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Showing posts with label bathroom-design. Show all posts

Everything You Need to Know About Buying A Bathtub

A new bathtub is an important purchase and there are a few things you should know before you dive into it. A quality bathtub should be easy to clean and low maintenance. The bathtub is something you’ll be using everyday, whether it’s for a quick shower or a long relaxing soak after a long day at work. If it’s installed poorly, it can also become a source of mould or water damage that will be expensive to fix. Make sure you’re getting the right bathtub for you and your home.
To help you find the perfect bathtub, here’s a quick checklist of everything you should know before you commit:

1. Drain Placement – Get this one wrong and you’ll be hauling your tub back for a return. You need to know your plumbing and whether or not you need the spout and drain on the right, left, or in the middle. No problem if you’re replacing an old tub, but if you’re buying a bathtub for a new construction house, double check your drain placement.

2. Durability – The average lifespan of a fiberglass bathtub is 10 to 15 years, though they can be refinished to extend their lifespan. Refinishing a bathtub often costs about the same as buying a new one, but you save on the costs of installing a whole new unit. You can increase the durability of your tub by opting for better materials than fiberglass. For example, an acrylic surface will have a longer duration than fiberglass while cast iron can last up to 50 years.
3. Weight – Always check how much a bathtub is going to weigh. Unless it’s in a concrete foundation, it matters. Bathtubs can weigh up to 500 lbs. (although that would be a cast iron whirlpool tub), though they may weigh as little as 60 lbs. Make sure the floor can support the weight when it’s full of water.

4. Rim or Ledge – Are you a soaker? Do you have young kids? Your bathtub is going to need a ledge. Even if you strictly shower, the lack of a ledge will mean you’re going to need an alternative solution for storing soaps, shampoos, and other toiletries. It’s easy to overlook the ledge of the bathtub but you’ll regret forgetting about it after it’s been installed. 

5. Volume – Another important factor to consider is the bathtub’s volume. A shallow unit may not be very satisfying but think about hot water when you get a large bathtub. You may need a new water heater to keep from running out when you’re ready for a relaxing soak.

Buying a new bathtub is a great way to reinvigorate your bathroom. It should be part of any bathroom renovation. Just make sure you’ve double checked your measurements, you know where the drain placement is, you’re careful about the materials you choose, and you know how much weight your floor can support. Once you’ve checked everything off this list, you should be ready to buy a new bathtub. 

Bathroom Remodelling: How Much Will it Cost?

What will be the bathroom remodel costs that you can expect? Does this question prevent you from even venturing into the world of bathroom makeovers?
Bathroom Remodelling
Bathroom Remodelling
Just keep this in mind... a bathroom makeover can be simple aesthetic changes all the way to a full remodel, employing local tradespeople where required to help you achieve your goals. We'll take a look at three options to remodelling your bath and an estimate of what you might expect from each type.

Simple Changes

A simple make-over of adding accessories and a new coat of paint may be all that you need to do to make some amazing changes in your bathroom.

This type of project can cost as little as £200 - £300 depending on the accessories that you add to the bath.  Below are links to some simple ideas that will help you with an inexpensive project. 

Mid-Range Remodel

A higher level of remodelling would keep the plumbing and things like the tub / shower, toilets, and sink plumbing just as they are.  A middle of the road makeover might mean changing out some bathroom cabinets or vanity, but leaving the sink, toilet, and tub.  You might also consider adding some space saving cabinets or changing out the mirror or lights.

Depending on your preferences, you might also re-paint - but that is completely up to you.

A mid-range remodel is easily completed by the avid do-it-yourselfer.... So - what is the bathroom remodel costs for this mid-range type?  Well, once again, there may be a huge discrepancy in the cost....

Here are a few ballpark estimates... doing the work yourself.....

Changes Cost (depending on products)
Paint, New Vanity, New Mirror under £500
Paint, New Vanity, New Mirror, New Lights under £750
Paint, New Vanity, New Mirror, New Lights, New sink faucet under £1000
Paint, New Vanity, New Mirror, New Lights, New sink faucet, new tub/shower faucet under £1500 - £2000

Bear in mind that you might be able to complete this level of makeover cheaper, dependent on what you purchase and importantly where you purchase these items from.

Complete Remodel

Complete Remodel
Complete Remodel
A complete remodel will, of course, be the most expensive of the projects... But, once again, can vary greatly depending on whether you are moving plumbing around in the room, etc

A complete remodel can be as involved as a complete "gut-out" of the existing bathroom, hiring a local plumber to move everything around, all new sink, tub, toilet and fixtures - or, any combination of these.

If you are going to completely gut-out and replace everything, plan on spending at least a couple of grand - once again depending on the quality of cabinets and fixtures that you choose for your bathroom.

You may be able to complete a lot of a bathroom makeover yourself, but there are just some projects that need the help of a professional bathroom fitter, electrician or plumber for example to give you the level of finish you require.

5 Ways to Improve Your Bathroom Experience at Home

The bathroom is one of the key rooms in the house, in my opinion. Many of us begin and end our days in there and depending on the situation, may actually spend a fair bit of time in there! So, we want it to be a pleasant experience, functional? Yes, of course; but that doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyable.

