Category 'Bathroom Design'

aqua tile for bathrooms Tile flooring may not seem like a deal breaker but they can actually make your bathroom appear absolutely gorgeous instead of dull and lifeless. There are plenty of options on the market, from vintage black and white tile flooring to wood or marble looking heated floors. Patterned Tiles: “Plain and lifeless” tile flooring can sometimes look unattractive, depending on your color scheme.  Having white, tan or beige walls, adding patterned tiles to the bathroom displays “artisanship”! Mosaic Tiles: These types of tiles are somewhat unique and more and more designers like geometric patterns when it comes to tiles. Hexagon tile flooring is best used when working with several shades of one color. Glass Tiles: Color tones with dimension have always been popular and now designers are going with some other neutral palettes. Using glass tiles creates dimension in neutral spaces. Chevron and Fish Scale Tiles: Fish scale tiles are actually quite new and have really been making an impact in bathroom design. Not only do they add dimension but now homeowners won’t have such a boxy appearance in the home. Patterned chevron tile also make a huge impact on your space! Vertical Tiles: If horizontal tiles are getting boring to your eye, opt for vertical tile patterns! These look lovely behind a glass shower enclosure or along the walls of the bathroom. Distressed Tiles: Distressed tiles work wonders on metallic materials, creating gorgeous patterns. Such as a hammered look or a leathered appreance. Subway and Hexagon Tiles: These tiles can create an old world feel or a nice contemporary look. Hexagon is extremely versatile as you can choose from large or small formats, wood or concrete. The options are pretty much endless! Choose The Bath Showcase for Bathroom Tile The Bath Showcase has years of experience providing New England residents with exceptional bathroom designs. Designing your dream bathroom can be tricky when you aren’t sure what to do or how you’d like to budget. Stop into one of our locations to discuss options and get started!

California Faucet with Blue BackgroundChoosing a bathroom faucet is actually a lot more complex than you may think due to the countless options on the market. You need to think about who will be using this faucet – do you want something motion activated? Will children be using this?   Single-Lever Faucet Single-lever faucets work well in almost every bathroom and they are one of the most popular choices. With its simple design and wide-array of color options, you really can’t go wrong with the single-lever faucet. Motion-sensor Faucet A motion-sensor faucet allows users to keep the faucet looking fresh and clean. These are also much easier for children and when you set the temperature to the right level, you’re ensuring that children can never hurt themselves. Eight-inch-spread Faucet The 8-inch-spred faucet is offered in a variety of styles and materials. These particular faucets come in brushed nickel, oil-rubbed bronze and gold. Four-inch-spread Faucet These faucets come in multiple shapes, sizes and colors, and they save space for those with smaller vanities. Wall-mounted Faucet Wall-mounted faucets don’t take up counter space and they act as a beautiful focal point in any bathroom. Whether they are mounted to the sink or a backsplash, you can’t go wrong with wall-mounted faucets.

Kohler Reve Bathtub & SinksIf you’re planning on updating your bathroom soon, make sure you are considering every single detail. This means you need to think about your budget, save a little extra for unexpected repairs and coordinate your cabinetry with your countertops, flooring and backsplashes. Designing a bathroom that is both functional and timeless can be a major challenge, however. See below for some bathroom design trends to get you inspired. Statement Pieces You might not consider putting a fancy ottoman or plush chair in the bathroom but it can really add a little something extra. Also, if you have the space, it’s convenient to have a comfortable chair or stool in the bathroom. Free-Standing Bathtub A free-standing tub such as a vintage claw-foot bathtub is ideal for those who enjoy their bubble baths. You need to make sure you have adequate space so the room doesn’t look too cluttered. Patterned Floor Tiles Encaustic tiles are becoming a very popular theme in today’s bathrooms. Whether you’re looking for organized patterns or tiles consisting of various swirls, there’s plenty of opportunity to make your bathroom pop. Dark Walls Regardless of the size of your bathroom, dark walls work wonders. When you paint the cabinets to match, consider contrasting with natural textures. Throw Rugs While we adore those fluffy bath mats, throw rugs are beginning to replace them. Using a bathroom rug with intricate designs and unique patterns can turn a dull bathroom into an oasis. Round Mirrors Oversized round mirrors are certainly trending and we don’t see them going out of style any time soon. The frame has the most impact as you can choose one that makes the mirror chic or rustic. Wall-Mounted Faucet For those of you who have limited space, a faucet that is mounted to the wall is perfect. Weathered brass finishes look gorgeous, especially against white tile.    

