Making an Impact with Tile: Take a Risk!


Original content is king in the blogging world, but sometimes a beautiful picture ripped from a magazine is catalyst enough for a post — that is, if you have something meaningful to say about it!  The May 2013 issue of House Beautiful featured two bathrooms with stunning tile that I just had to talk about.  The world of tile has grown so much over the past several decades making options limitless, so it’s easy to make a big impact in your kitchen or bath with the addition of some fabulous tile.   The beautiful master bath above is from a home on Lake Michigan, designed by Martin Horner of Soucie Horner, Ltd..  This exquisite wall of tile, coupled with a classic marble tub deck and surround and handsome fixtures, is all you need to create a show-stopping bath.  Artistic Tile created this incredible pattern (called Danse Azul) using a combination of Azul Cielo and Thassos marbles.  The tension that is created by placing this tile with its organic pattern next to the hard angles of the marble tub surround, creates fantastic visual interest.

The Bath of the Month featured in the same issue of House Beautiful gave tile lovers another treat with this fantastic Manhattan master bathroom designed by Alla Akimova of ARCHIVESid.  Dark Emperador and Thassos marbles laid together in a chevron pattern on the floor help to give this sleek bathroom its modern flair.  It’s amazing that using a bold pattern on the floor of an all-white bathroom can make such an impactful design statement.  Just one element can make such a difference.  And during a presentation given by Joss & Main co-founder, Mitra Morgan, at Design Camp last week (more on that in a post next week) I learned that chevron is a trend that is here to stay.  
Yes, tile can be expensive, tile is a commitment, so why not make a bold statement with the tile that you select?  And why not choose to make that statement boldly on the floor or on an entire wall?  Sometimes design is about taking risks — and not on a whim, but with thoughtful consideration for the overall design impact that you are hoping to achieve.  One of the most important things that I learned at Design Camp is that if you don’t feel a little bit uncomfortable sometimes, then you’re simply not growing.  So, if your design decisions are always the “safe” choice, it stands to reason that you might not be growing.  When a design decision takes you somewhat out of your comfort zone, don’t fight it…embrace it.  Try something new, make a statement.  If you walked into either one of these bathrooms each morning wouldn’t you be energized?  I doubt you would have any regret.


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