Monday, June 14, 2010

Designer’s Sketchbook: Bath with Bordeaux Cement Floor Tile & Crackle Wall Tile

A small bathroom needs updating. The owner wants a classic look in a warm color scheme that works with the existing 1920's Spanish style bungalow in Los Angeles. With this in mind, we created a concept using some of our favorite cement tiles and ceramic tiles that were in stock. Below are the sketches from the designer's notebook.

Warm Bath Using Cement Tile & Ceramic Tile
Side View of Bath

The bath is small, so we picked a large (8"x8") floor tile from our Classic Cement Tile line.

Warm Bath Using Cement Tile & Ceramic Tile
Plan View of Bathroom

The floor tile, Bordeaux, is a simple pattern and uses a warm pallet of Burgundy red and yellow that the owner loves. You get a really "large format feel" with cement tiles because you need four tiles to create the pattern. Large format tiles are ideal for a small bath and make it seem bigger.

Warm Bath Using Cement Tile & Ceramic Tile
Cement Tile Flooring Detail

The small bath doesn't get a lot of natural light, so we picked a handcrafted cream color tile with a crackle finish from our Gossamer Tile Line. The soft crackle finish is translucent and bright against the cream tile. We recommend a beveled brick tile to add interest, depth and texture around the room at "wainscoting height."

Warm Bath Using Cement Tile & Ceramic Tile
Wall Tile Detail: Crackle & Cracked Ice Accent

To tie-in the color scheme from the floor to the wall, create an accent strip. Pair the Cracked Ice liners in amber and burgundy—they work wonderfully together with the Gossamer Crackle.

For the shower/tub surround, we used the same color tile, Cream Gossamer Crackle. However, to add tone-on-tone interest use a different size and pattern: 6"x6" tile on-point. This subtle effect works well in small places and for customers that want to maintain a basic color scheme.

Warm Bath Using Cement Tile & Ceramic Tile
View from Tub

Tiles Used for this Project
Here's a list of the tiles used for this project. It's your Avente Tile shopping list!

Bordeaux (Colorway B) - Cement Flooring Tile
Floor Tile: Bordeaux (Colorway B) Cement Tile 8" x 8"

Gossamer Cream Beveled Brick Crackle Tile
Wall Tile: Gossamer Cream Crackle Tile Beveled (Edge) Brick 3" x 6"

Cracked Ice Burgundy Liner
Wall Accent Tile: Cracked Ice Burgundy Liner 1" x 8"

Cracked Ice Amber Liner
Wall Accent Tile: Cracked Ice Amber Liner 1" x 8"

Gossamer Cream Crackle Tile
Shower Tile: Gossamer Cream Crackle Tile 6" x 6"


Unknown said...

Hi Bill, love how you tied in the accent strip to mesh with the floortile. The entire color scheme works. I even like the various sizes of tiles used in this space; creates a nice visual interest without being too overpowering or busy.


Avente Tile said...

Marilyn thanks for your feedback and letting us know what a designer thinks. The accent tile colors really do look fab with the floor tile!

Paul Anater said...

I didn't know you were a SketchUpper too Bill. Did you apply those tiles as a texture or did you draw them individually?

Avente Tile said...

Hey Paul. Thanks for stopping by. I am not a SketchUpper. We have a graphics person that enjoys SketchUp. I know creating the beveled brick and crackle finish took some time; but, I am not clear on the details of execution. I'll touch base with her and let you know.

Avente Tile said...

Hi Paul. Here's an update for the SketchUp questions you posed earlier today.

For the patterned floor or cement tiles an imported image was used as the top surface of the tile component.

For the brick, field, liner and cornice tiles (wall surfaces), an imported jpg of the texture was applied to the component tiles. Applying the finish as texture allows for the finish to have shading.

mrsben said...

As a Consumer, I particularly appreciated the tile terminology that you included. Very informative! Thank you.