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  1. Tips for Making a Small Bathroom Appear Larger

    August 9, 2013 by admin

    Do you wish your bathroom was bigger? Blair Stover outlines some tips that will help your bathroom appear larger without having to actually knock out a wall. Making simple changes, such as hanging streamlined vertical mirrors, can help to make your small bathroom look much bigger and more spacious.

    English: Black and white tiles bathroom

    English: Black and white tiles bathroom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

     

    Begin your bathroom make-over by showing a little more wall space. Bathroom cabinet doors tend to visibly weigh down a smaller bathroom. Installing a furniture style of vanity keeps the look lighter and more open. You can still use baskets for storage so that you do not lose valuable storage space.

    In addition to this, many vanities of this type are equipped with small drawers. Drawers placed off to the sides would be ideal in keeping the unit looking open and airy. Even a fabric curtain to hide under-sink storage allows a softer, more open feeling than traditional cabinets. Keeping with this idea, a pedestal sink, or two, opens up a small bathroom space. Using a traditional style sink often obscures the view of other fixtures in the space.

    A simple way to make a dynamic change is to pluck out a few of your existing tiles and replace them with decorative glass tiles. Use differing glass tiles for a mosaic motif. This is a fabulous way to take mundane tile work vibrant and artistic.

    Additionally, an unexpected light fixture, such as a chandelier can add some shimmer to your bathroom space. A skylight is another way to add a splash of natural light into the area. More light makes a room feel larger.

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  2. How to Incorporate Red into Your Bathroom

    January 7, 2013 by BlairStover

    Bathrooms are the one spot in a home that everyone should be able to feel comfortable and not have to feel bad about it. However, there are very few bathrooms that give off a feeling of ambiance that would make a person want to spend more than 15 or 20 minutes in it. Little do people know that the colors placed in your bathroom can set the whole tone of things and, as Blair Stover points out below, red is one of the best colors that will make your bathroom come alive and stand out. The only key is to incorporate the color without overdoing it.

    ·      Bright Red Countertops- Many people may not like the color red, however it could still work in your bathroom. Try using it as a countertop first because the horizontal plane will not catch your eye like a vertical surface will.

    ·      Mixing Black and White with Red- If you know anything about colors, you know that one of the best colors that mix with black and white is red. Most bathrooms are white to begin with so just incorporate some black and red in there and see what happens.

    ·      Scarlet Splashes- Tiles come in virtually every bathroom now so this would be a great time to throw in a few tiles of red in with your other tiles.

    ·      Bathtubs that Stand Out- Having an ordinary bathtub is okay but why not have something that really catches the eye, like a claw-footed tub that is 100 years old or a remake of one?

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  3. Finding Furniture That Fits Your Small Home

    December 10, 2012 by BlairStover

    When you have a small living area to work with, you may ask yourself, “What kind of furniture or décor can I use to suit my taste and keep my room from being overcrowded?” This is when your creativity and imagination comes into play.

    Blair Stover has plenty of tips below to help you decorate the perfect room, no matter the size.

    1.     Multi-functional furniture. Do things not fit? Do they match? When buying furniture, make sure you choose multi-use furniture and fixtures. For example, the radiator for the bathroom is also a towel rail. The bedroom dresser can be used as a make-up and dressing table and bedside table can serve as a medicine cabinet.

    2.     Extracting cabinets installed. The nice thing about this is that this is not directly on the wall. Tailored kitchens are usually done by a kitchen designer and the installation is performed by a specialist.

    3.     Waste sorting. Built-in waste bins will allow a space-saving separation for waste. Integrate the waste bins under the sink. The pull system consists of three removable containers and ensures room for environmentally conscious waste separation.

    4.     Large tiles, bright colors. Do you have small bathroom and small tiles? That isn’t a good idea because it makes the room look like a tiny washroom. Combine large tiles and choose bright, cool colors. Another tip: you can lay the tiles down diagonally and this will allow you cheat visually.

    How do you make a small space look bigger? Share your tips below!

