Advice for a Bathroom Remodel

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Completing a bathroom remodel can be exciting but can also be a little more complicated than you imagined. If you are not sure about what to focus on when remodeling your bath, you came to the right place! Here is our expert advice on beginning a bathroom remodel:

Flooring

Making sure you choose a flooring material that is water-, scratch- and stain-resistant is essential. Water is going to be an issue when you are dealing with a shower stall, tub, and sink. Make sure you install something durable like tile to ensure your floors stay in pristine condition. Natural stone can also be a good choice if properly sealed. If the room used to be more on the dull side, try a uniquely shaped tile choice to mix it up. If you go with the classic tile shape, try installing a border to add character.

Storage

Clutter can ruin a functional space, so take this opportunity to install as much storage space as you need to keep things tidy. If there was too much storage prior to your remodel, try sleeker shelving that will still get the job done. If you are working with a spare bathroom that will not be seeing much use, you can skip the bulky cabinets and go with a more minimal look through open shelves or baskets. These will still hold the necessities for guests while taking up less square footage in the room.

Fixtures

An attractive set of fixtures can amp up the style in your bathroom. To save space in a small spare bathroom, install a pedestal sink with just enough room for overnight guests to fit their travel kits. A claw-foot tub also makes a beautiful statement. For the master bath, try a vessel sink or an undermount sink to create a more unique look. The master can forgo a bathtub and have a beautiful stand-up shower stall with tile from top to bottom and be enclosed with clear glass doors to keep the room looking spacious.

Lighting

Most bathroom lighting fixtures are set above where you would be standing to look in the mirror. This casts shadows downwards and is not the most optimal use of light for getting ready in the morning. Try adjusting the lighting to eye level on each side of the mirror. In doing so, it will help cast the right lighting for makeup application as well as a morning shave.

Ask for Help

Finally, do not be afraid to ask for assistance if there are parts of this remodel that confuse you. It is better to ask for help prior to installation so you can prevent purchasing any inappropriate materials for the space. Feel free to come and visit our one of our showrooms with any questions you might have. One of our expert sales associates would love to assist you. Do not wait; stop in today!

How to Choose the Perfect Bathroom Tile

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When deciding to begin a bathroom remodel, we get excited to explore all the different ideas that can be incorporated. We look at countertops, sinks, cabinets, bathtubs, but most importantly, we look for the perfect tile. Tile is a timeless bathroom remedy that can functionally enhance the aesthetics of the atmosphere. We generate a theme from what we have seen before and have liked. Maybe you saw a rustic design at a restaurant, or perhaps your friends’ house has a simply beautiful, all-white design. While we search through a plethora of Pinterest pins and available options in a store, you begin to form an idea of the direction you want your bathroom design to go. To help you guide you during your decision process, here are our top three rules to follow in choosing the perfect bathroom tile.

Design

The first step is that you will need to select a design style that is meaningful to you. Decide if you want dark or light tiles, ceramic or glass, a lot of character or plain, texturized or smooth. Try not to select more than three tile types in your bathroom. Too many styles can feel busy and chaotic. To make your design feel more uniform, you will want to pick a primary tile and secondary tile. Your other tile choices can be used for trim, accent, and added character throughout the room.

Scale

If you are stuck on the size tile, consider the relative scale. If you select a 12×24, you can use it to accentuate the length of a room. You can use a smaller, more symmetrical option like 12×12 tiles too if your bathroom demands more cuts. A smaller tile will mean fewer cuts around plumbing and furniture. If you go with a larger tile, it can make a small room feel larger. Be careful not to go to big in very small spaces, or it can look strange. A general rule of thumb is to never put larger tiles on the walls than the tiles on the floor.

Maintenance

If you are okay with a little more maintenance, natural stone tiles are great for adding character to a room. However, if you do not want to be spending a ton of time cleaning, ceramic and porcelain are your safest options. Glass can make great for accents or walls but is not a good choice for the ground. Look into some mosaic glass designs to add even more character in your showers or bath.

Picking the perfect tile is fun. It is safest to go with your first instinct. All tiles have character, decide how much you are willing to put in a space. Too many high-designed tiles can clash and make the space look busy. Also, do not forget to consider the maintenance and size you want in your home. With these simple guidelines in mind, you are ready to create your dream oasis bathroom.

