Friday, December 9, 2016

A Simple Guide to Layered Bathroom Lighting

Modern bathrooms have become an area to retreat to after a stressful day or a quiet place to gain some solitude. As such, they have moved to the forefront of people’s minds when it comes to making choices on house purchases and renovations. There are many aspects to consider when it comes to your bathroom, but one topic that often gets overlooked is the lighting. In order for your bathroom to become the perfect getaway spot, you need to consider the lighting styles that best suit your intended use. We’ve put together some of the more popular types of bathroom lighting to help you effectively use layered lighting and avoid the mistake of making it an afterthought.

Natural Lighting

Using natural light provides any room with a sense of visual comfort that artificial light has a difficult time achieving. Window size and placement as well as skylight use are important factors to consider when trying to gather enough natural light to keep a room well lit. Due to potentially overcast weather, natural lighting is best utilized when supplemented by other smaller light sources, such as fixtures on the ceiling or mirror lighting.

Vanity & Task Lighting

Lighting to on the sides and above the vanity help to accentuate it as a centerpiece to the bathroom or powder room. It is also crucial in allowing users to see themselves in the mirror, so we recommend that vanity lighting occur from all angles. Brightness isn’t the only aspect that should be considered when it comes to vanity lighting. Think also of how it will contrast with other light sources in the room and its relative position.

Overhead Lighting

Typically used as the main source of lighting in bathrooms, overhead lighting used in combination with other sources can really tie the bathroom together. Use modern or eclectic forms of overhead lighting like low-hanging bulbs to give your bathroom a diverse set of lighting fixtures. It also brings a unique sense of ambiance that more traditional lighting fails to achieve.

A well-planned bathroom with layered lighting utilizes multiple sources of light and includes ample lighting for the vanity and task uses. Layered lighting lets you set the mood and have a comfortable vibe in the bathroom that allows for relaxation and serenity.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Creating the Perfect Powder Room

Powder rooms make exceptional spaces for freshening up or serving as an extra restroom for guests like friends and family. With the holidays just around the corner, make your additional guests feel especially welcome by having a well-stocked and designed powder room to meet their needs. Our list provides important aspects to consider when planning the layout of a powder room.

As with any room, a layered lighting effect will give the best results. The powder room serves as a place for guests to quickly freshen up and check how they look before rejoining festivities. The room should emanate a dramatic feel as a result of the lighting, and sophisticated features like a chandelier or vanity lamps can really enhance the feeling. Make it easy for guests to view themselves in the mirror by having layered lighting and multiple illumination sources so they can alter the lighting as they see fit.

A well-stocked powder room can really make guests feel comfortable by letting them know that anything they might need is readily accessible and easy to find. Whether it’s extra toilet paper, towels or other toiletries, items like these can really serve to add an extra level of contentment for the guest. Apart from vanity storage, take advantage of any extra space your powder room may have by filling it with the necessities of a regular bathroom.

Choose a mirror that can be the central piece of the powder room and really pull everything together. The mirror is arguably the most important part of the room, so we recommend selecting a unique, beautifully crafted mirror for guests’ viewing pleasure. Make sure the mirror is large enough to capture effective light, making it easy for guests to see themselves. A supplemental vanity-top hand mirror can also add an extra spark of detail and practicality to the room by providing a magnified perspective.

Your powder room countertop should accentuate the look and feel of the surrounding décor. Granite countertops are a popular choice as they are elegant-looking, reflect light well and are durable enough to withstand most minor impacts. Depending on the room design, you may want something a bit softer, such as a repurposed wood countertop, that gives a bit more of a cozy feeling.

With this list of tips, you should be well on your way to creating the perfect powder room that will make your guests feel at home, and have everything they could possibly need. Have your own thoughts on how best to design a powder room? Add a comment, we love hearing from our readers!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Update Your Shower With a Frameless Shower Door

Home renovation shows have gained in popularity the past few years and have led to many homeowners wanting to tackle renovation projects on their own. This includes leaning towards rustic and farmhouse chic décor or going with a modern and monochromatic theme throughout. If you’re active on Pinterest, it’s likely that you’ve noticed these two design trends appearing on your Pinterest feed regularly. One of these trends that we’ve personally seen growing in popularity is the installation of frameless shower doors.

