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?

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | HOME - WORDS: SHAYNNA BLAZE

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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