Bathroom Remodeling / Remodelling Techniques
by Gib Dreffel and www.greenteadesign.com
Remodeling / Remodelling Technique No. 1 - Use Antique or Custom Vanities
The vast majority of bathrooms have standard built in cabinets. These are dull, tedious and not worthy of your inner creative genius, especially when there are plenty of delicious options out there.
A faucet is the last necessity. It can be installed behind the sink and centered, placed toward the back off to either side, or....... wait for it........ spring delightfully from the wall above the sink! This last option will absolutely thrill all who are permitted to enter and will gain you valuable counter space. One drawback to this method is that the mirror will now have to be mounted higher to accommodate the taps. But hey, that might work for Grandpa.
Remodeling / Remodelling Technique No. 2 - Use Architectural Elements
Now that you've gone to all that trouble, think carefully and cleverly how you can add other objets d'art to enhance your look or theme.
Whatever you choose, just picture your friend walking out and saying, in his best "Lebowski" imitation, "That flying cherub really tied the room together, did it not?"
With a lower ceiling, you can add extra visual height by painting it a lighter shade than the walls, or using something glossy or shiny. We are not dealing with a completely practical, high traffic bathroom. That's the messy one upstairs. So let whimsy have free reign and do something outrageous for once.
Remodeling / Remodelling Technique No. 3 - The Latest Trends
Nothing drops jaws and draws amused titters like the new and exciting. As in fashion, this often means the return of the old and familiar. Everyone and their Chocolate Lab had stainless steel or chrome faucets during the last decade.
The metals you should look for are ones that were popular yonks ago and have slyly snuck back into the design world. Bronze and hammered copper for example, are subtle and reflect light gorgeously.
Gib Tip: Dark colors are the partners for these earthy metals. You're welcome. Sinks made of non-standard materials like smoked glass are also impressive and not crazy expensive.
Be even more eccentric and purchase a hand carved wooden bowl or artisan crafted ceramic sink in a unique organic shape. The kidney shaped swimming pool of old has been reincarnated as a sink!
I leave you with this last nugget. The privacy afforded when using the bathroom allows guests the opportunity for close examination. Make no mistake - you will be judged. So get out there and together let's put the "vain" back in vanity.
The opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the authors and are not endorsed by Greentea Design. There is however some darn useful information if you can get through the sauciness. Please send any comments or opinions to firstname.lastname@example.org and who knows - Mr. Dreffel might even deign to read them.
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