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Towel Warmers: How to Enjoy Your Hot Shower Longer

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Towel Warmers: How to Enjoy Your Hot Shower Longer

A relaxing hot shower has warmed you to the bones. Now you have to get out and dry off, but as soon as you step out of the shower, you start to lose that warmth. So how can we keep that warm and toasty feeling a little longer?

Fortunately, some smart person who had the desire to stay warmer after the shower invented a device to solve that problem—a towel warmer. Imagine stepping out of a shower and wrapping yourself in a toasty snuggly warm towel. Wouldn’t that make a hot shower even better?

A towel warmer not only heats your towel, but also dries your towel after a shower and works equally well to warm a bathrobe, warm underwear, or dry a wet bathing suit. A towel warmer works especially well in the summer when you take multiple showers. You always have a dry towel and your towels never smell musty. towel warmers Towel warmers come in many sizes, configurations and prices. Here is what you need to know before buying a towel warmer.

Towel Warmer Styles

You can buy towel warmers as racks or cabinets/canisters and the starting price is under $100. Luxury towel warmers can cost thousands. The most popular finish for the less expensive models is chrome, but you can find many different finishes, including the popular oil rubbed bronze finish in more expensive units.

freestanding towel warmers

Towel warming racks are available as freestanding, wall mount, or floor mount units. The style you choose will depend on the space you have available and the location of the nearest electrical outlet. A freestanding towel warmer is the easiest to install. Just find a convenient location and plug it into a nearby electrical outlet. towel warmer drawer Electric towel warmers are also available as a small cabinet or canister. A canister can sit on the floor while a cabinet would be more convenient on a vanity top or stand. If you can’t locate them close to the shower, having to walk out of the shower to get the warm towel may be inconvenient—the closer to the shower the better.

free standing towel warmers

Towel Warmer Heat Sources

Most towel warmers use electricity for heat. Towel warmers can either use a cord or they can be hardwired. Hardwired refers to an electric wire without a plug running directly into the unit. Hardwiring is most often used during new construction or an extensive remodel. The advantage of hardwiring is a cleaner look without exposed wires or cords, which could be a tripping hazard. hardwired towel warmers Most manufacturers state that their electric towel warmers cost about the same as a light bulb to operate. Some people choose to run their warmers all the time because they do require some time to reach operating temperature. You can also install a timer so the warmer comes on before you need it and shuts off after your towel is dry.

Some towel warmer racks are heated hydronically or with hot water, which runs through coils in the towel warmer. You can use the hot water from your plumbing system, which would reduce your operating cost. The towel warmer itself is more expensive as is the installation. Hydronic systems are typically installed during new construction or an extensive remodel.

towel warmers

Towel Warmer Safety

Electric towel warmers have been around for a long time. Technology has improved safety and efficiency over time. Temperatures on the surfaces are not hot enough to cause pain or skin burn. Make sure the warmer you choose has been UL tested and approved. You can tell by the UL sticker. While warmers are tested to be splash proof, they are not designed for use in a shower. For added safety, connect your towel warmer to a GFI (ground fault interrupted) circuit. A GFI device will turn the circuit off if it detects a problem with the ground, protecting you from a potential electrical shock.

Towel Warmer Size

Size is an important consideration. Will your towel warmer by used by two or a family of four? Will you use the warmer for a bathrobe or underwear? You may want to choose the largest one that will fit in your space so you have plenty of room. wall mounted towel warmers So go ahead and treat yourself to a lot of luxury for potentially little money. Step out of the shower and feel the warmth of the sun. Your body will thank you.


Towel Warmers: How To Enjoy Your Hot Shower Longer

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Towel Warmers: How to Enjoy Your Hot Shower Longer

A relaxing hot shower has warmed you to the bones. Now you have to get out and dry off, but as soon as you step out of the shower, you start to lose that warmth. So how can we keep that warm and toasty feeling a little longer?

Fortunately, some smart person who had the desire to stay warmer after the shower invented a device to solve that problem—a towel warmer. Imagine stepping out of a shower and wrapping yourself in a toasty snuggly warm towel. Wouldn’t that make a hot shower even better?

