and soap dispensers. This can leave you extra space to incorporate a small centerpiece or adorn your counter with a vase of fresh cut flowers.


Even in the most awkward of spaces, there are bathroom furnishings that can improve the versatility and atmosphere of the room. What tips do you have for homeowners looking to remodel their square-shaped bathrooms?

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Use wall-mounted faucets when decorating a small bathroom
Posted on Monday, February 27, 2012

When you move into your first condo or apartment, one of your first interior design projects should start in the bathroom, an area that sees quite a bit of action on a daily basis. If you happen to have a cramped washroom, utilizing a bathroom vanity with a vessel sink and wall-mounted faucets could be the best way to create a compact beauty area, according to Better Homes and Gardens.


Finding the right vanity for your space should be your first priority, so look for a furnishing with internal storage space and a larger counter top that can accommodate your new sink. A vessel sink is the obvious choice for wall-mounted bathroom accessories, as it will infuse the space with a pop of color and modern style.


With your sink and faucets in place, you can start to improve the storage capacity of your space with floating wall shelves. These can be placed right beneath your mirror or on any of your bare walls to hold toiletries or display small decorative accents.


A small bathroom may seem like a challenge, but it is a chance for you to be creative with your washroom layout and craft a design that will stand the test of time.

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There's no rule that says that you have to use white tile and a single paint color to decorate your bathroom. While it can be convenient to fall into these decorative mainstays, there are plenty of ingenious painting styles that can help you infuse your own sense of style into your bathroom.


According to Better Homes and Gardens, painting your bathroom's walls is a project you can get done in a weekend with little effort. First, you should choose a color scheme that will blend well with your bathroom vanity and other bathroom accessories. For instance, the news source suggests combining two spa-inspired colors like green and blue with a border of white to add contrast.


Using painter's tape, you can create a unique design on your walls that can jazz up the area behind your mirror or linen cabinet. With the right color scheme in place, you can then incorporate small flower vases, candles and other toiletries to continue your theme throughout the room.


A new coat of paint is an easy way to give your washroom a quick makeover, and there are plenty of interesting designs out there to try. What paint styles do you suggest for homeowners looking to spruce up their bathrooms?

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A mayor from North Providence, Rhode Island, is making headlines for his common sense approach to his employees' bathroom breaks. According to ABC2News.com, town budgets were beginning to be strained by the cost of gasoline and other vehicle-related expenses when workers would return to the Department of Public Works throughout the day to use the bathroom.


In a move that is being hailed as a triumph of common sense and a boon for the city, Mayor Charles Lombardi has given the go-ahead to all Department of Public Works employees to utilize the public toilets that are set up throughout the town. Now workers can simply stop into the fire station, library or senior center and use the facilities without a hassle, according to Boston.com.


After all, taxpayers are the ones who pay for the gasoline that fills the public vehicles, and many workers were leaving their cars idle while going in to use the bathroom. With this new plan in place, when nature calls, workers can take advantage of public facilities instead of making the long trek back to their headquarters.


Town budgets can be extremely tricky, so congratulations to Mayor Lombardi for thinking outside the box to improve public services. In light of this expanded policy, does your company pay particular attention to what you do on your bathroom break?

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Now that you've found the perfect bathroom vanity, shower panel and color scheme for your space, you can start to pay attention to the little details that will help your washroom stand out. According to HGTV, taking a good hard look at your bathroom door could give your space an aesthetic punch.


Depending on the style and shape of your door, you have a few options available to you. If you have a door with a flat surface, consider using a high-gloss paint. This will provide an attractive accent for the room and it will make better use of light.


On the other hand, if you have a door with trim, you can give it a total overhaul in the span of a weekend. Pick two paint colors to work with, then paint the outer door trim and the design on the door a certain color. You can then paint in the area around it to give your door a quick face lift.


Your bathroom door may not be at the top of your list of priorities, but it is one of the few bathroom accessories that you can adapt to your tastes. What decorative tips do you have for homeowners looking to remodel their bathroom doors?

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Over the past four months, commuters in the area around Tokyo have been dealing with an unexpected surprise in the bathroom of their commuter train each morning. According to RocketNews24.com, train riders were disgusted to find that the toilet had been clogged with copious amounts of toilet paper and this continued for nearly four months!


Recently, the Otsukita Prefectural Police Force finally caught the commode-clogging individual and learned his methods for avoiding detection. The 61-year-old auto mechanic had grown disgruntled with his current occupation and began to take out his frustrations on train toilets. Every morning, he would take the first train departing for Tokyo from Omi-Imazu Station and would clog the toilet with toilet paper rolls.


After employees were put on high alert, one conductor spotted the man coming out of a bathroom at 5:30 a.m. When he was being questioned, a noticeable trail of water began to emerge from the clogged toilet stall and the jig was up!


While police don't currently know what to do with the suspected serial clogger, most riders want the man fined for ruining their morning commute. A public bathroom is already a questionable place - which is the worst one you've ever experienced?

