Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Is Your Bathtub Leaking? Here are 3 Potential Reasons Why

Large freestanding clawfoot tub with silver feet and raw cast iron on the outside with enameled inside.

More than any other room in the house, the bathroom is home to many pipes, drains, and plumbing fixtures. The simple fact that so many appliances, including the sink, shower, toilet, and bathtub, rely on plumbing to work properly means it’s inevitable that you’ll experience a leak in the bathroom from time to time.  

Bathtub leaks can be especially pesky, as they don’t always manifest where you’d expect them to – like in the basin of the tub or along the faucet. Have you noticed that there are water stains on your ceilings and walls? Or, worse still, is your drywall bubbling up from extra exposure to moisture?  

If you’re questioning a leak at all, address the issue immediately. Otherwise, the leak can lead to serious health concerns, such as mold and mildew exposure, chemical hazards, and even electrocution. It can also cause water damage and spike your monthly water bill by as much as 10%. Finally, ignoring a leak can end up ruining your drywall entirely, resulting in costly structural damage and rot. 

Knowing how to recognize the signs of leaking as well as what can cause your bathtub to leak are both critical to the health and safety of your home, so let’s dive in! 

Soaker tub in a white bathroom with black tile floors.
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Early signs of a leaky bathtub 

To protect your home, it’s key to know what to look out for when diagnosing a leaky bathtub. The earlier you catch a leak, the easier it will be to fix. Here are several early signs that your bathtub is indeed leaking:  

  • Water is pooling along the tub basin 
  • The paint is peeling or flaking on the walls 
  • The tile or vinyl flooring is damaged or curling 
  • Mold or mildew has built up on the walls or ceiling 
  • The walls or ceiling are showing water stains 

Remember: water will always take the path of least resistance, so you should also check in any adjacent rooms beyond the bathroom for water accumulation. As soon as you notice any of these signs, the next step is to determine the cause.  

Large gray freestanding tub in a simple white bathroom.
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What can cause a bathtub to leak? 

If your bathtub leaks only when you are using it or immediately after, this may just be an intermittent leak, which you can usually fix yourself. However, it’s crucial that you identify the true cause of the leak before you make any decisions to tamper with the tub. Call in a professional plumber to ensure you address the issue sufficiently. 

Here are 3 of the most common reasons why bathtubs leak:  

The faucet’s rubber washers are worn down

You may not think that a leaky faucet is that big of a deal; after all, the tub basin will catch any dripping water and send it down the drain. In reality, a leaky faucet is actually a huge problem that can lead to hefty water bills, unsightly stains, and even corrosion. 

Luckily, this is one of the easiest leaks to fix, as it’s usually a result of the rubber washers inside of your faucet. Over the years, rubber washers can dry out, leaving them unable to perform their function. All you need to do is take apart the faucet and replace the rubber washers with new ones, which you can find at your local hardware store. If your tub is still leaking, you may need to replace the whole faucet entirely, which is a job for a qualified plumber. 

There are grout and waterproofing issues

Your tub or shower likely gets a lot of use, which means that the grout and caulk surrounding the tiles can shrink or become reduced over time. When this happens, so will leaks. 

To troubleshoot potential waterproofing issues, you’ll want to make sure that grout or caulk is fully covering the perimeter of the tub, especially where it connects to the floors and walls. If there are noticeable gaps or crevices, you may want to regrout your tiles if the leaking persists to create a stronger moisture barrier. 

The bathtub’s drain is malfunctioning

If water is seeping out below your bathtub (which will often manifest on the ceiling of the downstairs room that’s directly beneath your bathroom), this is a telltale sign that the drain isn’t working. Most often, a leaky drain is caused by a problem with the surrounding seal. 

After disassembling the drain, you can likely fix this on your own by applying plumber’s putty to the surrounding area. While there are many instructional videos online, it may be smartest to call a plumber for help to make sure the drain is repaired correctly! 

 Now that you’ve addressed the main cause of your leaky bathtub, you may be looking for additional ways to update your bathroom and make it your dream retreat. Here are several stress-free DIY ideas for remodeling your bathroom.

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Thursday, November 17, 2022

4 Genius Bathroom Organization Hacks

Bathroom accessories for a well appointed, modern bathroom.

Bathrooms are one of those high-traffic spaces (like closets and pantries) that just never seem to have enough storage. Oftentimes, bathrooms are the smallest room in the house, making it especially challenging to maximize its limited footprint in a way that allows for tidiness and organization.  

Between getting ready for work in the morning to unwinding in the evening in your nightly bath, your bathroom has many different functions that all align with helping you feel and look your best. Wouldn’t it make sense, then, to make this space feel and look its best, too?  

