Even though we’re still working on the overall design of the house I am anxious to get to the next stage, so have started looking at the bathroom design. I went into Beaumont Tiles to have a look at what they have last week and I came away with lots of ideas. They weren’t a sponsor of The Block when we did our series, so we had to buy tiles from our own budget. The couples are lucky to have it covered now, as it was a big cost!
When we were choosing our tiles for the All Stars I shopped at Terra Nova Tiles in Bronte. They have the most stunning range of tiles and at the time the owner Chris was really insistent that I consider the cement tiles that had just arrived from overseas. He told me the judges would love them because all the designers were raving about them, and I had to agree they were both different and eye catching.
The cement tile I loved from Terra Nova.
However I just wasn’t sure if they were too specific a look and whether they would appeal to a wide market, which was our aim with our overall house design. So as much as I loved them I decided not to go with them for our bathroom, instead choosing a more classic look. However when we had the opportunity to do a challenge bathroom I knew that tile had to be in it. So I used them on the floor and as predicted Neale Whitaker loved them and we won the challenge.
Our winning challenge bathroom – yes there are boxes holding up the cabinet. We couldn’t mount it in the time we had and with the tiles only stuck to the wall. Everything was just placed where it was meant to be, not fixed. The magic of TV!
Despite winning we still didn’t go with them for our Block bathroom, but in hindsight I wish we had! Not just because we ended up losing bathroom week (I still think we were ROBBED!!) but because cement tiles have gone on to become super popular and are now both a designer and a timeless look.
So I would really love to use them in our new bathroom, but I still want to make sure I go with a style that isn’t too current so it won’t date and we won’t get bored of it. So here are the tiles I’m currently liking….
I like the Milan Mist for the main (kids) bathroom, done in a Chevron pattern. Not sure whether I want it on the floor or walls?
This is the Milan tile in the Charcoal, which is what Dee and Darren used in their main bathroom. I loved that look, but most certainly will not be copying it!
I love the Marrakesh for our ensuite bathroom, it’s just a bit softer and more elegant. Still not sure on floor or walls though.
The Winchester is a gorgeous pattern too. I am choosing to stay within soft grey tones and then will probably mix it with a white subway tile, so it still looks classic.
Another nice pattern. It’s hard to choose! I love how this one looks like wallpaper.
I wouldn’t choose this for this house but love how it has the effect of tessellated tiles.
So what do you think – I’d love to hear your thoughts! You can find the whole Artisan range that Beaumont Tiles carries here. It’s great that this designer look is now available at a big retailer and not just in the little designer stores you find in Sydney and Melbourne. That’s especially coming from someone living in Adelaide who has to do a lot of online shopping to find what I want! The advantage of this tile is also that it’s already sealed, as opposed to a lot of the other cement ones which need to be sealed after installation.
As a funny side note, when I was checking out Terra Nova’s site I found our challenge bathroom tile, which is now called the Amity!! Too funny! Check out their site too if you’re looking for inspiration and if you’re building in Sydney I’d highly recommend speaking to Chris, he knows (and loves) his tiles!
Ok, give me feedback and help me decide!