5 Secrets to Creating Your Dream Bathroom on a Budget

Designing a dream bathroom sounds great, but it’s not always financially possible. After all, materials and labor add up quickly. To make sure that your budget stretches as far as possible, you’re going to need to make smart choices. Below are listed out the places you can cut corners as well as the places you should spend big.

Get Creative with Tile

Two Tone Bathroom Tile
Compared to other bathroom material options, tile can be pretty cheap. While tile is beautiful, versatile, durable, and affordable, many homeowners fail to realize the product’s full potential. To get the most out of your purchase, use alternating colors to create a trim, put a unique pattern on your bathroom floor, or add a bit of pop with a contrasting grout.

Look at What You Can Reuse

Cast Iron Bathtub
It’s possible that components in your existing bathroom can be reused. A bathtub, for example, can be reglazed at a fraction of the cost of a new one. However, please don’t reuse water wasting fixtures or toilets; the saved money on your utility bill will offset the cost of new ones.

Skip Shower Doors

Walk-In Shower with No DoorShower doors are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Besides being a pain to clean, they can make your space feel a lot smaller. A walk-in shower is really your best bet. If you don’t have the space, then find a bold shower curtain instead. Make sure to match the shower curtain’s hardware to your bathroom fixtures.

Don’t Buy Mirrors from Big Box Stores

Gorgeous Blue Bathroom with Round MirrorYour bathroom mirror is a great opportunity to add pop and style to the space. However, standard mirrors available at big box stores are expensive and boring. Instead, shop antique shops and even thrift stores; there you will find mirrors to match any decor at a fraction of the price.

Splurge on a Bathroom Vanity

Dark Brown Bathroom VanityIf your home is like most, your bathroom could probably use some more space. The best way to gain those precious few extra square feet is with a properly sized bathroom vanity. While it will increase the overall price of your project, this is an area you should splurge.

Bathrooms remodels on a budget really are possible. With careful planning, you can save costs in key areas. That way, you’ll have funds available for critical pieces. Once you’re done, you’ll have your dream bathroom without breaking the bank.

This post entitled 5 Secrets to Creating Your Dream Bathroom on a Budget is a post from the Kitchen Cabinet Kings Blog. Kitchen Cabinet Kings is a wholesale distributor of kitchen and bathroom cabinetry.

4 Things to Consider When Deciding Between One Sink or Two

During a bathroom remodel, you’re likely to spend hours and hours selecting the tile, replacing the flooring, ordering the toilet, picking out the bathtub, and painting the walls. After all that work, many homeowners are tempted to pick up the first vanity they find at their local home improvement store. However, that would be a wasted opportunity. After all, a properly selected vanity can really make or break a bathroom remodel. During your next project, make sure that you consider the following to ensure that the vanity you choose fits all your needs.

1. Size

Huge Bathroom Vanity
It’s just a simple fact that your vanity needs to quite literally fit your space. Before tearing out your old vanity, be sure to measure how large it is. Additionally, take note of the distance between the vanity, the toilet, all surrounding walls, and the bathtub. These measurements will help make sure that your new vanity doesn’t crowd the space. Once you have a new vanity selected, use painters tape to mark exactly where it will go. That way, you’ll have a better understanding if the vanity will be too large or small.

2. Use

Gray Bathroom Vanity With Under Sink Towel Storage
Take a week and track exactly how your bathroom vanity is used. Do multiple people need a sink at the same time? Do you need extra room to spread out beauty products all over the counter? Do you find that you’re always competing with someone else for mirror space? Are children going to frequently be using it? By answering these questions, you can determine what material type should be used, how durable the cabinets need to be, what kind of storage will work best, and if you need more than one sink. However, remember that two sinks will take quite a bit of space. After all, experts generally recommend that you have 6 feet of space for a vanity if you’re going to put in two sinks.

3. Storage

White Pedestal Sink
Far too often, a homeowner will fall in love with a pedestal sink but fail to take into account his/her need for bathroom storage. Sure, you can ditch a traditional vanity and go for something more romantic, but you’ll still need a place to store towels, cosmetics, and toilet paper.

