10 Easy Ways to Warm Up Your Bathroom this Winter

In the winter, those tile floors and cold surfaces can make us dread getting out of bed in the morning. It’s not the most comforting room in the house during the colder months of the year, but with a few easy updates the bathroom can become a warm, relaxing place. Warm up your bathroom this winter with these simple ideas.

10 Easy Ways to Warm Up Your Bathroom for Winter

1. Bath Mats

Eliminate cold feet from your daily bathroom routine with a plush bath mat or runner. Almost every bathroom has one already, but these mats might be worn down from ordinary wear and tear. Adding a brand new bath mat is the most affordable way to make a big impact on the warmth and comfort of your bathroom this winter.

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2. Warm Colors

If you live in a cold-weather climate, you’ve probably taken the age-old advice to stick with the most neutral color palette that will satisfy your decor all year ’round. But that slate of neutral colors isn’t as limited as you might imagine. Check out this list of warm neutral paint colors if you’re ready to apply a fresh coat of paint.

3. Plush Towels

Aside from bath mats, the quality of your bath towels, washcloths and bath mitts has the biggest impact on how warm your bathroom feels. The hotter the water, the colder it is stepping out of the shower or bathtub. Like bath mats, all towels eventually wear thin from everyday wear, so swap yours for some fresh options.

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4. Wood Accents

If you’re not in the mood to update your bathroom with a warm neutral paint color, another quick option is to increase the amount of wood accents in your small bathroom space. Lighter woods like pine, hemlock and birch can give your bathroom a sharp, clean look, while red oak, cherry and mahogany add instant warmth.

5. Coastal Curtains

After the holiday decorations are taken down, there’s usually a long winter lull between the start of the New Year and the first signs of spring. Instead of waiting around for the snow to melt, go ahead and update your bathroom with your favorite spring or summer decor. Or–why not–just keep your bath coastal all year long.

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6. Different Bulbs

Changing your white light bulbs out for a warmer tone will automatically make your bathroom feel warmer in the winter. Warm white light bulbs trending toward the warm orange-like glow you prefer will be lower on the temperature scale (2500K-3000K), while changing the shape of your bulb can create a warm effect as well.

7. Country Appeal

Of all the decorating styles, country is typically more effective at creating that warm, cozy feeling your winter bathroom requires. It doesn’t have to be a complete makeover. Adding a few unique country accents makes any room feel a bit more comforting. If you’re more modern, rustic or vintage accents create a similar effect.

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8. Window Fixes

If you have a window in your bathroom, the temperature could fluctuate pretty drastically. It’s a good idea to check that your window is caulked, sealed and free of air leaks. Even the smallest crack can filter in cold air and cool down the small area of the bathroom pretty quickly, and eventually spread to the rest of your home.

9. Warm Glow

Whether you change the bulbs in your bathroom to a warmer tone or not, you can either accent those lights or create a similar effect with the warm glow of candlelight. It also gives you a chance to combine that warm country style, start decorating for the spring season early or add an attractive scent with fragrance warmers.

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10. Fresh & Clean

Sometimes the warm feeling in your bathroom has nothing to do with the actual temperature. Similar to light and paint color, the cleanliness of your bathroom can play a major role in determining the overall comfort of the space. Dirty spaces make us feel uncomfortable, so cleanliness is as important as temperature in winter.


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Ideas on How PVC Pipe Can Simplify Your Life

PVC-PipePVC stands for Polyvinyl Chloride. It’s a polymer commonly used for pipes in construction because it’s strong, lightweight and inexpensive. But it’s not just for piping your bathroom or kitchen; there are many ways the creative layperson can use PVC pipe – it’s the DIY material of the moment. Some might say PVC is the new wood. Here are some ideas on how PVC pipe can simplify your home.

Kitchen Make space in your kitchen by pulling pans out of the cupboard and hanging them on the wall. This PVC pipe was cut short enough to fit a pan handle and then mounted on the wall for easy storage.  Develop this idea into other simplifying methods around the house – this idea would work as a wall mount to sort cords behind an entertainment or computer console or to keep hair dryer and curling iron cords in the bathroom.

Bathroom This caddy keeps your cotton balls, q-tips and toothpaste tidy on the bathroom vanity. It’s brilliant with simplicity. Use this idea and expand it into the play room where it’s used as an art station organizer or keep pens and pencils neat in your home office. The possibilities with this idea practically come up with themselves.

Living Room How great is this coffee table? It may not simplify the living room, but it looks really cool. You can get so many PVC furniture ideas you can come up with from this table: an end table, a kitchen table, bedside table. You can make just about any kind of table using the exact same idea.

Bedroom This is probably the most useful idea for PVC pipe. The bunk bed is a complicated piece of furniture to put together with wood, hammer and nails, but it’s a fairly simple structure using PVC pipe and glue. Shrink the plans down and you can construct a bed closer to the ground or even make a dog bed. Anyway you spin it, a basic bed for children to grow out of for little money = simplified gold.

Backyard The backyard sprinkler doesn’t need to be simplified, but it can be amplified. This one is built for fun, but the idea can certainly be manipulated to make a practical garden watering system. What’s so useful about making a sprinkler with PVC pipe is you can design it to fit any garden of any shape.

Entry Way PVC pipe as a shoe rack, but it screams to be so much more. It can bring order to the bathroom for towel storage. It can easily work in a child’s bedroom to sort t-shirts, socks and underwear. As a shelf in the office it can keep bills and mail straight.  If there’s stacking to be done, this storage idea can be the receptacle.

There are so many clever ways to use a PVC pipe it’s hard to believe it’s not more common. Though Polyvinyl Chloride isn’t a simple word or a simple polymer, simplify is what it does best.

