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How to choose the perfect walk-in shower

No matter what you call them, whether it's open showers, showers without doors, or walk-in showers, they have several benefits.

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  • The Benefits

  • They Come At A Price

  • Multiple Spray Heads

  • Wet Room Style

  • Half Wall Shower

  • Honeycomb Tile

  • Colorful Mosaics

  • No Doors Allowed

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The Benefits

The first benefit and many people's favorite benefits is that there is less to clean.

Shower glass is one of the most cleaning intensive features in a bathroom because they show any soap, scum or dirt right away.

Without a door, there's nothing to clean.

The most practical benefit is that they are great for people with accessibility issues because their designs allow for curbless entry without the need of stepping over a rim.

They also have a wide enough opening that most of them are even wheelchair friendly.

And for the interior design fanatics, they also come with a wide variety of design options.

You can opt with a wet-room style with your tub and toilet right in the shower area.

Or, you can go with an alcove style with three walls or a corridor-style with two walls facing each other and openings on both sides.

Some doorless showers don't have any walls at all.

And finally, open showers often serve as a great selling feature if you ever decide to put your house on the market.

Walk-in showers have been deemed luxury features and make prospective buyers light up.

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Walk In Shower

They Come At A Price

Because of all the added perks, walk-in showers tend to have more expensive design and construction costs.

Open showers will typically need to be customized for each bathroom and are usually complicated to build.

Curbless styles, in particular, need to be designed so that the water empties down the drain and not out into the bathroom.

This is work that should be left to the most skilled craftsmen because most, if not all, DIYers will not be able to handle the construction.

Repair and upkeep is also a little more involved with doorless showers compared to traditional styles.

Most open showers are built from ceramic tile instead of a prefabricated shower pan, and they'll need to be grouted and re-sealed every so often.

But, if you have your mind set on an open shower for your bathroom, you can definitely make it happen.

Below we will list several design options and inspiration that will allow you to turn your dream shower into a reality.

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Multiple Spray Heads

One advantage of not having a door on your shower is being able to shower from every angle.

Multiple shower heads and wall sprays will provide maximum cleanliness and relaxation.

Choose a classic marble tile to give your shower a timeless appeal.

And, glass walls on all but the exterior side will keep the shower bright.

Multiple spray head showers use a lot of water and come with complicated plumbing, so make sure your water heater and plumbing are able to handle the load before having your shower installed.

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Wet-Room Style

Combine your tub and shower areas with a wet-room style bathroom.

A great option for this type of bathroom is travertine to give it an old-world look.

Another tile option is porcelain, which is available in styles that will mimic marble, granite, travertine, and other natural stones.

And, porcelain is easier to care for, giving you the best of both worlds.

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Half-Wall Shower

When you aren't worried about privacy, and good light and an open airy design are what you're after, a half-wall walk-in shower is perfect for you.

Add classic marble and dark tile for a contemporary, minimalist style.

A single accent wall tiled in a dark color will help ground an overall white theme, which can become overwhelming without some contrast.

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Honeycomb Tile

Black doesn't always have to mean boring, especially when it's part o a honeycomb tile bathroom.

Design your shower with plenty of natural light, use a neutral color palette that can work for both men and women, and two modern square-shaped rain shower heads are the icing on the cake.

Use a center entry point and transparent glass walls on both sides to maximize the design impact of the graphic tiled wall.

And although it won't technically be a wet room, you can give it that appearance by extending the same tile flooring throughout the bathroom.

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Colorful Mosaics

Glass mosaic tile can bring color to any doorless shower.

Choose a countertop that can recall bits of color in the mosaic tile for an extra pop in your bathroom.

A partial glass wall is a great option that can expose the beauty of your tile job at all times.

Use a style known as pencil tiles that is a mosaic tile with long narrow pieces that are attached to a mesh backing.

You will usually install this style horizontally, but for a striking appearance, install it vertically, so the pieces run up and down.

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No Doors Allowed

No matter what design style you choose, a doorless shower is always a great choice.

It looks good, it's easier to clean, and if you ever decide to sell your house, it adds an extra "wow factor" that will increase the value of your home. 

Figure out your budget, get creative, and let the ideas above inspire you, and before you know it, you'll be turning the water on in the shower of your dreams.

To speak with the kitchen and bath expert about your shower design ideas, contact Aaron Kirby at Furniture of Dalton today. 

We can help you take the first steps in getting the bathroom shower of your dreams! 

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10 tile ideas to breathe new life into your bathroom

Tired of your boring old bathroom? Was Jimmy Carter President the last time your bathroom had any work done to it?

Updating your bathroom is one of the best ways to increase the value of your home.

Luckily for you, you don't have to spend thousands of dollars making your bathroom look fresh and modern.

If you watch HGTV or anything similar, you are used to seeing bathroom remodels going for $10,000 and up.

You don't have to spend anywhere near that much money to give your bathroom an updated look.

We aren't starting from scratch here; we're improving what you already have.

