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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!


3 Benefits of an Eco-Friendly Bathroom

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3 Benefits of an Eco-Friendly Bathroom

eco-friendly bathroom
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.

 


3 Benefits of an Eco-Friendly Bathroom

Andrea Fisher DIY, Energy Conservation, Uncategorized Leave a comment  

3 Benefits of an Eco-Friendly Bathroom

eco-friendly bathroom
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.

 


Top Bathroom Design Trends of 2013

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Top Bathroom Design Trends of 2013

Trends come and go, but we have 3 bathroom design trends that are in this year. Whether you are a traditionalist at heart, or if you prefer a more modern flair, there’s a look that’s perfect for everyone.

Choose what style will suit you best. Go all out or go small— but either way, a simple bathroom remodel can become your place for a private getaway. Check out the hottest bathroom design trends of 2013:

1) Vintage Style For Your Bathroom

bathroom design trends of 2013“Vintage” doesn’t have to mean “old.” Picture the roaring 20s—a time of classic movie actors and glamor. The time was filled with vibrant beauty. Perhaps you won’t go swing dancing into the bathroom each morning, but you can enjoy a bathroom that is beautiful— no matter the decade.

For a timeless vintage look for your bathroom, minimize your use of color and utilize white, cream, or black to offset your palate. Using tile can accentuate any wall or floor. Tile mosaics make for stunning floor patterns. Rectangular subway tiles can be used to line your shower or wall surround and recreate the era with style!

Add a porcelain pedestal or wall sink for a soft, welcoming look. Selecting the right mirror will do wonders to the space— choose between hinged or set mirrored medicine cabinets, or a traditional framed mirror (with a darker boarder) to create contrast.

For a final effect of flair, vintage-style lighting (particularly single and double-scone light fixtures) will really incorporate a classic look and feel.

Read More: How to create a vintage design for your bathroom

2)Modern Minimalist Bathroom Design

bathroom design trends of 2013

Sometimes less is more. The one thing to keep in mind about modern minimalist design is that it doesn’t have to feel cold and barren. The main objective with a modern bathroom design is having clean lines and a neat, uniform space.

The less clutter you have on your walls, floor, and vanity, the “cleaner” your space will look. The goal is to use only 25% of the negative space (wall and floor space containing no pictures, towel racks, decorations, etc) in your bathroom. The items you do include will have a much greater focal impact.

Generally neutral colors, natural materials and industrial-style lighting will provide a sophisticated, almost “spa-like” feel from this type of design. You could incorporate marble floors with contrasting granite countertops. Adding a glass shower will open up the space, while creating a chic balance.

Track and recessed lighting will enhance the openness of the room by saving wall space. Remember, it’s not about how many items adorn the bathroom, its where and how they are situated.

3) Contemporary

One of the hottest bathroom design trends of 2013 is the contemporary look. This is the school of design most modern home builders use and install into homes. The contemporary stylistic approach incorporates both traditional and modern bathroom elements—it’s a great package deal, so to speak. Break free from the spatial rules incorporated in modern design, and spruce up the finishing touches with boundless variety. Comfort and practicality lies at the center of contemporary design.

bathroom design trends of 2013

Choose a bath or shower surround that gives a depth of contrast and personality. Paints, while typically more light and tranquil-based, can also be rather bold and dramatic. Sinks can range from all sorts of shapes and types— including countertop, glass vessel, wall-mounted sinks, etc. Lighting can be either subtle by utilizing track/recessed lighting, or spotlighted on a target like the vanity, bath, shower or artwork to create a bold artistic statement.

Contemporary design uniquely combines old and new touches for a remarkable, one-of-a-kind feel.


Regardless of your stylistic preference, these three bathroom design trends offer bold, subtle and beautiful elements to bathroom design. The question is, which one is right for you?

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.


Top Bathroom Design Trends of 2013

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Top Bathroom Design Trends of 2013

Trends come and go, but we have 3 bathroom design trends that are in this year. Whether you are a traditionalist at heart, or if you prefer a more modern flair, there’s a look that’s perfect for everyone.

Choose what style will suit you best. Go all out or go small— but either way, a simple bathroom remodel can become your place for a private getaway. Check out the hottest bathroom design trends of 2013:

1) Vintage Style For Your Bathroom

bathroom design trends of 2013“Vintage” doesn’t have to mean “old.” Picture the roaring 20s—a time of classic movie actors and glamor. The time was filled with vibrant beauty. Perhaps you won’t go swing dancing into the bathroom each morning, but you can enjoy a bathroom that is beautiful— no matter the decade.

