Choosing a Toilet
You may be wondering why you would need to even consider this topic. A toilet is just a toilet, right? They come is white, shiny and meant for one thing. That all may be true but there are more options and features now than ever before. You can choose from different colours, styles, heights, flush levers. You can even choose how you want it to operate, single or dual flush, energy efficient or assisted flush. The great thing about a wider selection is that you will always be able to find something that will work well in your bathroom that will cover the needs of your family.
The most common colours are white and beige which are fairly easy to find as you can get them at any bath or big box hardware store. But don't limit yourself to what you find at these stores. You can get any colour of the rainbow ranging from black to pastel pink, you just have to search a little harder for them. Also remember that coloured toilets are typically custom order and you may have to get them online.
If you decide to go with a coloured toilet one thing to keep in mind is that this option is quite trendy and may go out of style sooner which in turn could age your bathroom(Think 50’s mint green bathroom). Whereas a white toilet will be in style for a very long time and can last as long as it operates properly.
Environmentally Friendly Toilet
Environmental concerns have become a huge topic in the last couple decades and you can find an earth friendly option for pretty much anything...including toilets. Dual flush toilets include two different buttons to flush two different water levels. This can save up to 67% toilet water usage when used properly. A low flow assisted flush is also another water saving option. It uses about half the amount of water as a standard toilet and the assisted flush guarantees to effectively push waste. No one wants to use the plunger.
The styles available are endless. There are wall or floor mounted toilets with oval, square or round bowls. short, tall or completely concealed tanks. Lever or push flush buttons. Just as with any fixture, you will want to choose they style that best suits your bathroom. I find that the shape of the toilet quite often determines the style.
The streamline square bowls are more contemporary because of the clean straight lines which are usually shorter and tucked away. A tall, curvy toilet with more detail would be used in a more traditional or country home.
The toilet quite often will match or be very similar to the sink. Since they are in close proximity to one another it would be a good idea to use a similar colour, style or shape. For example, If you plan on using a square sink, try combining that with a square toilet. If you need some inspiration for bathroom sinks you can find my bathroom sink post by clicking Here.
Word of the Day: Lavatory
A sink or basin with running water and a drain, can also be used to refer to a toilet or bathroom in general.