Customize to Your Personal Taste
Custom tilework offers the homeowner the opportunity to add some personality to their home w ith this ideal finish . Creating a color coordinated grooming area is pleasant and personal. Pick an item and build your bath around it such as artwork, a postcard or precious keepsakes. Coordinate your tile patterns to cover your surfaces and complement the souvenir. Muted colors give your finishes a traditional feel. Fill your bathing space with time honored pieces and nick knack’s. Pretty wall mounted lighting fixtures coordinated with recessed ceiling lights will ensure even illumination and make your bath bright even at night.
Perfect Covering Element
For wall and floor coverings, ceramic or porcelain tile is the ideal surfacing textile if you want a durable building material to keep your space looking good and moisture free yet few home owners even consider resurfacing their whole bathroom from top to bottom in ceramic. With an endless array of patterns, shapes and sizes, the possibilities are only limited by the imagination of the remodeler. You can mix and match tilework to create interest or keep it simple to showcase your fixtures and create a room of distinction.
Variety is the Spice of Life
Needless to say designing an all-tile washroom will take careful planning and skill. The main thing, is to keep your overall patterns soft with nooks of accent color. All-white fixtures will help to bring out the lighter shades of your tiling. Variety and interest can be created through the decorative patterns that blend large and small squares, rectangles and triangles that pick up the same colors elsewhere in the room.
Bringing Your Design Together
In a bathroom without windows, due to its reflective nature, light colored ceramic patterns can add a breath of fresh air to carry the luminance around the chamber versus what may have been an otherwise dreary looking room. The continuity of tile designs not only coordinates your bath’s elements but the result is a visually wider-open space.
Mosaics for Your Shower
While you can use the same tiling material to cover your whole washroom, some types are better suited for different areas of the room. For example by virtue of its many grout lines, a mosaic patterned surface is slip-resistant and is the ideal finish for a shower floor whereas tiny metallic glass tiles would be better suited on your shower walls. While large slabs of marble can be placed on walls and floors in the grooming area. If money is an issue when updating your home, porcelain tile is often designed to mimic stone and at times even the trained decorator’s eye may find it difficult to tell the difference between the two items.
Placement and Durability
One very important consideration you must make when surfacing your washroom is whether or not the material will be used on your walls or floors. Wall tiles are not normally expected to support any kind of weight, so they are generally thinner and less pricey than comparable flooring supplies. Floor tile on the other hand is designed to bear the brunt of walking feet and the weight of your fixtures. This finishing material is thicker and heavier than its counterpart used for walls and makes an excellent altern ative for countertops.
Slippery When Wet
When buying tile for floors you want the ideal finish so make sure you check its slip resistance especially if you have an elderly individual or someone with a disability in the household. Slip resistance can be judged by a “coefficient of friction” rating. The way this works is that the higher the coefficient, the better traction you have on your floors. Based upon the Americans with Disabilities Act, the minimum dry coefficient should be rated no less than .6 to meet the national standard.
Does Size Matter?
A rather simple looking bath can be turned into a show stopper through the proper use of imagination and creativity. A bathing space doesn’t have to be massive in size and filled with elaborate decorations to make a statement. With some time and consideration you can develop tilework that produces striking effects with nothing more than variations in size color and placement of your patterns.
Limitless Decorative Options
One thing to consider when combining tiles to make patterns is the size of your bathroom. The scale of the configuration should be balanced to the proportions of the grooming area. The key to an inviting and unique design solution is not to let the pattern dominate the room; however you must remember that larger arrangements usually require bigger spaces whereas small patterns tend to get lost in wide open spaces. So go ahead, experiment with interesting combinations in one of the free online 3d rendering programs such as Google SketchUp. Who knows what wonderful masterpieces of interior design you can come up with today. What are you waiting for? Let’s do some tiling!