Tips to bring new life to your bathroom.
Are you bored with your bathroom? Has it become... shall we say
outdated? Boring? Traditional? Before updating your bathroom maybe
you have some questions, after all renovating your bathroom will take
time and you want to get your moneys worth.
The following tips will help you cut down on costs and by using simple
and effective ways you can create a bathroom that is truly unique to
your taste, an oasis for your senses.
New Lighting: Simple and cost effective.
One of the most overlooked things in a new bathroom is the lighting,
which is often the most cost effective way to add a touch of
brilliance to your new bathroom. When considering lighting consider
whether or not you want your bathroom lighting to be nice and elegant
or would like to be a little more daring and bring out some radiant
life in an array of colors! Either way pendant lighting can be just
the thing to add that creative edge you were looking for to make your
bathroom unique to your style. Instead of a standard over the mirror
light you could also consider 2 sconces to be mounted aside your
mirror for a more modern designer look.
Making it match or total make over?
A great idea for a cost-effective design plan is to decide on hardware
that matches your current tile and counter tops. First inspect your
counter tops, flooring and wall tiles, if they are in good condition
then by adding a dazzling new sink, toilet or bathtub that matches
your existing tile and counter tops you'll save a lot of time and
money. You can also dress up your existing tile by adding a new
colorful top edge to your existing tile walls. Hoping you have white
tile floor and walls and you want to add some pizzazz, you could
install a new top edge that is color matched to your window treatments
or your lighting shades. You can also either re-grout to give you
tile a fresh face lift or you may choose to leave the time but remove
the grout to change the color. While this is more work the color
changed offers a lot of choices in design that will make your finished
project just that much nicer.
Faucets: Standard or amazing?
The faucet is yet another simple upgrade that should not be down
played. Keep in mind the faucet is heavily used by not only yourself
but your family, friends and guests. Would you rather go to a large
home improvement warehouse and pick out a standard faucet that will
make your bathroom plain and dull or would you rather select a unique
hand-crafted faucet like a glass waterfall faucet that will give your
guests a pleasant surprise? An artistic faucet is an affordable
addition that will keep your bathroom looking amazing.
Consumer Advice: Know how to avoid seller trickery!
Lowest prices and free shipping? Most home improvement stores down the
street from you or online may advertise that they have the lowest
prices, but is this true? Well most might think so, since after all
there are no shipping costs... right? Wrong. Truth be told, they
simply add their shipping costs into their product cost! To make
their prices lower, the manufacturer must lower the quality of the
Some hardware stores online may also offer you, "free shipping" with
large orders, but how is it free? Should we believe that they are
taking the financial burden on their shoulders to help you out? Not at
all, once again this is an old trick, they simply embed the shipping
cost into their product cost and lower product quality to keep prices
To avoid this make sure the retailer states the shipping costs, it is
far better for them to be honest with you about shipping, this is a
good sign that they are honest about their product quality and
Know where to go: An analysis of the best bathroom fixture & decor
I carefully studied several popular retailers and purchased several
products (no specifics revealed) to see which are the best to turn to
for bathroom fixture and décor needs, I will say that every customer's
experience may vary; the following is however based on my own opinions
about retailers based on several factors, including how honest they
are and who has decent & reasonable prices while still offering high
TOP FIVE BATHROOM FIXTURE & DÉCOR RETAILERS
rated on a 1-10 scale: 1 being poor, 10 being excellent.
Quality of Products: 10.
The products are very high in quality; I expected to pay much more for
what I received!
Product Prices: 10
Surprisingly, considering the high product quality they have managed
to hold their product prices down very reasonably.
Shipping Costs: 9
Shipping Costs are pretty decent; they were up front and honest about
Unique Product Line: 10
By far the most creative, daring and unique product line! Very nice.
Quality of Products: 10
The product quality is excellent.
Products Prices: 9
Prices are fair and reasonable.
Shipping Costs: 10
Shipping costs are excellent.
Unique Product Line: 4
This is where Ikea greatly suffers, they are simply not very creative
or daring... everything feels the same and almost has a 90's view of
what Modern Design should be.
Quality of Products: 9
Good product quality from what I have seem myself.
Products Prices: 7
High prices and looks they resell similar products I have seen on the
web on a few other website, and I am suspicious of what materials they
are using to make the products because their prices fluxuate so much
and they sell other companies products.
Shipping Costs: 4
Has your local Post Office ever sent a package for you... for free?
Truth is there is no such thing as "Free Shipping" as ExpressDecor
claims to offer, they should try being up front and honest about the
Unique Product Line: 9
Very nice product line, very unique selection.
Quality of Products: 10
Very high quality products.
Products Prices: 3
Unreasonably high prices!
Shipping Costs: 9
Fairly usual shipping costs.
Unique Product Line: 7
Very sleek product line, but so much of it felt the same.
Quality of Products: 7
Good quality products; very small imperfections.
Product Prices: 4
Very high prices considering other stores carry similar products for
Shipping Costs: 3
"Free Shipping", high product cost, I'll let you decide what's going
Unique Product Line: 7
Pretty unique product line, some products only differ slightly though.
Article by: L. Miller is one of the top home décor designers in the
industry. Miller has designed hundreds of the most sought after modern
fixture designs that are being enjoyed around the world and has been
in the business of home decor for more than 11 years.
Article was reproduced with permission from L. Miller and is
©Copyright 2007 L. Miller.