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Popular Bathroom Remodeling Trends

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We are already a few months into 2020, but interior design trends are still filtering through as we welcome the new in exchange for the old. As one of the more popular rooms to renovate, bathroom trends tend to see even more rapid changes in the design industry. To inspire your next bathroom remodeling project, we have compiled several of the top trends that will have all of your houseguests talking. Let’s take a look!

Turn up the Saturation

While neutral wall colors had their moment, bold colors are making a big comeback. In fact, homeowners love the instant “wow factor” that bold colors can add to a bathroom. From evergreen walls to navy blue tile floors, you can take an otherwise lifeless bathroom interior and completely transform it. Plus, you can even play with your paint by filling all the walls with color, stenciling patterns onto the paint, or even bringing emphasis to one side of the room with an accent wall.

Not the Average Subway Tile

Rough textures with intricate patterns are popping up on bathroom tiles everywhere. These designs add dimension to your bathroom walls that smooth tile just cannot. You can either continue with the bold color trend mentioned above, or you can have the textured design speak for itself with neutral tile. Either way, the unique patterns will be sure to turn heads.

Make Room for Storage

Minimalist storage was favored for a good while, but we are back to functional styles that allow homeowners to store their bathroom necessities without sacrificing aesthetics. For instance, you can install subtle cabinets that spin out from unused corners or drawer spaces or take advantage of all of your unused wall space. The point here is to make space where there seemingly is none.

Stone Vessel Sinks

Stone materials automatically add a layer of sophistication that regular ceramic or porcelain can never. In fact, many designers opt for unique, hand-carved vessels. They make it appear as if the vessels were naturally growing out of their walls or from their counters. The look is very unique and timeless.

Metal Frame Showers

If you want to add a bit of rustic charm to your bathroom, this upgrade is for you. Metal frame doors have been slowly inching their way in over the last few years, but 2020 is expected to see a sharp increase in this particular design choice. It is becoming especially popular in trendy homes with smaller bathrooms since the window-like appearance gives an illusion of openness.

Built-In Media

Singing in the shower is about to get a whole lot easier with built-in Bluetooth speakers. Media devices usually come separately, but now showerheads are coming equipped with multimedia play, and some people are even installing HD televisions into their walls so they can watch their favorite shows while they soak.

Which of these bathroom trends was your favorite? Let us know below in the comment section!


Four Tips for Enhancing the Shower with Tiles

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Designing the perfect bathroom requires that you give attention to two of the most important fixtures in this area: the bathtub and shower. While you might be tempted to cut corners and stick to the basics, adding spa-like features can make a world of difference. Do you know what else can have a massive impact on the design of your home’s bathroom? The right tiling in the shower stall and bathtub is essential for further maximizing the overall look.

Selecting the right shower tile is not as easy as it may seem. A number of factors come into play when shopping for the perfect tiles. The size and style of the tiles are primarily dependent on the shape and size of the area. Here are some tips for picking out the right tile for the bathtub and shower:

Opt for Smaller Tiles for Curves

If your shower features architectural curves, it is best that you install small-sized tiles. If you are aiming for a really polished look, smaller tiles will be able to handle the arches and curves without deviating from the design.

Small vs. Large Glass Tiles

Even though glass tiles are trendy, they can also be challenging to use. With just a few uses, glass tiles can begin to look foggy due to the moisture that gets trapped behind them. This can definitely make the shower look unattractive. Therefore, you should stick to small glass tiles rather than large ones.

Adding a Feature Wall

If you really want to make your shower stand out, consider installing a feature wall. A feature wall will utilize a different tile design from the one you selected to install around the area. It helps add a statement piece to your space while incorporating a jaw-dropping look.

How do you add style and character to your shower with tiles? We would love to hear your thoughts below in the comment section.


Tips for Beginning Your Bathroom Design Process

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Bathrooms are crucial features of every home.  They shelter privacy in your home and are also an area your guests may need to visit.  Stop neglecting your bathroom decor and start enhancing the space.  Sometimes smaller restrooms never get the attention and design focus that they deserve in homes.  Whether you live in an apartment, studio, or home, these bathroom decor tricks can be simple yet effective in creating a more visually appealing atmosphere. Let’s take a look!

