10 Design Essentials for the Perfect Modern Bath Reminiscent of spa resorts, modern baths exude serenity. This look is achieved in part by paring elements in the room down to their essentials. As well, each piece in the space is carefully chosen for its spare, contemporary design. Straight edges, sleek finishes, soothing colors, and an abundance of natural materials like marble and stone all work together to define this popular bathroom style. How can you get the look in your own home? Here are 10 design details to get you started.
10 Quick Fixes for a More Refreshing Shower Nothing kills the mood of a refreshing bath after a long day (or for that matter, an energizing shower to start one) faster than the sight of mold. Or a delay in warm water. Or a damp towel. The fact is this: So many factors can cramp what should be a relaxing retreat. Fortunately, these 10 quick fixes can help you go back to enjoying your next shower—and maybe even make it a long one.
10 Scene-Stealing Country Bathrooms French Country. English Country. Vintage. Rustic. Farmhouse. Country Western. When it comes to decorating, these all define a particular country style. But even though characterizing country can be a subjective exercise, there are common threads that run throughout. Country decorating is about comfort and a simpler way of life. Sometimes it's expressed with vintage or distressed accents, other times feminine florals are used to create a more romantic country feel. And sometimes, country comfort comes in a modern, elegant dress. So where to start? Because of their relatively small footprint, bathrooms are a great place to let your country style run free, even if you live in the big city. Here are ten ideas to inspire your countryside "art de vivre”.
10 Wow-Worthy Walk-In Showers Whether your shower is purely functional or a crucial chance to unwind each day, there's no denying the luxury a walk-in shower offers. Added touches don't go unnoticed either—a rain shower head, built-in seating, and thoughtfully chosen materials can make the difference between a quick rinse and a relaxing "Ahhh, I guess I'll be late for work now" experience. Renovating a bathroom to accommodate a walk-in shower is a hefty undertaking, so you'll want to be sure you do your research and plan for all the amenities you desire. We've rounded up a few showers, from simple to extravagant, that may inspire you to take the plunge when the time comes for your next bathroom upgrade.
17 Tiny Bathrooms We Love While they may be short on space, these small bathrooms make the most of their size in height, features, floor space and storage.
18 Bathroom Updates You Can Do in a Day The bathroom may not be the venue of choice for your next social gathering, but on any given day, it receives a number of visitors—and for that reason alone, it's worth paying extra attention to the design and decor of your bathroom. Consider too that bathroom upgrades can have a great return on investment. Fortunately, you don't have to spend a lot of time, money, or effort to transform your bathroom for the better. Even if you're not in the market for a full bathroom renovation, consider a DIY makeover using one of these 18 update ideas. With a bit of inspiration and basic skills, you can accomplish each one of these projects in just a day's time.
20 Ways to Make a Small Bathroom Big Even if your bathroom is small, there are ways to make it at least appear larger. Here are 15 products that could help improve the storage, lighting, style and look of the small bathroom.
2011 Bathroom Trends Cleanliness, conservation, and comfort—welcome to the 21st-century bathroom, which was highlighted prominently by man...
7 (Very) Different Looks for Bathroom Vanities While floor space may be limited, every bath--small and grand--can be given a new look with a sink and vanity replacement. And with such a large variety available at retail and online, you are certain to find one that fits your design style and budget.
7 Mistakes Not to Make in Your Bathroom Remodel Whether you are just replacing an outdated vanity or renovating the entire space, bathroom remodeling can be an expensive proposition. Read on to find out the 7 most common mistakes made during a bathroom renovation and how you can avoid them in your own home.
7 Revealing Facts About How We Bathe As the senior research and development manager for Delta Faucet, Paul Patton conducts frequent surveys and studies to better understand the needs of his customers. Through this research, Patton has observed an intriguing phenomenon: Although people interact with kitchen and lavatory sinks in much the same way, the way we shower differs from person to person.
“There is an emotional side to showers that just isn’t there with sinks,” Patton confirms. “A shower is a uniquely personal experience, whether you use the time to wake up in the morning, to wind down in the evening, or simply to get away from it all.” Here, 7 telling facts reveal how Americans feel about their showers.
