Safe Building 101: Creating a Climate-Controlled Space In Your Home

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Safe Building 101: Creating a Climate-Controlled Space In Your Home

As I started to increase my art collection, I wanted to make sure that my investment was protected. I wasn't sure exactly how to store it all when it wasn't on display, but I knew I needed to do something. I decided to talk with a local construction contractor about how to secure my art, and he suggested a climate-controlled secure room in my home. They built a vault-like space in the house that is perfect for long-term storage. I created this site to showcase what was done in the hopes that others may seek the same solution. I hope the information here helps you to secure your financial investment as well.

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5 Tips To Make Your Small Bathroom Look Larger

Your home might have a bathroom that you wish was just a bit larger. Although you could undergo renovation to expand your bathroom into a larger size, there are simple things that you can do to make your bathroom appear larger than it is. These things won't take months of renovation to complete, and each tip you utilize opens up your bathroom a bit more making it appear much larger.

The Power of Paint

It's hard to imagine that you can create more space in the bathroom without moving any objects and simply applying a coat of paint. But that's exactly what you can do! You don't even need to apply decorative painting techniques; a well-chosen color can easily make a room feel more open and serene. If you want to give the illusion of space, choose a color scheme that's soft and pale. Painting the walls a neutral or white pastel tone makes the room seem bigger due to the fact that they are more reflective and tend to brighten up a room.

Change Those Shower Doors

If you are currently using a shower curtain, switch it out for glass shower doors like those from Clifton Mirror & Glass. Shower curtains cut a room off, and can actually make the room look smaller due to their bulk. To make a bathroom look even larger, consider adding frameless glass shower doors. The lack of frame allows your shower to be fully exposed, making the room look larger. Frameless doors work well in a wide range of bathroom styles, so whether you're a traditionalist or a modern minimalist, you're sure to find a finish that accentuates your bathroom's space.

Use Uniformity

There's a reason you never see a bathroom with white walls and a dark-tiled floor. This type of decor makes the room feel divided into smaller parts, which leaves you with a master bath that feels half the size it could. Even having slightly different colors can make a difference to how small your bathroom appears.

Keeping the ceilings, walls, and floors the same color will eliminate accidentally making the room appear smaller. When you have fewer patterns intersecting, you create the appearance of a more expansive space. Simple as that. If you do want to create a bit of variety in color, try to keep it as something small like a light fixture. That gives you an open bathroom with a contrasting feature.

 Use Mirrors Wisely

 If your small bathroom has enough space for mirrors, then you have a great opportunity to double the feeling of space. The bigger the mirror, the better. Anyone who has been in a room where the mirror reaches to the ceiling will instantly remember a distinct feeling of openness. Mirrors can be placed strategically in certain positions, like side-by-side, to give the illusion of space.

Mirrors will pick up the light and color scheme in the room and magnify it before your eyes. Ideally, you'd want a mirror that reaches to the ceiling with lights at the top. Alternatively, you can even decoratively arrange a collection of smaller mirrors—though this may require some creativity!

Don't Store on the Floor

Even tiny accessories and objects will stick out in a small bathroom, especially if your bathroom is well-reflected with mirrors and uniformly painted. When your eye catches an object, the illusion of the open room is as good as gone. Even racks and shelves that hang off the walls can make a difference when it comes to the perception of space. Instead of having baskets, hanging racks, or cubbies for storage, try installing built-in shelves that blend into the wall. Be sure find a creative place to leave your objects, such as built-in or medicine cabinets.

Utilizing just one, or all of these tips can make a big difference to your small bathroom. Play around with your options and decide what works best for you and your home. Start with one or two, and then gradually change your bathroom a bit more and watch as it starts to open up before your eyes