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Bathroom Plants: What are the best plants for your bathroom?

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Bathroom Plants: What are the best plants for your bathroom?

You may never have looked at it this way, but our bathroom can be a place of retreat and an opportunity to reduce stress. No phones, no faxes, no conversation, just peace and quite (hopefully you didn’t take your smart phone or tablet in the bathroom with you). We need time to ourselves. Time away from the endless noise and daily distractions. We need solitude, if only for a few minutes.

So, if our bathroom is a place to escape, our decorating should promote relaxation and peace. We can accomplish this in many ways. We can use color, art, lighting, texture, and nature. All of these elements can help to lower our blood pressure, slow our breathing, and change our focus. But the element that can have the greatest impact is nature itself.

Plants are often used by designers to add color, texture, and form to a space. Adding a plant (or plants) to a room brings the outdoors inside and gives us a sense of serenity and calmness. Plants have the power to take us back to nature and improve the quality of our lives. Also, plants can purify indoor air better than any machine.

It’s no secret that plants have a psychological effect on us humans. But the effect may be more than we realize.

According to several studies, here’s just a few examples of how plants can affect our physical and emotional well being.

• Lower blood pressure
• Increase attentiveness
• Improve well-being
• Reduce levels of anxiety

According to Virginia Lohr, a professor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Washington State University, indoor plants offer better air quality, reduced stress, increased productivity, calmness, and better tolerance to pain.

What are the best kind of plants for your bathroom?

So, if we are going to put plants in our bathroom, which plants work best? Most bathrooms have limited light, but a generous amount of humidity. Which plants will thrive in this environment?

Bathroom plants love low light high humidity environments. Here are a few of our favorites:

1) Philodendrons

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2) Snake Plant (Sansievera)
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3) Cast Iron Plant (Aspidstra Elatior)
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4) Ferns

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5) Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

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6) Prayer Plants

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7) Aloe vera

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8) Bamboo

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9) Dieffenbachia
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10) Begonias

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These plants are easy to care for and will thrive in the bathroom. Check with your local nursery to see which plants have the greatest success in your area.

You don’t have to be a master gardener to grow these plants. Your local nursery can give you a few tips on planting and care. You may be surprised how much enjoyment you get from nurturing a few plants. It’s the simple things in life that give us the greatest pleasures.

I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow.”-David Hobson

Give it a shot. Buy a plant or two for your bathroom and enjoy your own private oasis.


How To Prevent a Bathroom Remodeling Nightmare

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How to Prevent a Bathroom Remodeling Nightmare

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“I am so stressed,” she said. “I wanted this new bathroom so bad and now the remodeling project has just fallen apart.”

This is the awful feeling of a bathroom remodeling nightmare.

Why did this happen?

This scenario is all too common. A homeowner hires a contractor or handyman who appears trustworthy to remodel their bathroom. The job starts out fine, but after the first few days the contractor starts showing up late and leaving early. Phone calls are not returned promptly and the homeowner becomes frustrated and things go wrong.

How to Prevent a Bathroom Remodeling Nightmare:
Do your homework. Hiring a contractor to remodel your bathroom requires due diligence. How can a homeowner know if a contractor will be a good fit for their remodel? What should a homeowner know?

 

These simple steps will help to assure a good relationship:

bathroom remodeling nightmaresCall the BBB (Better Business Bureau) for a rating on the contractor or company.
• Ask for references from previous jobs.
• Check the company’s reputation online on reputable customer review sites like Angie’s List, Google Plus, or Guild Quality.
• Ask for the contractor’s license and insurance certificates.
• Ask to see the company’s warranty on workmanship and products.

bathroom remodeling nightmaresConsider the advantages of hiring a company or contractor who specializes in bathroom remodeling. Specialists develop a deeper knowledge of products and know-how than general contractors. Specialists have more experience, which often leads to more creative design suggestions and more efficient installations.

Ask to see the agreement you will be signing. A good agreement spells out all of the details complete with work descriptions, product model numbers, sizes, and finishes. Start date and the length of the project should also be included.

Making all of the selections up front will reduce delays and eliminate the need for expensive change orders (changes to the original contract).