7 Ways to Open Up a Windowless Bathroom A small footprint presents design challenges that can be difficult to overcome in the bathroom, particularly if there are no windows. After all, windows do more than provide a view to the outdoors: They admit the color-clarifying, texture-highlighting natural light that enables you to see better as you go about your daily grooming routine. Not to mention, windows also promote a sense of airy openness—a welcome relief in a space that might otherwise feel cramped. Still, even in the absence of a window, it's not only possible but can be surprisingly easy to make a small, dim, and forbidding bathroom feel bigger, brighter, and more welcoming. One company in particular, Solatube International, Inc., offers a suite of innovative tubular daylighting devices capable of introducing a night-and-day difference to the most tomb-like space. Click through now to see a range of effective solutions for maximizing light and creating the illusion of additional square footage in a small, windowless bath.
7 Ways to Skimp on a Bathroom Renovation Bathroom remodels are one of the most costly and time-consuming home projects you can undertake—but they're also one of the few surefire ways to increase the value of your home. A mid-range bathroom remodeling project costs an average of $16,000—but if that's not in your budget you can still make big and small changes that will completely refresh your bath. It requires a little out of the box thinking—and a lot of elbow grease—but it is more than doable to reinvent your bathroom without breaking the bank. Click thru for several easy ideas to help you renovate your bathroom on a budget.
8 Cutting-Edge Components for Your Dream Bathroom Any bathroom can become a luxury destination with a few upgrades. Today's manufacturers and homeowners, however, are well aware that energy and water efficiency are just as important as comfort. Click through for 8 incredible new products that can help you create a sumptuous bath that's both spa-like and sustainable.
8 Fresh Designs for Kids' Bathrooms Often an afterthought in home design, the bathroom can meet most homeowners' needs with just a few essentials: a sink, toilet, tub, and—if you're lucky—a little storage. Throw some little ones into the mix, though, and suddenly your needs change. Where's the rubber ducky collection or a kid-friendly step stool? Check out our favorite bathroom ideas that cater to the special needs of kids and families.
8 Unusual Tips for Your Cleanest Bathroom Ever Few chores are as perennial as cleaning the bathroom. The loo probably gets more use per square foot than any other space in the house. As a result, it has to be cleaned more frequently as well. You may think you know all there is to know about getting your bathroom spick-and-span. But there are a few unconventional ways to cleanse the commode and scrub the tub that you’ve probably never heard of, including these surprising favorites.
A Tub with a View: 10 Bathtubs on the Edge of Heaven A relaxing soak in the tub is one of life's simple pleasures. It's a time to rejuvenate and let your mind wander. Add a scenic view of a picturesque mountaintop, a sun-dappled woodland, or even a verdant private garden and your tub-time enjoyment is doubled. Here are 10 of our favorite bathtub settings that let the outside in. In your own home, the placement of the tub and the size of the window will depend largely on the layout of the room and the level of privacy you need. Scroll forward and dream!
Before and After: 7 Stunning Bathroom Makeovers Because the bathroom isn’t the first thing visitors see, it often falls to the bottom of the DIY to-do list. But a bathroom shouldn’t stay out of sight and out of mind, because it is one of the most-used areas of any home. With a little tender love and care, even the most shameful space can be transformed into a spa-like retreat. Upgrades can be as easy as changing the paint color or switching up mirrors or other accents, or as complex as replacing vanities and renovating showers. We’ve found 7 before-and-after bathroom makeovers sure to inspire you to take the plunge with your own project.
Beyond Tile: Fresh Ideas for Bathroom Flooring Ceramic tile has been the go-to choice for bathroom flooring almost since the advent of indoor plumbing. But today there are many alternative—and stylish—choices for homeowners to consider when putting in a new bathroom or remodeling an existing one. Attractive flooring options run the gamut from high-end marble to eco-friendly fibers to new twists on traditional materials such as hardwood and vinyl. Not every flooring choice is suitable for bathroom use, however. Some key factors to keep in mind when evaluating your options include overall resistance to moisture; whether or not a given flooring material is too slippery, especially when wet; and durability. Here are just a few of the most interesting and innovative ideas for bathroom floors.
