Valentine’s Day is once again upon us, which means time to buy gifts and start making plans for that special someone. Chocolate and roses are fine, but thinking outside the box is always a good idea! Not to mention that the flowers don’t last very long, and chocolates get eaten (pretty quickly, if we’re being honest). Even a gourmet meal in a fancy restaurant will last only a couple of hours. Then why not make this Valentine’s Day free of clichés and go with a gift without an expiration date?
Research shows that this year’s Valentine’s Day shoppers plan to spend around $4.3 billion on an evening out, $2.4 billion on candies and $2.3 billion on flowers. Whew, what a bunch of money to lavish your loved one for just one day! Plus, why should you show your love on this only day of the year? Instead, how about putting more effort and thrill for your sweetheart with some quick updates in your home? A perfect gift that you’ll both get enjoyment from for years to come. Don't worry, we've got step-by-step guides on how to retile your projects for the perfect install!
An easy update on the backsplash can suddenly turn your kitchen into an inviting place, where you can spend more time cooking together and share perfect moments. Or you can bring an ultimate spa experience into your home by simple changing your bathroom tiles, so that you no longer need to spend money on a spa package every year. Whether your Valentine is your romantic partner or yourself, here are some quick tile upgrades for your home that will last far beyond February 14th that you can benefit from every day!
Make Everyday a Spa Day
What’s the best reason to have a spa bathroom in your home? (Or do you even need a reason?) First, you can get the same ‘relaxing’ experience for a fraction of what you’d spend at the spa over the years. (Especially if you buy a spa gift card for your sweetheart at least once a year!). Second, staying home with your loved one on a special day that can actually be a very rewarding experience, because people have a tendency to feel more at ease in their own home. Seriously, why not share the intimacy and romance from the comfort of your own home?
Do you just have a shower in your bathroom? No worries. You can start by setting the mood with new shower tiles that will calm and relax you and make you feel as if you’re at a resort spa. Choosing the right color tile is the first step because colors play the most important role in a romantic setting. If you prefer an intimate space, opt for tiles with darker and deeper tones that adorn your bathroom with luxury and invoke that mysterious feel. When the traditional white color is your choice, don’t forget to complement your tiles with accessories in warm shades so that you have more visual interest in the space. Finally, set the mood by lighting a few candles, scattering rose petals, opening a bottle of wine and enjoying the company of one another (or yourself!)
On a daily basis, the shower may be the most convenient option for your bathroom. However, if you are thinking of adding a tub for more romantic decor or if you already have one, a simple tile surround will boost the look of your bath design. And if you’re going to soak in that tub, you better love its surrounding, right? While February can be cold and dark in some climates, you can heat things up with vibrant colors around the tub.
Like this bathroom, purple tiles can be a dramatic choice that is associated with luxury and creativity. Plus, it gives a depth without the risk of feeling chilly. But if you like the ever-classic white design, go with marble tiles on your walls instead. You can consider crystal chandeliers for more luxurious decors and combine them with beautiful marble tiles in the backdrop to complete the overall classic look in the bathroom.
Who said Valentine’s Day is just for lovers? If you are flying solo as your own valentine, it’s the perfect occasion to treat yourself to a little extra pampering. A spa-like bath is a great way to show yourself a little self-love and self-care and makes yourself feel nice and pretty. Who doesn’t love that? Create your own spa escape with a quick tile update in your bathroom that you can enjoy every day. A more appealing tub surround will make you spend more time in your bathroom while you drift off into another world and you sip some hot tea... or wine.
If you like an airy space that is relaxing and serene, go with tiles in blue tones and turn your spa bath into a beloved classic. Feel free to add some pendants and curtains or rugs for a more personalized touch to warm up the cool feel of blue tiles. You can also show off your flooring by using pattern tiles in your bathroom for more artistic designs and to give some depth to an otherwise bright and plain décor.
Flowers that Never Fade
Is there anything more cliché than red roses on the Valentine’s Day? If you think so, step outside the red rose box! There is nothing wrong with flowers, but the reality is that they end up in the trash a week later. That being said, why don’t you consider having flowers on your walls instead of in a vase? This beautiful statement-making flower pattern tile can be a more thoughtful gift that no one has ever considered before. You can adorn your walls or floors with Sakura patterns that lasts much longer than Valentine’s Day.
Or opt for elegant and classic marble tiles in a floral pattern to express a more classic design style. Imagine looking at this beautiful flower design as a reminder of your love for your significant other or yourself every single day.
Love is in the Kitchen
Let’s be honest – no one likes to pay for an overpriced meal in an overly crowded restaurant on Valentine’s Day. It doesn’t have to be this way, but many couples feel they need to do the same old dinner and move routine. Instead of a five-course lobster dinner, staying home together and sharing some romantic time cooking your own meal might actually mean more for your relationship. And if you just aren’t inspired enough to get in the kitchen, a mini makeover with a new tile backsplash can bring that magic and help you get started.
When it comes to the kitchen, every detail matters. But if you want one single element that can create the biggest impact, it’s a beautiful backsplash. From bright colors to different patterns, backsplash tile options are endless. They not only create a more appealing kitchen, but also helps make your space look larger and creates a space that you’d actually want to spend more time in. While getting creative cooking with your Valentine, enjoy the view of your backsplash with your new tiles that boost your kitchen’s ambiance.
If you’re by yourself, how about throwing a party, invite your friends over and spend an evening cooking together? You will get inspired to try something new in your kitchen with a backsplash that really pops! You can even install peel and stick tiles yourself - budget friendly and no mess, great for a quick makeover. Don’t forget that your backsplash is your focal point, an opportunity to be creative. As small as it is important, it’s the design factor that will make you enjoy your kitchen more than ever before.
Feeling inspired yet?
Home is where your heart is. So why go anywhere else for Valentine’s Day? A quick tile makeover can make the most intimate parts of your home -- kitchens and bathrooms -- cozy and comfortable that you and your Valentine can benefit from for years. Plus, no more running to an expensive hotel for a romantic get-away. This Valentine’s Day, consider giving yourself and your Valentine a gift that will last ‘forever’.