By Manya Matveev. Bathroom. Sunday, September 17th 2017, 09:07:44 AM.
Being water wise can cut your utility bills, reduce the need for costly investments in water treatment and delivery systems, and contribute to a more sustainable water future. The bathroom is the place to start since it's the water hog in your home, accounting for more than half of the indoor water you use. Check out these water‐wise plumbing fixtures that don't compromise style or function. To find water‐wise fixtures, look for the WaterSense label. WaterSense, a partnership program with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is an independent organization that reviews plumbing fixtures for water efficiency (among many other jobs). Their certification, or approval, is given to fixtures that are at least 20 percent more efficient without compromising performance. The average bathroom makeover with WaterSense fixtures saves 7,000 gallons of water annually. That's enough water to wash six months worth of laundry.
Divide and conquer. "Given that the design for this bathroom placed the shower in the center of the room, with the vanities on either side, a frameless glass enclosure was the best way to keep the space open and airy", says Shelly Amoroso of Amoroso Design. "I understand the need for a couple to have separate vanities, but hey, you would miss a lot of funny banter and together time if you couldn't see each other". Turn toward the light. "I changed the layout of this bathroom quite a bit by turning the shower area 90 degrees from its position on the long wall to sitting under the window", says Ines Hanl of The Sky is the Limit Design. "This had a massive impact on the visual aspect of the space. All of a sudden, a rather dark, train‐compartment‐like room became somewhat grand in appearance, and we didn't even need to enlarge the window. And the gray stone is balanced with lots of openess and light".
Use fancy little trays to collect and curate your bath items; place a few bath oils and soaps on one, a cluster of votive candles on another. Potted plants are a wonderful way to add mystery and depth. Try ferns, orchids or a palm. Mood lighting is key for the spa escape look, so look beyond the standard choices for interesting light fixtures. I adore Moroccan hanging lanterns; hung alone or in a cluster, they add a big punch of style and cast an amazing glow. Cultivate the feel of a five‐star European hotel with rich materials, glossy finishes and a tightly edited black and white palette. Search vintage shops for a small glass‐front cabinet to use for towel storage. Paint it in the glossiest, darkest black you can find, then fill it with fluffy white towels.