Spring Tub Report: Transformational Tile

There are quite a few design choices that should be made to create a profitable rest room house. Some selections, admittedly, are extra satisfying and gratifying to make than others. 

For a lot of designers, serving to purchasers choose tile is one determination that usually falls into the ‘extra nice’ class. Contemplating its transformational capabilities and almost limitless choices that affect each type and performance, tile can accomplish absolutely anything…from dramatic to dreamy or colourful to traditional and every little thing in between.

This month, designers share initiatives that showcase tile at its most transformational.


Mannequin Rework has seen its purchasers embrace extra colourful tile, in addition to patterned tile and geometric shapes. Daring tile alternatives on this tub had been influenced by the householders’ travels to the Mediterranean and Center East and embrace porcelain mosaic tile in a contemporary tackle a traditional lantern form and cement tile on the ground with an interlocking sample.

As a fundamental part a WC, tile is commonly additionally a focus for a lot of of Mannequin Rework’s purchasers.

“Between bathe and flooring tile, folks actually have a possibility to make a big effect in a toilet,” says Emma Mindel, advertising and marketing specialist at Mannequin Rework in Seattle, WA. “Tile choice is a favourite a part of the design course of for householders as a result of it’s so tangible, and with so many various choices out there, there’s a measurement, form and colour for any desired look. A daring choice could make a toilet really feel particular with colourful or three-dimensional tile, or for individuals who desire a softer palette, there are extra traditional selections. Tile can definitely create very distinctive moods and it may be tremendous enjoyable to work right into a design.”

As of late, designers have seen their purchasers embrace extra colourful tile, usually in shades of blues and greens which can be harking back to nature. Patterned tile and geometric shapes, particularly hexagons, are trending as nicely.

Each colour and sample are showcased on this major tub the place the brand new addition, constructed as half of a complete house renovation, is one in all a number of areas the place daring tile alternatives had been influenced by the householders’ travels to the Mediterranean and Center East. Hints of the Pacific Northwest and Mid-Century Fashionable design, characterised by the walnut vainness, outsized home windows and matte black finishes, complement the room as nicely.

On the moist room partitions, SomerTile’s Hudson Tangier porcelain mosaic tile in Frost Blue provides a contemporary tackle a traditional lantern form with delicate curves and factors in gradient shades of its colour’s namesake.

“Our purchasers love its Mediterranean vibe, and it pairs properly with the patterned flooring tile,” Mindel explains, noting that its porcelain composition additionally makes it straightforward to take care of within the moist atmosphere that features a steam bathe and vintage-style freestanding tub. “Tile set up, particularly with distinctive shapes, is essential, too. Having a talented tile setter who continued the sample across the corners is a small element that’s impactful to the design.”

The Cement Tile Store’s Algeria encaustic cement tile clads the complete flooring – extending from the moist room to the water closet – with an interlocking sample that mixes navy, white, crema and sky blue. 

“We love the intense complementary colours, particularly the gold (crema) that pairs properly with the claw foot tub and the sky blue that matches the wall,” she continues. “For the reason that tile is cement, which is one thing we usually wouldn’t embrace in a toilet, we sealed it with a number of coats of sealant for sturdiness and use within the bathe.”


Checkerboard flooring have been well-liked at numerous occasions all through historical past, with early variations relationship again to historic Egypt and the Victorian period. Slightly extra not too long ago, they made a comeback within the Roaring Twenties, then once more within the Fifties. Emily Moss, principal designer/proprietor of Emily Moss Design in Anna Maria, FL, has seen renewed curiosity within the placing darkish/mild coordinated mixture.

On this major rest room, the designer tailored the look, giving it a contemporary twist with black, brown and white Marazzi Classentino marble-look porcelain 12″x12″ tile lower into triangles. 

General, her purchasers each agreed that they wished a masculine aesthetic. Nevertheless, she has a choice for conventional design whereas he favors a extra trendy look and wished one thing distinctive for the house.

