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What Is the Most Durable Bathroom Vanity Top?

by Columbus Bath Design |October 15, 2021 |0 Comments | Bathroom Accessories, Bathroom Remodeling Materials, Bathroom tips, Full Bathroom Remodel |

A sleek and classically stylish bathroom vanity can be the star of the room. However, looks aren’t everything when it comes to countertops. You’ll want a material that gives you the style you’re going for and can also hold up to a bathroom’s wear and tear.

Bathrooms tend to be humid spaces. People at the vanity may expose the counter to spilled soap, toothpaste, hair products, and more. This means that you’ll need a countertop material that won’t stain or degrade when exposed to water and household chemicals.

Two bathroom vanities above his and her sinks

When you’re choosing the right material for your bathroom vanity, think long-term. You’ll want something durable and easy to maintain. Here are a few options that suit a variety of budgets:

Six Great Materials For a Durable Bathroom Vanity

Granite

Granite is one of the most popular materials for a bathroom vanity for good reason. This stone is both stylish and durable. It’s available in a variety of colors, helping you achieve the look you want in the bathroom.

Granite is heat- and scratch-resistant. You won’t need to worry about setting down a hot curling iron. It’s unlikely that anything you keep on the bathroom vanity will scratch its surface.

However, unlike other materials on this list, granite needs to be regularly maintained. In wet environments like the bathroom, homeowners may need to seal it every year.

Engineered Stone

Another popular option is engineered stone. This can be made from granite, marble, quartz, and other materials.

Here, small pieces of stone are bound together in resin. The resulting material is durable, water-resistant, and low-maintenance.

One of the biggest advantages of engineered stone is that it comes in a vast array of colors and patterns. This lets you achieve exactly the look you want. These materials also tend to be more affordable than natural stones.

However, depending on the binder involved, engineered stones may be less heat-resistant. Some of these stones might also discolor over time. You’ll want to talk to your countertop supplier about your options.

Solid Surface Material

Here’s another man-made material with staying power. These countertops are made of acrylic and other materials bonded with resin and pressed into sheets. They are relatively affordable and fairly easy to maintain.

These counters won’t need to be sealed like granite. They’re extremely resistant to mold and mildew, perfect for bathroom application. Because these materials are solid, they rarely stain.

Solid surface vanities can be cut into almost any shape. They aren’t extremely scratch- and heat-resistant. However, if they do get damaged, you may be able to simply sand them down to unmarred layers.

Recycled Glass

Do you want a man-made material with a big visual impact? Recycled glass is affordable, eco-friendly, and offers a versatile look.

It’s available in multiple colors and base materials. A clear acrylic binder might make the glass look like reflections floating underwater. For a more rustic look, try a mosaic of glass embedded in concrete.

Durability varies a little depending on the base material. Concrete is heat-resistant but needs to be resealed regularly. Acrylic and resins never need sealing, but might be vulnerable to scratching.

Whichever you choose, make sure you use bathroom cleaners formulated for these materials. Harsh chemicals and scrubbing agents could damage or discolor the surface.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tiles have been a bathroom vanity staple for generations. They are highly heat- and scratch-resistant. The tiles themselves are unlikely to stain.

However, the grout between the tiles might stain. You can reduce the chances of that happening by re-sealing the grout periodically. You may also select larger tiles, so there are fewer lines of grout to worry about.

Some ceramic tiles are more impact resistant than others. They are rated on a variety of scales. Your vanity installation service can help you pick the right one for your needs.

Concrete

Concrete is becoming an increasingly popular choice for countertops. It’s readily available and can be formed into any shape you need. This is ideal for tricky spaces and large bathrooms.

This affordable material can be colored and patterned any way you like, depending on what dyes or accents are in the mix. Concrete is extremely durable and heat-resistant.

You will need to stay on top of maintenance with this material. Concrete can be damaged or stained when regularly exposed to water. It’s vital that you keep your bathroom vanity sealed.

Another thing to consider is that concrete can be difficult to patch or repair if it does get damaged. That’s one advantage of resin-based counters like simulated stone.

