When remodeling your bathroom, no project is more labor-intensive than the shower. Many showers are covered in tile and unfortunately, tile is impossible to re-surface and expensive to replace. As a result, the bathroom is often stuck for years with a shower done in outdated colors. If you have had enough and feel the need to purchase new tile or just redecorate your shower walls, here are some tips to help.
Maybe you decided to suck it up and re-tile that shower wall. If you did, good for you. But before you go out to pick the newest trendy color, give what you are about to do some thought. Remember the harvest gold and avocado green that were popular 30 years ago? Chances are you will be stuck with your tile for years to come. Be sure to pick a color that won't go out of vogue in a decade. For a less expensive option, some tile manufacturers are making sections of tile that resemble murals found in ancient bath houses. Homeowners wishing to add these to their bathrooms only need to remove a section of tile and replace it with the tile mural to create a classic look in the bathroom.
If new tile isn't an option, consider updating your old tile with an applique. Some peel-and-stick wall decorations are designed to be placed on tile and can withstand being repeatedly covered in water. Provided that the design does not overlap grout or cracks in tile that can let water seep into the backing, these appliques can give tile a fresh, updated look.
For added flexibility and convenience in shower wall design some builders have added shelving or towel racks to the interior of the shower. By placing these space saving devices higher on the wall where water will not splash, you can add an element of design right inside the shower. Steam-loving tropical plants such as bromiliads and orchids may be placed on the shelves while decorative towels may be hung from the racks.
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