Bathroom Tile Ideas

You’ve decided to redo your master bathroom into your new oasis in your home and have picked out the perfect shower setting and double vanity. What’s next?  While it may not seem like your floor will have a huge impact on your design, we know that the right flooring can completely change the look of your bathroom, and prove a great investment when it comes to resell.   Don’t get cold feet over picking out tile options – here are some great ideas.

Freeze Frame– Not just for pictures anymore, framing your tiles will bring new life to your flooring design.  Choose a different pattern for the border of your tiles for extra dimension, and have some fun with it.

Screen Shot 2017 04 19 at 12.26.17 PM 300x300 - Bathroom Tile IdeasYou can also frame your vanity by creating a border around the base.  This will draw the eye to the statement piece. 

Match Point – To create continuity, you can use the same finish on both your bathroom walls and floors.  If you want to avoid being too matchy-matchy, you can mix it up a bit by varying textures or tile sizes to add some sophistication.  On a smaller scale, matching the floor tiles to the backsplash is the perfect way to create a unified design throughout the space. 

Pattern Play – There are so many different options when it comes to finding the perfect floor tile, but here are a few of our favorites to dimension in the room.  Both herringbone and basketweave options add chic texture and an unexpected feeling below your feet.

Need more inspiration for your feet?  Stay tuned next week for some more fresh bathroom flooring ideas. 

Contemporary Flooring Options

If you’re interested in creating a contemporary style for your home, it’s important to get the flooring right. Contemporary interior design reflects the moment’s most up-to-date images, often honoring the best styles of the past by putting a refreshing, new spin on them.
When you are updating your home to be more aligned with contemporary style, one of the best places to start is your flooring. Contemporary homes have flooring that matches the clean lines that this style is known for. Choosing the right modern flooring doesn’t have to be difficult. You just need to start by knowing the principles for contemporary styles and what elements you want to incorporate into your space.
Many designers start by selecting their flooring first and then using it as an anchor for the entire home. The flooring helps guide your paint selection, furniture color and even the decor textures and tones. Even how the flooring is laid determines how pieces will be positioned in the room and whether they flow with or against the lines in the floor.
Consider these contemporary flooring options to help create the ideal modern-looking home.

Tile flooring is one of the only materials that is able to achieve the long, sweeping, rigid look of a contemporary home. Both porcelain and ceramic tiles come in a range of neutral tones, including slate grays, refined ivories and rich browns. They are designed to resemble natural minerals which give the tiles distinct texture. Tile naturally adds dimension to any room, no matter if you choose a wood or stone look. hardwood 300x300 - Contemporary Flooring Options

Hardwood is a staple of many different styles but the color of the wood helps to maintain a sleek and shiny aesthetic. For contemporary hardwood, opt for a lighter stain. Typically, the lighter the wood, the better it will match your style. A warm oak or light gray will make your space not only appear larger but brighter as well.

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The laminate of today allows you to achieve the look of wood, tile and even ceramic flooring but with an unparalleled level of durability and longevity. This flooring is one of the best modern house flooring options because it allows you to achieve an authentic stylish look but at the fraction of the price of other flooring.

Vinyl flooring has evolved tremendously over the years. It now is one of the most popular flooring options for contemporary homes. It is able to mimic natural materials and comes in a range of wood or stone-like designs that gives you the modern texture. vinyl 1 - Contemporary Flooring OptionsIt can help you achieve the grey tile or even a concrete look that is popular in contemporary kitchens and bathrooms. It is more affordable than other flooring options and is a great option for a family home as it is very durable.
Luxury plank vinyl is available in a wide range of colors so you can match it exactly to the contemporary style of your home.

Modern carpeting is a way to warm up your contemporary styled home. It is always desirable in living spaces and bedrooms but doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice contemporary aesthetics. carpet 1 - Contemporary Flooring OptionsWhile plus and shag isn’t a contemporary look, low pile carpeting like Berber or sisal help provide a minimalist look that is much more modern than high pile carpets. Carpet helps give you an array of neutral color options to help build your contemporary look.

Redoing the flooring in your home will instantly bring your whole design up-to-date instantly with smooth, sleek styles that are both elegant and modern. With the right colors and textures, you can take any flooring material and turn it into a contemporary look for your bedroom, kitchen or living room. 

Tips For a Contemporary Home

While contemporary styles are constantly evolving and changing with the moment, there are a few key elements that today’s modern homes have: images 2 5 - Tips For a Contemporary Home

Minimalism: Less is always more in a contemporary space. Modern designers like to use white space, allowing the distance between items to create a clean and simple aesthetic. Avoiding overcrowding items or having large overwhelming furniture and limiting bold, loud patterns is also key to achieving the look. 

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Neutral tones: a neutral palette throughout the home is one of the main features of contemporary design. Using multiple shades of brown, beiges, taupes or grays together and dispersed through a home create a serene neutral tone to the space. Using pops of color to accent the space helps create smooth transitions with a rug, artwork, pillows or throw rugs. 

Mixed textures: Contemporary homes are heavy on the neutral tones so it’s important to make sure the rooms do not look dull and lifeless. To offset the simplicity, mixed textures, like silk pillows on a microfiber plush sofa, woven basket on a wool rug. images 22 - Tips For a Contemporary Home

Metallic accents: Chrome, silver, and rose gold finishes are being swapped out for wood furniture. Today’s contemporary homes accent with side or end tables, picture frames, and metal light fixtures to add both form and function. 

Should Your Wood Floors Match

The flooring in your home can be one of the most expensive investments that you will make when redesigning your home. So make sure you get it right. If you are planning on installing hardwood floors in multiple rooms of your home, there are a few questions to ask yourself before you get started. First off, what type of flooring will be installed in each of the rooms? And then, should the new floors match existing wood floors that already exist in your home? If not, should you pick new flooring? 