Here are 5 simple solutions to improving your bathroom at home:

1 – Change-up your shower head

I know it’s different strokes for different folks and everyone has their own preferences when it comes to the type of shower you want to have each day, but I find it very hard to go wrong with a rain shower head! They are large, giving excellent coverage and provide a truly refreshing and revitalizing experience.
Shower Head
Shower Head
However, if it’s not for you, don’t worry as there are so many different types to choose from that you’ll easily find that one that meets your needs.

2 – Scented candles

Simple, yet effective. There are so many ways you can use candles in your bathroom to enhance your experience, just always make sure that you do it safely.

Lighter scents, like cotton or lemongrass, can provide an uplifting fragrance, without becoming too heady – especially when the bathroom becomes a little steamy after a long hot bath or shower.
Scented Candles
Scented Candles
Lavender aromatherapy candles or incense can create a spa-like sensation in your own home – with so many bath- and homeware- stores these days, it would be hard not to find a fragrance you love, and rude not to try them all!

3 – Soft lighting

While it’s important to be able to see your reflection while getting ready for your day, softer lighting, or under-cabinet lighting can provide a warmer glow to your space.

You can buy small make-up mirrors with built-in lights for when you really need to “zoom in”, but trust me; a warm glow creates a much warmer and cozier space than harsh and sterile bright lights!
Bathroom Lighting
Bathroom Lighting

4 – Storage

Clutter-free is key when you want to create an inviting and non-stress-inducing space! The bathroom is an easy place to stack up on make-up, lotions, pastes, shampoos etc. etc. and I’m not saying we don’t need all of this, but we can keep it off the surfaces to ensure a more “minimalist” appearance.
Bathroom Storage
Bathroom Storage
Small wicker, bamboo or chrome baskets can be places on shelves or in cabinets to provide an easy catch-all for all your items and a shower-tidy for the bath area to keep all your shower-time necessities.

5 – Music

Now, this one may not be as easy as the others and may cost a little more, but if you are able to connect and play music through speakers into your bathroom, I can’t recommend it enough.

Soft and gentle tones to help ease out the stress at the end of a long day, or (if you’re really into it!) a spot of heavy-metal to wake you up in the morning.

Whatever your preferences, music can change your mood in an instant so try adding this to your bathroom and seeing how it can start or end your day the right way. 

Top 5 Bathroom Rugs Review

When it comes to bathroom rugs, there are several aspects that ought to be taken into considerations. The surface of the mat should be soft and plush, its underside must be non-slip to prevent accidental slipping, and the product should be crafted using good quality material that easily absorbs water. Aesthetics is also another factor that should be considered. The following article previews top five best bathroom rugs.
Bathroom Rugs
Bathroom Rugs

1. Riegel Royal 6-Pack 20X30 inches Bathroom Mat

Riegel Royal is considered one of the most comfortable bathroom rugs. The products large surface area makes it comfortable on the feet, meaning that an individual’s feet is always secure and safe. The woolen materials used to weave the rag come with good absorption properties that eliminate the agony of dealing with dump products that discharge bad odor inside the house.

2. V-domus Non-Slip Fiber Bath Mat

It comes with a large surface area of 20”X32” and is V-Domus constructed using microfiber that is soft on the legs and also gentle on hands during regular hand cleaning process. Despite the fact that the item absorbs water so fast, the fiber material used ensures that Fiber Bath Mat quickly dries. The V-Domus fiber mat also comes with a non-skid backing that prevents the mat from sliding when placed in wet surfaces.

3. Utopia 100 Percent Cotton Bath Mat

The Utopia bath mat is constructed using 100% original ringspun cotton and it comes in an array of colors to select from depending with the color theme of your bathroom. Due to its portable dimensions of 11.5X10.6X3.4 inches, the product is easily installed at any area of the bathroom, meaning that despite its affordability coupled with advanced features, Utopia Bath Mat provides real value for money since it can be easily placed at different sections within the bathroom. Besides, it is machine washable and can also be hand washed by using a soft piece of cloth.

4. Epica Anti-Slip Bacterial Bath Mat

It is designed with a non-slip surface that deters accidental falling and slips at the tub. Besides, individuals don’t have to get concerned about the bath tub area getting infested with germs since Epica bath mat is perfumed with an anti-bacterial. The mat is constructed using latex-free rubber that is durable, and also embedded with suction pumps that ensure it is firmly held in place. Cleaning of the rug is easy since it can be dipped inside a pool of water before getting dried in an open environment or the mat can be wiped with a soft piece of cloth.

5. Magnificent Memory Foam Bath Mat

It comes with a large surface area measuring 20X32 inch. The product is constructed using foam technology comprising of soft and non-slip features. Courtesy of skid resistant backing, the foam bath mat reduces the risks of slipping and injury when drying the feet on both wet and dry surfaces. The elegant design is also constructed using hypoallergenic materials that inhibit the development of unwanted odors from the rug. Besides, the product is multi-purpose and cannot only be used in bathrooms, but can also be placed at the kitchen or patio entrance.

