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One Room At A Time: Bathroom Wrap Up

Being that a bathroom is one of the smaller rooms in the house, any change you make can make a pretty big statement. Most of the time, renovating the entire bathroom is not in the budget, but there are a lot of smaller changes you can make to the room without breaking the budget (and a great thing to keep in mind when you do renovations, the more neutral the palette, the longer you will get away with small updates). We’ve compiled a list of updates you can do – some smaller than others, just be sure to keep your budget in mind.
– Add open shelving. – Tall, skinny cabinets, can add a lot of storage space in the room without taking up too much floor space. You can use the majority of the shelves just for storage, or just keep it simple and fill them with decorative pieces that bring in some color and style to the room.
– Mirrors. – Use mirrors to your advantage when decorating any smaller space. Not only are mirrors convenient in the bathroom for the purposes of getting ready and admiring yourself, but they are great for making a room look more larger, open, and brighter.
– Decorative baskets. – Adding baskets to a bathroom space can allow you more room for storage, either dirty or clean. They can also be a great way to bring in color or texture, like a woven basket, or a patterned design that can add a pop of color to a neutral colored room. And you can easily find them in a variety of different shapes and sizes depending on what size/space you have to work with.
– A fresh coat of paint. – Adding a fresh coat of paint can instantly give your room a makeover. Taking a dull outdated beige or green, to a new updated shade of gray will give you a new look without too much work. Aside from gray, nautical themes are popular right now so adding an accent wall of a bold blue or navy can really make a statement as well.
– Patterns. – The use of pattern has become popular again throughout the home, but especially in the bathroom. Don’t go overboard, but bring in some patterned wallpaper on an accent wall, the wall behind the vanity is always a great idea because your eye is generally drawn to that wall in a bathroom. If you want to make a statement (that is a little easier to change), bring in the pattern with a bold window treatment or shower curtain.

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One Room At A Time: Bathroom Window Treatments

When it comes to window treatments in your bathroom, there are a few more things to take into consideration than in most rooms. Although it is a completely possible project, there are a few more challenges that you need to take into account. We have tried to help you out by taking a few of these and presenting solutions for each.
– Moisture. – Moisture, moisture, moisture. Definitely, the number one problem to take into consideration is how much moisture is in your bathroom. Do your mirrors fog up when you are taking a shower? Are your windows in close enough proximity to your shower to get splashed – even if only on occasion? Is your window directly located above a tub/jacuzzi where steam will be getting to your window treatments? Is your window located in the shower (if you’re in New England, there’s a pretty good chance of that)? If you answered yes to any of these questions – you will end up having a moisture issue of some sort, eventually. The best option to counteract this situation would be a vinyl option. The most popular solution are faux wood blinds. Not only are they made out of PVC, but they are extremely durable, and can be wiped down easily for cleaning. They allow for privacy, darkening, or a decent amount of light based on how you end up tilting them open/closed. A vinyl roller shade is also an option, although is generally room darkening, and you don’t necessarily want or need your bathroom to be dark.

– Ability to clean. – Aside from the basic moisture, being able to clean the window treatment in the bathroom is generally a plus. From fingerprints, usually dirty from before a shower, to the dust that collects due to moisture in the air, there are a few considerations. A lot of beauty products, for example, hairsprays, spray in conditioners, and body sprays/colognes can leave a sticky feeling on window treatments fairly quickly. This being said, the options listed above still remain as the best solutions, as vinyl is also the easiest material to clean.

– Privacy and Light. – It’s a bathroom, so obviously you are hoping no one can see you! But, considering that the bathroom is generally the smallest room in the house, you don’t want to make the room any more closed in than necessary. In the past (more than likely your grandmother’s house), curtains were a go-to solution – but really who has time anymore to take down curtains, wash them, and iron them. If the previously mentioned issues are not a concern in your room, pleated and cellular shades are great options, because when they are covering the windows they still filter in the natural light. If the above issues are a concern, stick to a blind that you can tilt open and closed.