While many people try to match all of the wood floors throughout their homes, it’s not actually necessary, however there are some pros to matching all of your floors. For less bold decor, there is nothing easier than just using the same flooring throughout your house. It helps give the look of consistency. download 1 12 - Should Your Wood Floors MatchSome people find that the time they save not having to make decisions and select and compare multiple flooring options, is enough reason to match all of the wood flooring. Rooms that have the same flooring tends to look bigger, especially in an open food plan. The cohesiveness helps open the room and make the rooms look seamless without breaking them up with different floor options. Matching floors can actually be cheaper too. This is true if it’s a new construction on a home where contractors can buy flooring in bulk and save money. It also helps to save time on installation and can translate into additional savings. 

While matching is the easiest way to give floors a unified look, it’s not the only way. It won’t always turn out the way you would expect. download 26 - Should Your Wood Floors MatchTrying to match existing flooring can create a few problems. Floors that aren’t selected for the design of each room can work against you. Similar rooms with matching floors can lack uniqueness. When you try to match existing flooring, floors sometimes won’t be exact and can be an eyesore. Matching flooring can also be expensive and time-consuming, ordering sample after sample and not finding an exact match. You can also work with a professional to re-stain floors to try and match, but again, they might never be exact. Ultimately, it is a matter of personal style and taste as to which one you select for your home.

Top Backsplash Designs

The backsplash has been an important working part of any kitchen remodel. Not only does it help to protect the walls behind the work areas in the kitchen, it can complement the countertops and overall aesthetics of the space. Well-chosen material for a kitchen backsplash can save even the most ordinary looking interior and transform it completely. Backsplashes used to be colorful 4×4 ceramic tiles and through time have undergone many changes. Today we have the luxury of installing a variety of materials like brick, metal, natural stone, glass, and mirror. The designs have become more creative with design and incorporate textures and even different shaped tiles. Today you will find a mixture of traditional and contemporary backsplash designs often with personal touches woven in. 

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The standard subway tile size is 3×6” but we are beginning to see tiles range from 4×8” to 4×12” in the design world. These large tiles add sophistication with a touch of differentiation from the norm. They still maintain the classic look and easy to maintain. The large tiles can be especially helpful for a smaller kitchen to create the perception of space and help create the feel of continuity, especially if the backsplash is extended to the ceiling. 

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These take your kitchen to the next level. They are showing their popularity for giving a glossy reflective surface, which is highlighted even more when it is hit by natural light. Again, extending these designs to the ceiling makes the effect even stronger. This works especially well when there is plenty of natural light or large windows in your kitchen. Under cabinet lighting and other fixtures will help take advantage of the glassy backsplash. The light reflection can make a dramatic look. 

Marble Slabs
When you think backsplash, usually tile comes to mind but matching a marble countertop and backsplash can make a perfect white and gray kitchen combo. With a continuous piece and few breaks, it creates a smooth transition from the countertop to backsplash. The marble unique variations in veining makes for a stunning aesthetic appeal. marble  - Top Backsplash Designs

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These tiles are one of the most popular examples of durable and consistent style and finishes. They are easy to clean, resistant to alkalis and acids and do not respond to sudden changes in temperature and humidity. Adding a bold color to a geometric shape is a sure way to make a statement in your kitchen. 

If your kitchen has a loft style feel or if you diversify your interior with textures, then brick might be the perfect choice for you. One thing to remember with brick is that the seams should be covered with a special moisture-resistant varnish to protect the backsplash from constant exposure to moisture, dirt and food splashes. brick - Top Backsplash Designs

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Easy on the eyes and make for a bright, airy kitchen with just enough attention as a focal point. Chevron and herringbone are two very popular patterns that can be made in many different sizes that keep the space feeling balanced.

Benefits of Wool Rugs

Redecorating or furnishing your living space will bring a multitude of options and choices. It is easy to forget what is under your feet. The right rug will help bring an entire room together and sets the tone for the aesthetic. It is important to put lots of thought into the style, color and the material.  images 21 - Benefits of Wool Rugs

Wool rugs are renowned for their quality and durability so while they may be a little more expensive, they are often well worth the investment. Read further to discover all the benefits of wool rugs and why they are so popular. 

Wool is very durable and will last for many years without showing signs of wear. They are manufactured from short lengths of wool derived from sheep. While wool rugs cost slightly more than synthetic rugs, because of their exceptionally long life, it can be a better choice than other types of rugs. Unlike synthetic fibers that eventually become matted down due to foot traffic or heavy furniture, natural wool carpet springs back underfoot and beneath the weight of furniture, retaining its original thickness and springy feel over many years of use.

Color Retention
Wool carpets sustain their original color over many years of wear and cleaning. The molecular structure of wool accepts dye extremely well. This helps wool carpeting to be available in a wide range of colors and patterns which appeals to a variety of clientele. wool - Benefits of Wool Rugs

Ease of Cleaning
Wool has a natural coating that repels water-based stains that tend to make up the majority of common spills. Removing spots is not too hard if they are taken care of immediately. One of the best benefits of wool is that its fibers overlap, acting like roof shingles that repel dirt and liquids by protecting the inner part of the fiber. In addition, wool does a good job of hiding dirt stains and repelling oil stains. Other fibers tend to attract oils rather than repel them. 

Wool is naturally flame-resistant and has a higher ignition point than other synthetic materials. That makes it more resistant to any sparks or sources of fire. Many crowded public places like casinos and airports will utilize wool carpets from a safety standpoint.