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what’s happening with bathrooms?? all grey and metro tiles

Tani H-S
12 days ago

Having started a thread on needing help with my soft industrial style bathroom, I was originally thinking Victorian style patterned tiles and maybe some warm reclaimed brick slips or wood to warm the very small room up.

I couldn’t decide on how to do it or how the tiles should go and what goes with what so I’ve spent days trawling through this site and instagram and Pinterest just looking at small bathroom design. Yet every one is the same and it’s really putting me off!

It’s either white suit with all metro tiles and Victorian floor or concrete and metro tiles 🙈 (I hate metro tiles)

I do still like aspects of it - especially teamed with black fittings (can’t afford the brushed gold ones!) BUT it’s just everywhere and that’s all I can find in tiles 😱😱😱 or inspiration!

Someone please help me escape from the loop I’m in by posting some stylish and warm feeling small bathroom designs 🤣🤣🤣🤣

Comments (66)

  • Tani H-S
    Original Author
    12 days ago

    Nmlondon - yes I imagine they would be stunning in a large and expensive bathroom - definitely not for ours , ha ha

  • Tani H-S
    Original Author
    12 days ago

    @nicola - I think most I saw were in the US although they do ship to the UK. Some on Amazon but these might not be elegant enough for your bathroom.
    Incidentally, I saw that of the victoria/n plumbing company’s do an all gold bathroom sink!!

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  • Nicola
    12 days ago

    Ahh thank you! The style from Homary is a style I love but not quite the right colour. I'm not sure I trust the quality! Some of the prices seem a little too good to be true. Maybe I should make a post to get feedback from fellow Houzzers.


    Saw @colourhappy's post on Mandarin Stone, they have some lovely tiles. I hadn't seen those ones, they must be new. I got a few samples from them a couple of months ago and quality seems good and they do have some great priced ranges too.


  • Tani H-S
    Original Author
    12 days ago

    Yes re homary. They have brushed gold shower fittings (not sure what colour gold you wanted?) but I’m not sure on the quality! Be interesting to find out but I don’t know how much custom charges might be

    Oh I did see that tap in gold and black as well in homary as that looks more bronze or antique gold.

  • Tani H-S
    Original Author
    12 days ago

    Googling ‘black and gold taps’ even came up with a shower! Lol. Not what you are after but it’s interesting to know they exist (didn’t look at the price!)

  • Nicola
    11 days ago

    Thank you so much! Not quite what I’m looking, probably a bit too shiny/gold. Perhaps I could just got for a shower screen with black fittings, who knows! I’ve got about 6/7 weeks to decide. (Had over a year already and still can’t make my mind up! Ha!)

  • Tani H-S
    Original Author
    11 days ago

    Yes the softer gold is much nicer with the black.
    I’ve been at mine for 2 years and I’m running out of time 😥

  • minnie101
    10 days ago

    I love the tiles colourhappy suggested, I suggested them to my mum but she didn’t like them, she did however like these (2nd pic). You mentioned liking a botanical print so you could use wallpaper, then combine large format tiles with the smaller tiles? from memory this is one of the styles of vanity you liked (?) which would wpork with the look.

    Glad you made use of the campervan! I love Pembrokeshire, yet to go to the lakes(!)






  • Sonia
    10 days ago

    Hi Tani, I’m a bit late to the bathroom party, but there are so many lovely tiles that aren’t metros. I love the shape of the pink and grey ones but not for everyone, and the green marble is beautiful, but probably costs a fortune!

  • minnie101
    10 days ago

    Or I think (!) some of these elements would appeal to you? I’m not that keen on the vanity personally but again the style I think you like would work




  • Nicola
    10 days ago

    Oh bless you! Sounds stressful. If you're planning to sell soon, maybe go for a crowd pleaser and take some of the stress out and save the energy for your next place. I love those grey and pink tiles @Sonia posted!

  • Carolina
    10 days ago

    Throwing some inspiration at you too that you may or may not like, but at least they don't have metro tiles :-)






  • Tani H-S
    Original Author
    9 days ago

    Hi everyone! Sorry - been out of the loop all weekend with barely any signal so couldn’t reply!

