Name That Tile: Homeowners Guide to Identifying Shower Tile

Our 2019 tile guide is a quick and easy chart to help identify drain types. The options of tile choices can become overwhelming and not knowing the proper names can make a homeowners search much more difficult. Our guide provides a quick introduction to the various kinds of tile types.

Penny Rounds

 

Bubbles

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Pebble Rock Tile

 

Subway Tile

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Bricks

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Craftman Squares

 

Moroccan Fish Scales

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Moroccan Cross

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Hexagon

 

Herringbone

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Chaine Homme

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Glass Tile Mosaic

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Bullnose

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Trim

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Picket

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Top Shower Niche Trends

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Tile. The amount of colors, patterns, textures to choose from are endless. I knew I wanted to steer away from picking an traditional all white subway tile. I began to think how will I ever narrow down my choice to just one tile, when I had multiple favorites (A whole list, to be exact). Ding, Ding, Ding! Shower Niches, how did it not occur to me from the beginning. I would not only be able to pick one of my favorite tiles for the shower itself but the Shower Niche could contain a whole different pattern, style, or color.

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Two-Tone Shower Niches

As I began to dive deep into my research of shower niches, I came across various tile combinations. I found these two tone shower niches, which have a very clean minimalist look. Who knew modern tile paired with a herringbone marble would be such a great pair.

 

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Colored Tile Shower Niche

The room to customize the shower into your dream shower is even broader when accent tiles. Accent tiles can be used to give your shower that great “WOW” factor. The colors pop against the overall shower tiles. The hexagon shaped accent tile paired with the stainless steel trim, there are no rules when it comes to remodeling your shower.

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Monochrome Shower Niche

Lastly, my absolute favorite style were these monochrome beauties. Black tile can be used in so various ways, simply as a border or a custom layout within the niche itself. You cannot go wrong with timeless black and white, what a luxurious and modern feel. Let your creativity flow when deciding on colors and types of tiles. There is no wrong combination, so don’t be afraid! Customize your shower to your liking and make it your own personal oasis that you enjoy.

No More Fugly Shower Drains!

Typical shower drain covers can be as boring as plain white toast with butter. If you are planning to remodel or are in the middle of having your dream bathroom built, this is a MUST READ.

8 Design Trends To Keep An Eye On In 2018

Antibacterial Materials

Imagine a countertop that helps take care of that salmonella bacteria for you after preparing chicken for dinner. That’s the idea behind several materials presented at the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings (CERSAIE) in Italy back in September.

The new K-Life technology incorporated into Porcelanosa’s Krion solid surface not only is antibacterial but also eliminates chemicals that come into contact with it, as well as purifies the surrounding air.

How does it accomplish this? Through a process called photocatalysis, which uses a semiconductor in the surface to enhance a reaction to light, killing bacteria and breaking up pollutants.

Source – Houzz

Concrete Accents

Concrete has always been a popular material choice, but don’t be surprised to see it in more unexpected ways, such as in furniture, decorative accessories, wallcoverings, countertops and tile. My clients are expressing a desire to use materials in unusual ways,” says designer and Houzz Contributor Jennifer Ott. “Concrete is as popular as ever, but it’s showing up in unexpected places such as in furniture, decorative accessories and even as concrete-look wallcoverings.”

Designer Yanic Simard agrees. “The humble material and its comforting cool tones mixed with light linen and pearl grays add relaxed air to any space,” he says.

And the concrete look is carrying over into other materials as well. The stoneware tiles shown here (Beton Chic from Ricchetti’s Manifattura del Duca range) mimic the texture of concrete and come in a variety of colors.

Source – Houzz

Matte Black Finishes

Last year, satin brass made its takeover of kitchens. This year, look out for matte black in bathrooms as well as kitchens. Homeowners looking for a statement-making look that’s contemporary and complements a variety of materials and styles are embracing this tough, versatile finish. Companies like Moen, whose matte black finish is shown here, are expanding their products to include more options in the durable finish.

Source – Houzz

Designer Drains

In your bathroom, your drain deserves a little luxury too. These stylish shower drains from Designer Drains make this often-overlooked element a true feature point. These drain covers are like jewelry for your shower, featuring unique patterns that range from contemporary to geometric to ornate. But there’s more to these decorative covers than meets the eye. These eco-friendly shower drains are made from reclaimed .060-inch thick 304 Stainless Steel and their motto, “Assisting the environment, one shower at a time,” holds true. No plastic or PVC is used in manufacturing, which is done in the USA. Coordinate the finish with your faucets and hardware for a unified look in your bathroom. For more information, visit Designer Drains.