A towel warmer not only heats your towel, but also dries your towel after a shower and works equally well to warm a bathrobe, warm underwear, or dry a wet bathing suit. A towel warmer works especially well in the summer when you take multiple showers. You always have a dry towel and your towels never smell musty. towel warmers Towel warmers come in many sizes, configurations and prices. Here is what you need to know before buying a towel warmer.

Towel Warmer Styles

You can buy towel warmers as racks or cabinets/canisters and the starting price is under $100. Luxury towel warmers can cost thousands. The most popular finish for the less expensive models is chrome, but you can find many different finishes, including the popular oil rubbed bronze finish in more expensive units.

freestanding towel warmers

Towel warming racks are available as freestanding, wall mount, or floor mount units. The style you choose will depend on the space you have available and the location of the nearest electrical outlet. A freestanding towel warmer is the easiest to install. Just find a convenient location and plug it into a nearby electrical outlet. towel warmer drawer Electric towel warmers are also available as a small cabinet or canister. A canister can sit on the floor while a cabinet would be more convenient on a vanity top or stand. If you can’t locate them close to the shower, having to walk out of the shower to get the warm towel may be inconvenient—the closer to the shower the better.

free standing towel warmers

Towel Warmer Heat Sources

Most towel warmers use electric for heat. Towel warmers can either use a cord or they can be hardwired. Hardwired refers to an electric wire without a plug running directly into the unit. Hardwiring is most often used during new construction or an extensive remodel. The advantage of hardwiring is a cleaner look without exposed wires or cords, which could be a tripping hazard. hardwired towel warmers Most manufacturers state that their electric towel warmers cost about the same as a light bulb to operate. Some people choose to run their warmers all the time because they do require some time to reach operating temperature. You can also install a timer so the warmer comes on before you need it and shuts off after your towel is dry.

Some towel warmer racks are heated hydronically or with hot water, which runs through coils in the towel warmer. You can use the hot water from your plumbing system, which would reduce your operating cost. The towel warmer itself is more expensive as is the installation. Hydronic systems are typically installed during new construction or an extensive remodel.

towel warmers

Towel Warmer Safety

Electric towel warmers have been around for a long time. Technology has improved safety and efficiency over time. Temperatures on the surfaces are not hot enough to cause pain or skin burn. Make sure the warmer you choose has been UL tested and approved. You can tell by the UL sticker. While warmers are tested to be splash proof, they are not designed for use in a shower. For added safety, connect your towel warmer to a GFI (ground fault interrupted) circuit. A GFI device will turn the circuit off if it detects a problem with the ground, protecting you from a potential electrical shock.

Towel Warmer Size

Size is an important consideration. Will your towel warmer by used by two or a family of four? Will you use the warmer for a bathrobe or underwear? You may want to choose the largest one that will fit in your space so you have plenty of room. wall mounted towel warmers So go ahead and treat yourself to a lot of luxury for potentially little money. Step out of the shower and feel the warmth of the sun. Your body will thank you.


5 Hottest Bathroom Design Trends For 2014

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5 Hottest Bathroom Design Trends For 2014

bathroom design trends 2014The bathroom continues to be one of the most requested remodeling projects. But bathroom remodeling has become more than just replacing worn out fixtures and repairing water damage. Bathroom remodeling has evolved into designing for comfort and accessibility. Homeowners want their bathrooms to have features that make the bathroom more convenient. And even though consumers may not spend a fortune on their bathroom remodel, they want to feel as if they did. Bathroom design trends for 2014 will include features that are practical AND pampering.

These are the latest trends our customers are asking for and the trends that the industry says are on the wish list of homeowners across the county.

Here are my top 5 bathroom design trends for 2014:

1. Easy Entry Showers

bathroom design trends for 2014Replacing a bathtub with a shower has been popular for some time. But shower base manufacturers are now offering lower thresholds or curbs, which makes entering the shower easier for all ages.