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The re-purposing of everyday household objects into new pieces of décor is one of the hottest trends in interior design, and also quite inexpensive. According to Better Homes and Gardens, heading out to flea markets in your area will help you find myriad bathroom accessories that can revitalize your washroom.


There are countless objects that can jazz up the look of your bathroom vanity or a window sill, so keep an open mind when attending your local flea market. For instance, if you happen to spot any antique cylindrical containers made out of metal or wood, these can make a fabulous flower vase that can pair beautifully with an industrial aesthetic.


Small wicker baskets are also great ideas to keep an eye out for, as they can be used to hold everything from linens to toiletries. They can blend in beautifully with a rustic or contemporary decorative scheme and will dramatically improve the utility of your bathroom.


Incorporating vintage materials ultimately comes down to your personal tastes and the time periods you most identify with, but they can be a wonderful addition to your washroom. What objects have you re-purposed in your bathroom?

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Japanese cat learns how to use his family's bidet
Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2012

Anyone who has ever taken a trip to Japan will tell you that the toilets are filled with modern features that most Americans would only dream of. While the Japanese have been reaping these benefits for years, one Japanese family has been struggling to keep their feline off the commode. According to RocketNews24.com, a YouTube user recently posted a video of the family cat using the bidet function on the toilet, making quite a mess in the process.


The family found out about the cat's use of the bidet after finding a large puddle on the floor. Apparently, the cat had been hovering over the toilet and keeping his paw on the spray function button. While some of the water helped the cat get clean, the majority went onto the floor.


While the cat certainly makes quite a mess each time, the family has been awestruck by his resourcefulness. He is even known to press the "test print" button on the family's printer just to see what will happen!


Remarkably, the cat learned how to use the bidet on his own without encouragement from the family, which is something that most cat owners take months to teach their felines. Have you ever tried to potty train your feline?

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While this winter has been anything but ordinary, many homeowners are looking to decorate their homes for spring a bit earlier this year and you may feel inclined to do the same. Seasonal decorating is one of the easiest ways to refresh the look of your home, and you should focus your energy on improving one of the most frequently-used spaces - the bathroom!


Color is an important factor that can revitalize the look of your space, so start by replacing shower curtains, towels and other bathroom accessories with spring designs. Pastels and floral hues will look right at home in your washroom, and you can also use a lightweight window treatment to allow more light to filter into the space.


As a final touch for your bathroom, consolidate all of your toiletries onto a small plate and create a spring-themed centerpiece for your vanity. Organize all of your bath gels, lotions and other products onto the plate and sprinkle a few flower petals and other spring accents around the side to give your bathroom an instant focal point.


Spring will be here before you know it, so it's time to get cracking on those seasonal decorations. What suggestions do you have for homeowners looking to jazz up their bathrooms for the new season?

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An accent wall is one of the most popular trends in interior design, and it is one of the most effective means of introducing a bold color into a space. In a bathroom that could pose a few spatial constraints, using a series of colorful tiles in your shower stall could be a wonderful way to incorporate this style into your washroom, according to Better Homes and Gardens.


Typically, the first step in the process is choosing the perfect hue for your room's color scheme, so if the rest of your bathroom is mainly neutral, take a chance with a bold color. You can then use flower vases, towels and other small bathroom accessories to streamline the look of the room.


When choosing tile for your shower stall, you can either opt to go with larger pieces in a singular color or use mosaic tile to create an intricate pattern. The options are nearly limitless and you can craft a dynamic setup that suits your interior design tastes.


A pop of color from tile or other decorative accents can work wonders to make your bathroom more cozy and welcoming. What tile design ideas do you have for those looking to decorate their showers?

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Tips for using LED lights in your bathroom
Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2012

When you've completed your bathroom remodeling project, you may start to think about a few bathroom accessories that can add your own personal touch to the room. Your washroom's lighting scheme can alter the room's atmosphere dramatically, but instead of replacing larger fixtures, try utilizing LED lights to add additional ambiance to your space.


LED lights come in a variety of designs that other bulbs simply can't match. One style that has gained particular traction in interior design circles are strip lights. These flexible fixtures come in assorted colors and can be affixed to any flat surface.


One way to use these lights in your bathroom is to mount them behind your mirror. This backsplash of light will add an intriguing touch to your bathroom's aesthetic and you can find a complementary color to suit your design. You can also use them on the underside of cabinets to create an attractive aura.


LEDs are one of many quick and easy additions that will add decorative flair to your space. What lighting tips do you have for homeowners redesigning their bathrooms?

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For those interested in the rustic aesthetic, it has always been tough to work with the theme when utilizing contemporary bathtubs, sinks and other bathroom accessories. The bath products company, Neutra, may have solved this dilemma by creating a line of bathroom furnishings with finishes that include stone, hardwoods and aluminum, according to Freshome.com.