Pick A Color Theme 

First, you will need to pick out a color theme for your bathroom.  Decide on a primary, secondary, and accent color to start.  You can paint your walls to reflect your primary color, but always remember that a primary color can be neutral as well.  Your color choices can be used to reflect your design choices.  For your secondary color, you can complement or acknowledge it by incorporating the color in your towels, bath mat, and even your shower curtain.  Lastly, you can use your accent color with elements like your soap dispenser, toothbrush holder, or even your cabinet handles.  This is not an exact science, but they are some beginner guidelines that can help you theme your space. If you already have towels in a certain color or your walls are already painted, decide if you can work with your already established theme.  It may not be ideal, but it is a great place to start!

Theme On 

You would be surprised how many areas in a small restroom you have opportunity to enhance your theme.  For example, let us say that you decide to go with a tropical themed bathroom.  Your color palette has amplified the look yet you have yet to decorate the bathroom as such.  You can change your outlet covers to tropical covers, add a themed waste basket, toilet brush holder, and soap holder.  Go a step further and find tropical cabinet handles and shower curtain hooks.  You even create a tile backsplash with painted tiles that have elements to help aid the theme.  Your opportunity is all around you!  It just needs to have a chance to shine.   

Dazzling Decor 

Functionality is key.  If your room has space, without becoming obtrusive, adding decor can also help evolve your space.  Adding art to the walls or counter top decor is a creative way to help enhance your space.  Remember though, small space can easily get cluttered.  Have fun theming and adding decor to your space but be cognitive of space and functionality. 

Decorating your bathroom is important.  Do not neglect this room from having its opportunity to be a household design strength.  Do you already use some of these tricks?  Do you have some of your own?  If so, let us know in the comment section below.


How to: Make Your Small Bathroom Look Bigger

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You dream of owning a large bathroom with a spacious tub and separate shower area. But it may be time to deal with reality: your bathroom is not meeting your expectations. Just because your bathroom is pint-sized, does not mean you cannot make a big impression on it. By adding in chic details and implementing sophisticated style ideas, you can create a space that rivals the best. To help you create the bathroom of your dreams, we have five tips and tricks for you. Let’s take a look!

White on White

Perhaps the easiest way to make your bathroom feel much more spacious is to go heavy with the color white. With white wall colors, white tiles and an all-white vanity, you are guaranteed to create a light, airy feeling. White naturally recedes, resulting it in reflecting light as opposed to absorbing it. Going with an all-white color scheme does not mean the space has to lack visual interest. Instead, you can incorporate textural elements like molding, stone, and unique fabrics. You can further add style by selecting hardware in different finishes such as stainless steel, gold, rose gold, or matte black.

Light Hues

If you cannot get on board with the all-white color scheme, you can still achieve that breezy look by using hues with the same tone. Embrace palettes like soft gray, warm beige, blush and even light blues. Such colors are serene and create a spa-like ambiance.

Glass Tiles

We all know that mirrors can alter the way we perceive a room’s size. Add touches of sparkle to your powder room by using glass tiles. Glass tiles are often used in the shower stall, but it is time to take those tiles outside the bathing area. You can install them on the wall surrounding your vanity to create a flawless backdrop. The options are truly endless.

Wall Storage Options

Keep your storage flush to the wall to maximize floor space. You can also install narrow shelving units to store all the things you need to keep in your bathroom. The small units may fit in snug areas like beside your toilet or in tight corners.

Bright Lighting

Bright lighting is necessary to really expand the size of your bathroom. Find ways to maximize natural lighting and implement multiple layers of lighting to create a dreamy escape.

If you are in the market for new flooring or backsplash, look no further! Carpets N More carries a wide selection of tile to meet your design preferences. For more information on our selection, please visit our online showroom or visit us one of our beautiful showrooms. We look forward to working with you.


Smart Bathroom Organization Ideas

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Are you struggling to find space in your bathroom? Organization can help relieve some of that stress you may be feeling from a clutter-filled bathroom, and we want to help you with our simple guide to bathroom organization. Let’s take a look!  

