Tiling Ideas for Bathrooms

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Tiling Ideas for Bathrooms
Vintage tiles can be used to bring a more elaborate and elegant look to a modern bathroom. (Tile image by Laima Penekaite from Fotolia.com)

The modern bathroom is where most homeowners choose to install tile. Tile is easy to clean and very durable. There are a variety of styles, sizes and materials to choose from when selecting which tile to use. Always remember that tile installs best over a smooth and structurally sound wall surface.

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Glass Tiles

One option for tiling a bathroom is to use glass tiles rather than traditional ceramic or porcelain. While there are many stylish ceramic or porcelain tiles available, glass tiles offer a sense of depth that other types of tile cannot achieve. Glass tiles are typically translucent, meaning that you can partially see through them. As a bathroom is very often the smallest room in a house, adding depth using glass tiles will help create a greater sense of space.

Vintage Tiles

While most of the ceramic tile options available today are designed to be cost efficient and easy to clean, older style tiles were intended to add unique visual flair throughout the room. Older style tiles were engraved with intricate patterns and designs. Some would include raised embossed details or printed images. Bold and vibrant colours were more prevalent. To find vintage tiles, visit an antique shop or architectural salvage store. Auction houses or speciality dealers may also have a lead on how to find older style tiles.

Heated Tile Floors

For a more luxurious bathroom, install heated ceramic floor tiles. Heated floor tiles use a thin layer of heat conducting wires that are installed underneath a tile floor. The heat generated throughout the wire transfers up through the tile and heats the floor. This floor heat fills the entire bathroom and can be used to replace an existing heating element in the bathroom.

Border Tile

A good way to add an accent feature to tile walls is to cap off regular tile with a complimentary tile border. Tile borders come in long strips and typically feature some form of pattern or relief image. Borders can be installed horizontally, vertically or around corners. They add a finished edge to any transition between tile and regular walls.

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