Kohler Reve Bathtub & SinksYou’ve probably noticed bathroom trends changing over the years and if you’re ready to get your remodel started, sit down and think about what you’re looking for in a bathroom remodel. When it comes to redesigning your bathroom, you don’t want to fall prey to bathroom trends that are going to be gone shortly. Whirlpool tubs used to be a hit but they are now becoming major eyesores. Nowadays homeowners are eager to install walk-in showers. Homeowners have the luxury of customizing their shower heads or installing in-shower seating. There are plenty of tile options such as porcelain or stone so you can really create a spa-like experience. Hiding a toilet behind a wall or in a water closet has become a new trend in master bathrooms that definitely will not fade out. Everyone needs their privacy. A hidden toilet is perfect when your morning bathroom routine occurs at the same time as your significant other. Going along with the privacy theme, have you considered investing in a walk-in closet? Adding a walk-in closet inside the bathroom allows you to install a makeup vanity so you have even more privacy. Now you can start your morning off with no interruptions. Adding a historic finishing touch on your bathroom design shows your guests your unique personality and keeps the bathroom timeless. You don’t need antiques necessarily but antique-style finishes do look beautiful. For instance, a clawfoot tub never goes out of style, same with a Victorian vanity. Subway tiles are here to stay. From blue and green to orange and red, marble or granite, there is a wide-variety of styles and colors to choose from. However, white or marble-like whites are your best bet for a timeless tile. By using white you can switch out décor and wall color. Dark woods have been used in bathrooms for decades. Hardwood floor in the bathroom is surprisingly beautiful. Pairing wood with white walls also draws your focus toward the floor. Your bathroom will remain warm and inviting. Pedestal sinks are ideal for those who don’t have much space to work with. Instead of a vanity, use a pedestal sink with nickel finishes. This also looks gorgeous with wooden floors!

Vanico Sink with Dark Wooden VanityWhile floating vanities have become increasingly popular in bathrooms, it’s still rare to see one in the home. Not only do floating vanities create a more modern appearance but they are extremely attention-grabbing. One of the major advantages of floating vanities is that they create a larger opening in the bathroom so it’s less compact. Let’s explore some other advantages of purchasing a floating vanity for your bathroom.

  1. Cleaning is Quick & Easy
You won’t have to bend over and shove your dust pan underneath the vanity. There aren’t any awkward corners or dust bunnies so cleaning is super simple!
  1. If You Love Organizing…
For those of you who find joy out of color coding your towels, organizing your cotton swabs and making sure your lipsticks are perfectly aligned, a floating vanity is for you. These types of vanities allow you to display all your bathroom products with under-sink open shelves.
  1. Minimalistic Look
When you pair a floating vanity with a monochromatic wall or sink, you can create a gorgeous minimalistic look. This also will draw attention to other areas of the bathroom such as a free-standing tub.
  1. Radiant-Heat Flooring
If you’ve invested in radiant-heat flooring, hanging your vanity on the wall can maximize warmth. Think about when you put on makeup at the sink, do your hair or brush your teeth. Now your feet will stay nice and toasty!
  1. Look at Those Tiles
When you have beautiful tile along the walls, you don’t want that covered up by the vanity. Show off that marble or porcelain by extending it down to the floor.
  1. Perfect for Everyone
A floating vanity adjusts to everyone. Whether your little one needs a step stool or you live with a grandparent who has a walker, a floating vanity accommodates all ages.

bathroom renovationRenovating the bathroom can be a lengthy yet exciting process. When you budget correctly and have a plan in place, the renovation process goes seamlessly. However, if you haven’t done much planning, you could end up with more costly repairs.

  1. Not Installing a Bathroom Fan
Forgetting to install a bathroom fan is a huge issue. Humidity builds up and causes mold growth which leads to grout and moisture deterioration.
  1. No Planning
Everything should be sketched out from budget, to materials to who will be working on what. Planning is an essential key when it comes to a bathroom renovation.
  1. Stick to Your Budget
You should always save a little bit extra for random repairs that come up. If you have a budget of $10,000 stick with it. Don’t purchase expensive materials if you simply don’t have the money. Put the money in your bank account and leave it there until you’re ready for the renovation.
  1. Lack of Spacing
Functionality is huge when planning your bathroom and it should be much more important that the décor. Think about the decorating portion later. Consider the layout as well as spacing and make sure the new layout is up to date with building codes. It’s essential that the plumbing and fixtures can be used for everyday use.
  1. Overlooking Small Repairs
Small issues in a new tile or a large gap in a bathroom vanity will grow into bigger issues down the line. While you’re renovating, make sure to fix even the smallest errors. If you notice an issue now, it will definitely get worse. Contact The Bath Showcase to speak with our bathroom designers about our excellent design services and top-notch bathroom hardware and products.