Have the contractor furnish all of the materials, which means the contractor will be responsible for the replacement of materials along with the labor should there be a warranty issue.

Call the referrals you get from the contractor and ask these questions:

• Did the contractor complete the job for the agreed upon price?
• Did the contractor complete the job within the agreed upon time frame?
• Did the contractor treat you and your house with respect?
• Would you hire the contractor again?

Take your time when doing research to find the best contractor or company to do your bathroom remodel and avoid a bathroom-remodeling nightmare.

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Happy Remodeling!


The 3 Worst Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes

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The 3 Worst Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Bathroom remodeling is a complex process with a lot of moving parts and potential pitfalls. A successful project requires not only skill, but through planning and preparation.

bathroom remodeling mistakesPlanning starts with the reason you want to remodel. Do you want to remodel because:

• Your bathroom has water damage and needs repaired.
• Your bathroom was poorly designed and you want more functionality.
• You’ve been dreaming about a new bathroom.
• You want to replace your bathtub with a shower.
• You’re planning to stay in you home longer and need a more accessible bathroom.

No matter what your reason for remodeling, you’ll want to start with a detailed plan and budget.

Avoid these 3 bathroom remodeling mistakes and enjoy a well-planned bathroom that suits your needs.

Bathroom Remodeling Mistake #1 – No Plan

bathroom remodeling mistakesThe plan is your road map to a successful job. Without a plan, you’re remodeling on the fly, which always takes longer and costs more.

If you don’t have the skills or knowledge, an interior designer or contractor who specializes in bathroom remodeling would be a huge help. Experience pays big dividends by keeping you from making costly mistakes and assuring that you’ll be happy with the finished product.

A good plan should include the following:

1. A design that accomplishes your goals.
2. Product selections that suit your needs and your tastes.
3. Products that will work with the design and within the budget.
4. A list of all the work that is to be done.
5. A time frame to get the work done.

Failing to plan is planning to fail.”

Bathroom Remodeling Mistake #2 – No Budget

bathroom remodeling mistakesThe difference in cost between a low-end remodel and a high-end remodel can be tens of thousands of dollars. The easiest way to set a budget is to figure out how much you are comfortable spending. Allow some room in the budget for those little extras you just can’t live without.

Visit a plumbing showroom to get an idea of how much different products cost. Make notes of all the products you’ll need and how much they cost. You’ll also need estimates on general labor and specialty labor such as plumbing, electrical, and tile work.

Once you have all of these figures together, you’ll have a good idea what the total cost would be.

A much easier way to get a price on a bathroom remodel is to call a contractor who specializes in bathroom remodeling. An experienced contractor can give you ideas on the best way to get the results you want and keep you in budget.

“Some couples go over their budgets very carefully every month. Others just go over them.”

Bathroom Remodeling Mistake #3 – Trying to Do It Yourself

Some handymen are quite capable of remodeling a bathroom, but for most of us, trying to do it on our own would spell disaster. Bathroom remodeling is complex and requires extensive knowledge, experience, and tools.

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Do-it-yourself disasters are so common among homeowners that the DIY Network made a series called Disaster DIY. The series shows homeowners who attempted to remodel their homes and ended up frustrated and had to call a professional to complete the job.

TV programs that show remodeling projects being done by professionals often portray jobs that go smoothly and are completed in a short period of time. This leads some do-it-yourselfers to believe that the work is not that hard and could be done in a short period of time.

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Don’t be fooled.

Find a professional who is experienced in bathroom remodeling, has an excellent reputation, offers a good warranty, and is there to backup the warranty. Quality products and workmanship doesn’t come cheap, but it’s much less expensive than hiring a professional to redo work that was done incorrectly the first time.

Happy Remodeling!


Ask The Expert: Bathroom Exhaust Fan Rebels

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Ask The Expert: Bathroom Exhaust Fan Rebels

Question:

“We have two young boys who refuse (or forget) to turn the bathroom exhaust fan on in the bathroom when they shower. The bathroom becomes thick with humidity especially if they take showers back to back. What can I do?”  Renee M.

