Many of us have way too many shoes. So many shoes that we do not have room to store them all. Women are also much worse than men when it comes to buying shoes. They can often simply not resist that fantastic shoe they have just tried on in the store. But when you get home, what do you do with them. Soon, if you have enough in your collection you will encounter a real shoe storage problem.
Fortunately there are many different solutions to this problem, some of them cheap and cheerful and some involving the purchase of expensive shoe cabinets. Whatever your budget there is almost certainly a shoe storage solution for you.
Probably the simplest form of storage is to keep the shoe box in which you purchase the pair. This is simple, effective and can allow you to stack your collection against a wall or in a closet. You might also look at some of the inexpensive, yet still stylish box storage options available in some stores these days which provide you the same benefits as your original box and yet can be colorful and help you create a feature in your room at the same time.
As previously mentioned many furniture stores will be able to provide you with shoe storage cabinet units which can be really helpful. Some are clearly for storing shoes, with others the storage method is concealed. This makes these cabinets versatile and able to be placed in other rooms other than perhaps your bedroom without being too obviously shoe storage. The other drawback to cabinets is that they have a finite capacity which once fully utilized will mean that you either have to purchase another cabinet or resort to more flexible storage alternatives.
Finally, look at under-bed storage options, or, if you are on a really low budget, why not make your own shoe shelves in an out of the way place in the house. This might be the most versatile type of storage of all. Often, when it comes to storage, be it for shoes, or clothes, or even kitchen storage a little creativity can go a long way.
Some of us have a bathtub shower combination. That is, you stand in the tub and use the shower or you sit in the tub and have a bath. Others have a stand alone shower where you don’t even need a bathtub in the same room and still others have a hand held attachment that they use where they can. Showers are everywhere and for everyone, so it’s not surprising that there are many different kinds of shower heads available to take your blah bathroom to a spa level bathroom with hardly any effort.
If you like getting caught in the rain or would rather have a rain like shower than one that sprays water willy nilly then the rain head shower is for you. They come in different sizes and are usually square. The bigger they are the more like a rainstorm your shower will be. They let you stand there and pretend that you are outside in the rain, without the worry that your clothes and phone are getting drenched. Some models even have an air effect built in that mimics a rain storm.
Who ever said that a shower should only have one stream of water? Now you can have multiple streams of water angled at you however you wish with a body shower. Not just coming down from above, these jets can be trained on your lower back, your shoulders or anywhere else you’d like and offer a hydrotherapy dream, right in your own bathroom. Talk about relaxing.
A waterfall shower may look a bit weird at first, but the pure relaxation it brings will get you over the look pretty quickly. We are used to seeing round nozzled shower heads and for some even the rain heads with their large square shape look ‘different’ so there’s no wonder that a rectangular thing on your shower wall would look funny. But when you turn it on and the water really begins to fall you’ll feel like you’re in the tropics, even if it’s winter outside the window. The heavy rush of water that isn’t pokey, misty or coming at you in a jet instantly relieves tension and the continuous flow makes it that you’ll never want to get out.
So for relaxation, massage, a spa like atmosphere and oh yes, the reason you’re in the shower in the first place, to get clean–check out these interesting shower heads today!
The bathroom has come along way in the past one hundred years. Once just a basic tub set in front of the living room fire and filled with buckets of water, the bathing experience is now a luxury in almost every western home. Back then, a “bathroom” was something only the wealthy and privileged could afford to have in their house. It was this trend which lead to the mass production of bathroom products.
The Edwardian and Victorian styles of the time are still a popular choice today. They look exquisite in a villa or cottage bathroom, and never loose their appeal in terms of design.
Today, thanks to advanced plumbing and modern technology, the bathroom may well have evolved as far as it can. With luxury steam rooms and hydrotherapy baths, it’s difficult to imagine how bathrooms could get any more sophisticated. That said, the bathroom, like any room in the house, is ever changing in terms of design trends.
Here we look at the five most popular styles of bathroom designs. Traditional, Country, Shabby chic, Contemporary and Fantasy.
The Traditional bathroom can mean either traditional in terms of Edwardian or Victorian style, or in respect to a standard white bathroom with basic sanitary ware and bath. Here, we’ll be looking at the style of bathroom design where it all started. The Edwardian bathroom.
