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May 2015

Tips for Finishing the Basement Bathroom

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Tips for Finishing the Basement Bathroom-onyx1-300x225Basement bathrooms don’t have to be dingy places. Despite having to work around piping, dim light and ceilings that are usually lower than above-ground rooms in your home, you can easily turn your basement bathroom into an additional oasis by applying good design principles. In other words, many of the other bathroom tips provided by Luxury Bath are applicable to the area on the lowest level of your home.

Designing a basement bathroom, however, does have some special considerations that you should take into account when making a general plan and selecting accessories.

Decide on a Purpose. What is the primary use for your basement? Is it a recreational and entertainment area or will you use it as a guest bedroom suite? If it’s the former, you only need a powder room with a pedestal sink or vanity and a toilet. Whatever you have, there’s no need to make it plain just because it’s in the basement. Dress it up as much as your budget allows. Splurge on high-quality fixtures, high-end tile and the like. Don’t forget storage such as built-in cabinets or open vanities so you or you guests don’t have to run upstairs for towels or other necessities.

Add Extra Light. Let’s face it, basement areas are below grade, meaning less natural light will make it into rooms. Many basement bathrooms don’t even have a window, so good lighting is a must. Make sure you have enough of it by placing extra fixtures such as wall sconces to eliminate shadows and dim areas. Use light colored tiles and walls to open up the space and provide mirrors and chrome accents that will further reflect light.

Provide Sufficient Ventilation. Because basements are below grade with exterior walls in contact with soil, this area is much more humid than the rest of the home. Make sure the bathroom is properly vented to the outside with an exhaust fan powerful enough to pullout excess moisture to avoid mold and mildew problems. Because of the possibility of excess moisture, make sure you choose water-resistant materials for the floor and walls. Tile and natural stone do well in such areas and also play into the elegant look that you want for your basement bathroom.

Brighten Up Your Bathroom For Summer

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Brighten Up Your Bathroom For Summer-DSC_0561-300x198Regardless of whether your bathroom is modern or traditional, every bathroom deserves to be bright and colorful and summer is the perfect time to make those changes. Because it is one of the smallest rooms in the home, it often gets neglected. Yet brightening this space is easy and often inexpensive. Here are some tips to make your bathroom bright and airy.

Maximise the amount of light to make the space feel bigger. Keep as much of the interior as pale as possible will help. White is a great choice as it doesn’t date an goes with any color. Pale, shiny tiles will also reflect light from fixtures. Add extra mirrors or a mirrored bathroom cabinet to reflect light. Unique placement of spotlights in key areas will also optimize the feeling of space.

While a bathroom with pale walls and tiles will maximize brightness, don’t forget about adding splashes of color to give the space some personality. Paint one wall in an accent color or choose a vibrant window blind or bathmat. Colorful tiles can also make a bold statement, but add them sparingly, especially if the space is small. Blues and greens create a tranquil, calming atmosphere and also evoke a feeling of summer. Metallic tiles can provide a sumptuous look.

Other bathroom tips to remember include accentuating brightness with silver and glass accessories to give your bathroom a clean look along with a touch of elegance. Mirrored or glass containers and accessory holders take brightening one step further by reflecting light even more. Speaking of accessories, anything fun you bring in, even if it’s a storage item such as a basket, will also brighten the area. Good storage and organization is essential, but it doesn’t have to be boring.

A beach or nautical theme works wonderfully in a bathroom. Place shells in a see-through container or scatter some larger ones along a windowsill. Add wall decorations of colorful fish, seabird, dolphins or other sea creatures. Driftwood colored paneling used in moderation also works well.

Anything natural, such as fresh flowers,will also go a long way toward brightening your bathroom. After all, what better way to welcome summer than to bring it into our home?

Think Outside The Box When Tackling Bathroom Design

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Think Outside The Box When Tackling Bathroom Design – A well-designed bathroom is one of life’s pleasures. It makes us more efficient in the morning when starting our day and is a place to retreat to relieve stress. Often when designing a bathroom remodel, we tend to fall into the same tired patterns that end up only minimally refreshing the space. The following tips will get you thinking out of the box when considering a bathroom renovation.

Ditch the Bathtub. Consider removing your tub and installing a walk-in shower in its place with a frameless glass enclosure. Walk-in showers are one of the most popular contemporary design trends, particularly for smaller bathrooms where the tub, toilet and vanity are located adjacent to one another on the wet wall. A frameless glass enclosure will open up with room and make it elegant at the same time. To open up even more space, one of the best design tips is to include niches for bath accessories to remove external clutter. Place the niches at a height that makes items easy to reach.

Rethink Vanities. Instead of the standard double sink vanity set-up with a large mirror running the length, try two smaller vanities with framed mirrors and lighting on either side of the mirror. This type of design creates interest and visual appeal that you won’t get with a double sink vanity. Place storage underneath each vanity. Open storage will provide additional visual appeal.

Modern Lighting. Wall sconces placed on either side of mirrors is one way to dress up and draw visual attention in your bathroom, but you should remember that lighting always has a functional application. Instead of standard three-light fixtures over vanities, install a medium-size chandelier in the center of the bathroom, or over a spa tub, if you have room for one. Pair this with several colored, glass-blown light fixtures on the accent wall. These types of light fixtures are typically used in kitchens or near a bar table. Not only will you have the light you need, you will also create an ambience of elegance and relaxation. Another option is concealed lighting, which works well if you have a decorative stepped ceiling.

Tile Appeal. One of the most important bathroom tips is to achieve visual appeal along with durability and ease of maintenance in your selection of tile. Go with classic colors and finishes for majority of walls and floors and only use popular trends as accents. Avoid going heavy on trendy finishes, as these will date the bathroom within a year or two.

Green Plants For Bathroom Spaces

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Green Plants For Bathroom Spaces-016pm-225x300Many people enjoy decorating with plants. However, certain rooms in a house do not provide optimal growing conditions. For instance, the bathroom is often tiny, lacks natural light, and fluctuates in temperature. With a few tips, it is easy to select the perfect greenery for this type of space.

Compensating for Low Light. Unlike other rooms in the house, a bathroom is usually short on windows. This limits the number of plants that will grow. One type that works well in a dark room is the Creepy Fig. This plant is often found in rain forests and grows quickly. A beautiful way to display this plant is in a hanging basket so that the foliage cascades down. The Bird’s Nest Fern and Chinese Evergreen are two other plants that thrive in dark areas.

Overcoming Varying Temperatures. A bathroom rarely has a steady temperature. When a person is bathing, the room tends to become hot and humid. Other times of day, the space is cool. Many plants will not survive under these circumstances. The Parlor Palm is extremely tolerant and grows easily in all environments. Also, variations of ivy and ferns work well.

Small and Decorative Options. Shelving is always useful, especially in a bathroom. If the space is too tight, shelves can be hung on the walls. These make excellent places to display small decorative plants. Glass shelves are elegant and appear to take up less room than traditional wood. Flaming Katy flowers work nicely in a bathroom setting. These plants provide clusters of bright blooms that color for several months. Without much light, some of these plants flower all year long. Dwarf varieties are compact and take up little space. The Eyelash Begonia is another appropriate bathroom choice.

Other Helpful Bathroom Tips. When using plants as decorations in a bathroom, it is essential to limit water. Since the room is often filled with humidity, the soil remains damp for longer periods than plants in other rooms. To compensate for limited sunlight, it is possible to use fluorescent bulbs in fixtures.

Placing greenery throughout the home brings nature indoors. Understanding what plants work well in bathroom conditions will keep the area looking and feeling fresh.