Some Useful Budget Ideas for Bathroom Renovations

Even the simplest of bathroom renovations can get people thinking. When one talks about budget remodeling projects, it does not imply that one compromises on the quality. It simply means that you set a fixed budget and work on the design, material, fixtures etc within the price. However, it is not as easy as it sounds to be. You will have to be extremely thorough with your planning and stick to your budget. There will be times when you have to let loose and when you have to cut back. In order to make the process slightly easier, here are some handy tips that you will need.
Bathroom Renovations
Bathroom Renovations

1.  Work on the Space

You need to take a close look at the space and see what kind of changes you are looking for in the bathroom renovations. Whether you want to de-clutter it or you need to install more units and cabinets? Based on the analysis, you can proceed with your further planning. Make a detailed list of things that you need to throw away and things that you can reuse. Check for repairs, damages, and servicing of the fixtures. All such things will help you have a detailed plan. Sometimes a few changes are helpful in the bathroom renovations. This way you can save on undertaking huge changes and yet have a marvelous looking and functional bathroom for your home.

2.  Set a Budget

There is a skill when you are setting a budget for your bathroom renovations. One needs to be determined with the budget, but there has to be some flexibility as well. So, the first thing you need to decide is whether you will be buying some fixtures and installing them or it is going to be a full makeover. Accordingly, you have to set aside an amount as per the current market rates. If you are hiring a contractor he will suggest you with the approximate costs. If not then you will have to get free online quotes from contractors and work around that. Always keep ¼th amount extra of the total amount. So, if your budget is $100 you need to have $125 with you. That extra amount is to be used in times of utmost emergency during the renovations. 

3.  Blueprint Plan

Sit down and work on the details.
Bathroom Renovations
Bathroom Renovations
  • What is the color that you would want?
  • Tiles, units, shelves, fixtures, placement of everything etc. has to be decided. You will need exact measurements of the space and work on the arrangement to utilize the space well.
  • Try to keep things simple so that you have room for movement and maintenance becomes easier as well. Do not forget to add lighting and sockets in your planning.
  • When you plan well, it will ensure that the execution will be good as well. Hire good contractors to work on the project, employ the right people for installation and painting to make sure that the work wraps on time. It might take few weeks to plan everything. Ideally, this is the way of working.
  • Do not rush through things and going thoroughly through every detail will help you take care of the project properly.
Most importantly, it helps you to follow your budget and stick to it at all times. There is no need to shy away from taking a professional help. It is possible that you might not be adept in designing and would need an expert to work on it. So, go ahead!

Signs for Identifying the Need for Bathroom Renovations

Bathrooms are one of the most used places of our house and must be kept in clean condition all the time. At times, it is important that you identify the needs for your bathroom renovations at right time. It is also important to mark the importance of the bathroom renovation at the right time so that on one fine morning you are not surprised with the fact that an immediate high costly renovation is required for the functioning of the bathroom. As the cost involved is high therefore getting well prepared for such investment is an absolute necessity.
Bathroom Renovation
Bathroom Renovations

Warning signs for you to identify the need for a bathroom renovation 

Most of the time before the bathroom completely stops functioning, it shows various signs that it’s the homeowner should consider for a renovation. But due to busy schedule or neglecting attitude, most of the people tend to ignore these signs. You need to understand the signs will help you to identify the right time for considering bathroom renovations, some of them are:
  • If you see that the damages of your bathroom are quite clear and visible then it is a warning sign that it needs a renovation. Although these damages might look small but if they are not taken care of at the right time they increase over time and create havoc. The damages that are visible and usually can be considered as a warning sign are when you start finding cracks in your tiles or you see the tiles are stained or have lost their glaze or severe issues with the moulds. These apparently look to be small but they need renovation as an only solution to stop the rapid damage.
  • Unusual behaviour of the toilet can also be a sign. Unusual behaviours include sounds that are unexplained or frequent internal as well as external leaks in the bathroom fittings or if you suddenly start getting higher water bills even with a steady consumption. These are important warning signs that you tell you to consider a renovation immediately. These problems grow if ignored and will put you into bigger trouble.
  • One of the best tests that your bathroom needs to pass is the odour test. What is an odour test? It is believed that a well-functioning bathroom should be able to eliminate all the odours that are circulated in the bathroom. If your bathroom is not gaining success in removing the odours of the bathroom after regular cleaning then you must think of renovation immediately.
  • A bathroom should never always feel like a steam room and every functional bathroom should be able to control and regulate the steam generated after a hot shower. If you see that your bathroom is not really doing well then you must look for options of a bathroom renovation.
  • If at any point, you start developing a feeling that your bathroom is not safe anymore then such feeling must be given some attention. Many a times a bathroom that is old might look good from outside but might not be in a good condition when the inner ability and functionality of the bathroom is considered. In such cases, it is always advisable to go for bathroom renovations.
Bathroom Renovation
Bathroom Renovations
A damaged bathroom if not given proper attention then might not only damage the space but might also damage the entire house, however at a slow pace. Therefore, it is extremely important that a bathing space is given proper attention and whenever any of the signs are identified an immediate consideration for bathroom renovations must be done. This will help you to make your bathroom functional and look modern and unique.