Emily Moss tailored the checkerboard flooring on this tub, the place she gave it a contemporary twist with black, brown and white tile. The marble-look porcelain tile fulfills the spouse’s request for conventional parts whereas their triangle form provides a cool twist and speaks to the husband’s want for one thing trendy and distinctive. — Picture: NativeHouse Images

“Her model may be very conventional,” she explains. “By utilizing tile that appears like marble we may meet the spouse’s request. If we might have used flat colours, the design might need been too trendy for her. Additionally, including within the brown tile provides heat. Black and white provides nice distinction, however typically they will really feel too cool and harsh towards one another.”

As nicely, selecting marble-look porcelain, quite than its inspirational pure stone, minimizes upkeep, which was essential to those purchasers.

“Individuals do need sensible supplies, so we’re seeing extra porcelain and ceramic variations of luxurious pure stone, like onyx, slate and daring marbles that may nonetheless give them a high-end look,” the designer provides.

Reducing the tile into triangles provides a cool twist and speaks to the husband’s want for one thing trendy and distinctive. Nevertheless, Moss wasn’t in a position to really discover the tile within the desired form and colours so she had her installer lower it into the popular items.

“I spent three days with the blokes on web site, turning the tiles this manner and that manner, putting them randomly so it didn’t create an excessive amount of of a sample total,” she recollects. “It was very labor intensive and palms on, however enjoyable as nicely.”

Extending the ground tiles all through the whole thing of the house with none interruptions visually expands the house and carries the attention from the entry door to the window wall within the his/her bathe the place 24″x48″ white Marazzi Classentino tile sheaths the partitions from flooring to ceiling.

“The bigger tiles create fewer transitions on the partitions, which makes a nicer visible,” she says, including that outsized tiles are nonetheless trending, as are coloured tile, particularly blues and greens; geometric tile like hexagons, and textured tile with every little thing from a linen to plaster look. 

“Tile, usually, is a good way so as to add a sturdy floor and incorporate design into an area,” Moss continues. “And, it provides a lot…colour, texture, depth and dimension.”


With so many choices out there, together with customized alternatives that enable for a extra adventurous creation of distinctive patterns, layouts and colour combos, sourcing tile for a loo is one in all Zuzana Ozel’s favourite elements of a design.

“Colours, shapes and textures can utterly change the temper and feeling of any given house,” causes the Rocklin, CA-based designer. 

With that thought in thoughts, tile choice for this major rest room, which was a part of a new-build house for the homeowners of design/construct agency EBCON Company the place she labored on the time of building, targeted on together with touches of traditional artwork deco model with a wealthy colour scheme for the spouse and parts of up to date and industrial model for the husband.

To attraction to the spouse, Ozel recommended Solistone’s Shebu Japanese glazed porcelain mosaic tile behind the vanities.

Zuzana Ozel chosen tile for this major rest room that targeted on together with touches of traditional artwork deco model with a wealthy colour scheme for the spouse and parts of up to date and industrial model for the husband. — Images: Agnieszka Jakubowicz Images; Styling: Rachel Forslund

“The chevron sample in numerous kinds is without doubt one of the typical shapes representing the artwork deco model,” says the designer. “In recent times, you may as well generally discover chevrons in additional up to date design purposes the place a variation with a straight, lengthy edge seems to be clear and pleasing to the attention.”

The tile’s metallic end additionally fits the husband’s request for an industrial vibe. Whereas Ozel wished to repeat it on the horse wall behind the bathtub and within the bathe area of interest, its dry location suggestion necessitated that she customized order Encore’s 2″x6″ Chevron tile in Iron as an in depth match. 

“It’s just a little wider and never fairly as elongated, nevertheless it creates a pleasant up to date twist on a chevron,” she says. 

The shadowy hue of each tile selections enhances the darkish, blue-gray veins within the marble used on the bathe wall, because the counter tops for the rift oak vanities, as backsplash accents and because the cap for the horse wall. 

“The darkish tiles additionally deliver within the excellent quantity of texture and distinction with the brushed brass plumbing fixtures and spherical vainness mirrors,” she provides.

Ozel purposefully saved the ground tile choice low key, selecting 12″x24″ Silver tiles from Emser Tile’s Community Sequence.

“Utilizing easy porcelain tile in a impartial colour tone offers a delicate and heat understated look that enables the opposite wealthy alternatives to face out,” she explains. “Giant-scale tiles are additionally simpler to scrub contemplating there may be much less grout and so they present a seamless transition to the curbless bathe house.”

