Weekly home rail, with tips on upgrading your bathroom, how to create a focal point in your design, and more.
Tip of the Week
The bathroom is one of the most frequented areas in your home, making your choice of bathroom decor pretty important. Don't forget about this key area when considering your next home improvement project. With a few tips, you can take your bathroom from so-so to spectacular in no time at all:
Rejuvenate with paint: The quickest way to beautify your bathroom is with a fresh coat of paint. Color has a huge influence on the mood of your space, and you can instantly brighten, calm or energize your space with a few strokes of a paintbrush.
- Storage organization: Storing all of your toiletries, accessories and styling tools can be a challenge, but finding ways to avoid clutter is important when decorating a small room. Incorporate storage options that can add style while saving space. Rather than a traditional towel bar, try staggered wall hooks or a standing coat rack. Keep items like extra hand towels, toilet paper and cleaning supplies easily available in woven wicker baskets, and arrange counter toiletries in unused serving trays beneath the vanity or on floating shelves.
- Functional fashion: Just because your bathroom is small doesn't mean you need to sacrifice fashion for function. You can instantly bring style to the space by hanging an embroidered or textured fabric shower curtain in front of a neutral or clear shower liner. Coordinating absorbent floor mats next to the bathtub and sink will prevent water damage while bringing flair to the room. And you'll use one nearly every time you are in the room, so invest in plush towels in a variety of colors and sizes for a luxurious, coordinated look.
- Making scents: Once you've given the room a new look, appeal to the other senses and give your space a fresh, clean atmosphere. Bathrooms aren't always associated with the most agreeable odors, so an especially aromatic room will be a pleasant surprise for visitors.
Decorating Tip: Create focal points
Affordable accessories are a simple way to update your space and help create focal points and pops of color throughout each room. Consider hanging different-sized picture frames together in clusters above a large piece of furniture, like a table, sofa or bed. Grouping frames creates one piece of eye-catching artwork to spark conversation. For a more vibrant look, paint frames in various bright colors. For a sophisticated look, stick with a uniform color of all white or black. Display groups of colored vases or candles on tables, bookshelves or windowsills to draw eyes to one or two focal points. - Brandpoint
Home-Selling Tip: Remodel the bathroom
A minor bathroom remodel brings back an average return of 102 percent, according to FrontDoor.com. So although it might cost you $10,000 to update and upgrade, you should expect to recoup that cost when you sell.
Did You Know
A bathroom addition, however, is not worth it, according to Bankrate.com. Your return will only be 53 cents for every dollar spent.
New Products: Amazon-streaming TV
According to Consumer Reports, you can now get Amazon Instant Video on the 2012 Samsung Smart TV. Expect to pay somewhere in the vicinity of $2,000 for the TV, according to Samsung’s website.
Garden Guide: Container plants in winter
"Smaller containers will need extra protection if overwintered outdoors," said Rhonda Ferree, University of Illinois Extension educator. Small plants can easily be moved into a protected location such as a cool garage or basement. Temperatures should be in the upper 30s or lower 40s. Protecting large plants is a bigger challenge, but it can be done. Cover the plant and the container thoroughly to protect the plant. However, if the plant is too tender for the climate or if the winter is unusually harsh, these measures may not be adequate. – University of Illinois Extension
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