Which One’s Right for You?

So which bathroom vanity is right for you? Here are some points to consider:

Do you need to cover a large area? Manmade materials like concrete or quartz stone may be the answer.

Are you looking for the most visual impact? Classic granite and colorful and stunning glass lead the pack.

Do you dislike doing regular maintenance? Once installed, solid surface material and simulated stone take care of themselves.

Are you looking for a budget material that gives you a classic look? Tile and concrete are wallet-friendly options that come in a versatile range of colors and patterns.

Need Help Choosing a Durable Bathroom Vanity Top?

At Columbus Bath Design, we’ll help you find the right countertop material for your budget and your home. Our experienced team can handle any job, from working with oddly shaped spaces to coordinating with any design style. Give us a call today!

Getting Your Bathroom Ready for Back to School

by Columbus Bath Design |September 18, 2020 |0 Comments | Bathroom tips

As the fall approaches and kids are gearing up for school, it is important to think about how they get ready to approach their day. Many things need to be done before heading to class, things like picking the perfect outfit, putting supplies together, and packing the perfect lunch. But how do you get your kids up and moving on time? A well-organized bathroom can make the transition from sleepy time to school time a little more efficient.

Whether school is virtual or in-person, creating a space that facilitates your kids having a regular morning routine is critical in setting the foundation for their day, allowing them to get ready quickly and efficiently to start school with the right attitude and focus.

The experts at Columbus Bath Design are very experienced in designing bathrooms that are perfect for the needs of children. We understand the critical importance of the morning routine in getting the kids up and out the door as efficiently as possible! Contact us to see how we can help you create the perfect space to start your kids’ day.

What can I do to make my kid’s bathroom back to school ready?

The first thing to do when getting your kid’s bathroom back to school ready is to evaluate your needs. For instance, if you have more than one child who share a bathroom, consider installing a double vanity or two sinks. By allowing all the kids to get ready at the same time you can save yourself both time and hassle.

If your kids are still small, you can store a step stool under a wall-mounted sink or even a pop-out step under the vanity. The key principle to any good bathroom design for kids is to keep it fun, and what kid doesn’t like climbing on things?

Drawers or baskets are a good way to keep toiletries organized and out of sight. It can be part of the morning ritual to make sure that items are put away properly. Also important is making sure that towel bars or hooks are easily reachable by little people. There is a 100% chance that towels will end up on the floor if kids can’t reach the towel bar! Along the same lines, installing an adjustable showerhead that can be lowered for small children is a good idea, with the added benefit that it can be raised as your children grow, allowing the bathroom to grow with them.

Safety is also an important concern. Small feet slip easily on large, smooth tiles. It’s wise to install smaller tiles because the added grout lines also serve to provide a better grip. Other safety features to consider may include drain and faucet covers to help keep smaller kids from injuring themselves or accidentally burning themselves with hot water.

What are some tips for organizing a bathroom shared by more than one kid?

The key to organizing a bathroom shared by multiple children is to make sure that every kid has their things and areas clearly marked. One great way to do this is to establish a color-coding system. Each kid has their color, and it carries through all parts of the bathroom. For example, one child could have a red towel and all of their things are stored in red baskets or bins, while another child could have a blue towel, and all of their things are in the blue tubs. This keeps things organized and clean, while at the same time helps to prevent aggravating arguments.

During the design stage, it’s wise to include ideas from each kid. For instance, one can be assigned the task of picking hardware style, while another could be in charge of picking out the light switch plate.

By keeping the space fun and organized, your morning routines will be much easier and efficient.

Can my kids help with bathroom design?

The answer is a resounding yes! Encouraging your kids to participate in the bathroom design helps give them a sense of ownership. They’ll feel more comfortable taking care of their morning routine by themselves, and they can also give you a better idea of how they use the various elements in the bathroom.

Including them in color and décor theme decisions encourages creativity and involving them as appropriate in painting and organizing can be a fun family project. Even the simplest ideas from your kids go a long way. Including your children in planning can help them become more self-sufficient and increase their confidence. They will be more likely to be excited about their morning routine when they feel a sense of ownership over their space.

