Name That Tile: Homeowners Guide to Identifying Shower Tile

Our 2019 tile guide is a quick and easy chart to help identify drain types. The options of tile choices can become overwhelming and not knowing the proper names can make a homeowners search much more difficult. Our guide provides a quick introduction to the various kinds of tile types.

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Where to Begin: Using Black and White in the Bathroom

This classic color combination makes for a chic and clean look in any style of bathroom

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I got into design via Landscape Architecture, which I studied at the University of Virginia. I’ve been writing about design online for quite a few years over at Hatch: The Design Public Blog.

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Complete The Look: Accessorizing Your Bathroom With The Smallest Details

How do you want your bathroom to feel? Do you want to be able to go into your bathroom and feel totally relaxed and at peace? Do you want to see things that inspire you to get your day going right? Well, If your answers to those questions were yes, yes and hell YES…keep reading.

People love creating themes for their home. Some have a theme for each room in their home and others have one central theme throughout their entire home. The golden rule of themes is that everything must go along with the theme.  If everything in your home has a classic country sort of feel, having an ocean theme in your bathroom may seem out of place. Second, there’s the concept of the feel you want to create with the bathroom. For kids, you may choose a fun, cartoon theme; for those who are looking for a relaxing atmosphere, a place where it’s possible to fully unwind at the end of a long day, peaceful colors like those in a spa would be ideal.

Similarly, the types of colors that you’re like – along with the overall brightness of your bathroom – can determine whether you look for brightly colored accessories or those that are muted in color. Finally, there’s your personality or the personality of the person who will be using the bathroom the most.

In general, there are four styles that are commonly used when accessorizing the bathroom – classy, muted, bright and fun. But wait, there should be one more here…Inspiring. What about creating a space that will inspire you every morning to go out and tackle the obstacles in your way?

In a classy bathroom, you may find yourself choosing bath accessories in muted colors, perhaps with a subtle floral tone. Toilet seat covers, towels, bath mats as wall as bath accessories for the counter – a soap dish or soap pump, a toothbrush holder and such – can all be coordinated with the shower curtain. You may start with a shower curtain that is a neutral color like beige with a rose colored embellishment and matches the other bath accessories to the rose shade.

If instead, you were trying to create a muted look in your bathroom, you’re likely to choose soft tones as well, but rather than a floral look, you may choose slightly more modern bath accessories like those that you might find at a spa retreat. Muted shades of green or blue, natural colors that resemble stone or clay are all good base colors for your bathroom. Consider a solid color shower curtain or one that is patchwork – squares of complementary colors. Choose a matching bath rug, bath towels, a toilet seat to match and simple chrome plated bath accessories.

Alternately, if bright, modern colors appeal to you, you’ll find that bright, single colored shower curtains, window dressings, bath towels and shower mats can create a crisp, modern look. From using a number of different bright, solid colors in your bathroom to choosing the same pieces that feature bright colors in geometric patters or simple stripes, you’ll find that you are able to bring the look of your bathroom together, to create a bright theme even if the items don’t necessarily match.

Using blocks of color can be fun, but for some it’s just not fun enough. Whether you’re accessorizing the bathroom for kids or just for those who are young at heart, sometimes you just feel playful. You may make the choice to use a bright, aquarium theme for your bathroom – tropical fish on the shower curtain, bright towels with a wave-like geometric pattern, a fish shaped bath mat or even an acrylic toilet seat designed to look like a fish bowl (complete with colorful fish). You might choose dolphins, or even cartoon characters as the central theme for your bathroom.

For example, someone who still carries a fondness for Betty Boop may decide to use the character as a theme for his or her bathroom. A Betty Boop shower curtain and bath accessories set with a toothbrush holder, a trash can and a soap dish could be used with red or black towels and a red or black bath mat and toilet seat.

But wait, there should be one more here…Inspiring. What about creating a space that will inspire you every morning to go out and tackle the obstacles in your way? Accessories that inspire you can be cabinet accessories with your company’s logo, Your favorite sports team, or even an acronym for a saying that you live by. Anything can inspire you!