Neutra's new line of bathtubs, sinks and vanities are meant to blur the line between the indoors and outdoors. For instance, some of the most popular new items are the sinks and bathtubs that combine a wooden base with a porcelain basin. For those who are looking to combine modern and natural decorative schemes, these products are a no-brainer.


The company has also created a line of bathroom accessories that are meant to reinvent the look of the modern bathtub. For instance, Neutra sells a large wooden bench that can wrap around a bathtub. This provides a welcome spot for toiletries, and can instill a sense of relaxation in the room.


These new bath products are part of a continuing trend of blending rustic themes with modern day functional designs. What decorative tips do you have for those opting for a natural decorative scheme?

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As you approach the process of installing a shower panel or other bathroom accessories, you may look into small storage options that can hang from your showerhead or attach to the wall. However, these products don't tend to last and do nothing to improve the look of your shower. Better Homes and Gardens suggests creating a small storage niche inside of your shower that will blend in perfectly with your décor.


This storage niche is a chance for you to improve the room's storage capacity as well as provide a new place to decorate. When installing your shower, instruct your contractor to leave a small indentation in the wall - you can then use the area inside to decorate with mosaic tile to infuse the area with a pop of color.


After installing a small shelf, you can keep your shampoo, washcloths and sponges within reach. This is one of the most unobtrusive ways to improve the storage capacity of your shower and will jazz up the look of your space.


Storage space is always at a premium in bathrooms, but thankfully there are ingenious ways to pack more into your washroom without inhibiting traffic flow. What small-scale storage ideas do you have for bathroom remodelers?

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Tips to showcase your bathroom while on the housing market
Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2012

When you're moving into your new home, it can be easy to start dreaming about the perfect bathroom vanity, steam shower or other bathroom accessories, but your current home is your first priority! A bathroom is a place that buyers will thoroughly inspect upon entering your home, so it should be looking better than ever.


According to NewburyportNews.com, cleaning out the grout and other imperfections in between your tiles should be your first goal. Use anti-mildew cleaner and remove any trace of soap scum from your grout and the surface of your bathtub.


If your current vanity has seen better days, consider changing the hardware. A few new door handles and knobs can go a long way to improve the aesthetics the piece without breaking the bank. On the other hand, if your vanity is really in sorry shape, consider giving it a fresh coat of paint that can hide any imperfections.


You'll soon design your dream bathroom, but it's time to freshen up the old one in the meantime. What home staging tips do you have for home sellers sprucing up their bathrooms?

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Decorating a bathroom on a small scale is always a challenge for amateur designers, but it can be even tougher with an adjoining powder room. To ensure that the space feels unified and can serve multiple purposes, using matching paint colors and a bathroom vanity as your focal point can give you plenty of room to get ready in style.


According to Better Homes and Gardens, you should find the perfect paint hue or wallpaper design that can appoint both rooms. By painting the window sills and door frames white, you can give the space a touch of contrast that will highlight your wall color choice.


The powder room can serve as another spot for a person to get ready for work or a night on the town, so choose a vanity with ample counter space. This will give you plenty of room for toiletries and other decorative accents and will look best with an oversized mirror to make the washroom feel even larger.


Bridging two rooms with similar wall coverings and trim is a fabulous way to make your master bathroom more welcoming. What decorative ideas do you have for a homeowner with a powder room?

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Hotel workers and guests experienced a scary situation that soon turned into a comical one over the weekend when police were called to remove a man for an extended bathroom break. According to The Salem News, staff at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Massachusetts, were forced to call police on a man who entered a restroom "for an extended period of time and will not come out."


The night manager at the hotel called the police with the concern that the man may have been experiencing a health issue. Thankfully, the officers found the man snoozing away on the toilet, where he wasn't exactly causing harm to others, but certainly gave the hotel employees quite a scare.


The man, whose name was not given to the press, remained in the bathroom until nearly 2 A.M., when police finally roused him from his slumber. The man left peacefully and obviously was a bit embarrassed about the whole experience.


While this Massachusetts man certainly isn't one to emulate, there are times when you just need some shut eye. Where is the oddest place you've ever caught some z's?

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It seems that there are apps for everything these days, and they're not just limited to finding a nice restaurant or launching birds at green pigs. If you've ever been in the situation where you can't seem to find a toilet in a big city, there are a range of bathroom locator apps now available to help out when nature calls, according to ZDNet.com.


One of the most popular bathroom apps out there is Sit or Squat, a free application available for both iPhone and Android phones. This is a very intuitive app that allows you to locate a bathroom on the device's GPS. Additionally, if the washroom meets your standards, you can leave a review or photos.


Another option is the tried-and-true Toilet Finder. This works in the same way as the latter program but also offers distances to each location. This can certainly come in handy when you're trying to find the closest facility!


These apps are one of the most unique bathroom accessories out there that can help solve one of the oldest dilemmas of being in a new place. Have you used - or would you consider using - one of these apps?