floating vanityRecently, floating vanities have increased in popularity as their hard, sleek edges create a beautiful minimalistic feel. By having open space underneath the floating vanity, the visual clutter is cut down. For those of you with a smaller bathroom, you can make the room appear much larger. Customizability Floating vanities are customizable since they are mounted against a wall and you can be more selective of where you place them. The best part is they can be adjusted to your height. You can also mix up compartments such as placing two sinks side by side and putting the cabinet drawers elsewhere. Lightweight Larger, floor-standing vanities are much more difficult to install. When it comes to floating vanities, all you need to do is align the frames and attach them to strong anchors. They also won’t get warped or fluctuate in a humid environment. Other Benefits of a Floating Vanity

  • Creates unbroken floor space
  • Practical for cleaning & keeping the floor clear
  • Larger cabinets with plenty of storage space
  • Extremely beneficial for a smaller bathroom
  • When you have radiant floor heating, you have extra floor space to give off heat
  • Floor installation is much easier
  • Greater selection of cabinets including small and large
  • Open shelf and standard closed cabinet options
If you’re reading to have your bathroom remodeled, contact our expert bathroom designers today! Stop into one of our showroom locations to speak with our designers and discuss your options. We offer products from some of the best brands in the industry.

There are countless options when it comes to your bathroom floors but it can seem nearly impossible when trying to choose. You’ll want to consider which material is durable and how resistant it is to moisture or mold. Vinyl Flooring vinyl flooringVinyl is perfect for those on a tight budget. Not only is it easy to replace but it can be installed over other materials so you don’t really need to worry about demolition. Vinyl is flexible and it can be painted to the color of your choosing! However, vinyl is not nearly as appealing as ceramic or stone. Ceramic Flooring Ceramic is offered in several colors, shapes and patterns.  These are among the toughest tiles and they’re extremely resistant to moisture. Ceramic tiles are fireproof so they can’t give off toxic fumes. Cork Flooring Another water-resistant flooring, cork is also hypoallergenic and is extremely resistant to fire. As a great alternative to wood, cork repels dust and your feet won’t get cold the way they would on stone. For us in New England, this is a major relief. However, if you want to switch up the color, cork always remains green. Since cork is malleable, you don’t have worry about putting a dent in it from dropping heavy objects. Porcelain Flooring Porcelain utilizes less clay and is pressed harder than ceramic. For high-traffic areas in the bathroom, you’ll want to use porcelain. While porcelain is associated with toilets because it resists scratching, it’s also great for floors. Porcelain offers the authenticity of stone, marble, quartz and a slew of other materials. Stone Flooring stone flooringWhen people want a luxurious bathroom, stone is what they go with. Regardless if it’s sandstone, flagstone, granite or slate, stone lasts a lifetime. It is on the pricey side but stone will surely increase the resale value of your home.

[caption id="attachment_753" align="alignright" width="248"]kohler shower Photo Credit: http://www.us.kohler.com/us/[/caption] According to a new real estate study, 77% of homebuyers are searching for property with “smart” innovations. A majority of the tech gadgets belong to smart home automation systems – this means technology that lets us control lights, security and temperature. The bathroom has now become a popular room to include technology in. Revolutionary New Toilets Several new types of toilets have hit the market including toilet seat warmers, LED lights, self-cleaning toilets and antimicrobial toilet seats. There are also motion sensors which raise and lower toilet seat lids. Digital Faucets Digital faucets are making their way to the market as they conserve both water and energy. Not only do they reduce tap flow but they have digital-control settings and touchless technology. The infrared tap technology will turn off the water when it notices the hands are not under the faucet. Programmable features include a timed shower setting and teeth-brushing options. Soaking Tubs Jacuzzi tubs were a once popular option but now designers are leaning towards soaking tubs. These don’t come with a shower and are quite sleek. Pipes come up from underneath the floor and pour into the bathtub. Some of these soaking tubs offer a modern spin on massaging jets – an air bath. This works by having air channels deliver a steady stream of warm massaging bubbles. Newest Tech Gadgets If you store medicine in your bathroom cabinet, opt for refrigerated bathroom cabinets which will keep your meds nice and cool along with your drink. Listening to music in the shower is extremely relaxing and with LCD shower panels, now you can control the music much more easily. You can also control water flow, steam and chromotherapy. Can’t stop watching your favorite show? Waterproof TVs are a must. If you frequently find yourself bringing your iPad in the tub, you’ll want to purchase this TV.

You may find it surprising that switching out your bathroom tiles can help you sell your home. However, think about the finishing touches you often make to your home before an open house – new coat of paint, fresh flowers on the countertop, throw blanket draped around the chair. Since the bathroom is an extremely important room in the home, why not make a minor adjustment to help boost appeal?

