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7 Tips To Choose The Perfect Tile for Your Bathroom

7 Tips To Choose The Perfect Tile for Your Bathroom

Tiles in your bathroom are important. They keep your the floor from being soaks; they add color and design to perhaps an otherwise bland bathroom.

When it comes to choosing the perfect tiles for your bathroom it can be tricky, as there are so many options.

Here are 7 tips to keep in mind when it comes time to choose your bathroom tile:

1. Capture the true essence of your room

When you walk into a home and see a centrepiece, you can bet dollars to dimes that the rest of the room is designed around that centrepiece. It’s meant to hold the focus of the room – everything else supports it for the overall beauty of that room.

Make one tile design/pattern/style your bathroom’s centrepiece. Build the rest of your design around this tile to capture the true essence of that centrepiece tile.

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2. Choose subtlety over statement

Normally, people choose tiles for their bathroom such as natural stones, porcelain, or ceramics that at least mimic natural stone. Tiles are usually 12×12 or, in some cases, 18×18. One of the main things you have to remember is incorporation.

You want to pick tile designs and colours that naturally incorporate themselves into the overall scheme of your bathroom, instead of sticking out like a sore thumb. You want to be able to look around your marvelous masterpiece and wonderfully sigh at everything – not just because of the beautiful colour, but of the design of the flooring as well.

3. Attract the eyes to one place

The bathroom is a wonderful place to let your personality shine. You’re free to take risks with fun colours or patterns you might not exhibit in your main room or living room. This doesn’t mean you should go crazy – once you start going big, the tendency is to take it as far as you can.

The result? Your once-beautiful bathroom is a terrifying eye sore with so many designs and patterns, eyes strain themselves just to make sense of anything! And all your work, money and labour is ruined.

Whatever you do, make sure it’s an exciting tile – like Brazil-inspired tiles that look luxurious. Basically, think of this area like a headliner at a concert. You’re there to see the headliner, right? Supporting acts and openers may share some of the spotlight with the headliner, but not most of it. Make sure to choose that “headliner” for your bathroom tile.

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4. Does less always mean more?

While it’s strongly encouraged you utilise your creativity and eye for design (it’s your bathroom, after all)… I’d suggest you strongly think about using less than 3 style patterns. From a practical standpoint, applying various tile patterns (constantly switching between them) will be a bit more time-consuming.

Thankfully, the time and effort spent is worth it – when you use less than 3. Anything more than 3 and your tiles will sadly become a distracting eyesore, and ruin the beauty you were going for.

Think about how  you’ve tried using too many centrepieces on a table – it doesn’t work, does it? That’s why it’s called a centrepiece – it’s the focus of attention.

A general rule of thumb is to pick a design or pattern that makes your heart flutter, and choose subtler colours to support that design. Rules were made to be bent, though…

5. Bigger doesn’t always mean better, right?

Unfortunately, rooms have curves. Fortunately, there are smaller tiles out there that work with these curves to enhance the beauty of tile designs, rather than make them look ugly and out of place.

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Smaller tiles may be smaller, but the impact they can have on the overall beauty of a room is instrumental. Don’t be afraid to use smaller tiles in your bathroom.

6. How to master the art of mosaic tiles

Since we can’t trust the glue on tile sheets, you need to be careful about mosaic tiles (should you end up going with these absolutely gorgeous things). A mosaic tile that offers more than 95% contact, from the tile all the way to the backer board, is a wise choice – as the wall needs to contact with that particular tile.

When it comes to the type of tile, a lot people have done extraordinary work using paper or film-faced mosaic tiles. Sure, it’s a lot of work: but then you look at it and your jaw drops.

Luckily, mosaic tiles easily contour around odd shapes (such as curves), so they’re excellent choices for shower pans and drain pans. While mosaic tiles are a bit more expensive than other tile style choices, and do take a bit longer to install them… they are wonderful choices for those who can afford them.

7. Heat the floors (and your feet)

Finally, tile floors can get brutally cold (especially in below-freezing winters). Since heat usually rises, if your bathroom has heating vents from the floor, all that heat goes towards the ceiling and your floors are… let’s just say socks are required.

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An easy solution is to use electric radiant heating: which is an electric system that warms the floor from below. It’s a thin electric panel that hosts heat-resistant wire, and is installed under the floor. Then you can simply use a thermostat and timer (same as you do for an air conditioner, heating furnace, or cooling fan) to adjust the temperature as you see fit.

Final Thoughts

Whichever tiles you decide to work with, keep these handy tips in mind to ensure you’re as happy with your bathroom as you are with the rest of your home. Because bathrooms are an oasis, a place to unwind and relax; there’s no reason for your bathroom to not reflect the inner beauty of your visions that you dream for them. Now is your chance to make your bathroom dreams a reality.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

If you’re going to spend 1/3 of our life at work, you should enjoy it, right?

Trust me, I know that’s easier said than done. Difficult coworkers, less-than-desirable tasks, or even just being in the wrong position can all lead to a lack of enjoyment and fulfillment in your work.

But what if I told you it doesn’t have to be this way? Or better yet, if you struggle with all of the above (and then some), what if I told you that enjoying your work and finding fulfillment regardless of those obstacles is possible?

Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you because I was there too. Before implementing the tips below, I struggled to get through each day, much less find real fulfillment, in the office. Now, even after the toughest days on the job, I still come away with feelings of pride, accomplishment, and fulfillment. The best news is, so can you.

If you’re ready to make those hours count and find happiness and fulfillment in the office, then read on to find out how to be happy at work and find fulfillment in your career:

1. Discover the root(s) of the problem

For this first step, we’ll need to think back to 8th-grade physics (humor me). We all know Newton’s 3rd law, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” When you think about it, the same can be said outside of physics, and we see this law play out in our daily lives, day after day.