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A bathroom vanity can make or break the look of your washroom's interior design, but sometimes you may not have enough space for a dual-sink or floor-mounted type. One of the best ways to solve this dilemma is to install a floating sink vanity that will leave ample room underneath the furnishing and can be customized to suit your needs.


A floating vanity is a wonderful addition to your washroom that will give you extra space to add storage baskets, trash cans, magazine holders or anything else you'd like to include. Whether you're going for a contemporary aesthetic or a rustic theme, you can find a piece that will suit your design tastes.


However, your renovations shouldn't stop there - if you'd like to add a pop of color to the room, use a vessel sink. These bathroom accessories are attractive additions that come in myriad colors and pair beautifully with today's modern faucets and dials.


Whether your bathroom is tiny or expansive, a floating vanity could be a wonderful addition to your redesigned room. How has your new floating vanity improved the space constraints in your washroom?

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While the clawfoot bathtub has made a huge comeback in the world of bathroom design, there are many companies out there trying to break the conventions of this common furnishing. According to Freshome.com, a company called yourStoneBath has created a line of natural stone bathtubs and vessel sinks that will add a touch of nature to the space.


Each of the stone tubs are handmade and cut from a single piece of large stone. While the outside of the piece is kept rough to show the unique nature of each stone, the inside is polished smooth to offer superior comfort and show the many different hues inside the stone.


While these natural stone bathtubs aren't cheap, they may be even more difficult to get into your home. Many of the tubs weigh over a ton and need a forklift to be placed into a house. So if you're thinking about investing in one, make sure it's in a bathroom at ground level!


Natural materials like hand-carved stone are becoming extremely popular in bathroom design as homeowners look for a way for their spaces to stand out. Would you ever consider purchasing a natural stone bathtub?

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A bathroom vanity is one of the most important furnishings in your bathroom, and it will be a fixture in your space for decades to come. With that in mind, you're going to want to get it right the first time to avoid any future remodeling projects! If you're working with a pale or neutral color scheme, Better Homes and Gardens suggests going with a vanity with dark wood cabinetry to add depth and character to the room.


If you have the space to work with, a dual-sink bathroom vanity is one of the most efficient ways of dividing the space. This will allow you and your significant other to keep your toiletries separate from one another and enjoy ample room on the counter.


Additionally, once your color palette in the room is set and a darker vanity is installed, infuse the room with a bit of color. Fresh cut flowers, colorful window treatments, shower curtains and other bathroom accessories will impart your design tastes into the washroom.


By being playful with your color choices, you can create a versatile space that will stay fashionable for years to come. What tips do you have for individuals working with a neutral color scheme?

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Anyone who is especially skittish about sanitation usually dreads the prospect of being forced to use a public toilet, but a Florida-based hygiene company looks to solve this dilemma. According to The Arizona Republic, Brill Hygiene Products has created a hands-free electronic device that will provide a sanitary toilet seat cover before each use.


This product is already in use in many parts of the country, such as Radio City Music Hall in New York City. However, the Lone Butte and Vee Quiva casinos in Arizona will soon incorporate the bathroom accessories into their washrooms.


"We want to do anything to make our guest experience comfortable and provide the best amenities that are on the market," Melody Hudson, PR manager for Gila River Casinos, told the news source.


Thus far, the new devices have received a warm reception from guests at the casinos, and it gives them peace of mind that they aren't carrying myriad germs with them when they leave the bathroom.


Germ phobia is a major problem for some individuals, while others can simply ignore them. Do you use a toilet seat cover every time you use a public restroom?

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A bathroom remodeling project can be a tricky affair - when having to choose between countless bathroom vanities and other bathroom accessories, you may begin to lose sight of your environmental impact. Thankfully, when everything is installed, you can put a few finishing touches on your space to live a bit greener every day.


According to GreenBiz.com, a company called Cascades has released a brand of toilet paper dubbed Moka. It is made from 100 percent recycled paper, costs less to manufacture and uses less bleach. If there's one way to be a bit more sustainable, this is one of the cheapest ways to do so.


Another tip is to take a good hard look at your windows. Replacing them with energy-efficient designs can help to control air leakage and many are eligible for government rebates. Additionally, adding cellular shades to your windows can also help to maintain the desired temperature in your washroom and reduce your energy expenditure.


Sustainability is a huge concern for many homeowners, and luckily there are various ways to reduce your environmental impact in the bathroom. What green improvements do you suggest for bathroom remodelers?

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You've probably seen it in hotels - the huge stack of towels over your toilet that helps to free up wall space and keeps linens in close reach to the shower. If it's good enough for a hotel, it can probably work in your bathroom! According to Better Homes and Gardens, combining overhead shelving with towel racks can free up space to accommodate other decorative accents.


When choosing new shelving for your space, a good rule of thumb is to match it with your sink's faucets and dials. If you have chrome bathroom fixtures, chances are, a similar shelving design will help create a streamlined look.


