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BATH ROOM:

Bathroom is a room too and should be one of the most inviting rooms in a house and a hotel. Make the bathroom combination of warmth and luxury with practical plus points of easy to clean fittings and splash proof wall and floor coverings.

Relaxing in a hot bath or enjoying a cold water shower is both wonderful ways to unwind after a hard day, but a badly decorated bathroom is no place to relax. While planning and organizing bathroom, you should not only look for beautification but also think carefully lighting heating and decoration gives a chance to plan a room to suit both taste an lifestyle. Befroe making a plan, it is important to look at the checkpoints given below:

Facilities:  How many bathrooms, showers and WC’s are needed? Do you need a separate shower and toilet?

Position: Is the present bathroom in right position?

Hot water:  Does present system provides enough hot water? Is there a requirement of gyser?

Users: Who use the bathroom? Are satety provisions for old people and children to be made?

The fittings:  Where the new fittings to be installed? Are the old fittings in good condition or do they need replacing?

Budget: How much is to be invested in bathroom.

Ventilation: Are their enough windows or extractor fan needs to be fitted?

Lack of ventilation causes condensation in bathrooms. An extractor fan fitted to the window disposes of steam without bringing in cold air. If the bathroom does not have a window, then a ducted fan must be fitted which switches on when light is turned on. A ducted fan wafts steam out through ducting which travels between walls to the outside air.

LOCATION TIPS:

Bathrooms adjacent to the south-east corner in the east direction is very useful.

• The morning sunrays coming from the east side falls on the body after bath, which is very useful.

• Adjacent to the bathrooms and near the kitchen a small washing room for washing clothes and utensils is very convenient.

• The washbasin and the shower should be in the north-east, north or the east side.

• Heater, switchboard, all other electric appliances should be in the south-east direction.

• If a change room is to be build in the bathroom it should be in the west or the south direction.

• Tub baths in the bathrooms should be either in the east, west or the north-east direction.

• The slope of the flooring in the bathrooms should be in the east or the north direction.

• The outlet of water should not be in the south-east or south-west direction.

• The mirrors and the doors of the bathroom should be in the east or north, but not in the south direction.

• There should be windows or ventilators in the east or north. Bath should be taken in the east or north side.

• Clothes to be washed should be kept in the north-west corner.

• The color of the walls and tiles should be white, light-blue, sky-blue or any other pleasing light color. As far as possible dark red or black color should be avoided.

INTERIOR PLANNING TIPS:

A toilet in the bathroom in not advisable. However, if it is, it should be in the west or north-west.

• Toilets should never be in the east, north or the north-east corner.

• No mirrors in the south direction.

   

GEYSER:

A geyser can be installed in south-east of the bathroom. Taps and shower can be in north so the water drains to the north-east. Bath tub can be on the west side with head-side in south. Avoid a door on the south-west of bathroom. A washing machine can be placed in the northwest or southeast portion of the bathroom.

Ideal Bathroom

The ideal bathroom is such which provides the essentials where you need it, when you need it.

• The ideal position of the bathing area would be one that allows you to step out of your bath on to dry ground.

• Family size has an important role to play in the design and layout of bathrooms. The larger the family, the larger the bathroom in terms of square footage and storage space.

• Plumbing fixtures should be comfortably spaced, with storage facilities and furnishings well arranged so that there is plenty of free space left for maneuvering.

• Tailoring the bathroom to suit the age requirements of all its users is sensible. If toddlers use the same bathroom as the adults, the towel stand could be fixed a little lower so that a child has easy access.

• In situations where one bathroom has to be shared by four or more people, separating the WC and the wash basin from the bathing area will allow two people to use different areas of the bathroom at the same time.

• A WC should be placed near a window or an outer wall, so that an exhaust fan can be fitted alongside.

• The bathing area should be kept away from the windows to protect it from drought.

• A dry and free area (unencumbered by fixtures) is needed to allow an adult to dry off and dress after bathing.

• Floor should always be skid resistant variety.

• A Jacuzzi should ideally be fitted with its access panel and electric points under the flooring, directly below the tub.

• Colour scheme should be according to the age factor. Women prefer soft colours and designs, while children's bathroom sport cartoon characters. The middle income group there is a marked preference for pastel shades. The trend should be sober and not flashy.

USEFUL TIPS:

Adjacent to the bathrooms and near the kitchen a small washing room for washing clothes and utensils is very convenient.

Bathrooms adjacent to the south-east corner in the east direction is very useful.

The morning sunrays coming from the east side falls on our body after the bath, which is very useful.

The wash basin and shower should be in the north-east, north or the east side.

Heater, switchboard, all other electrical appliances should be in the south-east direction.

