The bathroom is one of the most prominent features of a house that can increase its resale value and provide a more pleasant atmosphere when updated. At Area Flooring & Tile, Inc., we have the experience and expertise to make your dream bathroom a reality. We can plan your bathroom with endless options for tile, style and functionality. This guide covers how to design a bathroom remodel so you can bring your ideas to life.
How to Design a Custom Bathroom Remodel
If you work with our local bathroom remodeling contractors, we’ll help you navigate the various components that go into designing your new bathroom. We know how long the process takes, and we can prepare you for what to expect — saving you countless hours of time and stress. Whether you’re in the process of remodeling a bathroom or don’t know where to start, it helps to ask yourself the following questions:
What are your long-term goals for your property?
Who uses this bathroom?
What is your budget?
What is your design style?
After you contact our bathroom renovation contractors, we can schedule a visit to take measurements and provide an estimate. If you have already started the process and need some guidance, you can also visit our showroom and explore our inventory. You’ll have our focused attention throughout the designing process, along with a vast selection of quality products for your bathroom.
Tile comes in various shapes, sizes and materials. Consider the following factors for selecting the right tile for your bathroom.
1. Tile Location
In a bathroom, you can install tile for a:
Wall: Instead of painting your walls, you can use tile to give your bathroom stunning dimension. You may want to cover the whole wall with tile for a cleaner appearance and enhanced protection from water damage.
Floor: With tile, the shower and bathroom floor can be slip resistant and comfortable for your feet.
Focal point: You can use an accent tile on the wall or floor for a pop of color and a visual focal point.
2. Tile Material
The material determines a tile’s appearance, durability and maintenance needs. It may help to choose a low-maintenance tile that you can easily clean, along with one that’s resistant to moisture and slipping. Consider the following types of tile:
Porcelain: This material contains fine, dense clay and endures high temperatures during the manufacturing process that enhance its durability. A porcelain tile maintains its color and integrity throughout its entire life span. It’s easy to clean and relatively low maintenance, and it can take on the appearance of natural stone or wood.
Ceramic: Ceramic tile is more convenient to cut than porcelain, so it tends to be more affordable. Even though it’s not as moisture resistant as porcelain, it’s a useful bathroom tile material.
Natural stone: Each elegant natural stone tile provides a unique color and veining. In addition to its prestigious appearance, it’s also long-lasting and easy to clean.
3. Tile Size
Tile size depends on where you want to install the material. Here are some tile sizing tips for each part of the bathroom:
Shower floor: It helps to have smaller tiles on your shower pan so the installer can manipulate the pitch to achieve proper water flow into the drain. With more grout lines, your feet also have more grip, so you’re less likely to slip on the wet floor.
Shower and bathroom wall: You may want to install large tiles on your walls to enhance the bathroom’s visual appeal. Small mosaic pieces are busy and tend to be tougher to clean. Our expert tile installers can create custom designs and inlays that can really add uniqueness and value to your bathroom.
Bathroom floor: With the bathroom floor, you tend to have more flexibility in size choice. It helps to find a tile that’s resistant to friction and slipping, and you also want to think about the room’s aesthetics. Small tiles may be comfortable on your feet, but large ones often make a small room appear more spacious.
4. Tile Pattern
The following tile patterns can create a modern, unique appearance in your bathroom:
Herringbone: This classic pattern features rectangular tiles that form V-shaped rows at 45-degree angles.
Offset or staggered: In this pattern, each tile offsets the unit below it, establishing a diagonal effect.
Stacked: This clean, simple layout features square or rectangular tiles directly on top of each other.
Stacked vertically: You can also lay your rectangular tiles vertically to emphasize the height of a wall or space.
Pinwheel: This flooring layout includes a smaller square tile at the corner of each larger one to mimic a spinning pinwheel.
Random: If you have flooring or walls with varying colors, you can create a random pattern with them.
Versailles: This flooring pattern combines square and rectangular tiles to display a repeating, puzzle-like design.
Basket weave: You can decorate your walls or flooring with mosaic tiles that resemble a woven basket.
Diagonal: To make your floors appear wider or create a backsplash on the walls, you can lay tiles at a 45-degree angle.
Listello: A listello is a decorative border made of ceramic, stone or metal that can establish a focal point on your walls.
Custom Shower Design
The following features can help you decide how to design your shower:
Shower vs. tub: You may want to install a cost-effective tub if you have kids or enjoy taking baths, but you can also get rid of it to save space if you don’t use the tub often. A shower and tub combination gives you the advantages of both, but a walk-in shower tends to be more accessible and energy-efficient than a tub.
Lighting and ventilation: Consider installing plenty of artificial and natural light, especially near the shower, to help boost your mood and wake you up in the morning. You may also want to install an energy-efficient window to let the humidity out of the room. Proper ventilation helps prevent mold growth and keep your bathroom clean.
Glass door or curtain: A curtain or glass door allows the water to stay in your shower. Curtains are softer and more affordable, and their versatile designs can completely transform your bathroom’s appearance. A pane of glass can fully enclose you in the shower, preventing all water from escaping, and it tends to be easier to clean.
Placement: Where you place your vanity depends on the flow of the bathroom. It shouldn’t block any doors or make cleaning more of a challenge. If the location of your new vanity is not near the existing plumbing, we can accommodate plumbing alterations so we can achieve the ideal layout for your new space.
Materials: We have high quality cabinetry options to choose from that will last a lifetime. Whether you need full custom or semi-custom, we will help you find the cabinetry that will fit your needs.
Storage: You might want to design the drawers and cabinets on your vanity according to whether the bathroom is for occasional guests or your family’s everyday use.
Width: The vanity should be the appropriate width for your room’s size. A large vanity in a small room can make the space feel cramped.
Height: Consider the proper size for the sink depending on who uses the bathroom. A vanity that’s too tall or short can be frustrating and a waste of space.
Countertop: The countertop material — such as granite, marble or quartz — should be easy to clean and complementary to your design style.
Sink: As part of designing your vanity, it also helps to decide how many sinks you’d like to have and which style type you’d like to feature.
We can help create your dream bathroom with custom, unique designs and bathroom remodeling tips. At Area Flooring & Tile, Inc., we specialize in full home remodeling, and we have all the materials you need to renovate each part of your house. For more information about how we can help you transform your living space in McHenry County, Illinois, contact us online or call 224-713-2732 today.