One of the simplest ways to improve the look of your bathroom?

The use of tiles!

Tile is the perfect addition to any bathroom that can change the entire look and feel of the room.

The right tile can turn your bathroom into something to brag about.

Here are ten ways you can use tile to transform your bathroom.

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  • Enhance Your Walls

  • Tile Your Shower

  • Only Go Halfway

  • Use Accents

  • Variety Is Key

  • Get On The Floor

  • Create A Tile Inset

  • Have Fun With Colors

  • Make An Accent Wall

  • The Tile Opportunities Are Endless

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1. Enhance Your Walls

Paint is boring. Add life to your bathroom walls with tile!

Tile is easy to clean, it'll stand up to the moisture in your bathroom, and it can look fantastic if done correctly.

A unique tile pattern will add a touch of personality to your bathroom.

Because tiles come in so many sizes and patterns, find one, or more, to fit your personality will be a cinch.

Use what's already in your bathroom to enhance the design of the tiles.

Mirrors, cabinets and your shower or tub should and can be used to enhance the look of the tile even more.

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Bathroom tile

2. Tile Your Shower

Ever have paint start peeling off of your walls in the shower? 

Do you wish there was a way to make your shower look like it was part of your bathroom, and not just something added in?

Tile is perfect for showers.

Like I mentioned above, the tile will stand up to the moisture and heat put off by your shower, so the peeling paint straight out of a horror movie will be a thing of the past.

Get creative as you want with your new tiles, but remember that it is best to use smaller tiles for the floor of the shower because bigger tile is a huge slip hazard.

We don't want you twisting any ankles while you're taking a shower, so use larger tiles on the walls to compliment the smaller ones on the floor.

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3. Only Go Halfway

This is good for people who want to design on a budget.

When you tile your walls, only take the design halfway up. You'll get the most out of your dollars while making a statement at the same time.

But be sure to use a border tile that will make the transition from tile to paint less abrupt.

When choosing your paint, match it to one of the colors in your tiles. Get as wild and crazy with your design as you want.

If you're looking for a traditional design, stack your tiles in a brick pattern.

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4. Use Accents

We do it in our kitchens, so why not our bathrooms?

We use our kitchen backsplash to break up the monotony, and the same concept can easily be applied in the bathroom. 

Put a row of bright, colorful tiles against white tiles, or add a row of smaller tiles against bigger tiles.

To bring it all together, paint your wall above the tiles in a color that compliments the color of your accent tile, but it is typically good to make sure it doesn't match it perfectly.

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5. Variety is Key

If anyone has told you that you can't mix tiles in your bathroom, they were wrong.

Mixing your tile patterns is a great way to improve the look of the room.

  • Coordinate different style types in similar colors.

  • Mix big tiles with little tiles.

  • Use long, vertical tiles butted up against small square tiles.

Adding this type of variety to your bathroom will keep it from looking like everyone else's bathroom.

Who wants a cookie cutter bathroom anyway?

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6. Get on the Floor

Don't spend all of your time on the walls and forget about the floor.

There are countless ways to get creative with the tiles on your bathroom floor.

One way is to design a "rug" on your floor made out of tiles. Building a square of tiny circular tiles will create the appearance of a rug on your floor. And the best part is, it won't hold water and you will never have to wash it.

If you live in an area that has bitterly cold winters, you can also buy heated tiles.

Putting heated tiles on your bathroom floor screams luxury, and it keeps your toes from getting frostbitten during late night trips to the bathroom.

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Bathroom tile floors

7. Create a Tile Inset

If you are able to, creating a tile inset will give your bathroom a unique look.

Use different sizes and colors for the tiles of your inset, and then hang a bathroom mirror in the opening. 

There, you've made your bathroom fit for a king!

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8. Have Fun with Colors

Have a plan in mind before you start installing your tiles.

You want to be creative with your colors, but you don't want to pick them at random.

A predetermined color scheme will be sure you liven up your bathroom with color, but that they also look like they're meant to be together.

A coffee, wine, and ice color scheme will give you the unique look you're looking for. Dark brown tiles on the walls, cream tiles on the floor, and light blue tiles in the shower.

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9. Make an Accent Wall 

Sometimes you don't need to tile every wall. In fact, many budgets will simply not allow it.

Therefore, if it is not in the budget, or maybe you're afraid tiling every wall will be overwhelming, an accent wall is a perfect solution.

Whatever the reason, rest assured because you don't need to overdo it.

Sometimes an accent wall made of tiles is all you need to make the room pop.

If you want to paint your walls, plan so the tiles compliment your paint and vice versa.

If you don't want to paint anything, choose a color for the tile that plays well with the color of your walls. The wall you choose is up to you.

Put the tile on the wall with your vanity and mirror and use them to compliment the tile. Or put it in the shower to give it a unique look compared to the rest of your bathroom.

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The Tile Opportunities are Endless

With the right tiles, a little bit of creativity, and some elbow grease, you can completely reinvent your tired old bathroom.

