S Interior Design is often asked to host guest blog articles. Our standard criteria for accepting a guest post is that it will provide useful information for our readers. The guest posting below is from a writer in Australia (I always get a kick out of the different terminology used in countries other than the U.S. :)). It contains some very basic information about cabinetry types that can be used throughout a home. An analogy I have used is that you cannot successfully play a sport without the proper equipment, and you cannot be organized in your home without the proper spaces to store your things. CABINETS are the key ingredient to having an organized home.
Below is a guest post on the subject of designing and out fitting a guest bathroom. Any guest would be thrilled to be able to use any of these fabulous bathrooms while staying at your home.
S Interior Design thinks these design ideas and inspirations are very worthy of consideration for a MASTER BATHROOM too!
Mastering the Guest Bath: Creating a Splashy and Stylish Space
While most homeowners are prepared for the design demands of outfitting their bedrooms and en-suites, few give much thought to designing a spare bathroom for visitors. No matter if you’ve got a small space for a guest bath or a large and luxurious loo, there are plenty of design strategies for creating comfort and coziness for weary travelers.
If you’re looking to design or makeover an existing bathroom, here are some design ideas to incorporate:
Clean and Serene
A sparkling and clutter-free guest bath will give visitors permission to feel at ease. Muted and neutral colors work well in a guest bathroom. Pick from a palette of beige, gray or white to set a tranquil tone. Tan or lightly speckled floor tiles are a wise choice to add sophistication and style.Vintage cabinetry, marble counter tops and recessed lighting create a spa-like atmosphere.
Guests will relish a bathroom that is both polished and trendy. Adding design elements like lucite hardware or chrome drawer pulls, a vessel sink and a waterfall faucet help to create more excitement in an ordinary bathroom. To score maximum points with guests, upgrade the bathroom space with a towel warmer, dimmer lighting and heated floors. And to give visiting company an extra bliss hit, try adding luxurious décor like a crystal chandelier or clawfoot tub.
In addition to a claw foot tub that guests can use for soaking away travel tension, a chic shower provides out-of-towners with a way to expunge stress. Designed with marble tile and glass, a walk-in shower is ideal for a guest bathroom. A rain shower head, bench seating and shower niche allow guests to slip into vacation mode.
Preparing a home for guests often requires organization, creativity and a little elbow grease. Visiting guests may require toiletries, towels and other miscellaneous necessities that they forgot or left at home. One way to ensure that guests are comfortable is to design the guest bath with the adequate storage and cabinetry for bathroom supplies. A vanity with numerous drawers and a glass linen tower will house all necessary bath essentials.Adding a basket or apothecary jars is a great idea for adorning counter tops and creating storage. Spare toothpaste, shampoo and razors should be stockpiled ahead of time and displayed for guests.Wall shelving or hidden hampers can also be installed for extra storage options.
Odds and Ends
Candles, lotions and trays of washcloths are a must have in a guest bath. Decorating with fresh flowers and novelty soaps is also a stellar way to accessorize a guest bath. Need another way to turn a guest bath into a warm and inviting space? Fill the walls with artwork, shelves for additional bathroom bits or add a display of a prized collection like antique perfume bottles. Resist the urge to go overboard with a theme or add excessive knick-knacks; the guest bathroom should feel clean, airy and spacious.
Don’t be afraid to play with textures, prints and colors in the guest bath. Fresh fluffy white towels often look beautiful when perched near cold marble, while funky patterned wallpaper looks chic when balanced with crisp white counter tops. Designing a bathroom with contrasting elements will give it more character and make it feel distinct and elegant.
Enjoy the process of decorating and designing a guest bath, as it will be the place for friends and family to unwind. A guest bath should be a sanctuary for visitors and homeowners alike.
Guest post author: LuxeDecor
Guest Post by Amy Spagnola for LuxeDecor
Below is a guest post on the subject of remodel/restoration of your home. Undergoing a reno/remodel is not something one should begin without some good upfront planning.
Get your team of experts together including if needed an architect, general contractor/builder, and an interior designer. Remember- ‘measure twice, cut once’.
An infographic by the team at Chic Furniture and Gift
S Interior Design loves helping their clients to update or remodel their bathrooms. Sometimes all that is needed are some aesthetic updates; new wall colors, faucets, mirrors, cabinet hardware. Sometimes a full on remodel is called for. Below is a guest posting about creating a beautiful bathroom that shares ideas on ways to update and upgrade one of the most important spaces in any home. If you are thinking about a bathroom remodel project, S Interior Design would love to assist you.
A Beautiful Bathroom is a Click Away
We all have dreams of a beautiful new bathroom. There are plenty of good reasons to invest in one, too. It doesn’t just enhance your quality of life, it also enhances the value of your home. Bathrooms sell homes, and even if you’re not thinking of selling in the immediate future, your new bathroom will continue to look fabulous for a long time to come. So think about a bathroom remodel.
Creating a beautiful and functional space is all about planning, and bringing in an experienced professional is the best way to do it. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have some ideas in your pocket, though. Here are some creative ways to bring new life to an old bathroom.
