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Easy Bathroom Makeovers

In renovating a bathroom, the place to start is paint.  Most people believe that a bathroom should be painted blue.  That's an understandable thought, since the bathroom is based on water- sink, shower, and toilet- but what a bathroom wall really needs is a splash of warm pastel color.  When it comes to wall decoration there is a multitude of options.  An elegant and easy "do it yourself" bathroom makeover option is a combination of wall tile and paint.  On the lower area of the walls, all around the room, you can apply wall tile.  Wall tile comes in various shapes, colors, and sizes.  A quick and easy option is to choose small tiles, an average are of one square inch each.  These types of tiles normally come in pieces of various shapes, sizes, and shades already assembled into a single tile of about a 36 in area for easier application.  Buy your tiles, maybe in a medium orange.  Paint the upper half of your walls a pastel orange, and then apply your tiles to the lower half of the wall up to about six inches above sink level.  With this simple renovation, you can add depth and texture to a room that was previously boring and lifeless. 

Many bathrooms share the problem of lack of storage space.  Hall closets are often used for storing extra towels, toilet paper, and other bathroom accessories but why store bathroom things in the hall when there's a very simple solution?  Shelves or cabinets can easily be installed in any bathroom, even if you think your bathroom is too small.  Perfect for those who have bathtubs inset in wood or marble, bookshelf style shelving at the head or foot of the shower can be installed all the way up to the ceiling.  Because of the location of the shelves, they provide perfect storage for fresh towels and toiletries such as shampoo and conditioner, bath salts, and even candles.  Doors can be added to these shelves for homeowners who want a sleeker, more organized look.  For those who don't have the luxury of an inset tub, or just don't like the idea of permanently installing shelves in the tub area, another option is available.  A rack of shelves requiring no installation can be purchased.  These normally serve the specific purpose of creating additional bathroom storage above the toilet.  These shelves come in various materials, the most popular being the stainless steel frame with a chrome look and durable glass shelves.  This kind of shelving is the perfect bathroom makeover remedy for a lack of storage for extra toilet tissue and cleaning supplies, which can be especially handy if your bathroom lacks cabinetry under the sink or behind the mirror shelving.

Bathroom mirrors can also provide a minimal amount of additional storage, but if storage is not a main issue for you, your options are far and wide.  Mirrors come in all shapes and sizes, so choosing one that's right for your bathroom can prove to be a difficult task.  You don't want to make the mistake of buying a mirror that is too large or too small for your needs, so try to visualize or sketch out how a prospective mirror might fit with your sink.  If you have a small sink that stands alone, your mirror should be limited to a width no more than six inches wider than the width of your sink bowl.  A nice oval mirror, longer than it is wide, offers an elegant feel to the atmosphere of your bathroom.  If you're lucky enough to have a bathroom counter with inset double sinks and lots of space between the two sink bowls, the most favorable mirror will stretch from the countertop almost to the ceiling, from one end of the counter to the other.  This will provide clean lines and create the illusion of depth and dimension, making your bathroom look larger.  Track lighting can be installed across the top of the mirror.  This will provide the proper illumination necessary, rather than standing with you back to the light provided by a solitary ceiling light.  Another advantage of this type of mirror is that it allows a built-in vanity between the two sink bowls, with great lighting and clean counter space for makeup and other accessories.  When in the past residents would have had to fight for access to the mirror, now three people can comfortably prepare for the day ahead without being in each other's way: a great bathroom makeover for those with large families or who live with several roommates.  No matter what size mirror you choose, the most important factor to consider is lighting. 

Bathroom lighting is a tricky issue because you want to make sure that you illuminate every area in your bathroom, leaving nothing in the shadows.  Wall sconces are a great solution to this problem.  Wall sconces come in many different varieties, from antique to modern, and can be applied all around the walls keeping your entire bathroom well lit.  A dimmer switch can be connected to all sconces in your bathroom, or individual switches can be linked with sconces in each of the separate areas of your bathroom. 

Attention to simple details like lighting and color can totally transform your dingy dungeon of a bathroom into the most enjoyable room in the house.  Now, when a houseguest needs to use the restroom, you'll be proud to show them where it is, and because most of these tricks are so simple you can do them yourself and happily accept all the compliments you'll receive about your brand new, elegant bathroom.