If a change room is to be built in the bathroom, it should be in the west or the south direction.

Tub baths in the bathrooms should be either in the east, the west or the north-east.

The slope of the flooring in the bathrooms should be in the east or the north direction.

The mirrors & the doors of the bathroom should be in the east or the north, but not in the south direction.

There should be windows or ventilators in the east or the north. Bath should be taken in the east or the north side.

Clothes to be washed, should be kept in the north-west corner

The colour of walls and tiles of the bathrooms should be white, light blue, sky blue or any other pleasing light colour. As far as possible dark red or black colour should be avoided.

A toilet in the bathroom is not advisable. However, if it is, it should be in the west or the north-west.

Toilet should never be in the east or the northeast corner.

PLANNING TIPS:

Mark following things on your plan –

• The position of the door and the direction in which it opens

• Size and position of window

• Position of hot and cold water supplies

• Gyser and air extractor

• Radiator and towel rail

• Electrical fittings

• Any other thing to be kept

After plan is ready, think of colour scheme your need to go ahead with. Choose the scheme which matches your taste an is appealing plus practical. Do not forget to keep in mind climatic conditions, mood you need to generate and lifestyle of people who may use it. Remember, if the house in modern in style, concentrate on new soft, clean pastels. But if décor is traditional then look in for Victorian style decorated suit.

Before you make the final plan, it is worthwhile thinking about Plumbering, space around fittings and the best way to position them.

Plumbering: In renovation planning moving WC is not easy. Therefore try to keep WC in same place. It is cost-effective to have WC, basin and bath in a line, so that there is one straight run of water pipes. The pipes can be hidden away behind plaster. Position the bath on one side and WC, basin on the other.

Sufficient floor space around fittings is important if bathroom is to work efficiently. There should be enough space around each fitting to be used comfortably. At th side of the bath, allow room for user to get in and out easily and dry himself in comfort. A standing area of 70 cm at the side (width wise) of the bath is th minimum comfortable space.

Space at the front and sides of the washbasin and WC is equally important. Free area 70 cm wide and 110 cm long in front of wash basin is essential. Never position a shelf or cupboard over the basin where someone might bump his head. If the bathroom has a separate space for the door to open and close. If the space is limited then choose a sliding door, Again free space of 70 cm for standing in front of shower is a must.

If there is space, install two washbasins to ease the strain on the bathroom at peak times. Make sure that there is enough space for two people to stand at the basins. Arrange a towel rail close to basin and wall space for a toothbrush holder and soap dish.

 

Mirror Magic

If mirrors are used cleverly, they can make room appear double in size than original room. The clean lines of modern, wall hung fittings, with a Bathroom mirrors have for greater potential than being used just for shaving or brushing teeth. Make sure that any mirror you plan to use, is suitable for bathroom use, or else the effect could be oppressive.

Bathroom For Children

• A step to the bath makes climbing in and out easier.

• As children have a habit of locking themselves in bathrooms and toilets. Therefore fit a lock which can be opened with screwdriver from outside.

• A plastic box with wheels makes a good home for bath time toys.

• Install a locking cupboard for medicines.

SCHEMATIC LAYOUT PLAN:

 

In the given layout, length of bathroom is more than width of bathroom. Therefore, the bathing tub has been placed at end, taking full advantage of length. To place a curtain between tub and commode, an illusion of partition can be created easily. The WC placed conveniently opposite basin. 

This is a small square bathroom, tight on space. In the room this arrangement enables user to have bath toilet and basin without over crowding. To avoid a small room looking confuted keep the colour scheme simple and light, keep background neutral to create a sense of space. Choose a single clear colour for brighter effect.

The top view shows a conventional Indian style set up. The stairs move up from drawing room itself. Therefore more clean planning is laid fro living room. A wooden partition divides the portion. The Flooring is in Kota stone and lighting arrangement is set up by decorative wall lights. The dead corner of dinging room is used for side table or triangular crockery cupboard.

TYPES OF ACCEESSORIES:

Toilet roll holder: A metal, plastic or wooden dowel that slips through the centre of toilet roll. See that holder allows toilet roll to move freely.

• Towel Rail: They come in plastic, wood and different range of metals or plastic which is always wall mounted.

• Towel Ring : Towel ring made of plastic, SS could be used if there is no space for towel rail and small towel is to be used.

• Toothbrush holder: A small rack to hold brushes. A handy way to keep toothbrush clean and ready to use.

• Soap Dish: A shallow, bowl shaped shelf to hold bar of soap. Some can be attached to wall while others can be fixed in the wall. • Cabinets: Cabinets can be made in plastic or wood. Many cabinets have mirrored doors, built in lights and many shelves

• Shelves: Shelves are available in materials like glass, plastic, metal or wood.

