Bathroom Lighting 101

Bathroom lighting is generally one of the least thought about items in the home, given the amount of time we spend in the bathroom you would think this is top priority. The lighting in your bathroom should get the same attention as the lighting throughout the rest of the home. Most modern bathrooms are more than just a pit-stop in your day it is now a place to relax and recharge. Homeowners are now adding a spa tubs, shower systems and even steam showers.

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Bathroom Transformations

New technology transforms our day-to-day lives, from bringing the internet to our kitchens to stoves that can be programmed to turn on, cook and shut down without you being there and refrigerators that will tell you when you are out of milk. The “smart home” is quickly becoming the norm and our bathrooms are keeping pace with the new technology. Here’s a look at the trends:

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Different Types of Lighting

When we are looking for lighting options we are often provided with multiple light designs and fixtures, from recessed lighting that require contractors and tradesmen, to floor and desk lamps that need to have access to outlets. Ambient lighting, task or accent lighting are the most popular fixtures that are extremely versatile enough to be used in every room of the house.

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Bathroom Lighting

That single, small lighting fixture protruding from the middle of your bathroom ceiling doesn’t cut it by today’s lighting standards. What to do? Alternative sources of general lighting include recessed ceiling fixtures and indirect lighting that bounces off the ceiling or the walls. Adequate task lights have become a must, too.

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Three Quarter Bathroom

Is your family in need of another bathroom, a second or even a third bathroom? This bathroom is all about function over relaxation, the idea is to get in and get out: toilet, sink, and/or shower while keeping it simple. But this doesn’t mean the space has to be plain Jane or ho hum. Adding interesting tile, updated fixtures, a unique mirror or decorative light fixture will spruce up this space.

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Bathroom Color on the Quick

The toilet handle you have to jiggle a little, the shower doors that will almost instantly get mildewed unless you leave them open “just so,” the slightly loose tile on the floor to the right of the sink? There are lots of irritating little bathroom flaws that we never seem to take care of and just learn to live with them instead.

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7 Things to Do Before Calling a Pro

You squint your eyes as you stare at your old kitchen, pretending you’re seeing white Shaker-style doors, stainless appliances and a walk-in pantry. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a new faucet with a sprayer that works, too? And how about a gorgeous, tile backsplash?

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Porcelain vs Ceramic: Do you know which is best to use?

When you look at tile most people don’t know the different benefits between porcelain and ceramic just that they are similar but the price can be significant.

The clay used in manufacturing are different, as well as, the temperatures used to bake them. One of the biggest difference is how much water they absorb, this can be very important when selecting which one to install and where. Porcelain absorbs less than 0.5% and ceramic 1 – 3% water.

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Faucets That Function

You’ve probably seen the commercial: A well-dressed couple meets with their architect. Without a word the woman reaches into her bag and pulls out a sleek, polished nickel faucet and says “Design a house … around this.”

While you might find the notion extreme, it may not be far from reality for someone creating their dream kitchen. Today’s faucets aren’t just a delivery system for water to the kitchen sink, they’re a style statement.

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High-Tech Showers

Bigger is better when it comes to showers these days. Dual-income families want bigger showers — or at least ones that look bigger — with multiple shower heads so everyone can get ready for work at the same time, but before you run out to look at new showers, you’ll want to know more about what outfitting a large shower entails.

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