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5 Hot New Bathroom Accessories For Eco Friendly Bathroom Decor

89Eco friendly bathrooms or the green bathrooms are hot and happening bathroom trends for the summer 2010. A variety of bathroom interior designs along with eco friendly and low water consumption fittings and equipments are used to make the it as environment friendly as possible. Organic bathroom accessories go a long way in controlling water wastage and electricity bills. A few changes, executed during remodeling or the renovation process can make a great change. Check out the 5 hot bathroom accessories that are a rage among the lovers of organic bathroom decor.

Trendy Eco-friendly Bathroom Accessories

Organic linens: Organic linens are basic organic bathroom accessories. Use organic linens, wherever required. Be it the cotton towels, knit rugs or the shower curtains. Make the dull and boring linens even more interesting by lending a personal touch to them. Hand paint your shower curtains, hand knit your mats; spill a touch of your creativity wherever possible.

Bamboo bathroom accessory sets: Bamboo bathroom accessory sets make for not just green bathroom accessory holders, but also look beautiful. With a calm and peaceful look to their color, they make for the typical eco friendly bathroom accessories.

Organic soaps & shampoos: While everything else goes organic in an eco friendly bathroom, the soaps, shampoos, conditions and lotions are best kept herbal. Turn to organic and herbal cosmetics for better health and a better environment. Soaps with mineral salts and organic beauty ingredients like milk, saffron, cucumber, butter, variety of fruits etc are manufactured to cater a variety to the prospective users.

Toilet flush lid sinks: Among the eco friendly accessories is a new kind of toilet basin. This basin is a low water consumption mechanism that uses the flush tank water, thus saving water in huge quantities. Toilet flush lid basin is a small basin atop the flush lid which saves space and water both, The water is then used for flushing purpose only, thus saving the water which was to be used for washing hands in a separate basin.

Use solar lights: The more natural light in a bathroom, the better it is. But if you are not planning a remodeling in near future go for solar lights instead of the regular ones.

Lighthouse Bathroom Decor Can Make Your Bathroom Look Like the Beach

88Lighthouse bathroom décor would make your bathroom look like you are bathing or swimming in a nearby sea or lake. If you have no pool but you have always wanted to feel like you have one, you can always do that in the premises of your bathroom. You can make your bathroom look like you are at the beach with a few simple decorations.

One of the most obvious ways to be able to do this is by simply looking for lighthouse bathroom décor. Lighthouse collectibles definitely screams of the nautical or the coastal feel. If you have a big bathroom space, you can definitely post some of your lighthouse collectibles in one table. Always keep in mind that the way you should put your lighthouse decorations would be in an orderly but fun manner. You wouldn’t want it to look like clutter. You should also make sure that it is away from the reach of children, if you have any. If some of your lighthouse bathroom décor are made out of paper, make sure that it won’t get wet or soggy to ruin it. Another tip would be to make sure that it is in proper position especially if it is made out of glass or anything that can be broken. Keep it up and out of the way.

Surely, you would want to keep the whole theme throughout your bathroom, right? If you want to do something like that, choose nautical things to put in your bathroom. You can start out with the tiles. If your bathroom tiles are the color white, that would be a good canvas. You can insert some tiles that have nautical decorations like boats, anchors or even lighthouses. If your tiles are the color blue, that would also be good, so keep it that way.

When it comes to your cabinets, choose the same color palettes. If you have shower curtains, you can also incorporate the lighthouse bathroom décor or you can also buy shower curtains with dolphin prints on them.

Do not forget the other accessories in your bathroom as well. For instance, your soap dishes, toothbrush holder, shampoo holder etc.,for your lighthouse bathroom decor. Keep it in the same color palette and keep following the theme that you have chosen.

Another great way to make your bathroom look nautical and feel like you are in the beach would be by creating a shell basket. If your bathroom is big, choose a bigger basket and fill it with sand and some shells. You can have your kids play and even make sand castles in your bathroom while you take a bath. A sand box would be a perfect bonding for you and your kid. At least you can watch your kid play as you take a rest or a long dip in the bath tub.

You can also choose lighthouse mirrors, lamps and lanterns to make the whole feel of your bathroom beach-like. Play a CD that is full of sea breeze sounds and sip mojitos while in your bath tub for the total ambiance and effect of lighthouse bathroom decor.

Bathroom Decor Featuring Horseshoes

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Bathroom decor can fit any theme and any personality. It can also fit any lifestyle.

If you want a bathroom theme that is western, cowboy, or riding, you might enjoy bathroom decor that features horseshoes.

Horseshoe bathroom decor can be rustic, with emphasis on wrought iron fixtures and accessories. It can just as easily be upscale, the horseshoes a part of an English equestrian theme.

Horseshoe Bathroom Decor with Wrought Iron

Wrought iron products are easily found for horseshoe bathroom decor. Sometimes wrought iron horseshoes stand alone. Other times, they come with a strand or two of barbed wire. Look for toilet tissue holders, facial tissue box holders, towel rings, and towel bars, all supported by horseshoes. Wrought iron mirror frames often feature horseshoes also.

