Bathroom Decor

If you want ideas to update your bathroom décor then you only need to look to magazines, books and the internet to be bombarded with inspiration. Your bathroom is a private area where many of us retreat to in order to enjoy some much needed me-time and generally chill out. Bathrooms are often calm and serene places and it is important that the décor reflects this.

The first thing you need to do when changing your bathroom décor is to come up with a theme or an overall decorating scheme that creates the sort of style you are looking for. You need to come up with a plan of how to revamp your bathroom décor that includes three main areas: decoration, color and style. If you are just looking to freshen up your bathroom décor then this is probably the easiest and cheapest room to tackle in the house, however when it comes to a full overhaul you may end up spending quite a lot more.

Lighting is an essential part of any bathroom décor. You want to let as much natural light in as possible as this will create a fresh, airy and relaxed atmosphere. Don’t worry if your bathroom doesn’t have that much natural light, you can always rely on lights. Make sure the lighting isn’t too harsh though as this could ruin the calm ambience of your bathroom. Spotlights are a good idea and some people like to install a dimmer switch so that the lights can be softened when taking a relaxing bath for example. As a general rule of thumb, if your room is dark in color you should choose bright lights and if your room is light and airy, go for dimmer lights.

 

Modern Bathroom Design

Would you say your overall design style is sleek and chic? Do you enjoy the true architecture of a space with its linear simplicity rather that an overly adorned and accessorized space? If you’d like to translate your modern vision into your Master Bath here are a few design ideas to help get you started.

1. Cabinetry

  • When it comes time to selecting the design of your cabinetry lean toward clean, crisp and streamlined furniture.
  • To create a lighter and sleek bathroom environment consider cantilevered cabinetry secured to the wall creating a minimal look to the vanity piece. Create some drama with strip lighting added to the bottom side of the cabinet – which will cast a warm glow to the floor below.
  • Provide additional built in wall-to-wall storage elsewhere in the bathroom to compensate for the reduced storage in the vanity area.
  • Deep dark rich woods evoke a sense of warmth to the clean lines of contemporary design.

2. Fixtures

  • Crisp clean and sleek white fixtures speak to the contemporary/modern design. If space allows introduce one of the hottest trends – a free- standing bathtub.
  • They are available in all shapes and sizes and nothing creates a more dramatic focal point in the bathroom than an exquisite free-standing tub. Simply position it in front of a spectacular picture window with a breathtaking view as the backdrop.

3. Surfaces and Materials

  • Utilize solid surfaces for countertops, whether quartz, limestone, granite, concrete or glass to give it a clean contemporary look. Keep the edges simple and square for easy maintenance and sophisticated style.
  • Always introduce an interesting backsplash material in contrast to the counter top color and material. Whatever the surface I like to apply it on all walls from floor to ceiling. It creates instant architecture and adds great detail and drama to the space.
  • Glass tile, mosaic, stone or ceramic details are just a few of the highly decorative backsplash products out on the market today that create a sense of modern style.
  • Keep geometry in mind when selecting the material for your contemporary backsplash. Consider tile shapes that are rectangular, oversized, or small mosaics to create detail in the pattern of the application. If the tile is oversized and rectilinear install it in a brick pattern. If it’s shape is longer and thinner then stacking the tile creates a very interesting modern vibe. Stay away from the common square tile in any size.

4. Luxurious Shower

  • Create a steam shower with multiple rain heads, and body sprays. If your budget allows, add chromatherapy and aromatherapy to your master bath wish list as well. These fittings represent the epitome of modern luxury design. Don’t forget a built in bench and access panel to hide the steam system.
  • Design a full seamless glass enclosure from floor to ceiling and finish the interior with complimentary mosaics or stone tile to set it apart from the rest of the space. This glass enclosure creates a more visually open space within the overall space.

5. Accessories

  • Remember to keep clutter and display to a minimum.
  • Accessorize with towels in a bright color for punch or stainless steel and woods. Keep everything to a minimum and clutter free.
  • Select chrome, nickel or silver toned drawer/door pulls, towel bars, towel hooks and paper holders for sparkle.
  • Frame vanity mirrors in woods or silver tones – in similar finishes to the other accessories adorning your modern bath.

Now draw a bath and enjoy the modern luxuries of your new space.

 

Bathroom Sink

While it can be exciting to upgrade parts of your bathroom, you may be scared about it not being usable for a period of time. If you only have one bathroom in the home, this is even more of a concern. The good news is many projects don’t take more than a few hours to complete. One of them is the changing of the sink units.

This type of setup allows you to have an all in one change over that fits well and is efficient. It is also less expensive than buying separate items. You have to be careful when you mix and match as items may not fit like you thought they would. Then you have to send them back to be exchanged and the project will take significantly longer to complete.

