Bathroom Hardware Options

One of the easiest ways to enhance the look of your bathroom is to update the hardware. Since a complete remodel is usually out of the question if you're on a strict budget, swapping out your old hardware for new additions is an affordable and quick fix. Whether you're looking for a rustic look or a contemporary feel, there are plenty of decorative hardware options out there for you. Here are a few of my favorite picks.

toilet paper holder

The first piece of hardware you can update in your bathroom is the toilet paper holder. Most bathrooms have a simple plastic holder, and although it gets the job done, it doesn't offer much in terms of design. Maybe you don't even have a toilet paper holder, and you just keep it on a shelf or the back of the toilet. If so, this is the perfect opportunity to invest in a nice hardware piece. Whether you want to splurge on a fancy cast bronze option, or prefer to stick to a classic antique copper, there are so many styles to choose from.



towel bar

Another necessary piece of hardware are towel bars. Larger versions can be attached to the wall for hanging body towels, while smaller versions are great for hand towels or washcloths. Towel bars often take up little space and can be installed just about anywhere. They are great for letting towels properly dry, and are a must-have for guest bathrooms. Look for bars with fun details, such as this one with leaf details or one with an antique gold finish.



towel ring

A must-have hardware piece for your sink is a towel ring. Installed on your wall or side of your vanity cabinets, this hardware piece takes up little room. The hanging ring makes hand towels easily accessible while adding interest to your bathroom's decor. Rust-free towel rings will resist water marks, while luxurious bronze rings can transform the entire look of your space.



towel hook

Hooks are another great hardware option to hang towels, washcloths, robes, clothing and more. Since they are so small and are easily installed on just about any surface, you can have plenty of these without spending too much cash. Double-hooks can hold multiple items at once, making the most of your small space. Choose hooks that match well with the rest of your bathroom hardware, whether it be brass, chrome or oil-rubbed bronze. For a kid's bathroom, why not add fun hooks like this monkey towel hook?



bathroom knob

Lastly, you can update the appearance of your vanity cabinets with new knobs or pulls. Sleek, simple pulls are great for more modern-style bathrooms, while elegant knobs look wonderful in more traditional bathrooms.

Ideas for Bathroom Shelving

One of the easiest ways to increase the storage space and enhance the look of your bathroom is with the proper shelving. Even if you have a very small bathroom, there is usually some extra wall space or floor space that you can make the most of. Traditional shelving usually takes up too much space, so here are a few alternative ideas for your bathroom shelving.

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Rolling ladders. Rolling ladders are a great way to store linens, soaps, toilet paper and other necessary toiletries. Or you could display your favorite candles or potpourri and make the ladder a more decorative piece rather than a functional one.



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Vanity shelving. Bathroom vanity cabinets offer more than just a mirror to use for daily grooming, they also function as a built-in shelving unit. You can store all your smaller necessities (skincare products, makeup, or even medicine) so they are at an easy reach. Since these vanities are covered by a door, you don't have to worry about guests seeing all of your toiletries out in the open.



recessed shelves

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Recessed shelves. Recessed shelves make the most of your small space since they don't jut out from the wall. Keep your towels and toiletries packed away and organized easily with this type of shelving.



floating shelves

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Floating shelves. Floating shelves add a handsome decor to your bathroom while providing a place to store your favorite items. Make sure that you install the shelves at a height that is easy for most people to reach, since these shelves aren't just for looks.



roll-out shelves

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Roll-out shelves. Roll-out shelves can help to simplify your storage needs as well. Simply install them into your existing cabinets or pantry and place your necessities inside. These pull-out shelves usually include dividers or tiers so you can get the most storage space out of the shelves.



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An old drawer. If you have an old drawer laying around, you can repurpose it into a shelf for your bathroom. You may have to repaint or sand the drawer or line the inside to make it appear cleaner and nicer, but that is a simple and affordable update. After sprucing up the drawer, hang it on your wall using hardware and place a few items on the new shelf. If needed, add some drawer dividers at different heights to store both tall and short items.



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Corner shelving. The corners of bathrooms are one of the most ignored spaces in the home. If they are empty, try installing a shelving unit specifically made to fit corners. This makes the most of every crevice in your bathroom and makes those awkward spaces stand out- in a good way.



toilet shelving

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Toilet shelving. The space above your toilet is usually either bare or dedicated to a piece of artwork. Why not use this empty space to store washcloths, cleaning products or grooming tools? There are a variety of shelving types that will work in this space, including wire racks, standing shelves and more.

