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One piece of advice we can offer right away is, if you're looking to live a more minimalistic life, start on a small scale instead of trying to make big changes immediately. One relatively easy change you can make is the bathroom, specifically shower doors and shower door hardware. There are many reasons to embrace the minimalist approach in the bathroom.
In this article, you'll learn how this approach is good for relieving stress, possibly helps the environment, and can create more actual space as well as help project the illusion of more space. You'll also discover Morse Architectural's minimalist design hardware and learn about minimalism in general.
With origins as far back as 1800 AD, minimalism started to take off in western culture around 1920 beginning in the art sector.
How it Helps the Environment
An eco-friendly option is replacing plastic shower curtains with beautiful, glass shower doors. Why? Well one great reason is, plastic isn't good for the environment because it's not easily biodegradable — it takes hundreds of years for plastics to break down once they reach a landfill and plastics add toxic chemicals to the environment. Plastic shower stalls or bathtubs might also feature a decorative plastic curtain outside the tub. That's a lot of plastic! Recent data shows that 26,970 tons of plastic ended up in landfills in 2018, while in 1960 only 390 tons of plastic ended up in landfills. That is a massively significant increase, and alarmingly it's growing.
Depending on the materials plastic shower curtains are made of, some are recyclable and some may not be. In addition, many contain harmful chemicals., and if you aren't taking proper care of your plastic curtain, this can cause harm to you as well. Moisture and humidity created when showering can cause mold to grow on your curtain, which can affect your health and your family's health.
Glass shower doors and sliding doors don't have folds, nooks, and crannies to trap the moisture that mold thrives in. That means glass shower doors are easier to clean and maintain. You don't have to remove them from the hooks, put them in the washer, dry them, and of course eventually rehang the curtains. You can simply use a cloth, sponge, or squeegee to clean the glass door. It's easier, faster, and more convenient, and undeniably better for the environment in general.
Furthermore, since you don't have to use a washer or dryer, you're helping the environment by using less electricity and water. This will also benefit your wallet too when those monthly bills come around. If you want a more environmentally friendly cleaner, you can always make your own at home or find organic or eco-friendly cleaners. Morse Architectural also provides a document with cleaning shower care for you, as correct and gentle cleaning can extend the life and aesthetic aspects of your minimalist shower hardware.
Glass shower doors and sliding doors don't have folds, nooks, and crannies to trap the moisture that mold thrives in.
Creates More Space
Just as a mirror can make a room seem bigger, so can a glass shower door, and its accompanying minimalistic hardware. The light reflects off the glass and bounces into the room, making the space appear larger. If you have a window in your bathroom, the glass door allows the natural light through. It can help lighten the room and make it more relaxing, uplifting, and generally more aesthetically pleasing. In other words, a glass door just looks great and can lend your bathroom that clean, minimalistic look.
The Design and Hardware
Glass shower doors can come in many designs and with many varied types of hardware. One of Morse Architectural's hardware designs is the Synchro™ dual bypass sliding shower system. This sliding door has minimal parts needed to install the doors. The parts basically boil down to header tubes, rollers, door guides, wall mounts, stopper and of course towel bars which double as handles. This of course also takes up less space in your bathroom. No hooks, bars, or holes are needed on your walls.
The parts for the Synchro™ dual bypass sliding system are made with the highest quality stainless steel. They are available in matte black, satin brass, brushed stainless, and polished stainless. All these looks will give your shower that seamless and minimalistic look. Plus, the minimal hardware means you can install it quickly, easily and turns that installation into a complete snap. Morse’s challenge is to make your difficult jobs easy because that is our job!
Morse Architectural also offers the Harmony™ Slider Shower Door System. These sliding doors are another one of our minimalistic designs waiting to beautify any of your bathroom projects. The sliding doors are made of quality stainless steel, and the minimalistic hardware gives the Synchro™ and the Harmony™ shower sliding doors that sleek, clean look.
A clear, see-through shower door can also emphasize your shower project design. Maybe the shower has fun colors or attractive tiles. The glass door allows the beauty of the shower design itself to shine, because it won't be hidden behind a shower curtain anymore. This minimalistic shower design helps give your bathroom project that spa feel, making it more open and airier. Anyone coming into the bathroom feels that elevated design, and it lends an elegance to the bathroom that is hard to describe. It can lift the overall feel and esthetic of the bathroom, making it look and feel sleek, classy, and pleasing to the senses.
What is Minimalist Design?
Just as there is a minimalist lifestyle, there is minimalist design. The minimalist design also focuses on only the essentials needed in life. According to interior design expert Kristin Hohenadel, it's an influential visual style with an established history in the design world. That goes for anything, whether architecture, graphics, phones, electronics, fashion, and so on. As mentioned earlier in this article, the minimalist design movement in architecture and design has been around since the early 20th century, giving it a long history in western culture.
Minimalist designs usually stick to neutral or monochromatic color palettes, sometimes using color as an accent for the design. You want to use clean lines and avoid unnecessary decorations. Don't forget to use your space wisely. If you've ever watched any design or remodeling shows, you know the concept of an open layout is trending. This can help make your rooms look larger, especially with the help of natural light.
In the study, “Health Benefits of Minimalism,” it was found that living with less can eliminate stress. Minimalists want to minimize their consumption and clutter in their homes and lives in general. According to this study, “Anthropologists, social scientists, and archaeologists found that having a surplus of things can cause health issues.”
Living with less has been shown to bring you more peace, less stress, clarity and better blood pressure. You live with what adds value to you and your home, not just to have something. This helps save money and space. A glass shower door can help you with this in multiple ways.
The Synchro™ dual bypass sliding system and shower doors are definitively a minimalist design, making any home feel more at peace and look sleeker and more minimalistic. It can help homeowners save money in the long run, which can lead to less stress. Knowing you own great quality items that will last will also cause less stress and more peace. It can eliminate stress and worry. There’s no more concern about choosing and replacing your old plastic shower curtain with a new one when the old one becomes worn and used looking. This will, of course, also help the environment, which in turn will help you and your community.
The Synchro™ sliding door is a great option to bring a minimalistic look to any home bathroom. It offers that clean and chic look while making any homes bathroom seem more significant. With a minimalistic shower door, you’re help the environment and your billfold while enhancing any bathroom. It brings a spa like look and feel to anyone’s bathroom.
Whether you're looking for a new shower door or want to live a minimalist lifestyle, Morse Architectural's products can help bring those dreams to life. We’ve been helping clients select products for difficult jobs for almost 40 years. Our priority is supporting you — our team will work with you from start to finish, giving you the support you need to ensure that the job is done right.
Your next step is to request a quote from Morse Architectural. If you need additional information or have questions before requesting a quote, don't hesitate to reach out to the experts at Morse Architectural.
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