By keeping your bathroom organized, even the smallest space can feel luxurious, enticing you to spend more time primping and pampering yourself. Say goodbye to the mess of toiletries that’s littering your vanity and the towels strewn about the floor. Here are our top bathroom organization hacks that are useful for spaces of all shapes and sizes. 

Make the most of your walls with hanging accessory sets

Rather than relying solely on cabinets and closets for storage, why not capitalize on the extra space offered by your bathroom walls? You can hang a series of organizational features from your walls that will free up space on your vanity and give certain items a dedicated home.  

For example, this modern accessory set includes five useful features, such as a robe hook, soap dish, toilet paper holder, towel bar, and towel ring, which can all be mounted on your walls. This way, all of these classic bathroom items will have their own space and won’t infringe on other areas that you’d like to keep clean.  

Freestanding triple shelf for extra bathroom storage.

Add a freestanding bathroom shelf for extra storage

If the storage areas you do have in your bathroom feel overcrowded and slightly chaotic, a great solution is to add a new item of furniture that’s purely for organizing. Freestanding bathroom shelves are not only practical and functional, but they are quaint and can usually fit perfectly in tight areas (like next to the toilet or near the shower). 

With many different designs available, freestanding shelves can also be finished in various colors and styles, meaning they will work well in virtually any bathroom. Now, you’ll have a dedicated shelf for all your toiletries and personal care items, making it essential to the overall organization of your space.

Wall mounted modern style single vanity for the bathroom. 

Rethink your sink and go for a modern model

Another bathroom organization hack is to take another look at the features that are currently crowding your space – like the sink or vanity. Perhaps the present model is inordinately bigger than it needs to be. In this case, choosing a modern, wall-hung model will free up space on the floor and give the space new means for storage. 

Choosing a model like this modern bathroom vanity will look fresh, provide cabinet storage, and allow for baskets or additional shelving to be placed beneath the vanity for further organization. You could also choose a model like this traditional vanity, which has a narrow build that makes it ideal for a smaller bathroom while still offering dedicated under-the-sink storage.  

Large bathroom mirror with medicine cabinet behind for extra storage.

Give your mirror more purpose with a medicine cabinet

A final idea for better bathroom organization is to install a medicine cabinet in place of your mirror. Since every bathroom has a mirror, it only makes sense to give it a dual purpose! 

By integrating a classic medicine cabinet, you’ll create more convenient storage for things like your electric shaver, toothbrush, medications, and other smaller toiletries. Some high-end medicine cabinets even include innovations like defogging technology, dimmable LED task lights, and USB/electrical ports.  

In addition to adding these organizational hacks, you may be thinking about other trends to incorporate into your bathroom to take it from drab to fab. Here are some of the leading bathroom design trends.

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Thursday, November 10, 2022

Top 2023 Bathroom Trends for 3 Modern Interior Styles

Close up of double vanity with integrated sinks and modern faucets.

Looking for ways to keep your bathroom up to date with the latest design trends? If your bathroom follows a modern style – whether that’s modern farmhouse, modern minimalist, or mid-century modern, to name a few – you may be wondering what new trends would work best with these palettes. 

Since it’s our passion to share the latest in-demand features and decor in modern home design, we’ve put together a helpful guide to modern bathroom trends for 2023. This way, as you consider updating or fully remodeling your bathroom in the next year, you can choose trends that will perfectly align with and complement the style you’ve already established. 

Here are 3 interior trends for 3 different modern bathroom styles, including modern farmhouse, modern minimalist, and mid-century modern designs. 

Vanities and bathroom products for a modern farmhouse design.

Interior Trends for a Modern Farmhouse Bathroom 

Taking cues from a humble country getaway with contemporary touches, the modern farmhouse style is all about rustic charm. In 2023, here are several interior updates that you can easily incorporate to take your modern farmhouse bathroom to the next level:  

Use reclaimed wood

Adding reclaimed wood in any area of the bathroom will create a moody, natural-looking ambiance in your bathroom, and it’s surprisingly easy to achieve! Whether you create an entire reclaimed wood accent wall, or you simply refinish your vanity with a reclaimed wood countertop, this type of feature will look great when paired with homier elements, like textiles in shades of white or cream. 

Invest in a rustic vanity

Your vanity can truly set the tone for the entire space, and integrating a rustic vanity is a great way to foreground that modern farmhouse vibe. Choosing a vanity like this one, which includes a sliding barn door and open shelving for visible storage, offers fun storage solutions while still maintaining a modern, elegant look. 