Quick and Affordable Tips and Ideas for Bathroom Renovations

A bathroom might just occupy only a corner of your home but it is one of the most important parts in your household. You go to the bathroom for a refreshing and cleansing yourself several times a day. However, before going for a bathroom renovation, one should try to get ideas to execute this renovation in a cost-effective manner. Before you start your bathroom renovation, it is suggested to sketch the layout of the project, and then incorporate the renovation according to the specific layout only. If you do not have any idea about this layout, then you can take help from some engineers in this regard.
Bathroom Renovations
Bathroom Renovations

Listed below are some essential tips to keep in mind while renovating your bathroom:

  • It is important that before anything, you make a budget that you can spend for your bathroom renovation. You might want to give a new luxurious look to your bathroom but that won’t be possible if your expenses do not fall within your budget. So, it is advisable to do a proper research work before finalizing your Bathroom Renovations. You must include all the expenses in your estimated budget and then you can execute the renovation project as per the guidelines provided by the designer companies.
  • Make a list of exactly what renovation do you want for your bathroom. You might want to change the whole look of the bathroom or you might want to change a part of it. Or you might even just want to change the appliances inside it.
  • If you want to start with the paint of the bathroom walls, make sure you choose a color tone, which will give the bathroom a relaxing tone. It is ok to choose a bright color. But it should not be so loud that it becomes an eyesore.
  • You can also change the cabinets and the shelves inside the bathroom. The cabinets and shelves lose their luster and color from contact with water and heat and air. You might want to get new cabinets and shelves, which are waterproof and are spacious enough to hold many things within it.
Bathroom Design
Bathroom Design

How do you initiate your bathroom renovation project?

Next, you can change the bathroom tiles and replace them with tiles of new color and motifs. Installing high-quality bathroom tiles will change the overall look and space. Try to replace both the floor and wall tiles. In case you cannot find the right material, hire a professional who will help you out with sorting it. 
  • Measure the space of your bathroom: While putting up new basins or a bathtub or a new shower for your bathroom, you must not forget about the area that you have inside it. If you do not measure the area beforehand, you might end up buying appliances that are larger than the space available inside your bathroom. You need to accommodate all the bathroom attachments in your small bathroom space, and in this regards you can install some storage cabinets in your bathroom.
  • Try changing your set of windows inside the bathroom. The windows that you use for your bathroom, controls the illumination and ventilation. Renovate your bathroom windows by installing new ones to give your bathroom a new look.
  • Hiring a Bathroom Renovations expert will ensure that the work will be done for you in exchange for a service charge. The professional will be able to provide yours with the best bathroom appliances and an outlook of an experienced professional.

Renovating the bathroom, which is one of the most important parts of your home, cannot be an easy task. But the right information will most assure help you out.

Wall Cladding in Bathrooms – Types & Options


What is Cladding?

Cladding is the process of application of a layer of material over existing structure to control the weather conditions or for aesthetic purposes. The installation of cladding is quite simple and can be easily maintained.

Wall cladding is a great idea for bathrooms of any size and can be constructed according to a well-defined budget. A lot variety of options with different materials are available to achieve the look and finish that is expected from a wall cladding.
Bathroom Wall Cladding
Bathroom Wall Cladding

Materials & Looks for Wall Cladding in Bathrooms:

The following are top ten ideas for wall cladding in bathrooms:
  • Wooden Look – A wooden wall cladding is one of the all-time favorites as it offers a modern and contemporary look to bathrooms. The lovely texture of the wooden material used, along with the bathroom accessories is definitely the royal look that anyone would want.
  • Stone Cladding – Cladding helps to achieve any look that is desired. The Stone Cladding is especially popular, which gives a feel that the bathroom is craved out of a stone in an elegant way. This Stone cladding gives a stripped natural look to the bathroom.
  • Modern with Natural Touch – Thanks to modern developments, the wooden look in the room can be achieved without using actual wood. This just does not match the color of wood but also the grainy effect of wood can be achieved without using real woods. The reason to go with the latter is because, it is easy to clean, water-proof and easy to install.
  • Ocean Theme – A custom made theme of elements such as a glass fish or a bubble of oceans can be combined with a minimalist wood cladded bathroom. It is the contrasting colors of these themes that make it to stand out and this type of cladding can be applied to any type of bathroom.
  • Swedish Style – This theme is the one to choose when you do not have idea of which cladding to proceed with, as Swedish theme never fails to please you. Cleaver cladding can bring any type of themes and looks into reality. With proper color combination, the look of a beach hut can be easily achieved with cladding.
  • Clean and Contemporary – With materials such as timber, cladding can be constructed to be in sync with the construction materials and the accessories in the bathroom, thereby the look of the perfect contemporary and clean cladding is achieved.
  • Mosaic Cladding – This type of wall cladding includes modern mosaics. The advancement in technology enables the production of modern mosaic cladding that has the perfect classy and stunning look. Other designs can be considered to be added with the mosaic, to give a colored or textured element to the plain mosaic in the bathroom.
  • Marble Cladding – This costly wall cladding includes the installation of Marble as the cladding material. The Marble cladding does not require any additional expense to add to its appeal and can offer your bathroom the luxurious and sophisticated look.
  • Patterns – Cladding can be smooth, but if someone prefers extra textures to have a stunning visual impact, then the tiles with patterns offers such type of cladding. There are many colorful mosaics and tile designs with varying patterns to choose from that can match the bathroom accessories creating a lovely appeal.
  • Tongue and Groove Panel Cladding – This type of work is inspired from Victorian Interior design which incorporates a combination of wall cladding and gives rich colors to the bathroom. This type of cladding is cost-effective and adds rich textures to the room.