Over the past decade, with the popularity of TV shows like Changing Rooms, the trend for old-fashioned bathrooms has seen a real upsurge. A rare gem of an old slipper bath or rusty traditional faucet may be found at a scrap yard or in a skip, but thankfully manufacturers are keeping up with demand with skillfully crafted traditional bathroom products.
Certain rooms only work in certain houses, so if you’re living in a modern high rise apartment the traditional bathroom isn’t going to work for you. If you have an old cottage or villa retreat this style of bathroom is one you should definitely consider.
Almost always, the bath is the centre piece attraction of the traditional bathroom. A free-standing roll-top or slipper bath sits proudly on a dark polished floor, and only if going for a traditional continental style bathroom will an inset or sunken tub hold appeal. Either a wall-mounted faucet or a free-standing one looks classy. Deep ridges and curved angles are what makes the traditional sanitary ware what it is – bold and masculine.
When decorating a traditional bathroom both soft tones and bold colours can work well. Strong tones of browns, maroons and greens give a nice warmth to the room, but be sure the bathroom is well lit, maybe with a lavish chandelier. With the right colours, antique gold can look better than chrome. Go for curtains, never blinds. If going for a vanity unit rather than a traditional basin and pedestal, choose an oak or cherry finish; or the white Cynk vanity unit is a good look with traditional baths and toilets.
One of the most appealing things about the traditional bathroom is clutter gives it more of a lived-in effect, thus enhancing the traditional look. Don’t be afraid to put plenty of pictures on the walls – black and white family portraits in gold frames are a good look. A chest of drawers or corner table with scented candles, aromatherapy oils or flowers will really bring the room to life. As a finishing touch an old style set of weighing scales, a large framed mirror or bulky traditional radiator will give the room that cozy old-fashioned feel.
The country style bathroom is perhaps the easiest type of design to create, and like the traditional bathroom only really works well within the right house. The classic country look is best associated with floral wallpaper, high beams, basin frills and a bath canopy. Following the traditional design, cast iron baths and deep ridged sanitary ware are what gives the country bathroom its nostalgic look.
Check, floral or plaid curtains are preferred over roller blinds, and shutters, though rare in England, offer a great form of privacy as well as adding to the country effect. Wood plays a big part in this look, and almost all furniture works well in this setting, especially beech, maple, ash and oak vanity units and cabinets.
Either tiles or wooden floors can be used. Tiles should be a rustic colour, and can be used to create elaborate mosaics. Wooden floors should be varnished to match the furniture. Decorating may see a stenciled motif used as a border, and the technique of rubbing paint on the walls with a sponge gives the room that worn natural look.
Toilets with high level cisterns and pull chains are very rare these days, but a must have for the country bathroom, as are traditional taps for the bath and basin. Just about any kind of free-standing bath will suit the country bathroom. If wishing to have a shower a tiled walk-in shower is the advisable option with a curtain to conceal the area.
For the final touch add wicker baskets filled with pot pouri, wire basket shelves and stylish wall lamps.
“Shabby chic”, a relatively new phrase used to describe room designs, is an obscure blend of neglect and style. It is one of the most difficult bathroom designs to create, and it takes a bold decision to go for this bathroom style. It almost certainly achieves its full potential in a continental house, either a French chateau or old Spanish villa.
The absolute opposite of a fitted bathroom, the shabby chic look is a mismatch of styles and products. You can even do the unexpected, like put a put a refrigerator in the corner. Nothing is expected to match and pipework and plumbing are on show rather than concealed. This style is best suited to those who have inherited a bathroom and want to update it a little rather than fork out on a brand new bathroom suite.
The key to decoration is neutral tones with a few dark colors. For the walls choose a matte or flat wall paint. Pale golds and yellows work particularly well as does floral or check patterned wallpaper.
As with the country and traditional bathrooms, cast iron baths are a must. Either a roll-top or slipper bath will do, and although you don’t want holes or rust, the more dilapidated it looks the better. Even consider running sandpaper over the paint work and claw feet. It’s always worth looking out for old fittings at antique shops and car boot sales.
Counter top basins are highly recommended in this setting, and the look out for extremely unusual decorated designs. Place it on a washstand or run-down vanity unit. Add unique ornaments and antique framed mirrors.
