The bathroom has most of its acces- sories built in. The bath is panelled all round, not put on legs as in the past. Cupboards are built in the walls for toilet requisites, and usually a place is cut out of the tiling on the wall above the bath for soap and a sponge. If this is not provided it is necessary to have a rack across the bath or hung on to one side. The walls of the bathroom are usually three-quarter tiled. When money is no obstacle, marble slabs are frequently fitted, and glass is being used.
Tiles in the Bathroom
Taking the average house, with its three-quarter tiling, the colour of the tiles must be considered. The bath often harmonizes, though this entails extra expense. The choice of colour is entirely a mattor of taste and of cost. Above the tiles the wall must be painted with steam-resisting enamel. Painted woodwork is more in keeping with the tiles and walls than stain. A light colour should be used, and all the fittings should be of nickel so as to match the bath and basin fittings. A pedestal basin to match the bath looks nice, though a cupboard can be built round the ordinary basin, as in the bedroom, but must be painted to match the room. Linoleum is easy to keep clean, and a rug gives a cosy appearance. If the bathroom is used by more than one person each individual should have his or her own mat.
Curtains should be made of oilod or rubberized silk so that the steain does not affect them. These can be lined with a neutral colour to be in harmony with the colour of the other curtains from the outside.
Danger in the Bathroom
ELECTRIC light fittings must be simple and easily cleaned, as the steam will make them smeary. The best fitting is one close to the ceiling, with the bulb covered entirely by the shade. A mirror must find a place, and should have a light immediately above so as to afford illumination for shaving. Unless the mirror is rimless the frame should be chromium plated so as not to be affected by the steam.
Heating is usually supplied by means of a nickel-plated towel rail with a radiator on it, but for extra heat an electric radiator is the most satisfactory. Remember that it is dangerous to touch any electrical appliance when one is in the bath or with wet hands.
Furnishing accessories are few. A bath stool, a table with a glass top and a drawer, and a cupboard, if there is not one in the wall, are alone necessary. A basket in which to put dirty bath towels may be included.