6 ways to make your bathroom look like an interior designer created it

When we think of grand designs within our homes one of the rooms that often seems to sit quite far down the to-do list is the bathroom. They can be tricky rooms to renovate because they often lack personality and are seen as purely functional spaces rather than destination rooms, but this doesn’t have to be the case at all.

It is time to forego the standard, invest a little more effort and get creative with your bathroom. From smart features to bold colour schemes and attention-grabbing feature walls, we’ve whittled down some of the trends that you can incorporate in the bathroom to inspire you to push this right to the top of the list.

We spoke to the experts at, who create luxury, bespoke bathrooms that showcase their designers’ and technicians’ experience in crafting one-of-a-kind rooms to suit your requirements. They gave us six of their inspiring ideas that you can undertake to make your bathroom look like a top interior designer created it.

Go bold with your decor to make an impact

Feature wall

Often reserved for other rooms in the house, a feature wall can be transformative when applied in the right way, especially in the bathroom. Consider installing a partition wall that can used for privacy between a standalone shower and the rest of the room or to hide the toilet and be bold with the wall to create a statement. Perhaps you could introduce a pattern, play with texture or go big with colour here, if you do just make sure it ties in with the rest of the room and doesn’t overwhelm the space.

Natural light

Depending on the level of renovation work you are looking to undertake, this may be one for the backburner, though if you can, expanding the size

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Portland: Contractor created false woman-owned business


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The City of Portland said Wednesday it will fine the owners of a painting contractor $20,000, saying they created a “front company” in order to qualify as a woman-owned business.

The city is accusing the business, Portland Coatings, of receiving over $1 million in contracts while falsely claiming to be owned by a woman.

Portland began investigating Terezia Nyland and her husband, Michael, in 2017 after an unspecified tip to the city’s ombudsman office, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

The city said Portland Coatings’ address is actually the loading dock for a business Michael Nyland owns, Williamsen & Bleid. In addition to the $20,000 fine, the city suspended the Nylands’ eligibility to do business for the city for three years.

The Nylands’ lawyer said Tuesday they plan to challenge the city’s findings.

“Terezia Nyland is, and has always been, Portland Coatings’ majority shareholder and chief executive,” attorney Matthew Colley wrote in an email. “She and her husband have done nothing wrong, and they will be vindicated in the appeals process.”

This is the first time Portland enforced a 2015 state law that gives the city the authority to investigate whether businesses qualify for public contracts that give preference to “disadvantaged businesses.” That category includes businesses owned by people who are Blacks, Hispanic, Native American, women and others who have historically had less access to lucrative government contracts.

Last month, a city audit that found Portland’s efforts to reduce disparities in city construction contracting had some effect, “but they also suffered from design flaws and mismanagement, and were vulnerable to gamesmanship.”

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Hamilton Bathrooms Created With Distinction

It’s easy for many bathroom installation companies with the Glasgow areas to state that the bathrooms they refurbish are the best around. But are they indeed?

In most cases, local bathroom design and installation firms are more than happy to install a new bathroom by simply using the same items as they have done in so many projects before

So why is this important from a prospective customers point of view and surely if you desire a bespoke bathroom you will need to pay a premium?

Not so as we discovered after assigning Hamilton bathroom design and installation company “Dynamic Home Improvements” based in Hamilton, Lanarkshire.

This company takes the time to carefully plan and design every single bathroom differently to ensure that each and every job they complete is unique to the customer. They even offer customers a completely free of charge CAD design for you to view so that you can see how your bathroom will look before any final decisions are made to proceed to the ordering and subsequent installation stage. Add this to the free plan and design service which is done within the customers own home is a clear advantage to any prospective homeowner who is in the market to upgrade their tired old bathroom.

So what is a CAD? If you do not know then CAD stands for Computer Aided Design. The designers at Dynamic Home in Lanarkshire will provide you with fully completed 3-dimensional colour drawings that show how your bathroom will look. You can view the bathroom furniture colour, style and worktop appearance without having to visit a showroom and you can ask to see changes to the design free of charge.

This is also very handy if you want to look at different bath sizes and styles if you are uncertain …

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How Polyaspartic Coatings Created a Lucrative Growth Market in Home Remodeling

During the past 6 years garage restoration has emerged as the largest growth market in home remodeling. Franchises have been built selling garage cabinets, organizing systems and epoxy coated decorative flooring.

The one area that has stifled growth of this market is the concrete flooring. Most garage floor concrete slabs are built on grade. The problem is that earth has a lot of moisture. When the earth gets saturated with moisture it pushes upward from pressure. The pressure can be so strong that moisture vapor will push upwards through concrete. This is called hydrostatic pressure.

If you ever put a rubber mat on a concrete floor and found moisture underneath, hydrostatic pressure is the cause. Moisture pressure underneath a garage floor concrete slab will push upwards through air holes, capillaries and cracks. Moisture will push to the surface and pushes salts in the concrete upwards as well. When the moisture and salts reach an epoxy coating it starts breaking down the chemical cross linking of the coating. This causes chipping and delaminates coatings. In some cases a coating will peel off the floor in sheets.

The theory to solve the problem is to etch the floor providing more surface area for the coating to stick to. Some products promote etching the floor with an acid solution. The problem is two-fold. First, acid particles can get into small pinholes in the concrete. Even when washing the surface it does not remove all the small acid particles. Secondly washing the acid off saturates the concrete with water. It can take weeks for the floor to fully dry even though it looks and feels dry. Later when you add the coating, the coating will reactivate the acid eventually causing chipping. Dirt, sand and tires will abrade the surface and you have an unsightly …

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