The journey into the bathroom revamping continues!
Many of us find ourselves needing more space than exist in our dwelling environments. Luckily, the bathroom is usually an ideal location to find the needed verticality to create more storage space in the perhaps empty or inefficient wall space.
By now you have gotten the gist of the bathroom layout currently being used as an example in this article series and therefore under reconditioning. This bathroom is beyond typical in construction past the Bay Area in the 1990’s, and many of you have been in this layout, even if you haven’t recognized it thus far. However, older constructions typically have tighter wash closet spaces, and many times split the functions of the bathroom into separate rooms. Don’t lose faith! There is a space saving solution for you that a designer and manufacturer have undoubtedly thought-up and made available to you.
As for the bathroom we are transforming at the moment, this space-adding solution was as simple as purchasing a towel rack unit and replacing an existing, and very generic towel bar. The storage space and display space added by this unit are nearly immeasurable.
The color scheme chosen for this make-over were Chocolate and White with Chrome details and trim. In order to soften the sharp contrast of the Chocolate and White, a Medium Slate Blue was incorporated as an accent. With this in mind, bath towels were purchased through an online retailer at a steep bargain. Buying “color” online is definitely an act of faith. But there is a main trick I have learned which I am more than willing to share here:
Given an online photo of various color selections of one product, evaluate the names of each color with scrutiny. This is to say, compare the “color” tagged “light blue” with what you “think” light blue should look in the picture. Do this for every color noted in the description. When you do, a certain discrepancy or lack-there-of will form for the hue, saturation, tint and tone of the image. When you find yourself consistently questioning the names of each of the color representations, without a pattern to “color-correct” in your head, you are indeed playing a significant guessing game. The question you need to ask yourself is then, “Will I be happy with this product if I am completely misguided as to the actual color when it arrives?” Some things you will be more willing to take chance on and others, you simply will not. It is no one’s fault when this goes wrong as technology has yet to develop to “scratch ‘n’ sniff” standards.
Hopefully that slight paragraph will improve your luck with online shopping. Now, back to the bath!
With the new and improved towel “display” in place, the storage space is not only plentifully increased, but the towels serve as a composition much like a painting would. Also, because the newly installed towel unit is chrome coated, one will find chrome and other metals to last significantly longer when not in contact with other metal objects. In other words, by using the shelving for a towel storage and display instead of bottles which quickly collect dust, get sticky, and are all around unsightly, one is also avoiding rust! Rust is the number one killer of metal objects in the bathroom: four out of five Interior Designers would agree. Having metal touch metal is a quick lead to corrosion. Likewise, if metal becomes marred it will sacrifice the integrity of the coating and usually lead to a path of self-destruction. Further, helping keep bathrooms as steam free as possible is going to increase the longevity of the metal objects inside.
In brief conclusion, the “towel bar” turned “towel rack and shelving”, not only added “storage” space, but the needed personality this bathroom was truly lacking.
Coming up next: Cabinet refinishing and renewal in a few simple steps!