It seems like a lot of housing designs today are very generic. When you visit the local home improvement store, there is minimal design options offered. This often forces you to select from the inventory and risk having similar room designs as your neighbors. If you are looking for something that is more unique and gives you the ability to customize, you may need to look other places. You also may need to think outside of the box, finding ways to customize traditional materials.
Purchase supplies online
One of the best things about shopping online is the ability to purchase from suppliers all over the world. Without the internet, you are required to select from the few supplies that your local home improvement store carries. Shop around online for unique designs and patterns that better fit your needs. Request photograph samples to get a better idea of what those supplies look like in a finished room.
Also, narrow down your internet search results by room. However, do not let it restrict you. For example, if you are completing a bathroom remodel, you do not necessarily have to purchase ceramic backsplash or glass mosaic tile sheets that are made specifically for the bathroom. You can change up the look of your bathroom when you buy ceramic tile or ceramic backsplash that is usually made for kitchens or dining rooms.
Consider backsplash in alternative locations
Backsplash is usually used behind the kitchen sink or bathroom vanity. However, ceramic backsplash can create a very unique and beautiful look when used in other places. Place it behind your toilet for an enclosed toilet area. Place it in small sections all along the entire width of your kitchen for an accent piece. Place ceramic tile on one entire kitchen wall for an accent wall.
You may have to use alternative installation tips when installing ceramic backsplash in different areas. Consider using subway tiles, rather than traditional ceramic backsplash to cover more area with less material. Manufacturers often use the term subway tiles now to describe any rectangular tile with a length twice its height, from 4 by 8 inch planks to 1 by 2 mosaics, and even some tiles (such as contemporary 2 by 8 strips) that do not share the original?s proportions at all.
Use different tiles for unique looks
Tiles are a common bathroom and kitchen material. However, it tends to only be used on bathroom and kitchen floors. Tiles are extremely durable, making them a great material for high volume areas, such as the kitchen and bathroom. The durability of the tile also makes it a great option for use on walls and countertops. Ceramic wall tiles can be used to create a unique look, similar to different backsplash designs. You can choose to tile the entire bathroom, or just a portion of the room. You can also choose between different colors, sizes, and designs.
Ceramic tiles can also be used on countertops or kitchen counters. Ceramic tile countertops are strong and provide a good base for the sink. If you have a room that receives an increased amount of wear and tear, simply consider going for stronger tile grades. As a homeowner, shoot for PEI class 2 for bathroom walls and floors, PEI class 3 for countertops and other light foot traffic areas, and class 4 for heavier traffic, such as the kitchen. Changing up materials between rooms is acceptable, as long as you account for the differences in foot traffic and wear and tear.
Keep ROI in mind
It is important to create a bathroom or kitchen design that fits your unique needs, but you also want to keep your ROI possibilities in mind. One day you will sell the house, and home buyers will look at the designs, attempting to find something they like. For the best ROI, create a look that matches your design preferences, but that is not too outside of the box for future buyers.
Your house is your place of relaxation. It says a lot about you. Uniquely customize each and every room in your house, matching your likes and preferences. Think outside the box for unique looks and consider alternative uses for traditional housing materials.