Selecting the Perfect Tile
Selecting the Perfect TileWhen selecting a tile for a bathroom I always consider the function of that bathroom first. Knowing if I am designing a master bathroom, child’s bath, or powder bath for example will dictate the materials I choose. The level of durability of a material is critical for certain types of bathrooms, like a child’s bath. Typically in a master bath I prefer natural stones such as marble or limestone. I use a variation of sizes based on whether I am working on traditional or modern house. I might choose a classic brick tile, 3 inch x 5 inch, for traditional shower walls and run the tile in an offset brick pattern horizontally. For a modern look I would go with a larger scale tile such as a 9 x 18 and run the tile vertically. My personal taste tends to run towards the classic and streamlined in bathrooms. I like neutral, timeless tile. I am also not a fan of mixing more than two different materials in a bathroom such as Cremal limestone with Calcutta marble. It is always safe to use the same material in different shapes and patterns as the example shown here in a master bathroom. The whole bath was done in the same Lagos Azul material from Waterworks. The pattern is what adds interest in this space. I used a mosaic 2” x 2” grid pattern on the floor in order to reduce slippage. The more grout lines the better on a shower floor. A honed versus polished material helps too. In secondary baths, I typically go with a ceramic or porcelain tile which requires less upkeep. This type of tile can also withstand things like spilled nail polish and hair products better than natural stone. One of my favorites is by Walker Zanger, Xilo White. It is shown here in a very modern bathroom. I selected a grid pattern and used metal inserts to delineate the pattern on the walls. Putting tile on all the walls in the bathroom floor to ceiling can create a very Zen spa-like atmosphere and the room is bullet proof from water spills and splashes. Another one of my favorites by Walker Zanger is Metal Tech in Titanium. This tile looks like suede when installed. It is chic, masculine, and very well-priced with a lot of look. For powder rooms when I want the look of tile, sometimes I will use textured wallpaper instead; since this is not a particularly “wet” room, I can get away with it. One of my favorites is Maya Romanoff’s Mother of Pearl series. This paper comes in many different patterns and colors and can be very glamorous or subdued.
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