Factors to Consider when Purchasing Shower Tile

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Finding the right tile for your shower stall may sound simple. In fact, most homeowners primary concern when shopping for shower tiles is selecting something that will merely get the job done. However, you should take time to consider color and patterns so that the shower tile you select complements your bathroom decor. Below, we listed factors you should consider when purchasing shower tiles. Let’s take a look!

Smaller Tiles for Curves

Depending on the design of your shower bench, you might have to opt for smaller tiles. If you would consider your shower bench as “curvy,” small tiles are ideal. Why? Installing tiles around the edges can be a challenge when working with larger sized tiles. Also, when working with smaller tiles around curved benches, you will have greater control during installation. It allows you to be precise so that you can create a seamless design, especially if you plan on installing the tiles yourself.

Add a Feature Wall

If you really want to add style and glam to your bathroom, you can create a feature wall by selecting a different tile choice than what was installed on the rest of the walls. In fact, you can create an accent are right in the shower by opting for tiles that feature a bold pattern or different hue.

Use Small, Colored Glass

We all love the look of glass tiles, especially in the shower stall. Working with glass can sometimes be difficult; therefore, you should try using small, colored glass. Since moisture can often get trap behind glass, design experts recommend using small, colored glass to create a flawless look that does not feature any fog from steam.

Play with Texture

Believe it or not, texture matters. While smooth tiles are great for the seats and walls, textured tiles can be applied to the floors for safety purposes. The texture can help the foot grip the surface more securely and offers homeowners will peace of mind.

Consider the Maintenance Process

Finally, you need to consider the maintenance process of the tile surface that you are thinking about installing on your shower stall. Experts recommend opting for larger slabs if you are looking for a quick and easy cleaning experience.

Three Small Bathroom Problems Solved

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Do you feel you like you barely have room to move around in your bathroom? If you are tired of bumping into the sink every time you hang up a towel, it may be time you employ techniques that enable you to increase your sense of space. From smart storage solutions to visually enhancing your space, you can turn a small, awkward bathroom into something comfortable and chic with just a bit of planning.

Problem # 1: Lack of Storage

Is your bathroom vanity cluttered with products? Does it seem like there is no place to store extra towels, toiletries and cleaning supplies? We understand that there is nothing like a clean, streamlined bathroom, but finding space to store those extra items can seem impossible.

The Solution

Steal space from territory that has not been used in the bathroom. This can be the blank walls next to your vanity mirror, the area above your toilet, or corners that go unused. You can even consider building recessed shelving units inside the shower so that you can keep soap and shampoo off the countertops and floors. Also, be sure to use baskets to keep small toiletries and items neat and organized. Lastly, do not forget about the space behind the toilet. Perhaps, you can add some style and storage with a beautiful shelving system or cabinet.

Problem # 2: Tiny Blueprint

Are you adding a master bath to your bedroom but find that there is little room to add in a toilet and sink? Do not worry this is a common problem that several homeowners will face.

The Solution

Try expanding the sense of floor space by keeping everything off the floor. Opt for a floating toilet and sink. By suspending these items, it will help make the room feel much bigger. Additionally, keep furniture to the minimum. Furniture and bulky items can create an overwhelming atmosphere. Opt for lightweight, smaller pieces to create a sense of balance in your small space.

Problem # 3: No Room for Separate Shower Stall

Do you want a separate shower enclosure but there is no room? If your home has one main bathroom, you may find that keeping the bathtub is necessary.

The Solution

You can turn that small space between the bathtub and the sink into a shower stall by installing wet-room flooring. Use a frameless shower stall to avoid making a visual interruption, or you can do something traditional by combining the bathtub and shower.

If you are looking for the perfect wet-room flooring, please do not hesitate to call or visit one of our locations. We would love to provide more information to help you create the bathroom of your dreams.

Should I Use a Shower Door or a Shower Curtain?

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When it comes to personalizing your bathroom, a few ideas always come to mind on your must-have list: the colors, the materials, and the lighting. Another important decision for this area is whether to use a shower curtain or shower door. There are pros and cons to each so it may not seem like too easy of a choice just yet, but read on to find out which one sounds more appealing to you.