Smart Bathroom Organization Ideas:

1. Take everything out of your drawers. 

For starters, you will want to remove every item from your bathroom drawers. You can place the pieces on top of your counters because we will get to those last. Sort through all of your bathroom belongings and determine their quality. If you own two of the same and they have been opened, throw out one of the items. You do not need three, half-used hairspray bottles taking up space in your bathroom. After you have cleared out the drawers, it is a good idea to purchase drawer organizers. They will help divide your drawer appropriately and give you a place to keep your toothpaste. 

2. Do not forget your cabinets. 

You will want to do the same process in your cabinets and if you have space, consider buying an organizer that hangs on the back of your cabinet door. This will help add extra organization and function to your cabinet areas. 

3. Invest in new storage. 

Is the space above your toilet being used? If not, you may want to invest in an over-the-toilet organizer to take advantage of that unused space. If you are looking for more storage, try incorporating an over-the-door organizer in your bathroom closet. Every square inch of your bathroom can be used to keep things organized. 

4. Clean out your shower supplies.

Showers can be filled with unused, almost empty bottles of soap or shampoo. Clear out your bath to help avoid clutter. You may even want to consider installing a liquid dispenser on your shower wall for your soap and shampoo. This will help eliminate the need for bulky bottles that take up space. 

5. Clear off your counter space. 

Now you can focus on your counter space. Your counters do not need to be entirely cleared off for your space to look organized. Sometimes, it is best to leave items that you use every day out on the counter in an organized container like your toothbrush, floss, and q-tips, but that is up to each homeowner’s preferences.

We hope that you enjoyed this simple guide and we would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section! 


Bathroom Flooring Ideas for Small Spaces

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Are you struggling to fall in love with your small bathroom? No matter how you decorate it, it seems to feel tight and unwelcoming. We understand the frustration that you are feeling! A small bathroom may seem unmanageable, but you can help open the space up with the right flooring choice. For tips on choosing the perfect bathroom floors, keep on reading!

Bathroom Flooring Ideas for Small Spaces:

1.  Larger Widths.

Incorporating large tiles or other types of flooring can create a more open space. Ideally, you will want to be able to see more of the flooring for a more visually attractive look. Larger widths can create the illusion of a bigger space while adding to the room’s overall aesthetic. Just be wary of going too big. Oversized tiles can look good until a certain point. You want the tile to be balanced with the proportions of the space. If you are unsure of what size to choose, we are happy to help! Contact us or visit us one of our showrooms for more information. 

2. Light Colors.

Lighter colors can help make a small space feel bigger. We find this especially true with light-colored flooring. While selecting your bathroom’s flooring, be sure to stay on the light spectrum of choices. For recommendations, we would love to show you our selection. View our online showroom at

3. Diagonal.

Lastly, laying flooring at a diagonal can actually give the illusion of a bigger room. Diagonals generally confuse our eyes to make them think something is bigger than it actually is. Plus, they help to add character and interest to smaller spaces. They give a decorative appeal that can help bring your small space to life!

Are you interested in purchasing flooring for your small bathroom? We would love to help you find the perfect floors! Please browse our online showroom at or visit us in person to view our vast selection. Do not hesitate to call with any questions. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you. Thanks for reading! 


The master bathroom should be more than just a functional space. It can be decorated to be an oasis from the stress and demands of the rest of the day.  Choosing a style for the master bath should reflect the design of the rest of the master suite and your personality.  You may want to create more of a spa feeling or a romantic feeling in the master bath.

If you have a more traditional master bedroom, you’ll want to continue that style into the bathroom. Using luxury materials can give your master bath an elegant feeling. This master bathroom has both the high end fixtures and luxury materials one would expect in a master bathroom. The deep soaking tub is a must in today’s master bathrooms.  These tubs can be free standing or built in. The separate shower stall should be equally as luxe with a rainhead shower head and multiple body sprays.

Luxury materials like marble, granite and porcelain tiles are great choices for the master bathroom.  These can be applied to walls and tub surrounds as well as the floor.  Adding a few soft bath mats around the room give your bare feet a cushioned place to stand. Heated floors are another luxury in the master bath.

A valance or blinds are important for privacy if you have a large window in the master bathroom.  Choose a material that can stand up to moisture if you do put curtains in the bathroom. Outdoor fabrics are great choice because they are water resistant.