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One Room At A Time: Bathroom Trends

As we discussed in bedroom trends, there are also a variety of new trends for bathrooms in 2017, although a lot of trends from 2016 seem to be repeating again this year. Which is great news if you just remodeled last year! If not, we have gathered a variety of the trends to share with you.
– Bring the feel of nature into your bathroom. You can keep it simple and bring some plants into the room – not only to provide a look but it is good for the air in the room! Also gaining popularity is bringing a wood look into the room, either through a “wood look” tile floor or through a natural wood vanity. One of the more popular trends this year is using a stone tile, most often on the shower floor, or as an accent in any tile throughout the room.
– Add some drama to the room. The most common way is through tiles, which has really expanded recently with bolder patterns and colors. Adding glass accents can also add a dramatic look, whether through shower doors, or even tiles. Metallic accents are also back this year (a change from the more matted styles that had become popular in recent years) and can be added fairly easily through basic bathroom accessories, or even by replacing something as simple as toilet paper/towel holders.
– Stick with neutrals. Gray remains the most popular color to use throughout your decorating, but some pale pastels are joining as new neutrals as well. Don’t mistake pastels for Easter egg colors, rather than whites with a hint of color added to give some warmth to the space.some pale pastels are joining as new neutrals as well. Don’t mistake pastels for Easter egg colors, rather than whites with a hint of color added to give some warmth to the space.
– Making the shower the statement of the room. Showers with glass walls, and large bold tiles. They are often accented with smaller glass tiles, either in a small border or to separate a storage area (soap, shampoo, etc). Adding large metallic fixtures as well give the shower a very high end finish.
Although a lot of the trends for this year are on the more expensive side, if you are looking for a simple update, or a less expensive change, you can always pull some inspiration from these styles. Keep in mind you can only do so many updates a year, and maybe 2017 isn’t the year for your bathroom.

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One Room At A Time: Bathroom Overview

Moving on from the bedroom to one of the second most utilized rooms in the house brings us to the bathroom. Although one of the most functional rooms in the house, it is often considered one of the rooms that make a big impact in terms of the décor of a home. Since it is also often one of the smaller rooms in the home, you can keep it simple, or go bold. And hey, most people that visit your home are likely to use the bathroom at least one time while they’re there, so you get to show it off!
There are two ways to look at remodeling the bathroom – it is a small room, so it can be a small project, or it is a small room so why not do a complete renovation (which then equals a huge project). If you are looking to do a total renovation, it is always good to keep in mind how long certain elements will be in the bathroom. A bathtub and toilet will be something you can keep for as long as you own a house, so even if the trend is gray this year, you may want to consider that ten years from now there will be a new trend. On the other hand, the vanity and shower tiles, while things that may last an extremely long time, will be elements you want to change out based on styles and trends that gain and lose popularity. Keep in mind though, if you do go very trendy with them they are not inexpensive items to change out. The easiest elements to change out are the accent pieces and elements in a bathroom. Although it may seem small, the colors of your towels can quickly add a pop of color to your room. The throw rugs you have outside of the shower and in front of the toilet can also have the same effect. You can also update prints on the wall, or even your basic bathroom accessories – toothbrush holders, small handheld mirrors, and soap dishes. These items will make an even bigger impact if most the room is based on basic, neutral colors.
The key thing to keep in mind when designing a bathroom is that you want to keep it functional, and you want to keep it simple. But don’t be afraid to take a risk with a wall color – in the big picture, there is usually very little wall in the room so it won’t overwhelm.

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Floral Bathroom?

By: Karen

Bath-Pleat_015I went shopping the other day, and found a floral shower curtain, that I absolutely fell in love with.  I know, most people probably don’t feel quite so strongly about shower curtains, but I really liked it. Taking a step back, I currently have a white shower curtain, with tiny light blue circles all over it, which, if you didn’t stop to stare, are so subtle you probably wouldn’t notice (and that is representative of my entire decorating style).

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Bathroom Window

By: Karen

We moved into a new apartment last week. It’s a perfect location in the city, close enough to walk to places, but far enough from your neighbors that you are able to have a backyard (no front yard, but that’s okay). There’s an actual full size kitchen, living room, and dining room. It’s 2 bedroom, 2 baths, which is great – no more sharing a bathroom! Really, it was everything my roommate and I had been looking for.

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