Category Archives: Bathroom Design

5 Bathroom Up-do’s that Look Upscale

If you've been standing the doorway of your bathroom wondering what you can do to spruce it up without splurging, let eFaucets help you count the ways. Simple changes can make a huge impact.

1. Curved shower rod and fancy shower curtain - A luxe framless glass shower door would be fantastic, but if you don't have the budget for it, go instead for a double curved shower rod to use one for the shower liner and the outside rod for a fancier fabric shower curtain. Not only does the curved rod actually increase the elbow room inside the tub, but keeping the liner and curtain on separate rods makes cleaning easier, too.

2. Light matters - Replacing a time-worn light with a new fixture can change the entire feel of the bathroom. From a dowdy space with shadows to a brighter space with the flick of a switch!

3. Paint - One of the most inexpensive ways to brighten up and give your bathroom a new personality is paint. At around $25 a gallon (plus supplies), you can give your room a mini-makeover with all the benefits and very little of the pain. Be sure you're bringing home paint labeled for kitchen and bath; it's made to stand up to moisture.

4. Tile - Adding tile to the bathroom can be an expensive undertaking if you don't plan accordingly. For example, if you just don't have the money to do the entire tub surround, just do the back wall or half-way up each wall around the tub.

5. Jazz up your mirror - Resale shops, both locally owned and larger operations like Goodwill and Salvation Army, usually have a pretty good selection of mirrors at reasonable prices that could hang above your bathroom sink to replace the plain-Jane thing you've got up there now. Don't let having a medicine cabinet stop you! Find a creative storage solution (bins, shelving with baskets) and then patch that hole and cover it with a fabulous new mirror.

How to Choose a Medicine Cabinet

Medicine cabinets have to pull double, sometimes triple, duty. Not only do they hold a variety of personal grooming and hygiene items, medicine cabinets almost always include a mirror and can also provide lighting.

While shopping for a new medicine cabinet, consider these points before clicking "Add to Cart:"

1. Medicine cabinets can either be surface mounted or recessed into the wall. While most can be installed either way, some cabinets are application specific. Recessed cabinets have a lower profile, and installation requires building a frame inside the wall to support the weight of the cabinet.

2. Measure! To be sure the new cabinet will fit in the allotted space, run a tape measure from the bottom of the lighting fixture over the vanity to the top of it. The width of the vanity should also be measured to make sure the medicine cabinet can be centered with at least two inches on either side of it, more if independent sconces are also being hung.

3. Don't forget the less obvious spacing issues like making sure doors can swing open freely. More modern designs could include sliding doors - both side-to-side and up-and-down - so taking enough clearance into account is key for successful installation and access.

4. Medicine cabinets can be made of wood, plastic, aluminum or other metal and should be sealed with an enamel top coat. The enamel protects the cabinet for a longer life in the wettest room in the house.

5. While a mirror may be standard, task lighting is optional and can be a nice feature. Not only does the lighting eliminate the need for separate fixtures on either side of the medicine cabinet, using integrated task lighting removes shadows so shaving and makeup application are easier.

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More Space, Light in Small Bath Remodels

Bathroom updates don’t always require expansion. Sometimes, when a bathroom requires an update, not everyone has the space, money and time – or the inclination – for doing anything more than working within the space they have. Even so, bathroom remodels in existing footprints – especially in older homes where bathrooms are smaller – can…
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How to Choose a Bathroom Mirror

Choosing the right bathroom mirror – or not – can make or break the look of any bathroom. Choose one that’s too big or too small, and the whole room seems off. But, when the right mirror is hanging perfectly above the sink or vanity, the room just seems to come together.Bathroom mirrors are the finishing touch…
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