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#1 Mamabug

Posted 08 April 2012 - 02:27 PM

Randomly dreaming about bathrooms. Our current bathroom was done in 1976 and was of er, um, Mediterranean influence in its tiles. Vanity is disintegrating, old style wire-reinforced cracked shower screen. Spotted mirror on the medicine cabinet etc, etc.

I am pondering a reno of large white wall tiles with dark grout and dark grey floor tiles. White bath and basin, not sure if I am thinking of dark or white vanity unit.

Any thoughts, things I am overlooking etc???

Our last bathroom was very 'heritage' - cream and maroon tiles, beige bath, basin and tapware, dark green towels, so I am looking for something a bit different.





#2 Banana Pancakes

Posted 08 April 2012 - 02:38 PM

Not my style but if you like it go for it! I love the look of white wall tiles with the white grout. To me it looks very fresh but different strokes and all that!

#3 katpaws

Posted 08 April 2012 - 03:15 PM

I think you would be better off having grout that matches the tile (unless you are using some funky tile that suits a different colour). I have just finsihed decorating three new bathrooms/powder room in a reno and worked closely with the tiler to make sure everything was done as well as possible.

Our main bathroom (i have posted some pics of it in a thread here) was designed around bronze/silver/brown tiles which go over one wall (shower wall) and the floor. The colour is great for hiding dirt. The grout is brown. We did consider silver but decided that would not look very good.

Our ensuite has black tiles on the floor (marble) and white on the walls - all with matching grout. The powder room has silver glass tiles with silver grey grout around the vanity, which is white with a silver glass top. I think it (matching grout colour to tiles) gives a more polished look.

I think you would have to see some examples of tiles with different coloured grouting to see if that is the effect you want.

Edited by katpaws, 08 April 2012 - 03:24 PM.


#4 Mamabug

Posted 08 April 2012 - 03:31 PM

katpaws - I have seen the white tile with darker grout, and liked it, which is why I was thinking of it. I really dislike how lighter colour grout discolours over time, and was hoping the darker grout would reduce this.

What about a lighter grey wall tile with grey grout and darker grey tiles on the floor?

#5 katpaws

Posted 08 April 2012 - 04:12 PM

With our white tiles we went for a darker white grout so that dirt would not be so apparent. Also, bad grouting can lead to discoloured grouting and greying (and my tiler would probably add make sure you clean the tiles every now and then!). A friend who reno'ed the same time as us has grey tiles with gray/white grouting which was looking very dirty - and that was because the grouting had not been done well and had to be redone.

Gray tiles with gray grouting could look good, depending on the tile. Gray is a very "in" colour at the moment.

I think with tiling it is pretty much the tile (quality) and the tiler (who grouts) that makes it all work and look good.



#6 Mamabug

Posted 08 April 2012 - 04:24 PM

QUOTE (katpaws @ 08/04/2012, 04:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Gray tiles with gray grouting could look good, depending on the tile. Gray is a very "in" colour at the moment.


Hmmmm....so when will it become dated? I don't plan on ever renovating this bathroom again!!! I figure the first job lasted more than 30 years, so can this one. happy.gif

Can tiling be done without grout? That would be the perfect solution.....




#7 la di dah

Posted 08 April 2012 - 04:36 PM

I am totally mad for black and white (mostly white, ratio-wise) bathrooms. I don't want an all white bathroom as I find that a stark, meat-locker effect, and I wouldn't want a scary mostly-black '80s drug dealer bathroom, but I looove me a white bathroom with black accents.

white groat white tile is super pretty and seamless.

dark groat Personal opinion, is that it wouldn't work as well if there were no dark elements in the bathroom to tie to. A thin line of black pencil tile and/or a floor like this would have worked as well IMO.

I think the dark works well if you don't mind a more vintage/art deco sort of look?

Sorry for photobombing I just find it helpful to show what I meant.  These are not my house or anything (I wish!).

#8 katpaws

Posted 08 April 2012 - 05:03 PM

QUOTE
Hmmmm....so when will it become dated?


It really depends on the tile and the design.

My ensuite (black and white) will probably last in design for longer than my main bathroom because it is a simple and modern/classic design. My main bathroom is very modern and for some people it would not appeal (even with the chandelier i am putting up and all the mirrors lol). However, it makes a statement and feels very luxurious.

My main bathroom is:

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g436/s...7/280212015.jpg

QUOTE
I wouldn't want a scary mostly-black '80s drug dealer bathroom


La di dah, i looked up some grey tiles that were the subway look and it was very prison like! I would not be game to pick up the soap...