For a timeless vintage look for your bathroom, minimize your use of color and utilize white, cream, or black to offset your palate. Using tile can accentuate any wall or floor. Tile mosaics make for stunning floor patterns. Rectangular subway tiles can be used to line your shower or wall surround and recreate the era with style!

Add a porcelain pedestal or wall sink for a soft, welcoming look. Selecting the right mirror will do wonders to the space— choose between hinged or set mirrored medicine cabinets, or a traditional framed mirror (with a darker boarder) to create contrast.

For a final effect of flair, vintage-style lighting (particularly single and double-scone light fixtures) will really incorporate a classic look and feel.

Read More: How to create a vintage design for your bathroom

2)Modern Minimalist Bathroom Design

bathroom design trends of 2013

Sometimes less is more. The one thing to keep in mind about modern minimalist design is that it doesn’t have to feel cold and barren. The main objective with a modern bathroom design is having clean lines and a neat, uniform space.

The less clutter you have on your walls, floor, and vanity, the “cleaner” your space will look. The goal is to use only 25% of the negative space (wall and floor space containing no pictures, towel racks, decorations, etc) in your bathroom. The items you do include will have a much greater focal impact.

Generally neutral colors, natural materials and industrial-style lighting will provide a sophisticated, almost “spa-like” feel from this type of design. You could incorporate marble floors with contrasting granite countertops. Adding a glass shower will open up the space, while creating a chic balance.

Track and recessed lighting will enhance the openness of the room by saving wall space. Remember, it’s not about how many items adorn the bathroom, its where and how they are situated.

3) Contemporary

One of the hottest bathroom design trends of 2013 is the contemporary look. This is the school of design most modern home builders use and install into homes. The contemporary stylistic approach incorporates both traditional and modern bathroom elements—it’s a great package deal, so to speak. Break free from the spatial rules incorporated in modern design, and spruce up the finishing touches with boundless variety. Comfort and practicality lies at the center of contemporary design.

bathroom design trends of 2013

Choose a bath or shower surround that gives a depth of contrast and personality. Paints, while typically more light and tranquil-based, can also be rather bold and dramatic. Sinks can range from all sorts of shapes and types— including countertop, glass vessel, wall-mounted sinks, etc. Lighting can be either subtle by utilizing track/recessed lighting, or spotlighted on a target like the vanity, bath, shower or artwork to create a bold artistic statement.

Contemporary design uniquely combines old and new touches for a remarkable, one-of-a-kind feel.


Regardless of your stylistic preference, these three bathroom design trends offer bold, subtle and beautiful elements to bathroom design. The question is, which one is right for you?

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.


Ask the Expert: Removing Scratches From Porcelain Sinks

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Ask the Expert: Removing Scratches From Porcelain Sinks

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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 sink

Scratched or stained porcelain sinks can be a real eye sore.

 

 

Answer:

pumice“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 porcelainStep 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

 


Ask the Expert: Removing Scratches From Porcelain Sinks

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Ask the Expert: Removing Scratches From Porcelain Sinks

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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

Scratched or stained porcelain can be a real eye sore.

 

 

Answer:

pumice repair“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 sinksStep 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 Ways To Make Your Bathroom Eco-Friendly

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3 Ways to Make Your Bathroom Eco-Friendly


eco-friendly bathroomsI’m sure by now everybody knows that going green in the bathroom doesn’t mean grabbing a gallon or two of earthy green paint and transforming your bathroom walls into foliage. Going green means making eco-friendly choices that are kind to mother nature by conserving, protecting natural resources, and making choices that have the least impact on the planet.

You probably have heard of the catch phrase: Recycle, Reuse, Reduce. There are many obvious eco-friendly ways to go green such as: recycle what you can, conserve water, drive an economical car, grow your own veggies, etc. Those are the most popular ideas that get the most press. But, did you ever think about how you can make your bathroom more earth friendly?

Here are 3 easy ways to go green in you bathroom…

Conserve Water

water conservation

Look for ways you can conserve water around your home.

According to the EPA, the biggest household use of water occurs in the bathroom. The toilet alone accounts for more than 26% of the water used in a typical home.