How do I get started putting together the perfect bathroom space for my kids?

That’s the easy part! Give us a call at Columbus Bath Design. We’ll evaluate your needs, and help you engage your kids in the design process. We look forward to helping you create the perfect space!

Bathroom Organization Tips

by Columbus Bath Design |August 21, 2020 |1 Comments | Bathroom Maintenance, Bathroom tips

Let’s face it, your bathroom is one of the most difficult spaces in your home to organize. Finding a place to put all of the necessary items and their backups can be a little tricky. Bathrooms are often given less space than needed, which makes the problem even worse.

The design experts at Columbus Bath Design can help you create a storage system in your bathroom that will help solve the problem, but in the meantime, there are some simple things you can do to keep your bathroom functional yet tidy at the same time.

1. Keep your medicine cabinet organized

Try to reserve your medicine cabinet as a repository of the things you use most regularly. This may mean you need to discard any outdated medicines and relocate backup products to another spot. Despite its name, the medicine cabinet is better used to store your grooming supplies as opposed to medicines.

2. Labeled storage bins to the rescue

Consider keeping like items in labeled storage bins underneath the sink or in your linen closet. If you need something, you can grab the whole container for easy access. Then, when you’ve finished you can put the whole bin back, keeping the area neat and clean. This is most useful for those items like medicines and first aid that you don’t need to use every day, but still want to have close at hand.

3. Control your hair products

Things like sprays, curlers, gels, combs, and hair dryers take up a lot of real estate in your bathroom. They are easily and quickly organized by placing them in a plastic tub under the sink. Don’t forget to check the tub regularly – you may not need that extra strong, super strength gel you got when you had the spiked hair. You can donate extra products to a charity.

4. Be creative with your towels

Sometimes towel racks are in exactly the wrong place, sometimes they are too small to handle all of your family’s towels. Think about where in your bathroom it makes the most sense to have towels, and install some hooks. They are inexpensive and easy to mount, you’ll be shocked how big a difference they can make.

5. The great makeup divide

It’s easy to let the drawers in your bathroom become catchalls for all kinds of different things that inevitably get jumbled together. Try adding an expandable cosmetic drawer organizer to find a place for all your necessities. Different sized compartments will organize blush, lipstick, and eye shadow. Keeping them in their compartments means that you’ll never have to dig around in the drawer to find what you’re looking for.

6. Shower caddy considerations

Take a critical look at your shower caddy to make sure that it’s doing its job right. Shower caddies that are either too big or too small can be more of a nuisance than a help. No need to settle – there are many different shower caddy options, from corner caddies, to over the shower head and suction shelves. If you still don’t have enough space, really think about what shower products you use on a daily basis. Things you use less often can be put in a bin under the sink, ready for when you need them, but not taking up valuable space in the shower.

7. Reclaim the air rights over your toilet

There can often be a ton of unused space above your toilet, just waiting for the right organizational solution. There are some great racks and cabinets designed to fit over your toilet that is perfect for storing extra toilet paper, towels, and toiletries. It’s best to use a design that has close-able doors so that you can keep things from falling out and moisture from getting in.

8. Hang things over the doors

Another great idea is to hang hooks on your cabinet doors to keep the bulky yet frequently used items out of the way. This is a perfect solution for things like hairdryers and curling irons. No need to waste drawer or counter space, plus they are ready to go when you need them, and easily stored when not in use.

9. Function can still be stylish

For things that you plan to leave on the counter, consider investing in some stylish containers like apothecary jars. This will add some style to your bathroom while still providing functionality. Things like cotton swabs, bath salts, and soaps look fantastic in clear glass containers. An added benefit is when guests visit, they can easily find the things they need without having to snoop in your cabinets!

10. Call a design expert!

In the end, the best way to organize your bathroom is to have a professional design expert from Columbus Bath Design help you create the perfect space. We’ll assess your needs, design a solution, and have it perfectly, professionally installed in no time. Every bathroom is different, and every family has different needs. We know what works, and we can’t wait to help you create your perfect bathroom oasis.