Enhance the Overall Look of the Bathroom with Shower Screen

A shower screen, like all other fittings in the bathroom, can enhance the overall look of the bathroom depending on the type of screens that have been installed. Choosing the screens may seem like a difficult task, because there are plenty of them available in the market. However; one should consider their requirements, preferences as well as the home decor before choosing a shower screen.
Shower Screen
Shower Screen

Shower Screens Can Be of Various Types Such As:

  • Frameless: The frameless shower screen is mostly used because they look much better. Moreover, since then contain less aluminum parts they are very easier to clean. Compared to the other types these screens are considered as more hygienic and are very durable and requires little or no maintenance.
  • Fully Framed: Even though these types of screen are passe, there are people who purchase it in case they are looking for something that are cheaper. Unlike the other types of shower screen; they do not allow water to pass under the door. Apart from these they come in various colors and styles and can last for decade without any replacement.
  • Semi Frameless: These are basically the combination of framed screen and the frameless screen; so, customers who are looking for something that is versatile yet will give an interesting look can opt for these shower screens. These screens are also durable and when installed can give the bathroom a unique look.
All these screens can include features like fixed panels, sliding doors and hinged doors. The panels can be either framed in metal or left frameless. All products can be customized depending on the taste of the customer.
Shower Screen
Shower Screen
In addition to the flexibility in design and safety features, these screens offer the following benefits to a user:
  • Transform the look of bathrooms totally
  • No leakage, drafts or pesky puddles of water appear on the floor
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Keep water and steam enclosed in the shower or tub area

Keep the Below Given Points in Mind When Planning to Choose Shower Screens:

  • The first thing that home owners must consider before selecting a shower screen is the size of their shower and the available space surrounding the enclosure. This is an important consideration since floor space will affect the type of door the shower screen.
  • Another important consideration when finding shower screens is the level of maintenance that users will be able to provide. Clear glass screens are simpler to clean than frosted ones. Frameless shower enclosures are also the best option when it comes to maintenance since there are no small spaces where soap and grime can accumulate.
  • Finally think about the level of privacy that is required. Clear glass offers the least amount of privacy while tinted or frosted ones can provide better privacy.
In case an individual is not able to find the right shower screen that will be suitable for his or her bathroom; then the bespoke shower screens can be custom ordered to meet the need of the client.

Shower screens are easy to. Moreover, an order can be placed on the website for the choice of shower screen and one can get it shipped within a couple of days. Don’t worry – the glass will be handled with utmost precision from the time of customizing your order till it is fixed in your bath. Even better, one can save money and time if he or she seeks the services of a company that supplies the best quality product and employs trained people to install these screens.

Some Easy Tips on Decorating Bathroom on A Small Budget

In every home, the kitchen and the bathroom hold significant value in determining its overall appearance. Smartly designed kitchens and bathrooms help a great deal in making your home look attractive and well maintained. When we talk about decorating a bathroom, it is not necessary to spend huge amount of money on it. Even on a small budget, we can render a complete new and stylish look to our bathroom. In the market, you can easily find cheap bathroom supplies that can bring in massive change in the decor of your bathroom.
Bathroom Decoration
Bathroom Decoration
You do not always have to focus on the expensive supplies in order to make you bathroom look stylish and attractive. By working smartly, you can get the same result within your small budget as well. All you have to do is spend some time on hunting down the right options and get them installed in your bathroom. So, let us provide you some ideas about the bathroom supplies and other decoration elements that do not cost sky high.

