Rekindle the Charm of Your Fireplace

Limestone fireplace surroundThe fireplace is the instant focal point of any room, and because it is such a defining element in the space, updating your fireplace can dramatically change the style of the entire room.

For example, if you have a rustic 1970’s fireplace in your family room, but the overall style of your home is more sleek and modern, it can make sense to make a change to the materials so that it’s a better fit with the rest of the home. It’s important to be sure that the materials that you select work well with the overall style of your home, since it is a change that will last for many years, it needs to be flexible with the trends in home décor and design.

When considering a fireplace update, there are three main areas to discuss:  the surround, the hearth, and the mantel. For the surround and the hearth, you’ll want to be sure that you select a material that is not flammable which makes tile, stone, and brick natural choices.

Traditional style fireplace

The mantel is frequently made of wood, however, there are striking options for mantels made out of stone as you see in the photo at right. It is a unique and durable option, to fit the style of their vintage glam Master Bedroom. You can mix and match different tiles, stones, and finishes for infinite opportunities to create a traditional, contemporary, rustic or transitional look. Whether you select marble, granite, limestone, glass, or brick for your fireplace surround and hearth, you can be certain that these long-lasting and durable materials will be a beautiful feature in your home for years to come.

If your home’s living spaces need a bit of a boost, set up a time to talk with a designer or architect about the possibilities for your home. You can also reserve a place at an upcoming home addition or remodeling workshop if you’re not quite ready to tackle your project yet. Or you can follow us on Instagram or Facebook to find more design inspiration and remodeling tips.

modern style living room with juliet balcony to the loft above   Traditional style fireplace with TV above   Colorful fireplace surround





Family room with fireplace and wood beams on teh ceilinjg

Bathroom Shower Tile Accents can be a Work of Art

geometric shower tile accentToday’s hectic schedules and busy lifestyles have left little time for enjoying a warm, relaxing bath.  But that doesn’t mean that people have given up on their own personal water therapy. Instead, they’ve turned their attention to the shower, which has become the new centerpiece of the bathroom.

Showers may be a quick alternative to a bath, but the overall experience can still be enjoyable. Decorative shower accents further enhance the ‘spa-like’ feeling homeowners search for in their bathrooms, creating a tranquil and relaxing environment.

One of the best ways to capitalize on these accents is to use unique tiles to establish a focal point.  Decorative shower accents act as artwork for the bathroom, displaying visual elements without overwhelming the space.  Shower accents can be a stand-alone statement piece or complimented by surrounding components, giving an overall flow to the space.

These accent areas also provide the opportunity to incorporate some more expensive tile, which still creates a “wow” factor, but is friendlier to the budget than if it were selected for use throughout the bathroom.

Tile accents work well with modern and traditional designs and can be implemented in nearly any type of shower.  If the bathroom has a modern design, decorative accents from floor to ceiling can create a strong impact while staying true to the style. Traditional styling can benefit from a tile border or frame to highlight the accent tile and make it stand out even more dramatically.

accent tile in the shower

It’s also important to consider the scale and uniqueness of the tile pattern when determining the best way to incorporate it into your shower.

Tile accent walls in the shower are just one of the many ways people have created a spa-like shower experience in their primary bathrooms.  Rain showerheads, body sprays, and steam showers have also become more common, and the combination of the aesthetic and shower sprays can create a rejuvenating water therapy experience, even in a busy morning routine.

If you’re considering a bathroom remodel you can set up a time to talk to a Normandy Designer about artful tile, spa-like showers, and all the other possibilities. Find more ideas in the Normandy Remodeling photo galleries. If you enjoy social media, we regularly share inspiration and tips on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. We’d love for you to follow along with us.

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