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Quick Tips For Organizing Your Bathroom

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Quick Tips For Organizing Your Bathroom

From helping you get ready for work in the morning to unwinding, bathrooms serve many purposes. Organizing your bathroom can help transform it from the place you take your morning shower to your personal beauty salon or barber shop. Here are a few tips to help you organize your bathroom for optimal space and performance:

Control Bathroom Clutter

Gels, sprays, hair curlers, brushes and hair dryers take up a lot of space in the bathroom. For quick organization, make or buy an drawer organizer and load it up with your supplies. As you place them in the containers, evaluate whether you use the items often. If not, donate it to a friend or to charity. When you grab an item, the whole organizer can be taken out and put away without creating a mess.

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You can even line your bathroom drawers and cabinets with drawer liner or wrapping paper to keep it clean and neat. If make-up or gunk builds up under your sink or in your drawers, just rip out the liner and replace it – no scrubbing necessary.

Add Creative Towel Storage

organizing your bathroomTired of drenched wet towels left on the floor? If your towel rack isn’t big enough to hang the family’s towels, add hooks to the bathroom. Towel hooks are cheap, easy to mount and create a space for each member of the family to hang their towel.

No more fighting over whose is whose, plus your bathroom floor will remain dry, not damp. Mount your towel hooks on the back of your bathroom door to keep them out of site. Mounting them behind your bathroom door can also do the trick.

How To Organize Your Medicine Cabinet

organizing your bathroomMake your medicine cabinet a repository of things you need and use regularly, which means chucking any outdated medicines and relocating excess to another location. The way to achieve a clean vanity top is to change the use of the medicine cabinet. They are better used for everyday grooming supplies rather than medicines.

Did you know? Steam and higher temperatures in the bathroom can ruin medication. Storing these items in a kitchen cabinet or closet with less moisture will help medications and prescriptions last longer.

.By creating “active” storage in your medicine cabinet you’ll minimize time spent in the bathroom, giving you more time to organize another space in the house.

Organize Under the Bathroom Sink

Keep like items in their own labeled storage bins underneath the sink or in the linen closet. When you need to use something, slide the whole container out for easy access. This helps keep everything in its place, and prevents bottles from knocking anything over, and helps contain spills.

organizing your bathroom

Don’t forget to take this time to go through any almost-empty bottles and toss them. Hoarding products you may never use again just takes up space. Commit to finishing the product, or throw it out.

In-Shower Storage

organizing your bathroomThese days, you can have a shower installed with beautiful recessed shelving or even corner towers that maximize storage without taking up any room in your shower stall. If a remodel is out of the question, there are a few alternatives you can try.

There are lots of utilitarian shower caddies you can hang from your shower head and stow your shampoo bottles, soap, razors, and even loofahs. Setting bottles down in the corners of your shower not only creates the look of clutter, but it can trap water and create mold.

A shower caddy will keep your bath supplies in a collected location, and the good ones will allow proper draining so no mold is left behind.

organizing your bathroom

Organizing your bathroom doesn’t have to be tough or expensive project. Bathroom organizers can be found cheaply at plenty of home and garden stores, or they can even be made by things you may have around the house. With a little planning and effort, you can free up much more practical space in your bathroom and make it even easier to find what you need and keep it out of sight when you’re not using it.


How the Pros Choose a Bathroom Paint Color

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How the Pros Choose a Bathroom Paint Color

Have you ever been frozen in your tracks when trying to choose a bathroom paint color? The decision can be intimidating. Do you ask yourself, “What if I make a mistake and I don’t like the color?” You’re not alone—many people face the same uncertainty.

The reason for the indecision is the lack of a system or a method to choose a good bathroom paint color. The process is actually pretty simple. Armed with some basic knowledge, anyone can choose a color that will bring a bathroom to life and look like the work of a pro.

Here’s how the pros pick a color:

First Step To Choosing the Right Bathroom Paint Color:

Think of the mood you want to create. How do you want to feel when you walk into the room? Will your bathroom paint color make the room bright and cheery, neutral, or dark and cozy? The color should reflect a quality of your personality. For bright and cheery think yellow. Beige or white will give the room a neutral feel. Dark colors provide an inviting and cozy atmosphere.

bathroom paint color scheme

Second Step To Choosing the Right Bathroom Paint Color:

Choose an overall color scheme. The foolproof way to color a room is to move from dark to light vertically. Use a darker color on the floor, a medium color on the walls, and a lighter color on the ceiling. But, you can’t go wrong with a monochromatic (one color or shades of one color) color scheme either. If possible, get a sample of the floor, wall and ceiling color and lay them side-by-side to get a better idea of the complete look. Trim can be painted neutral or a few shades lighter or darker than the walls for a more dramatic look.

bathroom paint colors

Color hue, value, and intensity also play a role in the effect of a color.