Choosing the budget friendly bathroom decoration supplies

  • Counter tops- Both in kitchen and bathroom, the presence of counter tops is quite common. Without a counter top, it is quite difficult to imagine about a bathroom. In the market, there are many choices available for the counter tops in terms of materials. But, you certainly do not have to splurge on bathroom counter tops because they are not as large as the kitchen ones. Small sized granite made counter top for bathroom can render an excellent look to your bathroom. You can go for the granite slabs that contain a little bit of imperfection. Since the sink basin will be large enough, therefore it can be used for hiding the imperfection. In this way, you can save some good amount of money.
  • DIY drawer pulls- Under the counter top, you can consider installing a drawer, and it does not cost too high. In fact, if you go for the DIY drawer pulls then you will save even more amount of money. Rather than spending money on the labours, you can do the installation by your own. Installing the drawer pulls does not require too much effort. There are plenty of designs available in this case and some companies also provide customized drawer pulls. It means that all you have to do is take the measurements and provide the details to the supplier.
  • Tiles- The world of tile is simply huge; you can purchase from a wide range of designs, colors, and textures as well. It is true that the expensive ones look amazingly good; but it is also a fact that you have to do everything within your budget. In this case, you can apply the idea of mixing the tiles. You can choose expensive tiles in small amount and budget ones in large amount. Now, ask your contractor to utilize the expensive tiles on high-impact areas; the presence of average look tiles around the expensive ones will make the latter one more noticeable.
  • Buy used- There are some suppliers in the web world that deals in used bathroom fixtures. Well, it does not necessarily mean the used fixtures would look really shabby and exhausted. The refurbished cheap bathroom supplies like doors, faucets, showers, sinks, etc. can look equally good, and no one will ever come to know about their ‘used’ status.

Apart from them, there are many more ways to save money on the decoration of your bathroom. All you need is some research online to find good dealers who provide cheap bathroom supplies. So, go ahead with the decoration part and add some glamour to your bathroom. 

Bring Elegance in Washing Area by Choosing Classy Tapwares

Apart from being in kitchen, bathroom and other washing area the utility items are considered as decorative to beautify the space. Gone are the days when these were considered to be used to steady water flow, the market today is flooded with designs the traditionally classy and contemporary to suit the design of the space they are being installed.

These are the first things you notice while entering the room; it displays the owner’s style and taste. Of course the quality varies with the price, but a careful choice is what makes or breaks the look. They come in different styles and sizes and the correct placement as per the area size is important.

Points to be considered while choosing the right tapware:

  • The correct design: It is essential to take a look around the room where they have to be placed. The design should mix well with the whole design of the area.  In our times the looks are very important and these are equally indispensable is the hold and feel of the taps. They should comfortable and easy to use. 
  • 3 Piece or Mixer: The prices of both are quite similar. The choice of 3-piece provides a more traditional look, while the mixers are modern and contemporary.
  • Functionality: The tapwares are used for a purpose i.e. free flow of water in the basin, tub etc. The size height or the fittings needs to be considered to suit the style and the comfort of the user.
  • Handles: They help in operating the taps. The mixer taps are either single or twin lever. The three-piece tap has either cross handles or lever handles.
  • Style: Minimalistic is the new look. Choice from any type of tapware like modern or colonial should be consistent with the look of the room.
  • Finish: They should be low maintenance long lasting items. The finish is what decides the longevity. Taps designed using chrome satin or nickel etc finish give extremely classy look.
  • Practicality of usage: The flow of water as per the requirement displays the practicality. The water speed and flow should be adjusted as per the requirement. E.g. to fill utensils, water tubs etc requires a higher flow as compared to brushing teeth or washing vegetables.
Selecting the right taps is not as easy as it seems. The laundry, kitchen, bath, shower and vanity etc taps have different requirements. While choosing these sets to match the design of the room can be difficult sometimes. More often people buy taps as a complete set, this saves time but customizing tapware as per the requirement and the design often looks appealing. Example, have different taps for kitchen or bathroom sinks will give a different impression while not giving out of the place look. 

Taps are made using materials like chrome, stainless steel, brass, nickel and gold etc. The choice of material will only enhance the look but it will not really affect the efficiency and performance. These varieties of textures will only provide a glossy gleam and sparkle to the taps. Alternatively brushing those with matte finishes provide a modern feel. There are taps that come with feature like LED lighting along the spout area that changes color as the depending on the water temperature

Tapwares are the style statements. The choice of classy or contemporary depends upon the individual style, but these choices are the statements that can add up to the look of the area. These tapwares come in variety of tastes, fashion and budget to fit in the requirements. Although they seem to be a small part but are a very important utility items. It is essential to take a look at the latest innovations that can fit all requirements from trendy too traditional.

How to Boost the Usability of Your Bathroom with Glass Shower Screen?

If it is your bathroom you want to beautify, you have got innumerable choices and options. Thanks to design innovations and innovative lifestyle solutions that keep surprising us every now and then. From countertop to vanities, from bathtub and shower cubicle design and straight down to the gorgeousness of tiles – everything is important when it comes to enhancing the appeal, beauty and glamour of your bathroom. Folks thinking to give a new look to the face of their bathroom should think of the shower space facility besides all the critical elements.
Glass Shower Screen
Glass Shower Screen
Shower cubicles, of all other essential features, means a lot since you are going to spend a great amount of time relaxing and feeling the water drops as it plunges right on to your body. With water creating therapeutic impact on your mind, you don’t want to think about anything else, do you?  So if you still have not taken such a vital slice of your bathroom into consideration, now is the time. Amongst everything else, shower screens are critical to giving a shape to the cubicle where you take bath.

Why need shower screen?

