Bathroom Refresh on a Budget

Bathroomsmall bathroom renovations can be costly, but there are some projects you can take on that can change the look of your bathroom even if you’re on a budget.

  • The most obvious trick to quickly changing the look of a room is painting it. Invest in high-quality satin paint and mold-resistant primer for the best results.
  • Fixtures are usually a dead giveaway to how old a room is. Replace or re-glaze fixtures to make a bathroom look brand new.
  • Dingy grout can make a bathroom look dirty and old. Use an old toothbrush with a mild bleach solution or other grout cleaner to clean the grout and then seal your hard work with grout sealer.
  • Re-caulk your bathtub to create fresh lines and a clean look. Not only will this help your bathroom look fresher, it can prevent costly water damage problems down the road.
  • If you’ve always wanted a rainfall showerhead, getting one might be more practical than you think! New showerheads add a nice touch to a bathroom and the newer energy-efficient model can end up saving you money long term.
  • Frame your mirror to make it look custom-made – Try this tutorial.
  • Raise your shower curtain rod to make your bathroom feel more spacious and invest in a quality cloth shower curtain.
  • Add a roman shade to the window for a splash of color and texture.
  • Accessories are important in every room. Add art and candles, purchase new towels and bathmats, and anything else that makes your bathroom feel more luxurious. These small details can make all the difference.

What would you do to refresh a bathroom on a budget? Let us know in the comments!

Tile Layouts

A big part  tileof deciding on tile is picking the layout you want – there are endless configurations to choose from depending on how many different tiles you’re incorporating and the impact you want the tile to have. Here are some of the most popular tile layout options to choose from:

Straight lay: This is the most straightforward and easiest layout to install. Tiles are laid out straight side by side with the corners matching up. This pattern offers a very sleek, modern look. If you enjoy bold furniture and accessories, straight lay is a good option because it won’t distract from those. It’s also useful for drawing the eye in – perfect for windows, architectural features or anything you’d like to draw attention to.

Diagonal: This layout is similar to the straight lay, but the tiles are laid at a 45 degree angle instead. This pattern can add more visual interest to a room and is an excellent choice for making a room feel bigger.

Off-set or Brick: Tile corners are lined up with the center of the tile above and below it to create a staggered look. This pattern can be useful for hiding imperfections such as crooked walls and uneven surfaces.

Herringbone: Tiles are laid out at a 45 degree angle in a “V” shape to create a sophisticated look. This pattern can help make a room look larger, especially width-wise. Herringbone patterns are best used in small doses, otherwise it can be visually overwhelming.

Checkerboard: Square tiles in two different colors are laid out in an alternating pattern to look like a chess or checkerboard. Traditionally created with black and white tiles, this pattern makes a strong statement. Because of this, it’s essential to keep all the other elements of the room neutral so you don’t overwhelm the eye.

There are many other tile pattern options to choose from, especially once you start incorporating a variety of tiles. For other ideas or help picking the best tile layout for your home, stop into one of our locations today!