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.
This light and bright bathroom features a spacious walk-in shower with floor-to-ceiling white tiles and chrome fixtures. A custom handmade vanity boasts a medium grain wood countertop and ivory rectangular sinks, while natural wood floors provide a finishing touch.
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.
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.
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.