Modern bathrooms are all about what you do with the space you have. Within many bathrooms there is little room to work with, so making the most of the space is essential. This is why fitted bathroom suites are now so popular. Having bathroom furniture made to measure is one of the most practical design solutions when remodeling the bathroom.
How many of us have had a bathroom with a cluttered airing cupboard? With the modern bathroom there’s no need to cram your toiletries, towels and cleaning fluids around the boiler. With fitted vanity units, storage units and cabinets you’ll have all the space you need.
When examining modern bathroom design, wall-hung furniture has to get a mention. White gloss will never go out of fashion, but more recently furniture finishes such as wenge, beech and maple have made a real emergence in popularity.
As well as the furniture, wall-hung sanitary ware is a great space-saving solution while giving the bathroom a contemporary feel. Also, concealed cistern units are a more eye-pleasing look than the standard close-coupled toilet.
Showerbaths are a great practical way of optimizing the space, so that you have the comfort of both bathing and showering. Walk-in showers are also very popular in the modern bathroom, and if buying a shower enclosure for the modern bathroom choose one with a chrome structure over white.
Chrome and stainless steel are the ultimate choice in the modern bathroom, and taps and bath mixers are available in a number of contemporary designs, rather than the traditional style faucets. Also, choose chrome towel rails over standard white radiators, as well as matching chrome accessories..
Don’t be afraid to decorate with bold colours when tiling or painting, getting the contrast right with the chrome and the gloss. If using curtains be subtle with the designs and colours, but preferably go for stylish roller blinds.
Daring to be anything more than conventional, the fantasy bathroom design lets you be truly innovative with your fantasies and tastes. With the emphasis on futuristic, this style of bathroom is the antithesis of the traditionalist.
The fantasy design is ideally exclusive to only larger bathrooms, as with all futuristic interior design large open spaces are what brings the room together. Steam cabins and whirlpool baths are the ideal choice for showering and bathing. Or combine the two will a well designed bath screen and a glass shower panel. Because of their minimal effect, Walk-in showers also work well with modern tiling, chrome shower fixtures and classy shower lighting.
For the sanitary ware go with wall-hung or standard close-coupled toilet and basin with pedestal with acute angles and a contemporary design. Abstract towel rails and wenge wall-hung furniture fit well in the fantasy bathroom, giving it that calm almost surreal look.
The ultimate luxury in a fantasy bathroom would have to be a waterproof TV. You could even think of doubling the bathroom up as gym, complete with exercise bike and rowing machine.
Ornaments should be unobtrusive, so choose things like small piles of pebbles and modern wall prints over candles and nick-nacks.
Knowing you have a beautiful luxurious bath at home can help you get through that long exhausting board meeting. Sitting in traffic on the freeway on your way home thinking about how that hot water is going to feel as it relaxes your tired muscles is enough to make you want to close your eyes. You can almost smell the lavender candles burning and feel the bubbles as they lightly touch your skin. The tension built up from the day slowly begins to ease away.
As you slowly move out of traffic and edge your way home, you think of when you first decorated your bathroom, which you call your peaceful haven. It took you forever to make the right decisions on the exact color scheme and the decorations. It had to be just right, but now that it is finished every night as soon as you get home it is the first place you go and enjoy your own personal time in your peaceful haven. You remember when you were selecting your bath, you were so surprised at the large variety of baths available on the market. In fact, you had no idea there were so many, which included the elegant corner bath, stylish shower baths, or even sexy free standing ones. What it basically meant was you shopping around for the bath that caught your eye though. There were all types of styles and colors. You were amazed.
At first, you looked at the standard baths and considered one with a double end. You thought how romantic that would be, but then decided that your bath time was strictly your time and immediately decided against that. Was that wrong of you? You immediately decided it was not, because this was your special space in the house.
You also considered a shower bath. They were available in a number of different designs and the colors they were available in simply blew your mind. The colors would have matched any color scheme that you would have wanted to used, but a shower bath was just not what you wanted in your personal bathroom.
Your next thought was a free standing type bath, but then the longer you looked at one, the more convinced you became that this was not what you wanted either. Were you simply being impossible or did you really not know what you wanted? Or did you know what you wanted and simply had not discovered it as of yet? These did have a great look to them, but they were just not for you.
