The bathroom is probably the room I want to be most clean in my house. I mean, it’s where I keep clean -right? If you want to make sure your space is always looking sharp and cleaning it is super easy, here are a few tips!
1. Lucky for you larger tiles are super in right now, for both floors and walls, so there are plenty of options available. This can work in a small space as well- I swear. This means less grout lines which really is the part that can get icky.
2. You can keep using your larger tile on your shower floor with a linear drain or you can go with an acrylic or polymer base. Some of these new bases can be recessed in your floor so it is flush with your adjacent tile!
3. Opt for a porcelain tile rather natural stone which is porous so requires you to be more careful for stains and to protect it with a sealer once in a while.
4. A wall mounted vanity allows for an easy mop across the floor and even better would be to have your drawers or doors flat panelled. Shaker style doors tend to gather a little more dust on the detailed edge.
5. A counter with an integrated sink is ideal for an easy maintenance bathroom. No joints between your sink and countertop means less mess.
6. Make sure you have enough closed storage for all your necessities. This way you won't spend forever dusting.
7. Wall mounted toilets hide their tank in your wall AND keep off the floor. What more could you ask for? If you want to be a little more budget friendly you can purchase a regular toilet but make sure it is skirted. This means the trapway is hidden and the base is completely smooth. It looks a lot nicer and avoids that many more creases you’d have to keep clean.
8. Don’t fully close your shower off. A simple glass panel without hardware is the easiest to maintain and it LOOKS super clean, especially if you get the manufacturer’s extra protection. If you want to make sure your shower space is extra practical check out more tips here.
9. Keeping it simple really is the idea here to an extra clean bathroom so keep that in mind when selecting faucets as well. Also a brushed nickel finish doesn’t mark with water as much as a standard chrome finish does. You will especially appreciate this in your shower!
10. Keep your bathroom cleaning products in the same room. Having them readily accessible can help break up the process into shorter cleaning sessions.
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If you’re like me and just love the idea of natural stone in a bathroom, your first thought is probably to use marble tiles or counters. That's great- stone will totally bring your renovation up a notch. Last week though I checked out Unik Stone and I just had to share with you these new ways of incorporating natural stone into your project. They’ll give your bathroom an instant edge!
Can you believe it was carved out from one single piece of stone? It’s like almost 6’ feet long! This bath truly stands out amongst all the white freestanding tubs we’re used to seeing in magazines yet still manages to suit a modern space as much as a more rustic setting. The stone acts similarly to cast iron so basically it’s cold to the touch at first but warms up quickly once you fill the tub with hot water and actually helps maintain the temperature. Oh and by the way, the finish is HONED. So it’s totally soft, I am serious you might find yourself petting it..
Stone Shower Base (new grey marble!)
I often have clients tell me they feel stuck in a way because they like how easy an acrylic or polymer shower base install is but find it looks sort of cheap. Choosing a shower base made of a single slab gives you peace of mind instead of worrying about water leaks and keeping those grout lines clean. And it definitely doesn’t look cheap! To complete the look, in the original grey limestone, you can get the stone shower niche or even the 12x24 tiles of the same color which is so practical if you want your whole floor to be one color throughout.
Stone Powder Room Sink
If you have already shopped for a compact sink you definitely know that the options quickly start to look similar. Lots of white! If you want a warmer feel or just something that will make your guests talk, this little one is super affordable and can be easily wall hung. Another idea would be to install it on a narrow counter. If you have more room, there are also integrated sinks with counter space (as always made from one solid block of stone!).
If you have any questions about these products please don’t hesitate to contact the friendly crew from Unik Stone here.
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So you’re renovating your bathroom and you want to include a shower. It might be a very minimal corner shower or you might have planned a magnificent shower for two. Either way it will have to be a very practical space that works for you. Here’s how.
Some like the built in shampoo niche while others will prefer a more traditional soap basket. Make sure you think of what you usually use while showering for a realistic set up.
You might want to have a full bench or simply a narrow ledge just to rest your foot when shaving or hey maybe you’re applying nail polish - who said the water was on? This option might be a simpler addition to your shower than you might think.
Your shower control don’t need to be bellow the actual shower. Have you mastered that technique where you’re super quick at turning it on so you don’t get the first hit of cold water? Fear no more! Locate the controls near the entrance of the shower, turn it on, wait 5 seconds and you’re good to go. You’re welcome.