Simply put, all the issues we deal with in the office (and life in general) affect us in a noticeable way.

If you’re appreciated at work, like the work you do and receive frequent praise, promotions, or raises, then this will probably have an altogether positive effect on your life in the office.

But what if we reverse this? What if you feel under appreciated, get passed up for promotions, or get denied raises? This is sure to affect the way you feel at work on a negative level.

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So, before you can implement the steps of feeling happy and fulfilled at work, we first have to discover the reasons why you don’t feel that way already.

Think about it, write a list, or make a mental note. Run through all the reasons you’re dissatisfied in the office, and don’t hold back. Knowing the exact obstacles you’re facing will make overcoming them that much easier.

In fact, as a side-challenge to this article, I recommend picking the top three reasons contributing to your dissatisfaction at work and using the following tips to tackle them.

2. Practice gratitude for an instant uplift

Did you know the simple act of feeling grateful can increase your happiness and make you more fulfilled at work?[1]

Well, it’s true, and it’s scientifically proven.

Dr. Lisa Firestone notes that practicing gratitude “reminds us of what we lacked in the past.” Meaning, it serves as both a boost to happiness and a bit of a wake-up call that things have been or could be, much worse.

Trying to conjure up feelings of gratitude can seem almost impossible when your work situation seems bleak, but hear me out: There are incredibly easy ways to get started and it doesn’t involve trying to “force” yourself to feel grateful about things that stress you out.

For an instant pick-me-up, try this:

Find a loose piece of paper, a blank sticky note, or anything you can write on, be it physical or digital. List just three things that you are absolutely without-a-doubt thankful for in your life.

Now here’s the trick: Don’t just list what you’re grateful for, you have to list why you’re grateful for them, too.

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For example, simply saying “I’m grateful for my kids” will probably make you feel good, sure, but what if we could amplify the warm, fuzzy feeling into real, lasting motivation?

Instead, write the reason you’re so thankful for your children. Is it because they make you laugh and forget about other stressors? Or maybe they help to remind you of why you go to work every day in the first place?

Whatever your reasons may be, jot them down and keep your list somewhere you can see it while you work. A quick glance at your gratitude list throughout the day can provide powerful, positive motivation to keep going.

Bonus:

If you can find just three things to be thankful for that specifically relate to your job, and list why those things make you grateful, your list can also help you find fulfillment in your work itself which can give you an even bigger boost of positivity throughout the day.

3. Take meaningful time for yourself

We all know creating a strong work-life balance can be crucial to feeling satisfied in our jobs, but rarely do we ever address how we’re spending our time outside of work.

Many of us survive a 9-hour work day and commute home only to find ourselves busy with our personal to-do lists, running a household, and taking care of a child (or 2 or 3, and so on).

If you spend all your time working, whether in the office or within your household, you’re going to feel drained at some point. This is why setting meaningful time for yourself every day is highly important.

Look, I get it: I don’t know anyone in the working world who can shun all responsibility for a 3-movie marathon or happy hour with friends whenever they feel like it. But finding time for yourself, be it just 30 minutes to an hour, can really make a difference in how you feel at work.

This works because you’ll have time to actually relax and let the day’s stress melt away while you enjoy something just for you. The to-do lists and stressors will still be there after you’re refreshed and ready to tackle them.

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No time for me-time? Try this:

If you have a busy household, you’ll need to capitalize on a block of time you know will be completely uninterrupted. The easiest way to do this: try waking up 30 minutes to an hour earlier than usual (or push bedtime back an hour if you’re a night owl, like me) and take time to do something you enjoy.

This could be reading with a cup of tea, catching up on Facebook, spending time on a passion project—anything! As long as it’s meaningful to you, it works!

Bonus:

Starting your day with meaningful time for yourself can set you up to have a positive mood that lasts well into office hours, and having your me-time in the evening can give you something positive to look forward to during the day.

4. Get productive and feel accomplished

Don’t you just love the feeling of checking the last item off of a hefty to-do list? That’s because self-motivation can be a huge driver of positivity and success.

When we accomplish something, no matter how small, it makes us feel good, plain and simple. Applying this tactic to your daily work can be the motivator you need to find fulfillment during the daily office grind.

While there are tons of steps to get more done at work, I’ll share my personal favorite: Prioritizing.

Now, many people handle prioritizing differently. Some like to tackle the little tasks first so they can spend focused time on the big to-dos. Others like to knock out the big items first and get to the smaller ones when they can.

No matter which camp you’re in, you may be missing one crucial step: Time management.

So how’s this work? When you factor in the amount of time your priorities will take, it can transform your productivity ten-fold.

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Say you have three top priorities for the day. You might jump into the smaller ones or the bigger ones depending on your preferred method, and then find yourself out of time and bringing work home with you at the end of the day.

This is prevented when you factor in time. Knowing how long each item will take, or deliberately setting specific blocks of time for your priorities can help you accomplish more in the same 8-9 (or 12) hours that you typically spend at work.

Try this:

Take a look at your priorities and consider how long they should take. Pop into your Google calendar (or Filofax, whatever works for you) and schedule time to work on your priority items around any important meetings or events of the day.

The most important thing to remember is to stick to your dedicated time.

Often, when we know exactly how long we have to work on something (and honor this time limit), we’re motivated to get more done on time to avoid taking work home at the end of the day.

The bottom line

There’s no need to waste 1/3 of our lives feeling unsatisfied at work. Luckily, you now have the tools to get started, take back your time, and become happy and fulfilled at work again.

The only question is — which tip will you try first?

Featured photo credit: Ellyot via unsplash.com

Reference

[1]Psychology Today: The Healing Power of Gratitude

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