Tile Styles for Your Bathroom

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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.

2014 Tile and Flooring Trends

This is the Year of the Tile! Larger, visually-interesting tiles create focal points that anchor the rest of the room's decor. Check out tiles with large, eye-catching graphics and tiles that imitate other materials like wood and stone. Think of these features as artwork for your bathroom walls and floors. Ceramic and stone tile floors work beautifully with under-floor heating, because they transfer warmth effectively. Bathroom remodeling with modern wall and floor tiles plus under floor heating gets you beauty, functionality and comfort. A bathroom contractor can tell you what you need to know about combining a tile and heating installation.

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 the earth. 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, sort of the way a sparkling piece of jewelry can enliven a plain, basic outfit. Interspersing a few glass tiles among ordinary ceramics delivers a sleek, colorful, custom look. Or how about bright Talavera tiles to suggest a tropical paradise? Or do one wall in a neutral metallic tile to make it glow? 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 it's 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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