Bathroom Organization Tips

by Columbus Bath Design |August 21, 2020 |1 Comments | Bathroom tips

Let’s face it, your bathroom is one of the most difficult spaces in your home to organize. Finding a place to put all of the necessary items and their backups can be a little tricky. Bathrooms are often given less space than needed, which makes the problem even worse.

The design experts at Columbus Bath Design can help you create a storage system in your bathroom that will help solve the problem, but in the meantime, there are some simple things you can do to keep your bathroom functional yet tidy at the same time.

Keep your medicine cabinet organized

Try to reserve your medicine cabinet as a repository of the things you use most regularly. This may mean you need to discard any outdated medicines and relocate backup products to another spot. Despite its name, the medicine cabinet is better used to store your grooming supplies as opposed to medicines.

Labeled storage bins to the rescue

Consider keeping like items in labeled storage bins underneath the sink or in your linen closet. If you need something, you can grab the whole container for easy access. Then, when you’ve finished you can put the whole bin back, keeping the area neat and clean. This is most useful for those items like medicines and first aid that you don’t need to use every day, but still want to have close at hand.

Control your hair products

Things like sprays, curlers, gels, combs, and hair dryers take up a lot of real estate in your bathroom. They are easily and quickly organized by placing them in a plastic tub under the sink. Don’t forget to check the tub regularly – you may not need that extra strong, super strength gel you got when you had the spiked hair. You can donate extra products to a charity.

Be creative with your towels

Sometimes towel racks are in exactly the wrong place, sometimes they are too small to handle all of your family’s towels. Think about where in your bathroom it makes the most sense to have towels, and install some hooks. They are inexpensive and easy to mount, you’ll be shocked how big a difference they can make.

The great makeup divide

It’s easy to let the drawers in your bathroom become catchalls for all kinds of different things that inevitably get jumbled together. Try adding an expandable cosmetic drawer organizer to find a place for all your necessities. Different sized compartments will organize blush, lipstick, and eye shadow. Keeping them in their compartments means that you’ll never have to dig around in the drawer to find what you’re looking for.

Shower caddy considerations

Take a critical look at your shower caddy to make sure that it’s doing its job right. Shower caddies that are either too big or too small can be more of a nuisance than a help. No need to settle – there are many different shower caddy options, from corner caddies, to over the showerhead and suction shelves. If you still don’t have enough space, really think about what shower products you use on a daily basis. Things you use less often can be put in a bin under the sink, ready for when you need them, but not taking up valuable space in the shower.

Reclaim the air rights over your toilet

There can often be a ton of unused space above your toilet, just waiting for the right organizational solution. There are some great racks and cabinets designed to fit over your toilet that is perfect for storing extra toilet paper, towels, and toiletries. It’s best to use a design that has closable doors so that you can keep things from falling out and moisture from getting in.

Hang things over the doors

Another great idea is to hang hooks on your cabinet doors to keep the bulky yet frequently used items out of the way. This is a perfect solution for things like hairdryers and curling irons. No need to waste drawer or counter space, plus they are ready to go when you need them, and easily stored when not in use.

Function can still be stylish

For things that you plan to leave on the counter, consider investing in some stylish containers like apothecary jars. This will add some style to your bathroom while still providing functionality. Things like cotton swabs, bath salts, and soaps look fantastic in clear glass containers. An added benefit is when guests visit, they can easily find the things they need without having to snoop in your cabinets!

Call a design expert!

In the end, the best way to organize your bathroom is to have a professional design expert from Columbus Bath Design help you create the perfect space. We’ll assess your needs, design a solution, and have it perfectly, professionally installed in no time. Every bathroom is different, and every family has different needs. We know what works, and we can’t wait to help you create your perfect bathroom oasis.

Best Paints and Colors For Your Bathroom

by Columbus Bath Design |June 29, 2018 |2 Comments | Bathroom Accessories, Bathroom Design, Bathroom Maintenance, Bathroom Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling Tips, Bathroom tips | , , , , , , , , , ,

Bathrooms can make a huge impact on the overall aesthetic of your home. Many people have outdated bathrooms because of the common misconceptions surrounding the ease and cost of remodeling a bathroom. One quick way to spruce your bathroom up without a full remodel is to reconsider your color scheme.

Looking at Paint Samples

It can be hard to determine a good color because typically the bathroom receives the least amount of natural light in the home. It is important to get samples and paint cards to test the color before applying it to the walls. The exact colors you see in photos or magazines can be a good option to use as samples because this is generally how they will actually look under the hue of artificial light. Even colors that seem neutral can have vibrant undertones, so it’s important to test your paint cards and look at it them different times of the day before deciding.

Picking a Color Scheme

You can pick your colors based on a variety of factors. Think about what look you are going for- is it tranquil and serene? Bold and colorful? Trendy and stylish? You want to pick something that will last over a long period of time as you don’t want to have to repaint any time soon. Soft and neutral colors like light gray and sage greens will provide a relaxing and spa-like feel, and you can also pair neutrals with pops of other colors through accessories and decorations. With neutrals, you can change these accent colors out whenever you want as opposed to repainting the whole powder room. Whites and creams give bathrooms a very clean, high-end feel and pair well with marbles and white trim. Bright colors like blues, greens, and oranges, provide a punch of color and personality to a smaller space and can be toned down with white and neutral accents.

Finding a Flow

You also want to choose samples that match things in the room that you will not be remodeling, for instance, the flooring. For a cohesive feel throughout the whole powder room, it’s important to make sure all of the colors flow and there’s consistency throughout the theme of the powder room, with the colors, the flooring, the tub, the vanity, and countertops. Your powder room will look more complete and high end if it all flows together, and paints can be a great way to tie it all together.

Paint Type

Although when you walk into a home improvement store there are always a variety of wall colors to choose from, another important decision you need to make is type is what type of paint to use. One of the best paint options is semi-gloss. The texture gives it a shiny and sealed finish. This is ideal for bathrooms as it repels moisture and will prevent mold and mildew from developing. Typically all paints at the glossier end of the spectrum will resist mold and mildew well. 

Repainting your bathroom is a great way to get a fresh new look. It’s an inexpensive way to update your space if you’re not ready for a full remodel. If you have questions about paint colors or remodeling your bathroom in general, give Columbus Bath Design a call today.

 

Ways to Brighten Up A Dark Bathroom

by Columbus Bath Design |June 22, 2018 |0 Comments | Bathroom Design, Bathroom Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling Tips, Bathroom tips | , , , , , , , , , , ,

Your bathroom can be a source of comfort in your home. It is a great place to sit down for a long, hot soak at the end of a long day. To keep the calming and inviting vibe of your bathroom, it is important to find the perfect lighting scheme. Fortunately, today’s homeowners have more options than ever before when it comes to turning any bathroom into a light-filled retreat. A few simple steps are all it takes to create an elegant and modern space:

Painting the Room

One of the best ways to brighten up the bath is by painting it. Paint is easy to use and easy to apply. Think about warm and sunny colors. Shades of yellow and peach are a good choice in a room with less light. Neutral shades like white and grey are always a good choice as well. White is easy to keep clean and exudes light. Make sure to choose paint that is easy to wipe clean. Good choices are high gloss and flat types of paint as they will add additional light.

Consider Your Lighting Options

Natural light is ideal whenever possible. If you have a window in the room, consider the use of frosted glass for privacy that still allows in light. As the sun goes down, artificial lighting is essential. Look for lighting that has a soft and warm feel. A single overhead feature is a good choice. This can be supplemented with other forms of lighting. A lit vanity is a useful thing to help occupants with morning rituals such as putting on makeup and attending to their hair.