Build Around a Statement Piece
Whether you love to browse antique malls or you have a family heirloom, a single piece can build a bathroom. It can provide you with the essential angles, colors and style that make up the room, dictating the style of the entire space.
Feature the Floor
The floor can make a big statement in a relatively small room, and many new bathrooms rely on the floor to make the statement. It adds style, but it doesn’t overwhelm the space. Even in large bathrooms, the floor can improve the elegance.
Bring Life to the Room
Indoor plants can add sophistication and beauty to any bathroom. There’s plenty of humidity, so a vertical, tropical layout can truly thrive in the space. It’s vivid, it’s impressive and it’s truly unique.
Open it Up
If the bathroom in your master suite is cramped and crowded, why not open things up? Sliding doors can open or close for privacy, and it’s a great way to enjoy the beautiful basins and vanities that would otherwise stay hidden away.
There’s simply nothing like the serenity of the nature vibe. It’s calming, it’s peaceful and above all – it’s beautiful. Earthy materials like wood and stone are easily matched and easily arranged.
Set Your Tub Free
Freestanding tubs are still the striking trend in modern bathroom design. Choosing your tub valves and spout is not so much a matter of beauty as it is a matter of function. If you plan to have them mounted on the tub, there has to be a proper space on it designated for that. On the other hand, if they’re going to stay on the deck, spout needs to be long enough to reach over and inside the tub (especially arched ones). Always get high volume valves for large tubs or they take to long to fill.
Freestanding tub is not just an aesthetic improvement – it symbolizes the compartmentalization of space. Your downtime, realized.
Complementing geometric design with more geometric design is math that you can do with your eyes, and it goes beyond just similarly-shaped tiles. Match an angular basin with a similarly-angled bath and the room will flow in ways even calculus couldn’t describe – just check out this futuristic example below!
Control the Water
Delicately turning the hot and cold dials is a thing of the past. Smart fixtures – like thermostatic mixers and touchscreen showers – can take your perfectly-hot shower from an art to a science. This is especially useful in double showers, where multiple people can operate individual controls for their own water temperature.
The old medicine cabinet is an old news. New, customized vanities can float within the space you’ve designed while hiding the storage you need in your bathroom, giving an incredible illusion of spaciousness in the smallest rooms of your home.
Gray is the unanimous choice for the contemporary bathroom. It may seem a bit drab on its own, but splashes of white, a bit of life and a smidge of seasonal colour will bring the whole space to vivid life.
Your bathroom is just that – uniquely your own. It’s a reflection of your personal style, but it’s also a reflection of your home. This fact is becoming apparent in fledgling trend that’s beginning to bring the look of the living room through to the rest of the house – including the bathroom.
Whether your preference is a lively green or a stark gray, you’ll find the most striking appeal in the creative space between. Think elegance, think beauty and, above all, choose what you love.
Below is a guest post on the important subject of getting your bathroom properly lit. Like any other room, the bathroom should have layers of lighting to use that is separately switched depending on the functional needs of the space at any given time.
3 Ideas for Bathroom Lighting
By Jane Blanchard
Your day starts in your bathroom. Why settle for anything less than the best? Unfortunately, most bathroom lighting is completely neglected, leaving the room feeling sterile or depressing — and not allowing yourself to see you in good light. Instead of simply accepting it as it is, use these ideas to light your bathroom to give you a bright start to your mornings.
How many bathrooms have lights directly on top of the mirror? While ceiling lights are perfect for providing good visibility, they’re hardly romantic or helpful when you have to groom up close. Because of the stark shadows they create, applying your make-up or shaving your face can be extremely hard to see. Instead, turn to lights that fit on the sides of the mirror. These include sconces, bath bars and vanity lights. They are far better for lighting the face in a way that lets you successfully groom. If there happens to be no room for side lighting, opt for a horizontal vanity light to fit across the top of the mirror. The best are those with bulbs of different shades to maximize clarity.
Another way to spruce up the bathroom is to mimic natural light. Even if you have a window, the sun may or may not ever stream into the bathroom. Aside from this, daylight is what will reflect off of your clothes and hair so trying to capture its essence is important to making sure you are ready to take on the day. For this choice, you’ll want to invest in white shades that are clear, frosted and any other option. This, however, will depend on the type of bulb you use. The varying kinds render colors differently so not all “white” categorizations can be trusted. For LEDs, go for temperature ranging from 2700K to 3000K. Compact fluorescent bulbs should always have a color rendering index at or above 90 and should have the same temperature range as the LED. Finally, incandescent bulbs must be labeled “white” or have the previously indicated temperature range.
Finally, it’s important to remember that the bathroom is not always a room used for getting ready for the day. In fact, it is often used for bubble baths and other relaxing activities. Because of this, you’ll want to make sure there are at least two settings for the lights. This, however, can be achieved through more than just extra lighting fixtures strewn about. For those who like what they have, install a dimmer. With this, you can control the intensity of the lights. For those that like a lot of decorative additions, bring in flush ceiling lights or small chandeliers to act as relaxed mood lighting. Even more than this, lamps can be brought in, assuming there is enough counter top space.
To learn about more creative ways to light up your home, visit Modernize.com.