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Convenient and Relaxing Times in the Bathroom

Convenient and Relaxing Times in the Bathroom

 

According to a study, the average person spends about 1.5 years in the bathroom over the course of his/her lifetime! Right, 1.5 years – and I bet you’ll agree that it’s not worth that amount of time spending in an inconvenient and unsightly environment of the darkly, average bathroom.

Whether you are getting a new home or have spent some precious year in your abode, it is never too late to upgrade. Here are some top tips to make your bathroom a comfortable haven to make spending your few minutes in it everyday worth the while!

 Comfy floor, ease of mind

Rugs – the easy solution to your cold floors.  Ideally, you may want to buy a rug that matches the colour of your bathroom tiles, one that is relatively easy to clean. Rugs would make the cold bearable, and not wet the already slippery tiles, thus makes accidents avoidable.

Aside from the price range, you should consider functionality in choosing a rug, should be good in absorbing water and be able to dry,should be made of long-lasting materials but feels like a soft towel once you set your foot on it, and finally, should have a superior nonskid backing to ensure safety.

Invest in a practical bath

Whether made of thermoformed acrylic, porcelain enameled steel, fiberglass-reinforced polyester, or porcelain enameled cast iron, installed as a stand-alone fixture or in conjunction with a shower, a bath tub is both a practical and a good bathroom investment.

There are now practical walk-in baths, like the one pictured below that allows for convenient and relaxing bath times. This particular bath  has an inward opening door that saves you space, along with other features as a lift powered seat to gently lower and raise the bather at the touch of a button – very easy to use for those with mobility issues. It is also worth spending on a good showerhead.

Welcoming Lights

Bathroom lighting is one of the most overlooked aspect at most homes. We spend a great amount of time planning to get the perfect lighting balance in living rooms and kitchens, while the bathroom doesn’t get as much as a second glance. The best available for the bathroom is of course, the natural lights coming in from the window. If it ain’t possible to install a window, mood lighting is your best option.

Harsh lights can make the bathroom look unwelcoming. In contrast, mood lighting makes a bathroom a lot cosier. It’s not hard to find lighting that would give the bathroom atmosphere a good mood,  nowadays, even bathroom cabinets feature such functions!

Convenient and Relaxing Times in the Bathroom

That cosy smell!

Bathrooms doesn’t smell good, that’s a fact. The easy way to get away with the unwanted smell is to spray air freshener around the room,  but it can be quite overpowering for the sensitive noses.

I find that lighting scented candles every now and then can maintain a constantly pleasant smell in the bathroom, also do-it-yourself gels with your favourite scents. Best of all, keeping the laundry sorted and making sure they are washed soon enough will keep stink at bay.

Consider colours

That colour has a big effect on us has been proved in many studies, colours can change our mood, make us calm or agitate us, colours can make us eat a lot, even keep us happy. And because it’s your bathroom, you have the last say to which one you’d want to paint.

While creams and aquatic tones but can be calming, it might differ to another person. I find yellow pleasing to the eyes, for example.

Whatever colour you choose, though, make the shade complementary to the room rather than the standout feature. Bright, garish shades – while working in some rooms – aren’t exactly conducive with chilling out.

It may take some time and involve some money, but it’s worth these easy ways to make your bathroom a more relaxing place to be!

 

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The 5 Best Areas To Focus on With Your New Bathroom

The 5 Best Areas To Focus on With Your New Bathroom

 

Getting your bathroom remodeled doesn’t just add niceties and comfort for yourself. It also increases the value of your home and makes it more attractive to potential buyers. The thing with remodels is, you want to get it right the first time. Making the wrong choices can leave you with a room with less space than you started off with in the first place. There’s also plenty of water flowing through the room, so a remodeling mistake can cause leakage and start water damage in other areas of the home. You’ll want to start off by deciding what you want to focus on, then determining a budget and a schedule for your project. The following list will help you to determine what to focus on so that your project is a success. These ideas will help you to choose remodels that improve your bathroom’s quality as well as the value of your home.

Leave budgetary room for unexpected expenses

When you are remodeling your bathroom, you will likely have your contractor look over the room first, and you might be surprised at what they find. Contractors might find that the floor has water damage, or that there is a serious leak somewhere else in your system. If you don’t find something immediately, that room that you left in your budget goes back into your pocket. It can also be valuable to keep around for repairs down the line—even remodels don’t hold up forever!