These glass bathroom doors are common with modern bathroom designs. They allow the focus of a shower to shift to a distinct tile pattern or shower bench. They also pair well with the clean lines of a modern bathroom vanity or bathroom hardware. What hinders a bathroom from having a modern design can be a traditional shower door or lack of one completely that requires a shower curtain. Aesthetically, the main difference between a regular tub and a standup shower is that a tub allows you to hide everything in your shower behind a curtain.

If you’re wanting to upgrade your bathroom and obtain a modern design, then frameless shower doors could be exactly what you’re looking for. These shower enclosures can upgrade your design while providing you with more shower space. If you’re replacing a standard bathroom tub with a standup shower, you’ll instantly gain additional space by removing the tub. Glass shower doors also allow for design elements of your shower to be seen from anywhere in your bathroom. Whether this is a distinct tile pattern or built-in shelving, you’ll be able to display them proudly with a glass shower door.

Our frameless shower doors include two glass panels – one fixed and one that slides. Sturdy and structurally safe at 3/8-inch thick, water will be kept in the shower area instead of leaking out onto your bathroom floors. Choose between a brushed nickel or polished chrome finish to match your bathroom hardware.

Frameless Shower Door
Frameless Shower Door

If you’re planning on installing your own frameless shower door on your own, know that it can be completed in just a few hours. Because several of the pieces are heavy, we recommend additional help from a second person to assist you with this project. Our instructions are easy to follow, and if you have any questions during installation, feel free to contact us for additional support.

So are you ready to update your bathroom with a frameless shower door? 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Modern Bathroom Mirror Ideas for Your Next Renovation

When it’s time for a renovation in your home, there are several factors considered during the planning process. Will this renovation increase the value of our home? Is it a necessity to improve the functionality of the home or is it simply cosmetic? Will we still love these changes after they’ve been installed for six months? The sheer number of considerations can be quite overwhelming and can cause a delay in getting the renovations started. Fortunately for those who are simply looking for cosmetic changes, introducing a few new pieces of furniture or a coat of paint can make all the difference.

One of the smallest changes to a bathroom that won’t break the bank is replacing your builder-grade bathroom mirror. With several styles and options out there, it can be overwhelming to choose which bathroom mirror will work best for your home. Modern bathroom mirrors come in a variety of shapes, sizes and budget points. Here at Bathroom Place, all of our contemporary vanity mirrors are priced below $250.

Bathroom Mirrors With LED lights
If you’re hoping to give your bathroom a modern and tech-friendly feel, consider installing a bathroom mirror with LED lights. The light illuminated from this frameless mirror can help with your grooming tasks or it can be used as a nightlight. These mirrors often look best in a monochromatic setting. Though not as popular as large framed mirrors, these LED light mirrors are gaining momentum in the modern design space. 

LED Bathroom Mirror

Contemporary Vanity Mirrors
If high tech isn’t the style you desire but you do enjoy sleek modern designs throughout your home, consider adding a contemporary vanity mirror to your bathroom. This can be accomplished with a full-frame mirror. You’ll want to choose between a square full-frame mirror or a rectangular mirror that can be hung vertically or horizontally to match the size of your vanity.

Mirrored Bathroom Cabinets
If you’re looking for additional storage space in your bathroom, adding a mirrored bathroom cabinet can help meet your storage needs. Keep your small toiletries, vitamins and other necessities out of plain sight. These modern mirrored bathroom cabinets are available frameless, recessed or with wood sides. You’ll want to choose one based on your current vanity so that both items complement each other. Mirror cabinets often work best in small bathrooms that are limited on space. They’re ideal for guest bathrooms that often have vanities with very little counter space.

Frameless Mirror Cabinet

Mirror Bathroom Cabinet

Recessed Bathroom Mirror Cabinet

So which style of bathroom wall mirrors will work best with your current design theme? Comment below and let us know which style of bathroom mirrors you like best!