Of course, these aren’t the only styles for a bathroom; whatever your interests are, whatever inspires you, that’s going to be the foundation for decorating your bathroom. Whether you choose colorful flowers, solid colors, muted tones or something altogether different – a clean, modern look using all white for example – it’s the small details that bring it all together. Choosing bath towels that don’t quite fit in with your chosen color scheme, combining an aquarium theme toilet seat with a bamboo shower curtain: these things simply don’t create a cohesive look.

Fortunately, it’s easy to find bath accessories that will allow you to bring the whole look together – that is, once you decide what kind of look and feel you are looking to create. If you are looking for Beautiful accessories for your bathroom you can check out tons of cool interior design blog online and get a feel of what you might like. If you need help getting the inspiration going, check out some of our products that will be sure to get your imagination pumping. Click Here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For The Steampunk Lovers

Brand new obsession.

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Industrial style has been inspiring artists, home decor and fashion designers for ages. Much like Rococo (the soft, pastel Marie Antoinette inspired fashion from 18th century France) Industrial seems to make a come back every couple of years from the runway to interior design. And for good reason! Industrial is a unique, complex genre that anyone would look twice at. In fact, a subculture sprouted from the popular look called Steampunk. And if you’ve never heard of it, you’ve definitely seen it. Steampunk for many can be a lifestyle, composed of industrial, Victorian fashion and gears, gears, gears!

One of my favorite things about Industrial style is it’s fairly “genderless” in it’s entirety! Surely no styles have a gender, but some men may not be too fond of a pastel pink bedroom and I know a few ladies who may not appreciate a superhero themed living quarter (although I’d LOVE a Captain American themed kitchen) but everyone can find beauty in the neutral colors and rustic quality of Industrial.

And best of all, though some industrial furniture and artwork can be pricey, there’s a great amount of DIY possibilities for you to make all on your own! Plywood and some rusty pipes can make an incredible steampunk inspired shelf. Clocks, gears, and old timey maps can give your home a seasoned traveler feel.

When I say Steampunk is a lifestyle, I mean it! From clothing to decor, your entire life could revolve around industrial if you wanted! Some of my favorite designers have had entire runway shows completely based on Steampunk-victorian style.

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Such interesting and unique designs and creations have come from Steampunk influence. Movies, Entertainment and even music can sometimes take an industrial twist. Movies like the Wild Wild West and bands like Steam Powered Giraffe use cool industrial inspired looked to add to their appeal. Here’s an awesome music video from one of the first Steampunk inspired bands I ever heard of! Watch how they move and talk like robots. Everything about Industrial is rustic, dark colored and old fashioned while still being captivating and new. Organic but inanimate! I was hooked on Steam Powered Giraffe after I first saw this video.

Clothes, movies, music. And of course home decor! Whether you’re a die hard Steampunk fan or just slightly intrigued by industrial style, taking your home to the next level could definitely mean taking a little Steampunk influence. Take some of these fun appliances for example! (I’ll post any sites I find that sell industrial decor under the photos, in case you’d rather not get your hands dirty)

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You can buy this great shelf/toilet paper holder here.

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Though the idea of a fully realized conceptional room completely based on steampunk decor is extravagant to me. Maybe an entire industrial home is a bit much for some, but even just one room out of your house will turn major heads. Take these for example.

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That bathroom is godly! I am obsessed with decorative pipes and gears. So you’ve just went all out on your new industrial style bathroom and that old shower drain is bringing down your Steampunk vibes. Well I’ve got just the decorative drain cover for you! Sprockets is a cool, rustic, gear designed drain that’s the perfect touch to your industrial bathroom or kitchen! And it comes in oil rubbed bronze~

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B.Drake~

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Making Waves

If you’ve been keeping up with our blogs, and I know you have because you’re awesome, you know that our Oceanus Series is one of our most popular collections! Everyone loves the beach, and anything beach related. The seaside is one of the most relaxing places one can imagine. The smell of salt, the warm breeze, and my favorite, the waves crashing lightly against the coast. You can hear it right? I know i can!

