By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Licensed contractor Amy Matthews shows how to install tiles in a bathroom shower area and the walls to transform a tired old bathroom into a classic Art Deco retreat.

Set the Tile Rail

Step 1: Plan Project and Select Tiles
In our project, we brought an old ’70s bathroom into classic Art Deco style. We removed a wall where an old single vanity used to be in favor of a double vanity. To get the plumbing ready for the new vanity, a vented T was added and the drainpipe extended.
Since the backerboard is already installed around the tub, the tile is ready to be installed. In our project, the homeowner met with a tile expert for design advice and was impressed by handmade 3×6″ subway tile. Compared to mechanical or machine-made tile which are lower priced, handmade tiles feature more pooling of the glazes at the edge and appear more textured.
In our project, the homeowners decided to go with machine-made subway tile (about $2 to $4 per square foot) versus handmade tile (approximately $13 to $30 per square foot). Machine-made tile is easy to install yourself because the tile is beveled out. As a result, you don’t have to use tile spacers. Both the subway tile and accent tiles we used are self-spacing in this way so they don’t require spacers. These tiles have a small lip that creates a uniform gap between the tiles, forming perfectly spaced grout joints.
Note: Finishing options include top caps, called listellos, and the use of accent tile between the top cap and field tile. Field tiles are those in the main field of a floor or wall and they’re flat in contrast to trim tiles which are shaped. Border tiles border around field tiles while accent tiles are used to add interest, usually intermixed with field tiles. Read more »



Decorating Bathroom Walls With Colorful Tiles

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom


Sometimes people think that it isn’t possible to make bathroom look great. There are pipes and drains everywhere and usually you can’t do anything with them. Although even such thing as right wall tiles can make your bathroom more enjoyable. Colorful mixes and patterns are definitely are capable to turn any bathroom in a quite sweet and beautiful room. Those who don’t think so would be pleasantly surprised with bathrooms you can find on pictures below.

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Bathroom Design With Custom Mosaic Tile

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

We all know that with mosaic tiles we could created very beautiful wall design in bathrooms and kitchens. Although usually only simple patterns come in mind. De Meza + Architecture+ Interiors created much more interesting bathroom design for 2010 San Francisco Decorator Showcase. Pixilated walls that they created with black and white mosaic tiles looks more like an artwork than a simple pattern. In order to create this really complicated pattern Spec Ceramics created 12” x 12” mesh sheets with tiles that was much more easy to install later.


The back wall of the shower, draws inspiration from a photo of a French staircase that used tiled words on the risers. The floor and adjacent wall pattern was designed to create movement in the space and to also draw attention to the back wall of the shower. In the result, designers have got a modern design that live within a traditional envelope.  Read more »



Mosaic Bathroom Tiles with Cool Images

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom


Recently we have posted about Spanish company, Glassdecor, and its amazing mosaic glass tiles for swimming pool and now we are pleased to show another its collection. This collection is created to decorate and personalize your bathroom. The bright images made of glass tiles could add a fresh and unique touch to it. Combining these tiles and transparent two side shower box you could get a fascinating and original design. Thanks to great variety of available images you could find tiles that reflect your own style and taste. For fans of abstract and optical patterns Glassdecor offers 3D range, which perfectly fit to ultra modern bathrooms. For more traditional designs you could select ranges with nature views, flowers or fruits. All these mosaic tiles are high strong and durable, so they can be applied in garden shower too. You could find more information on Glassdecor site and download its catalog of bathroom tiles 2009. Read more »