Thursday, December 29, 2022

Vanity & Faucet Pairings for 3 Classic Interior Styles

 

Wood single vanity in a bathroom with large black framed window.

In today’s world, there are hundreds (if not thousands!) of combinations of vanities and faucets available, with vanity options alone ranging from floating to pedestal to double or single sink. So, how can you be confident in the best vanity and faucet pairing for your bathroom’s specific style?

When it comes to bathroom design, ensuring everything is cohesive and paired well together is the key to creating that coveted spa-like feel. From the decorative accessories you choose to the fixtures that make the space shine, spending a little extra time thinking about the way that the elements match (or at least complement one another) is essential.

In this brief guide, we reveal the perfect vanity and faucet pairings for 3 classic bathroom styles so you can rest assured that both elements will look great together.


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Fresca Fiora in brushed nickel.

1. For traditional bathrooms

For traditional-style interiors, which often combine elegance and functionality, the best vanity and faucet pairing will speak to a timeless design that evokes symmetry and comfort. 

Since traditional design often incorporates a classic look with wood furnishings, a vanity with clean lines and a beautiful wood finish like this Antique Coffee Traditional Bathroom Vanity is a great option. Then, you can pair the vanity with a traditional faucet like the Fresca Fiora in Brushed Nickel which has a curved, yet clean-lined quality with classic single handle functionality and softened matte nickel finish. 

In combination, these two options will perfectly feed into a traditional bathroom, as they underscore the simplicity of this elegant style while harkening back to classic design principles. 


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2. For modern bathrooms

On the other end of the spectrum is the modern or contemporary style, which is defined by sleek minimalism, geometric shapes, and zero clutter. In this type of bathroom, it’s typical to find features that are architecturally unique and eye-catching, such as free-standing vanities that appear to be floating on the wall. 

For instance, a vanity like this Mezzo Teak Modern Bathroom Vanity is a stunning choice, as its one-of-a-kind style will appear more like a work of statuary art than a functioning amenity. 

This vanity would be perfectly complemented by a faucet like this Fresca Versa. When paired together, the two elements will evoke a contemporary, geometric feel, as both are square in shape and look luxuriously high end – exactly what you want for a modern space.


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3. For rustic bathrooms

For rustic interiors, it’s best to stick with elements that are natural, aged, organic, and maybe even a little distressed. No matter how close you live to the actual countryside, the key to rustic spaces is to combine indoor and outdoor staples so that they achieve a cozy, lived-in look. 

Starting with a vanity like Fairmont Designs Napa 30” vanity invites a comfortable yet distinguished look that will define your rustic design. 

Then, you can opt for a faucet like Graff’s Lauren double handle faucet. The curvaceous detailing and choice of finish from chrome to gold underscores that classic and elemental style. 


Now that you’ve got your vanity and faucet combination sorted, what about the bathroom toilet? Here are our top picks for the best toilets available in the industry.

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Thursday, December 22, 2022

Tips for a Handicap Accessible Bathroom

Modern style wall mounted sink in a gray bathroom with accessible components.


People with disabilities should be able to use every space in their house comfortably and freely without facing challenges. If a member of your household has special requirements related to mobility or uses a wheelchair, it’s key that you make adjustments to the rooms in your home to accommodate their access and ease of use.

Currently, the latest U.S. census data estimates that 10 percent of Americans have a physical disability or mobility impairment, with over 3 million people using wheelchairs full-time at home. For these individuals and for the elderly wanting to age in place, the bathroom can be one of the most dangerous rooms in the house, as it is the most common site of slips and falls. 

To ensure that your home bathroom embraces universal design – meaning it is accessible to people of all ages, sizes, and capabilities – there are a number of features you can integrate that will make the space functional and safe. 

Here we provide a guide to making your bathroom accessible, including tips for fixtures and accessories that will create a usable space for anyone with physical limitations.

Walk in bathtub for ultimate accessibility.


Ideal bathroom dimensions 

First and foremost, the bathroom needs to be spacious enough for a person in a wheelchair to easily move around. The American Disabilities Act (ADA) recommends bathroom dimensions of at least 60-inches by 56-inches deep plus clearance space for bathroom fixtures. 

For wheelchairs to make a 180-degree turn within the space, a diameter of 60-inches is needed. The main doorway will also need to be at least 32-inches wide, and it is best if the door opens outwards into the adjacent room to create even more space within the bathroom.


Lighting for handicap accessibility

Good lighting in the bathroom is always important for safety, especially for those middle-of-the-night trips to the toilet. For those with limited mobility, all light switches need to be within reach and able to be turned on and off from wheelchair height. 

