Bathrooms can seem like an afterthought in terms of home design. They’re small, sometimes cramped, and not really built for more than one person at a time. Once you add in a toilet, sink, and steam shower, there really isn’t a lot of room to move around. Granted, I doubt there are too many people who step into the bathroom with the intention of walking around for exercise.

So, I understand why bathrooms are typically small. But, there’s no reason why it has to look small. Renovating isn’t always an option. But, implementing some of these tips below should go a long way in making that small space look larger than it is.

Color. Choose light (or simply white!) colors for all fixtures and walls. Light colors reflect the light making the room look larger and brighter.

Light. Remove heavy curtains and blinds. If you’re worried about privacy, consider installing textured glass. It will let in all the natural sunlight available, but block visibility. If you want some kind of window covering, choose lightweight and light-colored fabrics that allow the natural sunlight to stream in.

Mirrors. Even small spaces can support large mirrors. You’ll find that the mirror reflects the light and tricks the eye making the room look larger.

Floating furniture. Choose bathroom vanities and sinks that attach to the wall. As long as there’s space along the bottom of the walls, your bathroom feel spacious.

Over to you: how do you make your bathroom look larger?




What’s the steam situation in your bathroom been like lately? Do you find everything covered in a layer of impenetrable fog when you step out of the shower?

Most of us think that moisture build-up is normal in a bathroom. And it is, except when it gets to be too much. Excess moisture can result in serious health problems. It can encourage mold growth, and even leave a sticky residue behind. But, there’s one other issue that too much steam can cause that many of us just never think about. The roof of your home can be compromised by any amount of steam. (Check out to find out what to do if your roof has already been compromised.)

So, if even the least bit of steam can wreak havoc in our homes, what do we do? We can’t stop having showers, after all. Luckily, there are a few steps we all can take to protect our homes.

Ventilate. Always make sure that you turn on the bathroom exhaust fan when you’re running hot water, whether it’s in the shower, bathtub, or even the sink. The fan will send that hot, wet air outside where it belongs.

If your bathroom doesn’t have an exhaust fan, I really encourage you to install one. That small effort and expense will go a long way toward preserving the integrity of your walls and roof. Some bathrooms have fans that exhaust into the attic. That’s just as bad as not having a fan at all. All the moist air in the attic will sink into the insulation and attach itself to the roof boards. Both locations are prime for mold to grow.

Lock in the steam. In some older homes, installing a fan that exhausts to the outdoors is just not possible. In that case, consider buying a steam shower. Talk about a luxurious solution to a problem! Steam showers are completely enclosed. So, not only do you benefit from a healthy spa experience in your own home, the steam that’s generated stays entirely within the shower unit. You’ll never have to deal with steamy mirrors again!

Let the steam out. Even if you are using a fan that exhausts the steam to the outside, it’s a good idea to open the window a crack or leave the bathroom door ajar. Any effort to disperse whatever amount of steam is created will be better for the bathroom walls and ceilings.

Dehumidify. Place a dehumidifier on the other side of the bathroom door. It will collect the steam that escapes. Make sure you empty the dehumidifier’s water reservoir after each shower. Mold can sprout even there.

Have questions about steam showers? Check out Steam Showers Inc.



Mud has long been a valued skin care product. People all over the world have been using it for that purpose for thousands of years. Something that has stood the test of time like that must be good.

And it is. Combined with the steam benefits from the steam shower, mud works to exfoliate dead skin. It moisturizes deep into the pores. Mud is also soothing. It reduces the redness of any blemishes that might already be plaguing your skin.

Before you head outdoors to scoop up some of the mud that lives in your yard, you should know that mud sold in stores has been cleaned and sterilized. Ultimately, you want to enjoy the benefits of the natural minerals that exist in mud without having to deal with any creepy crawlings, right?!

The gold standard in mud comes from the Dead Sea. That’s because of the high amount of natural salts and minerals that are inherent to it. It’s also been found to be high in magnesium, sodium, potassium, and calcium.

You can buy a container of basic mud from a skin care store then enhance with rose water, tea tree oil or honey, too.

Over to you: How has mud improved your skin?