If open shelves aren't your cup of tea, you can always add a compact linen cabinet that can pair easily with your color scheme. However, be sure to leave enough clearance above the toilet to be able to remove the tank lid to perform any maintenance.


Space always seems to be at a premium in bathrooms, so you may have to get a bit creative. What storage tips do you have for those redesigning their bathrooms?

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Now that your bathroom vanity, shower stall and toilet have been installed, it's time to start finding ways to store your linens and toiletries. Typically, most homeowners will install a towel rack right next to their shower, but if it's close to your sink, you can also use it as an impromptu storage area.


If you have a limited amount of counter space, consider moving your small items like toothbrushes, hair brushes and washcloths into a hanging basket. This can drape from one of your towel racks and you can still accommodate a hand towel right next to your vanity.


As for your larger bath towels, you have a nearly unlimited set of options. Better Homes and Gardens suggests pairing your towel rack setup with a wall-mounted magazine rack. You can fold your towels and place them on each rung of the rack to incorporate an ingenious accent into your washroom.


Finding storage in your bathroom can always be a tricky balance, but thinking outside the box could help you create a dynamic layout for the space. What unconventional storage ideas do you have for bathroom remodelers?

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If you've recently completed a bathroom remodeling project and installed a glass shower door, you'll gain a modern touch in your space, as well as a few extra chores. Luckily, there are a few daily regimens and handy cleaning tips that will keep your bathroom accessories in wonderful shape.


Consider investing in a squeegee that you can use after each shower. This will help to reduce the appearance of water spots on your door as well as soap scum. It will also reduce the need to clean your shower door as regularly as the rest of the bathroom.


One of the biggest trouble spots of a shower door is the track that it sits on. Mildew, mineral deposits and other bits of grime can collect here if it's not properly maintained. One of the easiest ways to clean it is by using a mixture of baking soda and water and then washing away the debris with a bit of white vinegar. Doing this every month can help to dramatically increase the lifespan of your shower door.


A glass shower setup is a brilliant addition to your bathroom, but it will need a bit of TLC to stay that way. What cleaning tips do you have for those with new glass shower doors?

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Improving the privacy in your apartment bathroom
Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012

When you first move into a new apartment, you may be initially uncomfortable about the prospect of showering in front of a window that someone could easily look into. Thankfully, there are some simple bathroom accessories that can improve the privacy of your apartment bathroom and make it more welcoming.


One of the easiest ways to improve the privacy of your bathroom is to use a shower curtain that loops around your entire bathtub. You can invest in a clear plastic curtain that can go around the perimeter of your tub, while using a colorful design on the outside to improve the aesthetics of your washroom.


If this seems a bit too intensive, you can always install a durable set of window treatments on your windows instead. Faux wood blinds are a great choice that can combine with nearly every color scheme and won't warp or bend due to the high-moisture of the space.


With the apartment of your dreams in sight, you can easily get around a lack of privacy to make the place work for you. What privacy tips do you have for those moving into their first urban abode?

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After you've completed your bathroom remodeling project, your new bathroom accessories will be some of the most attractive additions to your space and they should stay that way! According to IndianExpress.com, there are a few household products and regular regimens you can use to keep your fixtures in tip-top shape.


Cleanliness is obviously one of the easiest ways to keep your bathroom fixtures beautiful, so make an effort to wipe them down with a soft cloth after use. This can help to remove any water spots, fingerprints or mineral buildup that may accumulate over the years.


Another tip when cleaning your bathroom is to combine white vinegar and baking soda into a cleaning solution. This will help to gently clean your faucets and dials without harming the finish. Be sure never to use products like ammonia, bleach or other harsh chemicals, which have the potential to harm the surface of the fixtures.


Your new bathroom additions will be a fabulous upgrade for your space, and luckily there are methods to keep them looking like new. What cleaning tips do you have for homeowners with new bathroom accessories?

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Re-purposing household items into new contexts is one of the most popular trends in today's interior design, and you may just have a few furnishings lying around that may look great in your bathroom. According to Better Homes and Gardens, an old coat rack could be a great addition to a bare corner and can hold all of your towels easily.


Due to the slender profile of your coat rack, it could be a fabulous addition to the space that can open up your room for more decorative accents. You can also pair it with wood blinds or other hardwood pieces to streamline the look of the room.


If you have an old wooden tool box, use it to your advantage! Hang up a towel hook and make sure you have a sturdy strap to work with. You can then display hand towels, bath gels and soaps in an attractive way.


Re-purposed items are fabulous bathroom accessories that not only improve the space's utility, but they can help to tell a story about the people that live there. What household items have you used as decorative accents in your washroom?

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Four months ago, Ann Aulakh was up in the middle of the night using the bathroom and haphazardly dropped her gold necklace in the toilet, figuring it was gone forever. According to the Daily Mail, Aulakh received a stroke of luck this week when local sanitation employees found the jewelry while cleaning out a pipeline in San Rafael, California.


