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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.

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.

Spring Organization For The Bathroom

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Spring Organization For The Bathroom-DSC_0561-300x198Cleaning the bathroom isn’t just about scrubbing surfaces. Take some time for spring organization to eliminate clutter and ensure that everything has a place to be safely and properly stored. Get your bathroom organized with these helpful tips:

Medicine Cabinet

The medicine cabinet is one of those spots that is often overlooked during cleaning. Go through and discard old or expired medications and other products. Wipe the shelves clean with a damp cloth. Restock items that are running low so that you’ll have them handy when needed, like a new tube of toothpaste and dental floss. Make a note of any basic medications that you want to replace.

Shower/Tub Storage

If you’re sick of shampoo bottles, soaps, and kid’s toys taking over the rim of the tub, it’s time to invest in an organizer. There are different styles and sizes to choose from, which will help free up space in the tub or shower and keep everything nice and neat.

Linen Closet

Tackle disorganized towels once and for all. Start by taking everything out of the linen closet and going through all of the items. Wipe down the shelves to remove dust. See what old towels and washcloths you can get rid of and replace, and then fold everything neatly and place them back on the shelves. Maximize the space in the closet by using plastic bins for bulkier items on the floor, and smaller plastic bins for loose items on upper shelves.

Countertops

Cluttered countertops can make the whole room look messy, and they make it more difficult to thoroughly clean the surface on a regular basis. Get rid of the clutter by organizing and storing items in the medicine cabinet or the vanity. Use a holder to corral toothbrushes, and get a refillable soap dispenser for hand soap.

Vanity Drawers and Cabinets

If you have a vanity with drawers, take some time to go through them and discard old, unused items. Purchase organizers to separate and store smaller items, such as hair accessories and cosmetics. Get rid of old bath products that are just collecting dust.

You may be surprised at how many unused and old items your bathroom is housing. Spring organization will give the room a fresh, clean feeling.

Spring Cleaning In The Bathroom

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Spring Cleaning In The Bathroom-cleaningAs you start planning your spring cleaning strategy around the home, be sure to take a little extra time in the bathroom. With so much moisture, this is one area that will truly benefit from a deep cleaning. Here are some helpful tips on how to get it done right:

Start with a Blank Slate

Begin by taking everything out of the bathroom that you can. This includes shampoo bottles, soaps, toothbrushes, rugs, bath mats, and anything that sits on the shelves and counter tops. Having a blank slate to work with will make it easier to spray down all of the surfaces so that you can give them a good scrub.

Dust and Spray

Take a duster or damp cloth and dust all of the surfaces that probably get overlooked during weekly cleanings, like windowsills, the top of the medicine cabinet, and shelves. Next, use a multi purpose surface cleaner and spray the counter. Wipe it clean with a damp cloth, and move on to the sink.

Spray down the bathtub and shower stall with a product that is designed to remove soap scum and mildew. You may need to do a little scrubbing at this point to get the tiles and tub looking sparkling clean. Don’t forget the faucets and the mirror, which can be wiped down with a basic glass cleaner.

Next, move on to the toilet. Use the toilet bowl scrubber to remove any stains inside of the bowl, and be sure to clean under the rim. Use a clean rag to wipe down the outside of the toilet, all the way behind it and down to the floor.

Finally, you will want to clean the floors. The bathroom typically has tile floors, making it easy to do a quick mop. Get in all of the corners and behind the toilet. Once the floors are dry, then you can replace the rugs with a clean set.

Take some time to clean off the small items before putting them back, such as the toothbrush holder and soap dispenser. Once everything is cleaned and organized, your bathroom should look and smell great.

Hot Trends For A Beautiful Bathroom Remodel

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Hot Trends For A Beautiful Bathroom Remodel-LuxBath-300x169It’s a great time to give your bathroom a cool, modern makeover. Beautiful baths will easily add value to your home, as well as give you a space that you will love. Here are some of the hottest trends in bathroom remodeling:

Separate Tubs and Showers

Designers and homeowners alike are favoring the separation of tubs and showers. Free standing bathtubs and walk-in shower stalls add a level of luxury that appeals to anyone desiring a custom look and feel. Glass shower enclosures are a popular choice because they create a more open and airy feel. If you have the space, consider creating a tiled walk in shower with separate soaking tub.

Removing the Tub

Another trend that’s being seen more and more is the removal of the bathtub altogether. Especially when it comes to master bathrooms, many homeowners are opting to focus on just the shower. Showers with rainfall shower heads, glass doors, and gorgeous tiles give a high end look that many really love.

Elegant Light Fixtures

Light fixtures are playing a more prominent role in bathroom design. From stunning chandeliers to modern pendant lighting, there is a real focus on making light fixtures play a functional and ornamental role in the space. The right fixture brings character and class into the room.

Going Gray

In terms of color, gray is gaining popularity in the bathroom. From gray toned tiles and flooring to gray vanities and cabinetry, it offers a fresh and modern twist. White has been a favorite in the bathroom because it is bright and crisp, but design trends are moving towards adding more gray to give a contemporary feel.

The bathroom remains one of the most important spaces in the home. With the right elements, it can become a relaxing retreat for homeowners. Designers are ensuring that beautiful baths include all of the amenities that homeowners desire.

Pro Tips For A Fast Bathroom Remodel

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Pro Tips For A Fast Bathroom Remodel-329759_10151058721269811_2132287485_o-300x198Your bathroom is one place in the home where you spend a lot of time, so it should be an area that you love. Achieve the look of a bathroom remodel fast by changing up a few simple elements. Here are some easy ways to spruce up your bathroom quickly:

 

Lighting

Light fixtures are becoming a very important design element in bathrooms. Many designers are opting to install chandelier style lights, giving any bathroom a luxury look and feel. You don’t have to spend a lot to get a great light, though. You can up-cycle an old fixture with some spray paint and a few tweaks.

Hardware

Little details like drawer pulls on the vanity and door knobs can make a subtle, yet impactful statement in the room. Shop around for modern hardware that will suit the space and give it a contemporary feel. Replace an old, scuffed up door knob with a nice new one.

Faucets

Change out old faucets for new, stylish models. A modern faucet can really enhance the overall look of the room. There are many sleek and affordable styles to choose from, which you can easily replace on your own.

Paint

Painting the walls is a pretty simple way to change up the whole look of the bathroom. It should only take a few hours to paint the whole space, so this could be done in as little as a weekend. By changing up the color scheme, you can bring a new look to the room.

Linens

New colorful towels neatly displayed on the rack are not only functional, but they can also be used as simple design elements. New rugs or a plush bath mat will help the room look clean and fresh. Choose a beautiful new shower curtain with a pretty pattern or design to pull the whole look together.

You can refresh any room on a budget and in a hurry just by focusing on simple elements. Achieve the look of a bathroom remodel fast by making these easy changes. You can create a whole new look in this important area of the home in no time at all.