If you install a water efficient toilet, shower head, and faucet, you could decease water usage tremendously.

Add conservative and eco-friendly practices such as not letting the water run when brushing your teeth or shaving and you could save thousands of gallons of water a year. Every drop saved helps save the planet!

Conserve Electricity

Did you know your lightbulbs could be using up more energy than they should? Manufacturers have made tremendous advances over the old incandescent light bulb. Now you actually have choices and you’ll need them since the government has passed a law that will eventually eliminate incandescent light bulbs.

The two best choices for eco-friendly lightbulbs are CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) and LED (light emitting diodes) bulbs.

For example, a LED light bulb requires 6 to 8 watts of energy to produce the same light as a 60-watt incandescent and the LED lasts 40 times longer. And even better news, the cost for LEDs keeps coming down as the technology improves.

energy efficient light bulbs

Breathe Fresh Air

Many culprits can ruin indoor air quality. Here are some simple eco-friendly ways to improve the air quality in your bathroom. Use a correctly sized ventilation fan to remove stale air and moisture. You might even consider putting a potted plant in your bathroom window. House plants naturally remove carbon dioxide and toxins from the air and release fresh oxygen into your home, and they help your bathroom look nicer, too!

Trash cleaners with caustic chemicals in favor of cleaners made of natural ingredients, or better yet make you own cleaning solutions. Paint your bathroom with low VOC paints, which have very low odor and off gassing.

bathroom air quality

Old habits are hard to break, but with a little effort you can have a green bathroom that is mother earth friendly. Invest a little money upfront and then save money while you save the planet.


3 Ways to Make Your Bathroom Eco-Friendly

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3 Ways to Make Your Bathroom Eco-Friendly


eco-friendly bathroomsI’m sure by now everybody knows that going green in the bathroom doesn’t mean grabbing a gallon or two of earthy green paint and transforming your bathroom walls into foliage. Going green means making eco-friendly choices that are kind to mother nature by conserving, protecting natural resources, and making choices that have the least impact on the planet.

You probably have heard of the catch phrase: Recycle, Reuse, Reduce. There are many obvious eco-friendly ways to go green such as: recycle what you can, conserve water, drive an economical car, grow your own veggies, etc. Those are the most popular ideas that get the most press. But, did you ever think about how you can make your bathroom more earth friendly?

Here are 3 easy ways to go green in you bathroom…

Conserve Water

water conservation

Look for ways you can conserve water around your home.

According to the EPA, the biggest household use of water occurs in the bathroom. The toilet alone accounts for more than 26% of the water used in a typical home.

If you install a water efficient toilet, shower head, and faucet, you could decease water usage tremendously.

Add conservative and eco-friendly practices such as not letting the water run when brushing your teeth or shaving and you could save thousands of gallons of water a year. Every drop saved helps save the planet!

Conserve Electricity

Did you know your lightbulbs could be using up more energy than they should? Manufacturers have made tremendous advances over the old incandescent light bulb. Now you actually have choices and you’ll need them since the government has passed a law that will eventually eliminate incandescent light bulbs.

The two best choices for eco-friendly lightbulbs are CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) and LED (light emitting diodes) bulbs.

For example, a LED light bulb requires 6 to 8 watts of energy to produce the same light as a 60-watt incandescent and the LED lasts 40 times longer. And even better news, the cost for LEDs keeps coming down as the technology improves.

energy efficient light bulbs

Breathe Fresh Air

Many culprits can ruin indoor air quality. Here are some simple eco-friendly ways to improve the air quality in your bathroom. Use a correctly sized ventilation fan to remove stale air and moisture. You might even consider putting a potted plant in your bathroom window. House plants naturally remove carbon dioxide and toxins from the air and release fresh oxygen into your home, and they help your bathroom look nicer, too!

Trash cleaners with caustic chemicals in favor of cleaners made of natural ingredients, or better yet make you own cleaning solutions. Paint your bathroom with low VOC paints, which have very low odor and off gassing.

bathroom air quality

Old habits are hard to break, but with a little effort you can have a green bathroom that is mother earth friendly. Invest a little money upfront and then save money while you save the planet.


5 Ways To Utilize Hidden Space In Your Bathroom

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5 Ways To Utilize Hidden Space In Your Bathroom

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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.

hidden storage for bathrooms

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.

corner soap dish tower

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