Bathroom Tile Ideas

There are many things that can improve the design of your bathroom and one of them is the selection of tile. Homeowners often find creative and unique ideas to make their bathroom look more spacious or stylish. They add colored or textured tiles to give the great overall look. Since tiles play an important role to beautify your bathroom, now you can find them in various materials, finishes and sizes.

The options for tiles are plentiful these days. However, it is better to make a careful selection to the tiles since they are highly visible and can be the center of attention. Below are some helpful ideas you can adopt for your bathroom:

1. Bathroom walls generally use ceramic tiles. This is the popular choice among homeowners. If you want to obtain a contemporary look, you can use the large ones. Meanwhile, you can use smaller tiles to present a traditional look. For the floor, ceramic tiles are also beneficial. They give you both great design and functionality. Ceramic tiles are water resistant and they can have a non-slip finish to ensure safety. However, these items are not the only choice for your bathroom. Nowadays, they are available in various designs, colors and finishes. The options are endless and you can make combinations to enhance the overall design. Tiles with solid texture can be used to create a modern look.

2. If you expect to use tiles that fit both the modern and traditional style, natural stone tiles are a great choice. These tiles are available in two finishes: glossy and polished. Natural stone tiles are heavy and if you want to put them on the wall, you should hire a professional interior design specialist. Ceramic and natural stone tiles are considered to be one of the contemporary trends.

3. The next choice can be vinyl tiles that look like metal, glass, wood or stone. Vinyl tiles resemble the look of wooden parquet tiles. However, these items are more resistant than the real wooden finished tiles. Besides, they offer more comfort.

4. In redecorating bathroom tiling, pay attention to the pattern. Mosaic patterns are probably a popular choice these days. However, it doesn’t mean that you also need to use this pattern. Develop your creativity and find good ideas to improve the tile designs. Your bathroom should be unique and reflect your personal preference. Magazines can give you the many good ideas for bathrooms but the decision is yours.

5. Last but not least, don’t forget to consider all aspects before selecting the tiles. Your tiles should fit all of the elements in the room. They should match with the paint color, furniture or the vanity. If you can’t find the right choice in stores, you may want to consider custom-made tiles. This allows you to choose a pattern that will fit your personal preference.

 

Bathroom Renovation

Bathrooms are one of the smallest rooms in the house and they are also one the most costly to renovate. Bathroom renovation is a job that, if done well, can add value to a home and a great space full of design and light.

Bathroom design

Bathroom design is the first area of your bathroom renovation you need to get right. Just replacing the existing bathroom with the same design may not be enough. The key to great bathroom design is to design it with the people that are going to use it in mind. However be sure that your bathroom design also has a general use factor as well. For example: If you were designing a bathroom for families you could still design the bathroom with easy access to the shower and bath. This would ensure that the design would also work for people with limited mobility. This means if you decide to sell your home or if you are renovating for profit your design has a wider market appeal. Great bathroom design also uses the space well, taking into account the light or window space, size of fittings, and drainage options. Draw out a plan to scale and right down the sizes of your room. Mark the existing drainage points and then and water inlet points. Write down a wish list of the bathroom fittings to need and want with their sizes. Now marry the two together and see what fits. Note: Most bathroom drainage and water inlet points can be moved but this does come at extra cost.

Bathroom remodel

If you have decided to do the work yourself or part of the work it is time to hire a skip bin and pull out the old bathroom. If your home was made pre 1980 you may have fibro bathroom wall linings with asbestos in it and great care will need to be taken. You will need some full body disposable overalls, eye protection, and quality dust mask. Check with your local building authority or council regarding the regulation on bathroom asbestos wall lining removal.

Remove everything except the plumbing. If you keep the bathroom plumbing in place you will not have to turn the water off for the whole house. Also you will need to jack hammer the floor tiles up and the sand and cement bed that they are laid on.

Bathroom Renovation and construction

Bathrooms must be construction properly from the ground up to ensure that the finished job is correct and true. This also ensures the design and look of the bathroom will have a great finish

The Bathroom Renovation Process

  1. Install water and drainage pipe and electrical wires.
  2. Install wall lining and ceiling and then install the bath hob and bath.
  3. Waterproof the floor and shower and bath recess.
  4. Correct the fall of the floor with sand and cement ready for tiling.
  5. Lay floor and wall tiles and then grout.
  6. Install new bathroom vanity, fittings, and taps – install new electrical.
  7. Paint ceiling and final clean.