Create the Perfect Guest Bathroom

If you have the extra space in your home and entertain visitors frequently, it might be a good idea to create a guest bathroom. Or if you already have one, there are many ways to spruce it up and make it welcoming. Simple additions, a good cleaning and updated fixtures are just a few of the quick and affordable things you can do to create the perfect guest bathroom.

 

Eliminate clutter. Clear off the sink and counter by getting rid of personal hygiene products and other items that take up space. Only the very basics (like soap) should be featured on the counter. This gives your guest plenty of room to store their own toiletries and practice their own grooming. The same goes for the shower or bathtub- provide only the basics and clear the

area of any other items. Make sure there are hooks or a hamper for wet towels to be dried or placed after each use. Overall, you want to keep the design simple for the guest.

 

Provide basic toiletries. Although each guest will most likely bring items of their own, you should still always supply the basic items. Provide enough towels and washcloths for the duration of their stay. Storing these in neat baskets or shelves in a practical and attractive technique. Make sure there is extra toilet paper, tissues and air freshener and that it isn”t hidden below in a drawer or cabinet. You should provide basic hand soap, whether it”s in a bottle or a bar, for the guests to wash their hands with. Display your favorite lotions, shampoos and soaps on a tray on the vanity counter so your guest knows they are for their use. Otherwise, make sure each shower is outfitted with basic hair and bath products your guest would use. Placing these items in the shower itself or on a nice tray makes them visible and appears welcoming.

 

Add fresh flowers. Fresh flowers are a lovely way to welcome a guest. If he or she is allergic, try using fake flowers or another nice centerpiece on the counter.

 

Feature adequate lighting. An effective bathroom will have both ambient and task lighting. Wall sconces at eye level are ideal for grooming and should be placed right next to the mirror (this is task lighting.) An overhead light is good for showering and other basic activities (ambient lighting). Make sure all lights have working bulbs before guests arrive and replace any old ones.

 

Give the bathroom a good cleaning. First, wipe down the mirrors so there are no streaks or dust. Sweep or vacuum the floors so there is no hair or other debris laying around. Use a household toilet cleaner to clean the inside of the bowl. Clean the shower walls and make sure the shower curtain isn”t moldy or old. Open the windows (if applicable) and run the fan to air out the space. A nice touch after a thorough cleaning is a deodorizer, candle, potpourri or another scented item.

 

Double-check for privacy. Make sure the door locks properly and that all window coverings or blinds work. You want your guest to enjoy their stay and not worry about their privacy.

*all images are from Houzz

Tips for Cleaning Your Bathroom

After you”ve remodeled or updated the look of your bathroom with a few small changes, it”s important to keep it looking new and tidy. Even the most stylish and modern bathrooms can look bland or outdated if they are dirty, which is why is it crucial to routinely clean your bathroom properly. Your bathroom mirror, vanity, shower, mats, and toilets all need a little extra attention to make the room look spotless. To make cleaning easier and to encourage it happening more frequently, store cleaning products under the sink or in a nearby closet for ease. Here are some tips for cleaning your bathroom.

clean mirrors

Clean your mirrors. The mirrors in your bathroom are subject to lots of grime. Common culprits include toothpaste, fingerprints, hairspray and more. The first step to clean your mirrors is to evaluate what is causing the grime. For example, spray your hair further away from the mirror to prevent the daily buildup. This will reduce how often you have to clean the bathroom. Then do a quick wipe with a soft cloth to get off any heavy dust or particles. Next, it”s time to use a water-based solution to get rid of grime. A solution of 1 quart of warm water with 1 cup of white vinegar works wonders. Apply with a lint-free cloth or even dry, crumpled up newspaper . If you prefer using a household cleaning product from the store, feel free to do that instead- just make sure it is suited for mirrors.

clean toilet

Keep your toilet clean. Most people dread cleaning the toilet, but it”s an essential task in keeping the bathroom clean and germ-free. Always use gloves and protect yourself from harsh chemicals like bleach and their fumes. Use a toilet brush with a long handle and some toilet cleaner to give it a good scrubbing. Make sure to disinfect the handle and lid as well with anti-bacterial wipes. Remove any hair or dust on the bowl as well, no house guests want to see that!

bathroom vanity top

Pay attention to the vanity tops. The counter tops are used daily and collect debris and residue from your daily grooming activities. Most bathroom vanity tops and sinks are made of marble, granite or laminate and can therefore easily be cleaned. Stay away from any abrasive product and stick to sponges and cloths and your basic bathroom cleaning mixture (homemade or store-bought). Homemade options include a solution of baking soda, a tiny bit of ammonia or dish soap and warm water.

