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Selecting the Best Tiles for Your Bathroom and Kitchen Renovations in 2019

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Getting prepared for a major home extension can be extremely exciting, especially if you’re expanding your kitchen and bathrooms. These renovations can improve the living standards for your entire household and increase the value of your property.

Doesn’t matter if you’re making a property investment or if you're renovating your own home, choosing the best tiles is critical for the success of your project. However, making the best decision is not always easy, especially when you consider the number of choices you have available.

Below, we’ll tell you why tiles are a great alternative for these improvement projects and give you tips on choosing the best type for your kitchen and bathrooms.

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Why is Tile a Timeless Choice?

Whenever you think about the best materials for your kitchen and bathrooms, tile should be close to the top of the list. Tiles come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and thousands of designs to choose from. Moreover, you can select from a number of materials that can be used to cover walls, countertops, and floors.

It’s also worth noting that tile floors are very easy to clean and maintain. If installed properly, tile floors and walls can last for a decade with minimum maintenance. And, as long as you pay attention to the grouting, you’ll be able to easily wipe your surfaces clean.

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How to Choose the Best Tiles for Your Bathroom and Kitchen

Renovating your kitchen and bathrooms may represent an investment, but these improvements can have a huge impact on your day to day life. What’s more, you can always apply for home loans if you’re building a new house or find other alternatives to help you finance your extension or remodelling project.

Once you’ve figured out how to pay for your extension, you can look into choosing the best tiles for your bathrooms and kitchen.

Create an Ideal Budget

Before starting on your project, you should create an ideal budget and try to stick to it. This will help you keep track of your expenditures and set realistic expectations if you’re working with a professional contractor.

Consider Your Current Lighting

One of the main things you’ll need to keep in mind is how light or dark your room is. Note your current lighting and figure out if you want to make your room brighter or if you can get away with using darker tiles.

If you’re completely revamping your kitchen and bathrooms, remember to use large windows if you want to install dark colours.


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Think About the Accompanying Elements

Tiles usually cover walls, floors, and countertops. You should also look at the different elements that will be installed along with the tiles, such as sinks, cabinetry, and other pieces in order to ensure a good contrast.

Match Your Home’s Overall Style

Unless you’ve designed your home piece-by-piece, you may want your kitchen and bathroom to match other areas of your house. This doesn’t mean you should use the same tiles, but a similar colour palette or patterns may be a nice touch.

Research the Different Options You Have

There are thousands of providers and manufacturers available. Plus, countless materials and designs are being created every day, so make sure your research all the possibility instead of settling for the first type of tile that catches your eye.

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Finding the Right Tools for the Job

Whether you’re working with a contractor or doing a DIY home extension, finding the right materials at an affordable price can increase your chances of a great outcome. The tips above should help you choose the best tiles for your bathrooms and kitchens, but you’ll also have to find a great provider.

At The Renovator Store, we provide premium remodelling materials for your bathroom and kitchen at a fair price. Get in touch with us by giving us a call or visit our site today!


Easy DIY Renovation Projects

Got something that needs fixing in the house, but not sure you want to fork out money to pay for it? Try these easy DIY Renovation Projects that'll help you save on labor costs and the mark-up contractors charge for materials. You'll be surprised by the simplicity and oh so pleased with the final product.



 

Fixing Kitchen Cabinets




Option 1: Refinish existing cabinet doors. This can be done by through use of paint, stain or laminate.
Option 2: Reface cabinets. This involves putting new doors on existing kitchen boxes. Hint: Before ordering the whole set purchase one door and one drawer to check the dimensions and the overall look.

 

Install New Cabinet Handles 


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This ones super simple. All you have to do is select, purchase and then install! To make a huge aesthetic improvement in your house replace wooden ones with modern stainless steel ones. Alternatively swap plain glass handles for brighter coloured glass knobs.

 

Install Feature Lighting


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These Feature lights are super simple to do yourself as they simple attach to the existing downlight fixture! Its a quick and easy way to bring style and ambience into a room.

 

Insulate the Attic and Other Energy-Sucking Areas


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1. Caulk around windows and spaces between the floor and baseboards to prevent heat escaping.
2. Service your furnace so its working in top shape. You want it to be producing the most heat at the lowest cost obviously!
3. Insulate pipes with pipe insulation wrap and duct tape to reduce heat loss (depicted above)
4. Buy a “draft guard” for the bottoms of your doors (a cheap fix from $10 per door) so wind or heat doesn’t slip through.

 

Tile the Bathroom Floor or Kitchen Backsplash


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This one is a little trickier -- but very rewarding. Start off by making sure your surface is flat and dry, like a cement or plywood subfloor, an even wall or a tiled surface you want to cover with new tiles. Apply cement in an even layer  and lay tiles over the top. Always remember to use spacers in order to achieve an even arrangement of tiles.

 

Replace Faucets and Fixtures


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A new, modern faucet can make a sink in your kitchen or bathroom look brand new again. As long as the new fixtures don’t require a smaller hole in the furniture or sink than the one that’s already there, it’s an easy upgrade. Try this cosmopolitan matte black tap ware for a bold and striking upgrade.

 

Re-paint


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Its obvious, I know, but a simple coat of paint has the power to change the entire look of a room. You could repaint your entire room, or you could simply try out a feature wall. Even just repainting window and door frames can uplift the look and feel of a house!

So go on and try some of these super easy DIY renovation projects!

Bathroom Tiles That Don't Break the Budget

Once upon a time choosing tiles for your new bathroom renovation was a breeze. Tile collections were limited so you had the simple choice of selecting between the supplier’s high-end or low-end range depending on how far your budget could stretch. Forward a couple of decades on and the tile industry has completely transformed. Nowadays walking into a tile showroom can be overwhelming with the myriad of tile choice on offer. If you're working on a budget this experience can be stressful, so follow our guide to choosing tiles that don’t break the budget but will still achieve a beautiful look.



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Wall tiles


To cut costs consider only tiling walls that are essential. This includes areas such as your shower and vanity splash-backs. Other wall spaces can simply be painted in similar tones to your tiles to convey class and elegance.

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By far the most inexpensive wall tiles on the market are the simple white rectangular or subway tiles (depicted above). This style is extremely popular and will give a modern, bright and clean look to your bathroom. Its also creates an appealing, yet simple backdrop to accentuate other standout features and accessories within the space - for example rose gold or black tapware.

If you're looking to add colour to your bathroom opt for coloured subway tiles. There are many colours and formats to choose from, but be aware that prices will vary once you stray from standard white.

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Floor tiles


There are many excellent quality floor tiles on offer in appealing styles and colour themes, and all with a budget friendly price point. If you opted for more simple wall tiling, you might decide to splurge on floor tiles to add visual appeal to your room. This could mean adding a tile with colour, pattern or texture. If budget permits, running your floor tile up one wall can create a stunning feature (depicted below).

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Once you choose your ideal floor tile, be sure to consider how your tiles will be installed. Discuss the layout and cuts with your tiler before work commences to avoid any nasty surprises once complete. To avoid displaying any unattractive cuts and joints in your shower floor area, use a minimalistic shower grate. These Aguzzo grates can be custom made to perfectly fit your shower.





Feature walls


An alternative trick to keep your costs down is to select simple and understated floor and wall tiles, and then use your money saved to install a striking and beautiful wall tile.

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The feature wall could be placed above the vanity, or in a small section of the wall in the shower space. If you have a large wall, consider breaking up the look by dividing it with the feature tile (displayed below). Here is your opportunity to have some fun and inject your style and personality into the space while creating the bathroom’s standout feature. Choose from glass mosaics, geometric formats, handmade or patterned tiles.

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Kate Fuller is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator with Perini Tiles, a supplier of beautiful tiles and bathroom and kitchen design consultation, based in Melbourne Australia.
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