Tile Selection for a Tradition Bathroom Design

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Tile Selection for a Tradition Bathroom Design

Staff Writer · May 5, 2010

When choosing your bathroom design, you may get as elaborate as any area of your home. However, choosing elegant or practical items to place within the bath, your tile flooring is a great place to start and set the tone for remainder of the room.

As many designers will agree, your bathroom ideas and kitchen will be the most used, most functional, and most important rooms in your home design plan. When decorated well, they will provide a great sense of enjoyment, and also a good return on your time and investment should you need to sell your home in the future. Bathroom design software, home design centers, and tile or flooring retailers are plentiful nowadays, and a great source for help overall.

1) Color

Color selection is the first crucial step in your selection. This option may be limited to your budget, as color styles vary as much as tile prices. The most basic colors may be most affordable, and also may provide longevity in design so as not to be out of style too quickly. A good rule of thumb is to choose your color for ten years. By deciding whether your selection will remain appealing and not be considered out of date for this period of time is a prudent method to assure your investment will be worth the cost, and allow for many years of use and enjoyment. And, at this time you’ll also select your grout color. Most design centers will offer dozens of grout colors, color charts, and grout samples to help coordinate your tile and grout colors together.

2) Style

With so many options and tile selections to look at, this can easily overwhelm the buyer and leave you more confused than when you started. So, another selection tip to inspire your bathroom ideas is to keep watch for new construction in your area. Hotel lobbies, trendy restaurants, or high rise offices that incorporate elaborate decor is a great place to stroll through looking for ideas. No doubt, the very best designers were employed to choose tile colors and styles. And, you will have great help here to see how theyare designed to match with paint, counter tops, hardware, and cabinetry.

3) Size and type

A bathroom can incorporate several different sizes of tile. As small as 1×1 tiles are used frequently for back splash, and 3×3 for accent pieces throughout. 12×12 tiles up to the 24×24 size are excellent floor tile sizes, depending upon the overall size of the room. Use of more than one size will give your bathroom a different dynamic for each size you choose. And, your types of tile can be ceramic, porcelain, granite, slate, and many more. Most of these differences have to do with strength of material and type of stone or ceramic used in manufacturing, so consulting a tile pro at your local design center is a good idea so your choice is also practical for your needs.

So, there is quite a bit that can go into just the most basic of tile selection. But, tile is an excellent choice for flooring overall. The right choice will allow you decades of enjoyment, outstanding durability, and beauty that you will appreciate every time you our your guests utilize your bathroom.

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