Posts Tagged ‘bathroom design’

Bathroom Remodel: Four Smart Flooring Strategies to Get You Started

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Flooring, Tile

Are you ready to remodel your bathroom? If so, we would love to help you by bringing up four crucial points to consider before selecting your new, fabulous tile. Let’s take a look!

Safety First

Did you know tile has ratings based on grade, water absorption, and friction? In fact, beauty aside, the tile on your bathroom floors needs to be able to withstand water exposer and ensure you will not slip and fall. Therefore, you want to be sure that you choose the proper rating for your bathroom application. If you are uncertain about which grading to choose, one of our expert sales associates would love to assist you. Do not hesitate to ask!

Measure Correctly

Before measuring and calculating the number of tiles, you will need to know the measurements of the fixtures in the room. The size of the tub, toilet, and vanity all vary, so these decisions need to be made first. For example, if you have a floating vanity, the tile will be installed underneath, as opposed to a built-in vanity, where the tile will simply be installed alongside the outer edges of the fixture. Our consultants can help double check measurements before placing your final order.

Leveling

Is your floor level? If not, this is a good time to address the issue and correct it during the tile installation. A quick test is to place a marble in each corner of the bathroom. If a marble begins to roll in any direction, you will know where your problem areas are. Talk with our contractor about how you can solve leveling issues.

Design Ideas

Large tiles with large patterns will look great in most bathroom sizes. Larger floor areas offer more leeway to explore more intricate pattern ideas. Think about using two different styles of tile to create more visual interest, for example, a wood-look tile on the floor and a glossy subway tile in the shower. In a small bathroom, keep the accent tiles to a minimum to avoid a chaotic look. Definitely take time exploring our website and various design magazines to find the looks you like the most.

Visit one of our showrooms for personalized help. Our showroom consultants would love to help as you make decisions that will add value and increased enjoyment of your home!

What’s Hot in Bathroom Design?

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hints and Advice, Kitchen and Bath, Tile, Tips

20819710_SYou’ve overhauled your kitchen and now it’s time to give your bathrooms some extra love.

Do you have a bathtub? Try replacing it with a claw foot tub. The new ones have been given an update and a modern spin to make this classic look fashionable.

Faucets are going high tech. Install a hands-free action-sensor model.

Think luxury. Leather vanities with stainless steel tops were featured a recent design show. You can even customize the leather color.

Jetted tubs are out. Now you “need” a hydrotherapy tub. VibrAcoustic transducers broadcast sound waves through the water to relax and calm the body. Unlike jets, the transducers don’t interrupt the surface of the water, since they’re found below the bathtub’s shell. Who knew?

If you really want to spoil yourself you can add a shower that allows you to control the precise temperature and water pressure you want. You can even start your shower right from your cozy bed with your shower remote control.

Add the finishing touches to your updated bathroom with a patterned backsplash – think herringbone. Pair that with black Italian marble countertops and flooring and a metallic sink.

When it comes to lighting, combine pretty with practical. Sconces on either side of your mirror are good lighting for your face. Put pot lights in the ceiling and add a statement chandelier.

There you have it, design ideas to turn your bathroom into a relaxing sanctuary, a get-away from the world and a place to pamper yourself. Because after all, don’t we all need that?

Bathroom with Custom Cabinetry

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Kitchen and Bath

7750935_SFor new construction or a remodel, using custom cabinetry is a smart idea to get the perfect look in the kitchen. The same feeling that custom cabinetry can give to a kitchen can also be achieved in the bathroom.  Custom cabinetry may be more than builder grade or ready-made cabinets from the box store, but it is probably less than you think, especially in the bathroom. Unlike the kitchen where you need both lower and upper cabinets, the bathroom requires less cabinetry.

Going with custom cabinetry for a vanity and storage in the bathroom gives you the ability to get exactly what you need in a style that is perfect for you.  This traditional bathroom has gorgeous crown molding and an architectural window. The cabinetry has an equally traditional look with crown molding and paneled door fronts.  The dark color is also a nice touch in this light filled bathroom.

If you choose custom cabinetry, you’ll want to make sure it fits with the other elements in the bathroom such as the flooring and fixtures.  Dark cabinets with dark wood or stone floors will feel more dramatic than a light filled bathroom with a white penny tile floor.  Working with a bathroom designer who handles custom cabinetry can help you create a unified design for the entire bathroom. Lighting, flooring, fixtures, tile and counter tops should all work with the vanity to create a beautiful and custom bathroom.  Accessories and towels will give the bathroom the final custom look that is just for you.

Decorating a Bathroom?

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Design and Decorating, Hardwood and Laminate, Kitchen and Bath

Are decorating or redecorating a bathroom? Here are some vanity and countertop ideas to get your “inner designer” inspired.

