As one of the busiest rooms in your home, the bathroom deserves some serious consideration beyond practicality – don’t forget that your guests will spend time in this space as well. While function comes first, adding a touch of personal style can really transform your bathroom into somewhere you’ll want to show off, rather than just another room begging to be cleaned (though you’ll still need to do that too!).
We spoke to Elie Habib, head of Domayne’s Bathroom Design and Renovation Centre, about a trend that’s versatile enough to work beautifully in any bathroom – feature tiles. Here are a few reasons you’ll want to try this at home, plus expert tips to keep in mind when planning a bathroom makeover.
New styles are lower maintenance
“We’ve moved away from mosaics and horizontal features that run along the length of the wall,” says Elie. “Larger tiles are more popular now which means less grouting, and therefore less maintenance.” Many darker tiles will also suit dark grout, while patterned and textured tiles will also take longer to show marks than an all-white wall.
A fresh twist means modern classics
While subway tiles are still popular, a new spin has made them modern. “We’re seeing a trend in bigger, longer subway tiles that, while still rectangular, are different to the traditional style,” says Elie. Timber look tiles in a herringbone pattern, as seen below, are a modern take on a classic design, making this shower a stunning focal point.
Nature-inspired style reigns supreme
Nature is the ultimate design muse, and the options are endless when it comes to finding feature tiles in earthy colours and materials. “We’re still seeing a lot of neutrals, however marble and timber styles have been copied in porcelain for a low maintenance option,” says Elie, who recommends using the lightest shade on non-feature walls.
Top tiling tips
Plan ahead. A tiled feature wall will need to be factored in during the early stages of designing a bathroom makeover, says Elie. “If you’re going to have a window or a basin, you’ll need to know where your tile wall is going to be at the time you’re planning these features.”
Play it safe in the shower. “If you decide to use your feature tiles in the shower, position the feature wall at the opposite end to the showerhead,” says Elie. This means your tiles the grout won’t need to be cleaned as often. and your tiles will stay looking lovely for longer.
Don’t go overboard. The more statement-making the tiles, the more pared back the rest of your bathroom should be. “Choose one wall and make that a feature,” says Elie. “By focusing purely on one wall, you’ll have that ‘wow’ factor as you walk in.”
To get started on creating your dream bathroom, and head into one of the Domayne Bathroom Design and Renovation Centres at Alexandria or Auburn.