Third Step To Choosing the Right Bathroom Paint Color:

The last step for choosing your bathroom paint color is to choose the sheen. Paints come in these sheens: flat (or matte), satin, eggshell, semi-gloss, and gloss. Eggshell and semi-gloss are the best choice for a bathroom because they are washable, but semi-gloss will show more defects in the walls and trim. Typically, an eggshell, satin, or flat is used on the ceiling.

bathroom paint sheens

If you get really daring and decide on a two-color scheme, you need to know how to use a color wheel. This handy device will show which colors work well together.

bathroom paint color theory

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Faux painting (decorative painting) has become very popular. A good faux artist can make your walls look like leather, marble, and many other muted patterns—the sky is the limit. The same color rules for choosing a bathroom paint color apply.

These steps offer some guidance for using the most common methods of choosing a pleasing color scheme. But if you asked five different designers how to choose a color, you would probably get five different answers. The reality is that you have to please yourself. This is your home and you must be happy with the way it makes you feel. So if you choose a color that is unusual, but it makes you feel good—go for it. There is no right or wrong when it comes to choosing your perfect bathroom paint color.

bathroom paint colorsTip: If you’re nervous about your choice of wall color, paint a two-foot by two-foot sample area in a prominent spot. Wait a few days until you’ve had a chance to see the color in different lights and then make a decision. Some stores offer sample colors in small jars so you don’t have to buy a gallon and waste it.

Don’t be afraid. Follow the three steps and make a choice. Paint a sample on the wall and vote yea or nay. Choose your personal bathroom paint color and go to work. My guess is that if you followed the steps, you’ll be happy with the result. Now you have a newfound skill you can use to tackle another room.

Check out Color Therapy at Home for a more detailed discussion on the power of color and how it affects us emotionally and physically.

Happy painting!


How the Pros Choose a Bathroom Paint Color

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How the Pros Choose a Bathroom Paint Color

Have you ever been frozen in your tracks when trying to choose a bathroom paint color? The decision can be intimidating. Do you ask yourself, “What if I make a mistake and I don’t like the color?” You’re not alone—many people face the same uncertainty.

The reason for the indecision is the lack of a system or a method to choose a good bathroom paint color. The process is actually pretty simple. Armed with some basic knowledge, anyone can choose a color that will bring a bathroom to life and look like the work of a pro.

Here’s how the pros pick a color:

First Step To Choosing the Right Bathroom Paint Color:

Think of the mood you want to create. How do you want to feel when you walk into the room? Will your bathroom paint color make the room bright and cheery, neutral, or dark and cozy? The color should reflect a quality of your personality. For bright and cheery think yellow. Beige or white will give the room a neutral feel. Dark colors provide an inviting and cozy atmosphere.

bathroom paint color scheme

Second Step To Choosing the Right Bathroom Paint Color:

Choose an overall color scheme. The foolproof way to color a room is to move from dark to light vertically. Use a darker color on the floor, a medium color on the walls, and a lighter color on the ceiling. But, you can’t go wrong with a monochromatic (one color or shades of one color) color scheme either. If possible, get a sample of the floor, wall and ceiling color and lay them side-by-side to get a better idea of the complete look. Trim can be painted neutral or a few shades lighter or darker than the walls for a more dramatic look.

bathroom paint colors

Color hue, value, and intensity also play a role in the effect of a color.

Third Step To Choosing the Right Bathroom Paint Color:

The last step for choosing your bathroom paint color is to choose the sheen. Paints come in these sheens: flat (or matte), satin, eggshell, semi-gloss, and gloss. Eggshell and semi-gloss are the best choice for a bathroom because they are washable, but semi-gloss will show more defects in the walls and trim. Typically, an eggshell, satin, or flat is used on the ceiling.

bathroom paint sheens

If you get really daring and decide on a two-color scheme, you need to know how to use a color wheel. This handy device will show which colors work well together.

bathroom paint color theory

Courtesy of graf1x.com

Faux painting (decorative painting) has become very popular. A good faux artist can make your walls look like leather, marble, and many other muted patterns—the sky is the limit. The same color rules for choosing a bathroom paint color apply.

