Friday, December 7, 2012

Big-Box Challenge w/ Sarah Richardson: Tile Play

Happy Friday! How is your Christmas shopping going? My list isn't too long to begin with, but the crowds in the mall totally tired me out the past few nights.  The only thing I want after spending a couple of hours at the mall is to soak in my tub for a relaxing bath.  Now if you are going to sit in the tub for an hour or so, wouldn't it be great to be surrounded by sumptuous decor ideas? This is exactly what Sarah has in store for us this week.    

image via Sarah Richardson Design, courtesy of Stacey Bradford
"Tile Mix" is one of Sarah's many specialities and she never cease to amaze me with new patterns and material combinations.  Let's take a course on Tile 101 with Sarah right here:    


What a sensational stunner with wall panels, fantastic chair rails, spa-like sheer drapes, and spacious shower stall with beautiful tile work!  Before we talk tiles, I want to say: never forget to put artwork in bathroom.  It is just as equally important, if not more so, than the other rooms in the house.  So if we put artwork in all these other rooms, why skim on art in one of the two rooms that sells houses?  

image via Sarah Richardson Design, courtesy of Stacey Bradford
From this webisode, I have learned:

* Tip 1: be creative and combine high and low materials together for a custom designer look without breaking the bank.  Take advantage of the affordable and cheerful white subway tiles and accentuate the classic look with a couple bands of mosaic tiles.  Imagine a single sheet of mosaic tiles (generally 12" x 12" in size) can now be your 12' long accent tile band.  All you need to do is to install the ceramic chair rail to even out the differences in thicknesses between the subway tiles and the mosaic tiles in natural stones.    

* Tip 2: to mix warm and cool tiles together for a dynamite look.  Just like mingling gold and silver hardware (which I learned from Sarah last year), we are now mixing warm travertine with cool carrara for an ultimate luxe bathroom oasis.

* Tip 3: even if you are using only a singular material (i.e. only travertine or carrara), there is no reason to only use it in one size and shape.  Why not combine mini mosaics with mini bricks and the longer tiles for a ticking effect? I am so trying this on my next bathroom renovation! 

image via Sarah Richardson Design, courtesy of Stacey Bradford
Here is the bathroom you saw last week and a close-up on the thoughtful tile play.  Love the herringbone pattern with creamy white subway tiles and light grey grouts.  Have a look at the amazing mix of carrara from regular 12" x 12' tiles, standard marble shower jambs, mix brick bands as tile carpet bands, and carrara pebbles in the shower.  Now THAT is super cool.   

image via Sarah Richardson Design, courtesy of Stacey Bradford
Want to create the same look at your own home? Check out these essential items available at your local Lowe's locations.

image via Sarah Richardson Design, courtesy of Stacey Bradford
Good luck shopping this weekend and all the best with your bathroom re-imagination!

3 comments:

  1. Great post Tim! I have really been taking the Tip #1 to heart when I planned my last three bathroom reno projects (yes, we completed three bathroom projects within one year): splurge and thrift to create a custom look. I really like the tile patterns in the last picture...it's my type of bathroom, cool & serene, almost monochromatic but not boring at all. Have a great weekend!

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  2. Oh my! This post is totally amazing! These bathroom designs are all fabulous! Thanks Sarah! You made my day!

    -TheGlassMosaicOutlet.com

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  3. Great post Tim - that chair rail trick is genius!

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