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For a clean and fresh look, light neutrals give your bathroom that appealing ambience, very fitting for a place where you do your bathing rituals.

Light Neutrals Bathrooms: LUV Series
The Luv oval above-counter basins made from DuraCeram® impress with their subtle lines, generous inner basins, and clean edges. Bath fixtures are available at Kuysen.

Light neutrals are also safe backdrops for white bath fixtures, chrome or brass fittings and glass, and would give the illusion of space. The purity of porcelain, the gleam of chrome and sparkle of glass against a light neutral background also give a feeling of understated luxury.

For those who rent, you can easily banish any dingy feeling that the bathroom gives you by cleaning it thoroughly first of all, then by applying a coat of paint.

Light Neutrals Bathrooms: Sweet Ariel

Light Neutrals Bathrooms: Suite Indulgence

Light Neutrals Bathrooms: Detox Room

Light Neutrals Bathrooms: Cupid's Bow

Disclaimer: These colors may not exactly match actual paint.

Tip: Nothing dates a bathroom more than colored fixtures. Choose white lavatories, basins, and bathtubs because not only is white a classic and will never go out of style, but it would also be easier for you to unload the property should you want to sell it. New homeowners usually want a neutral canvas to begin with to imprint their own character on the space. The same is true with the color of walls.

Read more about bathrooms in the Luv Bathroom Series.

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Kuysen, an exclusive importer and distributor of over 70 industrial and architectural brands, got Boysen to supply the paints to create the perfect space for the Duravit LUV Bathroom Series.

“When I was drawing up my design for Duravit, the image in my mind’s eye from the very start was a bowl filled with water on a simple table,” said the Danish designer Cecilie Manz.

From a “bowl filled with water on a simple table” to this!

Luv oval above-counter basin on a console in White Structure (made of Quartz), furniture in Stone grey
Luv above counter basin with Luv furniture:
Console plate in White Structure (made of Quartz), furniture in Light Blue.

This blog is full of Scandi-style interiors, the darling of today’s interior designers and stylists, and the Luv Bathroom Series is another example of that clean, minimal look.

“Luv’s unusual design combines Nordic purism and timeless elegance. Gentle forms follow a sharp geometry. The selection of materials and colors is testament to Cecilie Manz’s refined sense for nuanced form. Her color palate of matt lacquers and glazes in soft shades was developed exclusively for Duravit and emphasizes the fresh character of Luv.”

One of many life’s joys is bathing. Whether it’s getting ready to face a new day, or washing off the dust and grime of the day before going to bed, wouldn’t it be such a pleasure to have this kind of bathroom to do your cleansing rituals? I mean, what’s not to love about this Duravit LUV Bathroom Series? See those gorgeous lines and curves, not to mention those elegant and understated colors.

The colors: The washbasins come in satin matte White, Grey or Sand, and the console tables in white, Nordic white, taupe, stone grey, light blue and night blue.

Luv oval above-counter basin made from DuraCeram® with incorporated tap hole platform
Luv guest bathroom, Console plate in White Structure (Quartz), furniture in Night Blue
The Luv oval above-counter basins made from DuraCeram® impress with their subtle lines, generous inner basins, and clean edges.

Boysen’s Virtuoso™ Silk Touch™ is the ideal paint to use if you want that upscale look. It is the only paint that combines the advantages of flat and gloss paints with its low sheen finish and easy clean feature, made possible by the incorporation of the Teflon® surface protector, an innovation of DuPont®.

Need more tips on how to make your own beautiful bathroom? Read From Budget Bathroom to Bonggang Banyo.

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Ask any architect, interior designer, or contractor and they will readily tell you that one of the most expensive part of home building is the construction—and finishing—of the bathroom.  Yes, the much used, and abused, banyo. 

You may be a young couple excited about starting a family, and looking forward to seeing your first dream home, or perhaps a middle-aged couple with grown-up kids, envisioning the outcome of your bathroom remodeling.

Regardless of circumstance, one common factor when going through a construction is budget limitation. When it comes to budget allocation, it is not uncommon to hear people say that they’d be willing to swap the grandness of an opulent living or dining room for a clean and well-appointed bathroom. After all, the bathroom is every man’s own quintessential private headquarters, the epitome of his oneness with himself, the ultimate…well, COMFORT room.

There are all sorts of ways that a would-be homeowner can ensure that he gets the most out of his hard-earned money in terms of cutting down the cost of bathroom construction. One way is to immediately determine whether you’ll go for a tub, or a shower enclosure. My own experience taught me not to be too excited about replicating what I’ve seen in other people’s homes, and instead focus on what I really do want for myself and what works for me and my family. I was all too thrilled then to have a bathtub installed in the master bathroom, only to find myself having to pay a worker years later to have it removed. I realized belatedly that I didn’t like to have to hop over the ledge of the tub day in and day out. I wanted to keep things simple, and I also welcomed the extra space that came with its removal.

Another area for cost savings would be the bathroom fixtures. Matte-finish fixtures are oftentimes more expensive than the glossy ones. When I had our bathrooms remodeled, I preferred the matte ones over the glossies, as the former exuded a more modern feel. But the matte ones were playing hard to get, it was quite costly. So the compromise was—I still purchased the matte fixtures but settled for the slim-line…less bulky, less expensive. Brilliant, huh? They were more affordable, and even looked very stylish and contemporary.

One budget roadblock that we can all consider a major one is the expense of bathroom tiling. While there is a large assortment of tiles available in the market now, the really good ones can cost you an arm and a leg, not to mention the labor cost that comes with it, plus throw in the mess and dust you have to deal with from all that tile grinding. It can take quite a while too, to get the job done.

Tile installation too costly for you? Here’s a tip. Keep the tiling to a minimum, say just the flooring. Get that can of paint and start painting your walls. Probably the most important aspect of painting a wall is what comes before it, and that is wall or surface preparation. If the bathroom is already being constructed, and you got a worker who does great masonry work, then your painting job will be a breeze. You can even choose to go DIY with painting your walls, to further save on labor cost. You may even be surprised to later see that the painted wall treatment looks more jazzy than a conventional-tiled bathroom. Lower cost, yet high-end look. All the better!

Using the right kind of paint is also key. Among Boysen’s numerous lines of quality paints, I would recommend using Virtuoso and Healthy Home for the bathroom. What’s the advantage of one over the other? Depending on your requirements, you are likely to find one that suits your needs.

Both Virtuoso Silk Touch and Healthy Home Odor-less Antibacterial paints are equipped with Antibacterial Protection Technology. This assures you that your bathrooms, porous walls notwithstanding, will allow you and your family to enjoy cleaner surroundings.

Aside from its antibacterial properties, Virtuoso Silk Touch is your go-to paint if you want the low-sheen finish and easy-clean feature. Your walls will be very low-maintenance, because it has Dupont’s Teflon component, which gives the paint a natural resistance against common household stains. A bonus feature is that it’s odor-less, so it’s friendly to use for those who want to go DIY.

For the obsessive-compulsive who want to push for lower costs, Healthy Home is a great fit. Since it’s water-based, it’s also odor-less and its inherent antibacterial protection gives extra defense against microbes, mildew and fungus. So you are assured of an easy-to-clean, hygienic bathroom.

Go ahead, go DIY! Quality painted walls is the new sophisticated. Achieve the elegance you want, at a fraction of the cost. Win-win na ang scenario, bongga pa ang banyo.

 

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