Roomhints interviewed three different interior designers to get their opinion on the best bathroom tiles.
Check out their recommendations and let us know if you agree with the designer’s hints in the comments below.
Maven by Kelly Wearstler Field Tile in Ojai
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Design & Renovation Consulting. Boston, MA. Mom of 3. Services offered: Room layout, bathroom & kitchen design, coordination with architect & contractor, selection of fixtures, tiles, cabinetry, stone, and lighting, order management, project management, window treatments, furnishings.
* Unexpected, playful, fun to mix together
* Unique tile makes a statement!
* Maybe you get a little dizzy staring at the pattern – perfect for a surprise in a low-use/small powder room. Might be overwhelming in larger room.
Glass and Porcelain Mosaic Tile
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Interior design was a big career change for Lori in the early '90's, transitioning from the business/finance world into a job where she did both business management and interior design for an architecture firm - for a whopping $12 an hour! All while going to design school at night. She went on to work with several boutique design firms while continuing her free-lance career, loving every minute of it. Usually.
* Pattern is both delicate and strong
* Pattern is adaptable to multiple interior and architectural styles
* Provides a neutral backdrop for other materials and colors in accessories
* One-time installation of tile, a lot of design bang for the buck
* Easy to maintain and keep clean
* Pattern may skew feminine
* Color may seem too committed for some people
* Initial price for tile, installation, and sealing may be expensive
* Fairly permanent (costly and disruptive to change out)
Tineke Triggs MUZIEK Collection
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Growing up in Northern California with Dutch parents, Tineke’s designs reflect the captivating mix of her Californian roots and European heritage. Inspired by designers who broke away from the pack, Tineke is known for creating sophisticated, chic and eclectic interiors. She finds passion in discovering the elements that make each house a home and has a knack for incorporating imaginative details into her designs to create truly memorable spaces.
* Beauty and Scale - my new Muziek tile collection features patterns that are much larger in scale than traditional tiles, and this can make a big difference in the overall design scheme. Larger scale patterns provide visual interest and beauty without becoming too busy. The look is clean and not overwhelming.
* Marble is a wonderful choice for bathroom tiles as its natural beauty and elegance instantly elevate a space in a way that no other material can. It imparts a sophisticated and timeless style.
* Because no two pieces are alike, each installation is uniquely yours.
* Marble is a great conductor of heat, which makes it a good choice when radiant heating will be installed.
* Many people worry about the added maintenance of natural stone vs. ceramic tiles, but marble will preserve beautifully when properly maintained. Its been used for thousands of years and there’s just no comparison to its beauty.
* Tiles that are too small or too colorful can be distracting and can sometimes even make you feel dizzy. Proper scale is the key!
Why do you recommend this product?
Lori: “As wall covering has once again become not only acceptable but extremely popular, I’m finding clients are craving more pattern and texture in general (as am I – I try never to repeat myself!), including the bath. This graphic tile presents a satisfying but not overwhelming motif that could be appropriate in both traditional (say, California Spanish) and modern (mid-century, perhaps) baths, providing an interesting but still spa-like, calming backdrop. The polished tile is beachy-sky blue, soothing and fairly neutral, and a nice counterpoint to the powdery texture of the grout.”
Tineke: “The Muziek Collection is an exquisite new tile collection. Inspired by the luxury, glamour and modernism of the Art Deco movement, its 12 distinctive designs are untied in their bold geometric forms, exotic style and exuberance of a bygone era. Each design is made with the finest Italian marble and beautiful hand leathered finishes.”
What are some of your best designer hints when it comes to choosing bathroom tiles?
Lori: “Try for timeless rather than trendy — you don’t want to hate it in five years. Use patterned tile as an accent if it’s too bold or too pricey for the whole bath. Don’t be afraid to mix tile styles in the bath (for example, a patterned encaustic tile floor in a modern bath or a sleek glass tile shower in a more traditional bath). Consider tile thicknesses when mixing styles and watch transitions. Use tiles that work with the architecture and style of the house, are within budget, and are something the owner won’t get tired of. Use matching tile trim pieces or metal profiles such as Schluter where tile meets drywall — no unfinished edges showing!”
Tineke: “I love working with tile in a bathroom as it can provide such strong a point of interest — either on a wall, the floor or both. However when using tile on both the bathroom floor and walls, it’s important that the patterns chosen are not the same scale. The current trend is to have really interesting tile on the floor – it’s like adding a beautiful rug to a room.”
Aimee Anderson: “Focus on one design moments in the room you are designing. Go big on one thing. Strive for something different, something that has never been done before. Design for your client. It’s their space. The room should match their personality.”