Answer:

“Renee,

Fortunately, there are a couple simple solutions to tackle this problem. First, you can wire the light fixture and the fan on the same switch. When your boys turn the light on, the fan will come on at the same time. When the shower isn’t in use, this option can be a little loud, but it certainly guarantees the bathroom exhaust fan will never be forgotten.

How To Replace and Rewire Your Bathroom Exhaust Fan

Alternatively, you can also replace the fan switch with a humidity sensor switch, which will turn the fan on when the humidity in your bathroom reaches a certain level. The first option would be the least expensive. Reducing the humidity in the bathroom helps reduce mold. Humidity promotes the growth of mold and is unfriendly to most surfaces.

 

Good luck.”
 
Tim

How to Design a Walk-in Shower

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How to Design a Walk-in Shower

 

The dark, cramped, elbow banging, walk-in showers of yesteryear were uncomfortable and inconvenient. They were designed for one thing and one thing only: get in, get clean, and get out. Boring and compact, the telephone-booth-sized shower was about as utilitarian as you could get.

Today’s Walk-In Shower

design a walk-in showerToday’s walk-in showers have changed all that. The showers of today are open, bright, and spacious. Even smaller showers can be designed to look and feel roomy. Using the space occupied by your bathtub is one of the most popular options for a walk-in shower.

Removing a wall or walls and a dropped-ceiling in an old shower is the first step to opening it up. Converting a four-wall shower into a two-wall shower with a clear glass shower enclosure will make the same space seem much larger.

Clear glass is often used to create an open look by eliminating visual barriers. Some larger showers are designed without a shower door, which makes the space seem even larger.

Comfort and Convenience

In addition to an open feel, comfort and convenience are trademarks of today’s walk-in showers.

Showerheads are available in many different spray configurations from basic to pulsating massage. Enjoy a spa-like experience with the shower spray pattern of your choice. Add a hand-held showerhead for even more flexibility and convenience. The hand-held can either be a part of the showerhead or a separate fixture and it works for short or tall whether seated or standing.

Seats, available in a variety of configurations, add a new level of comfort. A seat offers a comfy place to relax, to take a lazy shower, or to shave legs. When designing a seat for your shower, make sure the seat is installed at a comfortable height.

comfortable walk-in shower design

Today’s showers have plenty of room for soaps, shampoos, shower gels, shaving cream, and anything else you use to pamper yourself. The most popular options for storing shower products are a built-in niche or a corner shower caddy. Position a shelf handy to the seat.

Walk-in Shower Safety

The real beauty of today’s walk-in shower is that it can be designed for safety without looking institutional. It’s no secret that most accidents that occur in the home happen in the bathroom, mostly due to slips and falls. Safety is a concern for all ages.

Lower thresholds or no thresholds along with safety grab bars make getting in and out of the shower safer for those with limited mobility as well as those of us with full mobility. If you’ve ever broken a foot or a leg, you know the importance of safety grab bars and a seat.

safe walk-in shower design

Most people think of grab bars as institutional looking, but they come in a wide assortment of styles, finishes, and colors. Check out some of the most unique grab bars you’ve ever seen.

A properly designed walk–in shower can allow seniors to live safely in their home longer. Aging in place has never been easier.

Luxury Walk-in Shower

design a walk-in showerFor the ultimate in luxury showering you can add rejuvenating body sprays with various pressures and spray patterns. Kohler offers a high-end digital water delivery system that controls shower heads and body sprays and includes music and ambient lighting.

For extreme and luxurious bathroom design ideas, HGTV and other TV programs are great resources for scouting ideas you may want to incorporate into your walk-in shower design.

See the Light

If your house construction allows, you could add a skylight or solar tube for a constant source of natural light. Nothing brightens up a room like natural light. Solar tubes offer a cost effective way to add natural light and can be installed in just a few hours.

design a walk-in shower skylight

Smart Walk-in Shower Design

design a walk-in showerIf a new walk-in shower is in your future and you’re not familiar with all the new products and design options, consult a professional who has the experience and knowledge to help you design a shower that will adapt to your and your families changing needs.

A well-designed shower can become an oasis where you can relax, let the cares of the day wash away, and become rejuvenated.

Enjoy your shower! Sing fun songs and let new ideas pop.