The latest trend is level entry showers (no threshold or curb), which eliminates tripping and allows easy access for a wheel chair if the need arises. Level entry provides a seamless transition from the floor to the shower offering a more open look.

The shower base is delicately sloped towards the drain to keep pooling water from escaping the shower enclosure. The end effect creates an elegant and accessible shower design, making it one of the most popular bathroom design trends for 2014.

2. Large Airy Showers

Homeowners who have a claustrophobic shower often request the largest possible shower. However, the constraint is often the size of the bathroom. Removing walls, soffits (lower ceilings over the shower), and stealing a little room here and there increases the actual and visual size of a shower.

bathroom remodeling trends for 2014

In addition to gaining more space, using a clear glass shower enclosure gives the appearance of an even larger shower. A frameless (without metal framework) shower enclosure gives an even more open look. The clear glass allows you to see right through the shower while giving the appearance of a much larger bathroom.

3. LVT Flooring

Ceramic tile has been the standard floor for bathrooms since indoor plumbing became popular. Tile was chosen and used because of its durability and low cost. The drawbacks to ceramic tile are difficulty cleaning, little if any slip resistance, and tile is cold on the feet. LVT stands for Luxury Vinyl Tile, which is available in tile sizes of 12 x 12 and 16 x 16.

bathroom design trends for 2014

It has the look of tile or stone and can be installed with or without grout. The surface is slip resistant and warm on the feet. Unless you see the LVT flooring being installed, you’ll never know it’s not real tile or stone. The tile is only 1/8” thick, so it can be installed over most any floor that is in good condition. LVT is extremely durable and easy to clean. Not only is it water resistant, but also impact resistant and much more durable than stone floors, making LVT flooring a chic bathroom design trend for 2014.

4. Free Standing Bathtubs

Freestanding bathtubs are perfect for those who want the luxury of a roomy soaking tub. The old claw-foot tub was the original freestanding tub.Sizes and styles were limited. But today manufacturers offer a wide variety of tubs from claw-foot reproductions to modern almost futuristic looking tubs.

bathroom design trends for 2014

Freestanding tubs require more space than a tub installed in an alcove, so they are usually reserved for larger bathrooms. The plumbing is exposed, which requires more expensive plumbing fixtures.

5. Transitional Styling

Transitional style refers to a blend of traditional and contemporary or modern styles. This concept is similar to the eclectic style, which uses a combination of elements from different styles while still achieving a unified look. In other words, it’s okay to mix and match different styles as long as the look is pleasing to the eye. Remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

bathroom design trends for 2014

If you’re thinking of remodeling your bathroom, keep these trends in mind and work with a designer who is up on the latest bathroom remodeling trends. We spend a lot of time in the bathroom so our bathrooms should be a place we enjoy –a place where we can groom our bodies and soothe our souls.


5 Hottest Bathroom Design Trends For 2014

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5 Hottest Bathroom Design Trends For 2014

bathroom design trends 2014The bathroom continues to be one of the most requested remodeling projects. But bathroom remodeling has become more than just replacing worn out fixtures and repairing water damage. Bathroom remodeling has evolved into designing for comfort and accessibility. Homeowners want their bathrooms to have features that make the bathroom more convenient. And even though consumers may not spend a fortune on their bathroom remodel, they want to feel as if they did.  Bathroom design trends for 2014 will include features that are practical AND pampering.

These are the latest trends our customers are asking for and the trends that the industry says are on the wish list of homeowners across the county.

Here are my top 5 bathroom design trends for 2014:

1. Easy Entry Showers

bathroom design trends for 2014Replacing a bathtub with a shower has been popular for some time. But shower base manufacturers are now offering lower thresholds or curbs, which makes entering the shower easier for all ages.

The latest trend is level entry showers (no threshold or curb), which eliminates tripping and allows easy access for a wheel chair if the need arises. Level entry provides a seamless transition from the floor to the shower offering a more open look.

The shower base is delicately sloped towards the drain to keep pooling water from escaping the shower enclosure. The end effect creates an elegant and accessible shower design, making it one of the most popular bathroom design trends for 2014.