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Light Textured Flooring

“Red-toned woods are fading in popularity, along with tropical exotic species” like Brazilian cherry or walnut, says Armstrong Flooring design manager Sara Babinski.

Instead, flooring trends are moving toward lighter color palettes in domestic American woods such as maple, pine, or hickory, she says.

Why? Light-hued woods—including natural tones and blond and whitewashed woods—brighten interior spaces and hide imperfections more easily, making them a great choice for families and households with pets. For extra credit, choose a distressed or wire-brushed wood, which offers vintage appeal with a less aggressive look than a scraped floor, and choose 5-inch-wide planks, which create a sense of openness and interior space.

If you decide to stick with dark flooring, designers recommend that you pair it with light walls and white trim for contrast.”

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Open Floor Plan Kitchens

Every time a bell rings, an interior wall gets knocked down. OK, maybe not that frequently but it seems like the open floor plan has dominated homes in recent years, and not all homeowners love it. And some are going the other way, seeking some sort of delineation of space, such as in the photo shown here. A half wall of cabinetry creates a semi-closed space between the kitchen and living room.

Source – Houzz

Fish-Scale Pattern Backsplash.

If you’ve grown bored of subway tile but still want something simple and classic, check out a scalloped or fish-scale pattern. The look offers more movement, and a bit more interest, than rectangular tile but is still versatile enough to work with almost any kitchen style.

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Rich Colors In The Kitchen & Living Room

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Bathroom & Bedroom Transformed | Ritz Carlton Residence

A comprehensive approach allows Design Concepts Interiors to work with clients at various stages of the process to align with project goals and aspirations. DCI Studio will be there to guide and collaborate with you from concept through completion. Below are a couple of some of the amazing transformation pictures from a private bathroom conversion and also the award winning interior at The Ritz Carlton Residence.

Private Bathroom

Our Client had an 1867 Victorian home overlooking the Hudson River. The client wanted to combine a vintage hall bathroom complete with yellow tiles and annex an adjacent small guest room to create a wonderful spa bathroom for her two daughters.

We incorporated a free standing tub with chroma therapy, a large shower with bench and new privacy window, allowing natural light to enter the space. A private WC with a frosted glass enclosure and a double vanity were in order, allowing both girls to get ready simultaneously and in style!

There are thee passage points in to the bath which we mainted including a terrace at the back of the home for private mediation.

Floor Plan Before

Floor Plan After

Ritz Carlton Residence – Model Apartment

We were hired by the developer to design a 3 bedroom/3 bath model apartment. Our design concept focused on attracting multiple buyers with a sophisticated palette of neutrals and a variety to textures. Grey, white, burnished silver and lucite juxtapose a dark walnut floor and a crisp white kitchen.

Shagreen sheaths a bar cabinet and silk dresses the windows while a Possini bubble chandelier illuminates the table for dining.The design was so successful that the model sold within the first month.  All of the furnishings and artwork were then moved to another model apartment which sold fully furnished, making this a double hit for the developer.We also won first place in the ASID Design Excellence Awards for our work on this project.

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Important Questions to Ask Before Beginning a Bathroom Renovation

Bathroom Renovation : Questions To Ask Before You Start.

While updating a bathroom ranks at the top of many a homeowner’s wish list, complete renovations can be pricey—to the tune of $18,000 or more, depending on the bathroom size and choice of fixtures.

“The bathroom may be the smallest room in the house, but remodeling can be as expensive as remodeling a kitchen,” says Joe Maykut, Product Manager for Sears Home Services. “Consumers can go over budget if they’re not careful.”

To get the most for your remodeling dollar, analyze your needs and wants first to make informed decisions. These five key questions can help homeowners ward off renovation regret—or, worse, do-overs. Want to get it right the first time around? Keep reading to find out what you should consider before leaping into your bathroom project.

What’s the best flooring for my bathroom?
Above all else, take safety into account when selecting a new floor for your bathroom. Sometimes, safety means ignoring the inspirational images shared in high-end home magazines, which often showcase impractical marble floors. “Stepping out of a tub with wet feet onto a polished marble floor is a recipe for disaster,” Maykut says.

His suggestion? Slip-resistant ceramic tile. Look for ones that showcase a coefficient of friction (COF) rating right on the box, which indicates that the tile is safer to walk on when it’s wet than other types of tile. Homeowners often don’t factor traction differences between tiles into their renovation plans, but support from Sears Home Services means that this important detail will never be overlooked. In a bathroom design process with Sears, their knowledgeable professionals help narrow down design choices to the most appropriate possibilities.

And, if you’re thinking about carpeting your bathroom, don’t. “Carpet is completely unsuitable for the bathroom,” Maykut says. “It soaks up water, develops bad odors, and increases the risk of mold and mildew growth.”