 

Andrea Fisher is an online marketer and content specialist for DISH Network. She is a published journalist and blogger with an English degree and Political Science minor from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

 


Bathroom Lighting Design 101

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Bathroom Lighting Design 101

By Tim Koehler

Installing the correct bathroom light fixtures in the proper location can make a big difference in how your bathroom looks and functions. Typically, bathroom lighting consists of just minimal lighting. But, using good lighting design, you can change the look and feel of your bathroom. The following pointers will help you achieve professional results.

Type of light source:

 

cool light vs warm light

Cool light (left) vs. warm light (right)

The most common bathroom light fixtures use incandescent bulbs. Incandescent gives a warm light that enhances skin tones. It is the least expensive to purchase, but uses the most electricity. CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) aren’t quite as warm as incandescent, but they are cooler and about 75% more efficient. Halogen bulbs are more efficient than incandescent but burn very hot. LED lighting has been gaining popularity in the residential market place. It is higher in cost than the other types, but lasts much longer, and is very energy efficient.

Natural light from windows, skylights or solar tubes will give a warm and inviting light. And, it’s free light! If the bathroom is located on an outside wall and depending on the type of siding on your house, you may be able to add a window. If the bathroom is located directly under the roof you could add a skylight or solar tube.

Types of lighting:

Lighting falls into three categories; general lighting, accent lighting, and task lighting.

General lighting lights the whole room. General lighting sources are ceiling light fixtures, lights combined with exhaust fans, and wall fixtures.

general bathroom light design

General Lighting

Task lighting provides light for functions such as grooming, showering, and bathing. Bathroom vanity lighting is an example of task lighting.

task bathroom lighting design

Task Lighting

 

Accent lighting is used to accent or highlight an area or object. Use accent lighting for display pieces, wall art, shelving, inside cabinets with glass doors, and in a vanity toe-kick area.

accent bathroom lighting design

Accent Lighting

Location:

Bathroom light fixtures should be placed where they will deliver the most light for their purpose without creating shadows.
Fixtures for general lighting should be positioned so there are no dark spots in the room. Ceiling light fixtures, either recessed or surface mounted, work well. You many need more than one fixture to properly illuminate the entire room.
Position task light fixtures for grooming, shaving or applying make-up on both sides of the face to eliminate shadows and install at a height that is at eye level of the user.

Accent lights should be installed directionally so that the area or object is illuminated completely with no shadows.

Controls:

Lighting controls should be positioned so they are easily accessible. Install light switches 48” above the floor. General lighting controls should be at the entrance to the bathroom. Controls for task lighting should be located so the user can easily reach them.

bathroom dimmer switchA dimmer is an inexpensive way to add character to your bathroom. Dimmers reduce harsh lighting and glare. They can also give your bathroom a warm, cozy, and inviting feel. Newer dimmers have a slide control beside a standard toggle control. Once set, the same light level will be maintained every time you turn on the light until you change it.

Proper bathroom lighting design will make your bathroom easier to use and more attractive. Just changing your bathroom light fixtures can give your bathroom a whole new look. So what are you waiting for? See the light!


Ask the Expert: Removing Scratches From Porcelain Sinks

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Ask the Expert: Removing Scratches From Porcelain Sinks

By Tim Koehler

Porcelain is a very common type of ceramic found in bathrooms. Porcelain sinks are very common, and scratches and stains can prove to be very frustrating to remove.

Question:

“I have a beautiful porcelain pedestal sink, but recently my husband had to use a drain snake to clean out the drain and the metal snake left scratches on the porcelain. I’m afraid to use the wrong product to try and clean the marks off for fear of scratching the finish. Any suggestions?”  -Candy D.

scratched porcelain sinks

Scratches and stains can be a real eyesore.

 

 

Answer:

Spa Display“Candy,

The best solution I’ve found is using a pumice stone. Pumice is a natural type of textured volcanic glass.  It is a common abrasive and exfoliant that can be used for removing marks from porcelain sinks, tubs and toilets.

You can buy them in the personal care sections or bed and bath sections at most stores (including WalMart). Here is a good video that shows you the whole process:

Removing marks from porcelain sinks with pumice:

Step 1:
Acquire very fine pumice stone. The smaller the pores, the better.