As Ozel seems to be in direction of new initiatives, she appreciates that cooler grey tones are being changed with hotter, creamy earth tones, and even old style pink. She additionally sees matte and textural surfaces successful out over shiny tiles to supply a muted, cozy and timeless look.

“And subsequent to traditional subway rectangles and different geometric shapes, I’m seeing extra enjoyable elongated scalloped shapes that I’m dying to make use of in one in all my upcoming design initiatives!” she provides. 


Given its showy accent wall and marble emphasis, Alan Berman’s private major rest room is consultant of a lot of the work he does as an architect in New York Metropolis.

“I’m a giant believer in accent partitions that make an announcement,” says the proprietor/president of Archetype Structure in New York, NY. “In case you wrap the entire partitions in one thing boring, it does nothing for the house. In case you wrap the entire partitions in one thing loopy and loud, it’s an excessive amount of. So, my idea of design is to make one of many partitions particular and make the entire others extra muted to play up the tile. Often, that wall is the one you see once you first stroll right into a room. In my rest room, it’s the again of the bathe and the bathtub face, which I in-built just a little with a ’body’ to set off the mosaic. That’s what I name the ‘cash shot’…the one that’s particular and daring.”

Berman additionally selected to clad all of the partitions, in addition to the ground, solely in marble. 

Given its showy accent wall and marble emphasis, Alan Berman’s private major rest room is consultant of a lot of the work he does. The marble-clad partitions function a ‘quiet’ creamy white basis for the mosaic bathe wall featured in a colour palette Berman likes to work inside. — Picture: Alan Berman

“My home was in-built 1891,” he relates. “I wished to incorporate marble as a result of it’s one thing that will have been within the rest room at the moment. I additionally wished to have mosaic as a result of there may be mosaic tile within the entrance entry and within the big kitchen downstairs.”

The partitions, large-format 12″x24″ polished Bianco Dolomite marble from Nemo Tile & Stone, function a ‘quiet’ creamy white basis. The mosaic and flooring tiles, featured in a colour palette Berman likes to work inside, are from Walker Zanger. The previous, Cafe Granada from the corporate’s Villa d Oro Assortment, highlights Moorish Spain, Venetian Gothic and Medieval Egyptian influences in hues that vary from creamy white to match the partitions and accents of beige and black to make the assertion. The ground tile, 18″x18″ honed Cafe Bruno, provides a richness in luxurious shades of brown that stability the nice and cozy, gold-tone steel grill ceiling accent. 

Marble is commonly a fabric of selection for a lot of bogs the agency designs, provides Colleen Slattery, senior inside designer.

“We haven’t essentially seen any traits or particular requests for tile from our purchasers, however marble is at all times traditional throughout the board,” she says. “Most of our purchasers play it comparatively secure and we don’t get too loopy with colour. If we do add colour, it is likely to be with tile behind the vainness or on a function wall, however most of our designs are just a little extra subdued.”


Hygge is a time period Kaitlyn Wolfe makes use of to explain the design of this major rest room, the place the idea of coziness and cozy conviviality engender a sense of contentment. 

“Our purchasers craved a house that felt comfy, cheerful, whimsical and shiny,” says the proprietor/principal designer of Iconic by Kaitlyn Wolfe in Scottsdale, AZ. “They’re from Sweden and we actually used their background as our inspiration.”

To accommodate, Wolfe selected to sheath the partitions with handmade tile from Smink Studio’s After Lowry Assortment. 

Hygge is a time period Kaitlyn Wolfe makes use of to explain the design of this major rest room, the place the idea of coziness and cozy conviviality engender a sense of contentment. Tiles in a monochromatic delicate creamy hue dominate one wall whereas scatterings of burnt orange, terracotta, olive inexperienced and sky blue tile spotlight the moist room and vainness wall. — Picture: Kevin Brost

“We beloved tiling the entire partitions,” she says. “This elevates the house by giving it extra of a spa feeling whereas additionally making it simpler to scrub and keep.”