• Slip Mat: The rubber mat can be laid in bath or shower to produce non slip surface.

Drainage Pipeline

• The pipelines of the bathroom and the kitchen should have an outlet in the east or the north direction.

• Outlet should not be in the south under any condition even by mistake. If at all it is in the south it should be turned to the east or north direction.

• The pipes of the toilets and bathrooms should be diverted to the west or the north-west and then the outlet should be given.

• The gutter in the building should be in any direction except the south.

• Drainage pipes coming from the upper storeys should not be in the south-west corner. If they are then they should not lick at all.

HOW TO RENOVATE YOUR BATHROOM:

It is the first place you visit when you get up early morn. Instead of greeting you with a pleasant smell and a soothing view, all you see is leaky taps, water dripping all over and dirty flooring. Sounds like your bathroom? Then it is about time you think of repairs. Done that already? Let’s go a step ahead and renovate it completely! Yes, it requires emptying your pockets a bit, but hey, at the end of the day, it is worth it. Since when did you start getting good things for free? So, all set? Here’s information on renovating and remodeling your bathroom.

YOU NEED FOLLOWINGS:

Flooring

• Shower Stall

• Toilet

• Tub Enclosure

• Vanity

• Wash Basin

• Sauna/Steam Bath

• Wax Seal for Toilet

PROCEDURE:

First, take into account how things need to be changed. If it is remodeling, you first need to have an idea as to how do you want to see the bathroom after it is done. Once you have a blueprint, it is easier to proceed and also avoid unnecessary confusions. Consider each and every little thing and know how to want it before beginning on the remodeling.

• Consult different hardware and furniture stores for price quotes. The more you explore, the better deals you will get. It will be easier for to zero in on one good store that offers a good deal as well as all materials. Usually, suppliers offer to get everything done and demand an amount accordingly rather than have you run from place to place for different materials and requirements.

• Clear out the bathroom by removing the existing items one by one. Turn off the water supply temporarily and make work space. Remove the toilet and sink. As soon as you are through with these, begin by changing the flooring. If there is any damage in the floor beams or joists, consider getting it replaced. After that put down the new flooring.

• Next, you can replace the tub or the shower enclosure. Fix new taps, clean the tiles and may put up the new sink. Fix the pipes and the taps and make sure you haven’t left out any joint. Else, you may have a brand new leaky bathroom!

• Now, scrape off the old wax seal from around the toilet drain. You need to remove all of it so that it doesn’t mess up with the new flooring. Take appropriate measurements and then fix it. Place the toilet back and connect it properly with the drain. Turn on the water supply and check if you have any leaks. If you do, try sealing it up with some wax seal.

Bathroom Color Scheme

It may look silly to you to pay so much attention to bathroom color but it can really make or mar your bathroom decor and experience. Red walls being reflected in the bathroom vanity, where you apply makeup, can fool your eye into applying too much red on your face and make you look redder than you want to. Bathroom color choices are a part of color therapy that influences your overall experience in the bath. Bathrooms serve as our refuge from our busy lives, where we can devote sometime only to ourselves, away from all the hassles of our lives and help us to relax and even do our creative thinking while lying luxuriously in the hot water tub.

Choose bathroom paint color according to the taste of the individual, his or her emotional state and the feel you would like in your bathroom such as feeling relaxed or revitalized, energized, formal and royal, cozy, casual, creative or artistic. While deciding the color, it is best to keep a color wheel to consult choosing colors for your bath. There are some color basics that help you in choosing the right bath color scheme. Warm colors energize and are invigorating. Cool colors have a calming and soothing effect. Analogous colors or colors that are next to each other on the color wheel will make bath space look serene and relaxing. Complementary colors or colors that are across each other will give creative, artistic and jazzy look to your bathroom.

Colors schemes with high contrasts such as black and white or white and royal blue make the bath look formal and spotless. Low contrast color combination such as beige and shutter green and mint green and forest green lend a casual look to your bath. Latest trendy bathrooms can change their color according to your mood or the time of day, energizing and invigorating you in the morning and soothing you and helping you to relax before going to bed at night. The fashion in bathroom colors is to create harmonious color palettes, using the principles of color and light therapy, to help you heal and live life at best. There are showers with fiber-optic lights in different colors that can be lit selectively according to the feel you want at the moment, mood lighting in the bathroom and light fixtures that can dim down at night or for relaxing mood but can be very bright when you want them to be can help you have the best bath experience.

