Tiles and paint and fixtures, oh my! So much to consider…
Whether starting a bathroom from scratch or simply redecorating, there are certain steps that should be followed. These will make the process easier, more affordable and will mean less heartbreak along the way.
Choose Major Bathroom Purchases First
While you may be in love with a spa-like sea blue paint colour, put it on hold until you have all your major purchases figured out. Buy your tub, vanity and toilet first. These items will probably cost the most and will set the tone of your bathroom’s style. If you’re not totally gutting a bathroom, decide which of these items are staying and which will be replaced. Then take your colour cue from the style of fixtures.
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Match Your Metals
Next, you’ll want to choose your fixtures—faucets, shower heads, towel bars, etc. Choose the same metal finish and style for each and consider buying them all from the same manufacturer and collection so the shape and style are the same. For instance, if your faucet is chrome, you’ll want a chrome shower curtain rod, shower head and probably even lighting fixture or wall sconce.
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On to the Tile
Nope, not time to choose paint colours yet. Tiles are expensive and while they can probably be custom-made to match your favourite paint colour, that just doesn’t make sense. Choose tiles first, then match your paint to your tile. It’s easy to get a paint colour similar to the one you love mixed to match the pricier decor you’ve already chosen.
You’ll want to decide how many different types of tile to use in your bathroom. You may want to use different tiles on the walls than the floors and may choose to include a decorative tile border or accent in the shower or around the bath. While the options here are virtually endless, if you’re a beginner decorator, you may want to keep things simple with tiles meant to go together (they’ll be displayed together at the hardware or tile store) or by choosing the same tiles in different sizes—larger for the floor and maybe smaller for walls or inside a shower or tub enclosure.
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Finally, Choose your Paint
There’s no reason why you can’t keep your favourite paint colour in mind during your whole bathroom design process, just don’t run out to buy the paint until you’re almost done decorating. Bring tile samples with you to the store and find a colour that fits your vision while matching the items you’ve already purchased. If you’re using a shower curtain and you don’t want something in a basic shade of white or off-white, you may even want to choose that before buying your paint, because again, you can colour match your paint but shower curtains will only come in a small selection of shades.
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