We are currently in renovations at our house. It has been so much fun putting together mood boards and colour schemes for our bathroom, but things can get tricky when it actually comes down to picking and buying what you need. There are just so many options! But we are here to help. Here are a few tips and tricks to use when picking tile for your new bathroom.
There are a few questions you need to ask yourself before you swipe your card and lug home 1000 pounds of tile. Like who are you shopping for? Are you going to be selling your house in the future? What style is the rest of your home? What style do you love? What is your budget? and these are just a few... But to get started lets talk about the first one; Who are you shopping for?
Kids, pets, elders, a frat house? every person has specific needs. If you have children or pets you might not want to get products that stain easily, such as natural stone. And even though natural stone can be sealed, it needs to be maintained annually, and with little busy bodies running around, weather it's for the floor or walls, you might want to forget the extra hassle. A standard ready sealed and protected porcelain might be your safest (and cheapest) bet.
Something else to think about is the finish of your tile, more specifically the finish of the floor tiles. Again, if you have children or elders, or hey, even just your clumsy hubby! You might not want to get something with a high gloss or polished finish, as it could increase the amount of slippage. Stick to textured finishes, like tumbled or hammered.
Once you've figured out the type of tile and its finish, you can get on to the fun stuff. Like thinking about patterns and sizes! Now there are so many choices when it comes to tile patterns, colours, and sizes, so here are my tips...
Keep it simple. If you find a tile for the floors with a funky pattern that you really love, keep it simple for the shower walls, or vice versa. Having a crazy patchwork bathroom might be fun for a little bit, but it won't stay in style for long. And unless you're willing to buy and install new tiles every few years with your changing moods, I would yield this advice. My recommendations for tile size varies for each bathroom and person (much like everything else!), if you have a smaller room to work with, try going down in size for the floor tiles. They will be easier to see, and it won't look like you just have a few odd tiles laying around. You can even get a nice herringbone pattern happening, smaller rooms can house more intricate designs without fear of looking too busy. For the larger rooms you can have some fun with marble slabs, versailles patterns, and the highly popular 12x24, to name a few.
Another thing you might want to consider is how the rest of your home looks. If you have a beautiful white kitchen with engineered hardwood floors, grey walls, and contemporary furniture, then you might not want to take on the moroccan look in your bathroom; It just wouldn't make sense from a design standpoint. And if you are thinking about selling your house in the future, then you really need to make smart and thoughtful choices. You got this!
If you're still having a hard time with tiles, then maybe you need some external help. So, email me! I would love to help you with your next project.