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Regardless of whether or not your bathroom is large or small, layout is always key. Sometimes, we can convince ourselves that the best bathrooms are those that exist in large spaces. Sure, roominess is always good. But, even very small spaces can house great bathrooms. It’s all in how each piece is placed.

Keep it private

Both large and small bathrooms can support a wall between the toilet and the rest of the bathroom. Better yet, a steam shower unit and toilet can be placed beside each other and then be closed off by a wall and door. The sink and vanity can sit on the other side of that wall and door.

The moveable vanity

Ok, not really moveable. What I’m getting at is the idea that you don’t necessarily have to put a vanity in the bathroom. Figure out how you use the bathroom. Does one person need the sink while the other person applies make-up? If only one person requires the bathroom, then consider placing the vanity outside the bathroom door or even in a bedroom.

To bathe or not

Do you really need that bathtub? If you just love your steam shower, then consider having the tub removed. That’s extra space that can serve as storage or a place for a vanity.

The L-shape

The best bathroom layout is probably the L-shape. This shape requires that all the wet areas – the shower, tub, and sink – line up against two adjacent walls. This layout ensures that all plumbing is grouped conveniently in one general area.

What layout works best for you?

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Chocolate isn’t just for eating anymore! Although, come on, I think we can all agree that eating it is the best part of chocolate.

Chocolate doesn’t just taste great. It actually has lots of healthful properties. Like you needed another reason to love it, right? Chocolate is perfect for the spa.

Caffeine is a component in chocolate. Besides waking you up from that mid-afternoon slump, caffeine is said to stimulate circulation. Strong blood flow can rejuvenate and heal your skin. The antioxidants can protect your skin from aging prematurely by fighting any free radical cells that might be floating around.

Cocoa butter is a key ingredient in chocolate giving it its unctuousness (I just love that word!). That butter (oil, really) makes chocolate perfect for the massage table. Rub melted chocolate over your skin and massage. The chocolate will smell great and moisturize your skin, too.

Try a home chocolate spa treatment.

Begin by adding a few tablespoons of milk to a few squares of chocolate. You can scale the amount up or down depending on how much chocolate you need. Add just enough milk to make the chocolate liquidy enough to spread, but thick enough so that it doesn’t readily drip. The next step is to gently massage your favorite oil onto your face. Be particularly gentle on the delicate skin around your eyes. Then, dip a natural fibre brush into the warmed bowl of melted chocolate. Brush the chocolate all over your face and neck, being careful to avoid your eyes. Leave the chocolate mixture on your skin for about 5 minutes. Then, rinse it off. Finally, step into the steam shower for a final cleanse.

What’s your favorite way of using chocolate in the spa?

 

 

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This blog post was written by Granada Tile. Granada Tiles have been installed in numerous fine homes, hotels, commercial venues and public buildings. Please visit us at http://granadatile.com/.

Top decorating trends in 2016 and 2017 involve homeowners reinventing the way they think about the various spaces in their home. According to Elle Décor, the bathroom is one of these areas getting some extra thought. No longer are homeowners choosing between functionality and beauty. The modern age of design gives us both, along with a myriad of options to choose from for a completely customizable experience.

One of the best ways to revamp a bathroom and create a seamless design scape is to re-surface the shower. Tiles are the go-to material for bathrooms and showers, but that doesn’t mean you have to go with the same, boring square tiles. There are so many designs, shapes, sizes, and colors to choose from. It is also important to consider the different manufacturing processes, as they aren’t all created equal.

Photo: Adrianna Lopez Bathroom Granada Tile Fez

Cement Vs. Ceramic Vs. Glass Vs. Stone: Which is Best for Indoor Showers?

Cement tile is enjoying a recent return to the spotlight and is one of the most sought after home materials on the market today. Its unlimited design options lend to its popularity, which are made possible by the manufacturing process that involves pouring a mixture of cement, sand, and dye into molds that are then pressed with 2,000 pounds of pressure.

Ceramic tile is manufactured from clay and powdered glazes and is fired in a kiln to harden. They come in many designs and intricate patterns and offer something for every type of preference. They look very similar to cement tiles but aren’t quite as durable and will exhibit signs of wear and tear more quickly.

Glass tile is a popular choice for colorful backsplashes in kitchens, but being incredibly slippery, it doesn’t make for the best option for indoor showers.

Natural stone tile like slate and marble is known for use in kitchens, often for countertops and backsplashes. This type of tile is more vulnerable to water absorption and should not be used in high moisture areas.

The Best Option for Indoor Shower Tile: Cement Tiles

Built to last, cement tiles will stand up to the test of time and nature. For an indoor shower that may be used after pool time or for regular bathing, you need to look for a product that can handle heavy use, moisture, spills from products, and scratches. Cement tiles can withstand these stressors and still look great for many years. Here are additional reasons why cement tiles are the perfect option for your indoor shower floor and surround.

1. Cement Tile is Water Resistant (As Long As It Is Sealed Correctly).

You will want to make sure that you choose a tile that can combat water and moisture damage. The type of tile should do fine when submerged in water. If cement tile can handle residential and commercial pool surrounds, it can handle whatever your family’s daily showering habits throws at it.

2. Cement Tile is Non-Slippery

Worry less about slipping accidents by choosing an indoor shower tile that is much less slip prone than porcelain tiles due to the naturally porous surface that does not bead up water. Tip: Consider a smaller tile design for the floor of your indoor shower for more grout lines and more traction.

3. Cement Tile is Incredibly Customizable

One of the most well-loved things about cement tile is how customizable it is. Mix and match patterns, swap colors in a pattern to create a unique alternative, or come up with your own sketched design to create something one-of-a-kind. Use the same cement tile design on the floor and walls of the shower, or mix it up with a few different patterns and solids in complementary shades.

4. Cement Tile is Strong

When you design an indoor shower, you need to use materials that are truly built to last. The shower in your home gets used on a daily basis, most likely multiple times a day. Choose a shower material that won’t chip, warp from water, or scratch. For tile, this option is cement tile.

Now that you know all of the reasons why cement tile is the best and most stylish option for indoor showers, it’s time to start designing your functional and beautiful bathroom space.