By Manya Matveev. Bathroom. Sunday, September 17th 2017, 09:13:31 AM.
Dual‐flush toilets. Toilets consume far more water than any other indoor fixture, accounting for 30 percent of most homes' indoor water use. Dual‐flush toilets, increasingly common in homes, are an easy way to cut water use without compromising effectiveness. A dual‐flush toilet differs from standard models with two flush options: one for liquid waste, which uses less than a gallon of water, and a second for solid waste.
Show off your tilework. "We like to use frameless shower doors for a couple of reasons", says Mariette Barsoum of Divine Kitchens. "With a frameless door, there's no visual separation, which make the space larger. Plus, unlike framed doors, they don't hide the beautiful tilework in the shower. Frameless doors also sport a cleaner, more modern look – and we like that". Make a small room feel larger. "I was inspired by the framework of this house and its secluded and forestlike surroundings", says Kimberly Arnold Fletcher of Spectrum Design Group. "My goal was to create an open feel and bring the outside into the master bathroom. The frameless door allowed me to not only provide a transparent look that mirrors the windows added to the space, but it also made a very small room feel larger and more spacious".
The dream bath: Organic modern. This look is all about texture, so each surface should delight the senses. Keep color to a minimum, focusing on white, cream and natural wood tones. A tree stump stool by the tub fits perfectly with this look; pick up a ready‐made version or try crafting one yourself. If you choose metallic accents (for drawer pulls, etc.), keep them in the warm family; brass or copper would be good choices. Hang a classic hotel‐style robe on a wall hook. Choose an unusual bath mat – bamboo, cork or river stone. Wool and sheepskin hold up surprisingly well in damp conditions, but it's best to keep them away from direct contact with drippy toes. On the other side of the room by the sink would be a better choice. Natural linen shades filter light beautifully and add a textural note.