Bathroom Features That Scream Elegance

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The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the house even though it doesn’t take up much of your time. The time you do spend there, however, is central to the rest of your day, so it’s only right that you feel comfortable. Comfort comes in many forms, but none are better than an elegant design. The only problem is that elegance isn’t easy to get right. Luckily, the bathroom fittings will hit the nail on the head and transform the room.

 

Here, then, are the features that have the best results in the elegance stakes.

 

Cabinets

 

Cabinets, in general, don’t come across as elegant. However, that’s because you have never thought of them in this way before. Now that you know the role they have to play, you can begin to make the necessary tweaks. In truth, it all boils down to the material. A generic material like wood is pretty basic and can be found in pretty much every house in a ten-mile radius. This isn’t very luxurious, but marble is as it is a high-quality material that is quite rare. If you decide to paint instead, make sure you choose a color with a high gloss.

 

Bidet

 

There are a few things you can think of that every bathroom has, such as a shower and a sink. Whereas these features need adjusting to add a touch of class, there are fittings that add it straight away. What are they? Well, there are a couple of examples, but the main one is a bidet. To begin with, not many people have one, which makes it luxurious in itself. Plus, its function is also pretty high end! With the help of http://www.toiletbidet.com/bidet-attachments-top-3-pick.php, it’s possible to pick one up with all the trimmings. Once you install it, the bathroom will never be the same again.

 

Lighting

 

Renovators think they have to make wholesale, sweeping changes to make a big difference. The reality is that the little things have the biggest impact. Take the lighting for example. Sure, you can switch the fixtures out to something more glamorous like a chandelier. And, it will certainly hit the target briefly. Or, you can keep the same spotlights you have now and play with the brightness. Soft lighting is much more akin to elegance because it isn’t as powerful. So, as http://www.delmarfans.com points out, it should be used to create an atmosphere in the room.

 

Space

 

Sorry, but there isn’t a bathroom on the planet that people think is elegant which is tiny. One reason anything is graceful is that it has lots of room. Think about it for a moment. Could you call a bathroom luxurious if you had to bump into your partner every morning? Or if you had no room for a simple scale? As such, it’s imperative that you use the space wisely. A great trick is to add storage options that double up as bathroom features. Another tip is to opt for a corner sink that takes up hard to reach space.

 

Do this, and your bathroom will be the envy of the whole neighborhood.

The Big Problems With Living In A Big Mansion

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We have all dreamed of living in a huge house – a mansion – because we have always dreamed of more space. The idea of having eleven bedrooms and twelve bathrooms and three kitchens, all with Aga’s, and a garden that would rival Central Park in New York. However, for all the dreams that swirl around the world, the reality is often very different, and that is the case with mansion life. It just isn’t the simple life of luxury we all imagine it to be.

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Too Much Space

Yes, we want to enjoy more space, but not to the point that our home feels empty and bare no matter how much furniture we throw at it. Even if you just living in part of a mansion, one wing or one floor on one wing, trying to make two sofas fill a ballroom is like trying to make two drops of water fill an ocean.

 

Never Feel Cozy

High ceilings and vast spaces don’t add to the cozy feeling in any way whatsoever and this only gets worse when winter starts to creep in. Even in the height of summer, a mansion can feel abysmally cold as you spend a large fortune on logs for your fireplace and oil for your ancient heating system.

 

Never Enough Internet

Having the internet reach every corner of every room in your home is a luxury. Anyone that lives in a big house will know that this is hard to disagree with because in order to enjoy that same nuisance-free existence they have had to invest in multiple wifi extenders if they want any chance of getting any web browsing done. As for 4G, well, either it hasn’t reached that part of the countryside yet or it can’t penetrate the thick walls.

 

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Gardening Never Stops

If you live in a mansion with a mansion-sized garden then trying to keep on top of the lawn alone is like having a full-time job, except you don’t get paid to do it (and you don’t get paid to do your normal job because you are spending your entire life mowing). Not to mention that, once you’re done, you’re more out of breath than an amateur marathon runner that decided they could participate without any training.

 

Money, Money, Money

The only thing that leaks more than your roof is your money, with every cent you have seemingly being pumped into your home. Trying to repair broken beams, or replace another shattered pane of glass, or the leak in the roof, or discover where that god awful smell is coming from, or trying to keep the place warm, or whatever. It is a constant drain on finances, and we mean constant.

 

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Permanent Paranoia

Big, old houses make loads of noises, and most of them are really eerie noises. Something will fall down between the walls or the sound of a ghost will interrupt your dinner. But that isn’t all because there is also the constant worry that someone will break in through any number of easy to lift windows or shrunken doors that don’t seem to lock properly anymore. Just walking around a big house can be terrifying and you’ll start to curse your own imagination as time goes on.

How To Make The Most Out Of Small Storage Spaces And Box Rooms

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Often, especially in period properties, there are little areas that aren’t big enough to be living spaces, but make perfect hideaways for storing all the stuff that you don’t necessarily want on your display shelves in your hallway. However, these nooks, corners and tiny rooms in your home can still be a functional, design-led space, which you won’t be embarrassed by when your guests accidentally stumble upon it, looking for the bathroom.

