Stainless steel bathroom fixtures sometimes get a bad rap. They may seem cold, hard, and uninviting. But if placed next to traditional decor, these simple installations can lend a modern look to the room. They can act as small, subtle accents to a space in need of panache. And not only are they stylish, they have many functional qualities as well. Strong: With seamless welding, one-piece construction, and heavy gauge metal, they’re tough, sturdy, and durable (and look it, too). Plus, they don’t chip and are heat resistant. Simple: They’re easy to wash, don’t tarnish or spot, and they require no special cleaners. Stylish: For many people, brass items have become dated and they quickly tarnish. Metal plated surfaces simply don’t retain the same elegance and spot easily. But the industrial look, contemporary style, and sleek lines of these fixtures add instant value to a home.
Plumbing and Electrical Considerations. Check with your local building authority for zoning ordinances and deed restrictions. The last thing you want is to have your bathroom project halted due to zoning laws. Place your bathroom as close to existing plumbing and electrical as possible. Ideally, you should place your bathroom directly below an existing bathroom. The close proximity will make hooking up utilities easier and much less expensive.Tapping into existing electrical lines is easy enough for a professional. Attach lighting and fan hook-ups to lines already present. But, remember that a ventilation fan has to vent somewhere, so ideally your bathroom should be located near an exterior wall.
Try to avoid placing windows where direct sunlight will strike your favorite grooming mirror, however. Southern and western light tend to be more direct and may cause bright interior colors to appear too intense, whereas eastern and northern sunlight may make cooler colors appear dull.
Wall mounted: Wall mounted options are easier to clean than the other designs, especially for those with mobility concerns. Like tankless toilets, the complex plumbing associated with wall mounted options almost always requires a professional for installation and repair.
Bathroom lighting is not only task-oriented. Recessed lighting can easily be angled to highlight works of art, and rope lighting installed on the topside of a molding near the ceiling can create a warm, cozy feeling throughout. If you’re interested in redoing your bathroom lighting, talk to an electrician or interior designer about what it will take to make your new bathroom lighting ideas a reality.
Once your vanity has been addressed, move to the other high use areas. Recessed lighting is an excellent choice for lighting up showers, tubs and toilet areas. In the shower and tub, recessed lighting can be angled to bring out tile design, stone inlays and other decorative design features in those areas. And anyone with a full magazine rack next to the stool can imagine what a recessed light overhead can do for that space as well.