A border of tile lets you add your personal style without breaking your budget. It also can be a way to make a bold statement without making a huge investment (and also one that can be changed to match the taste of future buyers). Add a strip of mosaic tile or colored glass along the top of subway-tile wainscoting or let it stand alone against a painted wall to warm up the room.
You’ll thank yourself later for using finishes that are low maintenance and easy to keep clean. In that regard choose quartz instead of marble and make sure glass shower doors are treated with anti-spotting agents. In terms of fixtures you’ll want high-quality construction like all-brass parts and a PVD finish that will resist scratches.
Also pay attention to porosity; you’ll want a more impervious tile for the floor because of exposure to water. Vinyl feels better on bare feet than ceramic tile and it’s one of the more popular flooring choices as it’s inexpensive and practical (safe easy to install and maintain).
Tile flooring is common in bathrooms and offers a nice alternative to hardwoods which can get warped if they are exposed to too much water. If you decide to put ceramic tile on the floor look for a grade of 1 or 2 a water-absorption rating of less than 7 percent and a coefficient of friction above .60 which are slip-resistant and can stand up to water.
It’s good to think about resale value when making changes to a bathroom especially because white and off-white are the most popular color schemes in that room. That said your bathroom is a space that all of your guests will likely see at some point; so if you want to make a statement this is the place to do it. Think about it the same way you would your kitchen backsplash: You want it to be timeless and clean and to not turn off potential buyers.
A marble bathroom separated from the bedroom by only a glass wall is not for everyone. Many people feel that privacy lacks in these spaces but they have the power to undress you of preconceptions. This beautifully lit marble bathroom in this Lake House designed by architect Igor Sirotov serves as inspiration for those who prefer an open contemporary design.