Eco-Luxurious Bathrooms

How to reuse, recycle, conserve energy and still have a lavish spa-like bathroom.

  • Pretty and Practical — Sand-colored quartz countertops are nonporous so they prevent surface mold and microbes.
  • Warm It Up With Wood — Wide-planked hickory floors crafted from recycled content are a beautiful contrast to the crisp-white low-flow toilet and aqua-blue walls.
  • Natural Glow — A large skylight over the tub sheds natural light in this bathroom, thus saving electricity and making it easier to put on make-up.
  • Eco-Mood Enhancers — For an immediate spa feeling, surround your tub with fluffy organic-cotton towels and soy candles. Traditional candles are made from nonrenewable petroleum. When burned, they emit soot and smoke into the air. Soy candles are a much cleaner choice and they burn longer, so you get more soothing scents for your cents.
  • Get Plastered — Use plaster on the wall in your bathroom. Not only does it add texture and style, it absorbs moisture so you don’t have to worry about mold or mildew.
  • Salvaged Chic — You’d be surprised what you can turn into a mirror frame. These round mirrors are repurposed window frames from an old house.
  • Use Good Wood — When building, look for lumber that has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. It has been grown in a sustainable manner. This countertop vanity is made from FSC-harvested teak and topped with natural-stone sinks.
  • Reuse It — Repurpose items in unique places: it's the best way to recycle. If you’re tired of looking at that garden urn on your porch, clean it up, turn it upside down and put it in the bathroom.
  • Renewable Bamboo — Bamboo is great for bathrooms because it stands up well in a moist climate. In this remodel, a bamboo vanity is topped off with a bamboo sink.
  • Make It Sparkle — Vinegar is a natural acetic acid that will dissolve mineral deposits and soap scum on tile, faucets and solid surfaces. In addition, it's safe to use around the family, kind to the environment and economical. © 2010 Scripps Networks, L.L.C. All rights reserved
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