Posts Tagged ‘Bathroom’

Should I Use a Shower Door or a Shower Curtain?

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Kitchen and Bath

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.

Product Spotlight: Caprice

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Kitchen and Bath, Product Education, Tile

Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 4.06.27 PMAre you looking for an accent or backsplash inspiration?

Caprice by Dal-Tile is our product spotlight this week.  It’s a glass tile product.

This product would look great used as a backsplash in a bathroom (like the image to the left) or in the kitchen.  You could also put it in the shower as an accent strip.  Where do you envision this in your home?

Caprice comes in eight different colors! Which out of the eight colors pictured below is your favorite?  Do you like the lighter or darker options?  The lighter colors would look great against a dark counter top for contrast and vice versa for the darker colors against a light counter top.  If you want to bring in a subtle color into the room, Whisper Green might just be the choice for you.

Take a closer look at our website here.

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Crimson Blend

Crimson Blend

Ice White

Ice White

Kinetic Khaki

Kinetic Khaki

Mink Blend

Mink Blend

Vanilla Blend

Vanilla Blend

Whisper Green

Whisper Green

Mosaic Accents in the Bathroom

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

2012-09-24 15.06.59The Romans used mosaic as flooring for their homes and bathrooms so we have them to thank for the beautiful tile mosaics still being used in flooring and bathrooms today.  Mosaic is a natural choice to be used as flooring and walls in the bathroom.  It also makes wonderful accents with other materials.

A narrow strip of colorful mosaic tiles add interest to the wall in this bathroom.  The natural stone color of the larger tiles is given a punch with the deeper red tones of the mosaic.  This is also a great example of a more expensive material used sparingly for big impact at low cost.  Adding a strip of mosaic tiles made of tumbled marble or glass adds a touch of luxury to even the simplest bathroom tiles.

Mosaic tiles on the floors and walls can mean a lot of grout to keep clean.  Adding a mosaic tile border around the middle of the floor or stripes of mosaic tiles would liven up a plain floor.  In the shower, mosaic tiles can be used with natural stone tile, ceramic tile or porcelain tiles.  Tumbled stone mosaic tiles would have less impact than a glass or colorful ceramic mosaic.  A single row of mosaic tile used as a border high in the shower or at waist height, or both would work well.

Mosaics can also be used to decorate a mirror and bath accessories. Find a flat plain frame to fit your bathroom mirror and cover it with mosaic tile that you use elsewhere to help bring together the design of the bathroom.

Glass Shelves in the Bathroom

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

16592717_SGlass shelves are a versatile storage option for the bathroom.  Glass shelves can be hung throughout the bathroom. In smaller spaces, like a bathroom, the glass will take up less visual space than a wood or painted shelf.

Glass shelves virtually disappear into the wall behind them. If you use a floating shelf design like in this bathroom, the shelf will blend in with whatever is behind it. This allows your beautiful backsplash to be uninterrupted by the shelf. This is important when you have an intricate pattern like a mosaic or border.

Tempered glass is always a good idea in a bathroom for a shelf or a shower door. Tempered glass will not shatter into shards, which can be dangerous in a bathroom with its tile or wood floor.  If you have a glass shower surround, glass shelving in the room can unify the design.

Glass shelves can be hung above the toilet as well as above the vanity.  You can vary the depth of the shelf depending on its use and placement in the bathroom. Thicker shelves can be used to store extra toilet paper, jars of Qtips and cotton balls, or even extra washcloths and hand towels in neat rolls. Smaller shelves can hold toothbrushes and toothpaste.

No matter the material you choose for shelves in the bathroom, make sure you secure them to the wall with the proper screws for your wall type. Going into a stud is always a good idea when hanging a shelf that will hold any weight.

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.

Flooring Choices for the Powder Room

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Kitchen and Bath, Tile

What really is a modern powder room? This is said to be a small bathroom that has only a toilet and sink installed in it. It is mainly used as convenience for guests and is often strategically situated on the first floor. This is to ensure a space designated for your guests so they don’t have to walk up or down the stairs. Since this space is small, making any choice as far as decorating is concerned is always tough, especially when it has to do with flooring choices for the powder room.

Yes, agreed that this space is small and is just for the guests’ use but you can still make it elegant and welcoming without breaking the bank. When it comes to the flooring of this space, there are several options available which includes but is not limited to the following:

Glass Tile: In using the glass tiles in the flooring of the powder room, it gives the user a spa feeling because of the soothing atmosphere that is created by translucent tiles. You can combine more than one color in these tiles to give the space interest and provide a more custom look.  Use patterns, too!  It’s not only great for a flooring choice, but you can also add detail to the powder room as a backsplash or along the wall.  Check out the photo above to for inspiration for adding this type of detail to this space.  If you would like more information on this trend, please visit our website to learn more about glass tile.

Ceramic Tile: Have you ever considered this option when it comes to flooring choices for the powder room? It’s a great choice because it is durable and if maintained well, can last for many years.  Ceramic is also known to be moisture resistant, which is perfect for bathrooms and powder rooms since they tend to have more moisture in their atmosphere.

Depending on your taste and budget, other choices include but not limited to heated tiles, hardwood, limestone, marble, granite and even vinyl.

Caulking Your Bathroom

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance, Kitchen and Bath, Tile, Tips

One of our clients recently mentioned that she had a water leak. It started in her bathroom but ended up causing a huge damp spot on her dining room ceiling. She has a tile shower and somehow a leak developed. To spare all of you the same headache, here is some information to prevent this from happening to you.

If you have tile shower walls, there is a very good possibility that a leak could develop between the tile and the tub. As your house moves (a natural process that occurs in every home), a hairline crack can occur that allows water to get into the joint. Once water gets in, there is no telling how much damage can be done.

Caulking between your shower walls and tub prevents leaks and reduces mildew buildup. Removing old caulk and recaulking joints between tiles and your tub is an annual bathroom maintenance job. You heard that right – it is an annual job.

There’s another good reason to recaulk. If you’ve tried to remove the black mildew stains from caulk, you know the blemishes are often stubborn and unyielding. That’s because the stains are often behind the caulk, between the caulk and the wall. The answer, of course, is to remove the caulk, kill the mildew, and then replace the caulk.

Removing the caulk isn’t as hard as it appears. There are commercial  products that can assist you with the job. These products are specially formulated to soften caulk for easy removal. After the caulk has softened, remove it with a putty knife. Clean the joint area with paint thinner and then wipe it down with a clean cloth. Kill mildew with a mixture of bleach, water and powdered laundry detergent. (NEVER use any detergent that contains ammonia with bleach as this can create a dangerous gas). Place these ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray the affected areas and then rinse well with water. Use your blow dryer to dry the area. Now you are ready to reapply some caulk.

Apply tub and tile caulk into the joint and smooth it with your finger, an old teaspoon, or a caulking spreader. Immediately remove the tape by pulling it out and away from the freshly caulked joint. Be careful not to touch the caulk. Let it dry. If you don’t want to take the risk and try this on your own, definitely ask a professional.

Not only will your shower look better, but you are also preventing leaks and future water damage.

 

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.