Protect your shower from build-up. Since you use a shower to clean yourself, all the dirt and debris can make it quite a messy area. Turn on a ceiling fan and keep the bathroom door open after showers to increase circulation and prevent mildew. Wipe down the shower with a cloth after each shower or at least once a week to prevent mildew and deposits. Lastly, clean your shower doors with a water/vinegar solution to get rid of streaks, soap residue, tile grout buildup and other water spots.

Prevent mildew on your shower curtains. You should change your shower curtains every year or two. In between those times, there are a few ways to keep them clean and free of mildew. Always use a liner (you can use your old shower curtain for this) and have the nicer curtain on the outside for aesthetic purposes. Spraying down the curtain with a mild disinfectant helps prevent mildew buildup as well.

*some images are from Houzz

How to Maximize Storage Space in Your Bathroom

Bathrooms are usually one of the smallest rooms in a home. A large challenge that many homeowners and renters face is making the most of that small space. Storing toiletries, towels and other bathroom items can be tricky when there isn’t much room to work with. Thankfully, there are a variety of ways to maximize the storage space in your small bathroom.

bathroom cabinets

Wall cabinets. Cabinets that are mounted into the wall makes use out of the empty wall space while providing ample storage. Wall cabinets usually have different compartments and shelves, which makes them ideal for storing medicines and bathroom items of all different sizes. These cabinets also help to prevent cluttering the sink tops and floor as well. Many popular wall cabinets have a mirror on the front of the cabinet door, which saves extra wall space as well.

bathroom hooks

Hooks, racks and other storage solutions. There are a variety of utility shelves and storage racks that you can use in your bathroom. In the shower, wire racks attached to your showerhead or the shower wall are an easy way to store your shampoo, soap and other items.
Hooks and racks should be placed in various spaces in your bathroom for hanging towels, washcloths, bathrobes and more. Utilize your bathroom door as well by placing hooks and racks on the inside of the door. This handy toilet paper holder fits perfectly on the inside of your cabinet shelf.

bathroom open shelves

Tall and slim open shelves. Narrow shelves are ideal for storing items like towels and toiletries- especially if the shelving is open and has no cabinet doors (this way, guests can see the items they need and use them). Since these shelves are narrow, they can fit in between any fixtures in your bathroom and can make use of the higher-up space that normally is ignored. If your items seem to become too cluttered, find skinny baskets and store the smaller items in those. This type of shelving also adds to the room’s aesthetic and can make the room appear taller and therefore larger.

bathroom ladder

Rolling ladder. If you have the space to install a rolling library ladder in your bathroom, give it a shot. This way, you can store items that aren’t as frequently used up higher and then easily reach them when needed with the help of the ladder. A rolling ladder also adds charm and beauty to your space.

bathroom chair

Tables and chairs. Many bathrooms have a small table or nightstand in the corner or open space of the layout. This can double as storage space as well as a decorative element. A nice chair also serves as a place to put clothes or items while adding elegance to your bathroom’s decor.

laundry pull out

Laundry pull-outs. If your bathroom doubles as a laundry room or you have some space left in your under-the-sink cabinets, think about adding a pull-out hamper to store dirty clothes and towels. Since it’s inside the cabinet or drawer, it will be hidden from guests and take up less space than a standalone hamper.

bathroom organization

Organize your existing items. Go through what is currently in your bathroom and get rid of anything that is old. Medicines that are past their expiration date, old makeup and stained towels all should be thrown away to clear up more space. See if any of the items in your bathroom can be stored elsewhere in your home. If it’s something you don’t use on a daily basis or need in the bathroom, then move it to another location.

*some images are from Houzz

Lighting for Each Room in Your Home

p>Installing the proper lighting in each room in your home is an important part of any remodel. While some existing lighting fixtures may be adequate enough, each room can benefit from a different type or amount of lighting. Lights that are well-positioned and the right type for the setting can change the entire aesthetic and functionality of your home. Here are some tips for how to light each room of your home.