Step one – Plumbing and electrical

At this point all new plumbing is installed for clean hot and cold water and drainage. Careful attention needs to be taken when positioning the new plumbing so that the plumbing fittings are correct when the tiling is finished. For example: To centre a fitting in a shower recess you must take into consideration the thickness of the wall board, tile glue and tile so the fitting will be centred after the tiles are in place. The same applies to installing drainage pipes for a toilet; the wall lining and tile thickness must be taken into account so the pipe is in the correct position when the toilet is installed after tiling. Also rough in the any new electrical wires without connecting them to the mains power.

 

Home Depot Bathroom Vanities

A really simple way to update your bathroom without doing a full remodel, and without spending a lot of money, is to replace your bathroom vanity. Bathroom vanities can cost as little as $100 (depending on the size you need), up to a couple thousand depending on what your tastes and budget are. I am going to talk about several different options that are available for different budget levels to help you get the bathroom of your dreams.

RTA Bathroom Vanities or Pre-assembled vanities are a great way to get a fresh look for your bathroom without spending a lot of money to do so. Most of the building supply stores will carry their own line of pre-assembled bathroom vanities that you can take right out of the box and stick in your bathroom. While they are starting to add more design details into the vanity, these bathroom vanities traditionally are your basic cabinet with some detailing on the door that come in a wide range of door styles and finishes. There are also hundreds of companies that are selling RTA bathroom vanities on the web. These are usually a little bit better quality than what you will find in Home Depot or Lowes and they are usually less expensive, since they don’t have the huge overhead costs that the big stores have. The difference between the store bought vanities and the RTA vanities that you find on-line, is that you will have to assemble the RTA vanities yourself (which usually just requires a screwdriver). These are the same style cabinets that you will find in all newly built, mid-priced homes.

Home Depot Bathroom Sinks

Before I entered into the Kitchen & Bath industry I never thought about the difference between a 4″ spread faucet and an 8″ spread faucet. I grew up in a small, rural town and honestly can’t remember the type of faucet in any house I had seen, including my own. My parents built a new house in the late 70’s so I’m sure all the faucets were 4″ spread or also known as mini faucets. I really never looked or knew the difference.

Even in my 20’s, I owned my home and did a low budget renovation. I had to aleve myself of the 50’s blue from Kohler. Oddly, I don’t really know the official name of the color. I went to Home Depot and bought a new pedestal sink. It had a 4″ spread faucet hole drilling. I thought I was really ‘upgrading’. It definitely was an upgrade but if I had known in advance with a little extra money it would have made a bigger difference.

What is the big deal whether you have a 4″ and 8″ spread faucet? And for many of us… what does that mean anyway! A sink or countertop will determine the faucet spread you need. Holes are drilled to accommodate the faucet. Look at the hole drillings. If you put a measuring tape up to the holes there will be either a 4″ or 8″ spread between them. Please note that in all plumbing situations, you measure from the center of the hole and not the right or left of the hole. All plumbing measures are made from the center of the hole.

The upside with purchasing an 8 inch spread or also know as a widespread faucet is that it tends to be known as ‘higher end’. It means you took your renovation seriously. Perhaps these issues are not important to you and that’s fine. So let’s look at the more practical reasons to choose between the two faucet types.

 

Bathroom Fans

Bathroom Fans come in many shapes and sizes, from round to square, and in 4″, 5″, 6″, 9″ and even 12″ versions. They are generally white or chrome, although other colours are available. Many people just pop down to a local store and pick up the first fan they see, but there are a few things you should consider about bathroom fans before you buy.

What size fan do you need? For most bathrooms, a 4″ (100mm) fan is sufficient, and is indeed the standard. If you are looking to replace an existing bathroom fan, and don’t know what size it is, don’t measure the front! The measurement is taken from the back of the fan, and it is the diameter of the spigot, or pipe, which protrudes from the back of the fan that needs to be measured. If you can’t remove the fan, (you should get a qualified electrician to do it) it is probably a 4″ one. A 6″ extractor fan is not normally required for a bathroom. They are generally more powerful and only required for kitchens.