4. Resale

Home for Sale
There comes a point that you need to think about what others will want as well. After all, you’re going to eventually sell the house, and you want to make sure that potential homebuyers will find the bathroom attractive. If you do fall in love with something wild and crazy, please consider if the money spent will go back into the value of your home or not.

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Bathroom Remodeling Trends for 2015

Bathroom Remodeling Trends Intro

It’s a New Year, and now’s the time for a fresh start. Why not start with one of the most important rooms of the house? The bathroom! There are so many ways to reinvent the bathrooms in your house – upgrading the master bathroom, making your bathroom more eco-friendly, redecorating to add your personal flare, or adding extra storage for all your household items.

Upgrading the master bathroom can be as simple and inexpensive as adding nautical themed accessories to make you feel like you are relaxing on the beach. If you are looking for a major overhaul, you can try installing a new shower or tub.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to be more energy efficient, you can cross this off your list by making some simple upgrades to save money on your water and energy bills.

One of the easiest ways to reinvent your bathroom is to redecorate to show off your personal style. Most of these ideas are DIY projects that will make your bathroom look more luxurious and won’t put a dent in your wallet.

This New Year is also the perfect time to clean out the clutter in your bathroom. Add shelves and storage for all your beauty products and household goods. Go Seahawks.

Even if your bathroom is 5, 10, or 15 years old, there are so many ways to transform your bathroom. Find out the most popular trends for 2015.

En Suite Master Bath Trends for 2015

Upgrading a basic, unattractive, or poorly laid out bathroom into a spa-like en suite master bath is an ideal renovation possibility. Creating a luxurious getaway in your own home isn’t just about installing a new shower or jet tub, though those are certainly desirable. It’s also about the little details. Here are a few of the most popular lavish bathroom remodeling trends for 2015.

Coastal Theme

Coastal Themed Bathroom

There are few locations as idyllic and relaxing as the beach. Developing a coastal theme for your master bathroom can instantly add elegance and comfort to the space, making it feel light, open, and transporting. It’s easy to go overboard (if you will) with this motif. One good way to keep it in balance is to use one main textural element. Seashells in glass vases or an old weathered ship’s helm on the wall are two ideas. Don’t feel stuck with a blue and green palette, either; black and white can be nautical given the right accessories and so can many other color schemes.

Statement Sink

Onyx Vessel Sink in Wood Vanity

The sink arguably gets the most attention of any item in the bathroom, so why not make it a joy to use? A statement sink, such as a vessel style in an unusual material, can make the dull experience of washing your hands or brushing your teeth the most luxurious two minutes of your day. While a statement piece is intended to stand out, it should still fit within the overall style of the bathroom. If you’re using a lot of natural materials, perhaps a wooden vessel sink can help make your bathroom special? And don’t forget, you can double up the statement sinks so both you and your partner have one.

Frameless Glass Shower

Frameless Glass Shower

Tile and shower curtains are out — way out. Frameless glass showers may not offer much in the way of privacy, but they provide a sophisticated appearance that makes any bathroom feel spacious. They can be custom-made with shelves to hold all the bottles, soaps, and various bathing accoutrements or left minimalist in style. Furthermore, the showerhead should be upgraded alongside the stall.

Soaking Tub

Free Standing Soaking Tub

Carrying over from last year’s trends, the free-standing soaking tub remains a trendy option among home renovators. While a shower is by far the most utilized bathing device, nothing can beat a soaking tub for its undeniably impressive appearance and indulgent escape. Round, square, and vintage claw foot styles are all good choices, depending on the decor of your bathroom. If you have the space, placing a soaking tub in a larger open region with a sitting and dressing area enhances the appeal even further. Make sure there’s an oversized window nearby for watching the sunset.

Open Shelving

Open Bathroom Shelving

Not all master baths are expansive, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be luxurious. Installing open shelving can help create an open feel that makes a small bathroom feel larger. Plus, it offers an excellent opportunity to display common items in a beautiful way. Using glass, wood, or metal jars and holders, you can show off your simple items (like Q-tips, lotions, and makeup brushes) in a beautiful way while keeping them close at hand. This is form and function at its best.

Renovating the bathroom is almost always a good idea when it comes to adding value to your home, but even more importantly, upgrading the master bathroom into an oasis like retreat improves the living experience. Make the simple, basic chores of getting ready in the morning or going to bed at night your favorite parts of the day with these fantastic remodeling ideas.

