Like lively carpets, bathroom floor tile patterns have personality as well as color.
Two of the sharpest bathrooms I’ve seen lately have moved away from the peaceful spa like look that has dominated bathrooms for the past few years. The appearance of large scale patterned bathroom floor tile — encaustic cement tile — is an old look finding a new audience as encaustic tile sources become more numerous and the tiles are affordable.
It’s a refreshing change — one I noted in my post on Bold Bathroom Tile Pattern — and in several posts on kitchen floors dating back to 2012.
In a way, patterned bathroom floor tile is the opposite of neutral stone mosaic. It makes a statement both with color and repeated pattern but since the pattern is not at eye level even the most intense choices are somewhat tempered.
One good example is a bath done over by Etica Design, in Australia, using recycled and second-hand materials. The cloud gray large square field tiles used on the walls were found in a salvage yard, the clawfoot tub was old and the bathroom vanity is a repurposed work bench made of jarrah, an Australian hardwood. Although the tile is antique, with a very traditional pattern, it was a new element for the bath imported to Australian from Spain. The earth colors pick up the walls, wood tones and black exterior of the old clawfoot and the print seems surprisingly tame in the relatively small space.
Encaustic tiles date back to the 19th century. The patterns are produced by adding colors to a mold so, unlike ceramic tiles, the color runs through and through. It’s not just on the surface of the tile under the glaze. Encaustic tiles require sealing before and after grouting and then periodically. Somewhat porous, they are durable and require the same cleaning and maintenance as natural stone.
A more modern, geometric pattern was used in a redone guest bath. With taupe walls and antiqued wood the bath is enlivened by the black and white geometric stars — a pattern called Agadir, after the Moroccan city, from the Cement Tile Shop. Because the proportion of white is higher than the black, the floor has a lightweight appearance and simply looks contemporary rather than exotic.
The mix of styles — from the repurposed vintage sideboard vanity, to the cottage-y salvage wood ladder, to a modern vessel sink — is fully supported by the abstract tile pattern for this tone-on-tone bathroom symphony from Jenna Sue Design.
(Source: house-nerd.com, jennasuedesign)
For more cement tile floors see Cement Tile Kitchen,Cement Tile Yellow Kitchen and Vintage Tile Kitchen Floors.
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