We recently did a master bath renovation and a very interesting question was raised when we were deciding on what to do with the tile step outside the built-in tub. We were re-doing the floor and had some tile work to do in the adjoining shower, so it was a feasible option to remove the step altogether. We just needed to answer the question…would it be the right thing to do?
Since the client is disabled and generally only uses the shower it was in her best interest to remove the step so she had more room in the bathroom. Even if she did use the tub wouldn’t it be safer to sit on the edge to get in than it would be to maneuver a small, potentially slick, tile step? Really, no matter whom we are dealing with whether children or adults aren’t we all better off sitting on the edge to enter the tub instead of taking our lives in our hands to climb a cumbersome and potentially dangerous step? Adding on the fact that they are not always attractive and take up valuable space it does give you something to think about if you have this style of tub in your bath.
Have you ever purchased a home you basically love but couldn’t figure out how to deal with a busy granite pattern, perhaps pink and black tiles in the bath or a room full of wood paneling in a unflattering color? How could these factors be neutralized you wondered. Turn to the next most dominating factor in the room. Kitchen cabinets next to the granite, the carpeting in the paneled room or the stone fireplace, the cabinetry in the bath. What do they have in common? And what era do they come from. Did someone throw a dazzling granite countertop in a 80′s oak cabinet kitchen thinking it would sell better? Sometimes that is the case and you have to then go to the third element such as the floor. Paint can do a world of wonders. Go to a paint deck and find three colors (doing this in your room) that you think would tie the space together better than what it is and neutralize the room bully! As in the case of granite, if it is not black, try the lightest, most subtle color in the stone. Often you have to resort to whites or creams with granite and just allow them to be a diva. Then go to the paint store and buy the samples of these colors, a brush or two and a roll of painters masking tape. After that go to the office supply store and get three pieces of white foam core board or poster board that you can cut into nice large samples, 11″ x 14″ or so. Mask off the edges of the boards for a 1 ” or more border with painter’s masking tape. Give each board two coats of paint, drying in between (save time, use a hair dryer). Stand them in your space and look at them at the various times of the day, with morning light, brighter afternoon light, in the dimness of evening and in artificial light. Does one sing to you more than the others? Does one seem to tie the “dominatrix” in the room to the next most pronounced room feature? The paint samples will also tell you if you will just have to give in and paint the oak cabinets or the room full of paneling. Remodeling is a process. Put thought and effort into it. What will bring you peace in the room short of a demolition? Get the basics under control and then you can get to the fun part: fixtures, fabrics, furniture, accessories.