Finally, you found exactly what you wanted. It was huge. You could just see yourself relaxing at the end of the day in one of these double ended babies. Your personal bathroom was huge, so why not have a huge bath, right? You had to decide whether you wanted copper, steel, or stone and you finally selected a stone color that would match the design of your bathroom and you absolutely love it.
Do you love your coffee in the morning? Do you wish you had an area devoted just to your latte dreams? Regardless of the space you may have on your counter area, having your own coffee bar is certainly doable!
You first want to start with clearing off your space. Take a look around for items that are displayed on your counter-space, yet you rarely use. If you have small appliances that you only use once or twice a month, it is a good idea to put them away in your pantry or cabinets so that you can make space for your every day appliances, like your Keurig. (For the purpose of this article, I will use Keurig as an example because it’s such a household name, and nearly everyone I know has one)
The beauty of having a Keurig is that there are so many items on the market that complement your coffee maker, that it is nearly impossible not to have a dedicated area, in your kitchen, where you can find everything quickly, and be on your way.
There are several different styles of Keurig cup holders in the market today. Some are vertical, while others look like small independent cabinets. My favorite one is the Keurig drawer. The beauty of this drawer is that it can house a number of coffees, and it is sturdy enough for you to place your coffee machine on top. This drawer makes for a great space-saver!
Another tip I have for you is to place your coffee machine in close proximity to a kitchen drawer. There are several drawer dividers in the market today that you could use. Make yourself partitions that will house items like your sugar packets, your stirring sticks, your splenda, you get the point.
If purchasing drawer dividers is not in your current budget, you may use containers from around your kitchen. In my home, we have 2 very busy teenagers. We normally buy packs of throw away items like plastic utensils and plates. Some plastic utensils, come in tray like boxes that you can reuse. I have found these “trays” to be the ideal height for my kitchen drawers.
Lastly, clear an area of the cabinet space directly over your coffee machine, and place your coffee mugs there.
As you move things around in your kitchen, you will figure out a way to make the best use of your limited space. You will find that by having a dedicated space for your coffee bar, it will help you move around your kitchen fairly quickly, while you’re rushing to leave for work.
If you are considering updating the look of your home by changing out all the lights for something more with the times, even a quick trip to a lighting store should leave you fairly overwhelmed with the sheer range of choices you have today. In the process of looking through all that is available, you will probably at some point, come across an old favorite that you had all but forgotten about. The lighting market now is full of every choice you always loved in a light, and a thousand more waiting to be discovered. Perhaps a little rundown of the general categories that light fixtures fall into would help you absorb your choices a little bit better.
The kitchen is somehow, the spiritual center of the home. Not only is it important to have enough lighting here for utilitarian purposes, it is important to have everyone who comes in for their various plans to have the kind of lighting they will need as well. Do the kids need to do their homework in peace while near a parent who is cooking? Does a child need to be in the kitchen while reading a book or drawing a picture? Does someone want to work on the taxes while near a spouse to be able to ask questions? When you begin to plan for the light fixtures you will use in your kitchen, you will need to think about all the task areas there are in the room – places where you expect various things will be done. You’ll need lighting over the sink and the countertop of course. But you’ll also need lighting in the bar area, the table, and a comfortable part of the floor. And all of this is in addition to the general lighting you’ll need to cover the whole kitchen. Pendant light fixtures of various kinds work very well for many of these purposes. But you will also need track lighting and wall-mounted fixtures.
The dining room is a place that closely aligned with the kitchen. A lot of things that get done in the kitchen, get done over here too. You’ll usually want mood lighting for the dining room. That’s just a fancy term of course, for installing a dimmer for the lighting. It’ll let you brighten the lighting up or dim it down, depending on what needs to get done. So what kind of lights go well in the dining room? Right above the table, you can use a light that is mounted flush with the ceiling, or you could use a chandelier, a pendant light or a track light. The track light should have several spotlights that can focus on and light up specific areas – each place setting or the artwork on the walls, for instance.
Living rooms in general, only have task lighting and not lighting for the whole space. You could experiment with floor lamps, spotlights, table lamps an accent light for a beautifully lit room with great atmosphere.
Home remodeling is a quite regular event that the home owners undertake. This is true for I know that all of us wanted our homes to look nicer and happy to live. So for those who are thinking for home remodeling, here some tips to help you in your home remodeling.
