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One of the first things that I did when I moved into my new home was start looking into my options for solar power. I’m a big believer in reducing dependence on natural resources that are unsustainable, and one of the best ways to do that is by using natural resources that are sustainable, like sunlight. I was thrilled to have my own home that I could customize with solar power. I found that there were all kinds of options for solar power besides those big clunky solar panels. I eventually settled on solar shingles for my roof, and I’m looking into solar powered windows, too. I started this blog to share more information about solar trends with people who are as interested in sustainable energy as I am. I hope to help you understand how contractors can help with these large projects!


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Beautiful Tile Ideas For Soaking Tubs

Soaking tubs are one of the luxurious upgrades frequently used in bathroom remodels. Standalone tubs can be placed anywhere, including the center of the room. Logistically speaking, though, placing a tub near a wall makes for fewer plumbing hassles. You can design an attractive corner for your standalone tub with beautiful tile work.

Glass Waterfall

Glass tile shimmers naturally. Enhance that feature of glass tile by having it laid in a mosaic that resembles water. Aqua blue tiles fade to white as they move down the wall. This tile design makes a seamless background for a white tub. However, if you have a beautiful copper tub, the blue will make it stand out even more.

Intricate Mosaic

Even if you don't want to channel a waterfall in your bathroom, mosaic tile is still an attractive option. You can promote any color palette with a selection of glass or ceramic tiles. For instance, Better Homes and Gardens suggests utilizing a black and white color palette for a modern bathroom. Contractors even lay the flooring with hexagonal tile and install a simple bathtub for balance in design.

Exotic Patterns

Another option for highlighting your bathtub corner is having it tiled with exotic patterns. Ceramic and porcelain tiles come in a variety of beautiful patterns, many inspired by foreign locales such as Morocco or Italy. Choose an appealing pattern for your corner, and draw the palette through the rest of your bathroom to make the décor cohesive. This tile work looks beautiful with a slipper bathtub or one constructed of wood.

Soothing Retreat

Imagine soaking in a natural pool outside. If you'd like to recreate this feeling with your soaking tub, select tiles that mimic outdoors. For example, if you picture a beach scene, opt for an analogous mix of beige, sand and white in larger tiles. For a jungle vibe, opt for smaller tiles in vibrant blues and greens with a neutral foundation of brown. For best results, include potted plants in your design to truly channel the outdoors.

Window Frame

One popular location for a soaking tub is in front of a window. This affords you the opportunity to enjoy the sun and the natural view while soaking. However, the wall around the window still needs consideration. For this set up, utilize white or neutral-colored porcelain tiles. This allows the view and the tub to take center stage while still promoting the beauty of the corner.

A soaking tub is a luxurious retreat in your own bathroom. Design the tile behind the tub to promote the ambience that best matches your bathroom's design. For more ideas on tile design, contact a company like Atwood Floor and Tile.