Monochromatic delicate creamy hues dominate one wall. They mix with lighting alternatives to make the room really feel comfy whereas the pure mild that flows via the house makes it cheery and shiny. Scatterings of burnt orange, terracotta, olive inexperienced and sky blue spotlight the moist room and vainness wall, serving as a focus. Their geometric shapes – triangles and rectangles which can be overlaid and recombined to supply new kinds and patterns – add a contact of caprice whereas their heat colours are harking back to the desert. The tile’s screen-printed glaze additionally creates an inherent unevenness for added texture.

“We’re gravitating extra in direction of hotter tones than ever earlier than,” says the designer in reference to the colour palette. “We’re additionally seeing a ton of texture and pure stone seems to be in addition to geometric shapes and three-dimensional tiles.”

Wolfe paired the handmade wall tile with Shoji White 2″x2″ jumbo penny spherical tile from Bedrosians’ Makoto Assortment for the moist room flooring. Cenere 36″x36″ large-format tile from Olympia Tile + Stone’s Cocci Sequence clads
the remainder of the ground.

“The smaller tile within the bathe permits for a slip-resistant floor that may be sloped for drainage,” she explains. “The jumbo spherical measurement additionally offers a whimsical really feel that doesn’t compete with the extra linear traces on the geometric wall tile. The big-format tile in the primary a part of the lavatory is a continuation from the tile all through the complete house. Its matte end offers a textural and concrete-look base layer to the house.

“Tile performs such a big function when it comes to performance,” she continues, “so we goal for alternatives that stability each the aesthetics and performance. We additionally love making tile really feel particular by accenting it with low lighting.”


When these householders tackled the renovation of their residence, they had been additionally within the technique of constructing their household, so quite than begin solely from scratch they selected to customise the areas. Led by the design staff at Kennedy Cole Inside Design in Huntington Seashore, CA, they targeted on bringing in particulars that helped mix their African ancestry with the Spanish-style house.

Within the major rest room, that meant working with a basis of the prevailing hexagon-shaped terracotta flooring and incorporating new parts impressed by Morocco, particularly its structure and wealthy tile heritage.

“Morocco is understood for its intricate tile work,” says Lindsay Stokes Kennedy. “Its handcrafted, hand-painted tile has such character with an aged look. It’s what actually motivated the undertaking.”

Inspiration additionally resonated from vibrant, hand-painted, Spanish-style tiles present in different areas of the house, together with the risers on the stairway.

“These lovely particulars inspired us to maintain the hand-painted tile theme going,” provides Alexandra Cole. “We beloved the character that it provides, however within the major tub we wished the colours to be extra muted. We wished the identical element…simply not as daring.” 

As such, the design companions created a quatrefoil-shaped focal-point motif behind the freestanding tub. The inside is hand-painted terracotta tile from Ann Sacks’ Tiempo Sequence. The Bijan colorway, with Charcoal and Oxford on Silver, is framed with Black Tapis tile from the corporate’s Trattino Sequence. 

“The trim tile is textured with a mudcloth sample, which is a kind of conventional African cloth,” notes Kennedy. “At a distance, it seems to be black, however as you get nearer you see the main points which can be discreetly ingrained. It’s a small element that basically helped make the 2 tiles work collectively cohesively.”

The trim tile extends into the bathe the place it’s contrasted with Ivory 5″x5″ glazed ceramic tile from Arizona Tile’s Flash Sequence.

“I just like the mix of highs and lows,” says Cole. “We wished to maintain the partitions easy and traditional so the gorgeous quatrefoil design and textured tile come via.”

The designers additionally gave considerate consideration to the bathe flooring, which is comprised of Nero porcelain micro mosaic tile from Ann Sacks’ Salluto Sequence.

“Numerous our purchasers need showers that really feel therapeutic…that concentrate on restoration and restoration,” says Kennedy. “These purchasers wished a steam bathe and so they need to spend so much of time in it so we actually thought of the way it feels once they stand on the ground, particularly for a very long time. The micro mosaic tile may be very spa-like. It provides them the essence of being away.

“We love how tile is so complicated…and easy,” she continues. “It’s extra than simply fairly and soothing colours. It additionally has the power to vary your temper and the way you reside within the house. It makes one of many largest impacts in a toilet, in each type and performance.” ▪

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