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Smart designers are using texture and subtle
patterns to create zones in open-plan bathrooms.
Forget dividers and doors, this is how bathrooms
are now being segregated into the shower, bath,
make-up and dressing areas. Take a look at
Brillante by FAP Ceramiche, which replicates
lustrous marble in a lightweight tile that can be
locked together in seamless glossy beauty: it’s
the tiles’ patterns and metallic sheens that set the
zones apart. Work the tiles into an artful strip or
lash out on a feature wall that’ll steal the limelight,
with mosaic and feature tiles to match. Tile Boutique
(08) 9244 2422, www.tileboutique.com.au.
Brillante Orchidea tile in Quarzo, 305x915mm, from $154/piece,
and Classico tile in Quarzo, 305x915mm, from $55/piece.
The hottest trend at the most recent Cersaie tile fair in Bologna, Italy,
was wood tiles. Not real wood: new ink-jet technology can print wood
designs onto regular ceramic tiles. Teak benchtops without buckling or
bacteria? No problem. “Glass is still very big and we saw every type of stone,
from silvery greys to charcoal slates, but these wood tiles were everywhere,
and so well done, you couldn’t tell it wasn’t real,” says Leanne Mifflin of
Crosby Tiles. The key colour combo right now is a rustic black-and-white,
she adds, where tones of limed timber and driftwood are wed with charcoal
or blackened wood. Crosby Tiles (08) 9446 6000, crosbytiles.com.au .
Wood-look tiles, from $52.50/metre.
This year, warm greys and natural stone are key
to a soft bathroom. “Bright colour closes a room
in too much and makes it appear smaller,”
explains Julie of Julie Levin Design. “Instead,
I’d opt for a warm-grey floor tile, and bring in
natural stone via the benchtops, or on a feature
tile above the benchtop, or as a vertical strip in
the shower. Use vases and mirrors with beautiful
decorative frames or bevelled edges, effectively
treating the bathroom as a real room, not just a
utilitarian space.” Julie Levin Design 0403 324 977.
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