2014 Bathroom Tile And Flooring Trends

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According to Consumer Reports, bathrooms are second only to the kitchen on people's wish lists of rooms to remodel, especially since the recession caused many to defer maintenance and skip the little projects that keep rooms from looking old and tired. While bathrooms can be the most expensive rooms to renovate per square foot, they don't have to be.

Approach these trends with caution because that's exactly what they are: trends. Therefore, they have potential to become outdated. If selling your home in the next few years is a possibility, try using more neutral tones with these trends. Neutrals are statistically more inclined to appeal to a wide range of homebuyers. Also, consider featuring these trends in the "less permanent" parts of your bathroom.

Glass Bathroom Tiles

Glass Tiles

Glass tiles are quickly gaining popularity. Many renovators opt for recycled glass for their tiling as an eco-friendly alternative. Recycled glass tiles are made from reclaimed glass that would ordinarily be refuse. Using glass tiles in a bathroom gives the space an ethereal appearance that is relaxing. They allow the bathroom to become a spa-like environment. This tiling option is also extremely functional. Glass tiles are easy to clean and naturally resist the buildup of mold and mildew that is often found in bathrooms.

"Picture Framing" Windows

Because many people have the funds available for a complete bathroom renovation, smaller projects have become popular. Framing bathroom windows with tile or natural stone is an inexpensive and easy project that adds a lot of impact. This process is called "Picture Framing." The process is fairly simple. Begin by removing the window's existing frame. Then replace it with tile or whatever material you prefer. That's it! Select a tile that appears in another part of the bathroom to continue the motif and unify the space. The same technique can be used to frame mirrors too.

Matte Bathroom Tiles

Matte Tiles

2014 is the year for matte tiles. They add a classy, hotel vibe to any bathroom. Matte tiles are most effective in subtle neutrals like grays and blacks. The addition of matte tiles adds a soft, powdery texture to the space that contrasts the often reflective and shiny surfaces in a bathroom. These tiles can be incorporated in the lining of shower walls. Or, if you are looking for a low budget project, they can be added as an accent wall. Concrete is one of the most prominent materials for matte tiling. One of the great things about concrete is that it can easily be changed to whatever color you want. If you are looking to refresh the bathroom again in several years, a couple easy layers of paint will transform the space once again.

Radiant-Floor Heating

There is no worse feeling than the transition from a warm bath or shower to a cold tile floor. The concept of heated floors was invented in the times of Ancient Rome. But radiant floor heating has come a long way since then. The process is fairly pricey. But it adds significant value to a home. Radiant floor heating is easiest to install in new homes because it is difficult to install beneath existing floors. If there isn't a basement or crawlspace beneath the bathroom, you are looking at a long brainstorming process.

In around 90 minutes, a heated floor will warm to around 80 degrees. Many radiant floor heating systems can be programmed with a thermostat to automatically begin warming at a scheduled time so that you can start your morning routine on a warm bathroom floor. Heated floors can operate on either electric or hydronic systems. Electric systems are comprised of electric wires below the floor's surface and are ideal for small spaces. Hydronic systems contain hot water tubes that heat the bathroom floors and are convenient in larger bathrooms. Both hydronic and electric radiant floor heating systems function well beneath marble and stone flooring. These materials are recommended to their natural heat conducting properties.

Bathroom Hardwood Flooring


Bathrooms probably aren't the first room you think of when you hear the words "hardwood floors." But think again! This year hardwood is making a splash in bathrooms. Because bathrooms are prone to heavy moisture, they are ordinarily not ideal spaces for hardwood floors because they tend to expand and become discolored.

If there are so many problems with having hardwood floors in a bathroom, how are they so popular? 

People are achieving the appearance of hardwood by installing faux hardwood porcelain. It looks just like the desired material, but eliminates all of the moisture concerns because of porcelain's natural resistance to moisture. This breed of porcelain is offered in 2, 3, and 4 inch planks. Faux hardwood porcelain is perfect for any bathroom. It requires much less maintenance than real wood and can easily be wiped clean like any other porcelain surface. To make sure that your new flooring complements your bathroom, select faux hardwood porcelain containing similar tones to those used in your cabinets.

Release Your Inner Artist!

Your bathroom is a great place to get creative. Because it's one of the smaller rooms in your house, following trends in floor materials and tiles doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. A good contractor can offer you plenty of tips and ideas for keeping costs down without sacrificing flair. The beauty of working with tile in your bathroom is that you can get a custom look with the addition of a few artistic or one-of-a-kind tiles to a background of less expensive materials. Interspersing a few glass tiles among ordinary ceramics delivers a sleek, colorful, custom look. The placement of your tile can visually expand your space and add interest – basket-weave, diagonal patterns, and mosaics don't have to cost a lot, but they can be much more interesting than a bland wall of white subway tile.

Tile flooring is popular with homeowners because it fits in with most budgets, it's durable and easy to clean. It can, however, be tricky to install, especially if you want to indulge in some decorative techniques. Fortunately, it's not hard to find an experienced tile contractor who can give you the look you want at an affordable price.

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