2. Large Airy Showers

Homeowners who have a claustrophobic shower often request the largest possible shower. However, the constraint is often the size of the bathroom. Removing walls, soffits (lower ceilings over the shower), and stealing a little room here and there increases the actual and visual size of a shower.

bathroom remodeling trends for 2014

In addition to gaining more space, using a clear glass shower enclosure gives the appearance of an even larger shower. A frameless (without metal framework) shower enclosure gives an even more open look. The clear glass allows you to see right through the shower while giving the appearance of a much larger bathroom.

3. LVT Flooring

Ceramic tile has been the standard floor for bathrooms since indoor plumbing became popular. Tile was chosen and used because of its durability and low cost. The drawbacks to ceramic tile are difficulty cleaning, little if any slip resistance, and tile is cold on the feet. LVT stands for Luxury Vinyl Tile, which is available in tile sizes of 12 x 12 and 16 x 16.

 bathroom design trends for 2014

It has the look of tile or stone and can be installed with or without grout. The surface is slip resistant and warm on the feet. Unless you see the LVT flooring being installed, you’ll never know it’s not real tile or stone. The tile is only 1/8” thick, so it can be installed over most any floor that is in good condition. LVT is extremely durable and easy to clean. Not only is it water resistant, but also impact resistant and much more durable than stone floors, making LVT flooring a chic bathroom design trend for 2014.

4. Free Standing Bathtubs

Freestanding bathtubs are perfect for those who want the luxury of a roomy soaking tub. The old claw-foot tub was the original freestanding tub.Sizes and styles were limited. But today manufacturers offer a wide variety of tubs from claw-foot reproductions to modern almost futuristic looking tubs.

bathroom design trends for 2014

Freestanding tubs require more space than a tub installed in an alcove, so they are usually reserved for larger bathrooms. The plumbing is exposed, which requires more expensive plumbing fixtures.

5. Transitional Styling

Transitional style refers to a blend of traditional and contemporary or modern styles. This concept is similar to the eclectic style, which uses a combination of elements from different styles while still achieving a unified look. In other words, it’s okay to mix and match different styles as long as the look is pleasing to the eye. Remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

bathroom design trends for 2014

If you’re thinking of remodeling your bathroom, keep these trends in mind and work with a designer who is up on the latest bathroom remodeling trends. We spend a lot of time in the bathroom so our bathrooms should be a place we enjoy –a place where we can groom our bodies and soothe our souls.


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.

bathroom remodeling mistakes

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.

bathroom remodeling mistakes

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!


The 3 Worst Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes

Tim Koehler DIY, Uncategorized Leave a comment  

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.

bathroom remodeling mistakes

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.

bathroom remodeling mistakes

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!


How to Design a Contemporary Bathroom

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How to Design a Contemporary Bathroom

What is contemporary design? Contemporary design is broadly defined as the building or design style of the present day. Contemporary bathroom design is actually quite varied and has numerous influences. This style does not have easily recognizable or standard features as some other styles do. The style is somewhat eclectic, and individual designers would probably have a different opinion of what elements make up contemporary design, or if a particular design could be labeled as contemporary.

Here are some basic elements of contemporary design:
• Simple and clean without clutter
• Strong emphasis on line and form
• Sophisticated neutral colors
• Metals, glass, and tile
• Sleek, crisp textures
• Muted patterns

Now that we know what makes up contemporary design, let’s see how to use different elements to design a contemporary bathroom. Keep in mind that there is no right or wrong. Use the design elements above, but remember—rules can be broken. Give the design personality and make it your own.

