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How to use statement tiles? – by Nicole Bremner.
Have you ever hear of the statement tiles?
If you’re on a budget one of the most effective ways of making a statement is with tiles. And the tiles are not just limited to the bathroom either. Tiles are a very good alternative to timber floors. And with good underfloor heating, they don’t have to be cold in British climes.
Statement tiles do take some courage. They’re more permanent than timber – it’s an expensive mistake if you do decide they’re not for you.
We decided to make a statement in our Parkholme Road development. While we stuck with the original timber floors in the old part of this Victorian house in Dalston, we felt the otherwise white areas of the modern extension needed a subtle lift. These patchwork greige and white tiles were the perfect options.
Can everyone settle with statement tiles?
Sadly statement tiles aren’t for everyone. A well known American sitcom actor and his wife submitted an offer but his wife asked us to rip out all the tiles from the kitchen area and the £40,000 Bulthaup kitchen… They ended up staying in LA.
Subway tiles have been the failsafe option for developers for the last 10 years. Black grout with white tiles and white grout with coloured tiles has been done. But in our Graham Road, Hackney, house to flats conversion we decided to do something a little different.
By fitting the tiles in a right angles pattern we were able to create something that adds interest and isn’t your usual subway tile pattern. And search for ways to fit subway tiles, there are so many options. The best thing about subway tiles is they’re very cheap or you can get the more expensive hand fired options with lovely natural markings.
Marble vs. statement tiles.
Does marble taste on a tile budget? If your budget doesn’t extend to marble but your tastes take a look at small marble tiles? Smaller tiles are more cost-effective than large cuts of marble and can look incredible when paired with plainer cabinetry and black or brushed nickel brassware.
In our Englefield Road HMO to house conversion, we created the luxury bathroom feel by using the floor to ceiling Carrara mosaic tiles. They’re not just for inside a shower unit and look striking. Warning though, they’re not easy to fit if you want a perfect, luxury finish. We insisted that the tiler mitre the edges rather than use an edge trim. The effect was well worth the few extra days.
Personally, I think the bright colour tiles trend is dead and buried but some people still like them. Colour is making a comeback in bathrooms. I’d prefer to paint the walls or add statement colour accessories if it’s a luxury development. However for a student house, HMO or rental development bright tiles can make a statement and entice the right tenant. Do you agree? What are your favourite statement tiles and how do you use them?
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