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  • May 21 / 2013
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Home Improvement, Smith Home Security Blog

How To Get More From A Small Bathroom

A small bathroom can still be a real asset in the home as long as it’s designed as intelligently as possible. Few things make a house more attractive to buyers than beautifully designed practical spaces like the kitchen and the bathroom, but even when you aren’t thinking of selling, it’s important to have a lovely space where you can go through your daily routines.
The trouble is obviously that smaller bathrooms struggle for space. Still, it is absolutely possible to make even the tiniest bathroom practical and comfortable to spend time in. Here’s how:

Create the illusion of space

For starters, you need to make the room seem bigger than it actually is. This is something you can do by manipulating light. The bigger the window the better. When you have lots of naturally light pouring into the room and less wall space to create shadow the room seems loads bigger.
Plenty of bright, practical spotlights are a good idea and it’s best to go for white tiles and white bathroom suites because they are reflective brighten up the whole space. Naturally you’ll have a bathroom mirror over your sink, but it might be worth getting more mirrors to reflect more open space if white tiles aren’t performing the reflective task well enough on their own.

Limit your storage

You’ll inevitably have to store a number of items in the bathroom, but you need to actually limit the number of items of furniture you employ to do the job. Be intelligent with your storage. You need a bathroom mirror and a bathroom cabinet, but you can conflate the two by having a cabinet with mirrored doors over the sink. The sink unit itself can provide vital extra storage underneath it too. In the shower, make use of the wall space so that you can keep everyday items in there. As for towels, a simple stand will do so that you can roll them up when they’re not in use. Towels that are in use can be hung on free walls and on the back of the door.

Design within your means regarding space

Don’t plump for a shower unit and a bathtub if it’ll put too much pressure on the space in your bathroom. Simply install a shower unit over the bath and invest in a nice screen. Completely transparent glass screens are best here because don’t intrude on the room – the don’t create an opaque division that makes the place feel cramped, but encourage the flow of lighting around the room.

Cut down on clutter

The more ornamental features you have in your bathroom, the more likely you are to suffer space issues. Keep things simple. If you have a corner unoccupied by other furniture – perhaps the corner over the bathtub on the opposite side to the shower head – put some neat little corner shelves, preferably glass ones, so you can put a couple of candles up for atmosphere. If you’re worried about colour, a couple of accent tiles to break up the white here and there will do the trick and you can bring more with your choice of bathroom linen.

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  • Apr 12 / 2013
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Smith Home Security Blog

Bathroom Wars: Banish The Budgeting Blues

The bathroom is arguably the most important room of any house, providing a haven away from the stresses of modern life.  From finding the ideal bathroom suitesand tiles, to sourcing rugs and mirrors, shopping for bathroom fixtures can actually be a little bit fun.

Call Churchill? Oh Yes!
Before you get going on any renovation plans, it is important to remember the age old saying ‘he who fails to plan is planning to fail.’  Whilst unlike Winston Churchill you are not guiding a country through World War II, renovating any room sometimes feels like a bit of a battle.  Choose your fights carefully and fix any existing problems before you get going, this will save you a lot of time and even more stress as work gets underway.  One way in which to ensure the space available within a bathroom is maximised is to have a spring clean no matter what time of year it is and complete a detailed floor plan of the area.  This way, you can plan where bathroom suites,cabinets and towel rails will fit best.  You do not want to have everything installed only to discover that the space does not fit in with your lifestyle and needs.

Like any good leader, before you commence proceedings it is advisable to be honest with yourself.  If you would like solid gold taps but know your budget will not stretch to such luxuries, it is best to make sure your budget and shopping list correlate from the get-go.  However, there is no reason why a smaller budget cannot produce equally impressive results.  Compare prices for items both online and in shops, taking your time to find the best deal and ensuring you are spending your hard earned cash wisely.