Sometimes luxury simply means a sense of intimacy in a room. By placing this footed bath right in the middle of his-and-hers vanities, we know this certainly isn’t the guest bath. It’s a romantic little reminder this space has been customized for a couple who owns it. Beautiful exposed plumbing can look stunning against marble flooring, and soft romantic lighting will cast a warm glow.

For those of us who want more modern luxury, this bath shows off clean lines and lofty ceilings punctuated by beautiful details like lighter flooring choice and arch over the shower. This bathroom is simple and goes to show that you don’t need a lot of different things in a bathroom to make it luxurious.

Contrary to what they say, size doesn’t always matter. When it comes to luxury, the materials can make up for lack of space. A smaller powder room can be done up in high style with the right combination of textiles.  Use a chandelier for lighting with a custom cabinetry which will make the the whole room feel rich in design.

Use some of these ideas to get your design juices flowing and create a bathroom you’ll love to get ready for the day in.

 

Reader Question of the Week

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Design and Decorating, Kitchen and Bath, Reader Question

My husband and I are thinking of redesigning our master bathroom. We would like to add a walk in shower.

Q. What is the recommended size of the shower?

A. The recommended size for a shower is 36”x36”. Showers are only required to be 30”x30”. Of course there is no rule that says you can’t go bigger.

Q. What glass is the easiest to keep clean?

A. Obscure glass hides the most day to day use. Clear glass is easier to wipe down. The answer depends on how often you like to clean! If you are really worried about keeping a glass shower door clean, just etch the glass. Not only can you feel the texture of this lace-like design on both the inside and outside of the shower panels, you can also get a sense of movement under light. The best part: It’s naturally resistant to fingerprints and stains, which makes this product a top choice for this high-traffic space.

Q. If we decide to install a bench in the shower, what height should it be?

A. Shower benches and seats should be 17”-19” above the shower floor and 15” deep.

Good luck with your home improvement project. Here are a few other trendy design ideas you may want to consider:

To make your shower stand out you can always elevate it.

Add water proof speakers so you can get your groove on while you get ready to start your day.

Add fully programmable steam shower controls and a niche for candles and accessories to create a spa-like experience.

Be creative with your materials. Use river rock, slate or tumbled marble and make your bathroom as unique as possible!

Spruce up Your Bathroom

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Kitchen and Bath, Uncategorized

Remodeling or updating a bathroom is one of the best ways to increase the value of your home. Even small changes, such as replacing lighting or do-it-yourself tile, will yield big returns. Here are a few design ideas to turn your blah bathroom into something fabulous.

Vessel sinks are gaining in popularity due to their high-end look and increasingly affordable prices. There are literally thousands of styles and materials available including porcelain, glass, stone, copper and even polished wood. Before selecting a vessel sink, measure carefully to ensure that there is ample clearance at the front and back of your vanity to accommodate the vessel’s bowl.

Make a small bath feel more spacious by replacing the vanity cabinet with a pedestal sink. If you have a lot of toiletries, you’ll need to add shelving elsewhere in the room to make up for lost storage.

If your bathroom is short on storage, add wall shelves above the toilet. They’ll keep toiletries within reach while providing a place to display a few decorative accessories.

Trim molding is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to quickly update the look of any bathroom. Add timeless appeal with wide crown and baseboard molding or install a chair rail, beadboard or paneled wainscot for a charming update.

Just as the right accessories finish your outfit, the perfect tile will rev up the look of your bathroom. Whether you choose sleek glass or opt for rustic natural stone, new tile will add architectural interest, color and texture.

Come into the store or visit our website and see how we can help with your bathroom project.

Add Color To Your Bathroom

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Century Tile News, Design and Decorating, Kitchen and Bath

Don’t be afraid of color. Not only can we use colors for accent walls in the main rooms of our homes, we can also use color effectively and powerfully in our bathrooms. Bathrooms can easily be cold and boring, but by adding color you can make them warm and exciting. Check out the following designs and see if we can inspire you.

Use wallpaper! By keeping the trim, tub and fixtures in this room neutral, there’s room to have fun with bright pink, graphic wallpaper and modern accessories.

Use shades of blue glazed ceramic tiles. With a backsplash like this, a simple, modern sink and sleek vanity are all this room needs to look bright and polished.

Painting inside the drawers of this vanity cabinet with bold citrine adds a dose of the unexpected to this black-and-white bathroom.

Colorful bathrooms don’t have to hit you over the head with bright hues. This bathroom’s chamomile tea-colored glass tile creates contrast while still maintaining a spa-like feel.

What do you think of these colorful bathrooms? Let our design experts help you decide how to add more color to your most private space today. And don’t forget – the Goodbuy to Winter sale is still going on until March 25th!