Options for tiling your bathroom

Unique Bathroom Flooring: one of the coolest design features of new and modern homes is the use of alternative methods of flooring in bathrooms. Ceramic tiles, though traditional, can make older homes look their age, for example, small hexagonal pastel tiles in mid-century homes harkens back to retro designs. If you are looking at renovating your bathroom, the following are creative alternatives.

Pennies:

For those interested in DIY, Pennies can present a fun substitute for floor tiles. This project is cost-effective and is an interesting way to put spare change to use. To penny your bathroom floor, you will need caulk, pennies (varying degrees of wear will lend a cool, shimmering effect to your floor), and a finisher which will give the floor a glossy sheen and reflect light. You can arrange pennies in a pattern or lay them down in random assortment; both will add a distinct personality to your bathroom.

Concrete:

Concrete floors are increasing in popularity in recent years due to the rise in industrial and post-industrial styles of interior design. Concrete floors come in different styles: rough, unpolished concrete, dyed concrete in a multitude of colors, or concrete with a high polish. Both polished and rough concrete pair well with industrial fixtures such as exposed brick or visible pipework. Colored concrete gives a vibrant boost to neutral designs and livens up a light, airy space.

Murals:

Painted floors are a delightful addition to bathrooms. Designs on bathroom floors can be geometric or painted to resemble the ocean. Painted floors should be finished with a clear top coat to prevent chipping of the paint.

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Before deciding how to renovate your bathroom floor, you might want to consult with a contractor or interior designer who can help recommend the most compatible style with your household’s style and needs.

It’s a Showering Matter


In the whole of the bathroom, the shower (or a tub) is the one place that will be exposed to water the most. This makes a practical approach to designing a shower your top priority. No worries, practical doesn’t have to mean boring. Far from that. However, there are certain guidelines that you are best to follow.

It’s like a mini pool

Basically, showers should be built like they’re supposed to be submerged. This means that when choosing materials to work with, you ought to choose ones that are strongly water resilient. Tiles come as a natural choice, although there are some other options. However, we will concentrate on tiles for the time being.

What is usually advised is to choose smaller tiles. Especially if you have one of those curved showers. Smaller tiles will give you better coverage in the curved area. This goes double for mosaic tiles. Smaller tiles go on ceiling too. Yeah, don’t forget about the ceiling as well.

Cleaning is another thing that comes to mind. If you really hate cleaning your shower all that much, then turn to something bigger. It’s easier to clean. Smaller ones can collect more grout, so you can see where the problem is. As for the materials, glazed tiles are easiest to clean.

Question of style

Make sure that you choose the tiles by its purpose. Wall tiles go on walls only, whereas the floor tiles can also go on walls. That’s the general rule, everything else is up to you. You can match the two or use a whole set of different tiles for your shower wall. That’s an excellent idea to add a certain something to your shower. Glass tiles can look very elegant. But have in mind that they may be a little demanding in the field of maintenance.

Small colored glass and mosaic tiles will allow you to play and create if you want to. If not, they will sure add a pop of color in your bathroom. This is an excellent idea if you have a smaller bathroom that you want to turn into something special.

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Thinking before buying

There is a sea of options really. Once you know the important bits and pieces of advice, you’ll easily think of some super unique design that will appeal to you. Knowing these few tricks will make your job of (re)designing a whole lot easier. As usual, Internet if full of creative ideas, so go and browse through them. Good luck!

Demand Tile

It happened when I decided to venture in the world of renovation. My first step was to take on the bathroom. I wanted one of those shiny, brand new ones that makes you feel like you could spend most of your time in there. Because it’s so pretty, of course.

Like every amateur designer, I knew the first thing that needed to be changed are tiles. Out with the plain white ones. In with something new and exciting. I started browsing and then it hit me. It seems there’s a difference between wall and floor tiles. If you take a minute to think about it, it sounds logical. But you know… I never really dedicate the art of fine thought to the philosophy of tiles.

So I started to learn

At first I was so confused. This looked like some kind of math. In order to determine which ones go where, you need to know their COF and PEI ratings. Tiles come with a pedigree, you know. Being a total newbie, I naturally had no idea what these were. Asking politely, I found out that COF stands for Coefficient of Friction and PEI for Porcelain Enamel Institute. To put it in simple words: the first one tells you how breakable they can be; the second one gives you five categories of tiles ranging from wall only to best for the floor.

In the end, it wasn’t so bad. Knowing this two things (or even just PEI) can greatly aid you in choosing the tiles. But there are few other simple rules that I picked up along the way.

Wall tiles are the divas in this game

What I want to say is that wall tiles are more specific. If you come across a wall tile and want to use it as a floor tile, don’t. Ever. They are simply not meant to be walked upon. They are generally way softer than floor ones. They are also less durable. Meanwhile, you can always have an agreement with floor tiles. They can go on walls. They don’t mind.

Also, in designing the tiles, there are certain trends. For example, wall tiles are usually smaller. Not only because it’s easier to install them, but because they look better. And less threatening than huge tiles. Also, wall tiles are the ones that give you the chance to play with exotic and unusual designs. Try glass wall tiles, for example. Imagine glass on the floor. Big no. Somebody mentioned leather. Leather tiles? Got to dig some more into this!

Now I feel ready

Finally, I know how to approach this matter from a practical point of view. All that is left is to see all the awesome designs there are. Who knows, maybe I will spend most of my time in my tile galore!