Use a Few New Tiles

Floor tiles tend to crack or break slightly and older shower tiles often get discolored. If this is the case, replace these so they don’t become a focal point in the home. However, please note that if the replacement tile is much different than what you currently have, this could end up being much more alarming than a small crack. A couple small cracks aren’t really a huge deal but when the cracks go throughout the entire tile, you should check the subflooring and waterproof membrane beneath the tiles. By regularly cleaning the tiles, you can also avoid discoloration.

New Backsplash

If you have a beautiful, historic New England home then you most likely have an old bathroom. By simply installing a glass tile backsplash, you can capture quite a bit of attention. For those of you with neutral bath décor, a mosaic glass tile will really dress up the bathroom and make it appear more modern. Oversized wall tile will also enhance a classic white bathroom.

Glass Tile

Traditionally, homeowners will put glass tiles in one area such as a backsplash, but if you incorporate this throughout the entire space, you can really brighten up the bathroom. Reflect natural light and brighten up your bathroom with glass tiles behind open shelving. You can add a monochromatic color scheme as well which offers plenty of contrast. Call the Bath Showcase or fill out our contact form for bathroom remodeling advice as well as hardware and products. Our award-winning designers have years of experience providing New England residents with exceptional bathroom designs.

19
Jun

Bathroom Tile Trends to Look Out For

Tile flooring may not seem like a deal breaker but they can actually make your bathroom appear absolutely gorgeous instead of dull and lifeless. There are plenty of options on the market, from vintage black and white tile flooring to wood or marble looking heated floors. Patterned Tiles: “Plain and lifeless” tile flooring can sometimes […]

4
May

The Best Faucets for Your Bathroom

Choosing a bathroom faucet is actually a lot more complex than you may think due to the countless options on the market. You need to think about who will be using this faucet – do you want something motion activated? Will children be using this?   Single-Lever Faucet Single-lever faucets work well in almost every […]

27
Apr

Bathroom Trends We Can Expect to See This Year

If you’re planning on updating your bathroom soon, make sure you are considering every single detail. This means you need to think about your budget, save a little extra for unexpected repairs and coordinate your cabinetry with your countertops, flooring and backsplashes. Designing a bathroom that is both functional and timeless can be a major […]

23
Mar

Which Bathroom Trends Are Worth It?

You’ve probably noticed bathroom trends changing over the years and if you’re ready to get your remodel started, sit down and think about what you’re looking for in a bathroom remodel. When it comes to redesigning your bathroom, you don’t want to fall prey to bathroom trends that are going to be gone shortly. Whirlpool […]

16
Mar

Advantages of a Floating Vanity

While floating vanities have become increasingly popular in bathrooms, it’s still rare to see one in the home. Not only do floating vanities create a more modern appearance but they are extremely attention-grabbing. One of the major advantages of floating vanities is that they create a larger opening in the bathroom so it’s less compact. […]

21
Feb

What to Avoid When Renovating Your Bathroom

Renovating the bathroom can be a lengthy yet exciting process. When you budget correctly and have a plan in place, the renovation process goes seamlessly. However, if you haven’t done much planning, you could end up with more costly repairs. Not Installing a Bathroom Fan Forgetting to install a bathroom fan is a huge issue. […]

14
Feb

Learn All About Floating Vanities

Recently, floating vanities have increased in popularity as their hard, sleek edges create a beautiful minimalistic feel. By having open space underneath the floating vanity, the visual clutter is cut down. For those of you with a smaller bathroom, you can make the room appear much larger. Customizability Floating vanities are customizable since they are […]

1
Feb

Selecting the Best Material for Your Bathroom Floor

There are countless options when it comes to your bathroom floors but it can seem nearly impossible when trying to choose. You’ll want to consider which material is durable and how resistant it is to moisture or mold. Vinyl Flooring Vinyl is perfect for those on a tight budget. Not only is it easy to […]

25
Jan

Best Technology to Improve Your Bathroom

According to a new real estate study, 77% of homebuyers are searching for property with “smart” innovations. A majority of the tech gadgets belong to smart home automation systems – this means technology that lets us control lights, security and temperature. The bathroom has now become a popular room to include technology in. Revolutionary New […]

3
Jan

How Updating Your Bathroom Tiles Can Improve Your Home’s Resale Value

You may find it surprising that switching out your bathroom tiles can help you sell your home. However, think about the finishing touches you often make to your home before an open house – new coat of paint, fresh flowers on the countertop, throw blanket draped around the chair. Since the bathroom is an extremely […]