Space

Identify how much space you have before you shop for sink units. Take a good assessment of how things are currently set up. Is the current vanity too wide that you feel it limits space by the toilet? Is it too long and you feel it makes it harder to use the bath tub? Such factors can help you decide to get one that is shorter and slimmer so you have more open space in the bathroom.

On the other hand, you may feel that there is plenty of room to get one of the wider and longer sink units. This could give you more overall space for storage or to get a nice mirror display. Take your time to determine your measurements so you can get a product that fits in place nicely. Don’t worry if your size isn’t a common one as you can even have them customised.

 

Trans Bathroom

Chlorine shower filters are important for a number of reasons. It is a well known fact that chemicals can enter your body through your skin. It is believed that people who do not use chlorine filters for shower heads absorb more chemicals than a person drinking gallons of the same water.

The popularity of trans-dermal patches as an efficient delivery system has proven that medications pass easily through the pores of the skin. Chlorine can enter your body through your skin, also. In addition, chlorine and other chemicals are vaporized during a hot shower, so the chemicals are inhaled, as well. It’s really double exposure. Well made chlorine shower filters can prevent these potentially deadly chemicals from harming you at all.

That’s why many experts say that using chlorine filters for shower heads may be even more important than a filter for your kitchen tap. Inhaled chemicals enter the blood stream quicker than ingested ones. So, the negative effects could be felt immediately, depending on the sensitivity of the individual.

Many health benefits can be obtained by the use of chlorine shower filters. Asthmatics have fewer attacks when they are not exposed to chlorine vapor on a daily basis. People in the swimming pool industry have long known that inhalation of chlorine fumes can trigger asthma attacks, especially at indoor pools where the fumes are concentrated due to lack of ventilation.

 

Subway Tile Bathroom

One of the hottest current trends in interior design is the use of Italian Bianco Carrara White Marble, not only as a design accent, but also on bathroom floors, walls and showers as well as kitchen floors and backsplashes. Consumers looking for a high quality finished product with a more modern design are increasingly turning towards the unique beauty of hexagon mosaics and another timeless classic, marble subway tiles. Just like subway tiles, hexagon mosaics are also available in different sizes, the most preferred being 1″ hexagon mosaics and 2″ hexagon mosaics. Nowadays, a new fashion set by designers is using hexagon tiles for flooring in bathrooms or shower stalls and cladding walls with subway tiles. Generally, an elegant looking marble rug motif is created using basketweave tiles bordered with 1 inch hexagon mosaics; cladding the walls with subway tiles compliments the all-over design. An alternative to this application is 2 inch hexagons for flooring and 3×6 marble subway tiles for walls. Since both mosaics come with several natural stone alternatives, colors, textures and either a honed finish or a polished finish, the variations are almost endless, making it harder to choose your final design which will, in the end, all depend on your preference. But, the real question is marble or ceramic and glass tiles? While it may seem that there is no correct answer to that, it’s no secret that choosing natural stone over glass or ceramic provides more sophisticated look and a much healthier choice.

Bathroom Sinks

There are so many important factors to take into consideration when buying new bathroom sinks and cabinets. You can’t walk into a shop and choose just any design, it needs to be thought out and there are certain criteria you need to bear in mind before making your final decision. So where do you start? How do you ensure you make the right purchase which is going to enhance your overall bathroom design? In fact, this process is exceptionally easy, here are a few tips to take into consideration.

  • The style of your new bathroom is imperative at this stage. Are you in the process of updating your family bathroom, maybe adding a few modern touches to really make it blend in with the rest of your home? Are you in the process of building a new home and you want a bathroom that is going to be stylish, sophisticated and elegant?
  • The style of your new bathroom design will determine the right style of bathroom sink and cabinet to choose. A modern bathroom will benefit from a glass sink, ceramic sink or even a counter top or sunken sink, while a traditional bathroom will benefit from the more traditional pedestal design or a counter top sink on a cabinet to add that beautiful timeless elegance that only the counter top basins can provide.
  • Look at the different basin designs available along with the materials available. Do you think a round or a square sink is going to work best with your overall design? What about the cabinet, are you better off with solid oak or a MDF finish? This is exceptionally important, along with deciding the materials of your basin, is ceramic or glass your best bet? The choices you make should be decided on based on your other bathroom items, such as your shower, bath and toilet.
  • Take careful note of the space you have available to help you identify the right size bathroom sink and cabinet that will work in your space. Bear in mind that a cloakroom will not work well if you have a large basin in it, the same as a large family bathroom will look out of place with a basin that is too small. Choose your size with care based on the space you have available for a sink, while ensuring that you leave enough floor space to move around with ease and convenience.
  • What is your budget? Your budget will determine what price range to focus on, this can save you valuable time and energy in the long run. Consider looking for a reputable online supplier who can provide you with the best quality at affordable prices, this can help you find what you want within your budget with ease.
  • Focus on where you want your taps to be located. Are you having two taps or a mixer? Where is the water inlet and what is going to work best of your design? Bear in mind that some basins are fitted for a single fitting only, so ensure you have some idea in mind of what you want before you start your search.
  • Always ensure the supplier you choose offers a good warranty on their bathroom sinks and cabinets. You want to know that in the event there is a problem a month or two down the line that the company will stand behind their products and provide you with the support you need to rectify the issue.