Likewise, real wood and laminate flooring are unsuitable for the bathroom because they can eventually warp or delaminate from exposure to water.

“If consumers don’t want ceramic tile, they still have plenty of designs to choose from in vinyl flooring,” Maykut offers. Today’s vinyl flooring has come a long way, and it can closely mimic the look of real wood, brick, slate, or stone, but it’s much more affordable.

Bathroom Remodel Idea - Wall Mounts

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How can I create enough storage?
Most bathrooms have less square footage than other rooms in the house, yet they have to store plenty of essentials, from shampoo to toilet cleaner, and from mouthwash to guest towels. While there may not be enough space in a bathroom to accommodate a full linen closet, you can increase storage by thinking creatively. Opt for an enclosed vanity instead of a pedestal sink to provide under-sink storage for less-than-pretty cleaners and scrub brushes. Plan to install plenty of towel bars or hooks, and use stackable bins in cabinets. An upper cabinet above the toilet is also a great way to put unused space to work.

Before you build in a bunch of storage solutions, think about what to put where—and prioritize making everyday-use items like bathing products accessible where you need them most.

Maykut suggests choosing showers that are outfitted with little niches “to keep from having to put shampoo and conditioner bottles in a caddy on the shower floor, where they’re hard to reach and pose a tripping hazard.” The same goes for bathtubs: A wide, flat rim around the tub that can securely hold body wash, soap, or washcloths will go a long way toward creating a better bathing experience.

Do I need a shower or just a tub?
“If a homeowner has the luxury of having more than one bathroom in the house, it’s a good idea to install a walk-in shower in at least one of them,” Maykut advises. Already have a shower elsewhere in the house? Then just a tub is probably fine in the current renovation. Otherwise, you should include a walk-in shower, if only as an investment in the future.

“Accidents can happen that make it challenging getting in and out of a tub.” With either age or reduced mobility, stepping in and out over the wall of a slick, wet tub becomes a safety issue; shower stalls provide less opportunity to slip and fall and can offer space for a bench, if necessary.

How important is ventilation?
Bathrooms are notoriously humid. Just as long, hot showers leave mirrors steamed up, that same moisture also coats the walls and woodwork—even if you don’t see it. The damp environment can become a breeding ground for mold and mildew, unless you take measures to dry out the space.

Most local building codes require a ventilation fan in any bathroom without a window that opens to the outside, but Maykut recommends installing a ventilation fan, period: “No one wants to get out of the shower and open the window when it’s freezing outside.”

A good fan effectively removes steam from the bathroom and vents it outside of the house. Better yet, today’s bathroom vent fans work much more quietly than their predecessors, scarcely making more than a faint hum. Whether you opt for a plain vent fan, fan/light combo, or a model with a built-in heater (perfect for warming the bathroom during chilly winter months), consider this installation a must-do.

Designer Drains Bathroom Shower Remodel

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What should I look for in new bathroom fixtures?
Homeowners have a wealth of options to choose from when redesigning the bathroom, including fixtures that offer a combination of great design, comfort, and high efficiency. However, fixture costs add up quickly, with fancy amenities like heated toilet seats and high-end showers equipped with multiple shower heads.

Putting the biggest emphasis on efficient features can help you recoup costs in your monthly utility bills while also benefiting the planet.

“Everyone in the country should be concerned about conserving water—not wasting it,” Maykut says. He suggests installing WaterSense-labeled toilets that use less than two gallons of water per flush. Additionally, high-efficiency shower heads can also provide “the feel of having 100 gallons of water spraying on you while it’s really much less, and you’ll never notice the difference.”

Next, consider comfort. Comfort-height toilets are the new kids on the block, and for many consumers they’re a welcome change from standard toilets with low 15-inch-high rims. The higher, 17-inch to 19-inch-high rims make getting on and off the toilet more comfortable for most adults, especially the elderly and the disabled.

Even after narrowing your search to fixtures with features that meet your biggest needs, you won’t feel limited on style. Sears Home Services makes it easy for homeowners to plan an entire renovation from the comfort of their own home.

“It’s like bringing a bathroom showroom right to your door,” Maykut says. Once the design and fixtures are selected, Sears Home Services handles everything from ordering fixtures to scheduling reputable contractors. “It’s the best way to guarantee that customers get a bathroom they’ll be happy with for a long time,” he says.

This post has been brought to you by Sears Home Services. Its facts and opinions are those of BobVila.com.