Monday, August 8, 2016

3 Modern Bathroom Vanities for Your Master Bathroom

There are plenty of things that make a master bathroom special, but none are quite as important as the vanity. Acting as a centerpiece, a modern bathroom vanity can completely uplift the room and turn it from boring to beautiful in an instant.

With that in mind, deciding on the right one for your particular home can be challenging. Based on your personal preferences, you can choose whether you want a master bathroom vanity that is attached directly to the wall or one that rests on the ground, one or two sinks and wood, quartz or other materials. You can also decide based on length, although it is most appropriate to choose a 50” and above piece for a master bathroom.

To help you narrow down your search, we’ve put together a list of three of our best modern bathroom vanities that go perfectly in any bathroom.

Vanity Adams 72 D

The Adams vanity is one of our best sellers, known for its modern design, clean-cut edges and symmetrical storage. Unlike some vanities, this one floats above the floor, giving it a unique, minimalist look. Your guests will be amazed at the design and are sure to send compliments your way!

Once you’ve decided the Vanity Adams is right for you, all you have to do is choose the color and size. This particular model measures 72” x 22.25” x 20.75”, but you can choose several different sizes in order to achieve the right dimensions for your space. This vanity is available in three different tones: espresso, metal gray and matte white finish. It comes with a solid surface counter top made out of polyester resin and aluminum hydroxide powder, with an integrated basin in matte white.

All in all, the Vanity Adams model is an excellent choice for homeowners who are looking to modernize their space and create a unique, never-before-seen bathroom!

Vanity Victoria 60 D

Vanity Victoria is the perfect blend of classical and contemporary. It features a modern counter top and symmetrical design, but unlike the Adam, it includes several traditional features such as the cabinets and knobs. It also comes with angled legs, an added detail that guests and family members will appreciate.

In addition to its charming appeal, it has high functionality. The Vanity Victoria has ample storage space, including three drawers near the top for convenience and efficiency. All of your everyday toiletries can easily be accessed through these drawers, all while remaining discrete enough to remain beautiful.

You can buy the Vanity Victoria in dark walnut, espresso and matte white finish. With its solid wood construction, quartz stone top and soft close doors and drawers, this makes a wonderful addition to your simple but elegant bathroom.

Vanity Parsons 60 D

The Parson vanity collection combines the wonderful aspects of both the Adam and the Victoria, in order to create a versatile style that fits into both traditional and contemporary homes. On the modern side of things, it boasts a simple and symmetrical design, giving it a refreshingly clean and understated look. On the other side, the square-pegged legs and storage space add a traditional appeal. All together, these features create a well-rounded modern master bathroom vanity that our customers love!

The Vanity Parsons has several drawers and cabinets for maximum storage potential, as well as a durable wood frame. Available with a solid surface counter and integrated basin, you can choose between dark walnut, chestnut, espresso and matte finish for a warm, inviting bathroom vanity.

These modern vanities encompass all of the modern qualities that so many homeowners strive to achieve. Whether you’re looking to remodel your bathroom completely, replace your vanity or add something new, Bathroom Place is your destination for elegant large vanities. Shop our complete selection to see more wonderful models such as the ones listed above, as well as sink and faucet additions.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

5 Tips for Planning a Weekend Bathroom Remodel

Do you ever watch a home improvement show on TV and think, “How do they remodel rooms so quickly?” While these shows have teams of workers and a lot of money to spend, you’d be surprised to find that their timeline actually isn’t impossible to match. Traditional, extreme bathroom renovations are costly and require a lot of time, but if you’re looking for a quick bathroom makeover, it can actually be done in as little as a weekend!

But before you get going, it’s important to plan ahead and figure out what’s most important to you in regards to changing your space. To give you some ideas, here are five tips to help plan your quick bathroom remodel in a weekend.

Tip #1: Set a Budget
The first step to any remodel – whether it be over two days or two months – is to set a realistic budget for yourself, because it can help keep you from going overboard on spending. Keep in mind, the more expensive, the more time-consuming it will probably be. If you don’t have a lot of time to devote to your bathroom, only choose the most budget-friendly renovations.