Aulakh's friend had left a message with the sanitation office to warn sanitation workers to stay on the lookout for the lost necklace. The employees remembered the message and did their part to clean up the jewelry and personally deliver it to Aulakh's home. Oddly enough, the necklace came just in time for her to wear it for her 19th wedding anniversary.


"I was just amazed at the kindness of actually delivering it, I thought that was wonderful...It really does bring back faith in people," Aulakh told the news source.


According to Statesman.com, the necklace was a gift from Ann's husband from their first Christmas together in 1993 and she is overjoyed to have it back. Have you ever lost anything important and had it returned to you months later?

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Whether you're designing a child's bathroom or one for all ages, there's something so appealing about an unexpected pop of color in the space. According to Houzz.com, if you have a wall-mounted sink, consider painting the underside of the piece to add a fabulous accent color to your bathroom.


This is an especially welcome change if you've moved into an apartment with a vintage sink that could use a bit of pizazz. Typically this isn't something you should do on your own, so consult a professional painter who can work with the sink's unique dimensions. It's also quite difficult to paint porcelain or cast iron, so consulting a pro is your best bet.


Additionally, if you have a vintage-styled bathtub, you can paint the underside of this as well. The contrast of a warm color with the pearly white surface of your bathroom accessories will give your washroom a fresh and inviting look.


Creatively painting a few of your bathroom furnishings is a wonderful way to give your space a quick face lift. What other unconventional spaces in a bathroom could use a pop of color?

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Mosaic tile is one of the most popular bathroom accessories around, and it can be incorporated into nearly every decorative scheme. According to Better Homes and Gardens, if you're looking for a quick update for your shower stall, consider removing a few of your white tiles and creating a dynamic design with mosaic tile.


Using these tiles will help you give your space a gorgeous shine that you can pair with other bathroom accessories. Start by finding tiles that blend with your bathroom's accent color - for instance, if you have tiles halfway up the wall and a bright paint color on top, look for complementary tiles that match with your paint color.


Now that those are installed, you can give your washroom a glittering touch by replacing a few of the main light fixture and using a small chandelier instead. This will add a bit of opulence to your space that will combine beautifully with your new tile.


Mosaic tile is a quick and easy update that will give your washroom the fabulous bit of color it sorely needs. What decorative tips do you have for homeowners looking to incorporate mosaic tile into their bathrooms?

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In a recent study commissioned by Nitro, a digital document solutions company, researchers found that only six percent of Americans would reduce their toilet paper usage in order to save paper. When compared to other paper products like newspapers, books and magazines, it seems that most people would rather ditch their reading material than lose a few squares of toilet paper.


The study revealed plenty about Americans' attitudes toward paper products. For instance, 48 percent of people surveyed said they would reduce their use of newspapers instead of toilet paper. Perhaps a bit more depressing is the 31.6 percent who would reduce their use of books, but with the widespread use of tablet computers, this has already been on the downturn.


These statistics say a lot about our culture and our willingness to practice conservation. After all, according to National Geographic, close to 27,000 trees are eliminated each day to produce paper and nearly 10 percent of those go to toilet paper production.


Thankfully, you can help do your part by using a few less squares in the bathroom and opting for the single-ply instead of the double. What other tips do you have for homeowners who want to reduce their paper waste throughout the house?

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A bathroom vanity is quite possibly one of the most important purchases you can make in your washroom, but the bathroom accessories that surround it are just as vital. Now that you've picked out the perfect furnishing for your space, filling in the gaps with modern amenities can improve the room's versatility.


If you're the kind of person who's sick of messy soap dishes or a boring bottle of liquid soap, adding a soap dispenser to your wall can help to open up your counter space. All you need to do is fill it up each month and you'll give your bathroom a handy boost that will improve its aesthetic appeal.


Additionally, there's no reason why you have to stop at just one! If your counter is dominated by lotions and bath gels, consider putting your favorites on the wall as well. This will allow you to store all of the larger bottles underneath the sink where they belong so you can have the freedom to decorate your vanity.


A soap dispenser is just one of many contemporary accessories that can help to streamline your bathroom. What tips do you have for homeowners who are looking to free up counter space?

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While you may be sifting through your many options of bathroom vanities, bathroom accessories and other accents, your color scheme is quite possibly the most important facet of the room's layout. According to Better Homes and Gardens, gray and white go together far easier than you may expect and the combination will give you an opportunity to incorporate plenty of contemporary additions.


Wainscoting is one of the easiest ways to provide equal proportions of color throughout the space. Whether you're using wood or marble, white wainscoting around the room will allow you to paint the rest of the walls gray and improve the use of light in the space.


One of the greatest advantages of this color scheme is that each colorful accent will be doubly impressive. Your artwork and line choices will look far more attractive against the neutral backdrop. Finish the look of the space by using brushed nickel or chrome fixtures - this will help balance the crisp white and matte gray with a dose of metallic shine.


