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Bath and Shower Remodel Tips to Connect New and Existing Materials

A master bathroom or shower remodel is exciting for homeowners because the space can be personalized and transformed into a relaxing oasis. Getting a redesign underway means wading through a sea of tile and fixture options, and new products are always popping up. The trick is to select materials that not only produce an awesome bathing area, but one that visually connects to the rest of the bathroom and the master bedroom next door. To seamlessly connect your shower or tub with the rest of the master bath, use the following design tips for inspiration.

Choose Colors Carefully

It might seem obvious, but the tile color you plan to use for your shower or bath remodel can make or break the design when you are keeping the rest of the room as is. Forget about perfectly matching the tile used in the new project to any other tile in the room. Changes in natural coloration, from slab to slab, for instance, make a future match practically impossible.

Rather than aiming for a close match, go for contrast. For example, if the bathroom boasts a light gray and white palette, give your new shower or tub surround a face-lift with dark gray tile and an eye-catching white tile border or accent. The color family remains the same, but by opting for a richer or darker shade, the new stone or tile material will freshen up the space without clashing.

Photo features Gray Summit 12 x 24 in a brick pattern on the floor and 12 x 18 on the wall, with 2 x 4 brick-joint mosaics on the wall.


A combination of dark gray and white also pairs well with existing cream or black accents, or vice versa. The idea is to stick with a neutral color palette. Natural, pale green that has a hint of silver and light slate blue are considered neutral colors if you need to give the space more color, but again, choose the one that works best with the room's existing materials. To bind the marriage between the bathroom's old and new looks, continue the latest tile addition from the surround to an adjoining wall, such as the one behind the vanity.

Stay True to Your Style

If you're happy with your master bathroom's existing style, work it into your shower or tub remodel. It's hard to go wrong with a classic all-white design, or one that's inspired by a spa, but if you want to shake it up a bit, consider adding the look of wood around the shower or tub. A wood-inspired tile plank, such as a tile from the Creekwood glazed porcelain collection, goes well with many styles and palettes, and is an ideal material for both the bathroom and bedroom. In other words, you can create a visual link by continuing it into the master suite and installing it on the floor or as a feature wall behind the tub.

Pick the Right Metal Finishes

Again, although you likely can't match your new tile with what already exists in your bathroom, you can match its metal details. For instance, light fixtures, faucets, and drawer pulls play an important role in design flow. And without flow or some form of visual consistency, you could end up with an unattractive or confusing design aesthetic. So if the vanity faucet is oil-rubbed bronze, then the shower or tub's faucets and metal parts should be oil-rubbed bronze, too. If you want to play up the metal effect even more, mirror the metal look by incorporating a metallic accent tile into your surround and backsplash.

Don't Forget the Finishing Touches

When your shower or bath remodel is complete, secure a cohesive look by choosing the right accessories and linens. Scan the bedroom for color ideas, or take this opportunity to rework the entire scheme by replacing dated towels, bedding, window treatments, and artwork with more modern options.

You don't have to redo your entire master bathroom to make the space feel fresh and updated. Instead, work with what you have and plan a tub or shower remodel. By using these tips, you'll be able to visually connect the new with the old, and you'll end up with a design you can enjoy for a long time.