Bath Tile Remodeling Ideas & Pictures
Few things allow homeowners to put their mark on personal space, and make it feel intimate, more than classy and appealing tile work in a bathroom. Here are a few tips about remodeling bathrooms with tile that can make the job easier, depending on your skill, and more enjoyable to live with.
Cutting Your Own Tile
Any tile work will require some amount of cutting tile yourself. If you are less experienced at this you will want to make as few cuts as possible. Calculate how much of your surface you can cover with whole tiles. Then you only have to cut for awkward corners or edges where a whole tile will not fit.
Patience is more than a virtue when cutting tile. It is a necessity, as is accuracy. Pushing tile too hard against the cutting blade cracks the tile. Inattention also means unequal tiles even with perfect measurement. Do not forget that the blade width takes some of your material, so make certain you align your measurements to the blade position at the same place every time. Finally, keep plenty of water in the tub beneath the cutting surface. Too much friction ruins tile as well as your blade.
Think Ahead for Safety
Slick surfaced tile makes a slippery floor. That matters in the room where more people get injured than anyplace else in the house. One reason slate is popular for bathroom floors is that it soaks in water enough to prevent slippery surfaces, but not enough to take too long to dry. Other natural rock also works well, and some safety-minded bathroom designers even prefer terra cotta.
Keep It on the Level
Water seeks out its own level. An unlevel floor can create safety problems and damage undersurfaces, besides just looking bad. Water that continues pooling in the same places can eventually penetrate and weaken the floor beneath the tile. Use a small level for each individual tile, as well as a larger one for the overall floor. Think in three dimensions. Check both sides and diagonals on horizontal surfaces, and make sure the lines on vertical surfaces are level for aesthetic reasons.
Getting Creative with Patterns
When you have had a bit of experience laying tiles, and particularly cutting tile, making patterns beyond simply laying out tile gives your work a personal and appealing touch. This can mean placing tiles so they appear in more of a diamond configuration than simply square. Doing that allows patterns on counters with eye pleasing complement to those on walls and floors. If you are on a budget but have tile work skills it can save you money on supplies even as it makes your work look more expensive. Then you can use different sized tiles, perhaps from sales and specials, in distinctive arrangement with each other.
Glass and a Splash of Color
Maybe you plan a bathroom with architectural glass – those blocks of translucent glass you build into walls. If so you should consider different colors, and recycled glass tiles for countertops to match. This can give your bathroom a glistening and comforting rainbow effect. Color, more than anything else, can mark a space as your own.