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How to Pick Tile | Bath progress

March 31, 2016

Wood is beautiful, but in a bathroom tile is functional. Our current 1926 home had hardwoods into the main bathroom however we opted to take them out in favor of tile. the idea of guests, kids (not to mention, ourselves!) splashing water continuously on those wood floors was enough for them to acquire water damage; in my mind at least. Most of my favorite bathrooms include two types of tile – one for the floor and one for the walls. Taken together they can contribute depth and interest to a space that wasn’t there to begin with.

bathroom inspiration

The first tip is to use a small scale pattern and a large scale pattern together. The primary reason for this is two small-scale patterns will compete with each other rather than accent. For example, in our current bathroom I plan to use a small-scale hex tile on the floor and then couple it with a larger-scale, simple white subway tile for the walls.


Photo: Style at Home

The second tip is to realize it’s not paint. You’re putting it in for life or at least 20 years so you should think of it differently. It should be classic and fit with the architecture of the space to which you’re applying it. We have all seen bathrooms of the pink palace variety, where the sink, toilet and all the tile is glowing shade of faded blush. Eek! I grew up in one such bathroom, but thank goodness I had parents that instilled in me the blessing and the curse of perpetual home renovations.

The third tip is to use the same color on the floor and the wall. One look in particular that I love is the Carrera hex tile on the floor and a smaller subway tile on the wall, seen below.


Photo: Studio Mcgee

The wonderful thing is that tile has really shifted in the last decade. It used to be that underwhelming tile show rooms and the uninspired choices at Home Depot were all that you had to choose from. Now with Pinterest, Remodelista, and Houzz there is plenty of choices and inspired design to take your bathroom and/or kitchen from zero to hero.

Currently our bathroom has been completely demoed around the exisiting tub (it will be saved and refinished). There is new plumbing and electrical and the concrete board is up and the radiant heat panels have been laid.

Here is our inspiration for the space. Stay tuned for more updates!

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