Tips on Designing a Functional Bathroom

You may feel that the kitchen is the most important room in a home, but special attention should be made for the main bathroom as well. When you think about it, we spend some important time taking care of important things in there. Having a poorly designed bathroom can interrupt your morning and night routines . Listed below are a few tips we have when designing your dream bathroom.

Don’t be afraid to create your dream bathroom.

Don’t be afraid to create your dream bathroom.

1.       Plan for enough lighting

A bathroom should have plenty of lighting to allow for the daily routines required of it. Pay extra attention above the vanity which will require adequate light in front of the mirror.  A natural hue is recommended for above the mirror as this color light will most closely match the light outside. This is helpful to find details you might miss that may become apparent in the sunlight.

2.       Select low upkeep material

When picking the type of flooring and wall covering in a bathroom, one should be mindful of how easy a type of material is to clean and keep care of. Having natural stone may give your bathroom the look you’re going for, but porous stone must be kept sealed to prevent moisture from entering them. After a while the sealant used will break down and allow dirt and grim to stain the stone. This should by no means fully discourage you from using this beautiful material in your design, but it is something you should be aware of.

The beauty of natural stone can often out weigh the addition time needed to keep them clean.

The beauty of natural stone can often out weigh the addition time needed to keep them clean.

3.       Add an inset shelf

When designing your shower or bathtub, don’t settle for a small corner shelf to hold all your hair products and body washes. Instead, have an inset shelf added to the design. This relatively easy addition when building a custom shower or bathtub will be a welcome improvement to the functionality of the space.

An inset shelf can add additional space for you to put your toiletries.

An inset shelf can add additional space for you to put your toiletries.

4.       Provide plenty of storage

If there’s one thing you can almost never have enough of, its storage. Allow for more storage then you may think you will need as this will be a desired commodity in the future when space starts to run out. Don’t rely on your vanity’s storage space as the sole means you have as this will often not be enough. 30 inches of counter space is recommended for most families, however, keep in mind this might not be true for your family. Extra wall-hung shelves and cabinets can be used when room becomes limited.

You can never have to much storage!

You can never have to much storage!

5.       Be mindful of window coverings

Bathrooms that will receive a lot of moisture and humidity from showers and bathtubs should not have cloth window coverings like drapes and curtains. These window treatments will tend to absorb the moisture from the air and can grow mildew. Natural wood blinds should also be avoided as they can begin to warp and discolor. Faux wood, vinyl blinds, or moisture repellent material should be used as alternatives.

6.       Adequate ventilation

Speaking of damp bathrooms, one of the biggest mistakes a homeowner can make when designing a bathroom is not allowing for appropriate ventilation. An exhaust fan should always be used when taking a shower or bath as the increased dampness can allow the growth of mold and mildew which can be harmful to one’s health as well as be an eye sore. Choose a bathroom exhaust fan that is large enough for the size of the room. Pick one that can move at least 1 cfm per square feet of the room. For example, a 50 sqft bathroom should have an exhaust fan rated around 50 cfm.

 

Tips to Make Your Dream Kitchen

So, you’ve finally decided to kick your old kitchen to the curb and your ready to build your dream kitchen, now what? There are a lot of things to consider when you remodel such an important room for many homes. This list is here to get you started on your journey! 

Full kitchen remodel with under cabinet lighting designed by Ink Design Concepts

Full kitchen remodel with under cabinet lighting designed by Ink Design Concepts

  • Are you remodeling for love or listing? 

    Your overall approach to this undertaking will be heavily influenced on whether you plan to sell soon or if this will be something you can love for many years to come. Knowing where you stand on this matter early will help you decide on decisions concerning budget, style, and functionality. It wouldn’t make much sense to spend a lot of money on something you love if your planning on selling your home soon. Everyone has their own sense of style and something you like might put off a potential buyer. Pay attention to current trends or stick with a neutral choice if you will be listing your home soon. 

  • Go with a style that will fit the rest of your home.