Add black accents

A final trend that will be seen in many modern farmhouse bathroom designs is adding black accents on elements like vanity hardware, lighting fixtures, sink faucets, and towel holders. Choosing flat black cabinet pulls, especially when you have white vanities or cabinetry, will create a crisp and modern graphic touch with plenty of contrast. 

Various bathroom products for a modern minimalist design.

Design Ideas for a Modern Minimalist Bathroom  

With sleek fixtures and pared-down decor, the modern minimalist style maximizes beauty and efficiency with simple color palettes and a streamlined aesthetic. Next year, the following Scandinavian-inspired modern bathroom trends will look fantastic in any minimalist space:  

Opt for a floating vanity

One of the undeniable features of a modern minimalist bathroom is a stunning, one-of-a-kind vanity that makes a statement. Opting for a floating vanity like this blue wall-hung modern bathroom cabinet is not only incredibly unique, but feeds into the minimalist trend of clean lines and modern illusion. 

Install simple lighting

If your modern bathroom is filled with mirrors, it’s especially important to choose lighting that will maintain and complement a minimalist vibe. One of the coolest lighting trends for a modern minimalist space in 2023 are incandescent wall sconces, which cast soft, ambient light through its canning jar style. With these sconces framing your mirror(s), your lighting will embrace a vintage yet still Scandinavian style. 

Create an open-style shower

An easy way to eliminate clutter is to remodel your shower so that there is no need for shower curtains, a tub, or other enclosure. Creating an open-style shower with a frameless sliding door is ideal for a modern minimalist bathroom. For the most minimal shower, you can construct a wet room where there is no door or enclosure whatsoever, but this is only recommended in larger spaces with adequate heating and air circulation. 

Bathroom vanities and other products for a mid-century modern design.

Interior Tips for Mid-Century Modern Bathrooms 

Finally, if your bathroom is mid-century modern, there are several trends arriving in 2023 that will work well with the muted tones, graphic shapes, and combination of natural and man-made materials that define this style.  

Create geometrically-patterned walls

Geometric shapes or tiles lining the walls of your bathroom is a great way to create a layer of visual intrigue that complements a mid-century modern feel. Whether you create an accent wall of tile in only your shower, or you decide to tile all four walls of the space, rectangular tiles are one choice that will elevate any modern design technique.  

Add a warm wooden vanity

Warm brown wood is one of the most common features in any mid-century modern home, so why not opt for a warm wooden vanity as the focal point of your bathroom in 2023? Contrasting well with white flooring or appliances, this type of vanity will underscore the natural element that is a notable staple of this design technique.  

Install wood-framed rectangular mirrors

Another way you can incorporate natural materials into your mid-century modern bathroom is to give your mirrors a wooden facelift. Either by adding wood frames to your existing mirrors, or by installing new mirrors that have wooden surrounds, you can create a natural aesthetic that is also graphic and square by integrating rectangular mirrors. 

Looking for other affordable options as you set out on updating your bathroom? Here are some of our top tips for creating a luxurious-looking bathroom for cheap. 

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Thursday, November 3, 2022

Simple Steps to Prep Your Home for Holiday Guests

Bathroom with small mirror and other daily implements.

When you were at the peak of enjoying easy-breezy summertime in June, it seemed like a fabulous idea to offer your house for Thanksgiving dinner, the company holiday party, and the family gathering on New Year’s Day. Now that the clock is ticking and all of those fall and winter holidays are fast approaching, you may be kicking yourself for saying that you’d host, wondering where to even begin.  

The good news is this: getting your house ready for guests doesn’t have to be a gigantic, stress-laden ordeal that keeps you up at night. In fact, prepping for guests can even be fun! You’ll get to make a series of simple updates that will transform your home into an inviting and cozy haven for your guests – updates that will last long after they leave.  

By starting now and tackling the task early, you can ensure that your home or apartment will be holiday ready so all of your guests feel heartily welcomed. Here are our simple steps to prep for holiday guests:  

Open medicine cabinet filled with supplies.

Start with a quick-and-easy sweep of any clutter 

The very first step in getting your house ready for guests is to declutter the rooms where they will be spending time. Spaces like the foyer, kitchen, dining room, and living room should be your main targets, as well as any guest bedrooms or rooms where they might be staying overnight. 

Remove anything that’s unnecessary from coffee tables, countertops, and ottomans. You can round up any clutter into storage bags or bins, and place them in your garage, shed, or basement until after the holidays so that your home is clean and tidy. 

Stock the guest room and make sure it’s updated 

If your guests plan to spend a night or two at your house, you’ll want to give extra care and attention to their sleeping quarters. Start by stocking their guest bedroom with things like extra towels and blankets, which can be placed on the end of the bed, as well as toiletries they might have forgotten to pack like lotions, toothpaste, or hair ties. You could even place a small basket with some holiday snacks or treats in their room.  

