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Get Inspired with Different Bathroom Themes

Get Inspired with Different Bathroom Themes 0

The bathroom is your rightful personal space where you start your good day ahead and ends with a soothing wash down of the day’s stress. Coupled that with the right fixtures and decorations affects the ambience, and making it more than just a comfortable small area at home.

Here are a few styles that will definitely bring the wow factor into your house.

Spotless White
It is absolutely fine to keep a white bathroom if that is what you would prefer but if you are bored of it, jazz it up with some style. If a subtle change is what you want, choose tiles with a white base and minimum texture on it, just to give it a little pop.

 

Dark and Intimate
The current trend homeowners tend to go towards for their bathrooms would be dark and intimate, to aim for a spa-like bathroom. For most of us, a spa session is something we rarely have the time for so why not transform your bathroom into a spa?

 

Bright and Intimate
If you like the idea of an intimate spa-like bathroom but feels that dark colours are too gloomy for your liking, you are still able to create the same intimate ambience with lighter colours.

 

The best of both worlds
If neither dark nor light is what you want, why not combine and create your own spa-style? Mix it up with both dark and bright colours, keeping the secondary elements to complete the look.

 

Unwind and relax
Everyone wants a little break from life. Similar to the spa bathroom, the resort bathroom is a design which allows you to be surrounded by nature, but in a lighter tone.

 

‘Raw exposed’ Concrete
Having such a strong finish for the entire bathroom may not be suitable for most of us, due to the tough and raw image of it. If you are interested in a concrete finishing but thinks it’s too rough, there are ways to go around it for added elegance and classiness.

  • Mai Perez
Candle Burning Tips

Candle Burning Tips 0

Preventing memory rings.
As with all candles, the first burn is the most important. To begin, candles should burn one hour for every 1 inch in diameter of the actual candle size.

Use a lid for a clean burn.
Keep the wick trimmed to 1/8 inch at all times.
We suggest trimming the wick every 4 hours of burn time. When wick trimming, you should always extinguish the flame, let the candle come to room temperature, and trim the wick to 1/8 of inch before relighting.


Use a wick trimmer for a perfect trim.
Here’s how to properly use a wick trimmer:
  • Place the bottom of the trimmer flush with the surface of the candle.
  • Rock the trimmer back so that the “elbow” now rests on the surface of the candle.
  • Ensure that your trimmer is at a 45-degree angle to get the proper wick length. This will prevent the wick from being cut too short, causing the candle to burn improperly.
  • Bring the two handles together to trim the wick. Discard the remnant wick before lighting.

Candles should not be burned for more than four hours at a time.
It is recommended that after burning for four hours, candles be extinguished, allowed to cool for two hours, and trimmed before relighting.

Follow the half inch rule.
Discontinue use of a candle when ½” of wax remains at the bottom of the jar. This will prevent possible heat damage to the counter/surface or container itself. The glass can get hot on the bottom as the flame nears the base of the jar and most of the wax has been consumed. By following this instruction, the glass will not get too hot.

For safety’s sake.
Always burn candles well away from drafts, other heat sources, and anything flammable. Make sure burning candles are out of reach of children and pets. Never leave a burning candle unattended.

How to Store Your Candle Properly
The candle wax and fragrance oils we use in our candles are sensitive to both temperature and light, so please be careful when storing candles for an extended period of time. If you store your candle, be sure it is in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight or intense light. Keeping it in a dark place like a cupboard or box will protect it from fading and discoloration.
  • Mai Perez
Top 10 Tips for Choosing Shower Tile

Top 10 Tips for Choosing Shower Tile 0

Many factors come into play in choosing the perfect shower tile, and often the shower’s design will dictate the type of tile that can or should be used.
A little-known fact is that if you’re using glass tile or any sheet mosaic tile, it is up to the manufacturer or retailer to inform you if the tile is acceptable for submersion or pool use. Your shower floor should be built like it will be submerged. It is also the responsibility of the manufacturer of glass tile to specify the type of setting materials you need.
Keep reading for 10 more important things to keep in mind when choosing your shower tile.
1. Use smaller tiles on curves. Depending on your shower bench design, you may need smaller tiles to handle the curves. Smaller tiles handle curves much better. By having the tile onsite before the shower's bench is designed, the angle of the curves and natural arcs can be worked out.

