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When I replaced the flooring in my home recently, I was surprised to find out that one of the options available to me was a cork floor. I’d always thought of cork as nothing more than the way to top off a bottle of wine. However, it turns out that cork is a great flooring option. It has many of the benefits of hardwood, but the texture and give of the material also adds some of the benefits of carpeting. I decided to start a blog about flooring so that I could share some of the benefits of interesting and lesser-known flooring options. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you only have a few choices. There are lots of great directions you can take with your home flooring that will perfectly suit your home and your needs.

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Five Ways To Give Your Bathroom A Rustic, Farmhouse Look

If you have a country-style home, it only makes sense that your bathroom should have that same rustic, farmhouse-inspired look. There are plenty of fun ways to impart that relaxed, country vibe in your bathroom decor. If you're remodeling soon, use these five ideas to inspire you.

Choose a warm, natural color scheme.

Rustic rooms all have one thing in common -- a warm, natural color scheme. Pick tones you would see in nature, such as deep olive green, burnt yellow, or even medium gray. For your walls, make sure you choose a color on the lighter side, since too dark a color will make your bathroom feel enclosed and small. Then, use darker earth tones as accents for your window frames, molding, and the like.

Use a wooden sink.

Incorporating wood into your bathroom design is a must if you want to create a rustic vibe. However, you want to make sure that any wooden items you choose are easily replaceable, so removing and replacing them is not a huge hassle if they begin to show wear after being in the damp environment of your bathroom. A rustic wooden sink is the perfect choice. Choose one that has been coated heavily with waterproofing materials for protection to ensure it lasts. If it does ever start to look worn out or slimy, replacing it with a new one is a lot easier than replacing wooden floor boards or ceiling panels would be.

Include distressed-finish, antique furniture.

Instead of having built-in shelves and a fancy vanity installed, look for a piece of vintage, distressed-finish furniture that you can use to store towels and toiletries. A tall, cabinet-like piece would work well. You can store towels in the upper cabinet portion and stash your beauty essentials in the drawers.

If you find an older piece of furniture that you like, but it needs refinishing, you can repaint it yourself to give it a lovely, aged look. Use paint stripper to remove any remnants of the old finish. Then, sand the furniture thoroughly before priming and painting it. Use sandpaper to remove some of the paint in tasteful places, imparting a distressed look. Apply a clear finish to protect against bathroom moisture, and you're set.

Choose simple, checkered towels.

When choosing the linens for your bathroom, it's important to stay simple. Look for towels in a checkered pattern. It's okay for these to be more brightly colored, as they will stand out against the earth-toned color scheme of the rest of the room. Blue and white or red and white checkered towels are classic options, but you could go with a plaid that includes three or four colors if you're feeling a little adventurous. A matching shower curtain looks lovely, though you may want to choose a solid-colored one if you have a lot of towels out, since too many checkered patterns can feel a bit overwhelming.

Incorporate copper fixtures.

When it comes time to choose your faucets and fixtures, no metal screams "rustic" quite like copper. Luckily, copper is becoming more common again, so you should be able to find copper fixtures without too much trouble. Choose ones with less detail, as the overly detailed ones tend to look more industrial and less rustic. Copper fixtures also have the advantage of being incredibly durable, and they develop a lovely, natural patina over time. They're stain resistant and antibacterial, so you won't have to spend as much time cleaning.

There are many different ways to design a rustic, farmhouse-style bathroom. You'll have to channel your inner creativity and decide what works for you, but hopefully the ideas above have helped you begin to put some basic designs together in your head.

For more tips for a bathroom remodel, contact a company like Sandia Marble