 

Bathroom Rug Sets

It is the desire of every homeowner to make his or her bathroom hazard free. The bathroom floor becomes hazardous, if it gets wet and slippery. Well you can take care of this problem if you choose the right kind of bath rugs for your bath floor. Good bath rugs keep your bath floor completely dry and clean. They do not only protect your feet from cold floors, they also soak up water that splashes from your shower, tub or sink, along with the excess water that drips from your body.

Deciding what bathroom rugs to choose can be difficult and you will need to consider several different things. Spending too much time picking from one particular style to another will only waste your precious time and energy. Buying a bath rug set will offer a great solution to minimize the time spent in selecting without sacrificing the beauty of the bathroom rugs you will be purchasing. When it comes to price, buying sets will also help save more money rather than buying per piece. If you have an eye for style and design then buying a set might make you feel restricted.

 

Small Bathroom Ideas

Not all people can afford huge, luxurious baths that resemble spas with jacuzzi and saunas, bathtubs and fancy showers, separate his and her vanities and lots of space with beautiful views. Most ordinary folks have to confine their dream bathrooms to much smaller size. This is especially true for big cities where space is a premium and the space allocated for the bathrooms is minimal almost as an afterthought. Small bathroom design ideas come to the rescue of harried homeowners trying to fit in the demands of family members into small space available.

One family member wants a bathtub, the other wants a fancy shower head the third member wants a beautiful vanity set. Some would like a jacuzzi, others the sauna. How does the head of the family resolve these competing demands of different members of the family into the tiny space called bathroom. If your home has a bath attached to every bedroom you can accommodate the demands of each member of the family separately by putting in only what they want in their bathroom. Don’t try to fit in every single thing that you think a bathroom should have. For small bathroom design ideas you really need to be creative and innovative. Fortunately, there are more option than ever before for small bathrooms today.

For the really tiny bathrooms there are bathroom fixtures and fittings that are really small and compact. You are able to choose smaller taps, sinks, bathtubs, showers and closets. These are great for the tiny guest bathrooms. If your guests are going to be with you only for a very short time, they won’t mind the smaller sized fittings. It’s functional and also does not overwhelm the small space as the regular sized fittings would. As our brains and eyes process things in relative terms, having small-sized fittings will actually make the bathroom appear normal sized.

 

Home Depot Bathroom Faucets

Unless you’re a carpenter or a home designer by trade, then the chances of you being excited about remodeling your home or any area of your home are slim to none. If this is the case then either you hire a professional to do the work from start to finish or you just suck it up and do it yourself. Regardless of which option you choose, planning is perhaps the most important step in the process.

First of all you obviously need to know the total costs associated with the potential project. Choosing to have someone perform the work for you will save you time, but the costs can easily be several thousand dollars for labor alone, not to mention the materials needed to complete the project. A home improvement project may not require a complete remodel, for example the bathroom may simply require a new lavatory, faucet or perhaps a new shower. In my experience as a home owner these items will likely need more attention than most other items in the home. As someone who consistently tests and reviews these types of products, Kohler is by far the best option when considering the right brand for your project.

The Kohler name has been around for over 100 years. Anyone who is familiar with this name know it is associated with top notch quality and innovation. Kohler has a variety of products and is perhaps best known for their faucets or lavatories. Some of the best on the market today are the K-596-VS, the K-394-4-BRZ and the KOHLER K-10272-4-CP. If these styles are not exactly your forte, there are countless more at your local hardware store, Home Depot or Lowes.

 

Bathroom Faucets

When choosing a faucet for your bathroom. Consider the rest of
the bathroom.

We have all seen the TV commercial about the client choosing a
bathroom faucet and asking the architect to design a house around it.
Yeah right! There are some great faucet designs out there but they are
to accentuate not overtake.

There are so many options out there that the decision process can be
daunting. Just be patient and there are ways of ruling out quite a few.
What kind of handles do I like? Narrowed! What kind of finish do I like?
Narrowed! What style is the bathroom? Narrowed! Now, you should be
down to just a few options to argue about.

My opinion is to get what you like, but not settle on the cheapest one.
The old adage holds true here, “You get what you pay for!” But you do
not have to spend a bunch of money to get a great faucet. Don’t tell my
wife, but I also look for one that is simple to fix. I plan to make the
purchase once and repair it until I die.