Horseshoe shelf brackets can hold a shelf or two in your bathroom. A horseshoe wine rack makes a wonderful towel holder and no one will guess that you are mixing kitchen and bathroom decor. Simply roll bath towels and insert them into individual holes in the rack.

Horseshoe Bathroom Decor in Other Metals

The horseshoe design appears in many metal products. Don’t limit your search to typically bathroom decor. Horseshoe-shaped hardware can replace the standard hardware on cabinets and drawers. For a cowboy/western look, towel rings and racks often feature a horseshoe with a mounted cowboy in the middle. Cherish’s Country Store has an array of clever horseshoe bathroom decor items. Their toilet tissue holder is a horseshoe with a hook. You simply slip the roll over the hook. Matching horseshoe hooks hold clothing or a robe. Their horseshoe napkin holder, meant for the kitchen, would be perfect for fingertip towels. From another source, a triple horseshoe, double candleholder provides soft candlelight for your bathroom decor.

Horseshoe Bathroom Decor in Softer Materials

Horseshoes need not be hard metal to complement your bathroom decor. Shower and window curtains can carry a horseshoe motif – or horseshoe and horse pattern. Horseshoe shower hooks work well with such a curtain. You might find just the shower curtains you need at Kickin’ Horse Shoe Creations.

Bath towels and hand towels can carry a monogram inside a horseshoe. A pair of linked horseshoes is also beautiful on towel sets.

Miscellaneous Horseshoe Items

Add tumblers with a picture of a horse’s head surrounded by a horseshoe. At Hoofprints, we found a very unique horseshoe pottery vase that would be great as a toothbrush holder. A matching soap dish is also available there.

Your horseshoe bathroom decor will look good with a horseshoe switch plate, too. For amusement, add a horseshoe doorknocker on the outside of the bathroom door.

As a finishing touch, hang a real horseshoe on the bathroom wall. Superstition says you should hang it with the ends pointed upward so your luck will not run out.

Transform Your Bathroom Decor With These Ideas

86If you want ideas to update your bathroom décor then you only need to look to magazines, books and the internet to be bombarded with inspiration. Your bathroom is a private area where many of us retreat to in order to enjoy some much needed me-time and generally chill out. Bathrooms are often calm and serene places and it is important that the décor reflects this.

The first thing you need to do when changing your bathroom décor is to come up with a theme or an overall decorating scheme that creates the sort of style you are looking for. You need to come up with a plan of how to revamp your bathroom décor that includes three main areas: decoration, color and style. If you are just looking to freshen up your bathroom décor then this is probably the easiest and cheapest room to tackle in the house, however when it comes to a full overhaul you may end up spending quite a lot more.

Lighting is an essential part of any bathroom décor. You want to let as much natural light in as possible as this will create a fresh, airy and relaxed atmosphere. Don’t worry if your bathroom doesn’t have that much natural light, you can always rely on lights. Make sure the lighting isn’t too harsh though as this could ruin the calm ambience of your bathroom. Spotlights are a good idea and some people like to install a dimmer switch so that the lights can be softened when taking a relaxing bath for example. As a general rule of thumb, if your room is dark in color you should choose bright lights and if your room is light and airy, go for dimmer lights.

Flooring is an essential part of any bathroom. Nowadays, most people are choosing to install laminate flooring in their bathrooms as it is functional and looks sleek and modern. It is also great if you are on a budget and want to create professional finish.

The sink in your bathroom is often a focal point of the entire décor. The most popular type of sink is white ceramic but there are a wealth of other styles and colors to choose from nowadays. If you want to create a modern look then a good tip is to choose a copper sink. You can paint this or just leave it as it is, both ways will look beautiful. Another idea to create a sleek, modern look is to purchase a marble sink. These come in a range of different colors so you are sure to find something that will fit in with the overall décor of your bathroom. You could even go for a glass sink but you need to get the rest of the décor right to get the best effect.

There are so many different bathroom designs around these days that it can be hard to know where to start. There are three main, well known styles that most people choose between: traditional, contemporary and country. The country style usually features classic touches within the bathroom décor and typically features a lot of handmade items and natural materials. Warm colors are popular with this theme or you can go for more pastel shades.

A contemporary theme is characterized by straight, clean lines and often revolves around a modern theme. This is a great style for a bathroom as it is calming and quiet and works well with the relaxing nature of the room. If you go for a contemporary style then you need to make sure that all the surfaces are uncluttered and clean and stick to wood furniture and simple countertops. For a nice finish, try using plenty of metal fixtures and accessories to enhance the theme.

For a traditional theme you want to create a luxurious space that has timelessness and elegance. The key to this bathroom décor is rich drapery and beautiful pieces. When creating your theme, keep in mind a European influence with plenty of floral fabric, gilded finished and use material such as silver, gold and porcelain to evoke luxury.

