There is a new answer that I have come up with recently when clients ask me about the finishes for their renovation or new house.
You’ll show me your backsplash tile or countertop for your bathroom and then say:
“I’m worried that it’s boring.”
It’s the pitfall that many designers (including me until I was in my 647th consultation) as well as homeowners fall into when they are choosing tiles and that is this:
Interesting = Trendy
Using the same tile much better than trying to coordinate three in one space. (source)
The shelf life of an interesting backsplash is about five years. I have never been in a house with trendy backsplash tile that is more than five years old and had anyone tell me they still love it.
I’m serious. Take this accent tile below. See the green and yellow-beige in the tiles? Until the day you renovate a bathroom with tiles like this, these are the colours of your walls.
So when people say to me, “Maria, subway tile has got to be dated now right.” My answer is, “No.” Does it have to be a subway tile? No, but anything simple and neutral might still look boring to you before it’s installed but trust me, you will thank me later.
Hey wait, I just thought of something else. Everyone asks me for neutral walls, neutral furniture but then when it comes to tile, something that is permanently stuck to your bathroom or backsplash FOREVER, you suddenly decide it has to be interesting.
Show me a trendy and interesting backsplash tile or accent for your shower surround and I say be prepared to hate it very soon after you have it installed.
There are pretty ways to incorporate accent tiles into your fixed finishes (above) but getting the look right usually takes perhaps more than you’ll want to spend. So in general, it’s best to stick to the simple plan, tread carefully into the accent tile section, take a look and then run for the hills.
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