2. Think about how it will feel.  A slab feels nicer to sit on than smaller tile, and a curved edge will feel great on the back of the legs. Sitting on a shower bench with no eased edge can be hard on the backs of your legs. Plan to use a slab or a tile that offers up a bullnose or a radius edge for your shower bench.
3. Be careful when selecting mosaic tile. Pick out a mosaic tile that offers at least 95 percent contact from the tile to the backer board. You need that contact from the wall to the tile! You don’t want to trust the glue on a sheet of tile.

4. Small colored glass is easier to work with than large clear glass. Glass is hard to work with. Some clear glass tiles can show moisture trapped behind them and make a great shower look awful after just a few uses. Picking smaller colored glass tile is better. Many glass tiles have directional arrows so they all can be installed with the same orientation.

5. Use a second tile choice to make a feature wall. Adding a second tile choice as a feature is a great look I see more and more these days.

6. Pick a smaller tile for a sloped ceiling. Building a sloped ceiling is one of the many requirements of a commercial steam shower. Using smaller tiles makes for more graceful slopes.

7. Consider universal design. Pick a large-format tile and a one-way slope for easy access to the shower if you plan to age in your home. Using one tile throughout the installation can also make the room look much bigger.

8. Keep cleaning in mind. If you hate cleaning your shower, use larger slabs or glass panels, since they making cleaning much easier than small mosaic-type tiles.

9. Use your main tile to frame a second tile. If your main tile of choice does not offer good slip resistance on your shower floor, you can frame a smaller tile with a larger tile.

Keep in mind that you will need to miter the corners so they can tip into the shower and you can achieve the pitch you need.


10. Use smaller tiles for better traction. What a wonderful bathroom! Here, designer Helen Scott used the same smaller tile throughout the bathroom as accent tiles.

Notice how the shower hose and the shower bar are installed on the center of that one tile. I’m sure that was no accident.
  • Mai Perez
10 Modern Bathroom Vanities That Overflow With Style

10 Modern Bathroom Vanities That Overflow With Style 0

There isn’t a home design that passes through here that doesn’t have an amazing bathroom idea that is completed with a beautiful modern vanity unit. From ultra contemporary designs with shallow glass basins and waterfall taps, to rustic wood vanities with vessel sinks and matte black faucets, we’ve seen and loved them all. It can be a daunting task to find your ideal vanity cabinet style with so much inspiration to peruse, so we’ve pulled 10 of our favourites together in one cohesive collection. Whether it’s a small single vanity you’re thinking of, or a set of double vanities, we’re sure there’s something here that would splash a bit of style into your scheme.
 
Diving straight in with a ultra modern vanity, this unit appears to hover above the ground. A waterfall tap throws water into a rectangular integrated basin.
Diving straight in with a ultra modern vanity, this unit appears to hover above the ground. A waterfall tap throws water into a rectangular integrated basin.
Curling back around on itself to form a lower shelf, this modern wood vanity has a perfect for spot for storing fresh towels and toiletries.
Curling back around on itself to form a lower shelf, this modern wood vanity has a perfect for spot for storing fresh towels and toiletries.
This modern farmhouse bathroom vanity has a chrome towel rail mounted beneath the countertop and is teamed with a simple vessel sink.
This modern farmhouse bathroom vanity has a chrome towel rail mounted beneath the countertop and is teamed with a simple vessel sink.
A rustic modern bathroom vanity provides great contrast in a smooth white bathroom scheme.
A rustic modern bathroom vanity provides great contrast in a smooth white bathroom scheme.
The basin in this design cuts straight through the centre of a low level vanity unit. The unit comes complete with storage cubby and has a padded seat at one end.
The basin in this design cuts straight through the centre of a low level vanity unit. The unit comes complete with storage cubby and has a padded seat at one end.
This pink and monochrome bathroom design has a grey unit that is wall mounted in front of a full length mirror, and lit by glamorous bathroom vanity lights.
This pink and monochrome bathroom design has a grey unit that is wall mounted in front of a full length mirror, and lit by glamorous bathroom vanity lights.
Even compact schemes can have a stylish wash zone, as this small modern vanity area shows. The gold shelf above it is a real show stopper.
Even compact schemes can have a stylish wash zone, as this small modern vanity area shows. The gold shelf above it is a real show stopper.
Beautiful tropical leaf prints paired with metallic accents set against a stone texture backdrop make this a truly sensual space.
Beautiful tropical leaf prints paired with metallic accents set against a stone texture backdrop make this a truly sensual space.
Modern vanities don’t always have to be wall mounted. This floor standing example has lots of storage.
Modern vanities don’t always have to be wall mounted. This floor standing example has lots of storage.
Blonde wood tones are a beautiful warming accompaniment to the cool countertop, white faucet and walls of this fresh bathroom scheme.
Blonde wood tones are a beautiful warming accompaniment to the cool countertop, white faucet and walls of this fresh bathroom scheme.
  • Mai Perez
7 Must-Read Tips On Choosing Bathroom Lighting

