Bathroom Design and Ideas

Bathroom plans that have been approved by the NKBA

Reviewing NKBA Planning Guidelines

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), a trade group of design professionals, suggests these planning guidelines for a safe and functional room for all to enjoy. When these people refer to "clearance space" around a fixture, it means the space required so that the fixture can be used with comfort and ease. Note that these clearance spaces in front of or around fixtures can overlap.

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A handicap accessible bathroom

Gaining Easy Accesses: Universal Design

Not so long ago, universal design was associated with physical disabilities, but today it means a home design philosophy that is user-friendly, regardless of a person’s age or limitations. Really savvy homeowners are remodeling their homes, especially the kitchen and bathrooms, with an eye to the future.

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A fancily designed bathroom

Ten Great Remodeling Web Sites

When you need help planning a new bathroom, spend some quality time online. Many Web sites are worthy of a long visit. You can get help visualizing colors and styles and find design tools to create a floor plan that lays out the fixtures and furnishings. Many of these design tools are simplified versions of the software that professional designers use, and some are just fun to use because they're interactive and let you play around with different color schemes and palettes. If you have access to the Net, let your fingers do the walking - on the keyboard, that is. Visit these sites, and you'll come away with some good insights and ideas, along with printouts of floor plans or product spec sheets and shopping lists.

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A decorative bathroom with red and orange tiles

Ten Easy Bathroom Decorating Ideas

Try some of these easy-on-the-budget and easy-to-execute ideas to give your bathroom that finished look that professional designers do so well- the results may surprise you. No, your bathroom probably won't be featured in Architectural Digest, but your family and guests will notice the improvement.

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A very spacious bathroom

Ten Ways to Increase Storage Space in a Bathroom

For being one of the smallest rooms in the house, a bathroom is expected to have a whole lot of stuff. It’s no wonder storage is always at a premium. Consider using these ideas to help declutter and take advantage of every inch of space you have.

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A bathtub under construction

Bracing Yourself for the Construction

The bathroom is only one room, but you'll be amazed at how much material goes into making it fully function as the bathroom of your dreams. So where does all the stuff get stashed when it's delivered prior to installation? You guessed it - wherever there's space in and around your house. Some folks feel that tripping over and living around large boxes and building materials are the worst parts of remodeling because those annoyances discombobulate their daily life. But if you can mentally prepare yourself for being displaced for a while, it's not nearly so bad.

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A bathroom decorated according to feng shui

Creating positive forces by using feng shui

Want to include some feng shui when designing your new bathroom? The main problem with incorporating this ancient Chinese art into your bathroom is that a bathroom has drains, the largest being a toilet, which eliminates energy (along with wastewater). The solution is to make sure that the toilet isn’t visible when entering because it drains the room of energy. A better choice is to locate a toilet behind the door or a wall so that you can’t see it from the doorway.

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An updated bathroom with hardwood floors

Playing with the possibilities

After you have the basic floor plan, you can start playing with the possibilities. People in the remodeling industry like the saying "Anything is possible, given enough time and cash," and the operative word here is cash! Forget about budget for a while (of course, you really can’t forget your budget forever) and explore what you can do in the existing space. Consult your wish list and notebook clipping file for inspiration.

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Cabinet doors with knobs

Jazzing up your hardware

To personalize ordinary but nice cabinets and doors in a bathroom, replace the existing hardware with new decorative knobs, pulls, and handles. You’ll find complete suites of hardware, including coordinated cabinet hinges and switch plate covers, to transform a bathroom. Decorative cabinet hardware is a growing segment of the home decor industry, meaning that consumers have many more options. By adding customized cabinet hardware, you’re adding your personal signature with style.

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Bathroom with bright accessories

Choosing an accessory collection

You’ll find collections of stylish bathroom fittings and accessories- both wall-mounted and free-standing items- that blend seamlessly with the decorating style of your house. Finding tasteful, functional accessories that match your personal taste has never been easier.

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