    Unless you plan to remodel your whole home, consideration must be made on how your new kitchen will look with the rest of your home. A sleek modern style kitchen may look out of place when the rest of the house looks vintage. Also keep in mind that the lighting in your home may make something you loved in the showroom look too dark or a different color shade when you get it home. Try to always take home samples when possible before deciding on a look. 

Historic apartment in Burlington gets an updated kitchen.

Historic apartment in Burlington gets an updated kitchen.

  • Set your budget and stay realistic with your design. 

    If your budget is tight, don’t make any assumptions when construction is involved. Removing a wall to make your kitchen more open may sound like a good idea until you find out its load barring and has plumbing and wires that need to be rerouted. Hidden complications can quickly add up, so it is best to consult with a professional when extensive remodeling is desired. This shouldn’t deter you in your pursuit of your dream kitchen as some of these major changes can have a big impact in the feel and functionality of your kitchen. 

Removing a wall can open up a kitchen, but beware of hidden complications.

Removing a wall can open up a kitchen, but beware of hidden complications.

  • Keep functionality in mind when designing your kitchen 

    If you spend a lot of time in your kitchen then you’ll appreciate taking extra consideration when thinking about functionality when designing your kitchen. Making sure there is proper space for two people to move in your kitchen or having extra storage space can mean the difference of having a beautiful kitchen and having a place to properly cook and host guests. Keep in mind the value you’ll be adding to the space as well. A second sink could turn out to be a lot more useful than adding a dedicated wine cooler.  

How to Create a Beautiful Backsplash

An eye-catching back splash can take a simple kitchen and make it breathtaking. While these surfaces are commonly tile, the variety available means you can make something that stands out. There are countless unique designs and materials to pick from, meaning you can get creative with your choices. Here are some tips you can use to upgrade your kitchen remodel.

5 Tips on How to Create a Beautiful Backsplash

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1. Take Measurements

Take a few measurements of your kitchen so you can get an idea of how much tile you can work with. Don’t forget to convert from inches to feet and then multiple width x height to get your square forage. Use the featured image to help you calculate your square footage. Add 10% to your final square footage estimate to all for waste from cut tile. Tip: Take the height measurement you must work with and go to a home decor store. Mix and match different tiles to create patterns within the height constraints your kitchen offers.

Convert Inches to Feet for Easier Math

Convert Inches to Feet for Easier Math

2. Create Unique Patterns

While at the home decor store, lay varying tile that catch your eye on top of one another to create different designs. Don’t be constrained to what they might have on display, as often something you create can mean more. Don’t feel like your confined by the horizontal nature of many tile. Subway tile, for example, can be arranged in a herringbone or diagonal pattern. Just keep in mind that some patterns may need additional material and labor to install because of an increased number of cuts.

3.Captivate with a Focal Point

Use the extra height above sinks or stoves to create a praiseworthy focal point. Using a combination of distinctive or decorative tiles in these prominent sites can turn a bland cooking space into a work of art. The back-splash is normally just below a person’s eye level so the increased height can be used to your advantage to attract attention. Spending a little extra on a focal point can let you stay more neutral on the rest, to save money and still make an eye-catching statement.

Use a Focal Point to Draw The Attention of Your Guests

Use a Focal Point to Draw The Attention of Your Guests

4. Complement Colors

Don’t forget about your counter-top! It is important for the visual flow of your kitchen for your back-splash to match your cabinets and your counter top. If possible, it is advised to bring a sample of your counter-top and cabinets when you go to a home decor store to pick your tiles for your back-splash. If you do not still have samples when you purchased the items, take some time to find samples the store offers that matches them. Once you have decided on a design, or two, take the tiles home with you. Spending the extra cash to buy a handful of tiles for your back-splash to take home could save you a lot of money and frustration in the future. Keep in mind the lighting in the store could vary drastically from the lighting in your home.

Coordinate Colors to Make Something Beautiful

Coordinate Colors to Make Something Beautiful

5. Stand back

 

Arrange your tiles in a configuration and take a step back. You’re going to be seeing this design from a few feet away in different lighting conditions when it’s on your kitchen wall. It’s often good to leave the room and come back after some time to look at your arrangement a second time to confirm your feelings on the combination.