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Tile replacement options for bathroom and kitchen

Thinking of installing or upgrading the tiling in your bathroom or kitchen but not sure where to start? Terra Mia is Las Vegas’ go-to for tile art, backsplash, and flooring, and we’re happy to share our secrets of the trade so that you tackle your next tiling project with confidence!
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Upgrading your bathroom tiling

Because your bathroom is a smaller room in your home, every detail can make a huge impact. That’s why it’s so important to carefully consider your tiling options! Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Stick with fewer than three tile styles. Try narrowing down your search to three tile options that have their own character but look cohesive side-by-side.
  • Opt for porcelain over ceramic tiles. Ceramic tiles on average are cheaper, but they’re more porous and less water-resistant than porcelain. So, you’ll just end up having to replace them sooner.
  • Neutral colors are timeless. When it comes to your tiling, we would recommend opting for a neutral color with an interesting design. That’s because it’s easier to change things like wall paint, bath mats and other accessories when you want a new color scheme.
  • The smaller the room, the bigger the tiles. Small tiles are, of course, gorgeous, but they can make a room look busier. Plus, there’s the extra work that will have to go with keeping those grout lines clean. We say, if you’re looking to make your bathroom appear larger—and save yourself some cleaning time—opt for larger tiles.
  • Play with different textures. There’s no rule that says you have to have only tile in your bathroom. You may like a look that includes a waterproof hardwood or concrete floor with tile work on the walls or in your shower.
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Kitchen tile work

Swapping out or installing tile in your kitchen can be just the chance to revitalize your space. But, because this is such an integral room for entertaining, spending time with family, and keeping yourself well-nourished, you want to make sure that your design inspires you to spend more time in the kitchen! Here’s how you can do just that:

  • When it comes to your wall tiles, your personal preference can take the lead! When choosing a bathroom tile or floor tile, you need to take into consideration things like water-resistance and strength. But the nice thing about kitchen tiles for backsplash is that they don’t have to put up with as much wear & tear. So, take a look at a few different samples of glass, porcelain, and ceramic tiles to see which style inspires you most!
  • The larger the tile on the walls, the more modern the aesthetic. In many modern kitchen designs, you’ll see the use of large stone tiles on the walls that blend seamlessly with the countertops. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for something more homey, classic, or cottage-y, smaller tiles will help you achieve your look.
  • Consider limiting the use of grout on surfaces where you’ll have food. Small tiles on countertops was a big trend in the 80s. But, it likely went out of style for practical reasons: it’s hard to keep bacteria out of grout! One piece marble or wood slabs are a much better option for sanitary reasons, and they’ll give you a more updated look.
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  • Make sure your tile balances out your cabinets. Good design is all about balance. You want each element to work together, not against each other. So, when choosing tile, you’ll need to decide who is going to be the main character: your tile work or your cabinets. If you want brightly colored or orgnate cabinets, for example, you’ll want to choose a more subtle, neutral tile. If you want brightly colored or intricate tile work, on the other hand, you can balance it out with natural wood or neutral cabinets.

  • The lighter and brighter, the bigger your kitchen will look. It’s not a huge revelation to tell you that white and light grey will make your kitchen look expansive. But something to keep in mind is that too much white will wash out your space. Adding contrast like a dark backsplash or tiles with high contrast designs can keep things interesting by adding depth.

  • Kitchen floor tiles should be tough. Your kitchen floor is the area that tends to get the most scrubbing, pet scratching, spilling, and standing than any other floor in the house. So, if you’re going for kitchen tiles in your remodel, choose wisely. Porcelain is the most practical option, but natural stone can also give you a beautiful look if you’re able to seal and care for it properly.
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Make the right tile the star of your remodel!

Still not sure what kind of tile is right for your remodel? Here at Terra Mia in Las Vegas, you’ll have the benefit of an in-house designer to bring your vision to life! Ask us about the most economic, practical, stylish and timeless tile options for your next home improvement project!

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