 

Source: 5 Questions to Ask Before Beginning a Bathroom Renovation – Bob Vila

Complete The Look: Accessorizing Your Bathroom With The Smallest Details

How do you want your bathroom to feel? Do you want to be able to go into your bathroom and feel totally relaxed and at peace? Do you want to see things that inspire you to get your day going right? Well, If your answers to those questions were yes, yes and hell YES…keep reading.

People love creating themes for their home. Some have a theme for each room in their home and others have one central theme throughout their entire home. The golden rule of themes is that everything must go along with the theme.  If everything in your home has a classic country sort of feel, having an ocean theme in your bathroom may seem out of place. Second, there’s the concept of the feel you want to create with the bathroom. For kids, you may choose a fun, cartoon theme; for those who are looking for a relaxing atmosphere, a place where it’s possible to fully unwind at the end of a long day, peaceful colors like those in a spa would be ideal.

Similarly, the types of colors that you’re like – along with the overall brightness of your bathroom – can determine whether you look for brightly colored accessories or those that are muted in color. Finally, there’s your personality or the personality of the person who will be using the bathroom the most.

In general, there are four styles that are commonly used when accessorizing the bathroom – classy, muted, bright and fun. But wait, there should be one more here…Inspiring. What about creating a space that will inspire you every morning to go out and tackle the obstacles in your way?

In a classy bathroom, you may find yourself choosing bath accessories in muted colors, perhaps with a subtle floral tone. Toilet seat covers, towels, bath mats as wall as bath accessories for the counter – a soap dish or soap pump, a toothbrush holder and such – can all be coordinated with the shower curtain. You may start with a shower curtain that is a neutral color like beige with a rose colored embellishment and matches the other bath accessories to the rose shade.

If instead, you were trying to create a muted look in your bathroom, you’re likely to choose soft tones as well, but rather than a floral look, you may choose slightly more modern bath accessories like those that you might find at a spa retreat. Muted shades of green or blue, natural colors that resemble stone or clay are all good base colors for your bathroom. Consider a solid color shower curtain or one that is patchwork – squares of complementary colors. Choose a matching bath rug, bath towels, a toilet seat to match and simple chrome plated bath accessories.

Alternately, if bright, modern colors appeal to you, you’ll find that bright, single colored shower curtains, window dressings, bath towels and shower mats can create a crisp, modern look. From using a number of different bright, solid colors in your bathroom to choosing the same pieces that feature bright colors in geometric patters or simple stripes, you’ll find that you are able to bring the look of your bathroom together, to create a bright theme even if the items don’t necessarily match.

Using blocks of color can be fun, but for some it’s just not fun enough. Whether you’re accessorizing the bathroom for kids or just for those who are young at heart, sometimes you just feel playful. You may make the choice to use a bright, aquarium theme for your bathroom – tropical fish on the shower curtain, bright towels with a wave-like geometric pattern, a fish shaped bath mat or even an acrylic toilet seat designed to look like a fish bowl (complete with colorful fish). You might choose dolphins, or even cartoon characters as the central theme for your bathroom.

For example, someone who still carries a fondness for Betty Boop may decide to use the character as a theme for his or her bathroom. A Betty Boop shower curtain and bath accessories set with a toothbrush holder, a trash can and a soap dish could be used with red or black towels and a red or black bath mat and toilet seat.

But wait, there should be one more here…Inspiring. What about creating a space that will inspire you every morning to go out and tackle the obstacles in your way? Accessories that inspire you can be cabinet accessories with your company’s logo, Your favorite sports team, or even an acronym for a saying that you live by. Anything can inspire you!

Of course, these aren’t the only styles for a bathroom; whatever your interests are, whatever inspires you, that’s going to be the foundation for decorating your bathroom. Whether you choose colorful flowers, solid colors, muted tones or something altogether different – a clean, modern look using all white for example – it’s the small details that bring it all together. Choosing bath towels that don’t quite fit in with your chosen color scheme, combining an aquarium theme toilet seat with a bamboo shower curtain: these things simply don’t create a cohesive look.

Fortunately, it’s easy to find bath accessories that will allow you to bring the whole look together – that is, once you decide what kind of look and feel you are looking to create. If you are looking for Beautiful accessories for your bathroom you can check out tons of cool interior design blog online and get a feel of what you might like. If you need help getting the inspiration going, check out some of our products that will be sure to get your imagination pumping. Click Here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tips On Artful Living

Artful living is defined as “The imperfect, intentional pursuit of creativity and beauty in every aspect of life.”

 

Artful Living can encompass materials, texture, color, and form of everyday items with which we surround ourselves. We should all take every opportunity to enjoy life’s pleasures by enriching our daily experience with beauty and creativity. Here are a few straight to the point tips on living an artful life.