It is quite simple to make a dramatic change to your bathroom décor, all you need is a good eye for detail and a vision. Once you have decided on your theme, all you need to do is look out for accessories that fit with your theme and get creative!

Chemical Glassware and Our Bathroom Decor

85Stored within several boxes safely in my garage is a complete chemistry lab. This lab includes Bunsen burners; test tube and racks along with a large assortment of glassware, after all one can not have a professional chemistry set without the benefit of the associated glassware.

Included in the lab glassware would be various beakers of different sizes, an assortment of flasks, both large and small pipettes and the ever popular test tubes. Although I have stored many of these items away for safe keeping my wife has decided to made good use of my “chemical toys.”

My wife in her decorating theme has taken my chemical supplies of glassware and included it in our bathroom décor. Upon entering the bathroom one would think they had slipped into a laboratory environment by error. On her bathroom cabinets can be seen an assortment of small vials and bottles complimented with various sizes of beakers, flasks and even several Erlenmeyer flasks out in the open for public view.

Before going to far into my wife’s decorative adventure let’s talk for a bit on beakers. Anyone familiar with chemistry knows that the lab is not complete unless there is an assortment of different beakers scattered around the lab bench. They come in various sizes and are frequently used to measure volumes of liquid. Although they may not be especially precise in their calibration scale you will find them with markings which indicate volume measurements. Beakers are generally accurate to a mere 10 percent so therefore, a 250-ml beaker will contain 250-ml with an error of plus or minus 25 ml. With larger beakers the error of measurement will greatly increase. Since these items of glassware are flat on the bottom they are easily placed upon flat surfaces such as the lab bench or perhaps a hot plate. They generally have a spout which makes it very easy when pouring liquids. In the case of my wife’s decorations these items are shown in plentiful supply in our bathroom.

Although this may be an entertaining article, I still try to bring some chemical education to the reader and with that in mind I will briefly describe the benefits of using beakers. Its wide mouth makes it easy to add various materials to the glassware. As mentioned above they consist of a flat bottom and contain a pour sprout for transferring liquids.

Various flasks are frequently employed in a laboratory and come in not just a variety of names but shapes and purposes as well. Popular among the flasks are the Florence flask which is a thick-walled flask intended for withstand direct flames while used for heating products within. The neck of the flask allows a clamp to be installed securely making it able to be easily moved. There are also the volumetric flasks which accurately permit the measurements of any solution. This is the generally accepted flask for preparing chemical solutions while in the lab. This glassware is also not intended to be heated but merely used to mix the various chemicals. Thanks to my wife we readily find all these types of flasks sitting appropriately within the confines of our bathroom.

Another popular piece of my lab glassware which my wife has freely incorporated into her bathroom decor is the Erlenmeyer Flasks. Flasks in general cover a vast array of glassware but in this case we are speaking of one special type of flask. The most common of flasks found in the modern laboratory is the Erlenmeyer flask. This flask has a narrow neck and of course a flat bottom to allow it to sit on the lab bench. These flasks are excellent for swirling liquids around and for heating liquids inside of them. As can be seen there are several similar uses for both the beaker and the flask however, in the event that you need to seal the contents or to save them for a period of time then the logical choice would be the Erlenmeyer flask. It is usually much easier to place a stopper in the Erlenmeyer flask than it would be with a common beaker.

Of course the flasks come in an assortment of sizes similar to the beakers and once again they too have volume marked off and with a similar accuracy of only ten percents as well. If one goes into our homes bathroom you will see an assortment of various size Erlenmeyer flasks sitting neatly on the countertops and on various shelves.

Lastly, we will talk briefly about test tubes. Their usual use in the lab is to hold small samples. You would not use a test tube for measurements involving precise volumes. Of all lab equipment the test tube is generally the least expensive and in the case of my wife’s decorating ideas it has a prominent place in her scheme of lab related bathroom design. Although some types of test tubes are intended to be heated with a Bunsen burner of a flame fortunately my wife does not include this characteristic in her decorating plans. In keeping with the educational philosophy of this article we can state that test tubes are nothing more than thin glass cylinders with rounded rather than flat bottoms. As stated above they’re purpose is primarily for collecting and storing specimens or samples and rarely have any sort of measurement scales on them.

As a last minute note, it is possible to see a few small pipettes in the bathroom from my lab supplies. Pipettes are used when measuring and transferring small volumes of liquid. Like most lab equipment there are different types of pipettes for different purposes. Generally a lab will use the plastic, disposable types of Pipette. A word of advice is in order here since pipettes are not intended to be exposed to flames even if using the glass versions. It is highly possible that they will become deformed by the heat which would make their measurement ability greatly inaccurate. In concluding this article, I would suggest that all bubbling chemists should accurately know their lab glassware after all – my wife does! The proof is a walk into our bathroom.