Waves are beautiful, terrifying and majestic. They can bring a sense of serenity or utter chaos. Sometimes my goal is to become a human embodiment of a wave….but that’s just me. While I spend my time figuring out how to be the wave I deserve to be, let’s talk about you and your future wave themed home. All waves are beautiful, but I am absolutely obsessed with traditional Japanese nami wave art. We all know the ones.

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A lot of interior designers, fashion designers and artists are inspired by the beautiful works of traditional Japanese artists and for good reason! The serene-ness of the soft color palettes in contrast of harsh lines are one thing that makes these paintings so memorable. I’m seeing a lot of fashion inspired by Nami waves. Whether abstract or literal.

Alena Akhmadullina Russia Spring 2016 takes a literal adaptation of Nami waves, transforming models into walking tsunami paintings. So beautifully done.

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Or this great Japanese bomber jacket! Nami waves, cherry blossoms and a beautiful mix of hard and soft.

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While these are gorgeous, fashion isn’t the only avenue that implements waves. Home decor can easily take a seaside twist. Maybe you aren’t ambitious enough to go all out like some of these creative sea lovers.

 

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As gorgeous and extragagent as these designs are, some like go on the subtle side of things. Here’s a couple wave themed decorative pieces for any sized home.

 

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Whether you’re more on the subtle side of things, or go big or go home like I am, a beautiful “Oceanus Waves” wave inspired decorative drain will be the perfect touch for any bathroom, kitchen, boat or pool area. Our stainless steel drain covers come in all shapes, sizes and colors and will add the perfect touch to your home. Also, don’t forget to check out our Designer Drains Pinterest! Packed with home decor ideas for every room of the house. Our Ocean Getaway board will be just the thing you need to keep inspired for your waved themed bathroom~!

B. Drake

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Out of This World! Atomic Rings and Outer Space

Were you one of those kids who laid awake at night imagining becoming an astronaut? Exploring the galaxy in your head as you stared out of your bedroom window? ……….Maybe not, but I have always loved a starry sky and a big full moon on a warm summer’s night.

My dream has always been a galaxy themed bathroom. With stars and dark blues and purples. Something about the nebula is just so edgy yet relaxing! Especially in a bedroom or even better a lavatory! Don’t believe me? Check out our Designer Drains Pinterest! Here are a couple of our favorites.

Stellar, right? Futuristic, cyber home decor can be simplistic or intense! Dark or light. Minimal or Busy. It all depends on your aesthetic.

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If I haven’t sold you yet, remember galaxy theme is all the rage right now. Even in fashion! Having a futuristic themed home will put you ahead of the times and also hip to a new trend that’s catching on fast!

Runway fashion (Here are some of my absolute FAVES from Valentino Pre-fall 2015

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And this stunning gown from Zuhair Murad Fall 2015

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Ok, you’re sold right? So let’s get back to interior design. Let’s say you’ve found the perfect galaxy print shower curtain, a dark nebula wallpaper or even a spaced theme bath set! Maybe even a starry sky ceiling projector like this cool gadget from The Lightbox.

Now what else could take your bathroom to the ultimate level? Our Atomic Rings shower drain! One of my favorites! I’m probably bias though, I always see it on the shelf and automatically imagine it in the future shower of my beautifully remodeled outer space themed bathroom. But even if you don’t want to go as bold as a nebula inspired interior, Atomic Rings is a beautiful, fun and unique decorative drain cover that can spruce up any bathroom or kitchen. Whether stainless steel, a golden bronze or our dark and elegant oil rubbed bronze, Atomic Rings will make any shower unique and fashionable. Then again, paired with spacey theme decor it can’t be beat!

