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Top Tile Ideas for Your Bathroom Makeover

Many kinds of tile are available for those wanting to upgrade their bathroom, whether small or large, and whether you want it to be simply functional or you’re creating a designer’s dream — or rather, your dream!

Picture this … you’re on vacation in Mexico, Italy, or Spain, and you see the most beautiful tile patterns while having dinner at a favorite restaurant, or in the bathroom at the hotel where you’re staying. A single tile can hold inspiration for one of the most used rooms in your home — the bathroom.

Let’s take a look at the options available to create a new bathroom just by choosing a beautiful design and the right material to fit your lifestyle.

Design by Dream

Color — What colors are you drawn to?

  • If you have a small bathroom, try lighter colors and/or pastels for a more expansive feel. Also, you may want to paint the ceiling a similar color (not just white) to bring the room together in a modern way.
  • Many people are drawn to water-related colors in bathrooms, (light blue or light green) but natural colors (white, charcoal gray, taupe) are trending now, leaving your choices open for a variety of natural and man-made materials.

Pattern — What patterns will bring out the best in your bathroom?

  • Graphic/geometric patterns can be a fun and creative way to add some pizzazz to your room. Utilizing a hexagonal or herringbone pattern adds dimension and opportunities for artistic flair.
  • Graphic/geometric patterns can be a fun and creative way to add some pizzazz to your room. Utilizing a hexagonal or herringbone pattern adds dimension and opportunities for artistic flair.
  • Graphic/geometric patterns can be a fun and creative way to add some pizzazz to your room. Utilizing a hexagonal or herringbone pattern adds dimension and opportunities for artistic flair.

Texture — How do you want your tile to feel, especially if you are considering floor tile?

  • While you may not want glossy tile on the floor (especially due to the slip factor in the shower), you may choose to bring light and reflection to your walls.
  • Consider the feel of the floor on your bare feet — some materials, like vinyl, are much softer than porcelain or ceramic tile.

Synthesizing Dream and Functionality — Tile Materials

When you’re planning out your bathroom renovation, installation as well as regular maintenance costs are sure to be a part of your consideration. According to Remodeling Magazine, a full bathroom renovation costs on average a little over $16,000, with 50-75 percent of the cost in labor, assuming you have contracted out all of the work. (washingtonpost.com) According to Consumer Reports, it is important to add in a 10-15 percent cushion to your budget, to ensure you are ready to go.

Here are a four options for tile materials to take into account:

  • Vinyl — Vinyl is the most popular bathroom flooring material for several great reasons, not the least of which is its relatively low cost and ease of installation. Vinyl flooring comes in many styles and colors, and gets high marks for durability, safety, and comfort. The material is self-adhering and can be cut with a utility knife. Prices start at $.95 per square foot.
  • Ceramic or Porcelain — Although these materials score high in the maintenance area like vinyl, they won’t feel as comfortable on your bare foot. However, if you’re looking for aesthetic design, ceramic or porcelain have some of the best options out there. If you are looking for stone or wood lookalikes, complex patterns, or colorful penny tiles, ceramic or porcelain may be the way to go. They are not as easy to install, but ceramics will resist scratches and wear if protected with a high-grade glaze. Porcelain tiles are solid color, an advantage if chipping happens. Prices start about $1.09 per square foot. (bobvila.com)

    Please note that, according to bobvila.com, when choosing these materials for flooring, ensure it’s rated for use on floors. Choose ceramic tile with a grade of 1 or 2 for floors, and that the coefficient of friction (COF) is at least .50, for safety. For porcelain, opt for tiles that are at least PEI III in the Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) rating system.
  • Stone/Marble Natural stone tiles have become especially popular in bathrooms this past decade or so. Made from limestone, marble, granite, and slate, stone tiles are available in colors that range from creams to blues, reds, greens, and golds. Various textures are also available, including sandblasted, etched, and flamed variations. Stone requires more maintenance than ceramic tile; regular cleaning and sealing are recommended. Stone tile can run from $2-20 per square foot in today’s market, with slate at the lower end of that range. (bobvila.com)
  • LinoleumLinoleum is made of linseed oil, cork powder, wood flour, ground limestone, and pigments. Especially interesting in 2020, linoleum is touted as naturally inhibiting the growth of microorganisms. In addition to its ability to retain its color, it is easy to install with click-in-place plank designs. The look it creates can fit in a modern or retro setting. However, linoleum is relatively expensive with an average price of $4 per square foot. (bobvila.com)

Once you have your tiled bathroom complete, The Marble Doctor is always here to assist in its maintenance and upkeep. We offer an array of services that include grout cleaning and replacement, surface cleaning, refinishing/resurfacing, stain removal and more.
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