For a new bath, options like contrasting tile and grout need to be explored.
Sometime in the next six months I’ll be embarking on a project to expand our first floor powder room into a full bath with an accessible shower. I’ve been thinking about this for some time and I may have mentioned it previously. While I have a good idea of where the bathroom will go visually, I’m exploring tile options because the shower will be large and run across the entire end of the new bathroom. At least, that’s my current plan.
My house was inspired by Swedish design, the color scheme is very light throughout and the style could be described as contemporary cottage. So it’s logical for me to look at Swedish interiors. Their bathrooms often have white tile with grout in various hues and intensities. Sometimes they are as playful as the Swedish Yellow Grout Bathroom. There was the black grout used in the Danish Coastal Cottage bath, though it wasn’t around the sink.Here’s another small Swedish bath with black grout looks crisp and classic between the 6 x 6 square white field tile. And the two shelves and the picture frames help nail the black and white theme. This could work if I went with a very light floor.
The polar opposite of white tile with black grout is this very masculine tub niche. Beefy black subways are outlined by white grout which really enhances their pattern and helps make the niche wall behind the tub look wider than it is. While I had considered a pattern tile for the main shower wall, this bath gives me pause. A solid bold color with contrasting grout would be a way to stop the eye and visually widen the shower beyond 7 feet, — the present width I’m planning. This is a lovely niche Alfredo Paredes designed for his New York City penthouse using a tub and sconces from Urban Archaeology. The huge mirror pulls in light from the window directly across the room. — a great strategy when a bathroom wall is so masculine and unusually dark.
(Source: stadshem.se, AD)
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