If you’ve got just a bit of money to spend on color, consider putting it into one high-impact piece: your sink. While showstopping cast-iron or fireclay sinks can run you well into four figures, this porcelain-coated stainless steel Porcela sink from Houzer is durable, lightweight and can be found for under $400 at Wayfair.com. This model comes in lemon yellow, mint green and navy blue (shown).
Beige porcelain tile lines the floor and shower walls of this master bathroom in HGTV Dream Home 2013. White accents and tropical decor create a classic beach look. A frosted glass door encases the room's water closet, offering privacy and a contrast to adjacent clear glass doors.
The spa-style master bathroom from HGTV Dream Home 2013 features cool blue accessories, travertine-style porcelain on the floors and walls, seashell artwork, white cabinetry and chrome accents. The floor of the large shower is covered in porcelain micro tile.
While it's tempting to reach for reproductions to achieve the variety of shapes and textures in the porcelain displayed here, designer James Farmer emphasizes the satisfaction to be found in sourcing the real thing: "Always be on the lookout — and the hunt for — porcelains and accessories of that sort," he says. "New accessories just do not have the character of older porcelains, pottery, objects and such. I am always on the hunt, and provided all the pieces seen in this home. Patina goes a long way!"
Chinoiserie has traditional associations, but designer James Farmer puts a fresh spin on classic motifs by combining tabletop patterns and offsetting his choices with bold accents (here, bowls of peaches and acid-green orchids). This moment in the foyer hints at the riot of colors and patterns to be found deeper in the home.
Stacy Borocz’s work area enjoys perpetual inspiration from a Daydream Believer art print by her friend Rebecca Puig. “[She] and her husband, Rick, are proprietors of a company called Sugarboo & Co. and they offer this as part of their collection,” she says. “It just made me smile when I first saw it and I am certain I grin to myself every time I walk into my office. What more could one ask for?”
The neutral porcelain tiles in this spa-like shower create smooth walls and seating. The pebble flooring is a beautiful touch that's pleasing to the feet. A square rain head complements the shape of the tiles.
This updated kitchen features a white porcelain apron farmhouse sink with a hot and cold water dispenser, white quartzite countertops, and gray cabinets. Subtle recessed lighting accentuates the beautiful natural light provided by the large hardwood framed window above the sink.
The porcelain tile of this sleek shower surrounds a glass accent tile stripe and built-in niche to store shower accessories. The dark shades of the glass tile add a contrast to the light neutral walls and white floor. A stainless steel shower head and handle are mounted into the wall.
Even small powder room counters deserve a little panache. A powder room rarely requires space for toiletries or cosmetics, but that little piece of countertop is sometimes an overlooked spot for decorative accents. Clinton Rice, owner of Clinton Lane Rice Design in Atlanta, brought this collection of blue and white Chinese porcelain into his powder room, adding another layer of pattern against the existing geometric wallpaper.