Decorating a child's bathroom is an adventure in care and creativity. Take this quiz and find out how you can turn a utilitarian space into a utopian place.
Brightly painted walls in the bathroom not only have a dramatic effect, but it is also simple and cost-effective to repaint when tastes and styles change.
While the bath rug should coordinate well with the décor, safety is the prime directive, so it is essential that the rug be a nonslip one.
Avoid sharp edges and ensure that corners of shelves and countertops are rounded.
For children and adults alike, to ensure that the grab bar is securely fastened, screw it into the wall.
Installing an antiscald device will ensure that your child will not burn himself with water that is too hot.
Turning up the end of a toothbrush and hanging it on the wall is a clever way to make a hook or peg to hang a lightweight item like a hand towel.
Accents on wall tiles should be not only self-adhesive, washable and water-resistant, but they should be removable and reusable as well.
If the tiles are in good condition, you can add some colorful design by stenciling a pattern, using with china paints.
A suite of fixtures designed especially for young children is safer and more comfortable, because the kids don't have to use a plastic fitting on the toilet seat to sit properly or need a step stool to reach the sink.
You should select a bathroom system with a toilet, sink and tub whose plumbing is of conventional size so you can replace them with standard size fixtures when the kids get bigger.
No matter how child-friendly a bathtub may appear, be it large or small, you must never take your eyes off a child in a bathtub.
Electrical installation in a bathroom could be dangerous. A TV set mounted on the wall could fall into the tub, and improperly installed outlets and light switches could be a fire hazard.
As a safety feature, it's better to use tempered glass in a bathroom. If it breaks, tempered glass will crack but it won't shatter like regular glass, which leaves dangerously sharp shards.
To make sure that doors or the drawers on cabinets open easily for both children and adults, leave two feet (about 61 centimeters) of space in front of them.
If you keep the surface materials simple and add personal kiddy touches with removable items such as Disney bath mats and rubber ducky shower curtains, you can easily make the bathroom more sophisticated when the kids get older without having to do a remodeling job.
Porcelain tile is ideal for the bathroom because it is nonporous and water resistant, whereas carpeting and wallpaper retain moisture and humidity.
If you use a semi-porous surface such as natural stone or hardwood, it is important to have it well sealed to ensure that it won't be marred by steam and humidity. A nontoxic sealer is, of course, preferable.
Teak is an excellent type of wood for your bathroom décor because it's naturally water-resistant.
To keep the bathroom safer for your kids, use materials that have no or low VOCs, or volatile organic compounds. These compounds are emitted as gases from certain solids and liquids, such as paint, and can have a negative effect on health.
When lighting a bathroom, halogen bulbs are a good choice because they offer a wide range of light that is similar to sunlight. For overall bathroom lighting, installing recessed lights in the ceiling is a good idea.