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Professional Advice on Decorative Bathroom Tile and Stone

Bath design inspiration is typically a personal experience for the client and may involve many influences. It is not uncommon for a client to present pages clipped from architectural and design magazines when interacting with our staff. For example, these sources may remind them of a special vacation that evoked a lifestyle and feeling that they want to carry home. Terms such as spa, Zen, clean lines, minimal, serene, glamorous, and luxurious are often discussed. Understanding the style and look desired is extremely important. However, knowledge of how construction materials perform is critical to success for the designer, architect, builder and of course, for the end client.

Designers’ Quick Guide to Decorative Bathroom Tile

  • The Big Picture: You may need help with selecting the right color, pattern, texture and matching elements as they relate to the materials being considered.
  • Attention to Details: As designers, you often need help introducing special details that give the overall design a very finished appearance. For example, the moldings, custom details and surrounds that will help complete your overall design. Ask for details on coordinating trims.
  • Consider the Material Finish: While deciding on your color palette, the finishes should also be taken into consideration. Finish not only effects the look of a material, but the practical application as well. Consider that finish, and even color selection may effect performance.
  • Add Impact with Mosaics: You also may consider incorporating customized mosaics in stone, glass or ceramic. They can create focal points on a wall, “rugs” on a floor, insets, borders, and decorative liners as appropriate.
  • Create Patterns: Various materials can be used to create large patterns, small patterns, interesting shapes, and complexly blended finishes.
  • Material Performance: Be mindful of the technical characteristics of the materials, specifically porosity and slip resistance. It is necessary to understand the reaction of tile and stone to the environment in the decorative bathroom. Some materials may perform perfectly well for a private bath but may not be recommended for a commercial space.
  • Go Green: More and more clients prefer eco-friendly materials. Today’s construction standards point out how important itis for materials to contribute to LEED certification by having “green” characteristics in the manufacturing process. Ask about these criteria!
  • Work with an Expert: It is paramount to work with someone who can provide the knowledge of every architectural material and its application, installation, and finishing. An experienced installer can save you from headaches down the road.

Baths are not renovated frequently, so it is smart to take the time to design and construct your space for longevity; even if it means allotting time for a custom product and budgeting for the help of trade professionals to make it all come together perfectly.

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