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Tips on Choosing Bathroom Tile – Part 2 of 2 | Minneapolis Bathroom Remodeler

Last week we shared our first three tips for selecting bathroom tile – if you missed part 1 of this topic, you can find it hereBathroom Shower TileThis week we want to follow up with two more great ideas that will help you narrow down the bathroom tile that is best for your bathroom as you remodel!

3. Keep in Mind Where the Tile is Being Used:
On your walls, a glass tile may be a beautiful fit, and as long as it can hold up to steam, the concerns are minimal. (Peak at some fun bathroom backsplash tile here).  On your bathroom floor however, you’ll want a tile graded to withstand foot traffic and one that’s not too slippery.  Your shower floor is yet another area where texture is a crucial factor; a stone tile or one with a raised pattern will increase friction and prevent falls.  See some ideas on tile specific to showers here.  Tile is a product you need to “touch and feel" to get the full scope of how it will be best for your space.

4. Consider the Design Factor:
The color, shape, size, and texture of your new tile will all play into the final look of your bathroom.  Here are a couple of factors to consider: Do you plan to re-sell shortly or be in your home for a long time?  Do you want your room to be bold or give off a relaxed vibe?  Answering those will give you a starting point for the design you want.  Add these tips & ideas and you'll be off to a great start:

  • Neutral tones withstand the test of time and are more new-buyer-friendly.  However if you’re creating a bathroom with your own aesthetics in mind, don’t be afraid to use a little color or a bold pattern, which will make your room more distinct.
  • Natural stone and bigger tiles will give off a more relaxing feel (like this bathroom), whereas smaller mosaic tiles, splashes of black and white, or glossy tones can provide a more polished look.
  • Light colors tend to make a room look bigger and more spacious, whereas darker tones add warmth and hide dirt well.
  • Using a repetition of the same color tone or color family of tiles on the walls and floor can also create a more spacious effect.
  • Consider black and white patterns to keep the feel of a vintage home or add punch to a modern one.
  • Get acquainted with tile trends to keep your newly remodeled bathroom up-to-date.  But don’t feel that you have to follow the trends if they’re just not right for your home or your taste.  Check out these modern and eclectic options that are popping up across the country.
  • If you’re drawn only to solid neutrals, you might want to consider including some decorative edging or border tiles to add interest and give the room a more professionally-designed feel.
  • Don’t forget to consider the colors of your fixtures – hold them up to your tile (or vice versa) and make sure the color tones don't clash.

Now you're ready to shop!  With these five tips in mind, you should be able to find a starting point to make your search for bathroom tile just a little bit simpler (& hopefully fun!).

Whether you’re remodeling your bathroom and need some help from a pro or need assistance starting the bathroom design process, contact us at Excel Builders to make sure your Minneapolis / Twin Cities project is done right!  Check out some of our bathroom remodel projects on our gallery page here.

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