Thursday, February 01, 2007

Tile Style

Before our drywall contractor went missing, he recommended a tile expert (tilist?) for our new bathroom. While we could probably tackle the floor tile ourselves, the custom all-tiled shower and tub surround with niche was intimidating so we decided to look for expert assistance.

As Jen is a graphic designer, it naturally took us about 3 weeks to find the right tile. :-) Seriously though, we wanted a combination that would fit the room, blend with the house, and take advantage of the soft northern exposure. We decided to go with a "cool" color palette, by mixing in some mosaic-ish slate with a smokey grey main tile, and a nice slate border that is contemporary with its colors, yet has a long horizontal feel to match the prairie-style of our house. The floor, yet to be installed, will be a greenish-grey with accent points that pick up the border's colors.

Well after last weekend, Zoran completed the tub and shower areas and the results are outstanding! The floors are up next..


Poppy said...

WOW...I love your wall tile and the mosaic-ish slate...very pretty. I've been mulling over tile ideas for our upcoming new master bath and it is making me crazy! Too much choice!

Looking good~

scray24 said...

Interestingly enough, we're in a similar state (both of mind and house renovation).

What was the idea behind the large inset into the wall in the picture? was it originally like that or did you increase the size - very nice tile work and color choices.

jay said...

Thanks for the compliments! It's surprising how agonizing the decisions can be.

Since we built the walls from nothing (this was part of an attic we converted to living space), we wanted to add some interesting architectural elements, and decided a niche above the tub would be a great focal point.

In the bathroom, the wall with the niche you see has a walk-in closet on the other side. We decided to lose 2 inches from that closet and built the wall as a 2x6 instead of 2x4s. That way the niche is deep enough to comfortably place vases or anything else. And it works out great!

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