Bathroom updates and remodeling has come a long way. One of the most famous bathrooms from the 60’s-70’s is the Brady Bunch shared bath. If the decor in that bath represents the features and styles of that time, then those rooms weren’t equipped with bells and whistles. There were no ceramic tiles on the walls, just paint. If homes contained wall tile, the most popular colors for years was either blue or green, eeewww! Not a bright blue, mostly a powder blue. The green color was dull and looked more like pea green. Mosaic ceramic tiles and vinyl floors were common in the middle-class homes. The decades always bring about change and there has been significant changes over the last 4 decades with bathroom floor and wall tile designs. Today, the choice of tiles are endless in size and colors. Today’s homeowners now see the bathroom as a place for luxury or relaxation.
Of the many types of tile available, off the top of my head here are a few: Ceramic or Porcelain, Glass, Marble, Granite, Limestone, Metal, Terra-cotta, Travertine, Slate, Quarry and the list goes on. Check out the definitions and description on the Better Home and Gardens website.Before you pick your tile, you must consider where it’s going to be installed. Since, the bath is a moisture prone room, the tile for the floor must be suitable for traffic when wet. A few of the tile types I mentioned above wouldn’t necessarily be suitable as floor tile, but could be considered for the wall.
Before you choose a type of tile, consider the style decor of your bath. Is it contemporary, eclectic, modern, traditional and the list could go on and on. Once your style decor is chosen, the types of tile to pick from will narrow down a bit. For those of you that plan to remodel with a budget under $10K I will focus on tile that is mostly available at a local home improvement store.
When I began planning the tile for my 1st floor bath, I flipped through pages of books to see what was popular & within my budget. My first plan of action was to decide the size of the tile so that I could design its layout. I also thought about how each size tile would make my small bath appear. I did some research and found that larger tiles can make a space look bigger than it really is. I had to also understand that the placement of the tile can make a world of difference too. So, with today’s wide variety of tile, I chose a porcelain tile that looks more expensive than it was. The other decision you’ll have to make once you’ve chosen your tile is the grout color. That decision isn’t as hard as it may sound, it’s mainly about choosing a color that matches your tile. Any questions about this, ask the associate at the store where you purchased it.
1st Floor Bath Pics
When I was ready to remodel the 2nd floor bath, I used the lessons I learned from mistakes in my 1st floor and I tried to make better decisions and I also wanted it to look a little more flashy. I purchased my glass and stone tile from homedepot. The same brand, different color is found below. Hope you like it as much as I do.
2nd Floor Bath Pics