Step 2:
Wet the pumice stone. Be sure you use the wet end of the pumice stone when buffing out marks or stains. Because pumice is a type of volcanic glass, it will both sand any substance on your porcelain sink and fill it in with very fine pumice grounds. Wetting the pumice stone helps the pumice work as a filler.

repairing scratched porcelain Step 3:
Be safe and test the pumice stone in an inconspicuous area first. Test on the side or edge of your sink to make sure it won’t ruin the finish.

Step 4:
Use the wet end of the pumice stone and buff out the marks and stains. Apply some pressure.

Step 5:
Wipe away with a wet paper towel or wash cloth

Step 6:
Repeat as necessary.

This trick works on all porcelain sinks, tubs, toilets, and even dinnerware.

 

Good luck.

Tim Koehler,
CBD, ASID, CAPS

Have a question? Ask the Expert

 


3 Benefits of an Eco-Friendly Bathroom

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3 Benefits of an Eco-Friendly Bathroom

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There was a time when “eco-friendly” seemed to only mean recyclable, which in-effect seemed to produce nothing more than a brown cardboard stock to fit around to-go coffee cups. Those days are over. Now eco-friendly bathrooms and green homes are among the latest trends.

As you consider rebuilding a bathroom, there are plenty of options to consider. Whatever the case may be in how you consider your specific choices, there are three notable benefits of having and maintaining an eco-friendly bathroom:

 

1) Conserves Water And Saves Money

eco-friendly bathroom faucetsAccording to a 2013 report from the United States Environmental Agency (EPA), each person in the U.S. uses an average of 100 gallons of water each day. Part of that 100 gallons used is nothing more than the dripping of faucets or running toilets.

Did you know that up to 10% of homes have water leaks from older, ineffective toilets and faucets? If these homes were upgraded and improved, nearly 354 billion gallons of water could be saved annually.

One person alone would use 30% less water by upgrading to water-efficient fixtures and appliances.

eco-friendly bathroom low flow toilet

Regardless if you live in a permanent home or at a rental property, if your current bathroom has an older faucet, shower head, or toilet, you are literally throwing good water— and money down the drain. Investing in water efficient fixtures will benefit you, your family and the planet in the long run.

 

2) Reduces Exposure To Toxins And Molds

eco-friendly bathrooms lead poisoningBefore the 1970s, everything seemed to be coated or made from lead— including many items used in plumbing and construction. From lead faucets to lead paint, many earlier turn of the century houses may still have traces of this toxic metal.

Choose the best to protect your home from anything that is potentially damaging. If your home was built before 1958, there is a possibility your home may contain lead paint. The worst thing you can do is sand lead paint, because it creates a deadly lead dust that may be inhaled.

Lead poisoning can be quite severe— causing a range of symptoms, including: vomiting, constipation, headaches, muscle weakness, high blood pressure, sterility, etc.

lead poisoning in bathrooms

Even without any lead concerns, when remodeling a bathroom, there is one other health concern to consider: the grimy, dirty issue of mold. Mold can grow on virtually any surface with humidity and it seems to simply fester and spread. A dark, damp bathroom is the best place for mold to grow.

Keep mold at bay by ensuring your bathroom has proper ventilation. Make sure your vent fan is sized properly for the size of your bathroom. If you don’t have an exhaust fan in your bathroom, the next best thing is to routinely open your bathroom window. This will provide better insulation, air circulation and greatly reduces mildew growth. Hard surface bathroom floorings, such as eco-friendly tiles, are best to combat mold and soap scum build-up.

green bathroom cleanersGo a step further and clean with eco-friendly cleaners; they have never been easier— or more popular to use.

Brands like Clorox, now have green cleaning products that span the shelves at every hardware and grocery stores. It’s an effective alternative to harsh cleaning products. In addition to strong fumes, some regular cleaners can potentially destroy metallic finishes in a matter of months.

Green is the way to go. Biodegradable and naturally derived, green cleaning products will properly serve your households’ cleaning needs, without negatively harming the planet— or your new remodel.