Beyond White: 11 Alternative Hues to Color Your Bath The all-white bathroom is a familiar design icon: crisp white walls, marble vanity top, gleaming porcelain, plush white towels. But after years of being considered a classic, this minimalist palette can leave many people wanting more. A dash of color can enrich the space with energy, and—depending on the shades you choose—your bathroom paint colors can help invigorate you in the morning, relax you in the evening, or simply make you smile at any time of day. Use the power of paint color in the bathroom to set a tone. A blue bathroom that pulls from hues of the sea and sky will feel tranquil, while a stately navy blue or a steel gray bathroom promotes a sense of stability. Or, choose something altogether refreshing: A sunny yellow bathroom is sure to help wake you up in the morning, and a green bathroom in nature-inspired tones will feel grounded in cool earthiness. No matter your color choice, a paint with a semi-gloss finish will be your best bet to lay down the color; as a matter of practicality, these work best in the high-moisture environment of the bathroom. They'll be easy to clean and aren’t blighted by the occasional splash of water. While you're at it, use an especially durable paint on trim work, as windows and doors in the small space of a bathroom take extra abuse. A good paint job is at the foundation of nearly all bathroom decor ideas; whatever your style, there’s a palette to suit it. To inspire you, we’ve gathered images of 11 bathroom color schemes that range in hues from pale and ethereal to dark and dramatic—and really make their mark.
Boring Bathroom? 7 Fixes for an Old Medicine Cabinet Medicine cabinets aren't just for meds anymore. In reality, they function as a catchall for all those bathroom necessities you want close at hand but still out of sight. Yet, despite its undeniable storage value, the standard builder-grade cabinet falls flat in its style points. If you're looking at your medicine cabinet and thinking it's time for an update, there's good news: You don't necessarily have to replace the entire fixture. With a simple (or extensive) facelift, you can change your cabinet's look and improve its functionality. Let these 7 redos inspire you to get started freshening up your own bathroom.
Buyer's Guide: Tubs Equal parts meditative and functional, today’s bathroom has been transformed into a spa, a place to unwind and refres...
Childproofing the Bathroom Bathroom AccessChildproofing a room begins with some common-sense approaches. “So much of it doesn’t cost a cent,” sa...
Delta Innovation: Then and Now Recognize this faucet? Chances are you had—or still have one—in your home or apartment. Or perhaps you remember it fr...
Kid-Friendly Bathroom Design When my husband and I lived in New York City with our two young girls, we had a single bathroom in our one-bedroom ap...
Low-Flow Toilets 101 The EPA declares that an estimated 4. 8 billion gallons of water are flushed down the toilet every day. According to ...
Make Your Own Vanity: 12 Inventive Bathroom Rehabs The centerpiece of any bathroom is the vanity. It not only holds the sink, but it also provides valuable storage. Its finish and style often help set the palette for the entire room. When you're choosing this all-important component of your bathroom scheme, you don’t have to settle for what you can find in the stores. There are unique DIY projects that can replicate the many different vanity styles common in today's bathrooms, from large wall-to-wall units to small statement pieces. DIY possibilities range from simple upgrades using paint or fun drawer pulls to inventively upcycled dressers or vintage pieces. Need some ideas? Here are a few fine examples of DIY vanities to get your creative juices flowing.
New & Notable: 12 Bathroom Products That Raise the Bar on Style and Innovation Current trends in bathroom design reflect homeowners' propensities toward spa-like luxuries and smart innovation. Here are 12 new and notable products that stand apart from the rest by offering it all—luxury, style, and cutting-edge technology. If you are remodeling your bath or looking for a quick and easy update, one of these products might be just what you're after.
Quick Tip: Unclog a Toilet We all know that life would be very different without that wonder of modern science: the toilet. But when it acts up,...
SPA-oritize Your Bath in 15 Steps If you have a limited home improvement budget and a modest bathroom, don't despair. There are numerous upgrades you can do to beautify your existing bath and even add spa-like features at home.
SPA-oritize Your Home Bath We all dream of having a luxurious bath (consider the one pictured above, by Abraham Teiger Architects, or the bath b...
Shower Heads 101 Gone are the days of the utilitarian shower head. Today's spigots are anything but standard. From sleek handheld unit...
The 10 Best Plants for Your Bathroom If replacing your tile or installing a new vanity lie outside your budget, you can afford one truly luxurious upgrade: transforming your bathroom into a tropical paradise. Low light bathrooms with small or frosted windows pose no problems for many of these houseplants. And the high humidity in an average bathroom makes it the perfect environment for many tropical varieties. Not only that, but houseplants are nature's air purifiers—so this is one upgrade that pays dividends and looks great at the same time.