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~B.Drake

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“In Honor of Inky’s Daring Escape: Octopuses Around the House”

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The slippery New Zealand sea creature has the internet abuzz, but an octopus as a conversation starter is nothing new to designers.

By now you may have read about Inky the Octopus, a crafty creature who probably could have escaped from Alcatraz with ease. In honor of Inky’s jailbreak from New Zealand’s National Aquarium — he climbed out of his tank and slid across the floor into a small drain hole leading to the sea — we’re taking a look at how these incredible creatures star in home design.
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Architecture in the Home

The Architecture Series is one of our most culturally inspired series , our designer Peter here at Designer Drains was heavily influenced by Andalusian and Spanish architecture when creating this collection of decorative drain covers. And for good reason! Have you seen some of these beautifully intricate structures?!

I often ask our designer where he got his inspiration for each series and Architecture Series is, hands down, our most culturally influenced collection of drains. After seeing a couple pictures of Andalusian and Spanish architecture, it’s easy to see why Peter was so enthralled! I highly recommend our beautiful Architecture Series in bronze or oil rubbed bronze to get the full effect. Seen below are our gorgeous golden California faucets and oatey shower drain covers.

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Although, you can never go wrong with our classic stainless steel decorative drains~!

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Some may find these traditional designs a bit busy for some homes, but with the right eye for design you can easily turn your home into a Andalusian paradise! Check these beautiful homes out!

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You can find more Architectural homes and Andalusian inspired decor on our Pinterest! Make your home a getaway!

B.Drake~

Geo Homes

There’s something so satisfying about straight lines and 90 degree angles, isn’t there? Any painters reading? We all know the paint tape trick to keep lines clean and smooth. But why not use your artsy DIY skills on your walls! Check out this super fun paint project from Scrapbooking.com~!

And here are some awesome ways you can put your new technique to use!

Awesome stuff right? Need more ideas? Check out our Geo Homes idea board on Pinterest!

Now that your hands and overalls are covered in paint, and you’re admiring your amazingly cool geometric paint job, know what’ll look great to match? A super chic geometric inspired designer drain, of course! Our Geometric Series is just the little accessory you’ll need to really add the cherry on top. Whether your interior space is colorful and playful or black, white and serious all over, a geo drain design will be the perfect touch! A little more inclined to a golden brass design? Don’t worry! We’ve got that too! I tend to be a silver girl myself, as far as jewelry goes, but maybe your shower wants to be bathed in gold! Either way, we’ve got just what you’re looking for. 97879c497dc32b9034a9d70947ecfda5 90e14485d9abb2cf02b895aba6eba107

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gorgeous, right? Check out more from the collection~! All of these are available in Brass, silver, brushed, polished or oil rubbed bronze.

These and all of our drains from every series fit in your shower or sink drain and are incredibly easy to install. You’ll absolutely love your new designer drain!

~B.Drake

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Nature Walk

If you’re anything like me, you know there’s nothing more relaxing than a calming walk through nature…Maybe I’m lying, I’m not exactly the woodsy type. Not that I’m against a fun hike, or a camping trip, but bugs and critters just aren’t exactly my style. Unless it’s in home decor of course! Check out some of these beautiful nature inspired bathrooms and kitchens that even makes a city-girl like me want to pack up my bags and travel to the rain forest.

 

Craving a hike yet? Check out our awesome inspo board for nature themed homes on our Pinterest! https://www.pinterest.com/designerdrains/all-natural

When you’re working a 9 to 5, who has time to go on safari anymore? It’s a darn shame, I know, but imagine a jungle paradise right down the hall. Taking a shower or grabbing a midnight snack has never felt this adventurous, right? And you know exactly what would pull one of these beautiful vacation spots together! A perfectly crafted nature inspired designer drain.Nature_bubbles

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Our Nature Series is a beautiful, elegant, classy touch to a jungle themed home. Just a touch, not too much, a lovely finishing piece that’ll pull the room together with ease. These fun and far from garden-variety designs are earthy without being too kitschy. Imagine our lovely bubbles themed drain (Very Popular!) decorating a rock like tile floor as you bathe in water and warm sunlight? It’s almost too good to be true! But you can have all this, not only is it possible, it’s probable! Spend some time getting inspiration from our awesome All Natural board on Pinterest, then pick yourself up designer drain~!