Looks

Going with the obvious reasons, we all have our preferences for the way a feature makes the room look. This is no different when it comes to the curtain/door debate. A shower door makes a simple, understated impression while a shower curtain provides a little visual movement to the space. A shower door, while not easily changeable, provides a more sophisticated look to your bathroom while a shower curtain injects a little fun with its possibilities since curtain designs can be switched out at any time. Choosing a shower door would mean committing to the look it will provide the room while a curtain would be able to be updated on a whim if you become bored with the color scheme.

Maintenance

The next issue to think about when choosing this bathroom feature is how much time you want to invest in its maintenance.  A shower door requires daily wipe downs to keep stains from building up on the glass.  If it slides open and closes on tracks, these also need attention since mildew can easily be built up in this difficult to reach space. If the door opens and closes, be sure that the hinges are cleaned regularly to avoid a similar problem in that space as well.  A shower curtain can be low maintenance for the simple fact that if you notice the inner or outer liner is starting to stain, the material can easily be restored through mild cleaners and a sponge or a cycle in the washer if it is fabric.  If stains are particularly stubborn, usually at the bottom where water is most likely to come into contact with it, you can simply throw it out and purchase new materials.

Cost

When it comes to affordability, shower curtains end up being the less expensive choice while a shower door requires more of a commitment and investment. If you feel that you are not ready to commit to the idea of a shower door, a curtain may be for you.  If you are willing to put aside a little extra money in your budget to add an elegant touch to your bathroom, consider installing a shower door.

Either choice is an excellent idea. It truly depends on your personal style and what tone you are trying to set for the space. We think that there is something effortlessly elegant about a shower door, but shower curtains offer homeowners with more design freedom.

What are your thoughts on the debate? Are you team shower door or shower curtain? We would love to hear your thoughts below in the comment section.

What Does Waterproofing a Shower Mean?

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For many, the thought of waterproofing a shower sounds a bit strange; however, if you plan on installing a new shower in your bathroom, waterproofing can be one of the most important steps, especially when using tile. If you are new to the concept, it is okay! We will give you an inside look at why waterproofing your shower is so important. Let’s take a look!

Why Waterproofing is Important

So, why exactly is waterproofing your shower so important? Waterproofing ensures that you create a watertight seal around the shower area, which provides protection from water seeping down into the floorboards or the small crevices around the wall. When water gets into the floorboards or small areas, it can result in molding and even structural damage.

What many homeowners do not realize is that elements used in constructing showers such as cement backboards, mortar, grout, and sealers are not waterproofed. In fact, cement backboards and backer boards will only provide limited stability in these wet areas.

Drawbacks of Not Waterproofing

When your shower is not properly waterproofed, it can be detrimental to your bathroom. One of the most common mistakes when constructing and waterproofing a shower is a failed shower pan. When a shower pan is not doing its job, you can expect water to get trapped below the tile level.  In essence, the tile may never truly dry up. A failed shower pan can cause water to start buckling the walls behind the tile. Eventually, mold lines will begin to appear in the area where the wall and floor merges. A significant sign that your shower pan is not functioning correctly is when Efflorescence starts to form. Efflorescence is a chalky, white residue that grows out of the grout.

When moisture gets trapped, mold begins to breed. Mold can be harmful to one’s health. Not to mention, insects and termites are also attracted to the moisture. They slowly eat away at the structure causing thousands of dollars in damage to your home.

The Solution

LATICRETE ‘s innovating product line gives “complete system solutions” all the way from the substrate (bottom layer) to the grout for any style of stone or tile installation. The various products help to waterproof your shower with clean lines and easy maintanence for years to come. If you are interested in learning more about LATICRETE, please click here.

Additionally, Schluter Systems are a waterproofing system that is guaranteed to provide the ultimate protection against water.  If you are interested in learning more, please click here to read more about our Schluter products. 

If you would like to know more about one of our waterproofing products, please do not hesitate to call or visit one of our showroomsWe look forward to helping you create a design that is as functional as it is fashionable. Thanks for reading!

Why You Should Consider a Tubless Bathroom

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While a bathtub is a common feature in a traditional bathroom, they do not always get a lot of use. In fact, according to research, most people prefer a shower over a tub for bathing. That is why most homeowners are choosing to leave the bathtub out of their bathroom remodel project. The annual Home Design Trend survey revealed that as much as 65% of people desired a stall shower without a tub. If you have been considering eliminating a traditional bathtub from the equation, here are five reasons why it might be ideal for you:

Make Room for Your Dream Shower

If you are thinking of building the large shower of your dreams, you should consider going tubless. By eliminating the bathtub, you can make room for a spacious shower stall.

