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Creative Bathroom Lighting Design Tricks

Jessica Fowler Design, Home Improvement Leave a comment  

Creative Bathroom Lighting Design Tricks

Every room in the house can be improved with more lighting, and the bathroom is no exception. For privacy reasons, bathrooms don’t tend to have large windows but there are still plenty of ways to brighten up a bathroom. In this post we will describe the various ways to brighten your bathroom from task lighting to reflective lighting, strip lighting, sconce lighting and more. Read below to find out which creative bathroom lighting design tricks would work best in your bathroom.

creative bathroom lighting design tricks

What Kind of Light Do You Already Have?

Standard bathrooms typically have two main kinds of lighting, general lighting (a light in the center of the ceiling) and some form of task lighting (a light over an area such as a mirror or the shower.) While these light sources are adequate they don’t always provide ample lighting.

If your bathroom is only equipped with general lighting, we suggest adding task lighting. Examples of task lighting would be lighting above a shower, mirrors, makeup area, and over a stand alone tub.

Another quick fix can be replacing your old incandescent lightbulbs with LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs. LED will give you a brighter light compared to incandescent; you will also save money as LED is energy efficient and lasts longer. With LED lights you can choose between a whiter light for cool colors or a yellow light for earth tones.

To improve the lighting in your bathroom, try one of these options below:

Reflective Light

You can increase the amount of light in a room by using reflective surfaces. Metal, mirrors, glass, and even white or light colored paint can reflect light to make your bathroom appear brighter and larger.

creative bathroom lighting design tricks

LED Strip Lighting

LED strip lighting is a great addition to any bathroom due to its versatility. LED strip lighting is a long string of lights, (some are bendable while others are stationary) that can be added around the edge of a mirror (like pictured above) or medicine cabinet, above wall cabinets, or inside wall cabinets with glass doors. They can also be installed under a floating vanity or above the vanity toekick, making them one of the most versatile and creative bathroom lighting design tricks.

led strip bathroom lighting

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Sconce Lighting

When adding light near a mirror, you want to avoid direct light above your head. Overhead lighting will fall directly on your head and cast a shadow on your face making grooming difficult. The addition of sconce lights on either side of the mirror lights your face evenly.

creative bathroom lighting design tricks

Dimmers

Dimmers can be a very simple fix to change the feel of your bathroom. Instead of having to turn on a bright light at any time of the day, you can vary the intensity of the lights. Dimmers allow for a softer light in early mornings and late nights.

 

If you’re in the market for a bathroom remodel let the pros at Re-Bath help ensure your beautiful new bathroom will be well lit. We offer Free No-Commitment Home Consultations with a Guaranteed Price on the Spot – so what are you waiting for – give us a call today!


Choosing the Right Shower Wall Material

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Choosing the Right Shower Wall Material

Choices for shower and tub wall surrounds have grown over the years and with a little research; you can find the right shower wall material that suits you best. Depending on your budget and taste, you can choose from plain and practical to exotic and stunning.

shower wall surrounds

 

Re-Bath offers the three most common types of shower wall surrounds: tile, stone, and the Re-Bath patented DuraBath Wall System.

Here’s How the Top Three Stack Up:

Tile Shower Wall Surrounds:

Tile has been the standard for quite some time because it’s durable, comes in a myriad of colors and styles, and can be arranged in many different ways to create a unique look.

 

Tile is manufactured in ceramic, porcelain, and glass and can be made to resemble wood and stone. Tile is a designers dream come true because of all the possibilities that can be created by using different patterns, colors and textures. There are also many features that can be incorporated to give you a one-of-a-kind design including oversized tile or feature strips.

Oversized Tile Wall Surrounds:
One of the newest styles is oversized tile. These tiles are great for large walk-in showers and come in a variety of sizes ranging from 12×24 inches to as large as 32×32 inches.

shower wall surrounds

 

Feature Strip Shower Wall Surrounds:
Use a feature strips to create a contrast or complementary pop of color.

shower wall surrounds

One of the major cons of tile is upkeep. Spaces between tiles are filled with grout, which must be maintained regularly. Grout stains easily, is hard to clean, and can crack, causing leaks inside the walls. However, if tile is the look you prefer, use a quality grout sealer to reduce maintenance and keep your tile shower clean.

Click here to read more about Re-Bath’s tile options

DuraBath Shower Wall System:

Re-Bath offers their own-patented material called DuraBath. Made from a nonporous polymer that is both mold and mildew resistant, it is so durable it comes with a manufacturer’s lifetime warranty. DuraBath wall systems are panels, which come in a wide variety of colors and patterns resembling stone and tile.

shower wall surrounds

DuraBath is the best option if you want to upgrade a bathroom for aging in place design because it requires little upkeep. By using mild cleaners, DuraBath can keep its original shine and beauty effortlessly.

shower wall surrounds

The only negative to DuraBath is that you cannot incorporate unique designs such as a feature strip. However you can incorporate shelves, in the wall niches, and other shower accessories.

shower wall surrounds

Click here to read more about Re-Bath’s Durabath options

Natural Stone Shower Wall Surrounds:

One of our most desired and attractive offerings, stone makes a profound statement. With a wonderful selection of travertine and marble Re-Bath can design a majestic shower for you.

Re-Bath uses state of the art technology that reinforces each natural stone panel to give it 800% more strength at a fraction of the weight. We adhere the stone to a strong durable backing system, creating large-scale panels with the durability of stone slabs.

shower wall surrounds

The only deterrent of Natural Stone is that it is on the higher end of the price scale and can require more maintenance than tile or DuraBath. Stone must be sealed regularly to maintain its beauty, although newer sealing systems have been created to make this process easier and last longer. Most agree the style and sophistication of natural stone is worth a little extra effort.

Check out our Natural Stone options here


If you need any extra help when it comes to making a decision about which wall surround is right for you, come visit us or give us a call. We offer free, no commitment, design consultation with a guaranteed quote on the spot. We’d love to discuss the pros and cons of each of these options with you and help you determine the right product for 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.


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!


Bathroom Lighting Design 101

Tim Koehler Design, DIY, Home Improvement, Uncategorized Leave a comment  

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 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.

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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