    Lovely images all, thank you! So many different styles and inspiration there. A lot of gold as well which looks gorgeous with the darker colours and would work with my house decor - except they are out of my budget 😭 I do worry dark might be too much for my tiny bathroom though?

    Yes @Minnie - that was the vanity I originally liked so something like that would work or with the natural wood previously mentioned if I went for more grey tiles.

    Love the wallpaper idea as well so it might be something to try and work in to make it look funky and different but that the new owners could easily remove and paint over (leaving an neutral bathroom)

  • Tani H-S
    Original Author
    9 days ago

    This is my current upstairs en suite (it has a glass door now so ignore the curtain as they are old pics!)

    It’s a small room but has a huge loft window south facing so gets loads of sun in.
    Also have the natural wood and grey marble tiles.

  • minnie101
    7 days ago

    Tani, not sure if you liked the bathroom I posted but if you did I’ve just come across a porcelain version of the Pradena encaustic tile


    https://yourtiles.com/ranges/pradena-collection



  • Tani H-S
    Original Author
    7 days ago

    Hi Minnie! I liked a lot of those you posted 😁

    I’m not sure if I like the star tile but I’m going to have a look and see what else they have.
    I’ve also seen a nice geometric tile that’s on a Houzz image but it’s not UK so doubt I could match it. Think it’s because it’s on the main wall as you walk in rather than bath or floor.

    Just working out the tiling options which I’m not sure of (small tiles cost a lot in tiling labour and grout - hence why I’m trying to keep it almost minimalist and larger format to get the similar effect but cheaper outlay?

    We won’t be having it for long so I guess I need to not worry so much about it 😕

  • Tani H-S
    Original Author
    7 days ago

    This one I quite liked

  • minnie101
    7 days ago

    Well I did wonder if you used large format marble for the shower area and then patterned for the floor whether that would be more cost effective?


    this is a wall and floor tile from Victorian plumbing you may like?



  • Tani H-S
    Original Author
    7 days ago

    Ha, I am literally on their page as it popped up when googling. I think i liked the fading effect on the other as it was less in your face?

    I don’t know what to do really. Don’t know why I struggle with it so much 🙄🤭

    • I sketched up some room mock ups on paper with alternative tiling and ruled out patterned on the bath wall and bath unless it’s a delicate pattern as the b&w ones are way too much for a small room and look too busy.

    I could have patterned on the sink wall which you see when you walk in but that means plain grey concrete style on the floor which will show every mark! (Ground floor bathroom)

    So I literally have two options for the floor as I see it. Patterned tile or wood effect.

    Someone said not to have patterned and plain and wood tile together so I just have to decide if I want a warmer wood feel to the room or classic monochrome.

    Which would be easier to sell??? Ha ha.

    You know what the rest of our house is like - vintage wood floor lvt and lots of industrial glam feel with dark off black walls and metal.

  • minnie101
    7 days ago

    Well I know I’ve seen the tile you wanted before, British Ceramic Tile used to make it or very similar and I’m sure others sold it, I just can’t find it atm

    It‘s hard to say what will sell, probably metro tiles 😂 What about marble and wood?!

    remind me, was the sink next to the bath or in the corner?




  • Tani H-S
    Original Author
    7 days ago

    Ha ha re metro tiles 🤣

    Oo well I will look on their archives and see what they have. It used to be on Victoria plum!

    I do like marble and had it in my last house which is why I think I wanted something different this time or maybe using gold with it to warm it up but I can’t afford the gold features. Also it was a nightmare to keep the floor clean as we have a black pug who moults constantly 😱

  • Tani H-S
    Original Author
    7 days ago

    p.s. @minnie101 - the wc will be next to the bath - so they will all be on the same wall in effect with the door opposite the sink (far right).


    Think this is the room size on my app - but again, ignore the wall and floor tiles as I was just messing around with some standard ones they have on there but they don't do any decent tiles and I cant separate them as I would use them in the real bathroom!