A neutral color palette like this can dramatically open up your style choices and create a bathroom that's adaptable to any season. What decorative tips do you have for homeowners who are looking to incorporate a gray and white color scheme?

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When it comes to your alma mater, you may have donated generously over the years in the hopes that your name may adorn an academic building, but how about the ladies' room? According to USA Today, Dixie State College of Utah is giving donors a chance to buy the naming rights to individual bathroom stalls and bathroom accessories in a musical theatre company's new building.


This isn't the first time that colleges have looked to their bathrooms as a means of raising money. Recently, Harvard Law School received a $100,000 donation from alum William Falik before opening up the Falik Men's Room. The purchase of the naming rights was originally Falik's idea, but the institution is open to any means of raising money for the school.


"We thought it was kind of tongue in-cheek and we were willing to do it," dean of alumni relations Steven Oliveira, told the news source.


In an age of shrinking budgets, many colleges are turning to unlikely places to cover their costs, and a bathroom seemed like the next logical place. While the practice hasn't caught on across the country, most alumni offices won't turn down a name on a bathroom door if it means a significant donation!

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Employees at the Norwegian call center of the insurance company DNB were surprised to find a new surveillance system in their bathrooms that sets off an alarm if an employee exceeds the eight minute limit. According to the Huffington Post, this has caused a huge backlash and questions about worker rights.


The way the system works is that managers will be alerted by a flashing light near their desk if an employee spends more than eight minutes on the toilet or pursuing other personal activities. As a result, this has caused outrage among DNB employees who think that their personal freedom is being violated.


On the other side, DNB insists that the bathroom time limit is meant to ensure that someone is always available at the call center. While it remains to be seen if the policy will be revoked, it shows the new lengths that some businesses are going to improve productivity.


Monitoring in the workplace has become commonplace in the business world, but these kinds of policies may have gone too far. Would you be upset at your employer if he restricted your bathroom breaks?

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While you may have had your heart set on a dual-sink bathroom vanity, space constraints may make that furnishing a bit obtrusive. According to Better Homes and Gardens, a wonderful alternative is to incorporate a one-person bathroom vanity with mirrored linen cabinets on either side of the sink.


By using matching linen cabinets on either side of your sink, you can create a sense of uniformity that will make the space more welcoming. Best of all, you can divide the two cabinets between you and your significant other so you'll have your own places to keep your toiletries.


Additionally, using these items as storage isn't the only benefit that they will provide. You can use the side of the cabinet to install towel hooks to hold a hand towel near the sink or use the top of the furnishing to display photographs, flowers or other decorative accents.


Utilizing these cabinets will improve your bathroom's storage space and give it a boost of aesthetic flair. Aside from adding cabinets and vanities, what other storage tips do you have for homeowners who are looking to de-clutter their bathrooms?

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Buying your first apartment in the city can be a blessing and a curse - unless you're purchasing a brand new place, you're probably going to want to make a few aesthetic changes. Thankfully, one of the easiest fixes is installing a bathroom vanity, and you can give it additional presence in the space with a vessel sink.


One of the immediate advantages to a vessel sink is the wide variety of color combinations and designs that are available. Everything from natural stone to copper to colorful glass pieces can add an aesthetic pop to any washroom.


Vessel sinks are also compatible with one of the hottest bathroom accessories on the market, the waterfall faucet. This provides an attractive stream of water that works beautifully with the structure of your new sink, and it can add a dynamic accent to the atmosphere of your bathroom.


As an added bonus, if things don't work out in your current apartment, you can always remove the sink and bring it to your new location. What other benefits of vessel sinks are important for those who are in the market for one?

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With the many new advances in bathroom technology over the years, there are still a few individuals who are happy with their current setup but need a bit of change. Thankfully, there are myriad bathroom accessories that this group of people can incorporate into their spaces that can rejuvenate the look of their bathrooms.


With the toilet, shower stall and other mainstays in place, homeowners can look to improve their storage space or give the room a bit of attractive color. Linen cabinets, medicine cabinets and floating wall shelves are inexpensive additions that can help to decrease clutter and provide new space to display decorative accents.


If a homeowner's mirror has seen better days, there are countless styles available that can conform to any decorative taste. There are even mirrors that combine side shelving and intricate patterns to improve the utility of the space and keep toiletries within close reach.


The bathroom is one of the most frequently-used rooms in the home, so it should reflect the owner's personality and design tastes. What small projects do you suggest for homeowners looking for a quick change in their bathrooms?

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The classic clawfoot bathtub shape has made a stunning comeback in bathroom interior design, and home decorators are finding new and innovative ways to utilize the tub. According to HGTV.com, if the tub is closer to a wall, consider placing a small cutaway shelf to store anything from towels to fresh cut flowers.


Unless you install shelving or a rack from your showerhead, it can be difficult to store toiletries and towels in a room with a bathtub. You can try and put towel racks and rings on the outside of the tub, but they may look like afterthoughts next to the larger furnishing.


