Time for a little house update! Our weekends are spent doing small projects around the house like hanging art, swapping out light fixtures, etc, but we have yet to do anything major. We’ve talked about updating the bathroom for months but just haven’t had the time with the holidays. We removed the wallpaper and painted several months ago, but that’s the most we’ve done. We already have a new vanity, sink, and countertop, and now we are choosing tile! We’re hoping to start actually renovating the bathroom in a couple weeks.
This is our first bathroom reno so honestly we have no idea what we’re doing or how to do it. The whole idea of doing it ourselves stresses me out because there is so much potential for it to all go wrong. I’m lucky my boyfriend is handy and up for about any project I throw at him so I really shouldn’t worry. He insists we do the bathroom ourselves so we can learn how to do it (let’s be honest, while I’m nervously watching with one eye closed).
So while he researches how to install tile, I browse Pinterest for tile inspiration.
I’m addicted to HGTV and the Property Brothers and in every single episode you will see subway tile. It’s simple, stylish, classic, and affordable. Of course I’m a sucker for marble and want that incorporated to the bathroom as well.
A few things to think about when choosing tile
- If you are doing tile both on the walls and floor, choose tile in the same color for a foolproof look.
- Choose one large scale pattern and one small scale pattern to keep things balanced.
- You can create interesting patterns using basic neutral tile to create interest. My favorite is herringbone.
I ordered a few flooring samples from build.com (you can order unlimited samples for FREE) so we could get a feel for what we liked and what would pair nicely with the vanity we already have in antique white. We knew we wanted white subway tile in the shower (tiling can be spendy, so we decided not to retile the whole bathroom, but to instead only tile the shower walls and then put in beadboard where the old tile is on the rest of the walls) so I picked out potential flooring options to match.
Which flooring is your favorite?
My first instinct is the white marble. Can’t wait to see everything come together!