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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Thinking About Updating Your Bathroom?

The bathroom can be the easiest room in your house to re-decorate. Here are some ideas from ehow.com.

First, choose your shower curtain, since it is the biggest source of color in your bathroom besides the walls. Find one with a nice design, although a solid color also works.
Paint your walls in a color that matches one of the colors in the shower curtain pattern. If you chose a shower curtain with a solid color, pick a complementary color. Remember, light colors make the bathroom appear larger. Take your curtain to the paint store to compare it with color choices.

Add new towel racks. Putting them by the bathtub or over the toilet are good, convenient locations. Also, have some places for your hand towels by the sink. All racks should be the same style.

Hang towels that match the shower curtain. Don't use the same exact color that you painted the walls. Take some extra towels, roll them up, and place in a small basket placed on the floor for a little extra pizzazz.

Purchase rugs for the bathroom floor that match the towel colors. You need at least one rug for in front of the bathtub. Placing rugs by the sink and toilet are optional, depending on the size of the bathroom.

NOTE: If you cannot use a shower curtain in your bathroom, use a patterned rug(s) as the base for your color scheme. You do not have to choose bathroom rugs. I had stair runners made into rugs years ago and use two of them in my master bath. They have held up beautifully.

Add accessories as the final touch. Accessories like toothbrush holders, tissue holders, and a soap dispenser can be the icing on the cake, so don't be too frugal when you select the style. Candles on the vanity, on the bathtub corners, or above the toilet also add a designer touch to the décor.

Find some unique way to personalize the bathroom. Adding a thrift shop dresser as a storage solution or a sink vanity can really look classy. Collections, such as antique bottles or containers, can be artfully arranged on a shelf as a design statement while also serving as holders for lotions and specialty soaps.
Medicine cabinets are in. Medicine cabinets had been swept aside in bathroom remodels over the past several years, replaced by decorative wall mirrors. However, as more homeowners look for more efficient use of space, many designers are turning toward medicine cabinets as an effective way to gain additional storage and to reduce clutter on the vanity.


A recent survey of National Kitchen and Bath Association member designers revealed the most popular finishes, in order:

~~polished chrome

~~satin nickel (halfway between a polished and brushed finish)

~~brushed nickel

~~bronze

~~polished nickel

~~stainless steel

~~brushed chrome

How Much Does It Cost?

These figures are from REMODELING magazine's 2011-12 survey for Atlanta. The average cost of a midrange bathroom remodel was $16,435. This includes new fixtures, a new vanity cabinet, faucets, countertops, tile, and labor (plumbing, electrical, etc.) An "upscale" bathroom remodel was $51,572.

You may be wondering what the difference is between midrange and upscale. The quality and cost of the materials used is the main factor to determine if the redo is considered midrange or upscale.

Did You Know?

The average lifespan of internal toilet parts is about 8-10 years. The early symptoms that your toilet needs an overhaul are dark residue at the bottom of the tank, periodic running of water in the toilet, or leaking of water onto the floor. If your toilet is older than 8-10 years, be aware of these warning signs.

Need Help With Your Bathroom Update?

Enhance Floors & More can assist you with all aspects of your bathroom remodel. Visit our showroom today and meet with a Design Consultant to get started or email us to receive a FREE Bathroom Update Questionnaire to assist you as you plan your remodel.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Enhance Happenings

Thursday, February 16, was a very exciting day at Enhance Floors & More. The CEO and Board of Directors of Mohawk Industries (a five billion dollar Fortune 500 Company) was in session and wanted to visit their retail partners. Out of all the stores in Atlanta, Enhance Floors & More was one of two chosen to visit. Needless to say, we felt very honored to have been selected. Co-owner Elisabeth Stubbs, Design Consultants Wanda Hembree and Robin Vance, and Installation Manager Debra Hall were able to spend about thirty minutes with these esteemed visitors. We discussed Mohawk products and were asked our opinions of the state of the industry.


It was an once-in-a-lifetime experience for us and we were a little in awe that these business and industry experts were interested in our thoughts and ideas. The President of Mohawk Flooring later stated that "our Board of Directors . . . were very impressed with your commitment to customer service and your flooring expertise." Wow! Thank you, Mohawk Executives and Board of Directors, for taking the time to meet us and visit our showroom.

When To Save And When To Splurge

These great tips come from Lauren Flanagan on About.com. Decorating a home can cost a small fortune. While it would be nice to go out and buy top-of-the-line items for every room in the house, for most people that just isn't feasible. What you can do is to mix top-quality items where it really matters with less expansive pieces where it doesn't.

Splurge: Mattress---people spend about a third of their lives in bed so it's worth it to splurge and get the best quality mattress you can afford.

Save On: Sheets---high thread counts are nice but not necessary. When it comes to bed linens you can also save money by mixing and matching sets. For example, purchase a bedspread that you really like but then buy inexpensive plain sheets since they don't get seen.

Splurge: Sofa---the sofa is one of the most important items in a living room. Look for high quality materials and classic styles. A high-quality sofa should last around 25 years while one of average quality should last about 10.

Save On: Side tables---these can be purchased just about anywhere and don't see much wear and tear so the quality isn't all that important. If you find some that suit your décor for a cheap price snatch them up.

Did You Know?

Our popular Design Consultant Wanda has a great Facebook page filled with decorating tips, as well as pictures of her favorite clients during their shopping and installation process. Simply click the link below, and "like" Wanda!