Bathroom Efficiency Trends in 2015

We’ve talked about the many ways you can upgrade the kitchen with energy efficient appliances, but did you know the bathroom would also benefit from the same treatment? The bathroom is often where the greatest volume of water is spent, and a sizable amount of electricity gets put to use here too. Discover the many ways your powder room can save you money on the monthly utility bill with the following suggestions for improvements. Not only do these ideas provide real savings, but they’re often stylish enhancements as well.

Low Flow and Dual-Flush Toilets

Dual Flush Toilet

Water is a precious resource, and most of it just gets flushed down the drain. By installing a low-flow or dual-flush toilet in your bathrooms, you can not only save money on your monthly bill but also replace your basic toilet with something more stylish. Dual-flush styles give you the option of a regular flush or a minimal one that uses just 0.8 gallons of water, so you can choose what’s appropriate at the time.

Sustainable Materials

Reclaimed Wood Bathroom Vanity

If you’re planning on renovating your whole bathroom, it’s important to consider materials that are not just beautiful to look at but sustainable too. Fortunately, some of the most popular options for flooring, cabinets, and countertops are eco-friendly styles, such as reclaimed wood, bamboo, and composite and recycled glass countertops. Outfitting the interior in antique furniture can also help elevate the design while respecting the earth.

Eco-Friendly Lighting

Eco-Friendly Bathroom Lighting

It should go without saying that replacing old incandescent bulbs with more efficient LEDs, CFLs, and halogens makes financial and eco-conscious sense. But as an additional incentive, these efficient light bulbs come in a wide variety of attractive design styles that make complying with energy standards a delight. Whether you prefer track, recessed, ambient, or accent lighting, there are plentiful energy-efficient options from which to choose. This is also one of the most economical upgrades you can make as a homeowner.

Low Flow Shower Heads

Low Flow Shower Head

Switching out a showerhead in favor of a low flow product used to mean sacrificing water pressure and, sometimes, even temperature control. These days, it’s possible to have a luxurious rain shower, multiple showerheads, or the standard hand-piece style in a low flow design. The models vary, as does the number of gallons of water used per minute, but it’s worth shopping around to find a style that makes you happy and lowers your water bill.

Radiant Floor Heating

Radiant Bathroom Floor Heating

If stepping on icy cold tile in the morning before your shower strikes fear into your heart, it’s time to upgrade to radiant floor heating. Not only is this awesome system wonderful on bare feet, it’s also surprisingly energy efficient. If you habitually turn on the heater in the morning, the radiant floor heating may save you as much as 30% on your utility bill. This is only sensible if you’re replacing the flooring as well, and installing radiant heating is worth the additional price if that’s a renovation on your list.

Replace the Water Heater

Water Heater Replacement

When it comes to water heaters, you should go tankless if at all possible. Traditional storage-tank water heaters are money suckers, and while changing yours out will be a little pricey upfront, it will ultimately save you a great deal down the road.

When it comes to following bathroom trends, going green has never looked more stylish. For 2015, a growing number of people will be fixated on getting the most efficient use out of every appliance and lowering their utility bills as much as possible. With these simple tricks, you can update your bathroom, save some money, and help the earth all at once.

Bathroom Decor Trends in 2015

Big or small, creating a bathroom that’s inviting and pleasant is essential. The easiest and most affordable way to make this heavily used space beautiful is by choosing stylish décor and a lovely theme. There is a broad array of possibilities for your bathroom, and choosing one that suits the space and your personality should be a breeze. The most popular trends for 2015 are here, and they are luxurious, exciting, and DIY-friendly. Feel free to implement one as is, or use it as inspiration to design a customized powder room that reflects your unique taste.

Color Schemes

Bold Purple Bathroom Color Scheme

There are two schools of thought for color schemes in 2015: black and white or bold color. Beige and other neutral tones are generally considered out, but cool grays with a hint of blue are still very de rigueur. If you’re partial to glamorous, high-design looks, black and white is the clear choice. Choose materials with high shine (like black granite or even metal) to emphasize the luxurious feel. For bold colors, choose two main shades and one or two accent colors to use in smaller doses, typically in the accessories.

