Loving (and trying to decide on) cement tiles.

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.

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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.

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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….

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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?

 

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Another nice pattern. It’s hard to choose! I love how this one looks like wallpaper.

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I wouldn’t choose this for this house but love how it has the effect of tessellated tiles.

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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!

xx

 

Comments

  1. Jessamy Pritchard says

    we did our bathroom up about a year ago and used the tiles that you used for the challenge but ours were black and white (we didn’t realise they were the same). They are amazing, looked beautiful.. we have now sold that place and bought a new place and will be doing the bathrooms soon and can’t wait..

  2. Alli says

    Hi Amity,
    I love the Milan Mist for the kids bathroom…. I’m imagining yellow towels with it!
    For your ensuite I love the Vienna or the Winchester and I would Definately go on the wall with them both!
    I’m not a fan if the Marrakesh as I feel the pattern is to small and repetitive for a big impact!
    Love the shade of the grey you are leaning towards!!!

    • Amity says

      Alli, I love yellow and grey together so having yellow towels with the Milan mist is totally me! I think I am leaning more towards the Winchester too. Thanks for your comment! :)

  3. Wilma Colvin says

    i love the for main- milan-like 2nd photo put on 1 wall as a feature. In ur ensuite i would use vienna, so classy but soft- also a feature wall.

  4. Alli says

    Hi Amity,
    I love the Milan Mist for the kids bathroom…. I’m imagining yellow towels with it!
    For your ensuite I love the Vienna or the Winchester and I would Definately go on the wall with them both!
    I’m not a fan if the Marrakesh as I feel the pattern is to small and repetitive for a big impact!
    Love the shade of the grey you are leaning towards!!!

  5. Suze says

    I am planning a renovation and love a soft grey and white together. Worried that a black floor will show hair and dirt more – especially as our hair gets more grey. Is Grey floor going to show less dirt?
    Suze

    • Amity says

      Hi Suze, if you’re worried about the dirt showing I would chose a light grey rather than a dark grey or black. Dark floors look striking but they do show dust and light coloured hair. You should also consider a tile with a slight texture to it, rather than a block colour, as that will disguise the dirt as well. Good luck!

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