Tip #2: Think Small and Create a Checklist
Realistically speaking, you won’t be able to change everything about your bathroom in a weekend. However, if all you need is just a few easy bathroom upgrades, two days is a realistic goal. Decide on whether you want to change several small things, like the wall color, mirrors and faucets, or one big thing, like upgrading your bathtub or toilet, and build a checklist from there. Our modern, easy-to-install products like our toilets and mirrors are great additions to any list and can help make the process go faster.

Tip #3: Develop a Timeline
Creating a timeline will help keep everything in order and let you know when you need to have things done. You should plan ahead for at least a couple of weeks, that way you have everything worked out in advance. During the day of, be prepared to work around the clock, starting bright and early in the morning and going all the way until the late evening. If you spend around 10 or 11 hours a day on your bathroom, you should have more than enough time to get everything checked off on your list.

Tip #4: Hire Some Help
Unless you’re a DIY expert, chances are you’ll need some help. Whether you enlist assistance from your family, friends, or a professional, make sure you plan out the exact times you need them so they can show up to help! Choose reliable people that you know you can count on, because if somebody doesn’t show up or comes late, it can affect the entire day and leave you way behind on schedule.

Tip #5: Be Prepared for Things to Go Wrong
No matter how much you plan, things always seem to go wrong, especially when it comes to renovating! Instead of panicking about your limited time, take a deep breath and remember that bumps will always appear in the road. No matter what the problem is, whether a part isn’t working, your paint spilled, your friends cancelled or something else happened to halt your plans, realize that there are other weekends in the month. Stay focused and complete all that you can, because some changes are better than no changes!

Once you have everything planned out, you should be ready to begin your quick bathroom renovation! Put your planning to good use with these quick, cost-efficient ways to upgrade your bathroom that you can find here. After that, comment below to tell us about your personal bathroom renovation experiences and if you’ve tried to do it in a weekend!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

How to Prevent and Fight Bathroom Mold

Bathroom mold is a pesky and unfortunately comm on problem in American households. Despite all of your efforts to clean and keep everything nice, mold has still probably crept into your home at one point or another. Once you discover mold, it’s important to get rid of it as soon as possible, but fear not! There are plenty of simple ways on how to clean bathroom mold and prevent it from coming back. 

Getting Rid of Bathroom Mold

Wash bathroom with mold-killing products
Once you discover the problem, it’s best to begin cleaning bathroom and shower mold as quickly as possible. Mold is resistant to soap, but household products like bleach, vinegar or hydrogen peroxide can be used to clean mold from shower and get rid of the problem. Just make sure you don’t mix the products together, as doing so can become toxic. Also, don’t forget to wear gloves, protective eyewear, a facemask and use the correct sponges and brushes.
Reapply Grout
Grout is one of the most easily effected areas, so if you have portions of your wall that just won’t seem to get clean despite all of your efforts, the best thing to do is to remove it completely and reapply new sealant. In the end, you’ll have a cleaner and nicer looking bathroom!

Prevent Mold

Keep your bathroom fan on during and after showers
The most common cause of mold is lingering moisture due to lack of ventilation, so make sure to keep your fan on both during and after your showers. Most professionals recommend waiting at least 30 minutes before you turn off your fan to make sure that all of the floating moisture has been eliminated. If you don’t have a fan, we suggest either installing one or opening your window.

Dry wet surfaces of bathroom
Although drying off your bathroom may seem like a lot of work, it takes substantially less effort than treating it for mold would. This step is especially important if you have a tiled shower, because mold can easily seep into the grout. Simply towel down your shower and any area that was dampened after you’re done using it. You can buy products like squeegees or sponges to help make the process faster.
Keep items dry or out of the shower
Items like shampoo bottles and loofahs are necessary for the shower but should not be left with water. You can either make sure to dry off your products after using them or opt for buying a shelf to hang everything in. This will keep your bathtub and shower clear from mold and ventilate your products so it’s harder for mold to grow. We recommend using our polished chrome wire basket.