Hiding the toilet

Hiding the toilet with a well-placed wall can make the entire bathroom feel more discreet and attractive. Even using some type of furniture can create the same effect. Basically, you want to create a barrier—but it doesn’t have to be something as expensive as a new wall. A narrow cabinet where you can place your supply of toilet paper and other supplies would suffice.

Water Efficiency

This is something that most home builders didn’t worry about 25 years ago. But today, saving water means saving money, and that is attractive to both home owners and potential buyers. Choosing the right toilets, faucets, and showerheads can be the difference between saving hundreds of dollars a year.

The 5 Best Areas To Focus on With Your New Bathroom

Spend on your shower or bath

Spending on the shower is almost a prerequisite to increasing the value of your bathroom these days. Today, people are much more attracted to new showers than bath tubs, and that means installing larger showers with room and storage space for soap and other amenities. Showers that wow have multiple showerhead options, and some even have a place for sitting down. But one cannot discount the coziness of a bath tub. One could simply lay there soaked in aromatherapy oil and forget the worries of life for a bit. There are walk-in baths equipped with lift seats that make it easier for people with challenged mobility to enjoy a full bath with less help. Such baths are also designed for effortless and safe entry and exit, with wide-opening, easy-access doors.

Lighting is key

Lighting is a major part of remodeling your bathroom. You can improve your lighting by adding multiple layers. There’s your ceiling lighting, mounted lighting above the sink, and even shower and toilet lighting. Most contractors are now installing LED lights which are brighter and save you energy and money.

 

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Bathroom design ideas: the perfect shower

Bathroom design ideas: the perfect shower

The perfect shower is one of the home’s more practical elements – an essential piece of kit in the interior architecture. They come in a variety of sophisticated styles and which can incorporate a surprising range of high-tech functionality to deliver that all-important get-up-and-go early morning fix. You have the choice between gentle, pulsating and power sprays and a bewildering array of designs to complement the décor of both your bathroom and your living spaces. From body sprays to showerheads and temperature controls, the contours and ambience of your chosen shower is an extension of your aspirations and choice of lifestyle, and as such you need to put some thought into its various elements.

Fixed showerhead

This is by far and away the most popular shower option that sees the showerhead attached directly to a cubicle wall or ceiling. There is a great range of design options available to achieve everything from the ultra-contemporary look to a luxury spa with sauna feel. The great advantage with these fixed showerheads is that they can usually be finely adjusted to provide different modes of water delivery, depending on inclination. Many homeowners are also opting nowadays for the installation of a pair of fixed showerheads designed for use by two people, or alternatively for heads positioned so as to give back and front coverage to the bather.

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Rainshowers

These increasingly popular showerheads incorporate a greatly enlarged spray area to simulate natural rainfall. Thus, it creates a soothing experience, the polar opposite of the invigorating power shower that shocks you awake and simultaneously massages. The majority of showerheads are fed by gravity and have a drooping pattern of spray, which is similar to that from a watering can, and often fails to provide sufficient pressure. However, new and innovative technologies are now available which use self-pressurising systems to increase the flow and force of water delivery and recreate regular natural rainshowers without compromising on efficiency. A thoroughly satisfying, rain-drenched experience is now possible whilst at the same time reducing usage of water by anything up to 20%, making it a green option too.

Handheld

A handheld shower is often a favourite option to supplement a bathtub. These showerheads are normally hose-mounted and attached to a wall holder.  They can be adjusted for height. It is this flexibility of adjustable mount and hand-held operation that accounts for this type of shower’s immense popularity across the user spectrum. The bather can take a body shower only, or detach the head to bathe a child or pet or to rinse out the bathtub. Elderly and disabled users find it the safest shower option as they may need to sit down whilst bathing. Handheld showers also often include added functionality in the form of controls for different spray modes. One can choose from wide and relaxing or concentrated and invigorating sprays. And these can consume almost half the water of standard heads.

Vertical spas

These adjustable body jets with a fixed showerhead and a handheld shower combined; provide the benefits of all three. Can be used either separately or together. The body jets can usually be adjusted to point in different directions, with one-touch activation and full custom presets for the ultimate shower experience.

 

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David Bell is a freelance writer and blogs about interior design, food, travel, business and technology. Follow him on Twitter @DaveySeo