French For Bathroom

French For Bathroom

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French For Bathroom

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French For Bathroom

Bidet is a French word for “pony”, and in Old French, bider meant “to trot”. This etymology comes from the notion that one “rides” or straddles a bidet much like a pony is ridden. The word “bidet” was used in 15th century France to refer to the pet ponies that French royalty kept.
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French For Bathroom

If you’re considering adding a French country bathroom design to your home, the first element you’ll want to plan is the color scheme. This aspect of the design will help you decide on things like wall and accessory colors, and it will help to unite the overall approach thematically. Common colors for French country kitchens are soft blues, browns, yellows and greens — natural and earth tones, as well as gentle yet lively colors, work well with this simultaneously refined and relaxed style. Colors can be deployed via wall paint, flooring and countertops, or accessories, and you may choose to incorporate a primary color throughout the design, or to mix and match a selection of colors that work well together.
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French For Bathroom

One of the trademarks of French country bathrooms is a cabinet style that’s often described as “furniture.” This style generally incorporates cutouts, crown molding or ornate raised woodworking, making it resemble cabinetry that might be seen on dressers, armoires or other antique furniture pieces. French country bathroom cabinets may emulate a furniture design, or, in some cases, homeowners may choose to incorporate actual antique furniture into the design. For example, an antique dresser can be deployed as a dressing or makeup table, or it could be reconfigured for use as a sink cabinet.
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French For Bathroom

When it comes to accessories and decorative flourishes for your French country bathroom, you’ll have plenty of attractive and functional options. Storage is an important aspect of any bathroom design, and it’s an opportunity to add some country style to your bathroom, as well. Wicker or wire baskets, or natural wood shelving or storage units can offer a casual, country approach and combine well with the more formal aspects of the space, such as furniture-style cabinets or antique pieces.
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French For Bathroom

For the walls in your French country bathroom design, you’ll have the option of focusing on a primary color scheme or incorporating other design elements like wallpaper or tilework. Wallpaper can be a great addition to this bathroom style, as it can feature pastoral or natural scenes in period-accurate designs like toile.
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French For Bathroom

A bidet (US i/bᵻˈdeɪ/ or UK /ˈbiːdeɪ/) is a plumbing fixture or type of sink intended for washing the genitalia, perineum, inner buttocks, and anus of the human body, and is typically installed in a bathroom. Lower-cost add-ons combining a toilet seat and “electronic bidet” are becoming increasingly popular as well. “Bidet” is a French loanword.
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If you want to ask, “Where is the bathroom,” and you go for a literal translation, you'd ask, “Où est la salle de bains”? The problem is la salle de bains is the room where the bath or shower is. Often the toilet is in a separate room. Imagine the puzzled look on your French hosts when they try to figure out why on earth you want to take a shower in their home.
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If you absolutely have to use the bathroom, time your exit well, for example, not just before a new course is brought in. It could be at the end of a course, since the French don't remove the empty plates right away; just leave the table as discreetly as you can. You may say a soft, “Veuillez m’excuser” (“Please excuse me”), but it's not at all necessary.
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There are two way to say “bathroom” in french. There is “salle de bain” which translates to “room of bath” and “toilettes”, which, obviously, means “toilets”.
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Furniture can be a key component of a French country bathroom design. Chairs and benches are often antiques or antique replicas in the style of pieces from the time period, which means they often borrow from Victorian and other Old World styles, with ornately carved arms and legs and tufted seats. These may be combined with more down-to-earth designs for benches or dressing tables, which can reflect a country style with the use of natural, unfinished wood or distressed antiques for a lived-in and well-used feel.
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The bidet appears to have been an invention of French furniture makers in the late 17th century, although no exact date or inventor is known. The earliest written reference to the bidet is in 1710 in Italy. The bidet is possibly associated with the chamber pot and the bourdaloue, the latter being a small chamber pot like object specifically for the use of ladies on long trips.
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Ah la la, this is always a difficult question. Because on top of possibly sounding impolite in French, you could also end up sounding totally ridiculous.
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Bidets are common bathroom fixtures in many southern European countries, especially Italy, where they are found in 97% of households (the installation of a bidet in a bathroom has been mandatory since 1975), Spain, and Portugal (installation is mandatory also since 1975). Additionally, they are rather widespread, although not standard, in France, and are often found in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia, Malta, and Greece. Outside of Europe, they are very popular in some South American countries, notably in Argentina and Uruguay. Electronic bidet-integrated toilets, along with functions like toilet seat warmers, are commonly found in Japan.
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Tips If you’re looking for the bathroom, you’d probably ask, “Où est la salle de bain?” meaning “Where is the bathroom?” This phrase is pronounced “oo (rhymes with moo) ay (rhymes with say) la (rhymes with spa) sahll duh bain”. If you are looking for the toilets, you should ask “Où sont les toilettes?” meaning “Where are the toilets?” This phrase is pronounced “oo sont lay twah-let”.

If you’re looking for the bathroom, you’d probably ask, “Où est la salle de bain?” meaning “Where is the bathroom?” This phrase is pronounced “oo (rhymes with moo) ay (rhymes with say) la (rhymes with spa) sahll duh bain”. If you are looking for the toilets, you should ask “Où sont les toilettes?” meaning “Where are the toilets?” This phrase is pronounced “oo sont lay twah-let”.
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A bidet is a plumbing fixture that is installed as a separate unit in the bathroom besides toilet, shower and sink, which users have to straddle. Some bidets resemble a large hand basin, with taps and a stopper so they can be filled up; other designs have a nozzle that squirts a jet of water to aid in cleansing.On this bidet type user has to clean up the spoiled basin by water intermingled with feces, by himself.
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In the past, getting a bidet meant installing a completely new plumbing unit into the bathroom. Newer bidets are often no longer standalone units: A bidet may be a movable or fixed nozzle attached to an existing toilet on back or side toilet rim, or a part of the toilet itself. In these cases, their use is restricted to cleaning the anus and genitals. Some bidets of this type produce a vertical water jet and others a more or less oblique one. Others have one nozzle on the side rim for both anal and genital areas, and other designs have two nozzles on the back rim, the shorter one, called the “family nozzle”, is used for washing the area around the anus, and the longer one (“bidet nozzle”) is designed for women to wash their vulvas.
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Electronic bidets are controlled with waterproof electrical switches rather than with a traditional manual valve. There are models that have a heating element which blows warm air to dry the user after washing, that offer heated seats, wireless remote controls, illumination through built in night lights, or built in deodorizers and activated carbon filters to remove odors. Further refinements include adjustable water pressure, temperature compensation, and directional spray control. Where bathroom appearance is of concern, under-the-seat mounting types have become more popular.
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From an environmental standpoint, some argue that bidets can reduce the need for toilet paper, saving households money on paper products and allowing users to reduce their carbon footprint by reducing their paper waste over time. On the other hand, they increase the amount of heated water used in the bathroom, and the added complexity increases their total cost of ownership, perhaps causing them to be replaced or upgraded more frequently than simpler toilets. Until further experimentation is done on internal and external losses, the environmental advantages of bidets remain equivocal.