The Right Accessories

Another area to think about are the right kind of accessories. Accessories offer yet more opportunity to bring in light. Use mirrors to add additional color and make the room seem bigger. Other surfaces can also be mirrored as well. Think about using a garbage pail in the room along with large metal cabinet fixtures. A set of shiny metal shelving is an ideal option that allows for practical storage. Keep stored linens and shower curtains to lighter colors such as white or pastel shades for an even brighter feel.

Flooring Possibilities

Flooring is another area that can be used bring in more light. Marble flooring is easy to clean and comes in shades of warm white and brown. Marble can also be used for the sink and the shower and bath area. Tiles are another excellent bath flooring choice. Tiles will not be harmed by water or humidity. Consider using tiles in shades of white or lighter colors along the floor and along the walls. Add personality with the use of a custom-made mosaic.

Overall, careful consideration of your bath decor scheme can yield pleasingly warm results. The experts at Columbus Bath Design can help perfect your lighting scheme and more. Contact us today to make your dream bathroom a reality.

 

Organization And Storage Ideas for Small Bathrooms

by Columbus Bath Design |June 8, 2018 |1 Comments | Bathroom Accessories, Bathroom Design, Bathroom Remodeling Tips, Bathroom tips, homeowners | , , , , , , , ,

A small bathroom presents special challenges when it comes to storage. You need to find a place for small things like toilet paper, makeup, and razors while offering enough room for towels and other bulky items. Fortunately, with a few simple organizational tricks, you can find ways to fit those items into even the smallest bathrooms.

Shelving

Place a shelf right above the sink. You have a few items that you use at least once a day. Things like toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair brushes, razors, tweezers, etc. A small shelf above the sink and below the mirror is a perfect place to store these commonly used items.

Add a cabinet or shelves above the toilet. If there is one space that you need to use in a bathroom, it is the area above the toilet. Half the wall from the top of the toilet to the ceiling is available for a cabinet, open shelves, or towel racks.

Replace a mirror with one that has shelves included. A few decades ago, medicine cabinets were standard in most homes. These sturdy mirrors had shelves behind a mirrored door. Now, many homes have flat mirrors. The good news is that you can replace these flat mirrors with modern stylish ones that include the shelving.

Get Creative!

Use spice racks and hanging baskets. The wall space around your sink and tub is ideal for storing smaller items, so they are handy to find, but not cluttering the sink or tub surround. Spice racks and hanging baskets allow you to maximize your vertical storage and keep your space organized.

Put hooks on the wall. Another way to maximize your vertical storage is with hooks. Towels, brushes, robes, and bags are just a few things you can hang off a hook. With removable plastic hooks available, no surface is off limits for these handy items.

Utilize All Of Your Space

Don’t forget the back of the door. Walk into your bathroom and close the door. Look at the back of the door. There is a major blank slate available there. Hooks, racks and hanging baskets will give you the stockpile space you need.

Use the area above the door. If you look up above your bathroom door, you will see a dead space, perfect for storing extra towels and toilet paper. A simple open shelf is easy to install and will get things up and out of the way. You can go as plain or as fancy as you want with the shelf and hardware choice.

Maximize your under sink cache. If you have a sink cabinet, you need to ensure you are using all the space available. Plastic drawers and adjustable shelves can give you precious space for seldom-used items that you still need to access on occasion.

These simple organization ideas will help you maximize your bathroom potential. If your small bathroom just still isn’t doing the trick, the experts at Columbus Bath Design can help you remodel a brand new bathroom. Give us a call today!

 

Spring Cleaning Tips from Columbus Bath Design

by Columbus Bath Design |May 25, 2018 |0 Comments | Bathroom Maintenance, Bathroom tips, Cleaning tips, homeowners, Tips for the Home | , , , , , , , , ,

Can A Bathroom Be Spring Cleaned? You Bet!

Spring cleaning usually involves clearing closets, cabinets, and storage areas on unwanted clutter. We wash windows, refinish floors, and prep the windows and doors for warm weather. What about the bathroom? Some bathrooms have no windows, which means mold and mildew growing over the long winter. Because of this, it is important to deep clean bathrooms as well!