#9 KnightsofNi

Posted 08 April 2012 - 05:08 PM

We did ours black and white. White wall tiles (with white grout). Very dark grey floor tiles (with grey grout). And shades of grey and steel mosaic feature tiles. 4 years on and it still looks great.

Oh and white vanity.

#10 la di dah

Posted 08 April 2012 - 05:10 PM

QUOTE (katpaws @ 08/04/2012, 05:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
La di dah, i looked up some grey tiles that were the subway look and it was very prison like! I would not be game to pick up the soap...


Yeah, I saw one bathroom that was supposedly very high-end and fashionable but with multiple shower heads and all grey tile, it just looked like my time in military basic training barracks... I ain't never been to prison, lol, but its a similar aesthetic. Bit spartan for me for a home bathroom.

I like grey but I think would personally rather have the tile be black/white and then do grey for the painted parts of the wall. That way its the easiest to change in five or so years. Or if I start feeling mopey and depressed in there, I can paint it fairy floss instead very easily, rather than retiling, which ain't gonna happen.  original.gif

#11 donnam

Posted 08 April 2012 - 05:50 PM

We have white tiles/grout on the walls and grey tiles on the floor in two bathrooms. Different grey floor tiles in each though. Our ensuite grey tile is hard to describe but it is striped with brown and white lines through it http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q89/donnam1712/tile.jpg

We find them really serviceable. I lose stacks of hair and you can barely see it on the floor.

We have a white vanity with urban ceasarstone top.

The other is a textured all grey tile with all white vanity and wall tiles.

I wouldn't like grey grout on my white tiles though.

Grey grout can also tend to get a bit whitish though.

#12 Amanda_R

Posted 08 April 2012 - 05:51 PM

Personally I hate white tiles with dark grout.  It just looks dirty and old, even if it's freshly installed.  I understand how grout can get dirty over time, but it doesn't take that much effort to keep it clean.  The key is properly using a good quality grout and sealing it thoroughly.  

I think the white tiles + dark grout is dated already, mainly because it just looks like you have old filthy grout.

Grey I think will suffer from greys of the past, and be a little dated.  You're better off going more solid black and white rather than greys, browns, etc.  Unless you go with a decent slate tile (without a gloss finish) then it's just going to look dated after a while.

#13 Mamabug

Posted 08 April 2012 - 07:29 PM

Um. Katpaws....your shower is almost as big as our bathroom...your look may not work in our space!!!!

I don't like the 'subway' look - I prefer a really big tile as I can fool myself there will be less grout to clean. Can you tell I have grout issues? I hate cleaning grout. Hate it with a passion. I would line my bathroom with glass if I could afford it!!!

Any suggestions for a minimalist grout bathroom??

Um. Katpaws....your shower is almost as big as our bathroom...your look may not work in our space!!!!

I don't like the 'subway' look - I prefer a really big tile as I can fool myself there will be less grout to clean. Can you tell I have grout issues? I hate cleaning grout. Hate it with a passion. I would line my bathroom with glass if I could afford it!!!

Any suggestions for a minimalist grout bathroom??

#14 katpaws

Posted 08 April 2012 - 08:16 PM

QUOTE
Um. Katpaws....your shower is almost as big as our bathroom...your look may not work in our space!!!


LOL

Was showing you the tile with the coloured grout...

You could concrete the floor, thereby not needing tiles on the floor or go for a lino (which i would not recommend). You don't always have to tile bathroom walls. On our non tile areas we used a special bathroom paint ie in the main bathroom the tiles are only on two surfaces. In our powder room we just tiled around the vanity/basin as a splashback.



#15 Mamabug

Posted 08 April 2012 - 08:31 PM

I was thinking of tiling in the shower, to a certain height above the bath and behind the vanity, which doesn't leave a lot of untiled wall in our space.

It is the classic rectangle with shower and bath taking up all of one long wall. Shower and towel rail behind the door on a short wall, vanity and bath taking all of opposite short wall, and medicine cupboard, towel rail and door on the other long wall. The window is above the vanity.

I am only dreaming at the moment as we prefer to re-do the kitchen first...and that is a bun-fight of a completely different magnitude.

#16 Amanda_R

Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:06 PM

If you hate grout that much then you could always line with Lamipanel or similar.  Niggles posted a thread in this forum about another product which is along the same lines too.

Large format tiles with thinner grout lines and you should be fine.  Smaller tiles do equal more grout so you wouldn't be fooling yourself if you chose large tiles.  But most of the issues with grout come down to the fact that people don't seal it.  Smooth grout and grout sealer (or sealer with a grout additive as well), and you'll have minimal issues with grime.