The ADA recommends a set of standards for hanging lights in the bathroom as well as the distance that fixtures or sconces should extend from the walls for optimal safety. Some of the best lighting options for people with disabilities include large rocker light switches or switches with motion sensors. There are also several smart lighting options available that can be controlled by voice or remote.


Hand held shower in a gray tiled shower.


Accessible sinks, toilets, showers, and bathtubs

Of course, there’s no point in focusing on the layout of the bathroom without considering whether a wheelchair user can actually access the sink, toilet, shower, or tub. Here’s what you should focus on when it comes to each of these features: 


Touchless faucet with a white sink on a dark gray vanity.


Sinks

The maximum sink height in a handicap-accessible bathroom is 34-inches high. It’s best to choose a wall-mounted sink or vanity model that can offer plenty of clearance for a wheelchair user’s knees and feet. Other considerations include touchless faucets and an extra sturdy vanity, which can be used for maneuvering and for steadying oneself.


Commercial toilet in a white and gray bathroom that is fully accessible.


Toilets

The ADA recommends toilets are between 17-19 inches high from the finished floor. Ideally, the toilet height will be level with the individual’s wheelchair height, so that they can easily transfer from one to the other. 

Wall-mounted toilets are probably best, as they can be positioned to a custom height and leave plenty of room for turning a wheelchair. It’s also key to ensure that accessories like the toilet paper holder, sanitary items, or other medical equipment are within reach.


Large whirlpool freestanding tub in a white and gray bathroom.


Showers and bathtubs

When it comes to the shower or bathtub, the most important element is to create access without the user needing to step over any threshold. Curbless showers (or roll-in shower stalls) make entry super easy for people with wheelchairs. Many barrier-free shower kits fit into standard 60-inch bathtub openings for easy conversion and have built-in benches. 

Walk-in tubs are also ideal, many of which have a door that opens flush with the floor and ADA-compliant benches. Showers and tubs that are handicap accessible will also often include handheld shower heads, grab bars, and therapeutic water jets.


By incorporating these considerations into your home bathroom, you can make sure that the space is handicap accessible and comfortable for all. Learn more about inclusive and universal design in our recent blog.

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Thursday, December 15, 2022

5 Hacks for a Lack of Bathroom Counter Space

Double vanity in white in a modern style in a minimal bathroom.

From hair dryers and spare towels to hand lotions and flat irons, our bathrooms are home to scores of products that can leave a disorganized and unsightly mess on the countertops. Oftentimes, counter space in the bathroom is precious and limited, meaning it can therefore become cluttered quite quickly. 

If you’re looking to give your bathroom a spa-like feel that’s free from random toiletries and messy counters, here are 5 clever hacks for creating more bathroom counter space. 


1. Arrange toiletries on a pretty tray

If you have a double vanity, you probably have a dedicated space in the middle of the vanity’s two sinks for storage. This is a great spot for a beautiful tray, which can help you to organize miscellaneous items like cotton swabs, hairbrushes, make-up, and other smaller items. The best part about organization trays is they create boundaries, so things that wouldn’t otherwise have a dedicated home can be contained. 

Choose a tray that matches your fixtures and finishes. Finding one that’s easy to clean and moisture-proof is also a smart idea.


Wall mounted towel rack with beige towels on top.


2. Install wall-mounted holders

To free up space around your sink, opt for toothbrush holders and soap dispensers that attach to the wall. This will instantly give you back free space on your vanity counters while looking chic and stylish. There are even holders available that are specifically for hair-styling tools, which have individual sections for your hair dryer, comb, hairbrush, and curling iron. 

You can also install a wall-mounted holder for your water glass; just make sure you place it somewhere that you won’t knock into it while getting ready!


Three door medicine cabinet with mirror front and shelved inside.


3. Hang a medicine cabinet or wall shelf

Another way to capitalize on the available wall space that you have and free up your counters is to hang a storage solution like a medicine cabinet or shelf. Medicine cabinets can be particularly innovative, as some models come with dimmable LED lighting, handy electrical outlet hookups, and defogging technology. 

A shelf or medicine cabinet will simplify storage for taller items like diffusers or bottles of moisturizer, and they can also be helpful for organizing spare rolls of toilet paper, extra towels and washrags, and even small decorations.


Wood trimmed medicine cabinet and storage shelves in a robin egg blue bathroom.


4. Add a vertical layer to your vanity

A creative solution for messy counters is to create an all-new layer for storage. If you’ve ever seen the way that some people create over-the-toilet storage by building shelving that fits perfectly on top of the porcelain throne, this is the same idea – except on top of your vanity. 

You can easily DIY an over-top shelf for your sink or double sinks that will give you much-needed storage above your vanity. You can use materials like salvaged wood or wood planks for a rustic look, or find a U-shape plastic shelf online that will also do the trick. 