3) Aesthetic Value of Earthy Materials

Add your own personal flair and charm while utilizing earthy or upcycled materials into your bathroom design. The lists of recycled options are countless; and they are anything but dull, boring or cheap-looking.


eco-friendly bathroom upcycle

Consider these alternatives for a true forward-thinking lifestyle:

  • Acrylic bathtubs: There are a range of colors and designs; each providing a better method of keeping your water warmer for longer— saving  you energy.
  • Recycled glass countertops: Are a fusion of recycled glass and stone. The final product is more stain and scratch resistant than traditional marble and granite surfaces. Oftentimes, these surfaces are also resistant to heat and cold temperatures. Quartz countertops are also a resilient and attractive alternative to granite or marble.
  • Recycled glass or stone shower and bath surrounds: Incorporating a shower or bath surround will truly give your bathroom some character. Using either recycled glass or various stones, such as marble or granite will help eliminate the waste of good material. A recycled surround is an affordable, cost-effective solution to getting an upscale bathroom remodel.


An eco-friendly bathroom remodel can brighten and revive any home or location. A touch of character, blended with energy-efficient materials makes this a worthy long-term investment. It’s time to conserve energy, save money and indulge in a guilt-free conscience.

 

Guest contributor Andrea Fisher is an online marketer and content specialist for ADT Business Security Systems. She is a published journalist & blogger with an English degree and political science minor from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

 


5 Ways to Utilize Hidden Space In Your Bathroom

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5 Ways To Utilize Hidden Space In Your Bathroom

By Olivia Mungal

Have you ever heard the phrase “Out of sight, out of mind”? There’s more to it than meets the eye. Many of the items that accumulate in our bathrooms seem necessary and sit out in the open, causing clutter. Luckily, we can show you how to utilize a lot of hidden space in your bathroom to make it feel a lot more spacious and functional. 

Find Your Niche

Making use of the space inside the walls is one of the best ways to maximize storage in a small bath. You can create pockets between your studs to hide unsightly toiletries or even your toilet plunger.

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Add in-wall storage between studs to stow essentials out of sight

 

 


Recessed shelves or towers can even be added to showers to store shampoo and keep it out of the way.

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ReBath Soap Dish Towers fit in the corners of your shower to save space

Mirror, Mirror

Do you find your personal effects cluttering up your vanity top? Especially if your bathroom is lacking a vanity with available shelves, it may be a good idea  replace your plate glass mirror with a practical medicine cabinet.  You can have your medicine cabinet recessed into the wall to save space. Once the appropriate style is installed in your home, open it to conceal personal toiletries, hair brushes, tubes of tooth paste, and other eye sores that might otherwise get left out.

There are even magnetic organizers you can fit against the back of your medicine cabinet, so you don’t find yourself losing smaller items like tweezers, nail clippers, or hair ties.
magnet organizers

Up, Up, and Away

The space above your toilet almost always goes wasted, but it presents the perfect opportunity for shelving. You can install recessed shelves, bathroom cubbies, or find bathroom furniture to hang over your toilet, but it makes a great place to put extra toilet paper or spare shampoo bottles.
bathroom cubby shelves

 

What’s Behind Door #1?

If soggy towels are eating up your wall space, try installing towel racks on the back of the door. This will keep your towels off the floor and leave them able to dry properly without being an eye sore.
towel racks
If you don’t want to make any permanent changes to your bathroom door, there are also plenty of towel hooks you can hang directly from the door itself so you don’t have to drill into your bathroom door.

 

Over and Out

Even if you don’t have exceptionally tall ceilings, the area above your door often goes forgotten. Installing a toiletries shelf over your bathroom door is simple and gives you plenty of extra storage space up and out of the way.

tolietry shelf

Store towels and toiletries above the bathroom door

 


How To Choose The Best Paint For Your Bathroom

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How To Choose the Best Paint For Your Bathroom

By Olivia Mungal

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for your bathroom. But, choosing a color is only one ingredient that is required for long lasting results. Once you choose your color scheme, you’ll need to know which paint sheens or finishes will work the best in a bathroom. Bathrooms are extremely wet and collect a lot of moisture daily. Luckily, there are many types of bathroom paints that will resist both moisture and mold:

5 Types of Paint Sheen Finishes

The glossier the finish, the more the paint will resist moisture in your bathroom. Here is a list of 5 common paint finishes offered by most major brands:

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Flat Finish

A Flat Finish  applies as a  nice matte coating, but it works best in low-traffic areas where it is never or rarely touched.  Flat paint absorbs moisture, dirt, and skin oils, so it is bad for bathrooms and busy areas. Scrubbing flat paint while damp will cause it to thin and come off on your sponge.

