Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Every day, before we head off to the outside world, we spend some time in the bathroom first, taking care of ourselves. The bathroom is also a place where most of us spend time relaxing after a long day at work, maybe by soaking in the bath tub. Homeowners may not put too much attention to it but one of the most important amenities in a bathroom is the lights, especially bathroom ceiling lighting.
Yes, lighting plays a significant role in both the functionality and aesthetics of a bathroom. With the proper lighting, your bathroom can crossover from simply adequate to truly sophisticated. Proper illumination is necessary in every bathroom especially if it is used mainly for grooming and hygiene. Of course, activities such as shaving or putting on make up needs sufficient lighting in order to be done properly. To achieve this, you can install bathroom ceiling lighting fixtures that will provide the needed illumination. You can install a decorative lighting fixture and suspend it from the ceiling. This will not only provide enough light throughout the entire room but will also introduce an elegant style in your bathroom. In the shower, you can also install overhead lighting that will cast enough light into the area without producing too much glare. Ceiling lights will also brighten enclosed corners in your bathroom.
Bath tub areas need a more subtle lighting to create a more relaxed atmosphere and subdued ambiance. This can be achieved by using recessed lighting fixtures that gently diffuse the light but still provide sufficient illumination. A good technique is to focus the light towards the edge of the tub. This will help avoid dull lights in your bath area. Meanwhile, if you are fond of reading while on the toilet, you can install reading lamps either on the ceiling or the wall.
The most important area of the bathroom that should be given proper illumination is the vanity area or the mirror. You can install bathroom ceiling lighting that is positioned in a way that will eliminate shadows and dark circles on your face. This way, the clear and sufficient illumination will aid your grooming and help you look your best. Aside from overhead lighting, you can also use sconces that will provide just enough light without casting hard shadows on your face. If you want to feel like a movie star, you can also install fluorescent light bulbs, either bare or ensconced, along the sides of your vanity mirror.
To create a relaxing atmosphere throughout your bathroom and still provide the enough illumination, you can opt for rope lights embedded in recessed moldings along the outer edges of your ceiling. This will create a more cozy and comfortable ambiance in your bathroom. To save up on electricity, you can use LED (light-emitting diodes). Other bathroom ceiling lighting is also available to suit you individual taste.
Making a choice to live in a nursing home is not easy. It can be an overwhelming emotional decision.
A nursing home can provide care that an individual cannot provide on their own, so whether you are making this decision for yourself or others, it is not a decision to be made lightly.
You need to do careful research, so that you can make an informed decision. Making a decision as big as this one is simply best not done in haste.
If you find one that you like, there is no guarantee that you can get in immediately. Waiting lists do exist for many of the better facilities.
The first step in choosing a good nursing home is to ask your doctor and a hospital social worker. They may be able to provide you with a list of homes.
The next step is to ask your friends, family, former co-workers, and church members (any other persons in your social network). They may be able to provide you with personal experiences that may not be available in any written report.
The third step is to visit homes that seem suitable and are located conveniently. On your initial visit to the home, take with you a written list of questions you want answered (if the questions are in written form, you won't tend to forget to ask questions that are important to you). Don't be afraid to ask these questions of the staff, the nursing home administrative staff, and the residents.
The questions should include:
1. Is the staff friendly? Do they appear to get along with each other?
2. Do the staff and residents interact well?
3. Do the residents appear clean? Is their hair neatly combed (brushed)? Are they clean - shaven?
4. Do the residents appear to interact with each other and take part in the activities?
5. Does the home appear to be clean? Are there any unusual smells? Is there an odor of heavy disinfectant? (perhaps to mask less pleasant odors)
6. Is the neighborhood safe? Would I feel safe taking a walk around the outside?
7. Are there any fresh plants or flowers?
8. Is the furniture comfortable and in good repair?
9. Are the calendars and clocks up to date and in working order?
10. Are the hallways well lit? And do they appear to be wide enough for wheelchairs and people to pass each other comfortably?
11. Are there activities and crafts that I would enjoy?
12. Is there a minister (rabbi or other religious leader) who visits the home and is he/she available to pray (or talk) with?