7 Must-Read Tips On Choosing Bathroom Lighting 0

The process of choosing lighting for a bathroom design can be overwhelming. The vanity, tub area and shower all require different lighting choices, but the bathroom's overall design still needs to feel stylish and cohesive. 

 

1. Consider Side-Mounted Sconces

Side-mounted sconces, like this one, are one of the best lighting options for a bathroom. Whether one is used on either side of a mirror or mounted onto a mirror directly with shades placed at eye-level, there are a few factors to take into account:

- Mount the backplate of a vertical, tube-shaped fixture at eye-level.
- The shade opening of glass down-lights should sit slightly below eye-level.
- The shade opening of glass up-lights should sit slightly above eye-level.
- If your mirror is centered above the sink, mount fixtures just a few inches to the left and right of the mirror. It should be as close to your face as possible.

2. Plan for Layers of Light

Any bathroom can benefit from three layers of light to enhance the beauty of the space. To ensure that light is distributed evenly, opt for a combination of ambient light in the form of chandeliers, pendants or flush mounts, a second layer — task lighting that's ideal for daily grooming activities like applying makeup or shaving — and a third layer, accent lighting, which is designed to highlight the bathroom's architectural features and decor. Shop the style in this bathroom picture with this fixture.

3. Use Pendants as an Alternative

For an alternative to sconces, consider pendants, like this one or this one. They're an elegant lighting option for a vanity, but can also function as ambient or accent lighting if necessary.

4. Stick to Similar Finishes

While it's not necessary for the style of sconces to match overhead fixtures, it's best to keep them in the same finish family to maintain unity in the bathroom's overall design. Shop the style from this chic bathroom with this fixture.

5. Remember the Tub Area

A sconce is the perfect solution for creating a special ambiance for a tub area. It adds to the soothing atmosphere that can be difficult to achieve with an overhead fixture.

6. Choose Brass or Chrome for Versatility

When it comes to finishes, brass and chrome are the most versatile, as they can easily complement other bath accessories.

7. A Fixture's Size Matters

Depending on the size and style of a bathroom, a pendant light or chandelier can make it feel palatial. The right fixture can make a statement and set the tone for the bathroom's design. Shop this bathroom's perfect fixture match.

  • Mai Perez
Right Way To Burn Candle

Right Way To Burn Candle 0

You've been burning candles wrong your whole life. 

Heed the following guidelines and you'll get way more mileage out of your favorite candles.

1. Trim the wick. Every. Single. Time.

wicks skitched

Each time you want to burn your candle, start by trimming the wick to between 1/8 and 1/4 inches long. You can use scissors, nail clippers (that's my personal favorite), or a specialized wick trimmer, but no matter what you do, always trim.

Why? First, trimmed wicks will give you a cleaner, brighter burn. Untrimmed wicks are a lot more likely to take on a weird mushroom-esque shape (see below) that dulls and obscures the flame.

flames skitched

2. Let the wax melt all the way across. Once your candle's lit, don't blow it out until the top layer of wax has melted all the way across. This might take several hours — so don't set out to burn a candle at all unless you've got time to kill.

tunneling

It takes patience, but if you melt the wax all the way across every time you burn, the surface of the candle will stay flat and the sides of the jar will stay clean, all the way down until the candle is spent.

3. Buy multi-wick candles. One wick will never produce enough heat to melt it all the way across.

4. Keep the flame away from moving air. Do your best to keep your burning candle away from fans, air conditioners, open windows, or heavily trafficked areas where people walk back and forth a lot. Moving air can disturb the flame, leading to even more unsightly black marks on the glass.

Bad burning technique on the left, good burning technique on the right.

burn comparison

  • Mai Perez