5. Integrate a new linen tower 

A final hack that will help you better organize your bathroom counter space is to incorporate a new piece of furniture in the form of a linen tower. Linen towers come in a variety of shapes, styles, and heights to fit in hard-to-place bathroom corners. They can act as points of focus in your bathroom, as well as allow you to keep all your linens, or whatever else you want to store, in one place. 

You can dedicate two of the shelves for towels and washrags and use the rest of the tower for items that you don’t want clogging up your counters!


Ready to free up more counter space and declutter your bathroom vanity? Shop for other storage solutions to help make your bathroom more organized and tidy here.


Thursday, December 8, 2022

Everything You Need to Know About Hydrotherapy at Home

Large hydrotherapy bathtub in gray and blue bathroom.


Water is an essential part of our everyday life – not only for drinking and bathing, but also for its healing powers and ability to strengthen the body and mind. Dating back to the times of the ancient Greeks, water has also been used for hydrotherapy or “water cure.” A branch of alternative medicine, hydrotherapy involves the use of water for pain relief and treatment. There are numerous types of hydrotherapy treatments, which are often carried out in warm water pools and led by licensed physical therapists. Some of the most common types of hydrotherapy include:

Aquatic exercise


This involves water aerobics, lap swimming, and group exercise classes in large pools;

Aquatic physical therapy

This type of therapy is conducted by a licensed physical therapist and incorporates a specialized program for each individual;

Immersion therapy

This involves being immersed in baths of extreme temperatures, including contrast water therapy (a series of brief immersions in hot and cold temperatures) for optimal muscle relaxation;

However, in addition to these, there is also at-home hydrotherapy which can be done in the comfort of your very own bathroom – so long as you have the right bathtub! In this article, we’ll walk through the various benefits and types of home hydrotherapy that you can enjoy in one of Decor Planet’s high-end, therapeutic whirlpool tubs. But first, let’s learn which conditions can benefit the most from hydrotherapy treatments.

Step up style bathtub with jets in an oval shape.

What conditions can hydrotherapy treat?


It goes without saying that we can all benefit from a little extra rest and relaxation in water. But there are also specific symptoms and conditions that can be helped by hydrotherapy, including the following:
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Cancer pain
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Neuropathy
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)

Beyond these medical conditions, individuals that are experiencing other symptoms such as lower back pain, menstrual cramps, depression and anxiety, swelling, headaches, and joint or muscle discomfort can also benefit from at-home aquatic therapy.

Corner hydrotherapy tub in a dark tiled bathroom with wood look floors.

What are the main advantages of hydrotherapy?


Even if you don’t suffer from any of the symptoms or conditions mentioned above, engaging in hydrotherapy at home can have amazing benefits for people of all ages. Some of these undeniable advantages include: Reduces tension - If you’re feeling stressed or stiff, soothing your aching muscles with hot water can increase blood flow to strained areas of the body. Alternatively, cold water will slow down circulation, which can be beneficial for easing inflammation. Relieves anxiety and stress - Hydrotherapy has been shown to affect hormone levels, causing a release of endorphins and increased serotonin production. These hormones can help to reduce stress, as they are known to boost happiness and contentment. Helps to detoxify the body - Increasing your blood flow sparks the body’s white blood cells to collect and destroy unwelcome materials from the body more quickly. Hydrotherapy can thus help your body to flush unwanted toxins from muscle tissue.
Freestanding oval bathtub with jets on a patterned tile floor in a white and gray bathroom.

Types of at-home hydrotherapy to try

If you’re intrigued by the thought of doing hydrotherapy from the comfort of your home, Decor Planet’s range of therapeutic whirlpool tubs can make it possible. From aromatherapy to water-based massages, many of our tubs include one-of-a-kind technological innovations that will allow you to engage in the following types of at-home aquatic therapy:
Corner hydrotherapy bathtub with curvy interior surrounded by tile.

Aromatherapy

Some of our tubs feature a unique technology called Aromacloud, which is an essential oil diffuser integrated into the bath deck that can diffuse a delicate mist of water and essential oils. During aromatherapy, essential oils can enter the bather’s respiratory system and reach the circulatory and lymphatic systems, where they interact with cells to promote healing.

Chromatherapy

A scientifically-proven technique, chromatherapy is not merely a decorative element, but has a direct effect on one’s physical and psychological condition. As a powerful way to achieve balance and harmony, the color vibrations can calm, energize, or focus your thoughts. See chromatherapy tubs.

