If you’re in the process of remodeling your bathroom, no doubt you’re considering what type of tiles you will be installing. Tiling can create emphasis and it is highly functional for the bathroom environment. Did you know that the tile layout is imperative during this process? To get a perfect finish you’ll have to carefully plan the tile layout in your bathroom.
Ensure That Tile Sizes Are Correct
The biggest mistake that homeowners make is if the tile measurements they order are indeed that exact measurement. For instance, most tiles are sold in European size. That means a 12- by 24-inch tile isn’t not a 12 by 24 inch in U.S sizes. In addition, the size could also factor in the grout joint. To ensure accurate sizing you should purchase sample tiles so that you can lay them against your existing flooring.
Take into Account the Details
It’s important to consider the medicine cabinet and lighting fixtures at the beginning of the project. That way before the electrician, plumbers and any other tradesmen come in, the tiles are already measured in these areas. Tile layout around the windows and doors should be done carefully. You’ll want to make sure that the whole assembly around these specific areas are waterproof. Paying attention to the details when laying out your design can ensure that the whole look is polished.
Mix and Match Tiles
Try mixing and matching your tiles to create a bold and unique look. This is a great way to create a focal point in your bathroom’s design. A solid color should take about 70% of the tile design and you can incorporate 30% of the contrasting design.
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While backsplashes are great for protecting the walls of your kitchen, they also play their part in adding variety to the room’s design. When working with a kitchen style, it’s important to choose one that complements its features in the best way possible. This post will discuss what backsplashes work best for a contemporary kitchen design. Not to be confused with “modern” style which is based off early 20th century elements, contemporary design is “of the moment”, with features that are popular now in this period. This type of style is always changing as new trends become more fashionable, making it a rather fluid description as this style will mean something new as time goes on.
Contemporary style focuses on clean, angular lines, stainless steel appliances and granite or quartz countertops. With a style as beautiful and as neat as this, the backsplash creates a great opportunity to implement a focal point that will draw the eye, but allow the kitchen’s fixtures to shine.
Ceramic tile is tried and true for being affordable, durable and available in a wide array of colors, shapes and sizes. Try a unique geometric shape in a bright color to make it stand out. If you want to keep it simple with shapes, try patterned tile that will break up all the solid colors that are characteristic of this kitchen style. If you want to keep going with the clean look, subway tile will always be a smart choice. Try arranging it in a chevron or herringbone pattern to keep it interesting.
For something a bit smaller in scale, try penny-style tile or glass mosaic tiles in long strips or small squares. Choose samples that have the same color with different levels of saturation to add depth while keeping with the clean look of the room. If the glass look is too shiny for your liking, there are matte versions available to soften it up.
For a nice contrast, you can also try brick patterned tile or even a textured natural stone backsplash. It will give the kitchen an earthier feeling and be a unique feature that guests will enjoy. Be sure to have any backsplash you choose properly sealed so that you can enjoy its benefits for years to come.
This spring there are some bold trends on the horizon. Read along to find out what is trending for the upcoming season!
Navy blue is the ‘it” color right now! This color is being used on accent walls and upholstery. Deep navy blue is showing up on velvet upholstery in all of the design magazines for spring.
A modern version of farmhouse style is still popular. This style has been growing momentum over the last few years, and it seems to be getting stronger. This version of farmhouse uses the deep farmhouse sinks, paired with clean lined faucets and hardware. In the past oil rubbed bronze was the finish for hardware and faucets for this style. Now the brushed or polished nickel is gaining popularity. Shaker style cabinets are the cabinets for this particular style.
Lucite and acrylic furniture are now being used on the legs of furniture. Most commonly they are showing up as short tapered legs on upholstered sofas and chairs. Typically these legs are used on a traditional frame to make the piece transitional. Clear legs on upholstery give it a light and airy look. Furniture pieces that are all lucite or acrylic are great for small spaces because they are not visually obstructive.
Copper is really gaining ground right now. It is showing up in accent pieces and as well as accents on furniture pieces. Bowls, vases and other kinds of accessories are being made in copper. This material has become more popular due to the rose gold craze.
Spring this year is bold and exciting! Enjoy the simplicity of farm house style paired with bold navy blue, acrylic and copper. The contrast between light lucite and acrylic mixed with deep navy blue; are further brightened by the use of copper accents.
Straying away from neutral colored palettes can be difficult. On the other hand, the main purpose of color is to give a space a new look. Yes, it’s a great way to implement your personality into your decor. How can you pull it off successfully?
Using dark colors can add drama to any room. For instance, deep red walls creates a mood that dims down the brightness of your surroundings. In fact, such a color creates a closed in feeling and it also complements neutral colored furniture.
Bright yellow is a bold color to use in your decor. The key to using this color in a stylish manner is to find furniture and upholstery that matches the wall. You can even try a floral print. Adding the color yellow to your decor is also known to add optimism and a positive vibe to your home!
All colors aren’t stimulating. Forest green is a perfect color to use for homeowners who tend to shy away from color because it isn’t loud. Yes, forest green blends great with neutral or mahogany furniture. While the colors may contrast, together they give off a nature type vibe.
Rooms painted a dark color can make a room recede or seem smaller. So if you’re goal is to visually increase the size of a room you should consider lighter shades.
If you’re not sure about committing to painting your wall an intense color you can add color to various furniture pieces.
Just remember to be bold, have fun and enjoy reflecting your personality in your home decor!
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Open floor plans are in demand for today’s active lifestyle. It can be challenging to create the cohesive design to anchor all spaces when there are no walls. Area rugs are a perfect solution for tying everything together by establishing the purpose and function of the room. Here are some helpful tips for choosing an area rug:
• Matching Rugs – The easiest and safest technique is using matching rugs. Matching rugs are conservative, classic and almost fool proof! This choice works well when furniture settings serve the same purpose. If your style is more playful than conservative, try using matching rugs with a bold design and color.
• Mix Solid Color Rugs – If you want to be a little daring, try combining mix-matched solid color rugs. Just make sure the colors complement each other. One easy way to bring some drama in to the room is by using one rug that is a neutral tone, and a colored rug. Using solid color mix-matched rugs is a creative way to distinguish between furniture settings with different functions.
• Similar Color Palette – Try mixing two solid rugs in different colors in the same room. Make sure that you choose rugs in a similar color palette. If you want to add some punch to the design, try using a patterned rug with similar color palette to the solid rug. This will define the spaces as unique from each other, but not disconnected.
• Textured Rugs – Combining textured rugs adds a special design touch to any room. A natural jute rug is a perfect example of a neutral color palette, not to mention the many textures they offer. Raw hide rugs can be included in your design which offers various patterns, color, and they mingle well with neutral colored rugs. This technique defines spaces as unique, but not disconnected.
When shopping for area rugs, do not forget to measure everything in the room and keep your measurements with you. Make a small portfolio to include paint chips, fabric swatches and flooring samples. It never hurts to take a few pictures or a short video of the room, so you can visualize the proposed design of the room.
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