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Spruce up the Bathroom for the Holidays

By Jill Black

 Bathroom looking a little tired? As you think about getting your home- ready for holiday entertaining, don't forget the bathroom. After- all, it is bound to be the one place just about all your guests will- visit. If your bathroom is in reasonable condition, a quick freshen up- will make your bathroom the most popular room in the house this holiday- season...

- - 1. Change the personality of your bathroom with new accessories. New- towel bars and toilet paper holders are easy to install and soap dishes,- toothbrush holders, cups, and liquid soap dispensers are readily- available in coordinating finishes to match your faucets for extra- style.

- - 2. Invest in plush guest towels in your favorite color or use- complementary or contrasting towels with a holiday theme or colors.

- - 3. A new rug helps add warmth to the bathroom, and camouflage worn- floors. For a tropical themed bathroom try a bamboo floor mat matched- with other warm, textured accessories like rattan chairs and baskets for- towels and bath items.

- - 4. Add some style and increase shelf space at the same time by using- multi-tiered glass shelves or double towel racks. Wall mounts, which can- include vases, candleholders and mirrors, are a multi-functional option.- Canister sets are at home in many settings. Lidded canisters are ideal- for holding bath salts, beads, sponges and soaps.

- - 6. Glass and metal decorating accessories are as useful as they are- beautiful. Clear glass containers allow the beauty and color of soaps- and bath oils to compliment your color scheme. Glass cruets and- apothecary jars are perfect for displaying bath salts, beads, oils and- soaps.

- - 7. Add a scented candle, both for beauty and as a gentle way to freshens- the air. Scented candles, soaps and other accessories can be used to- accent and tie together a decorating theme e.g. a nautical or Asian- themed bathroom. Adding a ledge of candles or a romantic French style- table lamp provides extra ambience and style to a bathroom

- - 8. Turn a boring, plain bathroom mirror into a work of art by adding- picture-frame molding to the mirror's edges. Or for an even more- affordable variation, use moldings from the craft store and paint,- stain or decorate it with anything you like.

- - 9. Monograms are not just for tablecloths and napkins or expensive- towels and robes found in hotels. They are showing up on soap,- bathrobes, vanity accessories and lampshades as well. Start a tradition- and embroider your own family initials onto towels and wash cloths or- appliqué initials using scraps of satin, linen or ribbon. Try sewing- a contrasting band of color onto the edges of towels to match the- color of the bathroom décor.

- - 10. Add some greenery. An Aloe Vera plant works well in a modern setting- and has the advantage of acting as an emergency first aid measure for- cuts. In a villa or traditional setting try a member of the fern family.- Do not use plants with soft or velvety leaves as the steam and moisture- will cause the plant to die.

- - 11. Make you walls interesting with Art. Decorate the walls with framed- memorable items collected through the years like Christmas carol sheet- music, children's art, or menus from restaurants visited on- vacations. Valuable or heirloom pieces however, are best not displayed- in the bathroom where temperature and humidity varies. When hanging art- in the bathroom, seal pictures behind glass for protection. Clean frames- and glass regularly.

- - Make use of narrow wall spaces. Accentuate the narrow space between e.g.- windows or door frames by displaying two or more matching prints in- identical frames. Tightly grouping an even number of pictures in a small- space or narrow bathroom gives a window effect. Enhance this effect by- using light colors and slender frames.

Copyright © Jill Black  About the Author: Jill is the owner of Netwrite-Publish. For more ideas- and a selection of art for decorating the home visit   http://www.netwrite-publish.com

 

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