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 »



How to Install Bathroom Floor Tile

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Beside the porcelain tiles ceramic tiles also offer you a wonderful option for flooring your bathroom. If you want something interesting to put on your walls in the bathroom which is also durable you should certainly consider the ceramic tiles. Ceramic tiles are very robust and durable plus these tiles are not vulnerable to dampness. It’s also quite easy to keep these tiles clean, and the best part is they’re not really that expensive. You have the option to buy very expensive ceramic tiles, however you can also buy quite inexpensive ones. Ceramic tiles have been used to decorate bathrooms for decades mainly because of their durability. Ceramic tiles are available in the market in many different shapes, sizes and designs. You can get simple rectangle, square, circular or even hexagonal tiles.

If you want to use bathroom floor tile that is not slippery then you should be careful when you are purchasing them from the market. To get a non-slippery bathroom floor you may try to use unglazed ceramic tile, these have quite a rough texture, and so are better for wet areas. The only bad thing about these tiles is that they absorb far more oil which means they need to be cleaned more regularly. To create a dramatic look for your bathroom you should think about using white tiles with a colored grout.


A white or cream tile with blue grout will look truly unique. You must seal the grout so that it doesn’t wear too quickly or lose its color. You may use the hand painted ceramic tiles in your bathroom walls for an added beauty and glamour. Read more »



Vintage Bathroom Designs

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Planning a bathroom makeover? Try a fresh vintage bathroom design for a change. The simple and clean lines of 1920s to 1930s style bathrooms are back in vogue. Lavish yourself with a long soak in a vintage claw foot tub filled with bubbles and refreshing herbs. The classic vintage style is one to be savored and enjoyed.

Bath Fixtures

  • Antique shower doors, Roman bathtubs, claw footed porcelain tubs and art deco fixtures are all beautiful, but where do you find them? Vintage Plumbing or Baths from the Past are good places to start for original, antique plumbing fixtures. But realize that these are very heavy pieces and therefore rare. When an older home is demolished, these pieces are often crushed and cast aside due to their weight, size and age. Therefore, these restored antiques are often fairly pricey. To find newer, reproductions of these wonderful vintage designs, take a look at Renovators Supply website. There is something to be said for new bath fixtures versus “antique.” You can find pedestal sinks, claw footed tubs, toilets, high tanks, bidets, medicine cabinets, lighting, as well as tub, shower and kitchen faucets. There is even a glass bathtub.


  • For flooring, use a 1920s inspired geometrical tile pattern. Use smaller, colored tiles in two or three color combinations or even black and white tiles for drama. Choose ceramic or stone tile in a mosaic, basket weave or checkerboard pattern and glossy polished stone is more in keeping with vintage versus the newer matte finishes. All white is also an option that keeps future redecorating costs to a minimum.


  • For a vintage look on your walls you can either use tiles or bead board. Glossy white bead board is a great way to capture the vintage spirit on your bathroom walls and can be installed in individual planks or panels. When choosing tile for the walls, use four square rectangular subway tiles to recreate the era.

Built-ins and Storage

  • In the 1920s, metal medicine cabinets were used. Purchase a great reproduction or refurbish an antique in oak or pine. Add a tall, narrow wood cabinet from floor to ceiling to store toiletries and towels. Add an antique chest of drawers or dresser for added storage options. Place a heated towel rack in your bathroom for added luxury.

Mirrors and Lighting

  • Liven up your vintage bath with chrome and frosted glass light fixtures. Hang an unusual art deco chandelier for a creative focal point. Bring in round or oval shaped mirrors with beveled edges to capture the romance and glamor of the roaring 1920s.

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