Contemporary Bathtub/Shower Styles

Most bathtubs and shower bases are non-descript and will work with the majority of design styles. The wall surround should be slick and smooth and could be either a solid panel or a larger tile with small grout joints. The valve and showerhead would have a simple design with a metal finish, typically chrome or satin nickel. The shower curtain would be a solid muted color. If we chose a shower door, it would have a similar finish as the valve and showerhead along with minimal detail and clear glass.

contemporary bathroom

Contemporary Toilet Styles

Most toilets will work in a contemporary bathroom design, but many higher end toilets have a dramatic look that makes a statement. If the budget will allow, a toilet with a more contemporary flair won’t go unnoticed.

contemporary bathroom toilet

Contemporary Bathroom Vanity/Sink Styles

Clean and clutter-free is a key element of contemporary design. So, if you choose a vanity, you’ll have storage space to keep the clutter off the sink top. The vanity should have straight lines with minimal detail. A sink under-mounted in a neutral top offers a clean look. The faucet should match the valve and showerhead.

contemporary bathroom

If you choose a pedestal or console sink, look for clean forms with little detail. For example, the base for a pedestal sink or legs for a console sink would be straight without molding features.

Contemporary Bathroom Flooring

The floor should be smooth. If tile is used, keep the grout joints tight. If you want to add a pattern, light marble veining works well. The floor should work as an integrated part of the design without calling attention to it.

contemporary bathroom

Contemporary Wall Colors

Contemporary design favors muted neutral colors. Neutrals are loosely defined as a color that does not attract attention and does not show up on the color wheel. Examples of neutral colors are beige, ivory, taupe, black, gray, and white.

"shower

One of the most popular color schemes for contemporary design is monochromatic. A monochromatic color scheme uses one color for the main color theme. In addition to the one color, various darker shades, grayer tones, and paler tints of the main color are included. The main color is often paired with white or another neutral.

Contemporary Bathroom Lighting

Light fixtures must compliment the rest of the room. Clean simple design with colors or finishes that blend with the rest of the room are a must. A light bulb that has a whiter cast as opposed to a warmer yellow cast works better for contemporary design because it shows off the neutral colors better.

contemporary bathroom

Contemporary Bathroom Accessories

In keeping with the minimalist element of contemporary design, accessories should be downplayed. Use a mirror without a frame or if you choose a frame, choose one that blends with the surrounding colors and or finishes. Artwork should blend with the colors of the room unless you want a vibrant piece to be a focal point or make a statement.

Designing a contemporary bathroom is not hard if you use the above suggestions and throw in a dash of your personality. Keep the basics in mind and remember one of my all time favorite quotes by John D. Berry:

“Only when the design fails does it draw attention to itself; when it succeeds, it’s invisible.”

Happy Designing!


How to Design a Contemporary Bathroom

Tim Koehler Design, Uncategorized Leave a comment  

How to Design a Contemporary Bathroom

What is contemporary design? Contemporary design is broadly defined as the building or design style of the present day. Contemporary bathroom design is actually quite varied and has numerous influences. This style does not have easily recognizable or standard features as some other styles do. The style is somewhat eclectic, and individual designers would probably have a different opinion of what elements make up contemporary design, or if a particular design could be labeled as contemporary.

Here are some basic elements of contemporary design:
• Simple and clean without clutter
• Strong emphasis on line and form
• Sophisticated neutral colors
• Metals, glass, and tile
• Sleek, crisp textures
• Muted patterns

Now that we know what makes up contemporary design, let’s see how to use different elements to design a contemporary bathroom. Keep in mind that there is no right or wrong. Use the design elements above, but remember—rules can be broken. Give the design personality and make it your own.

Contemporary Bathtub/Shower Styles

Most bathtubs and shower bases are non-descript and will work with the majority of design styles. The wall surround should be slick and smooth and could be either a solid panel or a larger tile with small grout joints. The valve and showerhead would have a simple design with a metal finish, typically chrome or satin nickel. The shower curtain would be a solid muted color. If we chose a shower door, it would have a similar finish as the valve and showerhead along with minimal detail and clear glass.

contemporary bathroom

Contemporary Toilet Styles

Most toilets will work in a contemporary bathroom design, but many higher end toilets have a dramatic look that makes a statement. If the budget will allow, a toilet with a more contemporary flair won’t go unnoticed.

contemporary bathroom toilet

Contemporary Bathroom Vanity/Sink Styles

Clean and clutter-free is a key element of contemporary design. So, if you choose a vanity, you’ll have storage space to keep the clutter off the sink top. The vanity should have straight lines with minimal detail. A sink under-mounted in a neutral top offers a clean look. The faucet should match the valve and showerhead.

contemporary bathroom

If you choose a pedestal or console sink, look for clean forms with little detail. For example, the base for a pedestal sink or legs for a console sink would be straight without molding features.