Finally, evaluate the overall look and layout of your guest bedroom. Could it use a new rug? Does the bedding feel outdated and worn? Is the lighting in need of an update? Making small updates like adding a new freestanding lamp to the bedside table will give the space more charm. 

Small bathroom with vanity and separate tall storage cabinet.

Freshen up the bathroom so that it’s spotless 

There is nothing worse than a dirty bathroom, so now it’s time to focus on making sure yours is squeaky clean for your guests. In addition to sanitizing the toilet, sinks, and tub or shower, you should go the extra mile to achieve a spotless space by doing things like dusting the light fixtures, buffing the mirrors, and vacuuming the floorboards.  

You can also make it easy for your guests to find hygiene supplies they may need (like soap, tissues, or towels) by incorporating a new linen tower.  

Complete any ongoing DIY projects you’ve been intending to do 

Last but not least, this period of preparation is the perfect opportunity to finally tackle any DIY task you’ve been meaning to complete. For example, if your kitchen has been plagued with a leaky faucet, now is the time to replace it with a state-of-the-art kitchen faucet that will freely flow without a hitch.  

If you’re like most homeowners, there’s probably a sprawling list of projects that you just haven’t had the free afternoon to address – like hanging framed photos or repainting a scratched wall. Use your guests’ arrival date as the definitive deadline for these low-priority DIY projects, and get them done once and for all! 

Want more guest prep tips? Check out this supply list to restock your medicine cabinet.

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Thursday, October 20, 2022

Foolproof Wall-Mounted Vanity Replacement Guide

White bathroom with blue double vanity.

When it comes to bathroom renovations, you may be surprised to learn that many agree the number one must-have item is a new vanity. As one of the main features of any bathroom space, vanities do so much more than house your sink. They provide storage, offer a countertop for decor or hygiene products, and they also hide unsightly plumbing. Replacing your bathroom vanity with a newer model is a great way to instantly transform the space, and there are plenty of affordable, high-quality vanities available to choose from that will work well with any design trend. Ranging from antiquated or vintage to sleek and modern, vanities set the tone for the rest of the furnishings and color palette in your bathroom, so it’s key to choose one that’s stylish as well as functional. But what about wall-mounted vanities? Are they just as easy to install as vanities that rest on the floor? Though wall-hung vanities may seem like more of a challenge, adding this type of modern feature doesn’t have to be stressful. By following this foolproof wall-mounted vanity installation guide, you can easily and expertly install a new vanity for a seamless bathroom upgrade.

Gray bathroom with single vanity in wood cabinet and white integrated sink and countertop.

First: Weigh Your Options

The amount of wall-hung vanity types and styles available may overwhelm you at first, which is why it’s wise to focus on the individual elements as you weigh your options. Are you replacing a vanity in your master bathroom? If so (and if you have the room for it), it’s probably best to choose a double vanity with space for dual sinks. In a half-bathroom, it makes more sense to choose one that is proportional to the space, like this wall hung modern bathroom vanity. This is also the stage where you’ll want to consider things like color, hardware, and function. Do you need your vanity to come with plenty of storage? Will your new vanity complement the flooring and fixtures? Keep in mind that vanities often act as the unifying design piece for the entire bathroom, so make sure your final choice is on-trend and matches your set color palette.
White double vanity in a white bathroom with subway tile.

Second: Remove the Existing Vanity

The next step is to make space for your new vanity by removing the old one. Begin by locating where the water valves are, which are typically beneath the sink, and turn off the water supply. It’s critical to turn on the existing faucet after doing so, as any built-up water pressure in the pipes will be released. Next, disconnect the water lines from the valves with an adjustable wrench. You’ll likely need to cut the caulk or sealant that connects the sink’s backsplash to the wall, which will allow you to lift and remove the existing sink or vanity top. Finally, you can remove the screws that are holding the vanity to the wall and pull the vanity out.

Dark wood single vanity in a white bathroom.

Third: Repair and Repaint the Wall

It’s usually inevitable that you’ll damage a wall during the process of removing the old vanity. If this happens, don’t panic! You can quickly repair surface defects with a putty knife. After repairing any holes or knicks in the drywall, you can then use a paint brush to touch up the wall. Once the wall looks good as new, you will be perfectly set up to install the replacement vanity.
Dark modern vanity in a white bathroom.