Mosaic Tiles for Durable and Stylish Home Designs

Home updates and renovations require hard decisions as to which materials to use. For instance, flooring presents you options like hardwood, laminate, carpets or tiles. You need to make choices based on the room you are updating and the design theme.

Mosaic tiles are versatile and very durable pieces of flooring that are usually used in high traffic areas in the house. You can think bathrooms and living rooms. One reason is because they are very sturdy and does not get damaged easily. Another reason is the fact that they come in various designs that are no less than art itself.

For choices, you will find vitreous mosaic tiles, ceramic and stained-glass. There are also wooden counterparts, if you are looking for a warm country feel for your home.

  • Vitreous tiles are similar to plain sheets of see-through or transparent glass. They are usually tinted and are easy to cut.
  • Ceramic ones are thicker and used for architectural purposes due to their materials and finish.
  • Stained-glass are very expensive kinds that are usually made-to-order. The upside is, you can ask for personalized designs that are great for ambitious renovation projects.

This type of tiles usually come in 2-inch squares and are sold with large mesh-supported sheets. You have an option between paper mesh and fiberglass mesh. In order to apply these, you need to cut through the tiles in order to get the group of tiles you need. You can use a specialized cutter or a tile nipper in order to cut the piece to your liking. If you ever need to make adjustments to already-laid tiles, you can loosen the tile using warm water.

If you are looking to transform your space into an impressive entertainment spot for your friends and family, have your flooring done with artful mosaic floor tiles. They are very easy to apply and rearrange based on your specific design needs.

Why we love Natural Stone Tile

There are various benefits you will get when you use natural stone tiles for your floors and walls. Many people have been using natural stone to construct and do interior design for decorating the most exquisite and luxurious residences and buildings. The reasons for the popularity of these stones go beyond the aesthetic qualities of the natural stones. This stone is also hygienic, un-reactive, bacteria resistant and waterproof. 

The most significant benefit of using these stones is the duration of use and longevity of their life. Using them in the home with a lot of care will ensure that they last longer. This stone is available in different forms like limestone, granite, sandstone slate, travertine, and quartzite. Their difference is seen in their aging with use and time. Many people think that the tiles from natural stone improve with use and age because they develop unique qualities and characters. This fact is true because of the availability of different types of stone, and you will not find any two identical tiles in the market.

One vital consideration when choosing natural stone tiles is the suitability to the application you want. Some tiles work well for indoor use and may not function well in a swimming pool or wet room application. Natural stones have extreme versatility for use in the living rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, wet rooms, swimming pools, and conservatories.

The other advantage of using these tiles on the wall is that they lend themselves to provide more flexibility with regards to pattern and design. Since these tiles come in different colors and sizes, from small mosaic tiles to large modular tiles, using them in your spaces will create personalized and impressive features and finishes. You can use various contrasting colored tiles to create striking effects on the wall and floor and come up with particular shapes. In whichever ways you decide to use the natural stone tiles, you will be confident that you will get a versatile and flexible solution.

Before buying the natural stone tiles, you need to mind important differences to using tiles from other materials. Due to the high quality of the natural material, this stone is quite expensive as compared to other materials. They are also difficult to fit and maintain. When fixing and installing these tiles, these stones can be quite hard to cut. You will have to use the electric wet tile cutter from the outside to avoid debris and water spray.

Once upon a tile

Tiles are one of the most common choices when it comes to flooring. They can last for a long time, don’t require much of maintenance, they come in a variety (and do we mean a variety) of options and are a healthy type of floor. We can talk ceramic, porcelain, marble, wood, granite, stone tiles… You name the material and they probably exist.

They really give you a chance to play with them and create true masterpieces of home interior design. It almost makes you want to tile your entire home! But would that really work?

Torch holders of tiles

Tiles almost come as a natural choice of flooring (and walling) for bathrooms and kitchens. Bathrooms are rooms with a lot of humidity and water splashes. Although you could turn to carpets and woods, tiles will make you stress less about it. Water won’t damage them and they are easy to clean. The best part? Experimenting with different designs and sizes can transform your bathroom to one of those Pinterest worthy plumbing stars.

Same is with kitchens. A kitchen is a place of water, spillage, steam and… Well, if you are like me, simply said – mess. Tiles will be there to help you quickly restore your kitchen’s shine. A little bit of stone tiles crisscrossed with wood ones? Or just plain ceramic with a striking motif? Whatever you choose, your kitchen will truly be a heart of a home with a unique tile approach.

But what if I want more?

The idea of tiles anywhere else may seem…just too much. Yeah, okay, maybe basements and patios. We could imagine that. But what about the rest of the house?

Get the image of plain white ones out of your mind and dive into the ocean of possibilities. Your living room would look really good with the wood resembling tiles or stone ones. True, it may lose a bit of warmth that a carpet could give, but then again… There are always rugs. Same goes with studies and dining rooms.

You don’t necessarily have to use them as flooring. How about an eye spotting tile fireplace to give your room that special something? Also, walls. You can completely change a room’s feel with just a stripe of right type of tiles on the walls. Granite, stone, quartzite tiles could easily add some extra glam to the room.

The thing with tiles is that, with all these different types available, they can mimic a lot of different materials. Some of which may just be too much for your budget. But what’s really great about them is that you can actually create unique floor and wall patterns.

Play with it

All that is left is to browse the web and let your imagination run free. Don’t be afraid to ask all the questions and to discuss all the ideas. Let your home be the perfect representation of your personality.