Mold can be dangerous to you and your family, so make sure you’re handling these situations as quickly and thoroughly as possible. By using these steps, you can easily transform your bathroom back to its natural, amazing looking state! And when you’re done, browse the Bathroom Place and treat yourself by adding a nice new piece of furniture!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Why You Should Say Okay to the Bidet

A bidet toilet is a wonderful addition to any home, but not many people know the benefits of using one. Common in countries such as Europe, a bidet is an appliance that helps you freshen up after using the restroom. Choosing a bidet that fits your preferences can be tricky, but once you decide on the right one such as our PiedmontBidet, Deck Mount, you’ll be thrilled with the results!

If this hasn’t convinced you already, here are four of the many benefits of using a bidet to help make your bathroom unique and your life easier!

A Cleansing Process
A bidet’s primary purpose is to keep you clean, and when you switch from your normal bathroom routine to this, your health will improve! It’s been proven that using a bidet instead of traditional toilet paper can help your personal hygiene. Not only that, it will also benefit your skin as well! With a bidet, you won’t experience the irritation or discomfort that the traditional routine causes but instead will have an enjoyable and comfortable experience.

Bidet’s aren’t just beneficial to you. They also greatly help the environment by eliminating the need for toilet paper. Making and distributing toilet paper is costly and doing so requires a vast amount of trees, energy and water. But if everyone began using bidets instead of buying toilet paper, we would be going a long way towards helping the planet and ourselves!

Simple and Fast to Use
With a bidet, your bathroom routine will run smoothly and quickly. Some people assume that bidets are time-consuming and require a lot of handling, but it’s actually quite the opposite! Bidets are very simple to use and require minimal effort on your part. Even more, they’re also easy to clean and maintain! With our Piedmont Bidet with Vertical Spray, you’ll even get a flushing rim and integral overflow, so water won’t spill and you won’t have to worry about making a mess.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Remodeling Your Bathroom on a Budget

Bathroom renovations can be time-consuming and expensive, especially when you want to change multiple things. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, the average cost to renovate the bathroom is $17,735! For some, this can be discouraging and lead you to keep your boring bathroom the same for years and years. But by thinking outside of the box and making small but meaningful changes, you can you can remodel your bathroom without flushing your money down the toilet. The important thing to remember is that you can (and should) splurge on select items and save on areas that are less important.

Here are four cost effective bathroom remodel ideas to renovate your bathroom on a budget.

Add a Statement Piece

If you have a small bathroom, adding a statement piece of furniture like a linen cabinet or shelf can do so many things to help improve your bathroom. A great accessory, like our Linen Cabinet London 17, acts as a centerpiece for your room so you can distract your guests from the rest of the area. Also, by placing your furniture piece in a good location, you’ll not only have a great accent piece to show off, but you’ll also have more room to organize your things. Bathroom clutter can ruin even the nicest bathroom, but by having an enclosed storage space, you’ll have a place to hide all of your stuff and it’ll look great while doing so!  


Painting your bathroom is a great and simple way to make your bathroom unrecognizable. Take down that outdated wallpaper or change up the colors to make your small space feel more open and modern. Neutrals like brown and grey are great colors for your walls and can instantly make your bathroom look better. If you’re feeling particularly bold, paint the wall where your sink is against an accent color like cream or white, to make your sink stand out and your other colors more prominent.

Clean and Replace Grout

This tip is one of the best-kept secrets in the bathroom remodeling world. If you’ve ever cleaned your grout lining, you know how different your shower looks before and after. It’s truly amazing what a little scrubbing and lining can do to rejuvenate your appliances and make it look new. Use a hard-bristled brush and mildew cleaner and scrub away for a fresh-looking shower and bath.

New Fixtures

When some people think “bathroom renovations”, they automatically assume that means updating your shower and toilet. But if you have a limited amount of money that you’re working with, that alone can bust your budget. Thinking beyond the centerpieces of your bathroom, replacing your faucets instead of all of your appliances can really go a long way to improving the look of your bathroom. Our faucets, like the Ivan Basin Faucet, are easy to install and are affordable, so you can splurge on some modern-looking fixtures without spending your whole budget in one place.

Using these bathroom makeover ideas, you can create the bathroom you’ve always wanted without spending a fortune. Bathroom Place is dedicated to giving you the best selection of products at a good price. Shop through our faucets, cabinets and more and get started on creating your dream bathroom!