Designing a Guest Bathroom

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While the spare bathroom doesn’t always get much use, it is important to ensure that it is well designed.

Yes, guest bathrooms gives homeowners an opportunity to create a space that is welcoming and comfortable. Since these washrooms aren’t used daily you can make bold and unique choices when it comes to designing the interior.

Before you begin selecting accessories, floorings, and wall colors; you should first consider the layout of the bathroom. Are you working with a fairly small or a large space? Often, the guest bathroom doesn’t require much storage options since it’s likely that your guest will not have large quantities of items to store. Therefore, when decorating you don’t have to place much emphasis on utility.

Perhaps the best part of designing a guest bathroom is that you can experiment with patterns and colors that you would normally consider too bold for other areas of the home. After you have analyzed the current layout of the bathroom, it is time to formulate a distinct design that you’re interested in implementing. Do you want to create a rustic feel or try a funky loud wall color? Try utilizing unique fixtures and furniture pieces. You can find different pieces at thrift stores and boutiques. Remember, the sky is really the limit.

Even though your guests stay is temporary you still want them to be comfortable. Give your guests a hotel-like experience by adding function. You can stock the guest bathroom vanity with amenities such as toothpaste, soap and towels. Additionally, ensure that the bathroom is sparkling clean and free from clutter.

Adding a Backsplash to your Contemporary Kitchen

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Ready to take your kitchen’s decor to the next level? Then you might want to consider installing a backsplash. Gone are the days when the typical backsplash were boring tile pieces or a thin piece of silver behind the stove area. Intricately designed backsplashes featuring all kinds of colors and patterns have become increasing popular in the contemporary kitchen. How can you get on the wave of this trend?

While a backsplash can add interest to any style of kitchen, it can really benefit a contemporary kitchen. With it’s stark lines and clean contours this style of kitchen can feel impersonal and lack feeling. Therefore, adding a backsplash will bring some character to area. Once you’ve decided to incorporate this into your design scheme, here’s how you can successfully execute it.

Keep the Backsplash Cohesive With Your Design

If you’re simply interested in adding just a bit of style and not making a bold statement than you want to be sure that your backsplash blends in with your the decor of your kitchen while adding a bit of pizzazz. The key is to choose the appropriate material and give consideration to how your backsplash tiles are installed.

Elaborate Design Scheme

If you really want to make your kitchen pop and make a bold statement than you should select an elaborate backsplash design scheme. For instance, if your kitchen features a lot of neutral colors such as white or black, you can install a red backsplash. The way the field tiles are placed can also create emphasis. Take a look at how color was implemented in this contemporary kitchen.

When selecting a backsplash be sure to think outside the box. Yes, your unique ideas can lead to a super stylish kitchen.

Types of Shower Doors

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Shower doors make a great addition to many bathrooms. They can be elegant or contemporary, clear or opaque, and they can be crafted to fit just about any size or shape of shower or tub for a perfect fit. That said, there are still several choices that you can make when it’s time to purchase a shower door or enclosure for your bathroom. Because your choice can have an impact on the style and function of the room, it’s important to take a look at all the various options as you make your decision.

Sliding Doors

Sliding shower doors are most commonly used on tubs, but can also be used on some larger walk in showers as well. Like the name implies, they are installed on a track, with one moveable and one stationary panel. The panel slides to give you access to the shower and slides back again to enclose the space.

French Doors

Some people don’t like sliding doors because they block a section of the tub or shower even when open. This can be problematic for bathing small children, for example, as well as for cleaning. French doors are often the answer to this problem. They mount on a tub or shower curb, and both panels open out into the room, giving you full access to the area behind them.

Splash Panels

Some large walk-in showers don’t need to be fully enclosed because the shower head is far enough away from the rest of the room to not spray everything around it. These showers, therefore, can use what’s called a splash panel. This is a fixed pane of glass that just protects the area closest to the shower head from spray; the rest of the shower remains open.

Frameless

Frameless shower enclosures are one of the most popular. Rather than having a metal frame around the perimeter of the enclosure, the doors use only clips to mount them to the walls and to each other. This gives a very clean, minimalist look to the enclosure, and makes it appear as though there is nothing in the way, letting you enjoy the look and design of the shower itself, rather than of the door.

Upgrades for a Spa like Bathroom

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There are ways to create a spa like bathroom at home. A few choice upgrades will transform a regular residential bathroom into a luxurious in-home spa. Read along to find out what selections we suggest to create this reality.

Create your own steam room within your shower. Steam generators are expensive, however there is a way to make your own steam shower. Have the glass installed all the way to the ceiling. There needs to be a vent in the ceiling above the shower, which can be opened and closed. When the vent is closed the steam will accumulate and create the effects of a steam room. With that being said a shower bench is necessary. Having a place to sit and relax during a steam is very important. When upgrading your shower, have a bench installed, which serves more than one purpose. It is a place to sit and relax during a steam and it is easier for women to shave their legs.

When selecting the fixtures for the shower, consider a nice big rain shower head. A rain shower head will provide more water for a more enjoyable shower and rinse. If you really want a spa like feel you may want to install body spray jets in the ceiling or walls of the shower.