Fourth: Install Your New Vanity

The final step in our vanity installation guide is to – you guessed it! – mount your new vanity on the wall. After measuring and marking where the studs are on the wall, you’ll want to make sure you have an extra pair of hands to help you mount the floating vanity. You can use buckets or wooden slats to raise the vanity to the right spot. Once the vanity is lined up properly, you can drill screws into the wall’s studs. Following this, it’s time to secure the vanity top, drawers, sink faucet, and reconnect the water supply. With everything in place, you can finish off the look of your new wall-hung vanity with decorative elements like houseplants, candles, or sculptures – or add practical items like a toothbrush holder, soap dish, or tissue box.

Looking for other additional ways to upgrade your bathroom? Here are some of our favorite indulgent ensuite bathroom ideas that will take any space to the next level.

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Thursday, October 13, 2022

6-Point Checklist for a Successful and Stress-Free Bathroom Remodel

Neutral bathroom with double vanity after a bathroom remodel.

Does your bathroom have a serene and spa-like feel, or is it the one room in your house that’s desperately in need of an update? As one of the most used and shared spaces, the design of your bathroom is highly important not only so the space promotes relaxation, but so it adds to the overall value of your home.

When starting any home remodeling project, you’ll want to begin by creating a bathroom renovation checklist. What are the things you want to improve that are already in your bathroom? What are the brand new elements that you will be adding from scratch? 

Thinking about your goals – including what you want to remove, add, or improve – will help your project scope become more tangible. From there, you can set a budget for each goal and make sure the renovation gets underway without any surprises or stress.

Since renovating a bathroom can be time-consuming, costly, and complicated, we prepared a helpful 6-point checklist to ensure your project stays on track from day one.

Bar lighting for the bathroom vanity.

Visualize the end product & create the concept 

Months before any real demolition begins, you’ll want to conceptualize what you want the final product to look like. This can be done by finding inspiration online or on social media, or by hiring an interior designer who can draw up a visual blueprint. During this stage, you’ll want to collect measurements and choose which colors, materials, and finishes you’ll use.

Freestanding bathroom storage unit in white. with black handles.

2. Set a working budget 

When we say “working” budget, it’s important to leave a little wiggle room in the financing of your project since things will inevitably cost more than you expect. On average, a bathroom remodel in the U.S. costs between $9,600 and $11,000, but they can increase up to $50,000 for a truly lavish end result. You’ll want to factor in costs such as materials, appliances, fixtures, flooring, labor, and inspection fees, among others.

Multi-tiered towel rack for the bathroom.

3. Start with the foundations

Before you start bringing in things like a new toilet or lighting fixtures, focus on the walls and floors of the new bathroom first. Perhaps you want your walls to be completely covered in beautiful tiles, or you want to revamp the baseboard heater covers to match the ones in your bedroom. Completing foundational updates first will make the rest of the additions go much more smoothly, as you won’t be working in reverse order.

White water saving toilet.

4. Put down plenty of plastic sheeting 

Once the foundations of the new bathroom are in place, you should cover the flooring and any other exposed furnishings that you’re keeping (like a bathtub or vanity) with plastic sheeting to protect them from being damaged. Plastic sheeting can be purchased online or at any home improvement store. Especially if you’re planning to knock out drywall or tile, plastic sheeting is an absolute necessity to ensure things like flooring, baseboards, and cabinetry aren’t destroyed.

Wall sconce for the bathroom vanity.

5. Factor in lighting and electrical considerations

Though light fixtures won’t be installed until the very end, your electrician will need to know how many junction boxes to install, as well as how many switches or dimmers you’re expecting to have. 

Think outside the box with your vanity lighting; rather than a set track of lights above the mirror, it is becoming popular to see modern sconces on either side that are at eye-level. Also, electrical features like heated towel racks or even heated flooring add great resale value to homes, but again, these updates are something your electrician will need to be aware of early on.

6. Tie it all together with decor & small details 

After all major foundational updates have been completed, you’ll be free to focus on tying the new space together with classy decor and finer details. If you’re shopping online, it’s wise to purchase these types of items early on, as they might take several weeks to ship. 

Some ideas you can incorporate include updated cabinetry pulls in a cool chrome finish, handy pull-out drawers beneath your vanities for storage efficiency, new bath mats or hand towels, over-the-toilet shelving for extra organization, and new artwork or sculptures.

As your bathroom renovation gets underway, it’s key to be aware of the remodeling trends that will slash your home’s resale value, which we divulge here. 

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Thursday, September 29, 2022

The Ultimate Cozy Color Palettes & Complementary Finishes

Copper sink in a white kitchen.

One of the first words that springs to mind when describing your ideal living space would probably be “cozy” or “homey.” After a long work day or weekend trip, there is nothing better than coming home and cozying up in an environment that makes you instantly relaxed. 

Of course, the furnishings or materials in your living space are a huge factor in how comfortable you can get – from the soft lighting of your lamps to the blankets or pillows on your favorite chair. But did you realize that the color combinations in your home also have a major impact on the cozy factor?

