Monthly Archives: April 2016

Make Bathroom To Light Without Exposing

Boosting natural light in the home is a top priority for many homeowners. A bright and cheery room is something we all strive for, but isn’t always easy to achieve. One place guaranteed to make this undertaking tricky is in the bathroom.

Windows offer up a practical and, depending on the size of the project, budget-friendly way to add attractiveness and extra light to your bathroom. One challenge that prevents many homeowners frominstalling new windows is not knowing what’s out there. See several window ideas that’ll expose your bathroom to light without exposing you.

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Glass Block Windows

Installing glass block windows in your bathroom is a popular solution because they not only add light, but also security, privacy and style. You also have the option of installing a film window in the center of your glass block border that opens to add air flow.

If you’re going this route, industry experts recommend hiring a pro to help you install your new windows. Glass blocks need to be properly secured and sealed to avoid any unfortunate aftermaths.

Window Film

Window film is a hot commodity on the market right now! If you haven’t heard of this product, then you’ve come to the right place. Window film is a simple, inexpensive and aesthetically appealing window covering that adds privacy and light to your bathroom with little hassle. You’ll be glad to know that they come in a wide variety of colors and designs to appease every homeowner’s taste.

You can purchase these films at your local home improvement store. This is a simple DIY project that can be completed in a matter of minutes. Decorative film improves the look and function of your bathroom windows without destroying the glass. While your number one concern is privacy, these films also allow you to spruce up the look of your bath at the same time.

How to Make Your Small Bath Look Big

Any homeowner with a small bathroom knows it’s a challenge to make it look and feel bigger. One attractive and affordable solution to this obstacle is mosaic tile. A mosaic is a piece of art or image made from the assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone or other materials. Most mosaics are made of small, flat, roughly square pieces of stone or glass of different colors known as tesserae.

Mosaic tile is more versatile than you may think. It’s frequently used as decorative art or as interior decoration and the possibilities are endless. See six examples of how mosaic tile will effortlessly make your small bath look big and liven it up.

1. Create An Accent Wall

Paint isn’t the only way to create an accent wall. Colorful, delicate mosaic tile delivers a unique solution for brightening up your bathroom. There’s typically not much wall space to work with in a small bath, so getting a bit fancy with your accent wall won’t be too hard on your wallet. A white foundation, natural light and mirrors will also help play tricks on the eyes to make the room appear larger.

2. Build A Border or Backsplash

A border or backsplash is an effective way to make a room look bigger. It also adds style and an element of surprise to your small bath. The continuous design keeps the eye busy as it travels from one element to the next. To keep the project budget-friendly, cover small areas with expensive tiles or larger areas with less expensive tile styles.

Another idea is to fill the blank space between your sink and mirror with colorful, mosaic tile. You won’t believe how something so simple will magnify the aesthetic appeal of your bathroom. Once again, the eye will be drawn to the tile and travel with the flow of the design.

A backsplash is versatile in that it can take up as much or as little of the space around your sink and vanity as you’d like, without looking strange. In this example, the horizontal tiles travel up the entire wall above the vanity. The tile wall catches your eye so quickly that you have little time to analyze the size of the bath. You’ll be fixated on the design behind the mirror instead of the square footage.

3. Stack Thin Rectangular Tiles Vertically

Make your ceiling appear even higher by stacking thin, rectangular tiles in a vertical manner. The layout of your tile will have a lot to do with how small or large your bathroom appears to the eye. Orienting a tile pattern vertically emphasizes the height of a space instead of the width. Easily lift the ceiling height in a compact bathroom by implementing tile that draws the eye upward.

This bathroom remodeling design idea is proof that small bathrooms don’t have to be boring. You can see for yourself how gorgeous a vertical display of black and white tiles on the bottom half of the wall presents itself. This unique tile layout immediately grabs your attention and pulls your eye to travel both vertically and horizontally, which makes the room look bigger. Hues of black, white and gray come together to bring a sense of elegance and sophistication to this bathroom.

4. Use Large Patterns

Large tile patterns may appear as wallpaper at first glance. The difference is that mosaic tile walls have the appeal of luxury without the hefty cost. The large circles open up the space and the colors glisten in the light. The wall projects a continuous design and visual intrigue. Using large tile patterns in a small space actually make it appear larger because there are less distinguished grout joints, therefore reducing the lines that appear to the eye.

5. Choose Mirrored or Glass Tiles

If you’re looking to really disguise the size of your bathroom, then installing mirrored orglass tiles is for you. The reflective properties and shine will magnify all the right features of your small bath. Pair these tiles with white accents and large tile floors for the ultimate small bath transformation.

The vertical stripes of sparkly tile in this bathroom make a statement without appearing overbearing. Another great idea is to border a mirror with glass tiles.

Bathroom Backsplash Ideas

Adding a backsplash is a great way to enhance the appearance of your bathroom. Many homeowners think about using a backsplash in their kitchen, but don’t realize how many options there are for the bathroom too. It’s simply a matter of deciding what your taste is and how much you want to add.

There are so many different backsplash materials, colors, designs and trends to choose from, that it can be overwhelming if you aren’t fully informed before you start shopping. This article outlines exactly what you need to know about bathroom backsplash, so you can pick a style that’s right for you and your home.

Materials

Think about what features you care about most when selecting a material. Is it ease of cleaning, durability or visual appeal? Below are some different ideas to get you thinking about what you might like.

Natural stacked stone and stone river rock tiles create a textured and natural look in the bathroom. Get creative with the color, design and type of stone or rock. If stone isn’t your thing, you can aim for something similar like brick. Ceramic tile is always a popular option with homeowners because it’s cost effective, environmentally friendly and easy to clean and maintain. If you’re looking for something a little more glamorous, Corian is a solid surface material which looks a lot like tile. It’s visually appealing, easy to clean and built to last a lifetime. Believe it or not, stainless steel is also being used as a backsplash in the bathroom!

All I can say is, gorgeous! New Ravenna Mosaics is a designer and manufacturer of handcrafted stone and glass mosaic tiles for both residential and commercial installations. The company’s products are formed into decorative borders and murals such as this one pictured above. This specific image is called Climbing Vines and is a jewel glass waterjet mosaic with Aquamarine leaves and Quartz vines.

Colors

Don’t be afraid to use a backsplash to add color and life back into your bathroom. Light blue and tone-on-tone (multi-color) are just a few ideas that will work well. Create a cheerful look with shades of green, blue or yellow. If you’re the type that likes to make a statement, then pick something bold or vibrant such as deep red or purple. While using a deep blue or red tile might be a brave move, it would also be unique and eye-catching.

Never underestimate the value of installing neutral mosaics or using a gray color scheme to get a clean and classic look. Both of these ideas are far from boring, and in fact, they will create a calming and trendy bathroom. If you need a little more flair, then think about working with different shades or adding something for texture.