 

Have Your Special Signature Piece

Take an everyday item and make it your special signature piece. A unique expression reflective of you!

 

Uplift and Enrich Yourself in Small Details

It isn’t what you possess but how you make the most of it by presenting and arranging it. Consciously design your life as an antidote to the pervasive stress of the 21st century. Choose the details of your surroundings to uplift and enrich your life.

Be Environmentally Friendly

You can create new and awesome things fashioned from salvaged, recycled, reused or renewable materials. You might think that this does not sound sexy but you can have beauty and be kind to the planet at the same time. Many people are embracing the trend of upcycling clothes and jewelry.

 

Be a Pebble in the Pond

As the ripples spread out from one small pebble dropped into a pond, you can give others the gift of Artful Living by simply embodying it yourself. Others will perceive and enjoy your increased sense of vivaciousness as you unselfconsciously go about living your life artfully. Just think of how good you feel when someone compliments you on your good taste and style. You can also artfully maintain the details of your work environment. Always seek to enhance your own life and the lives of others in positive ways!

 

 

 

 

 

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Free Remodeling Ideas For Your Bathroom

Instead of paying an arm and a leg for a bathroom that someone else has designed for you why not try remodelling your bathroom yourself? Designing your bathroom really isn’t as difficult as it might sound. Also, it just might save you a quite a bit of money. Wouldn’t it be a satisfying feeling to know that it was you that designed your bathroom? You might even get calls from friends to do their’s next!

Measure and draw your bathroom to scale

The first thing you should do is measure and draw out your existing bathroom on a sheet of squared paper. You must be as accurate as you can because every inch will count. Depending on what you want to get in your new bathroom and how much space you have to play with measuring is key in getting the most out of your space. For example, you might be thinking that you want to add a bath to your bathroom, if this is the case then great, but make sure that all your measurements are accurate. If you are thinking about getting a bath, but have no idea what to get then why not take a look at these testimonial for baths here.

Measure the distance between opposite walls on both sides of the room in case the room is wider at one end than the other. Measure floor to ceiling and the position and size of windows including the depth of the window. Also measure the size, position, and shape of any irregularities in the room such as pipework. (account for everything so that you won’t have any unwanted surprises. These unwanted surprises can cost you tons of time and money.)

Draw a floor plan of your bathroom from above and a plan of each wall. When you’ve finished you will have 5 drawings and a set of measurements. Make sure that you take these and a tape measure with you wherever you go because you will need to use them often…very often!

Forget about bathroom showrooms and magazines for now

Magazines and showrooms are trying to sell you something and they will naturally go out of their way to show things in the most appealing way, which may not always be the most practical or realistic way for you. You will be using these resources of course but leave them until you have a better idea of what it is you want in your new bathroom design.

Make use of a digital camera

Take a digital camera with you whenever you’re in bathroom design mode and use it to make a visual record everything you come across. Note down what each image is about and file it away carefully on your computer for later. This is an excellent design technique and most people don’t do it. (Of course, if you have a cellphone with a camera on it that will also do. Just make sure you upload to the cloud in order to easily access your files on your computer later.)

Visit your friends

Most people are happy to talk about their bathroom especially to a friend and especially if they have recently remodeled their bathroom. Make a point of visiting all of your friends and start to build a folder full of ideas based on what they have done in their bathrooms. (if you don’t have any friends that have remodeled their bathroom, then go on design blogs and forums to ask others who have.)

Ask as many questions that you can think of to find out what their ideas were, how their ideas changed, what they like about their bathroom and just as important, what do they dislike about the bathroom. Make good notes that you will understand when you read them later.

Most people will either have remodeled their bathroom in the last few years or know of someone who has. If your friend knows of someone with a new bathroom ask them if they can arrange for you to go and see it. The more you see the better.

Look at some houses for sale.

Real estate agents in your area will arrange for you to go and view properties for sale and if you tell them that you are looking for a great bathroom they will try and find them for you.

If you don’t feel comfortable doing this because you have no intention of buying a new property then I suggest that you try and get over it. It’s a great way to get ideas for your own bathroom and who knows what might happen when you start looking. You wouldn’t be the first to do this kind of research and end up buying a new property so don’t feel bad about doing it.

Buy some magazines

By now you should be feeling confident about what it is you are looking for. Now is the time to find a few good magazines on remodeling and home improvement to crystallize your ideas.

Visit showrooms

Now that you know what it is that you are looking for it’s time to visit the showrooms in your area to see what is available and match your ideas to items that you can buy. Make notes and take lots of pictures with your digital camera or cell phone of everything interesting that you find.

