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14. how do you pick a tile?
Maryanne Moss of Myaree Cera mics
suggests the following:
• Darker tiles tend to close in an a rea,
so if you have a small space, go for
brighter or glossier tiles to open it up.
• Place featu re tiles where they will get
the most exposure from the bathroom
door for maximum impact.
• Know your surface: polished refers
to a gloss finish on stone or vitrified/
porcelain tiles. ey can be slippery,
but they look good and are popular.
Honed falls between a matt and gloss
-- think half-gloss. Honed finishes
a re extremely popular -- it's a softer
look than polished tiles and feels
great underfoot. Polished and honed
tiles work anywhere and come in
many sizes, but if you're concerned
about the slip factor, it's best to steer
towards a matt or textured finish.
ere are Australia n-tested slip ratings
on all tiles, so ask your supplier.
Everyone loves marble, but is it the right
material for you? It's notoriously porous,
so you will need a high-performance
penetrating sealer applied by a professional
(sealers need to be reapplied every few
years). However, it won't protect against
acid, so alcohol and citrus will mark it
almost instantly. Apply a surface wax, such
as Monocera, regularly to fight acid attack
on marble. Some ma rble-lovers prefer an
un-waxed look, so this becomes a matter
of how careful you want to be or if you are
happy with a worn look. It is also possible
to rehone you r ma rble -- the perfect option
for resale or just a freshen up. "Many clients
choose to take the best of both worlds and
use neutral-coloured resin quartz products
for main work surfaces around sinks and
hotplates, then use marble as a feature for
an island benchtop," says Noel McGeough,
of one of Australia's leading stone and tile
ADVICE top 20
all about marble
UPSHOT: marble is expensive to
install to ensure durability and high
maintenance, but it's deliciously luxe.
Stylish, clean lines and marble bring a
super-smooth aesthetic to this Mt Claremont
bathroom by Revive Renovation Specialists.
PHOTOGRAPHY Kelly Bucksey
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