Warm Up Your Bathroom

Having a warm towel ready for use after a bath or shower can give a warm feeling to the whole room. Do you know how to warm up your bathroom in winter? There are some advice you can follow.

Hot Air Towel Warmers
A fairly inexpensive system that requires little professional installation is a hot air towel warmer. These units will frequently plug into a bathroom’s GFCI unit, and will warm the towels placed on them much like a hair drier, by blowing hot air onto the towel.

Heated towel rails can be found at most plumbing or home improvement retailers. Be sure to speak to a contractor about what kind of work will need to be carried out for installation, to ensure that this will not require more work than previously thought.

Electric Towel Warmers
An electric towel warmer is a wall attachment, with several rails to hold one or more towels. It is wired directly into the bathrooms GFCI outlet, and will frequently have a small on/off switch located somewhere on the unit. It warms only the towel or article of clothing that is coming into direct contact with it, and will frequently need to have the towel spread over a few rails to help it reach the optimum temperature.

A good time to have an electric towel warmer installed would be during a bathroom renovation, an electrical upgrade, or at any time that a general contractor will be in the bathroom working, as the walls may need to be opened to install the warmer properly.

Hydraulic Towel Warmers
An hydraulic towel warmer uses hot water, circulating within the frame to warm the towels. It is hooked directly into the home’s heating system, and works well with radiant heat, or other heating systems that use continuous hot water circulation. An hydraulic towel warmer makes efficient use of its heat, and in some cases can even transfer heat to its surroundings. In many cases, however, an hydraulic warmer will use convection to simply warm what touches it, and nothing else.

An hydraulic towel warmer would need to be hooked up to the home’s hot water source during a major bathroom or home renovation, as this will require both the opening of the wall, and the routing of hot water pipes to the source required.


Simple and Elegant Bathroom

Elegant not means complicated, you can design a bathroom simple but elegant.Texture overrules ornamentation in this simple and elegant bathroom. The smooth grain of the bath's wood cabinets and the frosted-glass shower enclosure have a natural drama that doesn't require excessive fixtures.

The large-size floor tiles also interject interest with their restful and subdued mixture of colors. Smoky gray and beige, like pebbles washed ashore, the tiles have a serene character evocative of leisurely strolls along a beach.

Continuing the hazy-hued tiles as a tub surround lends a woodland feel to the bathing area. Resting in the warm water, a bather can lean back and see the treetops through the high windows in the bathing area that let in the light while preserving privacy.

To safeguard the feeling of harmony, clutter is not allowed. Instead, the bath is equipped with plenty of storage that also acts as part of the design.
The bath's quiet mood also stems from the comforting, neutral shade of the walls and the ceiling. Closely identified today with Asian styles of decorating, the pale colors are thought to give the mind time to dream and relax.

Two grooming areas, each arranged with a mirror, allow a couple to share the space without battling for elbow room. The vanity area, though, includes a small magnifying mirror that makes it even more beneficial during daily grooming.

Bathroom, Safety with Style

It's not enough for a bath to be beautiful. For you and your family, you want a bath that is also safe.

The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) has a number of guidelines to help you design a room that will assure livability for the young and the old as well as those people who may have special physical needs.

Handy grab bars, wider doorways, and whirlpool tubs with fold-down seats, for example, are three "universal access" benefits that will be smart today and for all the years to come.

But that's not to say you have to sacrifice style. Lavatories that offer the convenience of countertop installation while permitting full wheelchair accessibility, say, can be as stunning as this bath proves.

Tiles with a nonslip finish are forever appealing, especially when their color is one of the new cheery citrus-greenish-yellow tones so currently popular.

If you like streamlined styling, consider giving your bathroom a minimalist look. Get specific decorating ideas in the next section