Using tile in your new bathroom design? Without the proper knowledge, small mistakes can turn into regrets later on down the road.
Here are a couple of secrets we’ve learned that will help you successfully remodel your bathroom and keep your tile looking great for many years to come.
Find a Good Fit
Selecting tile is about more than just color, style, and size. It’s also about finding a good fit. Ask yourself how much action this bathroom is going to see and that will bring a whole new aspect to your tile selecting criteria.
- How much moisture will tile be exposed to?
- Will the tile be exposed to chemicals or other substances?
- Will tile be exposed to heavy traffic?
Porcelain tiles generally resist moisture better than ceramic tiles so if the bathroom dispels moisture slowly, porcelain may be a better option.
High traffic areas require a tile that can stand up to wear and tear without scratching, fading, or cracking. Porcelain comes highly recommended for tough traffic, as do some ceramic tiles. Ceramic tiles can handle moderate traffic and are generally recommended for residential bathrooms. Each tile performs a bit differently so cosult a tile expert and manufacturer recommendations to find a tile that suits your needs.
If you want to go with a natural stone tile, weigh your options carefully. Each type of stone has a different rating and may not make a good fit for your bathroom. Double check ratings to ensure you select a tile that is recommended for your application.
If ease of cleaning is a priority, granite usually cleans up better than other natural stone. Granite keeps its polished look indefinitely for a like-new look.
Thinking through your tile selections will help you find a good fit that will be both functional and beautiful.
Design with a Strategy
You can visually destroy your bathroom space with the wrong layout. If your bathroom already seems cramped, the last thing you want to do is make it seem even smaller.
Remember how vertical stripes are supposed to make you look thinner? Aligning your tile lines perpendicular to the length of your bathroom makes the room feel longer and wider.
Don’t mix up your color scheme too much. Monochromatic tiles have the same visually enlarging effect as aligning tile lines. Select a grout that is the same color as your tiles as well. The less you interrupt things the better.
Keep with a single theme throughout the room. Breaking up different areas of a bathroom interrupts the flow of the space. If you need to shake things up a bit, try an interest piece like a mosaic in the same color scheme or one wall with accent tiles.
The Bottom Line
You can avoid bathroom remodeling regret if you take advantage of the advice of Daltile experts. Find a Design Studio near you for help creating the perfect bathroom.