Living Wall

Bathroom with Living Wall

Plants are found all over the house, so why not in the bathroom? Indoor foliage makes a space feel open, airy, and bright, and it can instantly create the impression of a nature retreat. Rather than adding a potted plant on the countertop, go big and build a living wall, ideally next to the shower or tub. A full wall filled with lush green blooms is a serious statement piece that’s impossible to fake. These are still rare but becoming more popular. Talk to a professional about how to set up a self-watering system to ensure it stays green year round.

Bold Patterns

Bold Black Bathroom Wallpaper Pattern

Wallpaper is quickly coming back into fashion after being relegated to the bench for years, and 2015 is the year of bold prints plastered on bathroom walls. Due to the smaller size of these areas, they are the perfect location for statement-making wall art or classic repeating patterns. Fleur-de-lis wallpaper in striking black and gold can make a bathroom feel elegantly international while a hand-painted oversized flower mural is playful and sophisticated.

Vintage Chic

Vintage Chic Bathroom

Old is new again, at least when it comes to desirable bathroom décor. Antique inspired design is beautiful, but like most items on this list, you don’t need to fully outfit the space in ‘50s tropes. The best way to incorporate an appealing old-fashioned style is by switching faucets and fixtures for vintage pieces. Another great option is using restored antique furniture repurposed for use in the bathroom. Furniture altered for use as an under-sink cabinet is one of the fastest growing trends in 2015.

The most popular bathroom décor ideas for 2015 are all relatively inexpensive yet they instantly upgrade a simple powder room into a charming retreat. Use these ideas to outfit your bathroom, whether it’s the en suite master or a hallway half bath, into a space in which you love spending time.

Bathroom Storage Trends in 2015

Storage is a constant problem for most people, regardless of the size or type of house. The bathroom is no exception to this rule, but this oft-used room traditionally has the least amount of storage of any location in the house. With our round-up of some of the most popular bathroom storage trends for 2015, you may discover the secret to keeping the toilet paper handy but out of sight, among other must-know design ideas.

Exposed Under the Sink Storage

Exposed Under Sink Bathroom Storage

Small bathrooms are notorious for having very limited options for storage. Sleek pedestal sinks don’t come with cabinets, but it is possible to create an attractive storage solution anyway. Open shelving built beneath and around the pedestal (glass or light-colored wood work best for materials) can drastically increase the space for everything from toilet paper to lotion, and the open design ensures the area still feels as spacious as possible.

Built-In Shelves

Built In Bathroom Storage Shelves

Installing built-in shelves, either around the bathtub or into the walls, can make any bathroom seem incredibly elegant. The best designs feature a complementary color or material, such as wood around a tub. But a seamless appearance is also lovely and can feel like original architecture. Fill the shelves with a combination of necessities and charming décor items for the best effect.

Above the Door Storage

Above Door Bathroom Shelf

Even the smallest bathrooms can benefit from above-the-door storage, which is essentially a simple shelf installed directly above the door opening. Place extra stock of important items here, where they can be accessed fairly easily but kept out of sight. Though you made need a stool to reach the supplies, this is a great option for homes that have no linen closet to put extra rolls of toilet paper or bonus beauty products. Another use for this shelf is purely cosmetic: place picture frames, vases filled with decorative stones, or carved sculptures here for added beauty.

Wall Cabinet

Middle Wall Bathroom Cabinet

Most cabinets are either on the floor or up high near the ceiling, but the latest trends have included cabinets where they’ve never gone before: the middle of the wall. Smaller, narrower, and most commonly installed above the toilet, wall cabinets are just as useful for storing items as any other type of cabinet, but they look far more sophisticated than the standard “over-the-toilet” style furniture pieces. They can also be painted or stained to match other bathroom elements, or they can be a statement piece.

Baskets, Baskets, Baskets

Wicker Basket Under Bathroom Sink

Hung off towel bars, attached to the wall, or placed underneath the sink, baskets are incredibly popular as shabby chic storage solutions. Generally chosen in wicker or wood, baskets are also available in metal and add a textural element that may otherwise be missing in the design scheme. As long as the contents are kept tidy, baskets are an inexpensive, elegant, and practical solution to storage worries.

