As Nature Intended
Modern bathrooms can sometimes feel clinical and detached. What is more natural than the lumber that comes from trees? Wood finishes have a natural warmth and texture that can be just the antidote you are looking for to once again make your bathing space sincere and inviting. Read the rest of this entry »
Make a Splash with Fanciful Fittings and Finishes
When updating your bath, sometimes it’s the smallest detail that gives your bathing space the most authenticity. Even still if you don’t want to engage in a full blown bathroom makeover and your primary focus is on redecorating in a historical style, a good place to start is with the hardware and fittings. Read the rest of this entry »
Forego the Overhaul but add Flair to the Room
Thinking of doing some bathroom renovations? If you’re concerned about the time and forthcoming expense of a home improvement project, you can take some comfort in the fact that most residential upgrades will grow the resale value to your home if you are thinking of selling in the future. The other consolation is that money spent now will allow you to enjoy a fresh and luxurious look and a space that’s both inviting and practical for your whole household to use in the meantime! So the question still remains, how do you make your greenbacks go further and transform your bathing space from an “ugly duckling” into a beautiful rendition of “Swan Lake?” Ok, time to put on your tutu… Read the rest of this entry »
A Pleasure to Use
How important is overall user experience? For example if you go to a restaurant and the menu is confusing, the lighting poor and the table rocks; do you think this would be a good place to recommend to a friend? Would you ever go back there again; probably not? What about someplace that you go in and out of on a regular basis, don’t you think you should make the practise of using the facility as pleasant and worry free as possible? How would you rate your bathrooms overall performance? Read the rest of this entry »
Final Beautifying Touches
Beautiful and stylish trim is the hallmark of classical interior design. They say that attention to detail can make or break a room. Some of you I know will say, so what, I mean after all it’s just a changing area, isn’t it? And while this is true, there are those discerning homeowners who relish in the thought of creating not just a bathing facility, but a sanctuary and as such it must evoke all the qualities of a refuge, a safe and satisfying space that you can curl up in and lose yourself in its tactile richness and visual beauty. Trim work gives your bathroom distinctive style and detail that goes far beyond hiding the joints of your floors and walls exposed by rough carpentry. Read the rest of this entry »
High Style on a Limited Budget
Have you ever walked into a friends or neighbour’s bathroom and said to them in awe, this is incredible! How can you possibly afford such materials? And then to your amazement they let you in on their little secret and told you everything was a synthetic imitation of the real thing. The idea of fabulous fakes has been around since around the 1930’s when plastic laminate was first introduced into the consumer marketplace. Everyone wants their bathing space to look wonderful but not every person can afford expensive oak or real marble. Manufactures keen to fill this eager need have been hard at work creating building supplies that simulate natural stone and wood products but are far more competitively priced and require much less maintenance. Read the rest of this entry »
A Pleasurable Bathing Experience
Most people don’t realize how tub technology has changed the way we use our bathing space. When you get home from work do you throw off your shoes, slump down on the couch and put on the “boob tube” in hopes it will take your mind off the trepidations of the day. Well I guess that is one way of dealing with stress. But you know… there is a better way to take a load off. Picture this instead: You get home, undress and head for your bathroom as you step into the bathtub. The tub starts the whirlpool and as you sink into the invigorating water, you are gently massaged by a foot, neck and lumbar massage system. Read the rest of this entry »
Fixtures With a Touch of Radiance
Who likes entering a gloomy looking room? No one does, but how do you add brilliance to your home décor? When someone thinks of illuminating a bathroom they usually think of overhead or wall lamps, yet there are really no limitations as to what you can apply decorative lights to. As most modern interior decorators will tell you, illuminating the streaming water from your faucets, bathtub or showerhead has become a trendy thing to do. An integrated lighting system that incorporates a warm glow of lights behind paintings or wall hung mirrors can bathe the fixture in backlighting to highlight or offset it from the background and add new life to what would have been an otherwise boring white wall. Read the rest of this entry »
Customize to Your Personal Taste
Custom tilework offers the homeowner the opportunity to add some personality to their home with this ideal finish. Creating a color coordinated grooming area is pleasant and personal. Pick an item and build your bath around it such as artwork, a postcard or precious keepsakes. Coordinate your tile patterns to cover your surfaces and complement the souvenir. Muted colors give your finishes a traditional feel. Fill your bathing space with time honored pieces and nick knack’s. Pretty wall mounted lighting fixtures coordinated with recessed ceiling lights will ensure even illumination and make your bath bright even at night. Read the rest of this entry »
Today’s washrooms are boring! If you’re like me, you’re tired of your clinical white bathroom? Metals no matter which kind, add dynamisms to any bath scheme. When we think of alloys, the color silver usually comes to mind but there is a lot more to this shimmering surfacing material than the typical culprits. These basic elements come in a rich variety of finishes from elegant bronze, to glittering gold. And while precious metals may be a tad extravagant for your typical remodeling budget, stainless steel and luminous aluminum are brilliant finishes you can easily afford to include in your decorating plan. Consequentially if you have a very modest expense account you don’t have to eat up your whole budget by buying the real thing. There are many different alternatives from metal leaf products to spray paints you can apply to all kinds of eagerly waiting surfaces to add glimmer to the space. Read the rest of this entry »
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If you are a first time home renovator, you should create a restroom renewal checklist to ensure a smooth transition from task to task and keep your development costs down. Fixtures such as faucets, pedestal sinks and medicine cabinets can be replaced quite easily when redecorating your small bathing area. However, if you are planning to put in a new bathtub, upgrade your shower, or re-tile your floor or walls then more planning and design preparation will be needed. If you don’t plan on doing the work yourself, finding a reputable home improvement contractor is very important.
Your bath alterations will be less expensive if you do the majority of the rebuilding yourself, but be sensible. If you don’t need to reposition the plumbing pipes or the ventilation air ducts, then you can probably do the work yourself. But if most of the work incorporates plumbing then you may want to hire a professional plumber, so be prepared to add this expense to your residential transformation budget.
Creating a theme for your bathing space will bring your spatial design elements together. You can hire a qualified decorator to help you find creative insights you may not have thought of by yourself or you can look at interior design pictures in magazines or online for inspiration. Your bathing area has evolved from being just a place to wash and perform bodily functions to creating a more personalize bathing space. A popular trend in washrooms is to transform your master bath into a home spa that incorporates design functionality with therapeutic rejuvenation. Another direction in lavatory construction is the incorporation of green eco-friendly building materials. Designing your bath can be done by anyone as long as you remember to apply the six principles of good washroom design.
Upgrading your bathroom can be fun and exciting and if done properly updating your habitat will be a good home investment for years to come. Come on in and lets get started with that bath renovation project you have been putting off for far tool long!