A while ago I blogged about our plans to convert our bathroom to a shower room and you may have caught recently (if not, you can see it here).
Today though I just wanted to return to the Ted Baker tiles we used in our room makeover, as a lot of people have asked me about them. You may not have realised that Ted Baker tiles were actually available, through British Ceramic Tile – I certainly wasn’t until we started planning our room renovation and saw this photo: As soon as I saw the bobbled effect of the gorgeous Tactile and contrastingly smooth Versatile, I was hooked. My plans had been to create quite a masculine shower room; its a small space so I wanted it to feel clean and modern and the design quite minimal. The textured tiles and the slightly variegated concrete-look of the smooth tiles lend the room some texture without being too jazzy.
I love the matt, organic feel of the tiles, too. They are ceramic and suitable for walls and floor. They can get totally wet and you don’t need anything special to clean them with. We opted to have the smooth Versatiles on the floor in the bathroom and the wall where the window is, so that the windowsill would be a useful, level surface to put things on.
But we then used the bobbled Tactiles on the three remaining walls and also on the floor of our separate toilet cubicle.The good thing about ceramic tiles is that they are a lot easier to cut than porcelain tiles, which can make a significant saving in your installation costs. The time it takes to cut porcelain tiles can really add to the bill, so it’s worth bearing that in mind if you are working to a budget. I wanted our floor and wall tiles to match, however our tiler personally recommends porcelain tiles for floors; simply because they are much harder wearing. As if to punctuate the point, one of the tiles on the floor broke during installation and had to be replaced, so I am mindful that we will need to take a little extra care with the floor. I’m hoping that by not having glassware or ceramic soap dishes etc. and opting for plastic containers only we’ll be ok. (Sadly the accessories in the photos won’t be staying in shower room, as I have sons who can be a tad clumsy sometimes!)
The tiler edged our tiles with a minimal chrome strip and used a mid-grey grout between them, because no one’s got time to keep white grout clean!
Did you see how we were able to create some storage alcoves in the shower? They work brilliantly for holding bottles of shampoo, shower gel and soap. We are absolutely thrilled with our shower room and the tiles certainly give it a great finish. I also think we’ll not grow tired of them any time soon and because they are so nice and neutral, which means we can just change the towels and accessories to freshen up the room from time to time.