Ready to begin the bathrooms remodel, what to do first/ Second? E

nancitaMay 5, 2012

Hi all,

I have been reading, posting and found myself back at square one. We are adding a guest bathroom with a vanity and shower as well as redoing another bathrrom to make into our master with a larger vanity and shower. That much we know. It's that pesky tile that has me totally confused. Do you select the floor tile first? I know I want something not in the neutral color family but am open to just about anything out there. Don't want to tile the shower base and not wall tiles. I think I'm good with the fixtures; when I see them I'll know. But the tile, well, there's so many choices.

We have done hex floor and subway shower before but would like to have a differnet look. Love glass!

Thank you for any help to get started.

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Remember tile is permanent so you would be wise to select something which will not go out of style or be difficult to design around. Earth tones will always be good.

That said, I cannot imagine selecting floors independent of the walls. Size of tile is somewhat dependent upon the space. 12" works almost everywhere. Smaller tiles with more grout lines make for better foot security - especially if you will be using polished stone. Personally I believe glass tile is trendy though they look nice. Glass is more costly to install.

Make a drawing of your space - floors and walls, then visit a quality tile shop. Look at their displays and purchase a few tiles to take home (they're returnable), then speak with one of the deisgners. Generally a free service when purchasing. They will assist with borders or accent inserts to liven the space. You might combine stone with ceramic or go all the same.

Once you've selected the tile, move on to paint. My 2 cents. Good luck.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2012 at 1:26PM
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The style you want; contemporary, eclectic, traditional, etc. will have a lot to do with your choice of tile. If you want a very modern look you will probably not want to use a lot of trim pieces, so you will need a natural stone or a through body porcelain, but if you are going for a very classic look you might want to look for tile that if available with trim pieces, bullnose, pencil liner, etc. I agree that talking to a designer in a tile store is the way to go, along with your drawings you might take along some photos of your bathrooms. Make sure you look at tiles under various lighting, beige can have a lot of pink or yellow that might not be obvious in the showroom.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 12:56AM
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