13. Is the dining room arranged to allow easy access to residents with wheelchairs?
14. Is the bathroom clean? Does the bathroom have handicap available items such as grab bars and handrails?
15. Is the shower/bath area clean? Are there nonskid mats available?
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Women generally do not find bathrooms up to their requirement and always have a complaint with their size. Either the bathrooms are too small with no space to stand up and stretch properly or it is too large for you to maintain besides being a waste of space.
Why do women need space in the bathroom if you ask, you will get an answer which you had probably never thought of. Women need space to keep all their personal grooming stuff including different makeup kits, cosmetics as well as hair styling products and accessories. They have some old stuff, some new stuff and many samples which tend to occupy a lot of space.
The best way for storing so many products would be to get some storage containers and boxes which are transparent and can accommodate all of the small tubes and boxes of all shapes separately. It is easier to stack the boxes away.
First segregate all the items like lipstick tubes, eye shadow boxes and other bottles etc. Buy as many containers as required so that you are able to store all of these in each box separately without mixing them up. Whenever you want to pull out a particular tube you will find it easy to retrieve without having to search.
You will need some vertical storage boxes as well as horizontal ones to pack different kings of stuff. Things like hair brushes and other bottles can be neatly packed in a vertical storage. If the container contains a handle, then it is easier to transport the entire container from one place to another as required.
For all of your long items like brushes, combs and other accessories, you might want to buy a shoe box type of container so that all things can fit in comfortably without getting spoilt.
For those items that you are using currently like soap, deo spray, lotions etc you would need to buy an open container or a nice vase type of open bin so that you can store them and place them next to the sink. This way it will all be in one place and at the same time you will get easy access to it.
So now you can neatly tidy up your bathroom and stack away all your makeup things for easy retrieval. This is not all, you can also stack a couple of boxes next to your tub and store all you bath salts, loofahs as well as the scented oils etc.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Is your bathroom so small that you can touch both walls when standing inside? Small bathrooms are a huge challenge to use and to decorate. Some bathrooms have the ability to feel bigger, while others may need small renovation projects to improve the square footage. Depending on your particular bathroom the options can be easy. Decide what your budget is, and then follow these big design ideas for your small bathroom.
VANITY AREA: Your sink and how much space you can maneuver around it, is crucial in the use of your bathroom. Determine your specific needs for your sink. Are you someone who has a lot of toiletries, accessories, and need a lot of storage? Use a small vanity that has under counter cabinet doors, and add organization shelves and drawers inside the cabinet. Don’t have a lot of storage needs, but want it to look decorative? Consider using a pedestal sink, or a wall mounted sink with decorative shelving below. If you don’t have space for either, they also make sinks that fit in the corner of two walls. This sink has a 90 degree back and the sink nestles between the walls to give you maximum floor space.
TOILET: Most people enjoy having maximum room around the toilet, although this is not always a realistic option in today’s small bathrooms. If you’re able to change out the toilet, they come in smaller sizes that take up less floor space, and allow for more room around them. If you cannot change the toilet, try to minimize floor items like scales, trashcans, and laundry hampers in the bathroom. The more floor area you can see and use, the better you will feel.
BATHTUB/SHOWER: In most small bathrooms you either have a combination bathtub with the shower inside, or you only have a shower. If your budget allows, lose the shower curtain and add a glass door enclosure. Glass will create the illusion of a bigger bathroom, and when you’re using the shower, it will feel larger too. Consider using clear or lighter colored shower curtains if installing a glass door is not an option. If you have tall ceilings, install the shower curtain at a higher head height to elongate the feeling of the room.
LIGHT: Dark colors will make the room feel smaller and lighter colors will make the room feel larger. If you have the luxury of having natural light pour into your bathroom, it will feel much bigger. Mimic the feeling of natural light with neutral and sunny tones that feel warm and inviting. Change your light bulbs to ones that emit a warmer glow. Light bulbs play a huge role in how you see yourself in the mirror. You will hate using the bathroom, if you hate how you look in the mirror!
Even though your bathroom is small, you can still love its potential. Use these big design ideas and love your bathroom again.
