Per­fect place­ment

Home Beautiful - - DESIGN FILE -

A uni­form scheme of the same tile on floor and walls will help vis­ually en­large a small space, with grout lines matched to flow flaw­lessly be­tween the sur­faces. Con­versely, a con­trast­ing floor tile helps de­fine the room. “Sub­tle vari­a­tion within a floor tile will be more for­giv­ing than a solid colour, which can ap­pear flat and a lit­tle dated,” sug­gests in­te­rior de­signer Naomi Nimmo of Nimmo Nielsen Col­lec­tive. Fea­ture tiles help direct at­ten­tion to­wards the pret­tier parts of the room, so put them to work be­hind a hero item – not the loo! – and keep the re­main­ing walls sim­ple. “Where bud­get per­mits, fea­ture tiles work best on a de­cent scale such as an en­tire wall, not just a small niche,” adds Naomi. Run­ning an at­trac­tive floor tile up one wall is an­other op­tion, and this cre­ates the il­lu­sion of a longer room, while con­trast­ing grout can help make a fea­ture of a plain tile. How­ever, make sure the grout is sealed to help pre­vent it dis­colour­ing in patches.

“Gone are the days of se­lect­ing dark grout on the floor to avoid un­seemly stain­ing – you can now use lighter grout colours, which will not change over time” ~ Vanessa Cook, Smarter Bath­rooms

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