I do not have a formal education in interior design. In fact, I didn’t even know that I liked it or was good at putting spaces together until just 10 years ago or so. You don’t need to be a design professional to choose great colors and tiles for homes. In fact, you can keep it really simple, especially when you are just getting started. There are a few things you can do that will always work and have universal appeal to buyers and that is something you definitely want to aim for.
Forget what the latest craze is when it comes to paint color. Deep and saturated colors can feel great in some spaces and small and restrictive in others. Color of the year? They can be jarring and intense for a buyer. Keep your spaces open and airy for buyers to envision themselves living and gathering in for the best impact. If someone wants to add those more colorful details later it is easy for them to decide.
Small but Mighty…Sometimes
Does your head spin when you go to the tile section at the local store? I get it. There are so many options its hard to know which is best for which location and by the way, how do you stay on budget? A good rule of thumb is that the small mosaic white tiles are good selections for bathroom floors. Penny tile and hexagon are easily to install and can work with different shades of grout if you are looking for more or less grout line contrast. For spaces where you need more floor tile? Check out the 12×24 tile selections. The pricing can be less than the smaller styles and you can great some beautiful marble look tiles that are actually porcelain. Great look, good price and less maintenance.
No Sub for Subway
There is a reason that subway tile has been around for so long. It is classic and modern and buyers are still fans. There are some ways to make it interesting though that you may not know about. There are several sizes of subway tile available now (2×8, 4×12, 4×4) and all of these can be installed in showers for an upgrade. Again, here is another place where that contrasting grout can be used to create interest and a unique feel in the space.
When in Doubt…Ask
Pinterest, Instagram, Google…all have search functions to help you look for “best grey paint color” or “subway tile surround” to help with design inspiration. Just remember, don’t just choose a color from a post and immediately send it to the painter so they can get started. Get samples first to make sure that color looks as good in your space as it did online.
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