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.
"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.
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.
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.
Inside the attached bathroom, lots of natural light flows in from the overhead windows making the small space feel extra bright. Designed with white wall panels, the bathroom features a single vanity, round mirror and black-and-white floor tiles.
A mosaic tile floor adds depth to this traditional bathroom. A tile tub surround enhances the room's luxurious feel, while dual wood vanities and a cabinet above the tub provide plenty of storage space.
This bathroom isn't huge, but it offers spa-style luxury with a walk-in shower that includes a waterfall faucet and skylight. A dark blue mosaic tile floor is a pretty companion to the light colors used on the walls and ceiling.
In the bathroom, Wijaya and her team opted for a vanity top that looks and resembles concrete, but is actually Caesarstone, which Wijaya says bears a resemblance to rugged concrete. Plus, she likes that it's highly durable. And even though the guest house skews more English cottage than modern farmhouse, the shower tile and flooring are of the same kind found in the main house.