Storage Ladder

Bathroom Storage Ladder

If there is no room on the wall for a towel rack and you’d rather keep the door free of any installations, a simple ladder leaned against the wall can be a clever and chic way to keep linens off the floor. Some people like a weathered, natural look while others paint the ladder a bold color as a showcase item. Whichever you choose, always make sure the magazines and towels you place on it are kept neat.

Finding enough storage for all the many things we accumulate in life is always a difficult task, but with a little ingenuity it’s possible to enhance the beauty of the bathroom while also making more room for all the “necessities” of life. These ideas are not only clever, but they are also the leading the storage trends for 2015, ensuring you’ll be in good company if you utilize them.

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How To Make Your Bathroom Safe for the Visually Impaired

People who can see well often take the ability to use the bathroom unaided for granted. However, the bathroom can actually be one of the most dangerous places in your home for someone who is visually impaired. When you have loved ones who are either totally or partially blind, you still want them to feel comfortable and safe while in your house. You can use these tips to remodel your bathroom and make it safer for your visually impaired family member.

Visually Impaired Friendly Bathroom

Use Bright Colors

One of the easiest ways to make your bathroom safer calls for you to use bright colors in your bathroom remodeling. Hanging a brightly colored shower curtain, choosing vibrant reds, blues, yellows, or other colors for your wallpaper or paint, or even covering your toilet in a colorful lid and tank set can help a person with partial sight see the key fixtures in this room of your house.

Install LED Lighting under Cabinets and around Main Fixtures

Another way to make your bathroom more friendly to the visually impaired would be to install lighting under the cabinets in your bathroom and around the toilet, bathtub, and shower. LED lights are brighter and can be seen better by people who have partial sight. They can recognize the counters and main areas of the bathroom when you use this type of lighting.

Install Motion Detector Lighting

Your LED lighting also can be of more help when you install a motion detector to turn the lights on and off as your loved one enters and exits the room. This person may not be able to see the light switch to turn on the lights in the room. The motion detector can turn the lights on and off without the person struggling to find the switch.

Choose Soft Flooring

Because the bathroom can be such a dangerous place for a visually impaired person, you can make it safer by choosing soft flooring for this room. Installing rubber mats or lush carpeting can offset the risk that can come with a person falling on a harder surface. However, if you choose carpeting, it is also vital that you choose a style that will not snag or catch on a person’s foot and cause that person to fall.

Put in a Walk-In Tub and Low Toilet

Visually impaired people often have difficulties sitting on high toilets or getting into tubs that have high sides. You can make using both of these facilities easier by putting in a toilet that is closer to the ground and also a tub that has a walk-in door on the side. These fixtures make it easier for your loved one to use the bathroom without having to have someone help him or her.

Install Safety Bars

Another simple tip that can make your bathroom safer involves putting in safety bars. Safety bars with sturdy grips can prevent your visually impaired loved one from falling and also help him or her get out of the tub or off the toilet easier without needing help.

This post entitled How To Make Your Bathroom Safe for the Visually Impaired is a post from the Kitchen Cabinet Kings Blog. Kitchen Cabinet Kings is a wholesale distributor of kitchen and bathroom cabinetry.

5 Common Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes & How To Avoid Them

Bathroom Door Can't Close Because Of Toilet

It doesn’t matter if your bathroom is 5, 15, or 50 years old, sooner or later it will need to be remodeled. Since you’re investing a significant amount of time and money, it’s important you avoid the most common mistakes homeowners make during a bathroom remodel. After all, this is a major project that shouldn’t be taken lightly; professional help and careful planning will be needed.

1. Not Upgrading Lighting

Odds are that the lighting in your bathroom just isn’t as great as it could be. Most bathrooms need two light sources: one over the bathroom mirror and one over the bathtub or toilet. For an extra dramatic result, consider installing a small chandelier as your second light source.

2. Not leaving room in the budget

If there’s one thing you can bet on during a bathroom remodel, it’s that you’ll have a surprise at some point. You might tear out your toilet to discover sub floor damage, your old bathtub tile could be hiding a mold problem, or the paint color you just loved in the store might look terrible on your walls. Either way, you need to leave some wiggle room when you plan out expenses.