At first many people think on what way will their home look nicer and what’s the possible design that will fit for the natural aura of the place. The concept of design for home remodeling in this sense comes in. So for the design for home remodeling you should decide if you want to hire an architect, an interior designer, and other home remodeling masters to create your home remodeling ideas. It is necessary to consider for the design for home remodeling that you can afford and you really feel comfortable. A certain understanding with the home remodeling contractor is very important for a solid work. And make a decision for a certain budget for your home remodeling and stick with it.
In this step for your home remodeling, you must plan and analysis your home remodeling design with your contractor for any ideas that will help you in your home remodeling whether about the flow or about the costs. And then choose materials and products for your home remodeling project. If possible try to choose first those materials for your home remodeling project that is needed first and those that need enough time. The time for the home remodeling contractor to come up with a detailed construction schedule and procedures and to get some construction crews must also be given attention.
It is important that in every home remodeling project, there should be a consultation between the home owner, the home remodeling contractor and his job site supervisor, the architect or designer, any other construction members who will be working with your home remodeling project. In this case, you must take note some of the important matters involved in your home remodeling project and send memos for any possible changes from the original plan. It is important that you set ground rules for your home remodeling project between you and your home remodeling contractor or the job-site supervisor, and if possible try to think for a communication plan that will definitely take place between you and your home remodeling contractor and the other important persons under your home remodeling project. The common noted primary contact person is the job-site supervisor. If you are really serious with your home remodeling project, then you should pay attention to every details or comments or questions regarding your home remodeling project.
Finally, the tips for setting up some things in your home remodeling project must also be considered. Take away the personal things from the working area and if possible you try to put up a temporary mini kitchen in another part of the house. And for your home remodeling, try to set up some trash bins, portable toilet, and construction fence for better movement. And make room for large belongings which are delivered at this point.
Decorating boys bedrooms with licensed characters and themes is an easy but expensive option. While most children do have a preferred character or theme that they would enjoy having in their rooms, there are more affordable ways to achieve a similar desired result.
Without naming names or infringing upon any boys bedrooms copyrights or trademarks this budget-friendly collection of ideas can help you create an absolutely awesome children’s décor. It has been compiled especially to offer easy do-it-yourself, affordable decorating solutions for boys bedrooms … with all of the neatest features in boys bedrooms that guys appreciate.
Basics in boys bedrooms ideas.
Most boys will easily embrace decorating ideas that are a little different or not mass-produced as long as they include similar colors and concepts. He’ll feel good about having something original and special that’s goes beyond the expected boys bedrooms ideas.
This will encourage him to appreciate the idea of being an individual, different and unique from anyone else in the world.
Beyond-the-box ideas in boys bedrooms. (For the guy who loves things that creep and crawl.)
To adults, a bug is a bug is a bug, no further classification required. Boys know bugs like girls know shoes.
Decorating boys bedrooms with insect-laden fabrics for curtains and other linens is a winner with most guys. If he has a favorite insect-character super hero, select colors that match the super hero’s outfit. You could even make a matching pair of pajamas for your child to wear. Be warned though, he’ll want to wear them all day long.
Against a wall or in a corner in boys bedrooms, you can hang any inexpensive netted material in a basic cotton knit.
This provides the perfect lofty perch for any cherished insect-type super hero character.
Out-of-this-world ideas in boys bedrooms. (For the guy who loves exploring far-away places.)
Whether your child dreams of soaring through space or diving in oceans, you can create an original décor that matches his dreams.
Paint the walls blue for either of these themes in boys bedrooms you choose. Think medium blue as the starting point. For space themes, you’ll want to radiate towards darker shades. With aquatic themes, you’ll want to go towards the opposite end of the color spectrum and user lighter shades.
Use accents for boys bedrooms that begin with the letter “s” to add true dimension to either of these themes.
- Accents with an “S” for outer space ideas:
- Accents with an “S” for aquatic ideas:
Off-the-driven-path ideas in boys bedrooms. (For the guy who’s on the move, regardless of how he gets there.)
Since the invention of the automobile, no dearer sound has fallen on the ear of any boy than that of a finely-tuned engine. This is as true when a boy is six as it is when he’s sixteen, just from a different point of view.