Contemporary Bathroom Flooring

The floor should be smooth. If tile is used, keep the grout joints tight. If you want to add a pattern, light marble veining works well. The floor should work as an integrated part of the design without calling attention to it.

contemporary bathroom

Contemporary Wall Colors

Contemporary design favors muted neutral colors. Neutrals are loosely defined as a color that does not attract attention and does not show up on the color wheel. Examples of neutral colors are beige, ivory, taupe, black, gray, and white.

"shower

One of the most popular color schemes for contemporary design is monochromatic. A monochromatic color scheme uses one color for the main color theme. In addition to the one color, various darker shades, grayer tones, and paler tints of the main color are included. The main color is often paired with white or another neutral.

Contemporary Bathroom Lighting

Light fixtures must compliment the rest of the room. Clean simple design with colors or finishes that blend with the rest of the room are a must. A light bulb that has a whiter cast as opposed to a warmer yellow cast works better for contemporary design because it shows off the neutral colors better.

contemporary bathroom

Contemporary Bathroom Accessories

In keeping with the minimalist element of contemporary design, accessories should be downplayed. Use a mirror without a frame or if you choose a frame, choose one that blends with the surrounding colors and or finishes. Artwork should blend with the colors of the room unless you want a vibrant piece to be a focal point or make a statement.

Designing a contemporary bathroom is not hard if you use the above suggestions and throw in a dash of your personality. Keep the basics in mind and remember one of my all time favorite quotes by John D. Berry:

“Only when the design fails does it draw attention to itself; when it succeeds, it’s invisible.”

Happy Designing!


Bathroom Design on a Budget

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Bathroom Design on a Budget

Looking for a new bathroom design on a budget? Want your bathroom to look like it came out of a magazine? Don’t have the money for a complete remodel? Good news—you can give your bathroom a fresh new look without the expense of a total remodel.

Is your bathroom in good shape other than cosmetics? Nothing wrong with the tub, tile walls, or floor? No water damage? So your bathroom has good bones, but needs a makeover—right? Great. We can show you how to create a new bathroom design on a budget.

Many bathrooms are just tired. They need a little life to revive their previous beauty. You may be surprised by how a few inexpensive changes can drastically change the look of your bathroom.

7 Design Ideas for a Bathroom Design on a Budget

If you’re the least bit handy, you can handle these projects by your self. Most projects can be completed in a few hours with minimal tools.

 

Paint the Town

Well no, not really. Paint your bathroom. A fresh coat of paint will transform your bathroom from tired to refreshed. Choose from a neutral or a color that makes a statement. A lighter color will make the bathroom appear larger and can be used as a contrasting background for a colorful shower curtain or towels. Make sure to use a paint that has the proper sheen for bathroom use.

bathroom design on a budget

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Replace your existing mirror with a larger mirror with a decorative frame. The larger the mirror, the larger your bathroom will appear. The decorative frame will add a touch of class. Most home improvement or department stores carry a good selection of framed mirrors.

bathroom design on a budget

I See the Light

Poor lighting makes a bathroom look drab and dingy. Replace outdated light fixtures and add more lighting if needed. Make sure your fixtures have the proper wattage bulbs. In a typical 5 x 7 bathroom, you should have a general lighting source (think ceiling), a light over the tub or shower (vapor proof), and a light over the vanity.

bathroom design on a budget

It’s Curtains for You

The difference between a dull and boring shower curtain and a decorative or designer shower curtain is the difference between night and day, but the cost difference is small. Give your bathroom a personality with a colorful shower curtain that blends with the tile and fixtures.

bathroom design on a budget

If you have a shower door that is covered with soap scum that won’t come off and the glass is beyond cleaning, consider replacing it. Home improvement stores stock the most common shower doors and you can install shower doors in a few hours. Not up to installing a new shower door? Replace your shower door with a curtain.