Creating a cutaway in the wall next to your bathtub can be a stunning addition to your washroom. This will give you a place to stack towels and other items so that they're within arm's reach. Additionally, you can use the extra space to display a vase with flowers, photographs or anything else that speaks to your personality.


This is just one of many interior design tricks that can help your antique bathtub become more functional. What decorating tips do you have for homeowners looking to make the most of this classic bathroom furnishing?

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Refresh the look of your bathroom with an open vanity
Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012

A bathroom vanity is one of the most important purchases you can make when redesigning your washroom, but the wrong design could negatively affect the atmosphere of your space. According to Better Homes and Gardens, opting for an open design can help your room feel larger and more welcoming.


If you're using a single-sink vanity, there are a few tips to help keep everything within arm's reach. To start, along with your open tabletop, look for a vanity that has a small open shelf below. This will provide a perfect place to keep extra towels, toiletries and anything else you may need.


A dual-sink vanity may be a bit more difficult, so a good way to keep your space open is by using wall-mounted and freestanding storage. A medicine cabinet or a linen cabinet can make up for the space that a larger vanity could take up.


Most importantly, an open vanity will give you another place to display subtle pops of color and other facets of your design scheme. What style tips do you suggest for homeowners incorporating an open vanity?

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As homeowners move away from bathtubs to more streamlined showers in their washrooms, the importance of a proper shower door can make all the difference in the space. According to NorthJersey.com, there are a few determining factors you should look out for to help your door conform to the parameters of your room.


If you're using a corner shower stall, you'll have to decide whether the door will open from the left or right. For instance, if you have a bathroom vanity or a toilet on either side of the shower stall, you should try a few designs to implement a door that won't inhibit traffic flow.


The difference between a framed and semi-framed door will also make a difference in the price. Framed doors install directly into a shower stall and are the cost-effective option, while semi-framed doors are typically custom-made to suit a unique stall. Clear glass is typically the most popular finish, and it can help to visually improve the size of the space.


Lastly, with the absence of a shower curtain, be sure to utilize additional linens and window treatments to infuse the space with a pop of color. What are the selling points you look for in a shower stall door?

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Bronze faucets and other bathroom accessories are popular choices among amateur bathroom remodelers, as they have an uncanny ability to add warmth and depth to living spaces. However, they can be a bit tricky to incorporate into your decorative scheme, so keep the following tips in mind, according to FabulousLiving.com.


Your bronze faucets and dials shouldn't be the only source of the hue in the bathroom. Be sure to combine them with similar bathroom accessories like towel racks, towel rings and other small accents. Matching copper light fixtures can also lend a touch of uniformity to the space as well.


The wall color will also set the tone for the space, so go with warm and rich hues like pomegranate, cinnamon or paprika. You can then incorporate complementary towels, shower curtains and other small accents to make your bathroom a cozy and comfortable spot at any time of the day.


Finally, don't forget an elegant shower curtain rod. A bronze or copper design could be a dynamic finishing touch that pulls your decorative scheme together. What design tips do you have for homeowners who are interested in bronze fixtures?

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If you're the kind of person who likes to send a few texts, check emails and make a few calls while on the throne, you certainly aren't alone. According to a recent survey dubbed "IT in the Toilet," a staggering 75 percent of Americans have admitted to using their phone in the bathroom, reports CBSNews.com.


With the advent of smartphones, it's not entirely surprising that people would take their most commonly-used device with them to the washroom. However, a few statistics stood out in the survey - 63 percent said that they had received a call while on the toilet, while 41 percent decided to multi-task and make a call while doing their business.


The survey also illuminated the difference between genders. While approximately the same number of men and women have admitted to bringing their phones with them, 30 percent of men always bring their phones into the bathroom, while women bring their device 20 percent of the time, according to the Huffington Post. While the numbers are certainly interesting, they illuminate just how important cellphone use has become in our day and age.


It seems that cellphones are one of the hottest bathroom accessories out there, and increasing numbers of people are using this spare time to their advantage. Are you a regular phone user in the bathroom?

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If you're approaching middle age and have a bathroom remodeling project on the horizon, incorporating a few aging-in-place improvements could be a wise choice. As much as you don't want to think about it, using your washroom will become a bit more difficult during old age, and implementing these additions now will save you money in the long run.


Along with installing hand rails and other bathroom accessories, a shower panel could be a wonderful addition to your shower stall. These stylish panels include a large shower head that creates a rainfall effect, four swiveling massage jets, a hand-held showerhead and easy-to-use knobs that control temperature, the direction of the spray and water pressure.


Having an all-in-one setup such as this will make your shower far more accessible and simple to operate during old age. In the meantime, you can enjoy the delightful modern conveniences of this device and give your washroom the full-scale spa treatment it sorely deserves.


Aging-in-place improvements have become wildly popular for those remodeling their bathrooms, so it's something to consider if you're approaching middle age. What improvements do you suggest to make a bathroom more accommodating for the elderly?

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