When someone takes a shower in a cubicle with no glass screen and just a curtain that partially covers the space, there is a huge possibility that you will find the floor soaked wet with soap water. And there is another danger lurching inside your wet bathroom, which is that you are likely to slip if you don’t remain extra careful while entering there. Shower screens in a way protects your shower session and puts border to the space you will use for your spa.

What type of glass screen to choose?

Shower cubicles come with variety of options to choose from. You can pick what kind of features you want in your bathroom. If there is a limited space, small corner unit will be a good idea. If you have a generous space in there, you can even opt for a double shower with a beautiful glass shower screen. Alternatively, if spa shower is your wish, your shower panel will be different depending upon your budget, the size of your bathroom and its decorative arrangement. Some shower screens are transparent while some are opaque with popular designs and patterns. Its height will also very and it will be subject to the suitability of your bathroom dimensions. 
Glass Shower Screen
Glass Shower Screen

The cost of glass screens

Glass shower enclosure can surprise you with varied price structure which depends massively on the kind of structure you are expecting for the screen. The final cost is decided by the several factors like height and width of your shower cubicle, style you desire and quality you expect.

Framed glass structure screens can fit into budget if you pick the standard frame and glass from the local home décor store. Opting for wall folding screen can also give you some rest with money.

What comes last at the end of price spectrum is the frameless, transparent glass shower screens since the glass you need for this kind of work is supposed to be thick, strong and durable. It can also increase the labor cost while getting installed. Custom doors usually matches perfectly to your taste and you must release some good bucks in the process unless you choose to have partial or half glass shower screen.

So what you think of shower screens?

Bathroom is the part of your grand home that often goes ignored and unappreciated. Why to forget what shower can do to your energy and freshness level? Transforming your bathroom into a haven will pay off and compensate all you invested: effort, money and time. Make your bathroom one of the most indispensable piece in your home renovation plan. Consider having glass shower screens installed. Give it a classy outfit and accentuate its style, it is one good room that will not give your pocket as much burden as other design aspects might.

What Is the Utilization of Different Kinds of Bathroom Accessories?

Maybe your bathroom is the smallest place in your home, but you need to keep your bathroom hygienic all the time. Apart from cleaning the bathroom on a regular basis, there are some comprehensive bathroom accessories available which can decorate your bathroom easily. Along with that, you need to install some storage places in your bathroom and you have to incorporate some proper lighting system in the bathroom also. You can also buy toilet accessories separately because bathroom accessories come with different kinds of storage places, cabinets, furnishing and decorative items. On the other part, toilet accessories come as some soap plate, towel rings and cleaning solutions. 
Bathroom Accessories
Bathroom Accessories

Why do you need some bathroom accessories?

We use bathroom for a few chores like bathing, shaving, grooming etc. So the lighting in a bathroom must be adequate and uniform. It must represent the skin tone and any make up applied accurately how one would see it in sunlight. There should not be shadows falling on the person using the mirror in the bathroom
  • A towel rod: This is available in top quality brass or steel to cheap ones as per your budget and requirement.
  • Soap dish: If you are using the bath, you sure will reach out to this. You can have a plain plastic dish or ones made of brass, zinc etc that gives a different appeal to your bathing experience.
  • Tumbler holder: You need a tumbler holder handy when you are brushing or shaving. Do it with style with a stylishly crafted tumbler holder.
  • Towel ring: Again a basic necessity, when you wash off the makeup in your bath. You automatically reach out to your towel. Would you like your towel draped in a boring plastic or steel ring? How would it be if you had a stylish towel ring – that adds value to the ambience of your bath?
Bathroom Accessories
Bathroom Accessories

Different styles of bathroom decoration:

  • There are many people who use false ceilings and decorate their bath with aesthetic lights. Some use pebbles along the length of their bath. Some add incense sticks and scented candles for a spa like bathing experience.  What adds to the service there is the ambience too? You can also decorate your bath with a Buddha statue. It symbolizes peace and can help you remember to slow down and catch your breath in your busy life. The soap holder, moisturizer and the shampoo can be put in nice delicate chinaware that is sold in up market stores. You can add a glass vase and put in some natural flowers that will add color to your bath room.
  • The slab and the flooring can increase the oomph factor of your bath. Visit the accessories showroom to select a color and texture that you like for your bath.
  • The electrical appliances in your bath such as the electric shaver, hair dryer, electric tooth brush – make space for each one of them. Mirrors can act as cupboard decorations and you have plenty of design options available in the market. 
Bathroom Accessories
Bathroom Accessories

How to buy bathroom accessories?

  • Visit malls or fine dine restaurants to check the bathroom ambience and accessories.
  • Request friends to recommend places where they have seen a great bathroom ambience.
  • There are several stores that help in interior decoration. Visit not just one but many of them.
  • Check online ideas for your bath.
  • Don’t miss out to check what is available in Home Depot.
Some people even add magazine holders in their bath so that they catch up with the latest in the fashion industry or in the tech market when they soak themselves in the tub for a nice warm bath.

