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Happy National Girlfriends’ Day!

Celebrate your wonderful girlfriends today by giving them beautiful gifts for the bathroom. Are any of your friends lucky enough to own a steam shower? If so, your gifts will be even more appreciated. Steam showers offer a home spa experience that enhances the soothing scents of soaps and candles. Add in a book and a bottle of wine, and your friends will have no doubt about how much you appreciate them!

Here are some lovely gift ideas that you can pick up in-store or online, whichever is easiest for you. Place them in pretty wrapping or a stylish container, and you’ll have all the makings for a great gift that’s guaranteed to delight.

Towels

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There are so many beautiful towel options nowadays. You can stick with fluffy cotton, or you can go with bamboo or any modern and eco-friendly material. Choose colors that match your friend’s bathroom decor. Pick up a matching set that includes a large body towel, a hand towel and a face cloth. Roll them up and secure them with raffia or another pretty twine.

Candles

candlesChoose candles imbued with soothing scents, like mint or lavender. The idea behind aromatherapy is that each scent affects our minds and bodies in specific ways. Focus on floral scents to encourage your friends to relax and let go of the stress that can build up.

Body Scrub and Massage Kit

massage and scrub kitSo far, you’ve nailed the aromatherapy part of the gift, the dry-off-in-luxury part of the gift, there’s one part that remains. It’s the treat-your-skin-right part. Gather up a selection of loofahs, soft body scrubs and wooden massage tools. Place them neatly into a pretty basket and wrap the whole gift up nicely. Your friend will love the thought that you put into her gift.

Over to you: What’s the best bath gift you ever received?

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Congratulations, you’ve made it through the hardest part of the bathroom renovation process. You’re now in the final stretch – painting the walls.

The question, though, is which paint should you choose? Primer and color mixed in one? Mildew resistant? I definitely recommend the latter. Whether or not you’ve installed a steam shower, the bathroom is just naturally a damp place. A mildew resistant paint will protect your walls from even the slightest moisture build-up. Then, you have to choose the color.

This is, in a small way, a trick question. Because there are literally hundreds and hundreds of colors and shades from which to choose, deciding on a final color is no easy task.

There’s a different question that you can ask yourself that will make the whole process easier. Ask yourself what mood you’d like to create in the space. The answer will help you refine the range of colors.

Cool and Calm

blue bathroomIf you’re looking for a calm and cool effect, then turn to the blues. Aim for the lighter blues with white or off-white accents. The bathroom will look large and clean, and will help you feel relaxed.

Warm and Fun

ivory bathroomIf you live in colder climes, you might actually want a warm, sunny and fun look to the bathroom. Even in the dead of winter, yellow and orange set off by off-white accents and dark brown fixtures will keep you feeling cozy.

The Classic

white bathroomSometimes neutrals really are best, especially if you’re preparing to sell your home. Many people are put off by strong colors, and neutrals help the potential buyer imagine themselves (and all their stuff) within your home’s space. Whites and off-whites make great accent shades. But, painting the entire bathroom in these light shades can give the bathroom a timeless and classic look.

Over to you: What’s your favorite look?

 

 

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Think, for a moment, of the time you were planning a bathroom renovation (whether or not that renovation actually happened). You no doubt gave considerable thought to the benefits of a steam shower. You wondered whether a smaller bathroom vanity would be functional for your family. You carefully considered any number of elements before making a decision.

But, did you give much thought to the mirror?

Of course, we all know that at least one mirror is essential in every bathroom. But, beyond that, and maybe the style of said mirror, we don’t tend to spend too much time thinking about it. Well, I’m here to tell you that I think we should!

The last time I renovated my bathroom (the one that serves the bedroom), I tried to cut corners, save a little money and reuse a large mirror that had been living in a different bathroom in the house. That wasn’t a bad plan overall. Who doesn’t want to save money? The mirror itself is huge and clean. I really didn’t want to send it out to the trash just because I was renovating.

I decided to buy a new and smaller mirror for the main floor powder room and place the over-sized mirror in the full bathroom on the second level. The idea ultimately worked because the whole family needs access to that bathroom, often at the same time! But, the way the mirror was placed seems a little off. Although it takes up nearly an entire wall, it’s not centered on that wall.

Now, for me and my family, it isn’t a big deal at all. However, if you’re embarking on a renovation, or little things like that bother you take these considerations to heart:

  • Measure the vanity. Look for mirrors that fit within that measurement.
  • Measure the distance between the vanity and the light fixture (or the ceiling if there isn’t lighting right there). Whether there’s a gap between the top of the mirror and the light depends entirely on your own aesthetic choice.
  • Decide whether you want the mirror to extend right down to the vanity top or to hang at least 6 inches above it. Consider whether you might water droplets splashing on the mirror.
  • Try to position the mirror near a window so it reflects the natural light.

Over to you: How did you choose the mirror in your bathroom?