Beauty And The Bath

Bathroom Ideas Tile

If you're looking for good bathroom ideas tile is one option that you may want to consider.

Types Of Bathroom Tiles

Tile offers a lot of variety for decorating, and it's very durable for long-lasting beauty.

Nonetheless the shear volume of materials and patterns can prove overwhelming when you're trying to settle on a style and look you like. This article will give you some information to help with that process.

Tile materials vary, and each type of tile differs in how it can / should be used not only for the greatest visual impact, but also for longevity.

Glazed Ceramic
This tile may look like stone, but it's not as unpredictable. Glazed ceramic is made in a lot of colors, it's easy to clean, and it's a very strong tile.

However, it's also slippery. Consequently some people use these on walls instead of floors.

Decorative Tile
The base material for decorative tile varies, but the one thing they have in common is that they have patterns or images on the surface of the tile. These tiles are best suited for accents in your overall bathroom design.

One good example is mosaic tile that's bound by mesh. Mosaic is a lovely way to dress up a bathroom fairly easily, providing an old world look.

Porcelain can be costly but it provides a lot of durability and variety from which to choose. Some porcelain is even textured for design flexibility.

Granite, marble, slate, and limestone have been used for bathrooms for a long time. The stone offers a sense of depth and texture that many tiles cannot.

The drawbacks of stone include the fact that it can have hidden weaknesses (cracking over time), and it can stain if it's not sealed properly.

Terra Cotta
Terra cotta is a type of clay that creates a "warm" ambiance with Mediterranean appeal. It comes in a wide variety of colors and shapes, making it perfect for accents.

Picking a Tile Pattern

Once you figure out the materials for you bathroom tile, the next step is either choosing or creating a pattern. For those who feel artistically challenged, don't worry. Nearly all home improvement stores will have books upon books of potential patterns for your consideration.

As you're looking, try to keep your space in mind. For small rooms avoid busy patterns and dark colors. Both will close you in. For larger bathrooms you have a little more flexibility but don't space out your pattern too much or it will get lost in the room.

Don't forget to consider border work. Borders give any room that finishing touch. It's also an area in which tile can get really creative.

Putting it Together

Now comes the grout. You're not stuck with white any more! So you can either pick a contrasting grout color or one in a harmonic hue. A lot here depends on your space, style and the tiles you've chosen.

A modern bathroom, for example, can have very bold colors and crisp geometrics, while old-world bathrooms would have more muted colors and patterns that come out of nature like flowers.

All in all when pondering bathroom ideas, tile will give you plenty of ideas for updating and renovating your bathroom.

Tile in the bathroom is also among the key renovations you can make to improve the value of your home if you're considering putting it on the market.

Finally, even if you're planning to stay in your home, tile is a wonderful choice for long-term beauty and functionality.

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Updated March 15, 2012

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