3. Keeping an old toilet

Many people don’t realize that toilets do eventually need to be replaced. Newer models save considerably more water, perform better, sit higher for comfort, and the purchase make you eligible for a rebate.

4. Thinking your bathroom is larger than it is

Sure, almost everyone wants a jetted tub to soak in at the end of the day, but you really need to measure everything out to consider if you actually have the space. Besides, a big fancy tub doesn’t increase your home’s value. If you’re still determined, follow this tip: put tape down to block of the extra area your new tub will take up, and see if you can live with it for a week.

5. Using cheap materials

Everything in your bathroom needs to be able to stand up to high heat and humidity for years, if not decades, to come. Please, put in the highest quality cabinets, use the best quality paint, and install the best flooring material you can afford. This small extra cost up front can save you thousands in avoided mold remediation later on.

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How To Make a Senior Friendly & Safe Bathroom

Bathrooms can be dangerous places for elderly family members. Hundreds of senior citizens fall down and get hurt each year while trying to carry out daily tasks like using the toilet or taking a shower. If have an elderly loved one living with you or you plan to invite one to move in with you soon, you may understand the importance of remodeling your bathroom with this person’s safety in mind. These suggestions can help you minimize the risk this family member could face when using this room of your home.

Senior Friendly Walk-In Bathtub

Safety Bars and Grips

One of the first steps you should take would be to install safety bars and grips in strategic places in the bathroom. Bars or grips that are placed on the walls alongside the toilet, inside the bathtub or shower, or close to the door will help your senior-aged loved one have something to hold onto and keep himself or herself steady while using the bathroom. These devices could prevent this person from falling and getting hurt.

Walk-in Bathtub

Many seniors have a difficult time climbing over the side of the bathtub. You can make taking a bath easier by installing a walk-in tub. This tub model features doors on the side that open and close to allow for easy entry and exit from the tub. However, when the doors are shut, they also prevent water from leaking out onto the floor.

Lower Toilet

Using the toilet safely becomes more difficult as a person grows older. Some elderly people cannot sit down on stools that are too high for them, as many newer models tend to be. However, toilet manufacturers now create toilets that are closer to the ground and safer for senior citizens to use. You can prevent your loved one from falling off the stool and getting hurt by installing one of these models.

Phone or Emergency Alert System

When your relative goes into the bathroom and locks the door, you may have no idea if or when this person gets hurt and needs help. You can help this person get help and notify you of an accident by installing a phone or emergency alert system in the bathroom. This person can call you or push a button or pull a cord to sound an alarm that will let you know this individual needs help immediately.

Easy Entry Doors or Locks

Even after you are notified of an emergency, you may still have problems getting into the bathroom if the door is locked from the inside. You can get easier entry by installing new doors or locks that are easier to open. A door that can be unlocked from the outside or locks that have an emergency release feature can let you respond quickly to help the person inside who has fallen or gotten hurt.

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How to Prevent Mold Growth in the Bathroom

Mold growth can ruin the comfort and safety of your home. In fact, out of all of the rooms in your house, your bathroom could become the primary area where this dangerous fungus grows. Rather than allow mold to take root in your home, you may be encouraged to remodel this room to make it less inviting for this fungus. These important remodeling tips can help you maintain a safe, clean, and mold-free bathroom.

Moldy Bathtub

Increase Air Flow

Bathrooms that have poor air flow invite mold to take root inside the walls, flooring, and plumbing. If your bathroom does not currently have a ventilation system, you should install one immediately to increase the flow of air and keep your bathroom dry, especially after you or a loved one takes a shower or bath. If you cannot install a ventilation system or you do not have the budget for it, you could also circulate the air and help your bathroom remain dry by adding screens to the window in this room or by installing a ceiling fan if you have room for one of these fixtures.

Upgrade to Better Plumbing

Many homeowners use vinyl or plastic plumbing fixtures because of the low cost and the wide availability of these selections. However, vinyl and plastic pipes and plumbing parts often crack, break, warp, and leak quite easily, causing water to pool under cabinets and along floorboards. This water damage in turn could easily cause mold to grow in your bathroom. Rather than deal with leaking pipes, drains, and more, you can prevent mold from growing because of poor plumbing by investing in fixtures made out of metal or polished brass.

