One of the easiest things you can do to dramatically improve the overall look and feel of your bathroom is to install new tiles. Since tile is permanent, it becomes a long lasting and durable upgrade that makes a great impression on guests and potential homebuyers. Since the bathroom is one of the most frequently used rooms in your home, investing a little bit of time and money can go a long way to improving its overall value and enjoyment. Here are a few tips you can use when choosing the right tiles for your bathroom remodel.
Bathrooms are high moisture, and sometimes damp, environments, therefore many types of natural stone may not be suitable due to their porous nature. Natural stone requires more care and treatment in order to be maintained where there is lots of exposure to water. For that reason, many homeowners gravitate towards glass, porcelain, and, of course, ceramic surfaces. These materials are highly durable, relatively easy to install, and require less maintenance.
The size of tiles you choose can also make a big difference. Sometimes larger tiles on walls can give the illusion of a bigger room in a subtle way, while smaller tiles can create a “busy” effect. For those on a budget, who may not be in a position to tile the entire bathroom, it’s possible to improve the look of your bathroom by using accent tiles, or perhaps, a backsplash for tubs or sinks.
It’s recommended that smaller bathrooms utilize light-colored tiles as this tends to open up the room and give the impression of having more overall space.
When choosing tile for showers, most people prefer ceramic because it is durable and easy to maintain. There are also an almost endless number of colors and patterns that you can pick from when going with ceramic tiles.
For floors we recommend looking at warm or neutral colors. The floor is also meant to be durable and easy to clean, but it’s not where you want to draw the eye. Flooring tile should not be the first thing one notices when entering the bathroom, but rather, it should complement the tile or décor on the walls.
If you want to get creative with your tile design, an easy way to do it is to lay the tile in a diagonal fashion, rather than in a grid pattern. You can also choose tile that is uneven or irregularly shaped in order to create a more interesting pattern or effect. You can also experiment with color shades, using gradients or color patterns that create subtle shapes and layers.
The texture of the tile can also add an interesting effect. Some surfaces may be smooth and shiny, while other may have more of a matted or rough appearance.
Since many people use their bathroom as a place to relax or unwind, you may want to consider keeping your tile design more subdued than “exciting”. Loud colors, ornate patterns or distracting designs may take away from this relaxing atmosphere you’re trying to create.
When choosing new tiles, it’s highly recommended that you enlist the help of an expert. Home improvement centers, bathroom retailers and bathroom remodeling contractors are all useful resources when it comes to choosing the right tile and getting installation tips. If you think that installing tiles yourself is a bit out of your element, then hiring a good, licensed contractor is probably the best decision you could make.