Tiles in the bathroom is an obvious place to start. That’s mostly down to practicality. Splash marks don’t really show, and they’re easily wipeable should you accidentally squirt shampoo or toothpaste onto them. Paint works too of course, but an eggshell finish is much more suited to a bathroom environment. For people who prefer the tone of matte emulsion though, paint soon becomes a bit of a trickier option as water marks it much more easily.
Then there’s the aesthetic side of things. Practical absolutely doesn’t have to mean you sacrifice beauty. Not only is the design of the tiles important, but the way you apply them counts for a lot too. Ceiling to floor is a dramatic look that you could do on one feature wall (perhaps next to your bath or washstand), or it can be repeated on every wall for even greater effect (this is a wise option if you have a wet-room setup). Alternatively, you might like to tile two-thirds of your wall and paint the upper third – we love the combination of our Kennet marble tiles with our Charcoal paint.
In this scenario, we’ve used our Kennet wall tiles in their herringbone form (they also come in hexagonal and brick shapes) on a large scale. Pairing them with classic timber furniture and unfussy wooden floorboards balances the look so that it doesn’t enter into too-contemporary waters. Because there are so many tiles, they brighten-up the room whether it’s sunny or not, which is helped along by the Buckingham mirror and the Keats wall lights’ glass shades. But to stop the scheme from becoming a sea of a similar tone, we’ve opted for our Charcoal paint on the Chichester washstand, which gives it some necessary grounding.
This is a look that’s many things – contemporary, classic, dynamic, elegant, striking, serene, and has natural materials touching its every inch from the marble wall tiles, to the rattan Ashcroft baskets, to the solid oak Stratton ladder.