When it comes to renovating a bathroom, it’s all about the details. By details, we mean tile.
Bathrooms are wet, slippery and have a propensity to be a room you don’t want to spend a lot of time in. But it doesn’t have to be like that.
For many homes, a renovated bathroom – whether it’s a powder room, guest bathroom or primary suite – can change the way we live and engage in our own self-care even.
So, what do you need to consider before embarking on a bathroom renovation? Tile.
The foundation to any bathroom upgrade is going to be the tile selections you make. The good news? There’s a lot of really great options available. The not so good news? There’s a lot of really great options available.
If you’re anything like us, you can fall in love with multiple different tile types, colors, patterns and aesthetics and picking just one may just be the hardest part of your renovation.
Here’s a few things to keep in mind when deciding which tile, and tile combinations, you want for your new bathroom look.
SLIPPERY WHEN WET
Shower floors are not the place for large tiles. In fact, what we want to see here are smaller floor tiles with plenty of opportunity for texture to protect your feet from slipping.
Unfortunately, accidents can happen in the shower and its imperative that you select a tile that will keep you safe.
Certain tiles work better than others in water and provide a more textured surface allowing for a sturdier grip for your feet. Smaller tiles like penny rounds, small octagons, river rocks, or smaller patterns like herringbone in one- or two-inch tile sizes can make a big impact.
Selecting a grout that is more water-resistant is also key here. We want to ensure mold and mildew stay far away from your shower.
FLOORS AND WALLS HAVE DIFFERENT NEEDS
Tiles on the main floor of your bathroom, as well as within your shower, have different requirements than the tiles you may place on the shower walls or backsplash to your vanity. Be sure to ask an expert, like our team here at Flohr, which tiles are best suited for each aspect of your bathroom in order to make the right choices the first time. No one wants to redo their bathroom because they have tiles that are not suited for the longevity or safety of the space.
SIMPLE IS SATISFYING
Next, when designing your bathroom – aim to keep your tile selections to two or three types maximum. When your bathroom boasts more than that, the overall design begins to feel too busy and does not provide you with the relaxing atmosphere you may want to accomplish in this space.
Today, many designers are opting for large 2’x2’ blocks of tile to minimize seams and accentuate the look of the space – thereby allowing the tile to take a more prominent role.
BOLD IS ANYTHING BUT BASIC
With that said, don’t be afraid to go bold on color choices or patterns. This is your bathroom, get playful if you’re up for it. Try new patterns, like vertically placed subway tiles in a deep green or fishscale shaped tile in a rich blue hue. If you’re ready to renovate any of your bathrooms, give us a call today. You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers.