5 (Easy) Steps to New Window Treatments

man sitting in sunroom with blindsAs wonderful as the longer days of spring and summer can be, there is a downside (yes, a downside!) to longer, beautiful sunny days. That downside becomes apparent when you can’t sleep because of the sun or you miss a key play by your favorite team because of the sun streaming in. That’s when it’s time to use these steps to finish your room with the blinds or curtains that’ll finish your room—and fix your problem.

Identify the function of your new blinds.

What do you need the blinds for? Darkening a room so you can sleep? Making your media room suitable for a movie night (even when the sun sets later)? Keeping the sun out of your sunroom? For privacy? Use the answer to your question as you shop, or mention it to your salesperson as you browse through your options. Their experience can help you make your decision.

Look at the rest of the room.

Your new blinds are not a stand alone; they are part of your room. Accordingly, make sure you look around to determine what kind of statement you want to make with your new blinds. For a room with a neutral look, choose a blind color that blends with your existing décor. To make a bold statement, choose bold colored blinds or blinds with patterns that stand out or coordinate with your bold home décor. If you want to start from scratch, consult with a designer at your local flooring store to coordinate all the details into your desired cohesive look.

Choose from the options.

Blinds and curtains are not a one-size-fits all. There are many options for your room, including:

  • Sheers are very light curtains that allow a large amount of light in—perfect for windows that need to be dressed up or that you look out often.
  • Blackout curtains create just what the name says: a “blacked out” or darkened room. Blackout curtains are perfect for bedrooms, family rooms, man caves, and media rooms. Made with an inner liner, blackout curtains block the light out from the room—ideal for third-shifters, sleepers who don’t like the light, or family members who want to watch TV without the glare.
  • Drapes are a long curtain option, typically floor-to-ceiling and are designed for privacy and high impact. Drapes can make a ceiling look higher, or a window look bigger if you get a drape that spans the height of your wall (even if your window doesn’t!).
  • Insulated/fabric blinds are high function window treatments, giving you an extra level of privacy. Some insulated or fabric blinds can even add energy efficiency to your home. Some models of insulated or fabric blinds come up from the bottom, ideal for privacy while still allowing the light in.

In some situations, the right window treatments may be a combination of several of these options, such as in a child’s room, bedroom, or media room. In these cases, curtains and blinds can combine to keep the light out—and achieve the purpose you set out to achieve with the window treatments.

Measure.

Measuring your window is not always as simple as holding a ruler up to your window. If you want your room to look taller, choose a window treatment that hangs above the window to the floor. To make the process even easier, hire a professional to measure and install your blinds or curtains.

Enjoy.

The last step of choosing blinds or curtains is the best: enjoying your new curtains and blinds—and all the functionality and beauty they bring to your home.

5 Home Projects You Can Finish in a Day(ish)

cherry colored laminate floor in kitchenThe never-ending project.  No one wants their house ripped up indefinitely—for what seems like FOREVER.  The kitchen project that gets started and never finished.  The bathroom that you can’t use for months (or years?).  The room with no flooring that you have to wear shoes in.  If you’re looking for projects that won’t make your home look like a indefinite road construction zone, we’ve compiled a list that you can have completed in a day(ish)—as long as you do your research and ask for advice first so you’re ready to get started and finished (or you can just call the experts!).

Laminate flooring

Laminate flooring is a durable, great-looking floating floor, making it the perfect do-it-yourself home project.  Use this step-by-step tutorial and video for a smooth laminate floor install, and stock up on flooring (and advice!) that can make a real statement in your home.  For a larger space, buy your product in bulk for a volume discount. If you do all your floor prep and get all your tools together in advance, you can have new laminate floors in by dinner time (and an easy clean up if anything falls on the floor!).

Backsplash

kitchen back splashNothing can make a kitchen look as finished as a tile backsplash. Once you’ve chosen the right backsplash, gather all your supplies and get ready for a day’s work.  Make sure your work is level and even as you work, and enjoy the beautiful finishing touch when you’re done.

Vinyl luxury plank flooring

For the look of wood without fear of water damage, start researching installing vinyl luxury plank flooring. Like laminate, vinyl plank flooring is a floating floor (and can be purchased in bulk!). Research the installation and your options for underlayment for a wonderful finished product after a full day of work.

Laminate wall accent

home design trend laminate flooring on wall

Courtesy Armstrong Floors

Laminate flooring on the wall is one of the newest home trends. Homeowners have capitalized on this trend and created an accent wall in the their basement or bedroom, a contrasting wall feature, or a fireplace surround (if you do this, make sure your project is stunning and safe).  Use this video so you know what kind of home project you’re in for, and talk to the experts to get the right laminate floors for your project.

Tile floor

Tile floors look great and are fairly easy to install—if you know what you’re doing.  As an added bonus, tile floors can be installed over radiant flooring.  As a natural conductor, tiles make any room warm and cozy.  You’re going to need the right saw, tiles, and grout for the job—and the patience to wait all day for your new, fantastic looking tile floors.

5 Floors that Can Handle Water (& spring cleaning tips that keep them looking great!)

one muddy boot and spring mudApril showers bring May flowers—and puddles, mud, and all the other messiness that comes with spring.  If you’re in the market for a floor that can handle all the spring messes (plus spills, wet paws, muddy footprints, etc.) our rainy weather can dish out, we’ve compiled a list of floors that are easy-to-clean (especially for muddy foot and paw prints), durable, and look great—no matter what kind of water gets tracked in.

luxury vinyl_showroomLuxury Vinyl

Luxury vinyl is the perfect floor for a high traffic area that gets a lot of muddy footprints.  Many of these floors look like wood, but do not have the traditional wood floor problem of water damage from sitting water.  If you do get muddy footprints or water tracked in, just use a cloth or dry mop to clean up the mess.  Luxury vinyl planks floors can also be installed as a do-it-yourself project if you’re handy.

Tile

tile flooring in entryway with front table and lampPorcelain tile is water, odor, and mildew resistant; the perfect recipe for a flooring that can withstand water.  Tile floors are also a great buffer for your wood floors.  Install tile floors in your entryways and mudrooms so you can “catch” all the water and mud that gets tracked in before it hits your wood floors. As an added perk, radiant heating can be installed under floors which keeps them warm to the toes and dries out any water tracked in.

Laminate floors

installing luxury vinyl plank in a basmentLaminate floors are incredibly durable and easy-to-clean, which is why they are ideal for spaces where the mud and rain is tracked in.  There is one note of caution: while laminate floors can take the mud and wet footprints, be careful with standing water.  Standing water on laminate floors can warp the floors, so make sure you clean it up promptly.

Sheet Vinyl

Sheet vinyl can handle water, even a foot of water.  That’s right we’ve seen sheet vinyl floors that have survived a flood and still look great.  Because there no seams, homeowners with sheet vinyl floors don’t have to worry about water damage from moisture seeping in between the planks.  Today’s sheet vinyl floors also come in a variety of styles that look great.

 

Tips to keep your floors looking great during spring

Use rugs for décor and a catch-all for mud and water.

If you don’t want water and mud tracked in, use rugs to catch all the water, gravel, and debris that gets tracked in.  Place a wide rug or long runner by each door to give your guests (and pets) a place to clean off their feet before they come in.

Leave your shoes at the door.

Once you (and your guests) walk in, take off your shoes and ask your guests to remove their shoes as well.  If you do leave your shoes on when you come in, clean your shoes off as well as you can.  Train your pets to stop at the door so you can clean their paws off before they leave muddy footprints across the floor.

Regularly sweep or dry mop your floor.

To prevent scratches and keep your floor looking great, regularly sweep or dry mop your floor.  A regular sweep picks up small debris that can scratch your floor and keeps stains from setting in.

Ask before you clean.

When you have new floors installed, don’t assume that you can use the same cleaners on the new floor as you did on the old one.  Some cleaners can damage your new floor and void your warranty.  If you have any questions about cleaners, ask the experts at your local flooring store to make sure you use approved cleaners that remove the spring messes and remove the stains.

Deep clean (or schedule) a deep cleaning periodically.

A regular sweeping isn’t enough; give your floor a regular deep clean (or schedule an appointment to get your floors deep cleaned) to keep your floor looking like the mud of spring never was (or at least never was in your house).

7 Ways to Find Relief from Spring Allergies in Your Home

Woman With Allergy sneezing From Flowers and winter indoor allergiesIt’s the time of year that allergy sufferers dread: spring (and summer!).  While everyone else looks forward to spending time outside in the warm temperatures, allergy sufferers look forward to all the symptoms that come with seasonal allergies: sneezing, wheezing, runny noses, and congestion.  There is hope for relief from those annoying symptoms: use these tips to make your home as much of a “hay allergy free” zone as possible.

Designate an area where you can remove the allergens.

Allergens stick to your clothes; that’s why pet-free homes inevitably have pet dander in the ducts.  To keep seasonal allergens out of your home, choose a room where you can leave your clothes (a mud room or laundry room) as soon as you walk in the house.  Launder your clothes as soon as possible to keep yourself from sneezing and wheezing.

Choose your vacuum carefully.

To pick up any allergens that make it into your home, buy an allergy sensitive vacuum.  Choose a vacuum with a HEPA filter or double bag to ensure that you can vacuum the allergens that do come into your house away.

Thoroughly clean all your hard floors.

Allergens are everywhere, even on your hardwood and tile floors.  Use these tips to get your wood floors deep cleaned (or hire the pros to give you a thorough clean without causing any damage).

Clean your ducts.

As the old saying goes, “what comes around, goes around.”  If you have a forced air system, any allergens that come in continually re-circulate though your home’s air ducts every time your heat or air conditioner runs. Contact a professional duct cleaning company to rid your ducts, and your indoor air, of all those annoyingly common indoor allergens.

Select your furnace filter carefully.

Your furnace filter should be replaced every few months.  Cheaper air filters trap dust, a common allergen, but not much beyond that.  If you have allergies, purchase a furnace filter with a high Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values (MERV) next time you shop.  Furnace filters with high MERVs do not allow finer particles to pass, effectively removing allergens from the air. If you choose a filter with a high MERV (the max is 16), contact a HVAC professional because these filters can put too much pressure on your furnace fan and possibly damage your furnace.

Give your carpets a professional deep clean.

It’s incredibly tempting to head to your local store and rent a carpet cleaner to rid your home of any outdoor allergens. If you want to completely purge your home of allergens, take your carpet cleaning a step farther: contact a professional carpet cleaner. A professional carpet cleaning goes above and beyond a regular vacuum or a rental carpet cleaner.  A professional carpet cleaner removes allergens and dirt from your carpets.  To make sure you’re regularly removing the allergens, set a regular carpet cleaning schedule annually or biannually.

Keep your home’s humidity low.

Rooms with a humidity level above 50 percent can breed mold, mildew and dust mites, making you sneeze inside—adding to your misery after sneezing outside from your hay allergies.  Use a humidistat to monitor your room’s humidity level.  If your humidity level is above 50%, use a dehumidifier to lower your home’s humidity.

Your Top-to-Bottom Home Spring Cleaning Checklist

kitchen after using spring cleaning checklistThe weather in Wisconsin can finally be classified as spring, which means it’s time to give your home the deep clean that comes with warmer temperatures.  It’s finally time for a good spring cleaning.  To help you get your home completely cleaned before spring turns into summer, we’ve given you a complete spring cleaning checklist that ensures your home gets cleaned from top to bottom (if you do have any questions when you get to the bottom—the floor—ask us or use these tips to make sure your floors are cleaned well).

Every room

___Remove spider webs.

___Clean duct and air return covers.

___Dust ceiling fans and wash light fixture coverings.

___Clean the windows.

___Clean the tracks, screens, and interior parts of windows.

___Dust trim and crown moldings.

___Have your carpets professionally cleaned.

___Deep clean hardwood floors (make it an appointment to have your wood floors professionally cleaned or use these tips on how to clean your wood floors here).

___Clean blinds and curtains.

___Shake out all rugs.

___Have your area rugs professionally cleaned.

Kitchen

___Clean the top of cabinets.

___Wash the top & front of your refrigerator.

___Remove & clean shelves in your refrigerator.

___Clean and vacuum behind the refrigerator.

___Wipe down your vent hood and clean any screens.

___Clean the backsplash.

___Wash your kitchen walls.

___Wipe down exterior of appliances.

___Clean behind your stove.

___Clean your oven.

___Mop the floors.

___Clean grout (if you have tile floors).

Bathroom

___Clean light fixtures and fans.

___Scrub tile grout around shower and on floor.

___Wash the walls.

Bedroom

___Wash all bed linens.

___Flip mattress.

___Dust bed frame and all furniture.

___Vacuum behind furniture.

___Have carpets professionally cleaned.

___Deep clean hardwood floors (make it an appointment to have your wood floors professionally cleaned or use these tips on how to clean your wood floors here).

Floors Perfect for Homes with Pets

boys with dog on carpet choosing right pet-friendly floorFrom their great personality to their crazy antics, our pets have a way of working into our hearts. Inevitably that means, as a valued member of our family, our furry friends also work their way into our homes and across our floors.  When it’s time to replace those floors, it makes cents to keep our dog and cat friends in mind when you choose your next floor—your next pet-friendly floor.

Luxury Vinyl

Pros: Pet paws, high traffic, accidents, soda…this floor can take whatever your home (and your family) dishes out.  These floors are very hard to scratch and stain resistant so they can take running dogs and cats, long claws, and any accidents that might happen.  Pet hair can easily be removed, and they are incredibly easy to clean.  Luxury vinyl is available in a tile or wood look, can be installed with or without grout, and can be a do-it-your-self project (depending on the product).

Cons: Luxury vinyl can be very hard so you’ll need to add rugs for the comfort of your pets.  Scratches can be also hard to fix, so make sure you tell your associate you have pets when you purchase the floor.  The cost of luxury vinyl can be intimidating, but you can often get discounts for volume purchases.

Tile

Pros: Porcelain tile is water, odor and mildew resistant, making them ideal for homes with pets.  As far as looks, tiles come in a huge variety of colors and styles.  Tile can be installed as a do-it-yourself project, and is extremely affordable.  It’s also easy to keep clean.

Cons: When the temperature drops, tile floors can feel cold under your bare feet.  To keep your feet warm, consider having radiant floor heating installed under the tile.  Radiant floor heating can run off of your hydronic heating or can be installed as an electrical mat.  Because tile floors are so hard, it can be hard for pets with joint issues because it’s harder for them to get traction when they run through the room.

Hardwood

Pros: Hardwood floors are durable and can be refinished when needed.  Wood floors look great and are easy to clean up any fur or debris that your pet tracks in.  There are a ton of colors and styles, so you can choose the color and width of the floors that you want installed in your home.

Cons: Wood floors are one of the most expensive flooring options, and are prone to scratching.  Hardwoods also can be damaged by water from your pets’ paws, water bowls, or accidents.  Keep a rag close at hand so you can dry up easily.  If you choose hardwood, put a wood-friendly mat under the food and water bowls.  Wood floors are not a good match for basements because they can be damaged by moisture that seeps through the walls and floor (find out what floors are best for basements or just ask us via email or when you come in).

Laminate

Pros: Laminate flooring is as tough as nails (maybe tougher), which means it can handle all the running, playing, and crazy that comes with high-energy pets.  With a broom or a damp mop, this flooring is easy-to-clean and easy to remove all the fur that tends to pile up.  Laminate floors come in a variety of colors and styles, making them a beautiful addition to any room.  These floors are also very affordable and can be a fairly easy do-it-yourself project so they can be a low-cost upgrade to any home.

Cons: Laminate floors can be damaged by water spills—especially when not wiped up right away.  These floors are also very hard, which can be tough on pets with joint issues because they can’t get traction.  Laminate floors are very loud and tend to echo, especially when pets are running through the room.

Cork

Pros: Cork is antimicrobial, beautiful, and a green product.  It is mildew-resistant and soft to the feet, making it comfortable for pets to relax on.  Cork can be stained to the color you choose.

Cons: Cork is prone to damage from scratching, which can be a problem in a high traffic household (or a many-paw household).  While cork is easy to keep clean, it does need periodic maintenance over the life of the floor.  Cork can also be damaged by water, which makes it a problem in areas where your pets come in from outside or around their water bowl.

5 DIY Home Décor Projects You Can Get Done in a Weekend

bathroom with tile around tub and on floorThis title isn’t a Freudian slip; you can start and finish home décor projects from Friday to Sunday (or Monday if you’ve got a vacation day to burn).  Wipe all those half-finished, there’s-still-a-hole-in-my-wall pictures from your mind.  With a little bit of research, some professional advice from the local experts, and the right materials, you can use a weekend to transform any room of your home.

Backsplash

remodeled kitchen that adds valueA backsplash can be the finishing touch that adds a touch of ‘wow’ to your kitchen.  Make sure you measure the area correctly and do your homework before you even think of applying the tile adhesive.  Once you have the step-by-step directions memorized, visit your local home décor store to pick out the right tile for your kitchen and to get the professional advice you need to get the job completed by Monday.

Bathroom facelift

tile floor in bathroom with white vanity and tile showerIf you’re tired of that worn-out bathroom surround or that outdated ugly tile (insert color here), give your bathroom a facelift with new bathroom tile.  Depending on the scope of your project and size of your bathroom, you may need to allocate more time to get from start to finish.  Obviously, installing tile around a half bath is going to go faster than tiling around a huge, luxurious shower.

New laminate or wood floor

Floating floors are fairly easy to install before you don’t need to worry about nails.  Three of the most popular floating floors are laminate, engineered wood, and luxury vinyl planks.  All three are incredibly durable and easy to install if you have the correct tools and information.

cherry colored laminate floor in kitchenYou can also get a good deal on these floors if you buy in bulk or watch for deals.  Before you install the floors, make sure you do your share of prep work before you start installing.  In addition to ripping up your old floors, you need to remove all staples, level, and get your sub-floor ready for the new, fantastic looking floating floor.

Tile floor

A new tile floor can give your new entryway, laundry room, kitchen, bathroom, or mud room a whole new look—and can handle all the water that typically gets spilled or tracked into these rooms.  As an added bonus, tile can be installed over radiant floor heating, which makes your new tile floors a welcome warm addition under your feet.  As with all do-it-yourself projects, do your homework (especially if radiant floor heating is involved) and make sure you ask how much maintenance your tile and grout require over the life of your new tile floor.

Outside tile projects

front steps with porcelain tileAdding tile to your patio or front step is a project that you can dream about all winter long until you have a warm weekend to tackle and complete this terrific addition to your outdoor space (and to dream of the great times you’ll have once it’s warm).  Make sure you prep the space completely before you get started and you mention to your salesman that you are buying tile that is going outside.  Choose a weekend that is warm enough for installation and curing, and plan a fun get together to show off your DIY tile installation once it’s done.

5 Home Projects that Increase Your Home Value

kitchen and dining room with island, table, and laminate floorsIt’s the most wonderful time of the year—not Christmas—tax return time.  If you’re sifting through ideas of ways to spend your tax return, look around you (literally!) for worthy investments of your money and time.  Some home projects can give you a return on your hard-earned dollars in the way of home value.  To make sure you’re spending your tax return dollars on home updates that give you a significant return, use this guide to select your next home remodeling project that makes cents.

Hardwood floors

Hardwood floors are near the top for many home buyers; that demand is part of the reason that new hardwood floors can increase your home value.  Traditional hardwoods or engineered hardwoods are the two most common choices.  There are other advantages to installing hardwood floors too: they’re durable, can be refinished as needed, and come in a variety of styles perfect for any home (come see!).

Bathroom face lift

bathroom with tile floor that can handle waterA new vanity, tiled shower, white toilet (no colored toilets!), and a new floor can do wonders for the look of your bathroom AND for the value of your home. We’ve seen statistics that have put the return on investment in the 80% range, a favorable return for your tax return.  Even a small investment of time and funds into a half bathroom (or adding a half bathroom) can increase the value of your home.

Kitchen remodel

Bathrooms and kitchens sell houses, which is why an updated kitchen is a solid investment of your tax return.  To get the most for your dollar, research your area to make sure you don’t overspend on your kitchen remodel.  While you would love to have a gourmet kitchen with all the bells and whistles, from an investment perspective, you won’t get the most of your dollars if you invest too much for your area.  New cabinets (or refaced is the cabinet boxes are still sound), new back splash, counters, and a new floor (or whatever combination of these items are needed) can get you a return on your tax return investment.

Finished basement

carpet in basement that can handle basement moistureAdding finished square footage to your home is always going to lead to a higher resale and home value.  Finishing all or even part of your basement into a family room, media room, or bedroom (or all of the above) can give you more space when you need it.  Drywall, new floors (options for basement flooring here), and finishing touches (i.e. shelves, curtains and blinds, etc.) give you more functional room and an increase in your home value.

New deck/patio

Outdoor space is a priority for all us; after all, an outdoor grill out is one of our favorite pass times.  That’s why building a new deck or sprucing up your patio with a fresh look (more outdoor ideas here) can boost the value of your home.

8 Remodeling Ideas that Inspire & Look Great

Looking for inspiration for your next home remodeling project? You’ve come to the right place.  We know how hard it is to decide on the right project that gives you the makeover you’re going for. Here are the ‘after’ photos that inspire you, and the link to experts that can help you make it happen (as well as a gallery of other photos to keep your juices going!).

tile floor in bathroom with white vanity and tile shower

Class up your bathroom with tile.

It doesn’t matter whether you have a bath surround, half bathroom, or large master bath, tile can make a bathroom look stylish and updated.  To make your bathroom look larger, have your tile installed vertically instead of horizontally.  For a polished look to your half bath, use a mosaic tile that adds interest to the room.  For a creative bathroom project, use different tiles to make a statement.  For more ideas (and inspiration!) read through this list of tile trends you’ll love.

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Give your room a new paint makeover.

A new paint job is one of the simplest (and most affordable!) ways to give your room a whole new look.  Make a change by painting your trim or walls a color that coordinates your existing décor or make a BIG change by painting your room a color that coordinates with your new floor or tile.

kitchen back splash

Add a backsplash to your kitchen.

A kitchen just doesn’t look finished without a tile backsplash. Add interest to your kitchen with a neutral subway tile or a pop of color (or bling!).  The sky is the limit when it comes to options…to find your style of backsplash, head to your local tile store to choose the right backsplash for your kitchen.

man cave blinds

Add blinds or window treatments to finish a room.

The perfect blinds or window treatments add a finishing touch to any room, as well as function.  Add neutral light-blocking blinds so you can watch TV or a room darkening shade that allows you to get a good night sleep. For a professional look (and to avoid the headaches of measuring and installation), look into custom blinds and curtains perfect for your room.

wood floors in home with grand piano and furniture

Install show-stopping flooring.

Very few home projects can make as dramatic of a change as a new floor.  A new hardwood, laminate, or luxury vinyl (here’s why to consider a new luxury vinyl floor) can change the look of your room (or rooms) and give your home a whole new style.

If you want to install the flooring yourself, visit your local flooring store for laminate and luxury vinyl plank flooring that can be installed as a DIY project (here are tips on how to get the project done so you have a great-looking floor).

tile flooring in entryway with front table and lamp

Make your entryway and mudroom as beautiful as it is functional.

We’re stating the obvious: our Midwestern weather is unpredictable. That’s why a beautiful and functional entryway or mudroom is an essential combination in any home.  Add shelves, artwork, a photo arrangement, and a striking flooring product that can handle the water and looks great.

front steps with porcelain tile

Make your outdoor an entertaining conversation starter.

Even if there is snow on the ground, start planning for your summer barbecues and parties now.  Choose a tile that makes your patio unique and stunning, or add the tile to your front step to create the ultimate curb appeal.

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Finish your basement.

Add more functional and fun space to your home by finishing your basement.  Use this guide for selecting the best flooring for your space, and choose a décor that makes your basement a beautiful and entertaining room for the winter (and summer!) months.

4 Bathroom Tile Trends You’ll Love

tile floor in bathroom with white vanity and tile showerYour bathroom may not be the most exciting part of your home, but it can be.  New tile trends, new styles are coming out every day that can make your bathroom a statement piece that you can be proud of.  Here are our favorite new bathroom tile ideas and trends that can make your bathroom striking—and make you want to spend time in your updated bath.

Chevron pattern

Subway tiles installed in a chevron pattern are all the rage.  It’s easy to see why: it looks great and is terrifically different and unique.  Add another color tile into the pattern for a bold statement that draws the eye of your guests—and keeps it.

Tile everywhere

If you love the tile you chose for your bathroom, set your sights beyond the floor or around the shower.  Cover your walls with a fun mosaic tile or with a neutral rectangle tile that coordinates with your bathroom décor.  In a larger bathroom, cover the walls around your shower and bath tub.

Vertical tile

If you want to add height to your bathroom, consider having your tile installed vertically instead of horizontally.  A vertical tile can make a small bathroom feel larger, or give a unique look to your shower and tub.  This style can also be used in your kitchen for a distinctive look.

Look of wood

We’d probably see more wood floors and countertops in our bathrooms if it wasn’t for that pesky risk of water damage.  With new tile styles, you can now have the look of wood without fear of a water stain.  Use tile that looks like wood with variegated colors for an accent wall around your shower, or make it look like you were crazy enough to have wood floors installed in your bathroom.  Choose a color that coordinates with the rest of your décor at a local tile store—or ask for more tile options that’ll make your bathroom a showstopper.