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  4. Organizing Tips for Small Spaces

    October 30, 2012 by BlairStover

    We all need space in and outside the home: discover all the places you never have considered before. There is a right place for each of them- it is just a matter of finding it. Blair Stover explains it all below.

    The space under the stairs to the alcove in the bedroom, from the covered porch to the small laundry room on the ground floor, the stairs to the small corridor: intelligent, practical and functional spaces that can be used with containers, cabinets and shelves. Organizing is an excellent solution when you want to stow things without necessarily having to hide them. If you look carefully, you will notice that your home or office actually has room for everything: so enjoy being organized!

    Do you have a lot more clothes than space available? Then it’s time to begin organizing your wardrobe with bins and drawers to set up to exploit the depth and width of your cabinets perfectly. Containers in different sizes, small enough for your accessories (belts, necklaces, socks…) and those great enough for all bedding and bath textiles (bed linen, towels, blankets) are available: an extensive range of modular and complementary colored and transparent products, with or without wheels will barely make a dent in your pocket.

    From coats, sweaters and scarves, you will have everything cleared away in a few minutes. You only need a few containers; something good will come of all this and it starts with a sense of organization: a free path for T-shirts, sleeveless shirts and thong sandals.

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  5. Interior Design Ideas for the Bathroom

    October 26, 2012 by BlairStover

    Redoing the bathroom? It’s hard to find original ideas out there to be inspired by. There are a few things that stay the same, however, when planning a bathroom make over.

    ·      Bathrooms need good light and air circulation. This isn’t just for safety, but also for hygiene’s sake.

    ·      Speaking of hygiene, decoration takes a back seat to cleanliness. If the tile can’t be cleaned or is not water proof, then it can’t be considered hygienic enough to be in the bathroom.

    ·      Minimalism is best when it comes to appliances and colors as they create sleek lines and don’t detract from other features you may decide to put up (such as accents or stone countertops).

    ·      Glass is used often in bathrooms because it is classy yet doesn’t detract from other things. Adding glamour and elegance, note that glass can also be a hazard as it breaks easily.

    ·      Neutral colors, for the same reason as minimalism and glass, are often used in bathrooms. They add a soft, muted feel that is easy to relax in and that can be paired with anything. Try brown, white, or grey for maximum benefits.

    ·    Décor should be easy to clean, solely because if it isn’t easy to wipe down or clean off there is a high chance it can harbor bacteria or germs. Be wise in your décor choices.

    While Blair Stover Interior Design always encourages do-it-yourself projects, sometimes handling a redesign with a contractor is better. Especially if major appliances are involved. Know your limits and decide not only how you’re going to redecorate but how comfortable you are doing so yourself.

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  6. Choosing the Perfect Design for Your Bathroom

    October 17, 2012 by BlairStover

    Bathroom refurbishments can be a big project to take on. When you redesign, you will want to be sure you get it right the first time around. Getting the perfect redesign for your bathroom can be done if you ask yourself these questions before starting, as laid out by Blair Stover Interior Designs.

     What is your budget?

    This is probably the most important question you can ask. Have a set budget before you start the remodel. If you don’t lay out a guideline for how much you can and cannot spend, you are likely to spend way more than you intended to.

     What look do you want?

    Realize that bathroom refurbishments don’t happen often. Most people replace their bathroom once every seven to ten years. Others wait and remodel once every fifteen years. You’re going to want to make sure that what you plan is what you want for the next several years at least.

     Do you plan to move soon?

    Remodeling bathrooms can add value to a home you’re trying to sell. If you’re looking to sell, see what you can do to add value for as little as possible.  You’ll want to stick with neutrals and inoffensive pieces, ones that are easy for everyone to like. Avoid bright colors, as these typically don’t go over well with buyers.

    Are your measurements right?

    Before starting, double check your measurements. One mismeasurement can undo a lot of work, and it happens all the time.

     What kind of tile?

    Tile can be a deal breaker in the bathroom for buyers, as well as a health point for owners. Some tiles are hygienic, others are not, and waterproof is a must. Tiling also makes a bathroom, adding character and design. Be sure you purchase 10% more tile than you need, that way you have spares.

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