 

Keep Containers Within A Theme

 

Whether you’re storing food in jars, or bedlinen in boxes, you’ll want to invest in containers that match or at least complement each other, to achieve a well thought out interior style. Your shelving can also make a design statement; you could go for sturdy, thick wooden shelve, especially when you need to store heavy tins and jars. For a sleeker finish; white shelving, or surfaces that match the wall color, will ensure that your mason jars and enamel boxes remain the stars of the show.

 

Your larger, floor storage boxes and containers needn’t be boring cardboard or plastic crates either. Consider using vintage trunks and suitcase, or investing in woven baskets and industrial wooden cartons to hold and look after your items. Labels are a great way to tie together your storage containers too; think about postage tags or “chalkboard” style stickers that will be easy to reuse and rename. A pulled together, and cohesive look will ensure that every area of your home is appreciated and aesthetically pleasing.

 

Invest In Space Saving Items

 

If your electrical and functional items are space savvy in the first place; they’ll be a lot easier to incorporate into your perfect box room environment. If you need spare seating, for when guests come to dinner; foldable chairs and stools are much easier to slide into a small space, instead of the stackable variety that will block any flow to the area.

 

The same goes for electricals; many are geared towards smaller living spaces and apartments, so it’s worth check out lists like the Top 10 Best Vacuum Cleaners for a Dust-Free Life and finding an easily-stored option that’s right for you and your home.

 

Utilize Each And Every Space

 

No wall, floor, or even ceiling space, should go unused; make sure you’ve utilized each area of your box room, under-stairs storage, and walk-in closet. It’s time to be inventive, as there are no rules to your hidden storage solutions. You can hang larger items, like bikes and ironing boards from the wall and ceiling; why use up your precious floor space, when the solution could be right above your head. For a thorough list of clever ideas, check out Easy Storage Solutions for Every Space and get some inspiration.

 

If there’s wall space left between shelves; hang a hook or two there for bags, towels, umbrellas, and utensils (the list is endless). And, if you have a door to the space, and can reach the back of it, you can utilize the whole of the surface are with hooks and hanging organizers; believe it or not, the back of the door is the perfect place to house your shoe collection. You never know, your box room might just become the space you most proud of in your home, and all the effort will have been worth it.

How To Give Your Hallway The Wow Factor

Sadly; the hallway is often neglected, or last on the list when it comes to renovating and decorating your interior space. So much emphasis is put on specific rooms, like your kitchen, living room, and bathroom space, while the entrance to your whole home is left tired and unloved. However, with some care and attention; you can create a beautiful interior space, which will greet you and your family every day when you walk through the front door.

 

The Walls

 

As you first walk in through your front door; your eyes will immediately see the surrounding walls, so what they look like will have an immediate effect on your mood and the feeling of the space. Your hallway is the perfect opportunity to set the tone of your whole house, so when guests arrive, they’ll get a sense of your style and personality straight away. Therefore, it’s important to think about covering the walls with a paint color or wallpaper print that will explain a little about who you are and stand the test of time.

 

Classic white or neutral shade is always a great option, as it will allow you to hang any artwork or photographs with ease. If you enjoy having fresh (or faux) flowers as your enter your home, or have a variety of accessories and trinkets to display; a plain wall will ensure that they slide in seamlessly and the space won’t look too cluttered or overwhelming. For some entrance hall design inspo, check out Pinterest here: https://uk.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=entrance%20hall&rs=typed&term_meta[]=entrance%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=hall%7Ctyped.

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The Floor

 

The flooring in your entrance hall is also paramount, as it will always have the most footfall in the house (unless your kids like to race through the back door after school). Therefore, it needs to be hardwearing to have any longevity in your home. Carpets aren’t the best idea for a hallway space as they are likely to get stained and worn out quickly; however, there are densely woven options that are made with heavy use in mind. Consider looking into engineered timber floors or tiling as durable options that can still provide a design feature and a warm ambiance.

 

Another option, if you’d like more of a cozy feeling when you enter the house, is to lay a knotted or dense-weave rug on your wooden or tiled floor. Covering the first area of the hallway with a rug will ensure the floor is protected and any dirt from people’s shoes is collected in one place as they take them off.

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The Function

 

As the hall is the first place everyone piles inside after they’ve been outside; it’s worth investing in some decent storage and space saving items. A sturdy shoe rack near the front door is always a smart idea, as mud and debris won’t get trodden throughout the house, and everyone can find their shoes in time to leave for work or school. The same goes for somewhere to hang bags and coats; it’s always so nice when you know exactly where something you need it, and you’ll be able to throw your jacket on as you walk out, saving you time and stress in the meantime.

 

Lastly, create an area for smaller items like keys, pens, and even phones. Whether you have a set of hooks, a small cupboard, or a decorative bowl near (ish) the front door, it’s a great system to have in place for a busy family. If everyone knows where to leave (or dump) their items; finding them will be a breeze and there’ll be no excuse to be late!

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