Cheap and Cheerful
There are a variety of ways to bring your bathroom bang up to date without spending a lot of money.  Old furniture, such as storage cabinets, can be up-cycled with a fresh lick of paint and new handles.  This is one way to bring your personality into the space.  Another is to add rugs or pieces of art to the room.  These personal pieces will not only add a style injection but instantly catch the eye of any visitors and become a talking point.  Additionally, a splash of colour can be achieved through employing tile paints and stickers.  This cheap and easy alternative to re-tiling creates an imaginative look and there is no reason why you cannot mix and match colours and prints to produce a truly innovative design.  Lighting is another cheap way in which to add some glamour.  There is a huge array of products on the market, from spotlights to chandeliers, so spend some time searching for the perfect one for you.  A final cheeky tip to banish the spending blues is to focus on accessories.  Purchasing fresh towels and decanting shampoos and conditioners into vivid containers will make every product look gorgeously glam.  Containers can be used to reflect the season, with bright colours reflecting the spring mood.

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
There are some instances where you may need to spend a little more to achieve an amazing result.  Splurging on bathroom suitesis not to be sniffed at; after all, you will be spending the majority of your time in the bath or shower once in the room.  Power showers and state-of-the-art radiators are similarly worth spending some cash on as they will add to the overall appearance of the room and make a real design statement.  Whichever style you go for, once the renovation is complete ensure you treat yourself to a long, relaxing bath.  Chances are you deserve it.

Aimee Coppock is a freelance writer who specialises in renovating bathrooms and sourcing bathroom suites.

  • Mar 26 / 2013
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Smith Home Security Blog

Spring Cleaning 101: Top 5 Place You Don’t Want to Miss


It’s that time of year! Get ready to pull out the rubber gloves, trash bags, and open up the windows for a good spring-cleaning. This is the perfect way to push the restart button on your home. Here are our top five things to put the clean on this spring.

Closets and Dressers

Yours, the kids, and the coat closet. It’s time to hit the clothing caves to declutter and pass on all those “too small” and unused clothes. Consider giving jackets, clothing, and gently used shoes to a local donation centers or the Salvation Army. Doing this will help you to know what your kids have grown out of, identify what’s been hanging in back of your closet for three years, and find that coat a mystery party guest left at your home six months ago.

Pantry and Fridge

It’s time to dig around in the pantry, fridge, and freezer to throw out all of those expired items. Remember salad dressing that you bought and never opened? The chip dip left over from your super bowl party? What about the leftovers from last week? Get rid of them all. This would also be the perfect opportunity to give the fridge and freezer a refreshing scrub down. Take the time, when you’ve decided what food you’re going to keep, to organize and store all your food in sealed containers. This will help keep bugs out, and your food lasting longer and staying fresher.

Underneath the Bed

This is a popular place for kids to stash away clothes, toys, and homework they would rather avoid than take put away properly. Keep in mind that this spot is great potential real estate for organized storage of unused winter clothes. You can find tons of “under the bed” storage containers at local home and super stores, especially around Back to School time.


With the exception of the floors, these can end up being one of the dirtiest places in your home. They also go overlooked most of the year. Grab a bucket of water, an old rag or sponge, and get on your hands and knees! This is a laborious project, but when you realize how much dirt and grime is hanging out down there you’ll be happy to get it done. You also might find parts that have been broken or chipped away and can take the appropriate measure to fix or repaint them.

Bathroom Cabinets

If you have girls in your home, it’s likely you have cabinets full of fruity body wash, hair ties, and make up. This can be an easy clean up project without having to throw anything away. Use recycled containers and jars to sort out make up brushes, ponytail holders, and hairpins. Cheap baskets or decorative boxes can be placed under the cabinet to organize body wash, hair care products, and styling tools.

What are your spring cleaning tips and tricks?

About the Author: Michelle is a blogger for Forward Home Security. She loves social media, spending hours on Pinterest, and hanging out with her cat, Zoie.

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