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Create A Bathroom Oasis With Tiles

Apr 16, 2008
For most of us, there are precious few moments in our busy schedules in which we can really enjoy some quality 'me-time' alone. In fact, the only time that we truly have to ourselves is in the bathroom in the mornings before we leave for work, or in the evenings when we unwind before going to bed to enjoy some well-deserved rest. With a bit of planning, your bathroom can be transformed into a tranquil safe haven, away from the hassles of everyday life (if only momentarily). The correct bathroom tiles can enhance this experience significantly. Use vibrant, bright tiles to stimulate the body and mind in the mornings to prepare you for the day ahead. Use warm, welcoming tiles to create a soothing environment to be enjoyed after a long, hard day's work. A combination of these two approaches will create the perfect bathroom retreat. For example, a lively diamond pattern in the center of a serene tiled wall will create the perfect setting for either circumstance.

First Select The Type

You should select tiles that appeal to your personal preference, but they should also be practical. Ceramic tiles are always a very popular choice. Ceramic tiles are non-porous and slip resistant, and they can be cleaned easily - all you need to do is wipe them with a damp sponge or cloth.

Other popular choices include travertine, granite, slate, marble, and glass. Each of these types of tiles has their own set of advantages. Granite tiles have a high wear and tear threshold and will not have to be replaced often, slate tiles are slip-resistant, marble tiles can add a certain stylishness or panache to your bathroom, and glass tiles can provide creative accent pieces to any tile design.

Then Determine The Look

The size, shape, and color of tiles must be determined before that first tile is cut and placed anywhere in a bathroom. Large size tiles can create a dramatic end result in a bathroom, providing there is not a great deal of cuts to be made. Medium and small sized tiles are typically reserved for smaller bathroom settings and around areas such as the sink, toilet, and windows.

Tiles come in many shapes and sizes; including squares, hexagons, rectangles, and octagons. There are also many types of accent pieces that you can use to spruce up your bathroom, such as triangles, diamond shapes, and narrow rectangles, amongst other shapes. Your color choice is also, as mentioned above, vitally important. Colors such as peach, yellow, and red radiate warmth and coziness, while softer colors like blue, green, and violet exude serenity and tranquility. To create a feeling of spaciousness in your bathroom, it is advised to use white or beige tiles as the main tile.

Determining The Appropriate Layout

Ensure that you have a clear image in mind of how you would like your bathroom to look. A simple but effective idea would be to use a contrasting grout color to the dominant tile color. This makes each tile stand out, which is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. On the other hand, using the same color grout as the tiles also creates quite a striking effect. Different size and color tiles should only be selected to create a dramatic effect. Too many different shapes and colors might appear gaudy.

Large square tiles can be used with smaller hexagon tiles or you can set the floor and wall tiles in opposite directions. Accent tiles can also be implemented to create interesting designs but it is important to keep it simple. Too much detail can cause a chaotic effect, which is the last thing you want in your bathroom.

With so many colors, sizes, and types of tile available, it can be overwhelming to pick the perfect pieces for that desired bathroom creation. Bathroom tiles are readily available in virtually any size, shape, and color possible. The only limitations are what the mind can create.
About the Author
William Scott has authored a number of articles on bathroom decor . His site http://BathroomDecorTips.com, offers further insights into choosing the best bathroom tiles .
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