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Ideas for Sprucing Up the Bathroom

So now it's the bathroom's time, right? You've remodeled the rest of the house, and now you've decided that in order to complete the home's new, updated look, you have to update the bathroom as well. If that's you, then this time, do it right. The good news is that there are so many choices available for your bathroom that you can design a truly breathtaking new look if you so choose. There is a near-infinite variety in tubs, shower enclosures, tiles, lighting options, sinks 7 faucets, and more. And what's more, you can mix or match according to your own tastes. So let's take a brief look at what a redesign of your bathroom might entail.

The first thing is figuring out what you want the bathroom to look like. What style do you have in mind? Should it be a modern design, with glistening chrome fixtures along with a Jacuzzi? Perhaps you want something a bit old fashioned, with a country style that features oak cabinets. Much of this might depend on what the rest of your house looks like.

You also need to think about the current size of your bathroom, as well as its shape. You want items and accessories that will not overcrowd the bathroom if it's small. On the other hand, if the bathroom is quite large, you won't want to include items that get lost in there; instead you'll want large and ornate. For this reason, you might have to consider switching your vanity, cabinets, light fixtures, etc.

Many people underestimate the significance of lighting to the bathroom. You want to include fixtures that complement the architecture of the bathroom: clean lines on your fixtures for a bathroom with clean lines, for example.

Next, let's look at the floor. If you have linoleum flooring, or even worse, carpet, get rid of them. The better choice is ceramic tile, which you can buy at Home Depot or other home-improvement store. Or if the prices there don't impress you, can often find good tile available on auction websites such as eBay, or on classified ad sites like CraigsList. Then of course, there is the Wal-Mart option.

You cannot truly transform the way your bathroom looks without doing something to update the bathtub. For many, this will mean replacing the tub altogether. If you have a large bathroom, you might even consider replacing the tub with a Jacuzzi tub. This luxurious item should drop directly into your tub space fairly easily. And even if it takes a little effort, think of how much you'll appreciate it when you're relaxing in its soothing jets at the end of a hard day's work! A Jacuzzi is much more affordable than you might think, since prices have come down dramatically in recent years. And it adds an impressive look to the bathroom that will "wow" your visitors.

Another good way to totally change the look of your bathroom is to put in new cabinets. Shop around for this project, and as you're considering cabinets, remember that the important factors are the size and storage space. It's good to have a large amount of space underneath the ca binet, and of course you'll want at least two or three drawers. You can usually find cabinets with marble, lime-stone or granite tops. Plus there are cabinets with solid top that holds a drop-in sink, while others have a top on which a standalone sink can rest. Choose the one you think goes best with your bathroom decor.

Finally, don't forget the faucets. A bathroom truly only looks as new as the sink and tub hardware.

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