Pick up brochures on home improvement and bathroom remodeling

Always pick up as many brochures as you can find when touring the showrooms. Circle the items that you are interested in and make sure you write down prices and thoughts that you have at the time.

Research the Internet

Last but not least, make full use of the Internet to find product specifications, contractors, and ideas on websites all over. Bathroom renovations can be expensive so shop around and do your research properly! If you want to hire a company to do it instead of you, make sure you hire someone reputable!

Have fun remodeling your bathroom.

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what helpful advice would you give others?
What websites and forums can they visit?

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Tips To Design Your Dream Bathroom

Whether you’re building designing an entirely new bathroom or remodeling and existing one, Designer Drains has got you covered when it comes to tips for your bathroom renovation. Here are some cool new ideas to get your bathrooms in tip-top shape.

First, list the items you absolutely need in your bathroom. This list includes, of course, the toilet and the sink. If it’s a full bathroom, you’ll need to decide on a bath and shower or a shower stall. Your choice all depends on your individual needs and preferences.

Next, choose the items you would like to include in your dream bathroom. Often people want a cabinet under the sink, though if you have a small space you might prefer a pedestal. Plan on a mirror over the sink, with or without a medicine chest. Lighting is important. A fan can be helpful for keeping moisture out. You’ll probably want a space for shelves of some kind. You can use the storage space for towels, toiletries or other items as well.

If you’re struggling to visualise what your bathroom would look like with the different options that you’ve thought of there is an easy way for you to see if the items you are thinking about will go together or not, all you need to do is create a Mood Board. To do this you can find images of the furniture and fittings, colours and fabrics and place them all on the board too see if they go together, for example if you’re thinking of having an Oak Vanity Unit and Oak Shelves first search for the Oak Vanity Unit Online and then either find a picture of it in google images or find an online store that has a picture of it on their website, take a screenshot of your chosen vanity unit it will then be saved as an image on your computer, once it’s saved you can then print the image, after it’s printed cut out the vanity unit in the picture and place it on the mood board then do the same for the Oak Shelf Unit, continue to do this until you have every item you want in your new bathroom on your mood board.

You can remove items that you don’t want and add new ones that you do until you have exactly what you want to make your dream bathroom come to life displayed on your mood board. Not only has the mood board helped you decide what you want in your new bathroom but when hiring the professionals to renovate your bathroom you can show them your mood board and they will be able to see exactly what it is you want instead of trying to explain it to them.

At this point, you might want to consider asking a professional to help with the design but, If you feel you can do it on your own, here are some tips.

Measure your bathroom well. Choose items that you think you’d like in your bathroom and get the measurements. Some suggest drawing a plan to scale, but for those of us who are less visual, it can be helpful to cut paper to the actual size of the footprint of the item. Place these items in the bathroom, arranging them to where you think you would like them. This is a good way to see how well things fit. Don’t forget that you need space between things. You don’t want to clutter your bathroom with so many things that you don’t have any space to get around.

If everything fits well, there are a few more considerations. You might be limited by plumbing or electricity. Window placement makes a difference, too, unless you have no qualms about showering in from of a window.

If things don’t fit well, play with the design a bit (if space, electrical, and plumbing allow.) See if you can come up with more efficient use of space and still enjoy the design.

If you have a small bathroom and not a ton of space, you’ll have to decide what you can do without. For example, you can use a pedestal sink, which takes less space than a full cabinet. Conversely, you can use a cabinet but don’t include shelves. Some towels and toilet paper can be stored in the cabinet, with the excess supplies in a convenient storage area elsewhere in your house. It might also be helpful to make sure you have the best home energy quote, I hear Money Expert (https://www.moneyexpert.com/gas-electricity/) do some great price comparisons.

A little imagination and a lot of measuring can help your dream bathroom work for you. When you find a bathroom design that works, it’s time to put the pieces together. It’s a lot of work, but it can be worth it.

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Matte Black Accents Add Sophistication To This Grey And White Bathroom | CONTEMPORIST

Photography by Martina Gemmola

GIA renovations, an Australian firm specializing in renovations, has created a modern grey and white bathroom with black accents that proves you don’t always need a lot of color in an interior.

Photography by Martina Gemmola

The grey and white double vanity provides ample space for two people to get ready in the mornings, and the grey wall tiles match those on the floor and compliment the hexagon tiles on the wall surrounding the window.


Photography by Martina Gemmola

Matte black accents, like the hardware, towel bars, soap dispenser, and toothbrush holders add a sophistication to the bathroom while the touches of blue in the towels and green in the plant add a pop of color to the otherwise neutral space.


Photography by Martina Gemmola

In the shower, a matte black rainfall shower head and a hand held shower head share the wall with tiled built-in shelf.


