Making the kids bathroom unique is fun and easy to do. Get yourself a pen and paper and sit down with your kids and ask them a few questions. First rule of thumb is NEVER ask the kids "Hey John and Mike we are going to decorate the bathroom what would you like to do?" Why? Because they are children and you will get all sorts of colors and ideas that might be amazing, but then maybe also start a fight and confuse the heck out of you. So okay now I hear you asking what questions should I ask them? Well let me give you a list that will give you many great ideas:
What are your favorite colors?
What are your favorite TV shows or movies?
What kind of things do you like to do?
What is your favorite sport?
What is your favorite Books?
Okay that is enough to get you going. Now take the ideas the kids cave you and put them together. First, what is your favorite color? If you have one child it's easier, of course if you have more then one, things get a little more interesting. Let's stick with John and Mike for our examples and say that John likes blue and Mike likes green. Great now you have the colors for the room. Two colors can be fun. You can go one of two ways. Number one would be stripes, paint the whole room blue and then, when dry, tape off sections for stripes and paint just those green. My suggestion would be that if you have a small bath area, then go with light colors. You can get some paint chips of different colors you like from the blue and green paint family and ask Mike to pick the green he likes and John to pick the blue.
The second way to go is to find a border you like and paint the top half of your wall green and the bottom half blue and when the paint is dry use the border like a chair rail to cover where the two colors meet. What borders do I pick? Well that goes along with the theme and we will address that shortly.
Question number two was, what are your favorite TV shows or movies? Okay here, depending on how old you kids are, may have to help a little. If they give you seven different shows and movies well you may have to narrow it down a little. Say the boys like the movie cars, well that's easy. You can get borders for the movie cars at most home improvement centers, or if you like you can order them on line. Shower curtains are fun and there are also many themed that you can choose from or if one does not fit what you want then pick one with fun colors that fit the colors you already chose.
The final question, what kind of things do you like to do? …
Remodeling a bathroom can be one of the best investments you can make in your home. The return on the money that you put into redoing a bathroom shows some of the greatest rate of increase to the value of the home. Great bathrooms also make a home more appealing to buyers – if you are in the market to sale some time in the near future.
Because the bathroom is typically one of the smaller rooms in the house, it can be a good beginner’s challenge for a DIYer who wants to try a hand at tile. By choosing to do the work yourself, you will dramatically decrease the cost of the renovations. The key to doing the tile work is to plan, take your time, and follow the instructions. Laying tile in the bathroom is hard work, but it is also very fulfilling.
There aren’t many accessories in a bathroom, but the few that are in there can run the costs of the project way up. Specialty showers or tubs may seem like the best choice, but unless you are the one that will be using the bathroom (if you aren’t planning to sale any time soon or at all) then it is best to stick to the basics. If you want to dress the room up, spend a little extra on the faucets. These may seem like a small statement, but in the big scheme of things they can make the most impact.
Another thing that you need to think long and hard about is the color of the bathroom. Dark colors generally make a room feel smaller, but might work well as accent colors. A small room could be opened up with a uniform color on all the walls and the ceiling. The tile work can serve as a place to put the splashes of color – or you can stay neutral all around and use color in the curtains, floor mats, and other accessories.
Making a bathroom one that you want to spend time in doesn’t have to cost a fortune. With some time, elbow grease, and lots of imagination, the renovation project can give you the greatest increase in the value of your home.…
Have you ever walked into a house that somehow just felt more like a home? Perhaps you've looked back fondly on a year where everything just seemed to come together for you. You may have often wondered what it was about that time or that place that made you feel like everything just clicked. Probably you passed it off as coincidence; being in the right place at the right time. What you might not have considered is that it may be have Feng Shui at work for you.
Feng Shui (pronounced fung schway) is, in simple terms, the ancient Chinese Art and Science of placing things in our immediate environment in such a way as to improve our health, balance, security, and prosperity. It has been a carefully guarded secret for most of the last 3000 years. Now, anyone can enjoy the benefits of Feng Shui in their own home or workplace. Many businesses, home owners, decorators, and architects, make Feng Shui a part of their everyday lives.
How you use Feng Shui can go from the complicated to the very simple. It is best to start with what you are comfortable with and go from there. If all you feel up to is decorating one room with good Feng Shui, then that is fine. Some people even buy their home keeping many Feng Shui ideas in mind.
The key to good Feng Shui is in the movement and flow of energy, or Qi (pronounced chee.) Here are ten quick tips you can use to improve the flow and use of Qi in your life:
1) Remove your shoes before you enter a home. This leaves your problems outside the home.
2) Make sure to prepare and enjoy one meal per day at the table as a family.
3) Keep knives put away in a drawer or cupboard. Do not display them, even in a block.
4) When sitting or standing in a home or office, always face the door or its reflection.
5) Keep your bathroom and laundry room doors closed. Also keep the toilet seat down.
6) Never sleep under white blankets.
7) Arrange your bedroom such that you do not sleep with your feet pointing towards the door.
8) Arrange your bed so that you are not sleeping next to a wall with a meter box in it.
9) If you front door is directly in line with the front door of the house opposite you, place a Ba Gua mirror above the front door to reflect the image.
10) It is never acceptable to have a Ba Gua mirror in the house, they are much too powerful.
Many of these tips are considered common sense, which should make them that much simpler to integrate into your daily life. Which of these Feng Shui Tips will mean the most to you in terms of your sense of balance and harmony within your home will depend on you as an individual. Some tips will make a lot of …