If the product isn't certified, then you put yourself and your family in danger. Be sure to check for this certification and guarantee that the faucet is lead-free. Look for NSF Seal of Certification. The National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) oversees the "certification of plumbing products and materials". It also "helps confirm that they meet applicable American or international standards for a particular use". The NSF states, "Faucets and plumbing products intended for contact with drinking water should be tested and certified to NSF/ANSI Standard 61: Drinking Water System Components." The American National Standard ensures that these products have a limited amount of impurities. Look for the certification mark on the product, such as "NSF 61" (drinking water components) or "NSF pw" (drinking water components and others).
Your show stopper area can be big or small, it's up to you. The good majority of this bathroom is done in pretty basic white tile, but they added a wow factor with this beautiful tile at the top. Again the colors in this bathroom are pretty neutral, but the focal point is definitely the back wall of this shower. I love the idea of going with a really fun tile on the floor of a bathroom and keeping the rest of the space neutral. I don't like to clean. I especially don't like to clean the tub and shower so when choosing tile for these very wet areas you will probably want to go with porcelain or ceramic tile since they are virtually maintenance free. (You will want to double check to see if they need to be sealed.) Tiles make from natural stone require more maintenance and do have to be sealed. They are definitely more pours so they tend to hold on to dirt and grim more. If you are wanting to add texture with stone, it may be a good idea to use it on the floor or in a less wet area. Lastly, glass tile is so pretty and makes a great wall or accent tile. It is super slippery, so it doesn't work well on the floor.
Conserve Water by Purchasing WaterSense Products. You may also want to purchase a WaterSense label faucet. This type of faucet reduces 30% or more of water usage in a bathroom. According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) home faucets account from more than 15% of the water used inside a US home. This translates into over a trillion gallons of water per year for the nation. Look for this label to conserve your water use. Overall Hardware Style Scheme. The style of your home design will determine how you intend to decorate your bathroom. This will in turn dictate the style of bathroom fixtures that will go best with your creation. The goal is to design a cohesive bathroom décor. When you select the appropriate hardware/fixtures that follow the style of your interior then you can be assured of a beautiful bathroom design that looks as though it belongs together.
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