Supplies

Spring Cleaning Tips

Just working with a can of scrubbing bubbles and a sponge might not cut it. Here are the supplies we recommend you pick up for this endeavor:

  • Microfiber cloths
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Seventh Generation cleaning liquids (these are all natural with no harmful chemicals)
  • Dusting cloths
  • Swiffer mop or microfiber mop
  • Lemon juice
  • Olive oil or coconut oil
  • Spray bottle with water

Cabinets

Many bathrooms have wooden cabinets. To dust and clean them, mix in a small jar one half cup lemon juice to two cups olive or coconut oil. Shake until well mixed, then dust your wood cabinets. It’s a natural alternative to cleaning chemicals and will make the wood glow.

Glass and Mirrors

Some people mix dish liquid with vinegar and water to wash glass and mirrors. However, the dish liquid isn’t really necessary. Lemon juice or vinegar and water will clean most everything.

Close the glass shower door after you’ve turned on the hot water. Allow the steam to build up, and then shut the shower off. On the glass shower walls, apply a paste of baking soda and vinegar. Let sit for a few minutes, then wipe off. Spray with water. Wipe down with microfiber cloths to prevent mildew.

Floor and Wall Tiles

Close the shower door again with hot water running for steam. Use either the Seventh Generation cleaners or a mixture of vinegar, lemon, and water. Apply the cleaner to the tile walls and floors, then close the door. In a few minutes, shut off the shower. With a Swiffer or a microfiber mop, remove the moisture from the ceiling.

Wipe off the tile walls and floors. If not all dirt was removed from the grout, apply a paste of vinegar and baking soda. Scrub with a toothbrush. If it still won’t come clean, then a professional formula should be applied.

Tips For Deep Cleaning the Bathroom

Now the windows, mirrors, walls and floors are clean, it’s time to deep clean the sink and toilet. One of the best tips we’ve seen for cleaning the toilet and sink is to sprinkle in baking soda. After a few minutes, pour in vinegar. It will sizzle and bubble. When it’s finished bubbling, rinse it. It will shine like new!

Faucets and Shower Heads

Next you’ll need plastic sandwich baggies and rubber bands. In the baggie, mix vinegar, baking soda, and water. Wrap the faucets and shower head with the baggie. Let them sit for a couple of hours or overnight. Then, remove them and wipe them down. Your faucets and shower head will shine!

These simple tips and tricks should be all the cleaning you need to make your bathroom shine like new. If your bathroom needs more than just a little freshening up this spring season, give Columbus Bath Design a call to get started on your dream bathroom!

Updating Your Bathroom Decor for Spring

by Columbus Bath Design |May 18, 2018 |0 Comments | Bathroom Accessories, Bathroom Design, Bathroom Maintenance, Bathroom Remodeling Tips, Bathroom tips, Columbus Bath Design News, Full Bathroom Remodel, homeowners, Tips for the Home | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

While you make time for de-cluttering, cleaning and storing winter clothes, welcome spring by sprucing up your bathroom, too! With new décor, colors, and creativity, a dull area becomes a dazzling paradise. Take a peek at our tips below to get a fresh spring look in your bathroom!

A Dash of Color

Nothing says springtime like bright colors. Get rid of black, white, brown, gray, beige, navy blue, and neutral shades and aim for colorful bath decor. Mint, yellow, red, pink, green, and purple shades are great standout colors to incorporate into the room. If changing the wall color to be brighter is too much for you, however, use bright pops of color in the vanity, artwork, or vases to get the same feel.

Get Decorative

Designs and knickknacks add personality to any room. Stripes, shapes, and patterns on towels, shower curtains, window curtains, bathroom accessory sets, mirrors, and artwork enhance that personality. Embrace the shape of the decorative piece (likely a square or rectangle) in multiple areas to create balance in the space. Quirky accent pieces such as artwork, sculptures, or trinkets tell a story through their detailed designs.

Elements of Nature

Updating Your Bathroom Decor for Spring

Flowers, plants, and beach pieces will give a spa-like, natural element of the area. It makes the room feel fresh, intimate, and special. Flowers in vases, potted plants, seashells, and conch shells are examples of different natural elements to add to your space. Accessories made of brick, stone, or wood work well also. You could even add a reclaimed wood wall or shelves to give some texture to the room.

