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Bathroom Basics: Placing and Proportion Via a Common Line of Sight

By Kerrie Kelly, ASID

A bathroom renovation is a relatively easy activity to tackle. If the plumbing is already in place and you’re using standard-size pieces, there aren’t a whole lot of options for rearranging that floor plan. However, when bringing your dream design into reality, you should consider the third dimension and figure out what height is right for everything you bring into your room, from window treatments to mirrors.

Consider this your guide to hanging, installing and aligning the many small features of your bathroom.

Standardize the Sight Line

Maintaining a common line of sight creates a sense of calm. A line of sight that extends above eye level makes the room feel more spacious.

Put those two ideas together, and you can see that what you want to do is take the sight line to at least seven feet. Everything that can extend upward should, so take that tile, the mirrors—even the shower curtain—all the way up.

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Tile it High

Finish the shower tile at the top height of your window casing or the top of your window covering. Better yet, run wall and shower tile to the ceiling instead of picking another random sight line. This is the kind of detail that guests may not initially notice, but they would if you didn’t take time for that thoughtful detail. With such horizontal symmetry, eyes won’t bounce all over the room looking for a place to focus and land upon.

When planning the vanity area and wainscoting details, see if you can find common ground at 36-42 inches. A vanity top typically sits at 30-36 inches. Add on a six-inch backsplash and you just may be able to tie the backsplash detail into the same height as any tile or wood wainscoting details you’re planning.

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Window Treatments

In the bathroom, you want to keep window treatments simple—let go of the swoops and swags in this area. Curtains and drapery just gather mold and take up space. Instead, consider inside mounting Roman or roller shades that tuck into an existing window frame. Alternatively, hang Romans and rollers above the window casing over a smaller window to make it appear larger. You can also simply hang a valance a little higher on the wall to match the height of other elements in space while creating visual height. To keep things really sleek and simple, vinyl shutters also provide a great solution for a wet area, with the ability to inside or outside mount to maintain the sight line you’re looking to highlight.

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Mirrors

Go big to reflect light and keep the bathroom bright and airy. We all know that mirrors make a room appear larger, and that’s a great perk in a bathroom. Again, make sure to run the mirror to the same height as cabinets or window casings. You can get there by framing a mirror, if necessary, or simply installing a beveled version that runs from the top of the countertop to the ceiling or crown moulding detail.

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Shower Curtains

Hang the rod high for more visual height—match it to the top of the window casing. Even if it requires a custom curtain or a simple band of fabric added at the top or bottom of a ready-made version, you’ll be rewarded with a more specialized and dramatic look. This works particularly well when using an arched shower curtain rod. Not only do you achieve height requirements, but gain extra wiggle room in the actual shower.

Glass Shower Enclosures

A frameless glass shower enclosure—we recommend ¾ inch— shows off tile designs and gives an open, airy feel with a wide-open sight line. Though you don’t necessarily need to match to window casings or cabinets, since the glass has no frame, you still want to take it as high as possible. And if you do use a framed enclosure, you definitely want to go high because that metal frame at the top of the door will highlight the actual height. With lower ceilings, it will be best to match the sight line at the bottom of the crown moulding or top of the door and window casing.

Have you figured out your sightline details in your bathroom space? What could be improved?

Interior designer Kerrie Kelly is an expert on home renovations who writes about her design ideas for The Home Depot. Kerrie is also the author of the book, Home Decor: A Sunset Design Guide. For a selection of bathroom windows treatments available at Home Depot, including styles mentioned by Kerrie, you can visit homedepot.com.

 

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Decor Layering Tips from Top Designers

by Courtney Soinski

One of the hottest new home design trends among interior designers is layering unique patterns and textures throughout various rooms in your home. This layering technique creates heightened visual interest and will catch the eyes of your guests as well as potential home buyers the moment they step foot through the front door. Get inspired to layer elements in your home with these new and innovative ideas!

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Fancy Frames

An empty wall holds endless potential. If the room is small, expand your space with a mirror collage featuring a variety of shapes and varnishes. Is your heart set on colorful patterned wallpaper? Showcase your favorite print in a large frame for a beautiful living room backdrop to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Art fans should collect a variety of frames in different finishes and styles to create a living room gallery.

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Pillow Patterns

While it’s fun to mix and match pillows, certain textures complement each other better than others. For example, linens and wool tend to look better with woven fabrics, while shiny and matte fabrics are best kept separate. Mixing contrasting textures such as silk and corduroy calls for a strong sense of design confidence, but it can be done.

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Rugs Galore

Start with a flat, neutral rug as your foundation and add a smaller, accent rug on top. Investing in a large rug with a subdued color is wise, but have fun with the accent rug. Whether cowhide or a geometric print, choose a similar color scheme and play with the positioning by placing the top rug at a purposeful angle.

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Drab Turned Fab

When thinking about your space, it’s important to remember that design inspiration can be found anywhere. Look for antique candle holders or paperweights. Check out antique shops or thrift stores for hidden treasures. When traveling, visit flea markets and local art fairs. Transform an old object like a rustic slab of wood into a glossy countertop for your kitchen island. No matter where you travel, keep an eye out for timeworn treasures for your home.

Layering textures and patterns, combining modern with rustic – blending home design can result in a truly transformative space that captures your individual style.

Source: Brizio

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2015. All rights reserved.

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Your Halloween Resource Guide

With Halloween right around the corner, it’s time to get in the spirit! There are many ways you can have a costume, decorations, and even host a Halloween party without spending a ton of money. Here are some helpful DIY ways to have a fun and spooky Halloween!

DIY Halloween Costumes
legoLEGO Construction Worker

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This easy to make “Lego Construction Worker” costume is instantly recognizable and comfortable to wear. The kids will love it!!

 

marypoppinsMary Poppins

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You can be Mary Poppins in the snap of a finger! Well, with the help of some things around the house and your local thrift store. You’ll be “practically perfect in every way!”

 

 

 

mummyMummy

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Want to be a mummy for Halloween this year? Here the good news: you don’t even have to leave your kitchen to make this costume!

 

 

 

DIY Halloween Decorations
Spider Webs made out of trash bags

spiderwebs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wine Bottle Halloween Decor
 wine bottle decor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monster Doors

monster doors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Halloween Treats
Spooky Spaghetti

spaghetti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats
 candycorn

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graveyard Taco Dip

graveyard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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