Tonic therapy

Decor Planet’s tonic massage tubs combine water and warm air to immerse you in comforting bubbles. Three pre-programmed cycles allow you to adjust the intensity of the bubbles, and each produces a sensation to relax your entire body. Ready to shop for the at-home hydrotherapy tub of your dreams? Check out Decor Planet’s full range of therapeutic bathtubs, which offer all of the aesthetic qualities and comforting features you desire.


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Thursday, December 1, 2022

3 Common Plumbing Problems & How to Fix Them

Close up of single vanity in the bathroom with modern fixtures and tile backsplash.


Plumbing problems are never fun. You don’t realize just how much you rely on functioning plumbing for day-to-day living. As soon as something goes wrong in the bathroom, your ability to take a shower, wash your hands, or flush the toilet is compromised – and sometimes the problem is not always easy to solve.

Fortunately, some of the common plumbing problems you’ll face as a result of an aging home or simple wear-and-tear can be DIYed and fixed on your own. For others, however, you really should seek out advice from a plumber, who will make sure that the issue is corrected properly and not just MacGyvered with whatever spare parts or putty you can find.

From bathtub leaks to dripping pipes beneath the sink, it can be difficult to diagnose plumbing problems or even to articulate what’s going wrong. Thus, being aware of the most common plumbing problems and solutions will help you know when to tackle the issue yourself and when to call the plumber!



Close up of a shower fixture running at full pressure.


1. Leaky faucets and pipes

Leaky faucets and pipes are easy to spot since water will be physically dripping from them, even when they are turned off. While dripping faucets are more of a nuisance than an emergency, leaking pipes can cause major damage to your bathroom if you don’t address the problem immediately.

What causes this problem? 

A dripping faucet usually occurs when the washer that forms the seal inside of the tap is damaged or worn down over time. When this erosion occurs, the washer will no longer seal the tap tightly enough, which causes dripping water to slip through. Usually occurring at the joint, a dripping pipe is also caused by damage – most likely from deterioration, shifting, or high water pressure. 

How to fix the issue

Replacing the faucet’s washer that’s responsible for the leak is an easy DIY project; just make sure you get the right replacement from your local hardware store. For leaky pipes, you may need to simply replace a U-joint with a new pipe, but if you’re not sure, this project is better left to the pros.

When to call a plumber

To avoid a big mess, calling a plumber in both scenarios is probably your best bet, particularly if you have no plumbing experience of your own. They will have specialty tools on hand to replace washers and pipe joints, and they’ll also (hopefully!) save you from dealing with any clean-up. 


2. Low water pressure

A typical problem in old homes, low water pressure can come on quickly or slowly worsen over time, depending on the underlying cause. Leaving this pesky issue alone won’t lead to any major damages, but it does make rinsing things and showering difficult and more time-consuming, so it’s definitely worth resolving.

What causes this problem?

One possible cause is buildup of sediment or minerals in your faucet aerators, showerhead, or pipes, which can restrict the water flow. If the whole home is experiencing low pressure, it could indicate a much bigger issue with the pressure-reducing valve, well pump, filtration system, or water service line.

How to fix the issue

If it’s only occurring in a single fixture, you can try clearing debris from the aerator, soaking the aerator in vinegar overnight to loosen up the buildup, or cleaning or replacing the cartridge. If your entire home has low water pressure, you’ll likely need to replace your pressure-reducing valve or fix a leak in your water service line, which calls for a professional.

When to call a plumber

You’ll want to call a plumber if you realize the issue isn’t just limited to one faucet or showerhead, as the problem will require a series of repairs to fully resolve.



Luxury bathroom with stone tile surround on the bathtub and shower. Toilet in the foreground..


3. Clogged drains and toilets

Last but not least, clogged drains and toilets are another extremely common plumbing problem that are impossible to ignore – as they usually result in overflowing water and a huge mess! 

What causes the problem?

This issue is most often caused by something blocking the drain either partially or completely. Instead of being able to flush your toilet normally or watch as water drains freely down your sink, the water will back up and overflow. In sinks and showers, hair is usually the culprit. In toilets, clogs are usually the result of something other than dissolvable waste being flushed, which causes blockage in the pipes. 

How to fix the issue

Thankfully, clogged drains and toilets are the easiest plumbing issue to solve on your own. With the help of a trusty plunger, move it up and down to create suction over the drain. If this doesn’t help, chemical drain cleaners or plumbing snakes can also help to dislodge blockages.  

When to call a plumber

If you run into repeated clogging in the same drain, the issue may be more complicated than a simple plunging job and require help from a plumber. A plumber may need to replace your pipes, which could be damaged for a variety of reasons and therefore more prone to clogging.


These are just a few of the most common plumbing problems that you’ll run into over time, but unfortunately there are many more – like leaky bathtubs! Here’s what to do if you notice staining or drippage around your tub.

Find Out Why Your Bathtub Is Leaking