Photography by Martina Gemmola

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Make Your Garden Modern: Landscape Design Tips from Fernando Wong – Design Milk

After studying architecture at Universidad de Panama and another three years in an interior design program, landscape designer Fernando Wong journeyed from Panama to Palm Beach in 2001, where he started at the bottom and worked his way up. He went from watering plants to opening his own firm in Miami Beach in 2005, and is currently working on landscape designs for The Four Seasons. Since it’s been raining and cold lately, we’ve been dreaming about lush, greenery and outdoor spaces, so we asked Fernando to inspire and educate us with some landscape design CT tips. Ready to whip out your green thumb? Read on…

1. Use native plants from local nurseries.
Native plants tend to use less water and you know they will are guaranteed to grow well in your area. I also recommend purchasing plants from local nurseries instead of big box stores. Nurseries typically have a larger selection, their quality is higher, and their staff is much more knowledgeable about useful tips such as which plants work best in shade or direct sunlight. If you need any guidance on lawn maintenance or garden repairs, click here for more information.

2. Create a focal point in your landscaping to form beautiful views from both the interior and exterior.
Be thoughtful of how landscaping can be showcased and enjoyed both in your house and out in your garden. Think of doors and windows as the frame for the art you’re creating, whether it’s with an antique urn or a center fountain that will create the beautiful vista.

3. Create intimate nooks and areas.
I create outdoor spaces so that they slowly reveal themselves, like this soaking tub and outdoor shower tucked into the side of the home by the master suite. If you create separate outdoor rooms it actually makes properties seem larger, not smaller. So I always try to create a number of different areas that work harmoniously together.

4. Use colors and materials to create a seamless transition from the interior to the exterior.
I like to use the same material on terraces that is used inside the home. This creates a seamless indoor-outdoor transition. I also try to use similar colors the same way you would in an interior. For instance, red and yellow do not go together inside or out—ever!

5. Hire a landscaping professional to develop a master plan.
I always advise engaging a professional landscape designer who can work with you to develop a master plan for the entire property. This will help you save time and from making costly mistakes. It will also ensure that your garden is as beautiful as the interior of your home. If the budget is an issue, having a master plan also allows you to work in phases. If you are looking for a professional landscaper you can check out landscaping lincoln ne, however there are plenty for you to choose from.

See more of Fernando’s work here.

Make Your Garden Modern: Landscape Design Tips from Fernando Wong – Design Milk.

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A Cube-Like Room Within a Room – Design Milk

Affordable housing is becoming a thing of the past resulting in many having/choosing to downsize. Since we can’t always get the large space that we want, finding ways to make it work become a necessity. Helping make that happen is Nils Holger Moormann who has designed a Kammerspiel (intimate theatre) to increase functionality within a small space. The Kammerspiel is basically a room within a larger room that organizes many essentials, like sleeping, working, eating, and reading, into a cube-like piece of furniture that can be accessed from all sides. Other essentials, like clothing storage, are located on the inside of the cube.

The Kammerspiel is designed to be customized as everyone’s living habits are all different, so various external modules are available. You can have a bed on top with various storage options around the edge that can include places to charge your devices. Also, the stairs come with three drawers.

The Bicycle Box offers a place to store your bike plus three drawers below.

The Dining Space module contains open and closed shelving with a table that folds down along with a magnetic board.

 

Photos copyright of Julia Rotter.

 

A Cube-Like Room Within a Room – Design Milk.

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IKEA kitchen made from recycled plastic bottles created by Form Us With Love

Reclaimed wood and plastic bottles never looked so good!

Twenty-five plastic bottles are used in each of these IKEA kitchen units, designed by Swedish studio Form Us With Love to make “sustainability available for everyone”.The Kungsbacka units are IKEA‘s first kitchen cabinets to be made entirely from recycled plastic bottles and reclaimed industrial wood.

“A plastic bottle is not waste; it is a resource,” said Jonas Pettersson, Form Us With Love CEO. “Most importantly, this kitchen proves that these materials can be used for household goods in large-scale production.”

“We have to challenge the excuses for not using waste as a resource by showing how to best put these materials back into production, making affordable democratic products that will last.”

The kitchen’s main structure is formed from reclaimed wood, while the coating is made from plastic bottles. The studio opted for a simple silhouette in a matt grey to create a “timeless” design.

Shiny black Hackås handles contrast with the cupboards’ matt surface, and as with most IKEA kitchens, the cabinets are modular, so they can be arranged to fit any space.

“We wanted it to feel like a black T-shirt, tuned to fit right, practical and still precious,” said John Löfgren, creative director at Form Us With Love.