Increase the Space in a Small Bathroom

Does it feel like your small bathroom is overcrowded? This can be especially so if you have a freestanding tub. In many small bathrooms, the shower enclosure is tucked into the corner of the bathroom and hidden by a shower curtain. A bathroom occupied by a sizeable, clunky tub takes up most of the square footage. If you desire a lighter and airer space, going tubless can help such a small space feel and look bigger than it actually is.

Tubless Shower Stalls are Super Functional

Many homeowners choose to eliminate a tub from the bathroom for a freestanding shower tub because it increases functionality. In homes with elderly or disabled residents, freestanding showers are mobility friendly. Shower stalls without a tub enclosure provide a low entry-way making it easy to get in and out of the space.

It Does Not Have to Be Expensive

If you are not ready to take on an expensive full bathroom remodel project, no worries. You can go tubless without moving your shower. You can seek out contractors who have experience performing tub to shower conversions to save money. Look into your options, and you may be surprised by the possibilities.

Feature gorgeous tile inside of your shower by visiting us at Century Tile. We have a wide selection of affordable, beautiful pieces for any style. Please do not hesitate to stop into one of our showrooms for more information.

How to Make The Most out of a Galley Kitchen

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Do you dream of having a large, open kitchen space, but in reality, you are working with a galley kitchen that provides limited counter space? Although many homes feature large kitchens, there are some that feature small counter space, limited storage, and compacted rooms. If you own a galley kitchen, do not fret, it is not the end of the world. By employing a few simple design elements, your galley kitchen can be just as efficient as any other space:

The Galley Kitchen Layout

The galley kitchen layout has become so popular because it is ideal for smaller spaces. It consists of two walls, opposite of each other accompanied by a single cooking station and small countertops that are opposite of each other. Galley kitchen designs also feature a narrow walkway. Traditionally, these style of kitchens are basic in design and are not equipped with the advanced components that more modern kitchens have.

The limited space and functionality of galley kitchens often make homeowners feel stuck; however, by making a few changes, you can create an efficient and stylish space. This article will serve as a guide to ensure that you get the most out of your money when renovating:

Visually Expanding The Space

No doubt, your priority in designing your galley kitchen is to maximize space. There are several tricks you can employ to expand the space that you are working with visually. The best way to add visual depth and width to your galley kitchen is to start from the floors. To help visually open up the space, you can install your floorboards horizontally. This will make the kitchen appear longer than it actually is. If you want to add more height to the kitchen, slightly raise your appliances off the floor so that you can create the illusion of depth.

Color Scheme

Selecting the right color can be challenging. In this scenario, it is best to go with colors that are light and airy. Lighter colors tend to open up small spaces, whereas darker hues will create a claustrophobic feel. Neutral tones, pastels, and bright colors will help to brighten your small space and reflect any natural light.

Lighting

Everyone knows that good lighting can enhance the color scheme, further open up a space, and set the mood. Small galley kitchens should be well-lit. You will want to go with bright overhead lighting as well as a few task lighting over the countertops. It is ideal to bring natural light into the space, but if you do not have that option, artificial lighting can do wonders.

Are you in the market for new floors to finish off your galley kitchen? We would love to help you at Century Tile. Stop by one of our beautiful locations or contact us for more information.

We look forward to working with you.

Ways to Spruce up The Space Above Your Toilet

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Do not let that empty space above your toilet go unused and unnoticed. Take advantage of the open space by filling it with one of our awesome ideas. Let’s take a look!

Ten Ways to Spruce up The Space above Your Toilet:

Delicate Mirror.
Mirrors are always a fantastic decor choice. Not only can you look at yourself in them, but they open up a space by reflecting light. If you have a small bathroom, a mirror above the toilet may be a good option for you! For a unique twist, you can purchase several small mirrors in different styles and place them in a design above the toilet.

Artsy Wine Box Planter.
Do you have an extra wooden wine box and you are looking for a fun do-it-yourself project to start? Repurpose the wine box by making it into a planter to hold your succulents. Plus, you will find that succulents are a great plant option for bathrooms because they do not need to be frequently watered!