Kitchen– The kitchen is one of the rooms that requires the most precise lighting. Practical lighting is best (such as spotlights or ceiling lights), since it will produce the right amount of light upon the work surfaces like the stove top and counters. Additional task lighting near areas where you will be preparing food is helpful as well. One basic light in the middle of the kitchen most likely won”t be enough for all of the work you”ll be doing in there- you”ll need a good mix of lighting for this. Installing lighting over the cabinets will make them look higher by expanding the space above them. Most kitchens use incandescent (a hint of yellow) and fluorescent lighting (whiter) for the general lighting needs.

Bathroom– This type of lighting depends on how you use your bathroom and how large the space is. The light must be bright enough for grooming (shaving, applying make-up and styling your hair), but shouldn”t be too harsh or cold to conflict with the relaxing atmosphere. Task lighting will provide enough for all of your grooming needs. Usually a bathroom mirror or cabinet fixture with ample lighting works well for this. Spotlights will light up the rest of the space, which comes in handy when using the shower and toilet. If your bathroom has a nice window with ample sunlight, you may not need to install as many lights. If you are without a window or it doesn”t get enough sunlight, add ambient lighting, which fills in as a substitute for natural light.

Living room- A dimmer is a great option for the living room, since you can control the amount and level of lighting. For example, if you”re watching a movie, you may want the lights to be dim, but if you “re reading a book, you”d need more adequate light to see what you”re reading. The proper amount of light also helps reduce eye strain that is often caused from light that isn”t strong enough. You can also put table lamps and floor lamps near the end tables and seating to add extra light for any activities your family will be doing. This way, each person can adjust the lighting to fit their specific needs at the time. If you have a special painting, sculpture or space you would like to highlight, add accent lighting to give it extra attention.

Bedroom– Each bedroom can feature a different amount and source of lighting depending on the person, but overall small lamps at the bedside are necessary for reading and other activities. Bedroom lighting should be gentle and ambient, not too harsh or bright. A light in the center of the room usually provides enough light for anything non-task related. Installing lighting in your closet (such as lighted closet rods) will make picking out your clothes much easier. Windows can provide lots of natural light, so position your bed and other furniture in relation to that.

Entrance– Since the entrance to your home is ultimately the first thing guests will see, you want the lighting to be warm and inviting. Choose soft, diffused lighting like a chandelier or wall lights. Choose a detailed or more expensive piece for this area of the home since it will be seen the most often. Placing lights on the outside of your home/front door area is another way to make your home appear more inviting as well.



*Images are from Houzz

Choosing Your Bathroom Vanity

When remodeling your bathroom, there are a variety of areas to take into consideration. From the large (a new bathtub) to the small (the hardware on the cabinets), each aspect is just as important as the next. One of the most-used items in your bathroom will be the vanity. It usually is also one of the largest items in your bathroom as well, so you should spend some extra time making sure you find the perfect one. Here are some tips for choosing the right vanity for your bathroom.

Think about storage. If you have extra storage options in your bathroom, such as a closet or shelves, you may not need to focus on the amount of storage in the vanity. However, if you plan on storing things in your vanity, you should take that into consideration. Search for vanities with ample under-the-sink storage space. Anything that has shelves or drawers is good for separating and organizing your items. You also should consider open and closed storage- closed would include cabinet doors, while open would not have any doors.

Stick to a budget. If you do your research ahead of time and decide on a price, it will be easier to narrow down your vanity choices. Don't be afraid to shop around and visit different retailers and stores to find the best price.

Measure the size. It sounds obvious enough, but you should measure your bathroom beforehand. Determine what is the maximum size of a vanity you can fit in the space and go from there. You may end up finding something much smaller and can then have more space in the bathroom for other things.

Choose a style. Much like kitchen cabinets, vanity cabinets are available in a variety of styles. Some popular styles include contemporary, vintage, hand-painted, wooden, and many more. You want the vanity's style to match with the rest of the bathroom. It's also important to take into account the material and type of wood the vanity is made of, as well as the cabinet doors. There are a variety of eco-friendly options (such as bamboo) and unique stains and glazes that can really change the look of your vanity.

Color-coordinate with your existing bathroom. Make sure you choose a vanity that matches well with the rest of your bathroom. If you want a bolder color, opt for colorful towels, paintings, shower curtains, or hardware. Anything that is too trendy or bold on a vanity may need to be replaced soon, so it's best to stick to classic colors and styles.

