Tiles, Tiles, Tiles

We've got tiles on the mind at the moment, as we've been thinking a lot about the Fairmount bathroom renovations. In specific, the guest bathroom. We're trying to inject bits of Beetlejuice inspirations throughout the redesign, in some cases we're trying to be subtle and in other cases we're opting to go bold. In the case of the guest bathroom, we're thinking of going very bold, and in true Beetlejuice fashion we're opting for intense black and white lines!

 (A) Clé Tile — Zenith 8x8 tile

(A) Clé Tile — Zenith 8x8 tile

 (B) Clé Tile — Industrial Milan 8x8 tile

(B) Clé Tile — Industrial Milan 8x8 tile

Above are the two tiles that we're liking a lot at the moment. They're both concrete tiles made by Clé Tile. We are thinking of applying one of these tiles on one side of the bathroom as an accent wall, and covering the rest of the space with black hexagon or round penny tiles. So considering that the majority of the room will be rather monochromatic, we feel okay with the intensity of the accent wall tiles. And being that these are concrete tiles. they will patina over time, as well as each tile having slight variations that should add to the interest across the entire wall.

 Tile A in situ, 1

Tile A in situ, 1

 Tile A in situ, 2

Tile A in situ, 2

The first tile is interesting because it allows for many fun maze-like constructions depending on how you rotate the tiles. You very well could make a more typical pattern by consistently rotating the tiles in sets, as shown in the first image above, but I think it is much more fun to rotate them more randomly which will result in a more realistic maze pattern as seen in the second image. 

 Come on, admit it… you were thinking about solving the maze too!

Come on, admit it… you were thinking about solving the maze too!

And I just had to take a stab at solving the maze… I mean, come on, of course I had to! Part of me thinks it would be fun to leave markers in the bathroom and allow guests to try and solve the maze, but then I look at the price of the tiles and immediately return to my senses!

 Tile A in situ, 1

Tile A in situ, 1

 Tile B in situ, 2

Tile B in situ, 2

 Tile B in situ, 3

Tile B in situ, 3

The second tile is a much simpler and more traditional striped pattern, but it still offers a lot of interesting possibilities for pattern making. With the Beetlejuice theme in mind, of course we would have to consider a simple diagonal stripe pattern by offsetting the tiles vertically as seen in the first image above. The second image is a little more herringbone-like while still retaining a little bit of that Beetlejuiciness. The third, however, is probably the most bold of all the patterns we tried… but it is so attractive! Perhaps it is a little better in smaller doses, though, like a backsplash? Decisions, decisions…