Got a Weekend - Get a New Bath
Affordable Bath Updates for the Do-It-Yourselfer
Did you know that bath redecorating projects are responsible for
more marital strife than any other home improvement project? Why?
The bath -- the most popular room in the house -- is typically torn
up for weeks, even months, at a time; but if you plan ahead carefully
before beginning any work, your bath redecorating project doesn't
have to end in three months of heartbreak and marital disharmony.
Instead, you and your spouse can share the task of a fun redecorating
project and enjoy the instant gratification of a new bath. "We often
talk with consumers regarding the obstacles they face when tackling
a bath redecorating project," says Mark Savan, General Manager of
Creative Specialties International, a leading designer and manufacturer
of bath accessories. "The number one response we hear is 'time,
' but you can definitely redecorate a bath in a weekend; all it
takes is a little pre-planning."
There are a number of projects homeowners can tackle themselves
that are low-cost and simple to do, but will make a major impact
in the overall appearance of the room.
Following are five of the most affordable bath updates that can
be handled by a typical do-it-yourselfer:
Give Your Walls a Makeover
Painting is one of the quickest and simplest ways to change the
overall look and feel of a room, especially in a small one such
as the bath. Keep in mind, however, there are special considerations
to take when painting bathroom walls. Due to the high humidity and
steam that result from the shower, always use mold and mildew-proof
primers and paint if possible. Other than using these special products,
the sky is the limit for choosing color and style for your bath.
While faux finishing is still a popular trend in painting, solid
colors are making a strong come-back. According to Discovery Channel
star Christopher Lowell, his top eight new color picks for 2003
are lilac, medium yellow, persimmon orange, periwinkle, chocolate
brown, chartreuse, aqua blue, and pink. Or, if you're looking for
a more traditional or calm décor, popular neutral colors include
taupe, bisque, and subtle metallic washes.
If you want to go beyond just painting, some of the latest remodeling
ideas include wainscoting and bead boarding on half a wall. White
bead boarding is a particularly fashionable and popular choice now.
The materials to complete this project can be found at your local
do it yourself retailer and only need to be glued and anchored with
nails to the wall.
Just like the right jewelry adds the perfect finishing touch to
an outfit, a new set of accessories can dramatically change the
look of a bath and bring a style together. Fortunately for consumers,
the bath accessory marketplace has changed dramatically in the last
decade. Manufacturers now offer dozens of finish and style options.
"Consumers today have more choices than ever before," added Savan.
"Whether you prefer a coordinated look with accessories that specifically
match your faucet; or a set of accessories which provide a stylish
compliment to your décor, homeowners have a wide variety of new
and innovative design options for the bath." From casual contemporary
to country to traditional décor, bath accessory lines come in every
flavor. Give your bath the feel of antique Shaker or French country
by choosing a suite of coordinated accessories. From brushed nickel
to wrought iron, there's a finish for every fancy. For a coordinated
look, try one of CSI's Inspirations lines, featuring deluxe bath
accessories covering a wide range of styles and tastes. Or, if you'd
like to have a more thoroughly integrated look, try CSI's new Kingsley
accessories, which match perfectly with the Moen line of Kinsley
faucets, featuring a timeless, old-world look. Bath accessory lines
now feature more than the stock towel bar. Advances in the bath
have led to more user-friendly products. For example, in the Kingsley
line, look for their innovative pivoting paper holder, which is
spring-free, and features a unique easy-load format. Also unique
to the line is an array of ADA-compliant grab bars. Typically bleak
and institutional, these new grab bars feature an appealing design
that enhances, rather than detracts, from the room's décor. Since
so many accidents can occur in the bath, safety is an important
factor. Installing grab bars can aid every member of your family.
There are also towel rings, decorative glass shelves, toothbrush
holders, soap trays, and double robe hooks to accessorize and liven
Don't forget those easy, low-cost decorative touches that can create
a whole new look, such as new window treatments, a colorful shower
curtain, towels and bathmats, or even small items such as soaps
Another recommendation for the bath - cut the clutter!
Install a glass shelf on a wall to keep counters clear. The shelf
itself can be used to hold functional bath products or decorative
items such as picture frames and votive candles. Many glass shelves
are now available in coordinating finishes to bath accessories and
faucets, making them a perfect finishing touch to the room.
Install a New Faucet and Light Fixture
It's amazing what a paint job, accessorizing, and new decorative
touches can do to a bath -- the look and feel of the room is completely
different. If you still want more change and are willing to do a
bit more work, try adding a new faucet and/or showerhead.
New hardware can take a bath from blah to beautiful. Look for products
that coordinate with your accessories, or try a different style
for the hardware.
Another change to try is installing a new light fixture.
Few items have as great an impact as lighting. Lighting is functional,
but so much more can be created by just the flick of a switch. Mood
and atmosphere can be changed; and the same room can be made to
look completely different for a variety of occasions.
Voila! In just two days, you've got yourself a brand new bath!
Courtesy of ARA Content