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Accessories for the Bathroom

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Mirrors come in all shapes and sizes: full-wall, floor-length for dressing areas, oval-shaped vanity mirrors that tilt up and down, or free-standing magnifying mirrors. Mirrors placed around large tubs will seemingly increase the size of the room and add ambiance at the same time. Decorative mirror framing is a great way to add to the charm of the bathroom and is one moie way to pull a room's theme together.

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                                                                                     Accessories for
     Lighting is another critical component
     of good bathroom design, and must be
     coordinated with the room’s style.
                                                                                      the Bathroom
                                                                                       Careful planning early in design can result in a coordinated,
                                                                                                                 functional and beautiful bathroom
                                                                                                                      By Susan Jacobs, CKD, CBD, CAPS


                                                                               hen designing a bathroom,             Designer hand grips that affix to     appear cluttered. Begin by asking

                                                                    W          always consider client life-
                                                                               style. Think about grooming
                                                                                                                the side of the tub by a strong suction
                                                                                                                system are ideal for assistance getting
                                                                                                                                                           clients to select their favorite products
                                                                                                                                                           to understand their tastes, wants and
                                                                    habits, bathroom size, room style, i.e.,    in and out of the tub/shower. Some         needs. As the design progresses, a com-
                                                                    traditional, contemporary, rustic or        hand-held showerheads by Alsons are        plete package of products, placement,
     Including a client’s personal tastes, and                      cottage style. Will the bathroom be for     designed to be used as safety grab bars    functionality and aesthetics develops
     sometimes personal items, is necessary
     to ensure the bathroom reflects their                          daily maintenance or used as a place        as well. Moen’s Securemount grab bar       into a vision from which the bath-
     tastes and lifestyle.                                          of retreat? And what about accessories      systems allow for easy grab bar instal-    room, with all its amenities, becomes
                                                                    that make it personal? Those are the        lation not involving studs. Utilizing      a reality.
                                                                    icing on the cake.                          the principles of physics, its D-shape          The most popular and common
                                                                         Bathroom accessories are available     anchor is precision engineered for         practice used in the bath is matching
                                                                    in a myriad of options, from specialty      optimal bracing behind the wall. This      hardware to the fixtures such as toilets,
                                                                    hand showers to matching compo-             design offers flexibility so the decora-   tubs and faucets. Accessories range
                                                                    nents to fixtures and faucets, towel        tive bar may be placed to meet an          from single, double and triple towel
                                                                    warmers, specialty mirror frames,           individual’s need.                         bars, robe hooks, valet hangers, tooth
                                                                    mirrored medicine cabinets, matching             Whatever type of grab bar is used,    brush holders and soap dishes. Toilet
                                                                    lighting fixtures and specialty shelving.   follow National Kitchen and Bath           tissue holders are available to match
                                                                                                                Association planning guidelines to         by using the standard spring form,
                                                                    Bathroom safety                             ensure proper placement. Grab bars in      pivot style or open-ended, vertical or
                                                                         Another consideration when plan-       the tub/shower area should be placed       floor-stand options. Pivoting mirrors,
                                                                    ning the bathroom is safety. Many           at least 33 to 36 in. above the floor      cabinet hardware, lighting sconces and
                                                                    products designed to meet ADA speci-        and must be 1 1/4 to 2 in. in diameter     shelving have also been added to the
                                                                    fications have also been styled with        and extend 1 1/2 in. fr
								
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