Choosing a color palette that reflects cozy colors will set the tone for your entire space, so it’s important to think about the hues that are most inviting and complement the room’s finishes. 

As you look to refresh one of your rooms and make it as warm as possible, here are some of the most undeniably cozy colors and the finishes that pair best with them.

Rustic Ruby + Champagne Bronze

If the room you’re looking to revamp has a generally neutral color palette like khaki, ivory, or taupe, you can immediately make it feel cozier by adding in a pop of color like rustic ruby. Shades of ruby or red are definitely saturated but still have a brown undertone that will keep things cozy and complement the rest of the monochromatic colors in the room. 

You can jazz up the overall palette by focusing on the room’s finishes, such as cabinet knobs or door handles, and incorporate a finish like champagne bronze. In combination, the ruby color, bronze finishes, and neutral palette will look homey and warm.

Mood board featuring red and bronze color palette.

Sage Green + Italian Brass

Sage is this year’s most popular shade of green according to Google Trends. Thanks to its serene and calming effect, sage is a great choice for a cozy space and it pairs extremely well with an elegant finish like Italian brass. 

This particular color combination is perfect for a bathroom update, as it will give off the effect of a spa or even outdoor garden setting with refined, European finishes. For example, adding this premium sink faucet in Italian brass in a bathroom that’s painted sage green and is dotted with quaint house plants will make the space appear lived-in and cozy.

Mood board featuring green and brass color palette.

Deep Aqua + Polished Nickel

If you’re looking for cozy colors that evoke a beach or seaside setting, you really can’t go wrong with deep aqua and a sandy neutral. To add a bit of depth or interest to the space, integrating a gorgeous finish like polished nickel light fixtures can do the trick. 

This color combination of blue and silver might not seem like the coziest palette at first, but if you stick to a nautical theme in the furnishings and decor, you can create a space with a beach-house feel – and what’s more relaxing than imagining you’re at the beach!?

Mood board featuring aqua and nickel color palette.

Warm Yellow + Pearl White

A final example of cozy colors that can take any space from cold and uninviting to warm and welcoming is the combination of warm yellow and pearl white. Just like a soft daisy, yellow and white give off a friendly vibe, making it a great choice for a happy, cozy space. 

In recent years, warm yellow has been a popular choice for kitchens, as it is a bright and cheery color that inspires joy and comfort. Paired with white finishes (such as white cabinetry or a white-wood table and chairs), this color palette has a clean, springtime sentiment. Depending on the yellow tone you go with, this combination of colors can feel like the start of a brand new day with the sun softly shining!

Mood board featuring yellow and white color palette.

Lighting is also a huge factor in how cozy a space appears, so be sure to check out our list of top lighting products that can elevate any room in the house.

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

What’s Out and What’s In: Interior Design Trends 2023

Marble bathroom with round mirrors and a double vanity.

When it comes to home decor, some features never go out of style – like pops of plant life in the kitchen or a charming, built-in window seat in the bedroom. Other interior design trends, however, have a shorter shelf life and can dramatically date your home.

For instance, while shiplap walls had a bit of a renaissance in recent years thanks to the popularity of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” and the modern farmhouse style, many home design experts now think the trend is tired and overdone. Just like shag carpeting in the 1970’s, many trends aren’t timeless, and you don’t want to spend time and money on decor that will make your home seem stuck in a time machine.

As we look ahead to 2023 (yes, it’s already that time!), here are several outgoing and incoming interior design trends that every stylish homeowner should know. 

Incoming 2023 Interior Design Trends

Freestanding curvy soaker bathtub.

Curvy Lines and Furniture

From arched doorways to crescent sofas, organic curves are taking shape to be one of the hottest trends of 2023. You can easily incorporate curvy lines into any room in the house—like adding this oval soaker bathtub to your ensuite bathroom. Elements like rounded pendant lightingarched mirrors, and curvy nightstands will all be popular well into the new year, giving spaces more depth and flair.

Vine style chandelier.

Outdoor-Inspired Interiors

As sustainable, green design continues to grow in popularity, designers are moving away from interiors that feel artificial. Instead, it’s becoming more popular to bring outdoor elements—like nature-inspired hues and materials—into interior spaces. 

Features like rustic bathroom vanities, jute rugs, rattan chairs, wicker baskets, earthy textures, or natural wood floors are all great choices that will make any space feel in harmony with the outdoors.

Small single vanity with sink in a rustic style.

Verdigris and Lavender

Thinking ahead to the colors that will be most on-trend in 2023, two in particular are on the radar of top design experts: verdigris (or blue-green) and lavender. 

