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How To Choose Quality Tile For Creative Bathroom Designs

Aug 17, 2007
Nothing says "bathroom" like bright tiles in creative designs. While many have opted for cheap fixes like synthetic shower enclosures and linoleum floors or even carpet pieces, the traditional look of tile has the potential to make a bathroom stand out like none other. Tiles come in three main styles: harlequin pattern, natural stone with marble accents, and traditional tiles with color and pattern splashed throughout them.

The harlequin pattern distinguishes itself from the other styles simply by the diamond tile placement instead of the traditional square placement. This particular style appeals to me for several reasons, for one, it's different. It distinguishes the bathroom as a canvas of creativity instead of just another place where a person has to spend time daily. The variety of colors and patterns available give a person endless options for expressing their personal tastes and interests.

Like I said before, I really prefer the harlequin style. And in fact, I most prefer this style in simple, stark black and white tiles. Precisely placed, black and white tiles with chrome accents throughout the bathroom have the potential to make this particular room stand out. No longer do you have to walk into a dull, beige room, but you have the classy look of a dichromatic style with shiny touches. Be aware, however, that if you indeed prefer this look, you're going to be spending some time polishing. The shiny harlequin tiles in black and white and the chrome finishes easily show both water spots and finger prints. So if you don't prefer spending lots of time polishing, you may want to consider other styles of tiles.

The stone tile works best for those who despise water spots. These natural tiles have a matte finish that does not reveal water spots or finger prints. Additionally, the traditional look of brushed stainless steel accents lends itself to a cleanable bathroom because it too does not show water spots or finger prints easily. Those who have a bigger budget can consider the classy look of marble fixtures that blend in well with their natural stone tile.

Many times priced by the piece, tiles can cost a bundle. And so if you're working on a more modest budget, you'll want to move right past the harlequin and natural stone tiles, and instead focus on the traditional tiles. You can still make your bathroom reflect your personal tastes thanks to the vast variety of colors and patterns available in these tiles.

Remember that once you have your style chosen, you should have a professional install your tiles. Sure, we'd all love to save a buck or two, but in the end, you'll appreciate the professional finish that only a trained mason can create.

So expand your mind to the world of tiles, and consider the possibilities.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Beach, Florida. Find more about this as well as bathroom tile at http://www.exclusivebathroomaccessories.com
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