With sustainable products often expensive to produce because of the extensive research and development required, the two companies had to work together to come up with production methods that would make the kitchen a “viable alternative” to those currently on the market.

The company expects it to last for 25 years.

“Today, applying waste materials in production is unfortunately still costly and the Kungsbacka kitchen fronts could have easily ended up too expensive,” said Anna Granath, product developer at IKEA.

“Overcoming the price was a milestone in the development. Sustainability should be for everyone, not only for those who can afford it,” she continued.

IKEA recently emerged as the most popular design brand on Dezeen Hot List, ahead of both Apple and Nike.

The company is introducing more sustainable furniture into its catalogue, and last year announced that its PS 2017 collection includes “no waste” products made from recycled materials.

Photography is by Jonas Lindström

 

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Form Us With Love creates IKEA kitchen from recycled plastic bottles.

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6 Tips for a comfortable Bathroom in 2017

People do not think to make their bathroom a relxaing and warm room. When you become a homeowner, the first thing you think to do is purchase a new queen size mattress and making your bedroom as comfortable as possible. However, more recently homeowners have been thinking about how to make their bathroom a warm and relaxing room. No longer do homeowners want “cold and artificial components” in bathrooms that look and feel “sterile and uninviting” says Joe Maykut, a product manager with Sears Home Services. Instead, Maykut predicts, this year’s remodelers are going to embrace “the visual warmth and tactile qualities” of natural, practical, long-lasting materials and incorporate them into designs that ooze “cozy comfort” and affordable luxury. Here at Designer Drains we believe that bathrooms should be a warm and inviting space where you can relax. This is why we have come up with a list of 6 tips to make your bathrooms more enjoyable.

1.) Bring in relaxing and comfortable furniture.

TOMMY HILFIGER HOME


2.) Adorn the walls with beautiful artwork that oozes relaxation and comfort.

Modern Home with a View


3.) Use tranquil colors to create a relaxing feeling in the space.

Siroka Residence


4.) Use Beautiful and functional bathroom fixtures.

Beach Cottage


5.) Embrace open space

Minimal Beach Contemporary/Bruce Peeling Architect


6.) Enjoy!

 

 

Source: 6 Bathroom Trends Set to Dominate 2017

Industrial Steam Punk Around The House – Close Up Interior Design Details.

Leather Belts for Wine Racks? I’ll Take A Basement! 

Interior Design Details – Industrial Close Ups

 

Heavy materials, dark colors, and exposed construction elements all contribute to the distinct look and feel of the industrial style. To show you just what we mean, we’ve compiled a few examples of extreme close ups of pieces and details that are right at home in an industrial interior. Let’s take a look.


 

1. The steel rebar supports for the railing and the concrete of the actual steps give this staircase a modern, industrial look.


Cadaval & Solà-Morales designed this house in Mexico City. Photography by Miguel de Guzman.

2. Wheels on the bottom of large steel kitchen islands create an industrial look and makes it easier to reconfigure the kitchen should the mood strike.


Inspiration from an apartment designed by Cindy Bayon of Muratore Construction + Design, Photography by Scott Hargis.

3. These pendant lights hanging from a modern pulley system put a contemporary spin on the traditional rustic look of the older pulley systems.


Atelier I-N-D-J designed this restaurant featuring pendant lights on pulley systems. Photography by Seth Powers.

4. The dark color of the sliding door mechanism completes the industrial look in this shipping container home.


Studio H:T designed this shipping container home. Photography by Braden Gunem.

5. This small pendant light, made from a glass jar and a concrete top, brightens the space and contributes to an overall industrial vibe.


Inspiration from a house designed by Lendager Arkitekter. Photography by Jesper Ray.

6. Concrete steps and thin metal handrails give this staircase a simple, modern, industrial look.


Inspiration from a house in India designed by Matharoo Associates.

7. Dark metal, leather strips, and brass hardware make this wine rack the perfect modern industrial accent piece.


Arthur Umanoff designed this industrial wine rack. Available through 1stdibs.


8. The wheels on the bottoms of this sliding bookcase add an industrial touch to the modern piece of furniture.


Vincent Martinez designed the Literatura Open bookcase. Manufactured by Punt.

9. Light wood crates contrast the dark metal frame and pull tabs on this small industrial kitchen unit.


Frama designed this industrial office kitchen. Photography by Michael Falgren.

10. The clean look of this metal barn door hardware puts a modern spin on the traditional industrial look of sliding door hardware.


Aero Barn Door Hardware from Real Sliding Hardware

11. The dark, thin metal handle bolted to this light colored door creates a modern contrast made from industrial materials.


The Studio Pull from Rustica Hardware.

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