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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.

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.