4 Easy & Affordable Bathroom Updates

Remodeling your entire bathroom can be an extensive and costly task. Thankfully, there are many small updates that can be made that will make just as large of an impact on the look and functionality of your room. These small updates require little time, little knowledge of home improvement and won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

1. Replace your fixtures. The two main fixtures that should be replaced are your faucets and shower heads The faucet is used by essentially everyone who enters the bathroom, so having one that is up-to-date, functional and attractive is a must. Many times, people use the default shower head that came with their home- these are usually older and may be rusted. Updating to a new shower head is inexpensive and easy. They make a variety of water-efficient ones that are great for those who want to “go green”. Lastly, replace any old cabinet knobs, pulls, and towel racks.

2. Make everything match. In many bathrooms, things are mismatched and there isn”t an overall aesthetic going on. Many times, people don’t see the decor of bathrooms to be as important as a living room or kitchen. However, by choosing towels, bath mats and shower curtains that all go together, your bathroom will become more inviting. Replace old hardware and knobs so that they all match. For example, make everything stainless steel or brushed nickel so it is cohesive. Adding a few paintings

or simple decor items will also help make your bathroom a more inviting space.

3. Switch up the lighting. The bathroom Her finner du over 450 casino spill, som inkluderer storheter innen spilleautomater, bordspill, poker, roulette og blackjack, som kan nytes i var nedlastbare casino programvare eller i vart flash casino. is a room where good lighting is a must. You need proper lighting to see while showering and bathing, as

well as when applying make-up, cleaning your face or brushing your teeth in the sink. Choose high-quality and ample lighting fixtures to replace old ones. Always replace burned-out bulbs with new ones so the lighting is as bright as possible. For more ambient lighting, install a dimmer switch if needed.

4. Update your cabinets. Putting in new cabinets altogether can be time-consuming and pricey, so by updating them just a little, you can see benefits. Your options include painting your cabinets a new color, refinishing them, applying a light glaze or gloss, simply giving them a good clean or replacing the cabinet doors. Adding new hardware also can spruce up the look of your bathroom.



*All images are from Houzz

Different Styles of Cabinet Doors

The doors of your cabinets are one of the first things people see when they walk into your kitchen or bathroom. Doors not only add function to your cabinets, but add beauty as well. There are a wide variety of styles, colors and types of doors available when remodeling your home. Here are a few of the most popular styles of cabinet doors.

Shaker- Shaker style cabinet doorsfocus on simplicity and tradition. They are characterized by raised square-paneled door fronts with matching square corners. The edges are sharp and defined with no fancy curves or details. The square doors lay flat against the cabinets for a clean look.

Full overlay- Full overlay cabinet doors are designed so that the door and drawer fronts completely cover the face frames. When they are closed, no part of the frame is exposed, including the hinges. There is usually no more than 1/8” space between the doors and drawers, so knobs and pulls are required to open the cabinets. This type of cabinet door gives a contemporary look to your space.

Half overlay- This type of door isalso commonly referred to as a regular, traditional, standard or partial overlay door. A half overlay door covers approximately ½” over the framework of the cabinet door. The hardware is therefore exposed on the exterior framework. It is an inexpensive option since less material is used, which adds to the popularity of the style.

Framed- In this type of cabinet door, a wood frame is attached to the inside of the cabinet box. This provides support for the cabinet and is very sturdy. Framed cabinet doors give a more traditional look to your kitchen or bathroom.

Mullion- Mullion cabinet fronts feature glass doors with a horizontal and vertical lined frame which replaces the solid door. It is reminiscent of a window pane. The panel is divided into separate sections, sometimes referred to as grids. These doors make the contents of your cabinets visible, adding depth and beauty to your cabinets.

Raised panel- On this type of door,the panel protrudes slightly and is often accompanied with a matching raised panel around the door’s perimeter. Raised panel cabinet fronts require high quality craftsmanship to ensure that the doors are integrated into the cabinet box. A popular type of raised panel door is the cathedral style. This door stylegives an elegant look with their Neo Gothic design. They feature an exaggerated arch at the top of the raised panel, which is usually used on the upper cabinets.

Recessed panel- On this type of door, the panel is sunk back into the cabinet door, which creates a sunken lip around the door’s perimeter. Recessed panel cabinet doors add more depth to your room and will give your cabinets another dimension.

Slab- Slab doors are constructed from a single flat piece of material- usually wood, laminate or steel. There are no raised or recessed parts, which provides a simple design with clean lines to blend with your home’s style. This type of cabinet door adds a contemporary look to your room.