These steps offer some guidance for using the most common methods of choosing a pleasing color scheme. But if you asked five different designers how to choose a color, you would probably get five different answers. The reality is that you have to please yourself. This is your home and you must be happy with the way it makes you feel. So if you choose a color that is unusual, but it makes you feel good—go for it. There is no right or wrong when it comes to choosing your perfect bathroom paint color.

bathroom paint colorsTip: If you’re nervous about your choice of wall color, paint a two-foot by two-foot sample area in a prominent spot. Wait a few days until you’ve had a chance to see the color in different lights and then make a decision. Some stores offer sample colors in small jars so you don’t have to buy a gallon and waste it.

Don’t be afraid. Follow the three steps and make a choice. Paint a sample on the wall and vote yea or nay. Choose your personal bathroom paint color and go to work. My guess is that if you followed the steps, you’ll be happy with the result. Now you have a newfound skill you can use to tackle another room.

Check out Color Therapy at Home for a more detailed discussion on the power of color and how it affects us emotionally and physically.

Happy painting!


What Is Good Design?

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What is Good Design?

 

Merriam-Webster defines design as “to design is to create, fashion, execute, or construct according to plan, or to conceive and plan out in the mind.”

So, what is good design and how is it achieved?

Design encompasses many elements. Form, function, color, pattern, and texture are all a part of design. Each element contributes to the function, look, and feel. I think of good design as having two components. Unless you are designing a cog for a machine, designs include both parts.

What are the two components of good design?

Since we specialize in bathroom remodeling, I’ll use bathroom design as an example.

good designThe first part of good design is function. Good design demands that we make the bathroom safe and easy to use for users of all ages and physical abilities. Safety grab bars and slip resistant flooring are two examples of items that make a bathroom safe. A good design incorporates adequate clearances that allow the user to move comfortably and safely.

For example, the recommended clearance from the front edge of a vanity top to an opposing wall is 30”. Some older bathrooms may not have this clearance, but when remodeling, if a clearance can be improved, it should be.

Design Aesthetics

good designThe second part of good design is aesthetics, or the combination of color, pattern, texture, and form to achieve an appealing look. Where the first part of design is black and white, the second part is in the eye of the beholder. Certain color combinations are known to be more pleasing than others, but if an individual wants an unusual color or pattern and that combination pleases him or her, then it’s good design.

The aesthetics of a design should arouse an emotional response. The ability to design a space that makes the user feel uplifted is the essence of good visual design. The next time you walk into a room and get that inviting feeling that beckons you to stay awhile, look around and notice the design elements.

The best-qualified bathroom designer has designed and seen many bathrooms. It’s one thing to design a bathroom on a piece of paper; it’s another to see how the space is actually used and how the visual design elements work together to create an appealing environment.

Designing for Function and Space

good designWhen planning a bathroom remodel or any other remodel, consider the two parts of the design equation. Think of who will use the space and what their needs are. Design the room for safety and comfort. And after giving consideration to the functional aspect, choose a color, pattern, and texture that will make you smile every time you walk into the room.

Good design, good life.


What Is Good Design?

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What is Good Design?

 

Merriam-Webster defines design as “to design is to create, fashion, execute, or construct according to plan, or to conceive and plan out in the mind.”

So, what is good design and how is it achieved?

Design encompasses many elements. Form, function, color, pattern, and texture are all a part of design. Each element contributes to the function, look, and feel. I think of good design as having two components. Unless you are designing a cog for a machine, designs include both parts.

What are the two components of good design?

Since we specialize in bathroom remodeling, I’ll use bathroom design as an example.

good designThe first part of good design is function. Good design demands that we make the bathroom safe and easy to use for users of all ages and physical abilities. Safety grab bars and slip resistant flooring are two examples of items that make a bathroom safe. A good design incorporates adequate clearances that allow the user to move comfortably and safely.

For example, the recommended clearance from the front edge of a vanity top to an opposing wall is 30”. Some older bathrooms may not have this clearance, but when remodeling, if a clearance can be improved, it should be.

Design Aesthetics

good designThe second part of good design is aesthetics, or the combination of color, pattern, texture, and form to achieve an appealing look. Where the first part of design is black and white, the second part is in the eye of the beholder. Certain color combinations are known to be more pleasing than others, but if an individual wants an unusual color or pattern and that combination pleases him or her, then it’s good design.

The aesthetics of a design should arouse an emotional response. The ability to design a space that makes the user feel uplifted is the essence of good visual design. The next time you walk into a room and get that inviting feeling that beckons you to stay awhile, look around and notice the design elements.