Throw in the Towel

Splurge on soft and fluffy towels and good quality throw rugs. This is a great chance to add color and personality. Towels and rugs can be used as a contrast to the wall and floor color and give life to the room. Not only will the towels add color, but also you’ll enjoy using them—spa comfort for a few more dollars.

bathroom design on a budget

Knick, Knack Paddy Whack

A few well-placed tasteful pieces of artwork, plants, or knick-knacks will add color, character, and interest to your bathroom. A framed painting or photograph is something you don’t often see in a bathroom, so it’s a refreshing change. If you don’t have a green thumb, a silk plant will help bring the outdoors inside.

bathroom design on a budget

You could do all of these projects in one weekend and totally transform your bathroom for very little money. Your guests will think you completely remodeled your bathroom. But you can smile, because you’re the only one who knows how little it cost and how easy it was.


Bathroom Design on a Budget

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Bathroom Design on a Budget

Looking for a new bathroom design on a budget? Want your bathroom to look like it came out of a magazine? Don’t have the money for a complete remodel? Good news—you can give your bathroom a fresh new look without the expense of a total remodel.

Is your bathroom in good shape other than cosmetics? Nothing wrong with the tub, tile walls, or floor? No water damage? So your bathroom has good bones, but needs a makeover—right? Great. We can show you how to create a new bathroom design on a budget.

Many bathrooms are just tired. They need a little life to revive their previous beauty. You may be surprised by how a few inexpensive changes can drastically change the look of your bathroom.

7 Design Ideas for a Bathroom Design on a Budget

If you’re the least bit handy, you can handle these projects by your self. Most projects can be completed in a few hours with minimal tools.

 

Paint the Town

Well no, not really. Paint your bathroom. A fresh coat of paint will transform your bathroom from tired to refreshed. Choose from a neutral or a color that makes a statement. A lighter color will make the bathroom appear larger and can be used as a contrasting background for a colorful shower curtain or towels. Make sure to use a paint that has the proper sheen for bathroom use.

bathroom design on a budget

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Replace your existing mirror with a larger mirror with a decorative frame. The larger the mirror, the larger your bathroom will appear. The decorative frame will add a touch of class. Most home improvement or department stores carry a good selection of framed mirrors.

bathroom design on a budget

I See the Light

Poor lighting makes a bathroom look drab and dingy. Replace outdated light fixtures and add more lighting if needed. Make sure your fixtures have the proper wattage bulbs. In a typical 5 x 7 bathroom, you should have a general lighting source (think ceiling), a light over the tub or shower (vapor proof), and a light over the vanity.

bathroom design on a budget

It’s Curtains for You

The difference between a dull and boring shower curtain and a decorative or designer shower curtain is the difference between night and day, but the cost difference is small. Give your bathroom a personality with a colorful shower curtain that blends with the tile and fixtures.

bathroom design on a budget

If you have a shower door that is covered with soap scum that won’t come off and the glass is beyond cleaning, consider replacing it. Home improvement stores stock the most common shower doors and you can install shower doors in a few hours. Not up to installing a new shower door? Replace your shower door with a curtain.

Throw in the Towel

Splurge on soft and fluffy towels and good quality throw rugs. This is a great chance to add color and personality. Towels and rugs can be used as a contrast to the wall and floor color and give life to the room. Not only will the towels add color, but also you’ll enjoy using them—spa comfort for a few more dollars.

bathroom design on a budget

Knick, Knack Paddy Whack

A few well-placed tasteful pieces of artwork, plants, or knick-knacks will add color, character, and interest to your bathroom. A framed painting or photograph is something you don’t often see in a bathroom, so it’s a refreshing change. If you don’t have a green thumb, a silk plant will help bring the outdoors inside.

bathroom design on a budget

You could do all of these projects in one weekend and totally transform your bathroom for very little money. Your guests will think you completely remodeled your bathroom. But you can smile, because you’re the only one who knows how little it cost and how easy it was.