In my opinion, the 2 most important things you should be looking at are the extract rate of the fan, and the decibel level of the fan. Obviously the best scenario is a very powerful fan with a very low decibel level. These seem to be the 2 factors in a fan which are overlooked the most! A lot of people seem to go just on looks, and think that all fans are basically the same….big mistake! 4″ fans range from an extract rate of 54m3 per hour (the minimum level required by building regulations) up to 118m3 per hour. For a standard bathroom I’d recommend anything from around 75m3 per hour, and if you take lots of baths or showers, creating lots of condensation, then anything above 90m3 per hour should so the job.

 

Bathroom Light Fixtures

Everyone has different tastes; that’s why there are so many different types of bathroom décor. But one thing is constant despite your décor: the need for clear, sharp light. For bathroom lighting, fixtures can make all the difference in the world.

When choosing your bathroom light fixtures styles, keep in mind that your real goal is to make yourself look great, not to make your bathroom look great. You have a practical job to do – grooming and looking your best – and this is what your bathroom light fixtures are to help accomplish.

1) Realize That Vanity Counts

Vanity lighting or mirror lighting in the bathroom is crucial; everyone’s walked into the bathroom where the lighting makes anyone look greenish or pale.

Without good un-shadowed light in a bathroom, it’s impossible to look your best outside the bathroom also, because you can’t see yourself properly when you’re putting on make up. This need for clear, un-shadowed lighting is what makes bathroom light fixtures so important. When choosing fixtures, bear in mind that the clearer your lens or shade is, the more light it will release into the bathroom.

2) Place Fixtures To “Support” Your Face

Placement is a second, important consideration for your bathroom light fixtures. Ideally, you should surround your face with the best light possible, minimizing shadows under the chin and eyes, and illuminating your cheeks and forehead properly.

You don’t have to use Hollywood strips with a half-dozen lights down each side of your mirror, but you should definitely use more than one bathroom light fixture. Ideally, you should have at least one on either side of the mirror.

Don’t place them above your head; instead, take into consideration the relative heights of your family, and try to place your bathroom light fixtures at about average forehead height. This will minimize shadows on all sides of the face.

Keep bathroom light fixtures at least two and a half feet apart; this shouldn’t be a problem, since the average bathroom mirror is at least this width.

If you want to mount your bathroom light fixtures directly on your mirror, that’s fine too; but look at them against a mirror before choosing to do this, as some fixtures just don’t look good in this setting. You may want an additional bathroom light fixture on the ceiling if you have a large or a dark bathroom.

 

Bathroom Tile

Mold, mildew and grime. We’ve all seen it on our shower tile at some point or another.

When bleach or grout cleaner doesn’t do the trick, most people panic and some may think of ripping everything out and replacing the tile as well as the tub.

The answer is to hire a regrouting service. Regrouters can make your shower sorround look new again at a fraction of the price it would cost you to replace everything.

By using an oscillating tool and a carbide blade, a good regrout can be accomplished in 5-6 hours.

First, the technician will cut all the moldy caulk from the shower pan or the bath tub. Next, the caulk from the corners will be removed. At this point we are ready for the harder part of the job, and that is grinding out most of the old grout. Once all the dust and loose grout is vacuumed out, the new grout is ready to be installed. Two good rinses to remove any grout haze, and we are now ready for a fresh bead of silicone along the corners and base joints.

 

Bathroom Decor

If you want ideas to update your bathroom décor then you only need to look to magazines, books and the internet to be bombarded with inspiration. Your bathroom is a private area where many of us retreat to in order to enjoy some much needed me-time and generally chill out. Bathrooms are often calm and serene places and it is important that the décor reflects this.

The first thing you need to do when changing your bathroom décor is to come up with a theme or an overall decorating scheme that creates the sort of style you are looking for. You need to come up with a plan of how to revamp your bathroom décor that includes three main areas: decoration, color and style. If you are just looking to freshen up your bathroom décor then this is probably the easiest and cheapest room to tackle in the house, however when it comes to a full overhaul you may end up spending quite a lot more.

Lighting is an essential part of any bathroom décor. You want to let as much natural light in as possible as this will create a fresh, airy and relaxed atmosphere. Don’t worry if your bathroom doesn’t have that much natural light, you can always rely on lights. Make sure the lighting isn’t too harsh though as this could ruin the calm ambience of your bathroom. Spotlights are a good idea and some people like to install a dimmer switch so that the lights can be softened when taking a relaxing bath for example. As a general rule of thumb, if your room is dark in color you should choose bright lights and if your room is light and airy, go for dimmer lights.