A Plant’s Haven.
If succulents are not your game, you can add other plants above your toilet. There are a variety of different plant styles for you to choose from:

  • Hang a plant from the ceiling.
  • Line up three small plants on a shelving system.
  • Place an overgrown plant on the shelf, and have the leaves falling off a bit for a stylish decor look.
  • Mix plants with other decor pieces for a trendy look.

Wall-Sculptures.
Take your love for 3-D and use it in your bathroom decor. Wall sculptures can be a fun, interesting decor piece that will work perfectly above your toilet. Just be sure to find one that is the right size for your space.

Repurposed Ladder.
Do you consider yourself a thrift store guru? Then this challenge is for you! Find yourself a used, rustic ladder and transform it into a toilet shelving system. You can use the steps of the ladder for shelves and create a timeless piece for your bathroom’s decor.

Wired Basket.
Wired baskets have always been a bathroom classic. Whether it is holding your toilet paper or your magazines, wired baskets are a fun and fresh idea to spruce up this space. Plus, the open concept will help you to keep your bathroom tidy.

Amazingly Abstract.
If you love art, try adding in a piece of your favorite abstract artwork. Abstract artwork can add a unique twist to traditional bathroom decor.

Bold Gallery-Wall.
Take your design skills and create a gallery wall with fun pictures and wall decor! Be sure to mix in several different decor pieces to create the perfect look.

Fresh Flowers.
Nothing is quite as beautiful as fresh flowers. If it is within your budget, adding fresh flowers to your bathroom can be a glamorous finishing touch. If it is not within your budget, you can dry the flowers out and still use them as a unique piece of decor.

Glassware + Vases.
For a more minimalistic approach, you can simply put a few decorative pieces of glassware and vases above your toilet. This creates a clean, sleek look without overwhelming the space.

You will find that these ideas are perfect for small bathrooms that need a little flavor in them. Half bathrooms and tiny bathrooms can rejoice! You have found the holy grail for bathroom decor ideas.

Simple Ways to Increase Value in Your Bathroom

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If you have ever talked to a real estate agent, you understand that the top two selling features of a home are the kitchen and bathroom. By focusing on these rooms, you will be able to increase the overall value of your home and potentially make a return-on-investment. Today we are going to focus on six ways that you increase value in your bathroom. Let us get started!

Simple Ways to Increase Value in Your Bathroom:

1. Get Fixed on Fixtures.

An easy update that you can do without a contractor is replacing your bathroom fixtures. From the sink to the shower, you will want to replace the faucets with new, chic ones to make the bathroom look its best.

2. Lights On.

Take a look at the current light supply in your bathroom. Lighting can be a significant selling feature without homeowners realizing it. You will want to make sure that there is an ample amount of natural light coming into the space as well as light fixtures. Take a look at your bathroom during the daytime and nighttime and see if your lighting needs to be adjusted.

3. Customized.

Everyone’s home is unique, and no two houses will be the same. That is something you can use towards your advantage. Customizing your bathroom specifically to complement its shape and architecture will help make it more appealing to buyers. Things like custom cabinetry with extra shelving can make your bathroom stand out from the rest.

4. Embrace Neutrals.

Unfortunately, we cannot know exactly what a buyer is looking for in a home. Each buyer is unique and has their own preferences. That being said, your best bet is to remain neutral in a color palette. It is the most generally pleasing palette for a bathroom, and it tends not to turn away buyers.

5. Create an Oasis.

You want to create an experience in your bathroom. To add value to your bathroom, you will want to focus on two areas: the shower and the bathtub. These areas are significant to buyers. Try and make sure that they are in excellent condition with new fixtures.

    • Pro-Tip: You can even set the tone with candles surrounding the bathtub, and play relaxing music during a showing.

6. A Good Cleaning.

You may be surprised by the amount of buyers that are turned away from a home because of its grime. Be sure to give your bathroom a good deep cleaning. Even if you are not putting your house on the market, it is a good idea to do a deep cleaning often to reduce the spread of bacteria and germs.

Are your bathroom floors in dire need of an update? We would love to assist you in selecting new, high-quality floors from Century Tile. Stop by one of our beautiful showrooms or call us for more information. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you!