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GLOSSY WHITE JUST DOESN’T CUT IT ANY MORE – COLOURED, TEX­TURED TILES TAKE BATH­ROOMS AND KITCHENS FROM HO-HUM TO HIGH-END

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE / HOME - For more ad­vice, visit life­style.com.au WORDS: SHAYNNA BLAZE SELL­ING HOUSES AUS­TRALIA .......................

Tiles have be­come a bold player in our in­te­ri­ors but should we keep play­ing it safe so we don’t po­larise buy­ers when sell­ing a house or do we go for bold to cap­ture a buyer’s in­ter­est? What about tiling for a ma­jor ren­o­va­tion of your own house to live in but fear in 10 years it may date? Keep­ing tiles as the ba­sic white/off-white with match­ing grout has been the norm in the past to keep bath­rooms and kitchens neu­tral. It has al­ways been the safe op­tion if you are scared of colour or mak­ing an ex­pen­sive mis­take. But as bath­room and kitchen trends change, plain gloss white is now a dated look. The clin­i­cal look of bath­rooms is gone and glass splash­backs in kitchens are now con­sid­ered a safe, dare I say, bor­ing op­tion rather than be­ing on trend. Bath­rooms are the lux­ury room of the home. As the walls are one of the big­gest ex­panses in the room, it is im­por­tant the tiles con­vey a feel­ing of lux­ury. High-end lux­ury isn’t just about the dol­lar spend but about the look and feel and us­ing ba­sic white tiles (bud­get or ex­pen­sive) just doesn’t cut it any more. Tiles are about tex­ture in the sur­face and also the pat­tern and re­flec­tion of light. If you fear putting colour in your tiles, look for styles that have a pressed pat­tern in them or just a light vein like a traver­tine or sand­stone look to give it some life. If you love the white look, con­sider us­ing a con­trast­ing grout like char­coal or a light grey and match the floor tile to the grout. It will give an edgy look with­out go­ing over the top. Re­frain from too many glossy sur­faces in your tiles as this can make a room feel too clin­i­cal. Go­ing for a matt or “tex­tured to touch” sur­face will help cre­ate that soft day-spa feel.

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