Wether you’re all about the body jets or looking for the biggest rain shower you can get, make sure you don’t forget a hand shower. You can get one on a bar and use it in the same way you would a shower head or have it on a hook which gives a nice low profile look. A hand shower has more pressure than a rain shower so it’s totally practical for those with thick or long hair. Not to mention you will enjoy having it handy for rinsing or washing your shower.
Don’t forget lighting in your shower! It’ super important. I like to have the shower lighting on a separate light switch than the rest of the general lighting and bonus- on a dimmer. Easier to start the morning this way and can also be used as a nightlight. Win!
Some call it clarvista, others microtek, there are other terms used as well but basically it’s protection for your glass, usually backed by a guarantee and installed by the manufacturer, which helps keep it clean. All you have to do it squeegee after your shower and it stays really nice. Obviously regular upkeep can’t be disregarded but this allows you to enjoy clear glass on your day to day. Don’t use vim or any other abrasive products as this will wear it away quickly.
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Isn’t it nice to get away? I love taking tips from the places I stay when traveling to use them in my own home or design projects. Sometimes you’re just missing that extra detail that will make your bathroom feel ultra high end and inviting.
This is such an easy add on. You for sure have room for one no matter the size of bathroom and you will avoid having your bath robe laying around all the time. Honestly every time I stay in a hotel room where there is a nice fluffy robe hanging I get excited to wear it. I never do. But just the thought of it makes me feel comfortable!
Have a few pretty soaps, perfumes or lotions out for show. Group them together on a fancy tray or on a stack of hand towels. This would be a great place to add a room diffuser of your signature scent. I like to purchase products I enjoyed from hotel boutiques I’ve stayed at and use them in my home. Not only do they look fancy but they remind me of good times from that specific trip.
Hang framed photographs, postcards or prints to dress up the space and make it personal. For fun art prints I like to check out Society 6. Careful though, you could totally spend hours on there!
For toilet paper. Don’t forget to keep extras handy in the room. Make them visible if you're renovating your guest bathroom or powder room. You could also opt for a double toilet paper holder. Like this one from Kohler.
Please keep them white. Towels are not a way to add a ‘’splash of color’’. It’s tacky. White towels will always look right and compliment the room without stealing the show.
Not ready for the details yet and need help renovating your bathroom first? I can help you choose the right materials, fixtures and floorpan for a high end feel! Contact me here -I’d love to hear about your project.
Think of how you want to feel in your new bathroom. Ok now think of when you’re stepping out of the shower or getting out of bed to go to the washroom. Making your bathroom pretty is really fun but you also should think of what you need to really appreciate your space on a daily basis. Here are 5 key elements I like to work with to help bring up the heat.
A Towel Warmer
Try and leave space near your shower or bath for one. Unless you’ve mastered the ‘’hubby throws you a towel from the dryer’’ technique, a towel warmer will definitely come in handy. I like to check out ICO which is a Canadian make and very good quality, especially their Tuzio line which can also help heat the space.
Tiles can get very cold and frankly, I even keep my heated floors on in the summer. It’s just not as harsh especially when waking up! Crank the heat up in the winter and if calculated correctly, a heated floor can be used as a main and even only source of heating for a bathroom. It’s uniform and avoids any visible heating units! (Yayy!) My go-to system is Ditra-Heat by Schluter.
I know I love the simple look of a single glass panel too- just enough to contain the shower. But really, if you are a chilly person, you might want to stick to a fully closed shower. I don’t mean all the way up to the ceiling but go with a standard door on hinges or sliding door. This will keep more humidity in and keep you warm.
If you share your shower with your loverlove (#reallife) you might want to consider having the ability to use two shower fixtures at once. For example a rain shower and hand shower, or shower head and body jets. Nothing is worst than waiting for your turn -in the cold.
A Wall Heater
If you do need an extra boost of heat, try a forced-air heater. Most of them have timers or can be programmed to accommodate your schedule. Stelpro is a good place to look. They are local, made in Quebec, offer a wide range of finishes and can even do custom colors if needed! SO great. You don’t have to limit yourself to a white unit that might stick out too much and distract from the rest of your decor.
You don’t need to have all of these but evaluating all of them is a good idea. What would you appreciate most?
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