Add Storage Solutions

It’s impossible to have too much storage space in bathrooms. When shelving is too full to store unused items, portable storage space may be your solution. Portable storage items make bath items easy to access while being stylish. Baskets, bath storage racks, shower caddies, and countertop organizers are great storage options. Larger rooms can add small bath cabinets, over the toilet storage, and ladder shelves for more  space.

Mirrors on the Wall

A mirror is a staple in bathrooms for enlarging the room, so updating the mirror with a new frame will make it pop. If you have only space for small mirrors, we recommend adding multiple to create symmetry. You could even replace one large mirror with two smaller ones to enlarge the space and allow for more creativity. Pair mirrors with sunlight and new lighting fixtures, and the mirror-light combo will illuminate the space.

Light it Up

Let light brighten the area through natural and indoor light. You may even want to replace darker shades or curtains with white or see-through ones if you can. Adding bright, new light fixtures help a space appear brighter and refreshed as well. That could even become a fun spring DIY project – painting old light fixtures to give them a new look!

As you can see, paint jobs and renovation overhauls aren’t necessary to turn bathrooms from drab to fab. Swapping home decor to and from the area will have a major impact on the appearance and vibe without spending thousands to achieve a similar result. Even if Ohio’s weather isn’t ready to welcome spring gracefully, welcome it in the bathroom using accessories.

If you’re looking to give your bathroom a complete or partial update besides fresh paint and accessories, contact us today to get started!

How Can Updating Your Bathroom Save You Money?

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When it comes to the priority of home improvement projects, the bathroom runs a pretty close second to the kitchen, and there is a plurality of reasons behind why homeowners choose to take on a bathroom remodel. It could be to modernize an outdated design, make it more energy efficient, or just make it their own. A remodeled bathroom not only adds to the aesthetics of your home but also to its resale value. Renovating your bathroom can add upwards of $10,000 to your home’s resale value, making it a great long-term investment.

Improving Efficiency

Aside from increasing the resale value and improving aesthetics, many homeowners are also seeking ways to improve energy efficiency in their homes. In doing so, they are also beautifying their space, essentially killing two birds with one stone.

Many homeowners have turned to energy-saving lighting fixtures to effectively and efficiently light this space in their homes. We recommend investing in high-efficiency LED lighting instead of using traditional bulbs. Another change you can make is turning to energy-saving fans for ventilation purposes. These fans are not only quieter but are also far more efficient than average fans, saving you money.

Remodeling Ideas

Updating Bathroom Can Save You Money

So, other than lighting, what are some of the more common upgrades? Well, believe it or not, it’s countertops; the highly sought-after granite and quartz countertops commonly used in kitchens are becoming a must-have for today’s modern bathroom. Also, when it comes to flooring, as well as walls, many homeowners are choosing porcelain, with many citing the material’s aesthetics as the basis for their choice.

Bathrooms that are designed with practical usage in mind are becoming more common as well. For example, many people are taking built-in bathtubs out to create a combo bathtub/shower wet room, that is handicap accessible. Creating more storage space by adding shelves, cupboards, baskets, and more is becoming common, too. This can increase a home’s resale value by catering to many different types of buyers and making the bathroom easy to use.

Choosing a Contractor

Once you’ve decided on the type of upgrades you would like to make; your next step will be to choose a quality contractor. As with any home improvement project, you will want to find a licensed contractor and have a discussion about labor cost, material cost, and timeframe for completion. Finding a high-quality contractor or service provider can save you money by doing everything right the first time and ensuring your improvements last for years.

As with any major home improvement project, you’re encouraged to get a written estimate and do some comparison shopping to get the best deal possible. Your home is your biggest investment, and you will want to get the most out of your remodeling dollars.

We are committed to giving our clients amazing service and high quality products at an affordable price. Call us today to get started on your next project and increase your home’s value!