SOMETHING TO GROUT ABOUT
TILES CAN MAKE OR BREAK ANY ROOM, SO IT’S IMPORTANT TO GET IT RIGHT. SHOULD WE PLAY IT SAFE OR NOT BE AFRAID TO BE DIFFERENT?
Tiles have become a bold new player in our interiors, and I need to address the question: do we keep on playing safe so we don’t polarise buyers when selling a house or do we go for bold to capture a buyer’s interest? And then there is tiling for a major renovation that you are doing up your house to live in, but fear in 10 years it may date?
Keeping tiles as the basic white/off-white and matching grout has been the norm in the past to keep your bathrooms and kitchens neutral and being the safest way to not polarise buyers.
It has always been the safe option if you are
scared of colour and making an expensive mistake but as our bathroom and kitchen trends change, plain gloss white is now the dated look. Of course that was fine when our bathrooms were considered the functional space of the house and our kitchens were going through the option of basic tiles or a glass splashback.
The clinical look of bathrooms is gone and glass splashbacks in kitchens are now considered, dare I say, a “boring” option rather than being on trend. Our bathrooms are the luxury room of the home and 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 if you are using basic white tiles (budget or expensive) it 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 tiles 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.
Try and get away from too many glossy surfaces in your tiles as well as this is where tiles make a room too clinical and going for a matt or “textured to touch” surface will help create that soft day spa feel.
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