#17 PatG

Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:21 PM

I think that one of the issues with having contrasting grout/tile combo is that every little variation in the grout line shows (e.g. if some tiles are slightly closer together etc).   I can't skite about my bathroom though - it is an interesting combination of purple with grey accent tiles!  With a purple bath and shower base.  One day, when I win lotto.........

#18 Amanda_R

Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:54 PM

QUOTE (PatG @ 08/04/2012, 09:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think that one of the issues with having contrasting grout/tile combo is that every little variation in the grout line shows (e.g. if some tiles are slightly closer together etc).   I can't skite about my bathroom though - it is an interesting combination of purple with grey accent tiles!  With a purple bath and shower base.  One day, when I win lotto.........

Yup that's definitely another problem.  The tiler has to be damn good otherwise all dark grout will do is highlight the fact it's imperfect.  If you're renovating an older house then you'll want to ensure your walls are near perfect before the tiling starts, because if you choose dark grout and have wonky walls, your tiler will not only have a tough time of it, but the end result won't look good.  At least white grout with white tiles will disguise any imperfections.

#19 -Moxie-

Posted 08 April 2012 - 10:08 PM

We went with grey and white, although we couldnt afford full wall tiles. The vanity is laminex with dark grey top and lighter grey doors.

Shower

vanity

I dont think grey and white will become too dated.

#20 sophiasmum

Posted 09 April 2012 - 09:54 AM

Personally I leave it up to the tiler - the expert - to advise re grout etc. We reno'd our main bathroom laset year & went with large rectangular white tiles (with white grout) on the walls (up to the ceiling) & latte colour large square tiles on the floor (grout to match). If I was to do it again I would go with slightly darker floor tiles because they show all my fallen dark hairs now. We also got a glossy white vanity with square basin & mixer tap, large white mirror cabinet & back-to-wall toilet.

#21 ~Nic~

Posted 09 April 2012 - 10:08 AM

If you REALLY hate grout, have a small-ish bathroom and don't mind spending a bit more, what about glass walls? (Like a glass splashback in the kitchen, not clear glass  biggrin.gif )... Looks fantastic and NO GROUT!!!! (except in the corners of course)

Glass walled shower

Bath

#22 Mamabug

Posted 09 April 2012 - 04:30 PM

I would love glass walls, but that shower wall would be the total reno budget!!!

#23 barrington

Posted 09 April 2012 - 04:41 PM

We have just renovated our bathrooms.

Our ensuite has large white wall tiles, with white grout.  The floors are a dark grey textured tile with matching grout.  The vanity is white.  The feature wall is a light grey/white marble.  

Every person who has seen the bathroom so far has loved the colour combos.  Even the Electrician took photos to show his wife for their future bathroom reno.

After using it for a couple of months, I absolutely love the combo of colours and the tiles we chose.

#24 Guest_Cathode_*

Posted 09 April 2012 - 04:55 PM

QUOTE (Mamabug @ 08/04/2012, 12:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Randomly dreaming about bathrooms. Our current bathroom was done in 1976 and was of er, um, Mediterranean influence in its tiles. Vanity is disintegrating, old style wire-reinforced cracked shower screen. Spotted mirror on the medicine cabinet etc, etc.

I am pondering a reno of large white wall tiles with dark grout and dark grey floor tiles. White bath and basin, not sure if I am thinking of dark or white vanity unit.

Any thoughts, things I am overlooking etc???

Our last bathroom was very 'heritage' - cream and maroon tiles, beige bath, basin and tapware, dark green towels, so I am looking for something a bit different.



Sounds similar style to my ensuite.
I went with plain white wall tiles. White tiles with a very sparse grey fleck for floor tiles. Dark grey grout and a Dark grey vanity and counter.

#25 Mamabug

Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:02 PM

QUOTE (Cathode @ 09/04/2012, 04:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Sounds similar style to my ensuite.
I went with plain white wall tiles. White tiles with a very sparse grey fleck for floor tiles. Dark grey grout and a Dark grey vanity and counter.


Pictures????

I don't even want to think about our second bathroom! The shower appears to have been tiled with every leftover from the tilers/owners (who knows which!) previous jobs, including the interestingly embossed ones from our main bathroom, bright red, pale yellow, two or three random black ones.... blink.gif blink.gif  

At least the separate toilet will be more simple to upgrade - it too has the interesting embossed tiles halfway up the wall, but we are just going to paint over those as none are cracked or drummy.

We put in new white loos when we moved in as the old ones were the originals from when the house was built and took about 10 minutes to re-fill after flushed ohmy.gif

We have already put a new heat/light/fan in the bathroom and light/fan in the loo, so I at least feel as if we have done something to improve the situation!!!




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