Decorating Your Bathroom on a Budget: The Do’s and Don’ts

pink-bathtubThe bathroom may be one of the smaller rooms in your home but it doesn’t have to be boring. The possibilities are endless with a little creativity. No matter what your budget is, you can decorate your bathroom without breaking the bank. With these tips your bathroom will be your most complimented room in your home.

Paint
One of the first things many people notice when walking into a room is the color. If you are looking to update your bathroom, the walls are a great place to start.
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Choose a color that will either match or compliment your towels and other bathroom accessories. Keep in mind the walls are not the only thing you can paint. You can add a complimentary color just by painting the
cabinets or depending what style you have, the bathtub. When working with a budget, don’t be afraid to be creative and think outside the box.
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Assume colors will coordinate with each other. Bring a towel or a small accessory when choosing your paint color. Pictures may give you an idea of what colors would go well together but since lighting is typically not the best in bathrooms, it is best to have a swatch with you for comparison.

Hardware
The accent pieces can play a big part when reinventing a room. The hardware in your bathroom is just another great way to update your space.
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Change your metallic options out with a flat black or gray. If you have plain hardware, try to upgrade with an ornate design such as leaves or a Fleur-de-lis pattern. Just something as simple as changing out the hardware can add just enough flair that you feel like walking in the space is like a breath of fresh air.
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Purchase hardware without having and overall design in mind. Make your life easy and purchase hardware once you have a clear vision of the finished product. Nothing is worse than having a beautiful new space with hardware that doesn’t coordinate well.

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Sometimes it’s the little things that matter. If you want to keep it really simplistic, just changing out your accessories will make a big impression.
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Purchase accessory sets that are exact matches to each other or purchase items that compliment your existing décor. This makes decorating a snap and can bring your room together quickly.
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Feel it is necessary to purchase every piece in the collection. Choose the pieces you like and most importantly need. Keep in mind that it’s not necessary to have exact matching pieces if you want if you are going for an unconventional look. Find pieces in complimentary colors or designs. Even your towels don’t have to be the same color. Choose a bold or bright color such as a blue or purple and a contrasting color such as a black or gray. Complementing what you already have makes decorating easy on the wallet.

Lighting
Lighting is an issue in many bathrooms as the windows typically tend to be smaller or nonexistent. It can lead to a dim space that is difficult to see in.
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Embrace soft lighting when natural light is not an option. Another trick is to incorporate additional mirrors to the space. Mirrors can reflect the light already available and make the space feel larger than it actually is.
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Think any light is good light. Harsh lighting tends to dull the room rather than brighten it.
The most important thing to remember when decorating is that it’s the little things that count. To breathe new life into a room you don’t have to do a complete overhaul. A new color on the wall or a revamp of accessories can give you a fantastic change that will appeal to your eyes and your pocket book.

Do you have some bathroom decorating tips? Share your favorite tips in the comments below.

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Add Value to your Home without Wrecking your Bank Account

add-value-to-your-homeWhen making home improvement decisions, it is always smart to start small. Even if your home is relatively new, chances are that there will be a few cracked walls, paint that already looks a bit glum, etc. Small projects like this do not necessarily add value to your home, but they do a great job at retaining the value of your home.

Simple Cleaning
If you plan on selling your home, the cleanliness and upkeep of the house will determine how long it will be on the market. It can even get buyers’ offers closer to what you are asking for. Smaller projects usually require a simple can of paint, some paint brushes, some spackle, and a bit of elbow grease. Painting the exterior is a way to add some curb appeal without the enormous expense of hiring a contractor. It’s relatively easy with the highest cost being time rather than money.

Small Reno
Once your house is spruced up and looking fresh. It is then time to get focus on the making tasteful renovations to the most important rooms in the house. Most home buyers base their decision on the quality of the bathrooms and kitchens, therefore renovations to these rooms add the most value. You don’t need to get carried away with updating these spaces as such renovations are among the most costly in the home improvement industry. Here are some inexpensive touch-ups your family can do to improve your kitchens and baths.

Revive the Kitchen
Let’s focus on the kitchen since it is often the heart and soul of a home. Kitchen renovations need to play to the advantages of the design of your kitchen. Kitchens need to feel as good as they look. It is easy to start with paint. The paint sets the mood of the space. Lighter colors make rooms feel larger and warm colors create set a social tone.  You do not necessarily have to go with what is in fashion to add more value.

Neutral colors create a timeless look and appeal the most buyers, buyers want to picture themselves living bright colors can disrupt their fantasies. Materials chosen can affect cost. When choosing counter tops, it does not always have to be expensive granite to get the price you want. Soapstone is a wonderful material.  It is durable, beautiful, and will wow any buyer. White subway tiled back-splashes are fashionable, timeless, and won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

DIY or Contract?
If you have the confidence and the know how to do the job yourself, then do so. But bear in mind that buyers, real estate agents, and appraisers have a sixth sense for detecting amateur work. Thus the savings from not hiring a contractor are at risk of being lost in the long-run. So if you do it yourself, be sure to do it well.  If you are not handy with a hammer, then there are countless online resources that can help you find a contractor who is both reputable and affordable.

These are only some of the ways that you ways that will give you a leg up on making a return on your investment. And the other benefit of renovation is that you and your family get to enjoy the fruits of your labor while the house is still in your possession.

Matthew is an American ex-pat real estate agent and knows a thing or two about home pricing. He has closed many deals and knows real estate markets around the world. When not helping clients find with their property search in Monaco, he enjoys taking his Bulldog, Buster, on walks and enjoys Southern French Cuisine.

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