9 Ways to Amp Up Your Bathroom

Take your bathroom to the next level with these great ideas:

1. Shower Faucets

Arguably one of the most important features of the bathroom, the shower faucet(s) plays a big role in your day-to-day life, whether you realize it or not. 

As evidenced in the photo above, multiple shower heads, facing multiple directions, is become more and more popular, bringing that luxurious hotel spa feeling home with you. If you're not ready to go full on with your shower heads, a great way to slowly work your way there is switching your shower head out for a rainfall one.

This is the Delta Metal Raincan Shower Head (shown in their signature stainless finish), available at The Home Depot for $304.90. It's considered a low-flow shower head, saving you up to 60% the water usage of a non-low-flow shower head. Just because it's low-flow doesn't mean you should worry about the water pressure - capable of up to 80 psi, you're still getting enough pressure to make sure your shampoo actually rinses out and doesn't take forever to do so.

Delta also offers the HydroRain® 5-Setting Two-in-One Shower Head as well as the H2Okinetic® Pendant Raincan Shower Head, two more rainfall-style shower heads to help you relax and rejuvinate. 


2. Multiple Tiles

Tile is a staple in the bathroom, especially in the shower itself. But tile can get boring. So why not change things up a bit by throwing in a second (or even third) kind of tile. Just look at this gorgeous update featured on Decoholic.

There are infinitely more things to love about this bathroom than just the tile, but it is a great example of using multiple kinds of tile in one space and have it really work. Using tiles that are all in the same color palette (black and white) and in geometric styles is what makes these tiles fit so well together.


3. Recessed Caddies

Recessed caddies are the perfect way to create in-shower storage space and not actually take away any of your valuable shower space. They are also a great way to incorporate multiple tiles (per suggestion #2).

This one, featured on the Better Homes & Gardens website, is a great example of using multiple kinds of tile and complementary colors to really make the space pop. For more great recessed caddy inspiration, check out our Pinterest board. The best part? They aren't limited to the shower - you can put them anywhere.


4. A Clean Toilet

This is the American Standard Clean ActiVate Touchless Flush Right Height Elongated Toilet, a part of the Clean Collection that features easy-to-clean sides, unlike normal toilets that show you outlines of the piping.

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We've talked about some of the benefits of this particular toilet before, but we didn't even cover how great the "Clean" style is. Look at the sides of the toilet - no outlines of pipes, making it infinitely easier to clean! Plus, this model has a motion-activated flush, so you don't have to worry about spreading germs.


5. Clever Storage

Smart use of space when it comes to bathroom storage is what keeps your bathroom looking in tip-top shape rather than cluttered and ignored. Consider creative cabinetry your new best friend. 

These pull outs are both excellent ideas, and a quick search of "bathroom storage solutions" on Pinterest yields endless more. Stop neglecting your bathroom's organizational needs and start enjoying your space again.


6. Lighting Through Windows

Properly lighting your bathroom is vital for ensuring ease of use at any time of day. No one wants to do their hair and makeup in the dark. One great way to get that extra lighting is with windows, and not just any windows - skylight windows in the shower. 

Placing the windows in the ceiling is a great way to get the light you want while still keeping the privacy important to a bathroom. You can opt for obscured glass for extra privacy without losing any great natural light.


7. Heated Flooring

Something I've long thought of as the ultimate in bathroom luxury, heating flooring is more affordable and accessible than ever before. Installing electric radiant heated flooring does require a bit more forethought, as is doesn't work as well with some kinds of flooring as others. It works best with tile flooring, and less great with coverings like hardwood and carpet. Just think about how wonderful it will feel to step out of a hot shower on a cold winter's day onto heated flooring. Mmmmm. Yes, please.


8. The Curb-less Shower

Besides being a fantastic idea for anyone who plans to age-in-place, curb-less showers offer a lot of great benefits, not to mention the their design aesthetics.

Curb-less showers are super easy to clean, and they actually make your bathroom space look larger because, by eliminating the curb, the shower becomes less of a fixture placed into the space and more a bonafide part of the space. And surprisingly, curb-less showers keep water from going everywhere more than a standard shower or tub/shower because the floor underneath the curb-less shower gets sloped toward the drain to prevent water spillage and run-off. Plus, they're just so darn visually appealing - just look at all these beautiful designs!


9. Statement WallS

I'm a fan of the statement wall no matter the room (of course, you wouldn't want one in every room), so when I saw that statement walls in bathrooms were starting to become popular, I latched on right away!

You can put it in the shower with some gorgeous tile or behind the toilet with some fabulous wallpaper, and the best part is, they look fantastic in bathrooms big and small. Whether you are using wallpaper or tile, or even a dramatic paint color, you can't go wrong with a statement wall. Or, you could really get ahead of the curve and go for a statement floor.


The average person will spend over 2 years of their life in the bathroom, so why not make it an enjoyable two years? For more bathroom inspiration, click here.

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A Window to Smaller Energy Bills

4 Reasons to Upgrade Your Windows Now:

1. Comfort

     Older windows are prone to letting in more heat and more cold that affect the overall temperature and feel of your home. Replacing them with new windows will add a more stable interior environment to your home.

2. Safety

     As your house ages and settles, windows are more than likely to pull away from their framing, leaving large cracks in your walls. In a rainy environment like the Pacific Northwest, rot and mildew are also common problems. Updating your windows is the perfect time to fix the are surrounding them, keeping the inside of your home safe from the outside environment and sturdier to withstand the test of time.

3. Natural Light

     Getting your windows replaced is the perfect time to consider making them a bit larger. Adding to the length of your windows will greatly enhance the natural light coming through to your rooms, giving the room a whole new feeling for not much extra cost.

4. Cost Efficiency

     Did you know you can lose nearly 30% of your heat or air-conditioning through your windows? Because your older windows let out more heat and cold, they are having a negative impact on your utility bills. 30% of your heat or a/c is a lot of money. Putting in new energy efficient windows will save you money on those utility bills in the long run. Plus, Energy Trust of Oregon is offering money back incentives right now.

Tax Credits & Rebates

The State of Oregon is currently offering a tax credit called the RETC – Residential Energy Tax Credit – but the RETC is scheduled to end on December 31st of this year. The RETC is a tax credit for homes that meet energy efficiency requirements.


We are a Trade Ally of Energy Trust of Oregon. That means if you decide to have us install new energy-efficient windows in your home, together we can send in an Incentive Application* to Energy Trust so you can get some cash back on those new windows you had us install.

Energy Trust incentives aren’t just limited to windows though. You can get incentives for insulation, appliances, water, lighting, and more. For a full list of incentive options, check here. While Energy Trust doesn’t give out the RETCs, the ending of this legislation may affect their available incentives. We want you to get the best incentives possible, so we’re recommending you upgrade your windows before the end of 2017.

*Available only for customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas, and Avista.
McMinnville Homeowners powered by Mac Water & Light can receive incentives through Mac Water & Light. Learn more here.

For more energy-saving tips, check out the Energy Trust website. Want to know how much energy you are using? Check your local library for a Kill A Watt monitor.