Ideas for adding a little splash of color — or a big one — to your kitchen, bathroom, or living room. Plus get the pros & cons of including a bathtub.
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November 2021
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Looking for some ways to add color to your home? There’s no better time than when you’re remodeling your home. In this issue, we’ll share some ideas for adding a little splash of color — or a big one — to your kitchen, bathroom, or living room. But remember, these are just ideas to get you started. The possibilities are unlimited, and your contractor can help you unleash your creativity.

We'll also explore the pros and cons of replacing your tub with a larger shower in a bathroom renovation. We hope you find this information interesting and helpful. Enjoy!


Tim Ellis and the T.W. Ellis Team


When planning bathroom remodels, one of the questions we get asked is if the tub is necessary. Taking baths used to be the preferred way to clean oneself. Now they are seen as a luxury item that is rarely used but still an expected fixture in a bathroom.

If you’re trying to decide on including a bathtub in bathroom remodel, we’ve put together some of the pros and cons of doing so:

Pro: Tubs Can Add Resale Value To A Home

Many homebuyers need a tub in their house to bathe their kids and pets, so not having a tub may make them choose a different home to purchase. Plus, if you have a big, luxurious tub with all the bells and whistles that wow a potential homebuyer, it could add value to your home.
Creative Ways to Add Color in Your Next Home Remodel
When you remodel your home, why not look for ways to break up the beige monotony with color. Bold statements or small splashes of color are all the rage as we end this year and enter into 2022.

If you need some ideas on how to incorporate color into your home renovation, we've got you covered. 

A Colorful Kitchen
The kitchen is one of the most fun places to add bold colors since you have so many options. Here are a couple of ideas for you:

  • Appliances – For something a little bit out of the box and unexpected, you can steer away from stainless steel and instead go for a matte gray for a high-tech, space-age look. Or, if you’re a fan of 50s Americana, look for cabinets in a teal blue or vivid orange to bring nostalgic energy into the kitchen.

  • Cabinets – The main focal point of most kitchens is the cabinetry. Cabinets come in so many colors, and you can mix and match them for an eclectic look. Dark woods provide a rich, refined look that never goes out of style. Muted blues and greens make kitchens feel serene and welcoming, offering a way to add color without going too crazy. 

  • Backsplash – The most fun way to add color to a kitchen is by installing a colorful backsplash. Big, bright subway tiles never go out of style, but why not accent them with a kaleidoscope of mosaic tiles in both ceramic and glass? Radiant yellows, flaming reds, intense blues, all working together to show a hint of personality against a plain, white background.  

Bold Bathroom Colors
Bathrooms are fun rooms to remodel. Since they are smaller spaces, it can be easier to give them a personality all their own instead of matching them to the rest of the home. Here are a couple of fun ways to incorporate color into your bathroom:

  • Floors – A bathroom is a perfect place to install flooring in a funky shade or pattern. Black and white checkers evoke the look of a 50s soda shop. Colorful geometric tiles can give your bathroom an Art Deco look. You can use the floor to offset your otherwise all-white bathroom, or you can use it as a starting point to really have some fun with color.

  • Lighting – For a small pop of color, you can install colorful lighting over your sink. These can be in shades of black or gray or something more unexpected like yellow or blue. If you really want to make an over-the-top luxury statement, install a chandelier in glittering gold or silver.

  • Unexpected Tub – Imagine how much your bathroom space would be transformed if you installed a free-standing bathtub with a black exterior. The tub would not only stand out but transport you back 100 years to a time when claw-foot tubs were the norm.

Living Rooms That Make A Statement
A living room remodel can be a huge undertaking. While you're trying to discover your design theme, don't forget to include color!

  • Blinds or Shutters – These don't have to be white. You can install blinds or shutters in a multitude of colors. To be on the safer side, you could go with tan, gray, or black. If you want to be bold, install shutters in an unexpected color like dark green to evoke a calming sense of nature, or cobalt blue to bring vibrant energy into the space.

  • Fireplace – We could talk about all the options you have when installing a fireplace for days. The options for tiling around your fireplace are limited only by your imagination. Picture opalescent pearl-white one-inch tiles that take on different colors depending on how the light hits them. Or sepia-toned fire-clay tiles that give the fireplace an old-world look.

  • Painted Woodwork – This may sound scary, but installing molding painted in a bold color will add a pop of color to your space. You don’t want to go too far, but a splash of smoldering dark red or burnt orange can give the room a masculine feel. Or subtle pastels can harmoniously blend with your furniture and window treatments.

If you'd like more ideas or want to get your colorful home remodel started, give us a call!

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