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April 2015

Little Tricks to Open Up Small Bathroom Spaces

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Just because you have a small bathroom doesn’t mean the space can’t be luxurious. Whether it’s a powder room, guest bathroom or even a master bath, there are plenty of ways to remodel smaller bathrooms into spa-like spaces that will be the envy of all your friends and guests.

Tips to open up small bathrooms into spacious areas are remarkably easy. Here’s how to do it…

Use Monochromatic Color. Neutrals, particularly greys, taupes and similar colors are big right now. Use they to your advantage. Take one color and go with in in different shades, starting with wall paint and tile, and finishing with vanity tops and flooring. Paint the ceiling the same color as tiles and walls to open up the area even more. Extend wall tiles up to the ceiling in the bath/shower area to keep the effect going.

Let Light In. As one of the hottest bathroom remodeling trends, clear glass shower doors can really open up small bathrooms. Textured glass will let in some light, but it will also feel like another wall, so opt for clear. Similar, take advantage of natural light. If you have a window, don’t cover it with shutters or light-blocking shades. Use blinds or shades that let some daylight in when privacy is required.

Use Elegant Lighting. Hang a small chandelier overhead to draw attention upward and give the room an elegant feeling. Similar, place two sconce-like fixtures aside mirrors so that light will reflect even more.

Get Creative With Reflection. In a small area, mirrors are your friend. Place large mirrors that extend up to the ceiling over washbasins or vanities. Use an entire wall of reflective glass in opposition to each another to create an illusion of infinity.

Look Out Below. Another way to make small bathrooms appear larger is to open the space below. Instead of using a closed vanity, install one with legs and an open front where you can readily see towels and other essential bath items. Similarly, if the space is too small for a vanity, use a pedestal sink and opt for portable storage.

Decluttering Your Bathroom 101

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No matter how clean your bathroom is, clutter simply seems to happen. After the colder winter months, you’re probably wondering how such a nice spa-like retreat can get so messy.

Relax. Decluttering is as simple as taking a day in each of your bathrooms to accomplish spring cleaning. For the most part, you don’t need any fancy accoutrements in any of your bathrooms to accomplish decluttering. What is needed is a sense of purging, of being able to get rid of items you no longer use and not feeling guilty about it. Here is what you need to do to get a wonderfully organized bathroom.

Pitch It. When was the last time you used the vitamins, medication, makeup or anything that may be in your medicine cabinet or drawers? If the item is expired, throw it in the garbage. Similarly, label cosmetics and other consumables that don’t have an expiration date. even if it doesn’t have an expiration date, pitch items that smell or look funny, particularly if you know they are past their prime.

Small Storage Spaces. Organize storage spaces such as drawers or cabinets with dividers or storage bins that will keep similar items with one another. Make sure that storage bins have small compartments that are appropriate for makeup, medicines and other smaller items found in bathrooms. By designating certain areas, whether in a drawer, a cabinet, etc., for items like makeup, medicines and other small items, you’ll minimize time spent in the bathroom and organize your home in the process.

Claim Space Over the Toilet. The area over the toilet is a great place for storage. Many organizational stores have storage units specifically made for placement over toilets. These storage areas are great for items such as extra towels, toilet paper, tissues and other frequently used items.

Clean Up the Vanity. How any times have you seen items strewn across your vanity? Use apothecary jars to organize items like makeup brushes, cotton balls and similar small items. Organizing in this manner will give your bathroom a high-end hotel feel. Save a shelf for knick knacks.

Upgrade Your Life With A One Day Bathroom Remodel

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There are multiple reasons to consider remodeling your bathroom. If you are looking to customize or upgrade your bathroom, there are great options that may be possible and cost effective. Luxury Bath offers many bathroom remodeling options that are focused on your particular needs. Some remodels may take up to a week, where the contractors come in Monday morning and by Friday you are have a brand new bathroom. Others may opt for a one day bathroom remodel.

No matter what you are looking for, Luxury Bath has something that can fit everyone. Everything is customized and all the cutting is done on site, so no matter how big or small the bathroom is, you can be assured that everything will fit exactly as it should. You can come look in the showroom to get a feel of some of the different bathroom remodels offered. Luxury Bath has experienced contractors that specialize exclusively in bathroom remodeling.

Cleaning Your Bathroom Safely

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Cleaning Your Bathroom Safely-onyx33-224x300Keeping your bathroom clean with a consistent effort is the best way to keep your remodeled bathroom looking its best.  It’s important to remember that safe use of cleaning products at home is something that you should always keep in mind.  See our list of recommended cleaning products and instructions for your bathroom here.

In the spirit of National Poison Prevention Week March 15-21, remember to always follow these guidelines:

Natural Products Can Still Be Toxic. Natural cleaning products should be used with the same caution as commercial products.  Always use gloves and be sure to keep your cleaning area ventilated.  These precautions are important to take when using any cleaning substance.

Use Mild Products Whenever Possible. Most cleaning can be accomplished using mild products such as vinegar and baking soda.  Only use ammonia and bleach when absolutely necessary.

Always Read The Label. This may sound like a no brainer, but, you should always read the product label and pay attention to words such as “caution,” or “dangerous.”

Some Mixtures Can Be Dangerous.  You should NEVER mix ammonia and bleach together.  This mixture produces toxic gasses.

Childproof Your Cleaning Products.  Be sure to keep all of your cleaning products out of reach for both children and pets.  Even something as simple as a full bucket of water left unattended can be a drowning danger.

Label Homemade Products.  It is always best to keep cleaning products in their original containers.  If you have mixed homemade products, be sure to label them accurately, and always used new, clean, containers for storing homemade products.

Wash Your Hands After Cleaning.  Always be sure to wash your hands after handling and using any cleaning products.

Bathroom Remodeling for Luxury

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Bathroom Remodeling for Luxury-329759_10151058721269811_2132287485_o-300x198Today one word stands out in the bathroom experience, luxury. An increasing number of homeowners are undertaking bathroom remodeling projects to create more than just a utilitarian space.  Bathrooms today are made to be a place of luxury; your own private retreat to relax and unwind.  There are many incredible new luxury features available to you such as heated towel racks and floors. Beyond simply upgrading your bathroom design for luxury, however, a renovated bathroom is always a good investment as it can increase your home’s resale value. Below are some of the current trends in bathroom design.

Roomy Showers

Showers are getting more luxurious and spacious. Even in small bathrooms, a number of homeowners are opting to tear out the bathtub to expand the shower. Stalls are getting larger and more airy and much more glass is being included in bathroom remodeling projects.

Letting the Light In

Lighting is a key component to any bathroom design. A lot of individuals want their bathrooms to be more sun-filled and brighter than before. This includes the addition of windows and skylights to the space.  There are also beautiful lighting options that can accentuate and modernize your bathroom’s look.

Soaking Tubs

While some people are removing tubs, there is also a growing number of people that are going for the serene experience of soaking tubs. These tubs are typically deep, insulated and are noticeably missing the prominent decking that seemed synonymous with bathtubs in the 1980s and 1990s, providing a more streamlined look.  If the bathroom is spacious enough, people often will upgrade both their shower and tub, creating the ultimate getaway.