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Bathroom surfaces

February 23, 2010

There seem to be 1001 different design ideas for bathrooms, much more than for kitchens. But our starting point is pretty down to earth, or maybe just unimaginative… 😉

We have two bathrooms but they’re both relatively small. Some design sites I have checked out suggest that in this case you should not use medium-sized tiles, which make it look even smaller. The choice is then between big ones (like we’re thinking of for the kitchen) or mosaic-style tiles, which apparently are small enough to give the visual effect of a single surface. For the same reason, light surfaces are preferred. Also, in principle the floor should be the darkest shade and one should get lighter as one goes up the wall. Few designs I’ve seen flout this rule.

One idea we had was pebble tiles, which seem to be fashionable these days. The idea of a rough surface to massage the feet is appealing, and I quite like how they look in a way, but I am not convinced they would work well in our bathrooms.

For the master bathroom, which is en suite, I could imagine the walls something like this, with largish white tiles above 120cm or so (leaving 30cm of smaller tiles above the sink until the floor).

"Town blanco" tiles, 110/330, from Salvatore in Vilvoorde

"Town blanco" tiles, 110/330, from Salvatore in Vilvoorde, 37€/m2+vat

The tiles in the picture, by Spanish manufacturer Zirconio, are matt, which I tend to prefer, though they also exist in glossy. This site has a picture with the range. The basic format is 110/330 with variants which subdivide this space and so can be easily combined. By the way, this Dutch site offers lower prices (in this case 26€/m2): good for negotiation!

But thinking more about it, the unclutteredness of pure white appeals more and more. Here’s an example:

White bathroom

And here’s one more. It should be said that polished tiles are not really recommended in bathrooms though. We also have two steps down. But like this it is really nice so…

Another white bathroom

Another white bathroom

In fact one guy is so crazy about white interior design that he has a whole blog about it! Here’s the bathroom section. I do think he has a point!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 24, 2010 1:14 pm

    Check out They have nice bathrooms, contemporary & nice prices too.
    Their main collection is kitchens I believe, but their range of bathrooms are really sweet!

    They are at Ch. de Louvain.

  2. February 24, 2010 1:16 pm

    Oh I see you already visited the place, without much success. Oops

  3. Sean permalink
    February 24, 2010 9:25 pm

    Hi Tine,

    This post was mainly about the color scheme for the bathrooms, more than the furniture and fittings. But yes we looked quickly at Kvik, not so much at their bathrooms, it was more the kitchens, which seemed ok but didn’t do anything for us. So we went to Eggo next door and that we liked 🙂

    Will post some more on bathroom fittings soon though. Did some research on prices for the next post! 🙂



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