The best-qualified bathroom designer has designed and seen many bathrooms. It’s one thing to design a bathroom on a piece of paper; it’s another to see how the space is actually used and how the visual design elements work together to create an appealing environment.

Designing for Function and Space

good designWhen planning a bathroom remodel or any other remodel, consider the two parts of the design equation. Think of who will use the space and what their needs are. Design the room for safety and comfort. And after giving consideration to the functional aspect, choose a color, pattern, and texture that will make you smile every time you walk into the room.

Good design, good life.


A Walk-in Shower For 2

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A Walk-in Shower For 2

Over the years, we’ve had many unique bathroom remodeling requests. But recently, a customer challenged us with the task of removing their tub and small shower and designing a walk-in shower that would accommodate two people.

The shower was to have a modern look with separate controls and no door. In addition, an offset in the back wall created an obstacle that might make the shower look like an afterthought. Sounds like a tall order. Right?

Maybe so for most mortal designers, but our creative Design Consultant, Bill Hall, whipped out his design pad and drew on 30 years of remodeling experience to come up with a walk-in shower solution that got a raving approval from our customer.

Removing the tub and small shower gave Bill almost eight feet of length to work with. Fortunately, an existing skylight was centered in the eight-foot space. He positioned shower controls at each end of the space and included two toe-testers. A toe-tester is a small spout about 12” above the shower floor. After stepping into the walk-in shower and turning on the water, you stick your toe under the toe-tester and when your toe tells you the water temperature is just right, you divert the water to the showerhead. No more ice-cold showers when you first get in. The toe-tester is also handy for cleaning the shower without getting all wet.

2-person shower

Bill used the disadvantage of the offset in the back wall as an advantage and created a shelf that looks as if it were built there on purpose. Instead of an ugly offset, it became an attractive shelf to hold the customers’ shower grooming supplies. Now, that’s creativity.

Bill specified a custom base with a drain on each end. His reasoning was that if there was only one drain, maybe in the center, the slope on the shower floor would be much steeper. Two drains require less overall slope, which provides more solid footing.

The customer did not want a walk-in shower door so Bill used his creativity and designed two heavy glass panels with an attractive radius on the top corners. A 24” opening between the panels was the doorway. The heavy glass required only two mounting points giving a clean modern look.

Our customer was not only impressed with Bill’s design and the finished product, but was equally impressed with the Re-Bath staff, their workmanship, and their professionalism.


A Walk-in Shower For 2

Tim Koehler Design, Uncategorized Leave a comment  

A Walk-in Shower For 2

Over the years, we’ve had many unique bathroom remodeling requests. But recently, a customer challenged us with the task of removing their tub and small shower and designing a walk-in shower that would accommodate two people.

The shower was to have a modern look with separate controls and no door. In addition, an offset in the back wall created an obstacle that might make the shower look like an afterthought. Sounds like a tall order. Right?

Maybe so for most mortal designers, but our creative Design Consultant, Bill Hall, whipped out his design pad and drew on 30 years of remodeling experience to come up with a walk-in shower solution that got a raving approval from our customer.

Removing the tub and small shower gave Bill almost eight feet of length to work with. Fortunately, an existing skylight was centered in the eight-foot space. He positioned shower controls at each end of the space and included two toe-testers. A toe-tester is a small spout about 12” above the shower floor. After stepping into the walk-in shower and turning on the water, you stick your toe under the toe-tester and when your toe tells you the water temperature is just right, you divert the water to the showerhead. No more ice-cold showers when you first get in. The toe-tester is also handy for cleaning the shower without getting all wet.

2-person shower

Bill used the disadvantage of the offset in the back wall as an advantage and created a shelf that looks as if it were built there on purpose. Instead of an ugly offset, it became an attractive shelf to hold the customers’ shower grooming supplies. Now, that’s creativity.

Bill specified a custom base with a drain on each end. His reasoning was that if there was only one drain, maybe in the center, the slope on the shower floor would be much steeper. Two drains require less overall slope, which provides more solid footing.

The customer did not want a walk-in shower door so Bill used his creativity and designed two heavy glass panels with an attractive radius on the top corners. A 24” opening between the panels was the doorway. The heavy glass required only two mounting points giving a clean modern look.

Our customer was not only impressed with Bill’s design and the finished product, but was equally impressed with the Re-Bath staff, their workmanship, and their professionalism.


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 never 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.

 


How to Design a Walk-in Shower

Andrea Fisher Design, DIY, Home Improvement, Uncategorized Leave a comment   ,

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 never 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

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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!