"In the world of tile we are seeing an explosion of sizes, shapes, materials and patterns," notes Dean Howell, president of Atlanta-based MODA Floors & Interiors. Particularly popular these days, he adds, are large-format tiles — tiles that come 12" x 24" and even 36" x 36" — as opposed to the tried-and-true 12" x 12" tiles. In addition to looking great, larger sizes mean more tile surface and less grout lines to clean. Dean cautions that large-format tiles are heavy, requiring a perfectly level substrate and a professional installer for the job to come out right.
Since shiny black floor surfaces tend to draw attention to imperfections, large-scale, rectangular porcelain tiles featuring a dulled, chalky finish were used. In order to add contrast to the floor and highlight the lines of the tile, the contractor used white grout.
The pristine guest bathroom features beautiful tile in shades of gray. A subway tile backsplash continues around half of the room, while intricate basketweave tile is underfoot. The dark vanity with its beadboard-inspired front is dressed up with metallic hardware and an undermount sink.
In the refurbished master bathroom, designers used painted wood paneling as a backsplash, then paired it with quartz countertops and warm wood cabinetry. Hexagonal floor tiles are a subtle layer of pattern.
For a husband who likes modern style and a wife who prefers rooms with a vintage farmhouse look, designers had to mix and match elements. In the master bathroom, patterned cement tiles are the main focal point, jazzing up the sweeter vibe of the shutter-front vanity.
To add a touch of drama and depth to this otherwise white bathroom, Pure Design Interiors added a dark brown vanity and large brown floor tiles to complement the simple lines of the room. A large wall mirrors frames the entire vanity and slim, contemporary-styled cabinet pulls complete the look.
For the bathroom joining two teen sisters' bedrooms, designers layered various shades of blue: pale blue for the ceiling and mosaic tile floor, a brighter shade for the vanity and matching mirrors. Lightbulbs are suspended from the ceiling in a contemporary twist on a pendant light.