by Sally Bone
When it comes to bathroom flooring, you certainly can’t go wrong by selecting ceramic tiles. Since bathroom floors routinely get wet, from overflowing toilets, wet feet getting out of the shower, and splashing children, it is a good idea to choose a water-proof flooring material.
Another thing to think about is that wet floors are often slippery, posing a possible serious injury were you to slip and fall, which is something you don’t really have to worry about all that much with aceramic tile floor.
For those busy parents that don’t have time to spend hours everyday cleaning floors, ceramic tile floors are also a life-saver, since they’re easy to keep clean and maintain. A simple sweep and mop will do it, or if you have a Floormate, or similar contraption, you can do it all with just a few quick passes, spending less then twenty minutes on the floor a couple of times a week.
Ceramic tiles also allow you to better utilize your creative juices, since they come in every shape and size imaginable, and can be hand-painted, if you wish. You can use several different types of tiles to add flair, and you can even use ceramic tiles for your shower, rather than a traditional shower surround.
When you go shopping for ceramic tiles, you will probably notice that the prices vary greatly, dependent on the type of tile you are looking for. think about your budget as you shop, and get the best tile that will suit your needs, add beauty and value to your home, and fit nicely into your remodeling/redecorating budget.
For those who want to get really involved in their designs, you can choose tinted grout to go in between the tiles as they are placed, depending on your preferences and overall color scheme. Once the grouting is done, a protective sealant must be applied to ensure the grout color, but the great dramatic effect it creates is well worth the time and effort.
Before you go shopping, take the time to sketch out a few designs on your own, working with different colors and positioning until you are happy with the result. By knowing what you need before leavinghome, you’ll find it much easier to do your shopping, and plan your design.
You could go with the same tile all over your floor, and there is nothing wrong with that, but if you are looking for flair andpersonalization, then creating a design with several different tiles is definitely the way to go!
Also, keep in mind what type of design theme you are looking for. For example, bright colors and lots of different shapes will give your bathroom a more contemporary feel, while light pastels and floral motifs will add a more Victorian feel. These two styles can be further enhanced by the fixtures and moldings you choose, as well as the lighting.
Color is also something you should really think about, since certain colors work better with certain types of design. Neutral colors work well with just about any theme, and in smaller rooms. Bold colors can be overwhelming in a small space, unless used sparingly.
To create a peaceful haven, use sea colors, like blue, violet, and emerald greens. You can further enhance the overall mood in your room with some carefully chosen accessories, once all the tiles have been placed, and the room is otherwise completely finished.
Ceramic tiles are a great way to spruce up your bathroom, and can really give you total control over your overall bathroom design. Start with the tiles as a base, and then design your entire bathroom to blend for a total, smooth design!
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