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Bathroom Designs, The Environmentally Friendly Way

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Bathroom designs can be tailored to meet your environmental needs. In any eco-friendly home, a good bathroom design presents opportunities for stacks of eco-friendly benefits. If you find yourself re-modelling your bathroom, take into consideration water flow, heating energy and consumables such as paper & toiletries. Typically, one of the most inefficient rooms in the house (along with the kitchen) a poorly designed bathroom is both thirsty and a strain on your energy bills.     Here are 5 things to consider to help you make your bathroom energy and water efficient:   Typical toilets use at least 3.5 gallons of water per flush – older toilets may even use up to 6 gallons. Replacing your toilet with a high-efficiency one can save a family of four $90.00 a year.   Bathroom designs often consist of new fixtures. Think of installing a low-flow showerhead to cut down on excess water use. The typical showerhead will use 5-8 gallons of water per minute while a low-flow head will only use 2.5 gallons or less with the same amount of water pressure. Not only will these save you water but energy to heat your water.   Another place where water is wasted is in the sink. Including a motion-censored faucet in your bathroom design will help keep track of when you actually need the water to flow instead of leaving the faucet on while brushing your teeth or washing your face. This faucet can also help keep your bathroom cleanliness because it prevents the spreading of germs.   If you depend on a vent fan to keep moisture at bay, a great way to save some energy is to replace a standard fan with an energy star-rated fan that will save you 60% energy over your older model.   Consider tiling your bathroom in ceramics. These tiles are not easily damaged by moisture and can be made in a low-impact manufacturing process. A bathroom designer can help you choose eco-friendly tiles as well as a tile that will go perfectly with your bathroom design.   If you would like to discuss your options for environmentally friendly bathroom designs with one of our bathroom designers please visit our contact us page or email us at info@designswithjessica.com Alternatively, if you would like to discuss any of your interior decorating ideas, we would be glad to help. Working out of Toronto & Montreal, Jessica Bélanger is a full service Interior Design professional with over 15 years experience. Jessica has had her designs featured in numerous television and magazine publications including set design for TVA Television studios (TV show Yamaska) & Les Idees De Ma Maison (Quebecs leading interior style magazine)....

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I’m Dreaming of White Kitchens…

Follow my blog with Bloglovin   White kitchens are trending – and probably always will be. Being able to create a beautiful white kitchen is an essential part of any kitchen designers skill set – and here’s why: Think about every doctor, optician or dentist you’ve ever been to – they all focus on white – from the machines they use, to the clothing they wear – and the reason for this is: white conveys hygiene. Cleanliness. Space. Simplicity.   And, in the kitchen, white can mean this and so much more. In this post, I’ll discuss 3 amazing advantages of introducing a white kitchen design to your home…         ‘Get it Light’ when designing your dream kitchen.   The kitchen, above all other rooms, should be filled with natural light. When considering kitchen layout ideas and lighting plans, natural light needs to be one of the main considerations.   Where black and darker colours absorb light, white reflects it. This is a HUGE DEAL, especially when you are working with restricted natural lighting.   White kitchen cabinets promote natural light better than any other colour or combination of colours out there. The right shade of white kitchen cabinetry combined with the right counter top is the ideal solution for making the most out of your natural light sources.       Promote your colour.   Now that you have all that wonderful light spilling across your kitchen, think about your colour scheme. White is a blank canvass to paint your inspiration on. A space where the natural colours of food & wine contrast and stand out.   Ultimately, the stronger the colour you use in your kitchen cabinets, the more you drown out the surrounding colour scheme. White on the other hand, allows you to boost your secondary colour scheme through the use of contrasting, accented items.       Fashion costs money.   Fashions change when people get bored and want to move on. Just like the song on the radio that you got sick of listening to, or your hip new jacket that so quickly became ‘last seasons collection’, interior design trends change and the new becomes the old all to quickly.   One of the challenges with choosing strong or dark colours is that they are more ‘fixed’. It’s hard to alter the ambience without substantial re-investment on new counter tops or cabinetry.   White allows you to create longevity through evolution. You can dramatically change the colour scheme of your kitchen by introducing new wall hangings, plants or fruit baskets – simple, low cost items that can refresh your kitchens appearance without the headaches and cost of a kitchen re-design.       This is just a sample of the broad range of benefits white kitchen designs can bring to your home. In one of my next posts I will look at how beautiful, white kitchens can be created in both rural and urban environments by leveraging the benefits of ‘white’.   If you would like to discuss your options for white kitchens with one of our kitchen designers please visit our contact us page or email us at info@designswithjessica.com   Working out of Toronto & Montreal, Jessica Bélanger is a full service Interior Design professional with over 15 years experience. Jessica has had her designs featured in numerous television and magazine publications including set design for TVA Television studios (TV show Yamaska) & Les Idees De Ma Maison (Quebecs leading interior style...

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