Remodelling of Bathrooms Economically

One of the most important space in the home arena are the bathrooms. These need to be vibrant and clean. An unkempt area often puts us off. The well maintained bathrooms can lead to a sense of tranquility around the house. These are the areas that are prone to water spills and stains from time to time. Even though there are many shower cubicle and shower spaces, yet sometimes the water definitely seems to come out and create a yellow color in the bath space. These spaces, over a period of time tend to become yellow with water stains and soap spills. As a result, the look of these bathrooms starts getting drab. It is not at all alluring and a space to be in. These situations call in for an emergency intervention and a bathroom renovation.

Bathroom renovations can be done to spruce up the look of the space and make them look clean and fresh. 
Bathroom Renovations
Bathroom Renovations

Tips for bathroom renovations

  • Have everything in hand that you require for your bathroom remodeling. This means sorting out orders and their arrival dates. Big orders take some time in coming and small orders take lesser time. Take note of when your materials are due to come and then progress with your bathroom renovation ideas. It is not prudent to start with something, and thento find out sometime later that you don’t have the necessary materials that is required. The work stops invariably and you lose a lot of time. Hence, prioritize and posterior. This will always stand you in a good stead. In addition, once the new products arrive you will know exactly how much time you need to start the work and to finish the deadlines.
  • Consider the time frames before moving on to the next level – Home centers and shopping centers have a limited stock of vanity tops and stove tops. This can take a lot of time to deluder such products as these take time in arriving. If you need such heavy orders and delivery on an urgent basis, it pays well to check other sources too such as the local suppliers who have such pieces in bulk and in varied colors and shapes.
  • Underlayment’s can also make the bathrooms look dirty and unkempt. Removing old floors and the vinyl can be quite tedious and time consuming. A faster simpler option is to rip up the underlayment along the floor space and cutting these into small sections. Now, this process isn’t that expensive and can be easily carried out keeping your budgetary options in mind. The areas that can be damaged from water accumulation can be easily removed and the newer ones installed.
  • It is better to plan for shower storage areas. This reduces the storage spaces that is required and can make your shower space look really neat and organized. Ceramic tiles can be easily shelved to stock in your shampoos and other stuff, thus minimizing the clutter in your bathrooms. This can be done in one corner of the bathroom and the shower space. This also looks tremendously attractive and leads an overall neat look to the bathrooms.
  • To make a big impact and to enhance the look of the bathroom, you can also use the mosaic or the glass tiles. Small curved rods can also have the same effect at the same costs. These rods look nice and they attach well to the walls thus lending a subtle sleek look to the bathrooms.
An effective bathroom design should address all your needs, physical and spiritual.

Bathroom Accessories - Think Bathroom Jewelry

Do you remember your grandmother's house? There was a comforting smell and a "homey" decor throughout the home. Most likely, Grandma had her bathroom decorated with plastic flowers, lilac scented soap, linoleum floor with shag carpet scatter rugs, a fuzzy toilet seat cover, and a shower curtain that somehow involved lace. This was what you expected for Grandma's house and it was lovely, just like she was with her cotton floral house-dress, apron and plastic beads. Contemporary society has let most of those interior motifs fall by the wayside in favor of a sleeker, functional design motif.
Bathroom Accessories
Bathroom Accessories 
FUNCTIONAL: The fuzzy accessories of our childhood proved to be eminently impractical, from a functional standpoint the shag toilet lid cover tended to slam down at inopportune times! In addition, we place higher importance on germ warfare. Functional, in our current bathrooms, means easy to clean, does what it's intended to do, and perhaps covers more than one duty. Chrome, stainless steel or Lucite accessories, such as soap dishes and toothbrush holders look more sanitary because they ARE. Rough surfaces hold germs and debris that just cannot be cleaned properly with typical cleaning processes. Keeping these sleek surfaces clean is much more effective than fuzzy or pitted surfaces. Especially in families that include children, we like the look and functionality of bathroom accessories that require only a swipe with an antibacterial disinfectant.
Bathroom Accessories
Bathroom Accessories
SLEEK: While some people equate the work "sleek" with contemporary or modern motifs that border on a cold, industrial feel, the opposite is true. Actually, sleek, modern bathroom accessories accommodate a warm decor beautifully, as an ornate dress requires simple but bold jewelry. A rustic, stone or marble tub-surround looks fabulous when juxtaposed with chrome or Lucite accessories. Subway tile and Art Decor bath interiors make a perfect backdrop for chrome or a stainless steel tissue box. In a bathroom where the other design features were carefully chosen as the "star" of the room, choosing a sleeker group of accessories does not detract from that expensive patterned wallpaper or intricate tile. So many of us have an eclectic decor sensibility, combining heirloom treasures, art pieces and garage sale finds with umber-modern surroundings. This imbues our home with our own "signature" look.

Finishing the look of the bathroom is an individual undertaking. Just as with the rest of our homes, we want people to join us in surroundings that illustrate "who we are." When following one's own taste, with contemporary bathroom touches, we can never go wrong. We feel comfortable, clean, and perfectly relaxed in the bathroom design we've created. 

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