The Basics of Bathroom Design The fun part of bathroom remodeling is ogling vessel sinks, walk-in showers, towel heaters, translucent tiles and gra...
The Toilets of Tomorrow High-tech appliances, gadgets, and gizmos are steadily marching into all corners of our lives. So it only makes sense that advanced technology would insinuate itself into our… bathrooms? Yup. For years, toilet-flushers in Japan have enjoyed commodes with heated seats, auto-cleaning functions, and even white-noise machines. Now smart toilet tech is finally reaching our shores. Click through to find out what the toilets of tomorrow are going to look like and how they’re going to operate. Indeed, someday your children might ask, "You mean the toilet didn’t always stream music?"
Tiny Bath? 8 Space-Smart Color Choices With smart design choices, even a small bathroom can speak volumes. One of the easiest and most effective ways to amp up a bathroom's appeal is through the judicious use of paint. In fact, some homeowners feel more comfortable experimenting with a bright or unusual palette in a tiny, contained setting than they might in a larger, more public room. Scroll ahead to see 8 examples of small bathrooms where color makes a strong statement.
Vessel Sinks: 10 Works of Art Vessel sinks have opened up a world of possibilities for today's bath. Offering both style and utility, they come in a variety of materials, shapes, sizes and prices. And, along the way, they have become works of art in their own right.
Where the Stars Go: 11 Big Celebrities' Beautiful Bathrooms Hollywood Stars: They're just like us! They laugh, they cry, they go grocery shopping... and they, um, use the bathroom. For some, that's just a beautifully designed space; for others, it's a room with a near-literal porcelain throne. So get ready for a sneak peek into the most private rooms of the most famous stars. You can decide for yourself which bathroom is number one!
Installing Custom Shower Doors, Bath Hardware, and CO Detectors Bob reviews the bathrooms, discusses the importance of carbon monoxide detectors, and highlights some fun touches in the basement, such as his mini wine cellar and wood waiter, which transports wood from the basement to the first floor with the touch of a button.
Installing a Marble Tile Floor Bob talks to Nick Tagios, of Tagios Tile and Marble, who's laying down the marble tile bathroom floor using a traditional installation technique.
Installing Bathroom Fixtures Bob meets with Lenora Campos of Toto USA, the largest toilet manufacturer in the world. Campos introduces Toto's Mercer line of residential fixtures, giving special attention to the low-flow toilet.
Toto Low-Flow Toilet Bob meets with Lenora Campos from Toto USA, a leader in water technology and the largest toilet manufacturer in the world. Campos introduces Bob to the dual-flush Neorest 600, a tankless toilet with a number of leading edge features.
Installing Glass Tile in the Shower The crew prepares to grout the Vitrus Glasstile, which has been installed in the shower using a mildew- and stain-resistant epoxy grout. Bob remarks that, unlike ceramic tile, glass sets a fluid, artistic tone in the bathroom.
Installing a Floating Vanity Cabinet Bob looks on as a member of the Princeton Custom Cabinetry team installs the LesCare vanity in the dressing area between the bathroom and bedroom.
Installing a Toto One-Piece Toilet Bob watches the installation of a low-flow Toto toilet with a sleek design. The installation is simple, thanks to a special flange that reconfigures the traditional drain setup.
Wheelchair-Accessible Toilet Installation Bob talks with Gerry Folan, the plumber who is installing a specially designed wheelchair-accessible toilet. Phil Boggs (from Kohler) discusses the unique features of the toilet.
Solid-Surface Bathroom Vanity Top Installation Bob helps Steven Nyz install a Surell one-piece vanity top and sink. No screws or nails are used, just some silicone caulk. Surell is totally non-porous, making it easy to clean and maintain.
Marble and Venetian Glass Aggregate Bathroom Floor Tiles Bob and Bob Ingram (from Rover Tile) discuss the tile that's going into the master bath and children's bathroom. The tile is a combination of marble chips, Venetian glass, and polyester resin, all ground down to a smooth surface.
Shower Stall Installation Bob joins the plumber as he installs a shower stall in the kids' bathroom. After drilling the drain hole, the plumber demonstrates how to properly attach a metal drain to a fiberglass shower stall to prevent leaks.
The Merchandise Mart Bob heads to the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago, the largest wholesale design center in the city, to see a selection of bathroom fixtures at K & B Galleries with Susan Kaiser.