There are endless luxuries that can be added to your master bathroom through a design or remodeling project today! Remodeling or designing your master bath into something unique and beautiful can easily set your home apart from others in the area. Here are some topics to focus on when developing a master bathroom:
Light Fixtures: Deciding what kinds of fixtures you want and where you want them placed is a very important design decision that you have to make when lighting your bathroom. Dimmer switches and heat light fixtures are two particular additions that you should consider adding to your light fixture list because of their usefulness.
Flooring: There are many choices in flooring material that can be laid out in a bathroom. Tile, granite, linoleum are three popular options but there are many other choices besides those that you can use to personalize the bathroom.
Sink Countertops: Sink countertops endure a lot of use overtime and finding the appropriate material for your countertop is important because of that. This should be designed along with your cabinet and shelving in the process of coming up with your master bathroom ideas.
Shower Glass Door vs. No Door: Deciding whether you want an enclosed shower with a door or an open shower that requires a curtain is an option many encounter as well.
Cabinets & Shelves: Allow your master bathroom to have more space for personal storage through creative cabinet layouts and more drawer space. Picking out the material that your cabinet and shelves are made from is also important when creating a more unique bathroom to your liking.
Luxurious Bath Tub: Make it so that your master bathroom feels like a spa every time you take a bath by installing a jetted or deep soaking-style tub. While homeowners enjoy oversized tubs for their comfort and special features, such tubs carry the added bonus of increasing the home's resale value.
Fogless Mirror: Eliminate the annoyance of exiting your daily hot shower and having to wait for your bathroom mirror to de-fog.
Windows: Adding in a bay window to look out of from your sunken tub can bring beauty to any master bath. Skylight installation is a nice way to bring in natural sunlight and allow your bathroom to be more energy efficient.
Vanities: Whether you want a single or shared vanity is your decision!
The ideas above are just a few features to think about when considering your master bathroom ideas, but the possibilities don't end there.
Taking your ideas for a remodeled bathroom and making them a reality not only guarantees that you'll be happy with the newfound leisure that your remodel brings, but the value of your home will go up because of your luxurious new bathroom too! Don't delay!
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For many, decorating a bathroom is low on their priority list. Generally the tiles and the bathroom suite were not chosen by us but came ready installed in our house or apartment and we have to live with them. In fact, after a while, we tend not to notice them not even those hideous avocado green ones. (Who on earth came up with the idea of that colour anyway?).
After all, a bathroom is a place we often use in a hurry: a quick shower in the morning before we rush out of the door on the way to school or our workplace. However, with a little thought our bathroom can become a haven of peace and quiet: somewhere to relax after the stress of our hectic lives.
If you are stuck with some pretty awful tiles there are some excellent tile paints on the market that are easy to use and come in a variety of colours. In only a weekend you can completely transform what is normally one of the smallest rooms in the house. You do need to take your time and make the necessary preparations in advance.
It cannot be a rush job as the tile paint needs priming and careful application if you don't want a lot of streaks. Choose the colour depending on how you want to feel. Pastel colours can help you to relax while bright colours can invigorate you.
It is not a good idea to use red though as researchers tell us that red as well as dark colour such as navy blue, brown and black can make the room seem smaller and a bit claustrophobic. (I have read that some employers have used these colours in their company's rest rooms so that employees don't linger there too long!) Some of the best colours to use are light green, yellow, light blue and lavender.
All white bathrooms are a popular as they channel cleanliness and hygiene but can seem cold. However, this feeling can be offset by your accessories. A pale blue or pale lavender towel can soften the clinical feel but still keep that sense of cleanness. And of course a white bathroom suite must be impeccable at all times.
If you are unsure that a colour will work you can always test paint it directly on the wall but, if you are deciding between several colours, a good idea is to take some largish pieces of wood and paint them instead.
Then you can place them around the bathroom which will give you a much better idea of whether your colour scheme will work or not. Look at your colour choice several times during the day to see if they look good in daylight and at night with the lights on. But, even if you have done all this and it still doesn't look right, you can always paint right over it and start again. That's the beauty of paint, it can so easily be changed.