Remove Carpeting

Carpeting can go a long way in concealing dangerous mold growth in your bathroom. When you get out of the shower and step onto the carpet floor, the water that drips off you and the shower curtain can soak down through the carpeting, into the matting, and onto sub-flooring. Over time, mold can begin to grow, making your bathroom toxic and dangerous. You can prevent water from soaking through your flooring by removing the carpet and laying tile or ceramic instead. These materials resist water absorption and mold growth.

Choose Paint Instead of Wallpaper

Like carpeting, wallpaper can also conceal mold. Wallpaper tends to be porous, allowing water and humidity to soak through the paper and onto the wall beneath it. Rather than allowing mold to take root behind your wallpaper, you can prevent this threat by painting your walls instead. Painted walls do not absorb humidity and water like wallpaper does, reducing the likelihood that mold will form behind your walls’ surface.

Keep Your Shower Curtain Spread Open

A simple step that can go a long way in stopping mold growth is to keep your shower curtain spread open rather than bunching it to one side after you are done bathing. A bunched-up shower curtain cannot air out properly, giving mold a chance to grow. After you get done with your shower, you should remember to keep the curtain spread across the rod so that it can air out thoroughly.

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How Hi-Tech Could Your Bathroom Be?

How many hours do you spend in the bathroom per day? The average American is said to spend an hour per day in the bathroom, which equals 365 hours a year, or more than two weeks a year! For some of us, like one of my girlfriends who spends an hour and a half just applying makeup and doing her hair before work, we invest even more time in the bathroom.

It makes perfect sense that our bathroom experiences should therefore be modern and efficient. But, compared with kitchens and living room technology, bathroom tech has been slower to develop. To combat that, we’ve rounded up the hottest new hi-tech items on the market now.

Just like any new technology, these gadgets won’t come cheap. Nothing is standard at the moment and we probably won’t see these cutting-edge inventions on the mainstream market for a couple years. Still, if you’ve ever wondered when those Jetsons-style automatic showers are arriving at your local Target store, here’s a peek for what’s to come!

ioDIGITAL Vertical Spa by Moen (price ranges by job)

ioDIGITAL Vertical Spa by Moen
This beautiful and spa-like shower surrounds you from every angle and is customizable to your preferences. The best part is that you can use a remote to program it!

Robern’s M Series with TVid Medicine Cabinet ($2,079)

Robern's M Series with TVid Medicine Cabinet
For my friend who spends her entire morning doing her hair and makeup, I think she’d appreciate some entertainment during her tedious process. The 8-inch screen connects directly to whatever channels you have and you can also play music through the cabinet. Party in the bathroom!

Rain Brain ($4750)

Hansgrohe Rain Brain
Want a breezy spray or a strong cascade? 99 degree water or 85? This clever device can be programmed for four users and a warm up function allows your water to get hot instantly. Sounds heavenly to us.

Ametis Faucet ($3,528)

Ametis Faucet
This gorgeously designed faucet features a LED ring that is red or blue depending on water temperature. Water pressure is actually easily adjustable by hand. Available in several stylish finishes to match your decor.

Dacor Warming Drawer (price ranges by job)

Dacor Warming Drawer
Originally intended for the kitchen, some genius thought it would be perfect to keep towels warm in the bathroom. Imagine stepping out of your shower and being enveloped in a fluffy heated towel! Bonus: the drawer can be incorporated into and customized with your existing or new Kitchen Cabinet Kings cabinets!

Which one of these bathroom innovations would you love for your home?

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How Hi-Tech Could Your Bathroom Be?

How many hours do you spend in the bathroom per day? The average American is said to spend an hour per day in the bathroom, which equals 365 hours a year, or more than two weeks a year! For some of us, like one of my girlfriends who spends an hour and a half just applying makeup and doing her hair before work, we invest even more time in the bathroom.

It makes perfect sense that our bathroom experiences should therefore be modern and efficient. But, compared with kitchens and living room technology, bathroom tech has been slower to develop. To combat that, we’ve rounded up the hottest new hi-tech items on the market now.

