First and foremost a bathroom should be safe and functional but that does not mean it can’t be stylish as well. If you are outfitting a bathroom for the first time or updating a bath or powder room then it’s a good idea to take a close look at everything from the bath and shower hardware to the selection of bath towels, sheets and washcloths.
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It’s a good idea to clear out the bathroom and get rid of things you no longer need or use. Set aside some time to clean, preferably during the daylight hours, and remove the window treatments for cleaning or replacement. Be sure to clean the light fixtures and replace any missing or burned out light bulbs with new ones at the highest wattage recommended for the fixture. If you have not already switched over to the energy-efficient CFL bulbs this is a good time to do so.
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Experts recommend replacing the shower curtain and liner on a regular basis to prevent the possibility of mold and mildew; this is a good opportunity to replace the shower curtain hooks with good quality hooks or rings that will slide easily, thus prolonging the useful life of the shower curtain and liner. To add extra elbow room in the tub or shower you may wish to install a curved shower curtain rod.
Take an inventory of your towels; it is a good rule of thumb to allow one bath towel, one hand towel and two washcloths per person along with at least one bath mat for every two people. In addition to bath towels you will want to have a good supply of guest towels and fingertip towels.