Tile is an ideal choice for bathroom floors, but it’s also a beautiful addition to walls, showers, and design accents. Installed properly, tile is resistant to water and moisture and can last for years. There are also eco-friendly options available for homeowners who are concerned about the environment.
Selecting tile material, style, and color, however, can be daunting; the wrong choice or combination can lead to buyer’s regret and dissatisfaction with the results. The following are some basic tips and ideas for making the most of your bathroom décor so you’ll love the results for years to come.
1. Decide on a Focal Point and Design Around It
Bathrooms tend to be small, and it’s all too easy for the tile or other décor elements to become quite “busy” visually. Selecting one tile type that is a distinct focal point for the room is one way to help avoid this. The focal point might be a stunning floor, the shower area, or the wall behind the sink. Choose a showcase tile style that you absolutely adore.
2. No More Than Three Different Tile Designs
Once your focal point has been established, you’ll want to organize the rest of your bathroom design around it. Again, the floor and walls near the bath are ideal areas for tile, but you might consider tiling the bottom half of the walls as well. An important guideline to keep in mind is never use more than three distinct tile types.
3. Find a Balance
Limiting tile types is valuable in terms of the finished result, but remember to limit visual activity throughout your complete bathroom design. For example, if your focal point tile is extremely bold, textured or patterned, consider choosing other bathroom elements that are complementary, but muted or neutral. You can contrast tile sizes and shapes, but consider keeping them in the same tile color family.
4. Add A Trending Touch or Two
Trending design ideas for bathrooms include larger-sized tiles for floors, showers, and walls. Tiles made from repurposed glass are also gaining in popularity due to their eco-friendliness and unique, fresh, compelling look.
5. Consider Maintenance
Bear in mind that certain tile types are easier to clean and maintain than others. Small sized tile with a lot of grout lines may be more difficult to keep looking like new; this applies to non-glossy tile types like slate as well, unless it is sealed and finished. The most user-friendly tile materials for bathrooms tend to be ceramic, porcelain, and glass. You can make cleaning easier by opting for these materials.
Decorating or remodeling your bathroom is an opportunity to achieve artistry with tile. Use these five tips and ideas for tiling your bathroom to create a spa-like atmosphere that you’ll love for years to come. At Floor Coverings International Northshore we can help you find the perfect tile for your bathroom, or any room in the house. We provide free in-home design consultations to help you get started.
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