Bring the highway home in style with these boys bedrooms ideas fit for any future driver.
Ride into the sunset by sweeping a paintbrush across a wall. Create center-lines using paint of a different color and you’ve got a winding road.
X marks the spot – if you can make an X you can paint a traffic intersection on a wall. Use wall putty to attach small toy vehicles of various kinds. You can even create an entire city street this way.
The modern bathroom has changed dramatically from what it used to be, especially the big master bathroom, where the possibilities exceed all imagination in terms of bathroom accessories and decor, with high-tech features like a digitally controlled shower system with a digital interface for personal settings, an automatic hands free toilet with an auto flush feature that removes the waist and cleans, a built-in TV and speakers with a waterproof remote control, to mention just a few. Such high-tech sophistication is not necessary to still get great results even with a standard bathroom makeover and give it the look and ambiance of a contemporary bathroom. With many kinds of inexpensive yet beautiful bathroom fixtures, cabinets and bathroom flooring to choose from everybody can get their dream shower that they would never want to leave.
The bathroom is a major place of relaxation where you can enjoy an invigorating shower or cool down with a long soak in a tub or have the best of both worlds. It is a place of retreat and rejuvenation of the body and mind from the stresses of life, so both designers and consumers are looking to intensify the daily shower/ bath experience with new innovations in bathroom remodeling design ideas & bathroom decor.
More then ever bathroom makeover remodels are easy and fun. not only for expensive bathroom renovation but also and in particular, for small bathroom remodeling, and with such a huge array of bathroom remodeling ideas everybody can find the right solution for a beautiful new modern bathroom with the latest features of comfort and style to make it a more relaxing and pleasurable experience.
So if you are you just fed up with your old telephone booth-size shower and want a more contemporary bathroom… a beautiful spacious modern bathroom with the latest in bathroom accessories design, or if you just want to refresh your existing bath with the latest trends in bathroom decor, you will be amazed how plenty of bathroom remodeling ideas you can find that can improve the look of your bath and give it a luxurious feel no matter how big or small the bathroom remodeling design is.
It may be a good idea to work with an experienced and imaginative professional who has a broad knowledge of bathroom remodeling design and bathroom accessories and who can help you make the best of what is possible within the limits of your budget and bath size. Or if you have the time to shop around you can use your own creative thinking in choosing the right bathroom fixtures & bathroom decor such as cabinets, faucets, shower heads, vanities, tile and so on. Most certainly you would want to find the right home contractor for the new bathroom makeover and installation.
And in a last note I would like to share with you an idea that will amplify the importance of the shower experience. Beauty is a relaxant and a beautiful environment in a contemporary bathroom is a remedy for the mind. Small changes can have big effects and one should not underestimate the power of our surroundings on our inner state of mind. The place where you clean and beautify yourself should it self be beautiful. so pamper yourself and treat yourself to a new bathroom…again it doesn’t have to be a master bathroom with super computers and high-tech bathroom accessories, there are small bathroom remodeling ideas that can do the job and make your bathroom a small vacation island… make your shower a daily vacation experience from the stresses of life. Enjoy your trip!
Whether you have a small bathroom or a big one you need good storage options. The bathroom always has lots of little things to put away, whether its toiletries for women, for men, or kids toys. Even guest bathrooms need to storage towels, kleenex, soap, and toilet paper. Here are some handy tips about bathroom storage.
1. Look up. The ceiling is largely unused space that can be optimized. You can get hanging flower baskets and hang them from the ceiling. Instead of planting flowers, hang up your toiletries. It is cute, fun and will help your bathroom be neat and organized.
2. If you have closet space or ample counter space you can store a variety of items for multiple different people in shoe boxes. Let your kids decorate them to match the decor (a good rainy day project) and everyone will have their own place for things. No more mixing of toothbrushes or makeup.
3. Consider your kids and put a towel rack at their level. This will prevent the need for climbing on the toilet or sink vanity, not only preventing injuries but also the chance of something being knocked off.
4. Try not to store magazines and books on the back of the toilet. They could easily fall in the bowl when the seat is left up (gross) and it’s also a problem when you need to get into it for plumbing reasons. Get a small magazine rack and put it in a convenient location.
Hopefully these tips will help keep your bathroom a bit more organized.