Give our bathroom a professional finish by painting it in unique color themes. You may get the inspiration from Nature, art pieces, dresses for a color palette. Even eggshell and pebbles can inspire you for a soft bathroom color palette. If you are choosing a monochromatic color scheme, you can add a visual balance and variety using the accessories in contrasting colors. Choose towels and decorative pieces in a shade lighter or darker than your walls. Do remember that when you are doing makeup in the bathroom vanity area, the colors reflecting in the mirror can fool you eye, whether they are bold or muted. So, you may need to compensate them with other colors for a balanced and natural look.

Colors cast shadows on each other or highlight the contrasting colors. White with beige may look dirtier than white with black. Lilac with blue looks bluer than lilac with white. To balance rectangular or square tiles and countertops, add plants and greenery to your bath to lend asymmetrical and natural beauty and add refreshing accent color to your bath. Tiles on walls and for flooring can also add beautiful colors to your bath. Blue glass tiles recreate the feel of water and sky while earthy green tiles look great for Nature lovers. Use red and other dramatic colors sparingly and with other colors to balance them out for greater effect. They are best used as accessories and towels. However, if you still want to use red in your bathroom vanity area or powder room, choose shades of red wisely such as rose and coral.

FENG SHUI IN TOILETS:

Feng Shui is all about helping the flow of positive energy or chi in your home and block or flush negative energy out of it Feng Shui literally means 'Wind and Water'. Bathroom is of course associated with water but you need to balance it by keeping water element in other areas of the house such as aquarium, fish tank or water fountain, according to Feng Shui. In this article, we will discuss Feng Shui cures and tips for existing bathrooms and bathrooms that are being newly built or remodeled. The bathroom is definitely the room that you think of when you think of water. But the water in the bathroom isn't the same as the water element. You will still need the water element, such as a water fountain or aquarium, in other areas of the house to be balanced. Like the rest of the house, you can use bagua to design your bathroom.

Bagua is a diagram that divides the room or space in nine areas. You can find the diagram on Internet by typing 'Bagua Feng Shui'. To use it, stand at the threshold of the door facing the bathroom holding the diagram in a way that the areas closest to you are Skills, Career and Helpful People. The nine guas or areas of the bathroom (or any room) indicate Prosperity (where you need to place something that symbolizes money or prosperity and use purple color or accesory in this area to attract wealth and abundance), Family (represented by wood and water, you can keep flowers or framed picture of flowers in this area), Skills and Knowledge (illuminate it with desk lamp or keep a potted plant here), Career and Life Path (place a small aquarium, vase of flowers, a collection of seashells or a picture of the ocean here) and Helpful People and Travel (use silver and gray colors here and choose metal and water elements for this area. A metal-framed mirror here is a good idea).

Other areas are for Creativity and Children (make it colorful, illuminated and creative), Relationships and Love (use pink color and things that rempresent earth and fire elements such as candles, an open fireplace or a potted plant with pink flowers), Fame and Reputation (a high backed chair in front of a solid wall or things that show your accomplishments or red color is best for this area), and finally Health (put plants, fresh flowers, fish tanks, paintings of mountains or forests here and keep it clean and dust free). Place the bagua over the bathroom sketch and place the fixtures such as bathtub and toilet, closets, doors and windows according to their elements and color, according to the diagram. You may use reflective surfaces to mean more lighting. Make sure that your bathroom is not situated just opposite the entry of your home or you may loose any new opportunities coming your way.

If you cannot move your bathroom, make sure that the lid of the toilet is always closed when it is not in use and remember to keep the bathroom door shut. A proper Feng Shui bathroom is neat and clean, has ample lighting and good ventilation system. Put up lot of mirrors to reflect chi and help it move smoothly all over the bathroom. If the bathroom is located in the center of the home and flushing away your money, place a full-length mirror on the bathroom closet door to create an illusion that bathroom is not there and deflect any chi that tries to escape through it. Salvage the chi ready to flush out from the toilet by placing fresh flowers and floral arrangements in an alcove above or near the toilet or a bowl of pebbles above the toilet tank or a shelf above the toilet and put a red or black rug at the base of the toilet to avoid loss of money. Make sure that you do not let money waste by allowing fixtures in the bathroom to be dirty or faucets to drip or leak.

The bathroom in the center of the house should be painted red to introduce fire element to stop draining of wealth but otherwise, good bathroom colors and color schemes according to Feng Shui are light grays, cream and pale blues. In new and modern homes, Feng Shui experts suggest to use neutral color schemes and wall sconces to lighten up dark walls and corners and not to place your bathroom directly across from entry doors. Bathrooms should not be built in the fame, prosperity or wealth sections of the bagua of the entire house and a toilet closet to hide the toilet from view is also suggested. If you live on the top floors, try not to build a bathroom above the main entrance of the house. Perfect bathroom Feng Shui colors for new homes are pastels and light colors along with good lighting and illumination systems.