By Evelyne Eric. Bathroom. Published at Sunday, March 04th, 2018 - 04:06:03 AM.
In the fashion world, trends come and go literally as quick as the seasons change. One minute it’s all about colour blocking, the next everyone is going mad for pastel colours, stripes or lace. The trends that we see on the catwalk often tend to filter through to interior design, whether that be the colours, patterns, prints, textures or materials. However, the products that seem to be most influenced by the fashion world are usually fabrics, wallpapers and other soft furnishings. We don’t normally tend to think of sanitaryware as being subject to the seasonal changes of the fashion world.
One of a home’s biggest selling points today is energy savings. Water shortages and rising utility bills make this a priority for home buyers. Energy efficiency is also big from the environmental standpoint. When planning your bathroom remodel, these items maximize energy efficiency : Tankless water heaters, Low flow toilets and faucets, LED lighting instead of traditional incandescent, Radiant floor heating, Insulated windows.
Tile flooring is common in bathrooms and offers a nice alternative to hardwoods, which can get warped if they are exposed to too much water. If you decide to put ceramic tile on the floor, look for a grade of 1 or 2, a water-absorption rating of less than 7 percent and a coefficient of friction above .60, which are slip-resistant and can stand up to water. Also pay attention to porosity; you’ll want a more impervious tile for the floor because of exposure to water. Vinyl feels better on bare feet than ceramic tile, and it’s one of the more popular flooring choices as it’s inexpensive and practical (safe, easy to install and maintain).
Integrated sinks are built into, and of the same material, as the bathroom counter. They create a minimalist and seamless look that’s low maintenance, since there’s no seams that dirt or water can get under. You can also create an integrated-sink look by choosing an undermount sink in the same color as your countertop.
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