 

Modern Bathroom Design

Would you say your overall design style is sleek and chic? Do you enjoy the true architecture of a space with its linear simplicity rather that an overly adorned and accessorized space? If you’d like to translate your modern vision into your Master Bath here are a few design ideas to help get you started.

1. Cabinetry

  • When it comes time to selecting the design of your cabinetry lean toward clean, crisp and streamlined furniture.
  • To create a lighter and sleek bathroom environment consider cantilevered cabinetry secured to the wall creating a minimal look to the vanity piece. Create some drama with strip lighting added to the bottom side of the cabinet – which will cast a warm glow to the floor below.
  • Provide additional built in wall-to-wall storage elsewhere in the bathroom to compensate for the reduced storage in the vanity area.
  • Deep dark rich woods evoke a sense of warmth to the clean lines of contemporary design.

2. Fixtures

  • Crisp clean and sleek white fixtures speak to the contemporary/modern design. If space allows introduce one of the hottest trends – a free- standing bathtub.
  • They are available in all shapes and sizes and nothing creates a more dramatic focal point in the bathroom than an exquisite free-standing tub. Simply position it in front of a spectacular picture window with a breathtaking view as the backdrop.

3. Surfaces and Materials

  • Utilize solid surfaces for countertops, whether quartz, limestone, granite, concrete or glass to give it a clean contemporary look. Keep the edges simple and square for easy maintenance and sophisticated style.
  • Always introduce an interesting backsplash material in contrast to the counter top color and material. Whatever the surface I like to apply it on all walls from floor to ceiling. It creates instant architecture and adds great detail and drama to the space.
  • Glass tile, mosaic, stone or ceramic details are just a few of the highly decorative backsplash products out on the market today that create a sense of modern style.
  • Keep geometry in mind when selecting the material for your contemporary backsplash. Consider tile shapes that are rectangular, oversized, or small mosaics to create detail in the pattern of the application. If the tile is oversized and rectilinear install it in a brick pattern. If it’s shape is longer and thinner then stacking the tile creates a very interesting modern vibe. Stay away from the common square tile in any size.

4. Luxurious Shower

  • Create a steam shower with multiple rain heads, and body sprays. If your budget allows, add chromatherapy and aromatherapy to your master bath wish list as well. These fittings represent the epitome of modern luxury design. Don’t forget a built in bench and access panel to hide the steam system.
  • Design a full seamless glass enclosure from floor to ceiling and finish the interior with complimentary mosaics or stone tile to set it apart from the rest of the space. This glass enclosure creates a more visually open space within the overall space.

5. Accessories

  • Remember to keep clutter and display to a minimum.
  • Accessorize with towels in a bright color for punch or stainless steel and woods. Keep everything to a minimum and clutter free.
  • Select chrome, nickel or silver toned drawer/door pulls, towel bars, towel hooks and paper holders for sparkle.
  • Frame vanity mirrors in woods or silver tones – in similar finishes to the other accessories adorning your modern bath.

Now draw a bath and enjoy the modern luxuries of your new space.

 

Bathroom Sink

While it can be exciting to upgrade parts of your bathroom, you may be scared about it not being usable for a period of time. If you only have one bathroom in the home, this is even more of a concern. The good news is many projects don’t take more than a few hours to complete. One of them is the changing of the sink units.

This type of setup allows you to have an all in one change over that fits well and is efficient. It is also less expensive than buying separate items. You have to be careful when you mix and match as items may not fit like you thought they would. Then you have to send them back to be exchanged and the project will take significantly longer to complete.

Space

Identify how much space you have before you shop for sink units. Take a good assessment of how things are currently set up. Is the current vanity too wide that you feel it limits space by the toilet? Is it too long and you feel it makes it harder to use the bath tub? Such factors can help you decide to get one that is shorter and slimmer so you have more open space in the bathroom.

On the other hand, you may feel that there is plenty of room to get one of the wider and longer sink units. This could give you more overall space for storage or to get a nice mirror display. Take your time to determine your measurements so you can get a product that fits in place nicely. Don’t worry if your size isn’t a common one as you can even have them customised.