Just like any new technology, these gadgets won’t come cheap. Nothing is standard at the moment and we probably won’t see these cutting-edge inventions on the mainstream market for a couple years. Still, if you’ve ever wondered when those Jetsons-style automatic showers are arriving at your local Target store, here’s a peek for what’s to come!

ioDIGITAL Vertical Spa by Moen (price ranges by job)

ioDIGITAL Vertical Spa by Moen
This beautiful and spa-like shower surrounds you from every angle and is customizable to your preferences. The best part is that you can use a remote to program it!

Robern’s M Series with TVid Medicine Cabinet ($2,079)

Robern's M Series with TVid Medicine Cabinet
For my friend who spends her entire morning doing her hair and makeup, I think she’d appreciate some entertainment during her tedious process. The 8-inch screen connects directly to whatever channels you have and you can also play music through the cabinet. Party in the bathroom!

Rain Brain ($4750)

Hansgrohe Rain Brain
Want a breezy spray or a strong cascade? 99 degree water or 85? This clever device can be programmed for four users and a warm up function allows your water to get hot instantly. Sounds heavenly to us.

Ametis Faucet ($3,528)

Ametis Faucet
This gorgeously designed faucet features a LED ring that is red or blue depending on water temperature. Water pressure is actually easily adjustable by hand. Available in several stylish finishes to match your decor.

Dacor Warming Drawer (price ranges by job)

Dacor Warming Drawer
Originally intended for the kitchen, some genius thought it would be perfect to keep towels warm in the bathroom. Imagine stepping out of your shower and being enveloped in a fluffy heated towel! Bonus: the drawer can be incorporated into and customized with your existing or new Kitchen Cabinet Kings cabinets!

Which one of these bathroom innovations would you love for your home?

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5 Bathroom Remodeling Tips for the Winter

Even if it seems like the rest of your house is warm and cozy, your bathroom may be the one room in the house that is cold and uninviting during the wintertime. You may dread going into the cold bathroom to take a bath or shower because you know that you will be freezing once you leave the comfort of the warm water. However, your bathroom can be just as cozy and comfortable as the rest of your house when you remodel it with the winter chill in mind. Taking these ideas into consideration can help you transform your chilly bathroom into a refuge of warmth and beauty during the cold winter months.

Winter Bathroom Haven

Plush Flooring

If your bathroom has linoleum or tile in it, you can add some warmth and coziness to this room by laying plush carpeting. Even if you do not want to lay down wall-to-wall carpeting, you can still make the room warmer by using plush area rugs that have rubber backing on them. With these rugs in place, you can step out of the bath or shower onto a soft and comfortable rug that will not slip and cause you to fall. Plush bathroom carpeting can also be purchased in an array of colors so that you can match your flooring additions to your overall bathroom decorating scheme.

Heated Towel Racks

Once a luxury only found in high-end hotels, heated towel racks are now making their way into people’s homes. These fixtures can be purchased at most home improvement stores, as well as online, and can warm up your towels while you are in the shower or bath. Instead of toweling off with a cold and uncomfortable towel, you can dry off with a towel that is warm and ready for you to use.

Warmth-Absorbing Counters and Cabinets

If you have porcelain or marble in your bathroom, you are very familiar with how cold these materials can get in the wintertime. When your skin comes into contact with the cold marble or porcelain, the coldness of it can be uncomfortable, if not downright painful. You can add warmth and comfort to your bathroom by getting rid of these materials in favor of materials that retain heat better. Choices like wood or ceramic can be ideal when you want a cozier bathroom.

Warmer Lighting

An overhead light fixture does nothing to make your bathroom warmer in the wintertime. You can make this room warmer by using lamps, small chandeliers, and pendant lights can actually add heat to the room, as well as beauty that will make the room more inviting during the cold winter months.

Heated Flooring

For the ultimate wintertime comfort, you can add heated flooring to your bathroom and make this room a sanctuary that you will not want to leave. Heated flooring requires that you lay tubing or hoses under your flooring; however, the pay-off may be well worth it when you are changing clothes or washing up in a warm bathroom while the temperatures hover below freezing outside.

This post entitled 5 Bathroom Remodeling Tips for the Winter is a post from the Kitchen Cabinet Kings Blog. Kitchen Cabinet Kings is one of the largest distributors of kitchen and bathroom cabinets on the internet.