Verdigris is a slight move away from the rich true greens like sage or emerald, but it is much more ethereal. Lavender, on the other hand, is more futuristic but surprisingly approachable, inviting a freshness and versatility to an interior that might otherwise be overtly neutral. 

Departing 2022 Interior Design Trends

Acrylic Furniture and Accents

Sure, that acrylic desk chair might’ve seemed like a great idea when you decided to modernize your office space at the start of 2022. But now we’ve all seen through this trend (pun intended!) and designers have deemed acrylic accents officially out of style. While it might’ve seemed cool to have an optical illusion as part of your interior decor, the trend of acrylic furniture is well-worn and on the way out for 2023.

Caged Industrial Lighting

Industrial-inspired caged lighting saw a resurgence in popularity in recent years, but it is another trend that will not be continuing in 2023. This outgoing trend aimed to celebrate the simple and sturdy nature of industrial warehouse lighting. However, sleeker fixtures without any visible wiring—like this gorgeous single tier chandelier—are the new direction for lighting.

Faux-Distressed Finishes

It’s undeniable that a home should feel cozy and lived-in, but faux-distressed finishes run the risk of looking overly worn. Although this trend was wildly popular in the last few years, it is officially on the way out for 2023. Rather than chalk painting and distressing your furnishings to add dimension, try upholstering an existing chair with a colorful fabric or invest in an authentic antique.

As you think about refreshing your interiors with up-and-coming design trends for 2023, a good place to start is always in the bathroom! Why not revamp the space with one of these great ideas for a modern, updated walk-in shower.

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Thursday, September 8, 2022

Tips for Mixing & Matching Metals in the Bathroom

Wall mounted bathroom vanity in gray with matte silver hardware.

Looking for a quick and easy bathroom upgrade that you can do in just one day? Instead of taking on a huge renovation project, start small with a simple task like changing up your bathroom’s cabinet knobs & handles. 

Though it may not be the first thing you notice about a bathroom, the hardware on your vanities, drawers, and cabinets can make the space feel outdated. Luckily, there’s a way to update cabinet knobs and handles that will infuse a modern, polished look to any bathroom—by mixing and matching metals.

Who said you have to stick to one metal when it comes to your bathroom’s finishes? It’s much trendier (and more fun!) to choose a few types of metals for your fixtures and hardware, so long as they complement each other and align with the rest of your home’s design.

To guide you in the process of mixing and matching metal hardware in your bathroom, here are our top tips for a seamless, well-balanced look.

Unique cabinet pull in brushed silver color.

Tip #1: Create Harmony, Not Competition

When choosing new cabinet knobs and handles, you’ll want to incorporate no more than three types of metals. After all, the goal of any interior design is to ensure all of the elements work together beautifully and form a balanced whole. 

This is why you should avoid choosing two metals from the same color family – like light copper and shiny brass. Oftentimes, metalware from the same color family will look similar but won’t quite match, making it seem like a mistake rather than an intentional choice. Instead, go for finishes that complement, rather than compete, with each other – like polished chrome and matte black.

Rubbed bronze cabinet pull.

Tip #2: Alternate the Handles on Doors and Drawers

A simple technique when mixing and matching metals is to choose one type of finish for the handles on your vanity’s doors and a different finish for the vanity’s drawers. For example, your vanity might have two doors and two drawers. You can select sleek, horizontal bar pulls for the drawers, while installing round knobs to the doors. 

It may be enough to mix up only the shapes of the cabinet handles and leave the finishes the same. The fun thing is that you have endless options when it comes to alternating the styles and finishes of the metalware in your bathroom, so you can make it as unique or as monochrome as you want.

Tip #3: Experiment with Different Textures

With so many interesting textures now available in cabinet knobs & handles, why not mix and match the actual feel of your new hardware? Beyond traditional finishes like matte or polished, modern metals can also be antiqued, brushed, burnished, hammered, hard-rubbed, or oiled to add dimension to your bathroom. 

Textured hardware is a fantastic way to add a distinct sensory experience to the hardware on your vanity or cabinetry that will not only feel good to touch, but will elevate the space from simple to sophisticated.

Unique cabinet pull with intricate details.

Tip #4: Make a Statement with an Accent Metal

Again, you want your hardware choices to create harmony in your bathroom, but there’s no reason why you can’t take this opportunity to make a bold statement! Once you’ve identified a classic base metal for a certain portion of your hardware, choose a more eccentric metal that can act as an accent for your favorite drawers. 