Heated floors are a luxurious feature that will really make your bathroom feel like a spa. Basically electrical wiring that generates heat is installed underneath the floors. A feature like this is especially appropriate in colder climates. No matter where you live it is always nice to get out of the shower or bath and have a nice warm floor to walk on.

A heated towel rod is perfect for an in home spa. It warms your towel while you are in the shower. There is nothing better than having a warm towel to wrap up in after bathing.

Making these select upgrades will truly transform a regular bathroom into a spa like sanctuary!

8 Unique and Stylish Flooring Ideas

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We think you’ll absolutely love these suggestions! If you think standard or conservative flooring designs are beautiful, but don’t feel quite like they match your personality, you’re sure to find something intriguing on this list.

  1. Using tape to outline a faux rug on a solid color floor. Say what? Yes, we know it sounds odd but people are doing it and loving it. Talk about versatility! You can pull it up and redesign as often as you like. If you’re not very concerned about versatility but you love this idea, go ahead and use paint instead of tape.

  2. Tinted wood floors. These are far more subtle than painted wood but still provide you with the opportunity to blend in a little color. Indigo, for example is a beautiful tint on a floor and it hides dirt really well.

  3. Polished cement floors. So chic and understated. Looks good in many different environments, such as a city loft or rustic kitchen.

  4. Floral floor tile designs. This is adorable in any room that is very feminine or botanical. To achieve, mix and match hexagonal tiles to create a pattern that looks like you have big beautiful flowers all over the floor.

  5. Weathered wide plank floors. These have tons of character because of their age and size. Perfect in masculine settings or country homes.

  6. Patterned wood floors. Accomplished by using planks all one color, and the staining them in a pattern. Similar to the way tile floors mix tiles to create shapes. So, staining sections of the wood in the shape of multiple squares for example. You can also do stenciled wood floors using a stencil and contrasting color finish.

  7. Antique tiles from around the world. This would require you to be very good at scavenger hunts in order to compile a collection of coordinating tiles large enough to cover a floor. But it sure looks amazing when it’s done.

  8. High gloss wood. This is very glamorous, but also tricky to maintain. So don’t go for this idea unless you are a neat freak!

What You Need to Know about Carpet

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If you are considering adding carpet to your home, you need to read this. Many areas of the home can benefit from the warmth and comfort of carpet. This read will help you decide if carpet is the right choice for your home and family!

Carpet can help keep a home warmer in the colder months. It provides a level of comfort that is great for sitting on the floor and playing with children. Small children in the household will benefit from carpet when they are crawling or just learning to walk. This material is soft when little ones fall down, it also can prevent less injuries from falling.

Not only can children benefit from carpet. Elderly people can get better traction when walking on carpet. They too can be better protected if they slip and fall on this material. Carpet is a good choice when a home has individuals that have difficulty walking.

Allergens, dust and pollens that are floating around in the air are actually trapped into carpet fibers. Once the carpet has been vacuumed those particles are removed. This material is a great option for individuals that are prone to air borne allergens.

Buffering sound is one of carpet’s best qualities. The sound is absorbed by carpet fibers and the carpet pad beneath. This makes it a great choice for homes with multiple levels, as the sound does not travel as easily from one floor to another. Using carpet on stairs makes foot traffic less noisy too.

There is no need to worry about spills and stains. Many different stain resistant treatments can be applied to carpets in order to prevent stains from soaking in. Before you have carpet installed ask us about stain resistant treatment options. This is a must for families with children, pets or both!

With all the benefits and varieties of carpet, surely there is an area in your home that will benefit from carpet. Ask us about any questions, concerns or needs you may have. We will be able to help you decide what carpet is right for you and your family!

Slate vs Quartzite Flooring

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Quartzite is one of the most frequently mislabeled materials in natural stone. Cut and polished it is often mistaken for granite or marble. Left in its natural cleft state, many people confuse it with slate. This metamorphic stone does share traits with both marble and slate, but it’s made primarily of quartz that has undergone a dramatic transformation through heat and pressure. Therefore, it’s actually more durable and resistant to scratching and stains than either marble or slate. If you’re considering a slate floor for your home, but are uncertain if the stone you have picked is slate or quartzite, take a look at a few general characteristics of both to figure it out.

Slate

Slate was originally made up of layers and layers of compressed mud. It naturally clefts or slices itself along these cleft lines, and if you hold a piece of ungauged slate on its edge, you can often see the lines or grooves that these layers create.

Slate can be found in many colors from gray to green to purple, and many slates are often made up of several different colors in one. It is not uncommon to find a piece of slate that is different colors on either side, in fact.

When slate spalls, or flakes, shortly after installation, it does so in thin layers. The stone therefore may be dusty or muddy after being washed and little pieces may break off. The stone itself is fairly smooth, however, despite the clefts and valleys in the surface.

Quartzite

Being made of compressed quartz, quartzite is a lot more sparkly than slate. In the light it will often glitter like it is made of diamond dust. To the touch, ungauged or natural cleft quartzite may feel rough to the touch, similar to the surface of an emery board.

Quartzite can also be very dramatic in its coloring, with two popular colors – Desert Gold and Moss Green – actually coming from two sides of the same quarry.

When quartzite spalls after installation, it will appear to be covered in fine grit. Some people may describe it as being sugary as the tiny granules break off. Like slate, this does stop after a few months, but it’s less likely to be dusty or muddy during this time.