Eggshell Finish

Like the name implies, an Eggshell Finish  has a slight sheen and  tends to be a bit more durable than flat paint. Paints with an eggshell finish are more washable and scrubbable than flat. Like a flat paint, eggshell is good for places without moisture. This is a very popular choice for most interior walls in the home, but its not quite robust enough for a bathroom.

Satin Finish

A Satin Finish has a bit of a gloss, and can be used in low-moisture bathrooms, such as a half-bathroom, powder room, or a guest bathroom that doesn’t get much use.

Semi-Gloss Finish

A Semi-Gloss Finish is a solid sheen finish for any kind of bathroom. The semi-gloss finish repels moisture well, making it a suitable and versatile choice for painting bathroom walls and bathroom ceilings alike.

High-Gloss Finish

A High-Gloss Finish is the most effective finish for repelling moisture and would be an excellent choice in a high-moisture bathroom.  However, a high-gloss finish reflects light more than any other finish and magnifies any surface imperfections. This type of finish is primarily used for wood surfaces like trim and cabinetry. If the aesthetics of a high-gloss paint don’t work for your bathroom, you may benefit from another attractive alternative like wainscoting, which can cover the bottom of your walls and provide water-proof protection.

 

Painting Your Bathroom Ceiling

Especially in high-moisture  bathrooms without a full shower surround, hot steam from daily showers can do a lot of damage to your ceiling. The area directly above your shower is most at risk for mold or water damage. Giving your ceiling several coats of a glossy or high-gloss  bathroom paint can help you protect the plaster and sheet rock from future damage.

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Moisture damage can be avoided

Mold and Mildew Resistant Bathroom Paint

You can also find specialty bathroom paint that is mold and moisture resistant. You can even find matte finishes that are specially designed for high moisture areas. They come in a variety of finishes.

Benjamin Moore’s Aura® Bath And Spa Matte Finish is one of the few flat bathroom paints that are both water and mold resistant. If you love the texture and aesthetics of a matte paint, you don’t have to sacrifice the longevity of your bathroom for looks.

Zinsser’s Perma-White claims to be guaranteed to prevent the growth of mold and mildew for a minimum of five years.In case you don’t want white in your bathroom, Perma-White can be tinted to off-white, pastel and medium colors, which are great if you want to make your bathroom look more spacious. Zinsser’s comes in eggshell, satin and semi-gloss sheens.

Sherwin Williams carries a bath paint called “Simply Enough.” It also comes with 5-year guarantee, inhibits mold and mildew just as well, and comes in a greater variety of colors.

These specialty paints work well in exceptionally moist or poorly-ventilated bathrooms.

Painting Your Bathroom

Before you start painting, make sure you take the time to let your bathroom dry out completely. Catching beadlets of moisture under a fresh coat of paint will create bubbles. Make sure to use painter’s tape and drop cloths to protect your vanity, bathroom mirror, light fixtures, your floor, and your tub or shower from drips.

Remove light switch and receptacle covers, and keep your workspace well ventilated. Paint adheres to tile, so make sure any exposed tile is properly covered.

If you are painting over a darker color or a very glossy paint, using a coat of primer will help your new paint cover the walls more effectively.

bathroom painting tips

If you choose to paint your ceiling, paint it first, let it dry, and then mask your ceiling with painter’s tape at least 4 inches from the wall.  A clumsy roller can ruin a white ceiling very easily. Crown molding should also be taped and painted separately from the wall.  Finish up corners with a paint brush and even out the paint with several coats.

Selecting a color that reflects your personality and choosing the right type of paint will add beauty to your bathroom and protect your wall and ceiling surfaces for years to come.