Creating an Attractive Universal Design Bath

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As part of this year’s Bathroom Blogfest, we’d like to spend a moment talking about Universal Design using this room scene.

The bathroom in this photo has an interesting design – contemporary with a natural touch. What you may not have noticed is that the bath is also designed for accessibility.

If you look a bit more closely, you can see that this bathroom is wheelchair-friendly. The sink has open space underneath to allow a wheelchair to slide in closely. The towel rack is within easy reach of someone who is seated.

Take a look at the storage unit toward the back. It is on casters, allowing it to be moved out of the way for easier maneuvering, but positioned when needed anywhere in the room.

Where is the mirror for a seated person? If you could open the door of the storage cupboard on the left, you would see a mirror set on the door at the perfect height for viewing from a chair. This cabinet also has all its storage in easy reach from a wheelchair. The higher mirrors and medicine cabinets indicate that this bathroom is used by two or more people, one standing.

Manufacturers recently have begun to design products that meet varied mobility needs without sacrificing style. Check in with your salesperson to find out some of the beautiful pieces that are also functional for those of limited mobility. In the long term, there are definite advantages to having a bathroom that is well designed and more accessible.

You can follow along with other Bathroom Blogfesters by visiting the Bathroom Blogfest Facebook page as well as on Twitter @bathroomblogfes.


Bathroom Blogfest Announcement

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Stay tuned next week! We are proud to be participating in this year’s Bathroom Blogfest.

What on earth is a Bathroom Blogfest? The 2010 Bathroom Blogfest, now in its fifth year, brings together 33 bloggers from the U.S., Canada, the UK and India to address the 2010 Mad Men inspired theme “Stuck in the 60s?” A blogfest brings together writers who direct their blog posts around a single subject while making the subject relevant to their readers during a specific timeframe. Between October 25 and 29, these experts in marketing, customer experience and service, public relations, library sciences, museums, home & interior design, life, retail, flooring and healthcare IT/RTLS will call attention to improving the overall bathroom experience for end users via their 40 blogs during Bathroom Blogfest 2010.

Below are the folks that are participating this year. Stay tuned!

Blogger Blog Name Blog URL
Susan Abbott Customer Experience Crossroads
Paul Anater Kitchen and Residential Design
Shannon Bilby Big Bob’s Outlet
Shannon Bilby Carpets N More Blog
Shannon Bilby Dolphin Carpet Blog
Shannon Bilby From The Floors Up
Shannon Bilby My Big Bob’s Blog
Toby Bloomberg Diva Marketing
Laurence Borel Blog Till You Drop
Bill Buyok Avente Tile Talk Blog
Jeanne Byington The Importance of Earnest Service
Becky Carroll Customers Rock!
Marianna Chapman Results Revolution
Katie Clark Practial Katie
Nora DePalma American Standard’s Professor Toilet
Nora DePalma O’Reilly DePalma: The Blog
Leigh Durst LivePath Experience Architect Weblog
Valerie Fritz The AwarepointBlog
Iris Garrott Checking In and Checking Out
Tish Grier The Constant Observer
Renee LeCroy Your Fifth Wall
Joseph Michelli Dr. Joseph Michelli’s Blog
Veronika Miller Modenus Blog
Arpi Nalbandian TILE Magazine Editor Blog
Maria Palma People 2 People Service
Reshma Bachwani Paritosh The Qualitative Research Blog
David Polinchock Polinchock’s Ponderings
Victoria Redshaw & Shelley Pond Scarlet Opus Trends Blog
David Reich My 2 Cents
Sandy Renshaw Around Des Moines
Sandy Renshaw Purple Wren
Bethany Richmond Carpet and Rug Institute Blog
Bruce Sanders RIMtailing Blog
Steve Tokar Please Be Seated
Carolyn Townes Becoming a Woman of Purpose
Stephanie Weaver Experienceology
Christine B. Whittemore Flooring The Consumer
Christine B. Whittemore Simple Marketing Blog
Christine & Ted Whittemore Smoke Rise & Kinnelon Blog
Christine B. Whittemore The Carpetology Blog
Linda Wright LindaLoo Build Business With Better Bathrooms