For example, nickel handles will brighten a traditional space, while matte black knobs will amplify the elegance of a modern bathroom. Or you can choose a single color and make a statement by combining a polished finish and matte finish, such as polished brass handles with brushed brass

Making upgrades like mixing and matching your hardware doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are several inexpensive ways to remodel your bathroom that will give it a high-end look: 

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Thursday, September 1, 2022

Install a New Vanity in a Single Afternoon

Large double vanity with lots of storage with the doors open showing the plumbing.

A vanity is the central focus of the bathroom. A new vanity can be the breath of life your bathroom needs to feel and function completely differently. 

The best news? You can do it in an afternoon. Here’s how to install a bathroom vanity quickly and well. Ready? Set? Go!

Start with the Plumbing

Vanity projects can get messy quickly if you have to deal with water. Start by turning off water valves to the vanity sink, then turn faucets on to get rid of any remaining water. 

Next, remove the p-trap (that bend in the pipe at the bottom of the sink plumbing. You may want to have a bucket and towel on hand in case there is residual water in the pipe. 

Disconnect water lines from the sink using an adjustable wrench. These steps are pretty simple and very DIY-able but if you feel uncomfortable about it, get help from a plumber.

Blue single vanity installed in a white bathroom.

Disconnect the Vanity from the Wall

Your vanity is connected to the wall with screws inside the vanity and some caulk on the outside of the vanity. Cut the caulk that seals the top rim of the vanity or backsplash to the wall using a utility knife. Be careful not to damage the wall itself.

Next, unscrew the unit from walls/studs. Then simply pull the vanity away from the wall. It may be easier to remove the top of the vanity before pulling the cabinet away from the wall. If you plan to reuse the vanity top, this is a must. 

Removing an old vanity may result in a few dings. If there has been any damage to the wall, make any repairs needed before moving on. 

Wood grain single wall mounted vanity in a small bathroom with a patterned tile floor.

Choosing a New Vanity & Faucet

If you haven’t picked your new vanity yet, you’re in for a treat. DecorPlanet is the home of a wide selection of beautiful vanities from classic styling to clean-lined modern, pedestal to double vanity. You’ll find what you’re looking for here. 

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While you’re at it, think about selecting a new faucet too. Gold and Champagne colors are popular right now, but we’ve always got classics like polished chrome or brushed nickel in a variety of styles. 

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Large wood double vanity with all the drawers open.

Prep for the New Vanity

With the old vanity removed, it’s time to get ready to put in the new one. Measure the vanity height and width then mark that height and width on the wall. Use a stud finder to locate where the wall studs are and mark them. Removing the doors on your new vanity will make things a bit easier, but it’s not necessary to get the job done. 

If your vanity has a solid back, measure where the pipes and water lines are on the wall then mark those same measurements on the back of the vanity. Drill a pilot hole in the center of where you need to make an opening then use a hole saw to cut out the right size circle to accommodate the pipe or water line.

Rerouting Plumbing

If you need to reroute any plumbing, such as if you’re moving the sink or going from a single to a double vanity, you’ll likely need a plumber. It may seem straightforward but any plumbing problems can quickly cause irreversible water damage.

Once you have the vanity removed from the wall and when you’re ready to install the new vanity, that’s the perfect time to get all your plumbing squared away. Call your plumber in advance to get on the schedule and keep your project moving.

Install the Vanity

With the proper holes cut in the back of the vanity, you’re ready to install. Line up pipes with the holes in the back of the vanity and gently slide it up against the wall. Check to see that it’s level across the width of the unit and the length of the unit. If it’s not level, use shims to adjust it. You can use a quarter round molding to finish off edges at the floor, especially if there are gaps from shims.

Using your stud marks, drill in pilot holes through the vanity and into the stud then screw it to the wall with 3-inch screws. If you don't have a stud, use a wall anchor with your screw. If you are screwing into alternative surfaces like tile or plaster, use the drill bits and wall anchors suitable for that type of surface.

A large wood double vanity with integrated sinks fully installed.

Top it Off

If your vanity doesn't come with a top, install it next by adding a bead of adhesive to the top edge of the vanity all the way around then place the top. You may want to ask for a little help placing a heavy vanity top to ensure you get it straight.

Caulk anywhere the vanity touches a wall to seal it up and stop water from leaking behind the vanity. Install the faucet using manufacturer instructions.

Finish with Plumbing

You’ll end where you began, with the plumbing. Reinstall the p-trap, reattach water lines (be sure to use teflon tape to decrease leaks), tighten down everything then turn the water back on. Test for leaks at every connection by turning the faucet on and letting the water run for a few minutes. 

Changing up the entire feel of the bathroom design can be as easy as installing a new vanity. It’s a simple project you can do in an afternoon but has a huge impact. If you ever need assistance, get in contact with your local plumber or talk with our customer service team.

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