You don't need thousands of dollars, or a professional crew, to update your dated bathroom.

All you need are a few Saturdays.

If you're ready to start working on your bathroom but want to speak to an expert first, the crew at Furniture of Dalton are standing by to help with all of your design and decor needs.

They have years of combined experience in interior design, and they'd be happy to help you breathe new life into your bathroom.

Just click the button below to get started with your bathroom design consultation

Request a Design Consultation

 

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Timeless Furniture Pieces That Will Never Go Out Of Style

Timeless Furniture Pieces That Will Never Go Out Of Style


Posted on: October 10, 2019

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Some of us have the design bug; we absolutely love arranging our spaces.

If we aren't changing our furniture out completely, we're rearranging it every three months.

We swap out the art on our walls every chance we get.

And, if you were to take a knife and try to cut through the walls, you'd have to get through 20 layers of paint because we change our room colors with the seasons.

The employees at the local furniture store know our names and treat us like part of the family because they know when they see us, commissions soar.

Visiting our homes is always an adventure because you never know if the house will be the same as last time.

Of course, other people don't want to be bothered with design.

And there's nothing wrong with that.

The walls are white, and the same art has been on the walls for years, and they're fine with it. Really.

Our design-averse friends may never rearrange furniture, and they still have the original hardwood floors that were there on move-in day.

That furniture store down the road? Not only do the employees not know their name, but people who don't care about design don't even know there's a furniture store down the road.

People who see design as a big fuss, want classic furniture that doesn't have to be replaced.

They want their couch to look good no matter the decade.

And, trendy isn't in their vocabulary.

So, in honor of the 'don't replace what isn't broken' people out there, we've compiled a list of classic furniture pieces that will never go out of style.

These pieces can be bought and passed down from generation to generation.

Enjoy.

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  • Chesterfield Sofa

  • Windsor Chair

  • Trestle Dining Table

  • Wingback Chair

  • Tulip Table

  • Freestanding Tub

  • Buy It For Life

 

The Chesterfield Sofa

Chesterfield sofas are hard to miss.

It's low back, high arm design along with its buttoning, can be spotted from a mile away.

This classic sofa can be found everywhere from stately homes to luxury hotel lobbies and your living room.

The name Chesterfield was coined in the 1800s, but the sofa likely originated 100 years before that.

It's thought to be named after Lord Philip Stanhope, the fourth Earl of Chesterfield, who wanted a piece of furniture that could be sat on without the worry of creasing your suit.

That origin story closely aligns with the sofa's association with high-class and fashionability.

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The Windsor Chair

Simple and elegant, the Windsor chair was first used in the Windsor Castle gardens in 18th century England and quickly spread soon after that.

Now you can find them in even the quaintest of homes.

The use of the chair became so widespread that it crossed the Atlantic and became a mainstay in the American colonies, starting in Philadelphia in the late 1700s.

The Windsor chair has remained a staple ever since in cottage and country styles, reflecting its origins, but is easily mixed into other design styles.

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Trestle dining table

The Trestle Dining Table

Unlike a glass or mid-century dining table, a trestle-style dining table is a timeless classic because of its adaptability.

One of the main reasons it's so timeless is because it's made out of timber.

Timber furniture pieces are connected to the natural world in a very visible way, helping it suit a variety of interior design styles.

Because of this, the Trestle dining table has maintained its popularity throughout various trends.

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The Wingback Chair

Also known as "wing" chairs, Wingback Chairs were initially created for function rather than style.

The original Wingback chairs were made to be positioned next to the fireplace, where the wings would envelop the heat from the fire around you and prevent drafts.

Today we use wing chairs for more stylistic reasons, as the designs of the wings diverge from the standard forms and range in various shapes and sizes.

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The Tulip Table

When Eero Saarinen set out to eliminate the "slum of legs" found under four-legged chairs and tables, he came up with the Tulip Collection.

Named after it's a likeness to the flower, the Tulip Collection is a hallmark of mid-century modern design.

The Tulip table, in particular, stands out because of its ability to blend with any design style and can be used in any room.

The iconic sculptural curves fit a wide range of table sizes, from coffee and side tables to indoor and outdoor dining tables for the whole family.

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Freestanding tub

The Freestanding Tub

Although it has gained some momentum in recent years, the Freestanding tub is not a new concept.

In fact, it has been around for thousands of years.

The history of a freestanding tub is evidence itself of its timelessness, and a variety of designs, such as tubs with feet, can be used in any design.

Remember though, even though a freestanding tub is beautiful, it's not always very practical.

A family with kids who like to splash and throw their toys around might want to opt for another type of tub.

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Buy Classic Furniture For Life

There you have it.

If redecorating your house and replacing furniture sounds as appealing to you as running your nails down a chalkboard, this list is for you.

Everything here can be bought once and left in its place for the rest of your life.

You won't have to worry about keeping up with new trends or any of it looking tacky in a few years.

These furniture pieces have been around for centuries in some cases, and there's no sign that they're going anywhere.

 
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