Have you ever noticed how many different tile combinations can be found in commercial bathrooms?
When I travel I notice it the most.
It’s always staggering to me why so many people feel the need to choose such a variety of conflicting patterns, colours and multiple sizes of tiles–and install them all in one bathroom.
As I mentioned in this post, when I consult with clients on their final decisions regarding their hard finishes, especially tiles and granite or quartz countertops which generally don’t get taken out for 20 or more years, they will say things like:
‘I don’t want to have the same countertop, kitchen, bathroom, backsplash tile that everyone else has in their house’.
source (CLASSIC – Because it’s your favourite colour)
But when it comes to a sofa which is a way less permanent design choice, no one EVER says ‘I don’t want the same sofa colour as everyone else’. In fact, that’s where most people choose a ‘safe-the-one-everyone-else-has’ colour. Right now it’s in the realm of charcoal or brown.
And in all honesty, if I look back at the tile advice and selections I made for clients 15 years ago at the beginning of my career, I didn’t even question using accent tile. In fact, I thought if you had a creative backsplash or tub surround you were probably a really good ‘out-of-the-box’ designer or homeowner.
That was until I saw thousands of bathrooms and kitchen back splashes, most of them with conflicting undertones and busy patterns that rarely coordinated.
Do you have a theory on why? Why do we choose ‘interesting’ over ‘classic’ for tile, but then go totally trendy (still not timeless) for furniture?
I’m doing a poll so I’d love your take on the comments below!