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For The Art Connoisseur

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Any home decor enthusiast knows that with the right touch, your bathroom can be a work of art. A difficult concept for some, but not for you! You know that a well decorated and enjoyable (or otherwise) lavatory can make or break a home.

So maybe your tastes are a little more sophisticated than sea-life or geometrics.

You’re about to fall in love with our Art History Series! One of my absolute favorite series on our website is the Art History Series. Playing favorites, right? I try not to gush over one series compared to another but there’s something so lovely about our art-deco inspired drain jewelry. Whether your sink in the kitchen or in your shower, these pieces are a beautiful simple touch to really bring the room together. Especially if you’re a fan of hanging fine art. If you need a little inspo, check out our newest board on Pinterest all about homes with a sophisticated pallet!

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The way a nicely colored tie, or some sparkling new earrings can accentuate your eyes and dazzling smile, so can these beautiful little artsy gems for your lavatory! Spare no expense for your comfort and aesthetic, remember your bathing quarters! And don’t forget, we can dress your kitchen sink too! For the first time, when you go to the sink to wash the dishes you’ll smile! Scrubbing pots and pans is never fun, but imagine a beautiful little designer drain smiling up at you.

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Your choice of polished glossy stainless steel, or brushed textured, silver or brass or copper, these little drain covers will be the perfect finishing touch to your living space.

~B.Drake

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Everyday is a Day at the Beach

Looking for a beautiful beach get away, but just can’t seem to step out of your home office? I get it, times are hard. People are busy and frankly, overworked. And sometimes, the longest break a lot of us get is a nice hot shower at the end of the day, or a fancy bathsalt soaked bubble bath on a sunday night.

And you deserve it!

So why not make that 30 minutes of much needed ‘You-Time’ all about you! And what you love. Make your bathroom that beautiful oceanside vacation you’ve been yearning for.

How, you may be asking. Don’t you worry, I’ve got the low down on making your cozy tinkle-space a beach side island paradise. Two words. Repeat after me. Visuals and Scents. Your nose and your eyes can take you there, I promise, even maybe listen to some beautiful wave crashing white noise to rid your mind of the stresses of the day.

As far as scents go, I’ve got some awesome pins for you to check out! Follow us on Pinterest for a daily dose of home decor from the Mancave to the baby’s room. Designer Drains on Pinterest

But for your eyes! I’ve got some lovely shower jewelry that’ll make your commode feel as awesome as you do in your favorite pearl necklace or sparkly new wrist watch. You know that feeling right? The sense of accomplishment when someone’s eyes drift towards those beautiful new earrings and seem to glow with excitement over your fashion taste? Now just imagine that every time a family member comes to visit and disappears for a potty break! Never forget though, this is for you, make your living space beautiful and how you like it! You’re going to be spending a lot more time in there now that you’ve discovered Designer Drains! The fact that you’re reading this blog at all already proves you’ve got awesome taste!

There’s nothing I love more than home decor, many underestimate how much of an impact aesthetic on your living space can have towards your mood. Check these beautiful bathrooms out.

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Relaxation is setting in right? You can almost smell the sea salt! Now just imagine some beautiful ocean themed bathroom glamour coupled with some of these babies~

 

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Feeling bathroom envy? Well don’t! I’m here to tell you, not only can you have one of these gorgeous bathrooms, but you WILL have one of these gorgeous bathrooms! With the Oceanus Series by Designer Drains, we promise you a beautifully crafted, nautical themed, durable 304 stainless steel designer drain cover that will make you the envy of all your friends and give your bathroom the added sparkle it needs.

We know your showers are going to be a little longer now that you’ll be admiring your lovely new purchase! Try not to be too late to work~!

~B.Drake

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