Cast iron: A bathtub fashioned from cast iron is one of the most durable and long lasting fixtures to have in the home or yacht. However its weight combined with water, will normally require reinforcement. Acrylic: A plastic material with a high-gloss look, acrylic gives a similar finish to enamelled cast iron while weighing much less. This material is great for whirlpools and air tubs. Repairs are much easier and cheaper than those to a porcelain surface. Steel enamel: Steel baths can be manufactured to form sharper and flatter lines than those of an acrylic bath as the steel is pressed rather than vacuum formed. This type of design is great for a modern styled bathroom or a minimalist deign.
The final selection of your bathroom's color palette will depend not just on the color of your tub or the tone of your tile, but also on the overall look you want to achieve. A bathroom that incorporates white marble, white porcelain and pale wood will have an entirely different look with soft green walls than with walls of metallic blue. Ask yourself: Do I want my bathroom to be relaxing or energizing? Trendy or timeless? Whatever mood you're after, the process of choosing a color will feel less overwhelming if you take it step by step. "First," says Joan Osburn, of Osburn Design in San Francisco, "pick all the colors that you like, no holds barred. Then narrow them down to two or three options. Look at them in different lights and at different times of day.
Put a piece that's really fantastic, really pretty over the toilet," says LaDonna, "because once that door closes, people definitely spend some time looking around and getting an impression." Unless the art's going to be in a central bathroom with lots of traffic, "moisture's not such a worry," she says. "But if you're placing art somewhere moisture might get to it, opt for something that's not that expensive." The bathroom's also a great place for those bright posters and large prints you never know what to do with, says Cy. "You know, the ones you keep around but you think are too expensive to mat and frame? Buy an inexpensive poster frame and hang them in the bathroom. No one cares what the frame looks like there, and if the moisture gets to one and it ripples, you can switch it out.
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