    Just an idea for the layout.


  • Nicola
    7 days ago

    Hi Tani, I've just had a play on SketchUp adding an image of a tile to see if it will help you visual better. If you don't mind giving me the dimensions of the room, I can draw it up and then drop different tile options that you like so you can see the combinations?


    This is the quick test I did using the first patterned tile I came across. It's not the most realistic but hopefully it can help with the visualisation to narrow some options down?


  • Tani H-S
    Original Author
    7 days ago

    Ah that’s really kind of you! Thank you. It’s 2203 x 1806 (so 1800 wide bath side and 2200 width as you walk in allowing for plasterboard on the wc wall and then 200mm tiled section to the left of the bath which covers the gas meter. Can’t move it so it will be a bath shelf.

  • Nicola
    7 days ago

    Hi Tani, my pleasure. I've just mocked up a few different options with some random tiles. If there are any tiles in particular you like the look of, send me a link. Let me know if you want to see any other layout options.


    Opt 1. Using Laura Ashley Wicker tiles in the dark & light version, softened with a little touch of pink paint.



    Opt 2. Concrete Effect on the Floor


    Opt 3. Similar to your original mock up, concrete tiles on wall.




    Opt 4. (Sorry not the best version of wood on the floor) Lighter concrete effect and softer black & white pattern.




  • Tani H-S
    Original Author
    6 days ago

    Morning! Ah thank you ☺️
    Personally I always like the brick but they are so expensive and hard to render than tiles so I’m not sure if I should still consider them or not?. Would probably have the concrete half wall and brick above but might need to build a small ledge behind the sink and WC so it doesn’t look odd?

    Do you think brick is too much for selling even though we have exposed brick in our lounge?
    I could expose the brick above the bath or on the right side wall but omg, it took me weeks to remove and clean and the dust!!!! 😱
    Also never thought about using darker tiles at bottom and lighter ones at the top as option 2. Would this help make the room feel shorter or more enclosed do you all think?

  • Nicola
    6 days ago

    I love exposed brick, but perhaps tiles are a bit more universal for a bathroom? It would put me off, but we've had it on our last two homes, but not in the bathroom. We actually used brick slips in our last kitchen which was a lot easier than knocking off the render and cleaning them like we did the first time!


    I actually really like the half dark/half light tile. I was inspired by this photo (I just received samples of them today!)





  • Tani H-S
    Original Author
    6 days ago

    Yes I guess our house isn’t a loft apt so it might seem a bit odd in a family bathroom.

    I’m thinking of ditching the patterned tiles as the endless searching for something that isn’t too busy or too flowery (husband thinks they are too busy even though we have a vinyl version in the utility and cloakroom, lol)

    So - I’m thinking ....
    mid grey larger concrete effect tiles (not too patchy style)
    Either shower wall and bath and floor with lighter ones (??) on the bath ends and wood effect halfway on the sink wall??

    Or

    All mid on the floor, bath and bath wall (not sure about the bath ends?) and just half tiled wood sink area OR same concrete and wood/black sink unit with black fittings.

    Will see if I can find some images of what I am thinking.

    I would like some texture in there and not sure how to work on light/dark or if it should be one tone 🤷🏼‍♀️

  • Tani H-S
    Original Author
    6 days ago

    Hope this doesn’t post twice.
    Not sure if the grey ones works best because of the gold and black might be too dark

  • minnie101
    6 days ago

    Tani, I saved these tiles yesterday as thought you may like them but IMO they’d need a wood vanity


  • Tani H-S
    Original Author
    6 days ago

    Oo nice. Yes definitely re the wood vanity - or perhaps even wood tiles somewhere.
    I will have some un-tiled walls which will lighten the room up as well.

    I want to add in some smaller tiles and wondered if anyone had ever grouted them with gold??? LOL

  • Nicola
    6 days ago

    Concrete and wood is what I originally planned to do for ours (now leaning towards more colour!) and the nicest options I found were from EasyBathrooms, do you have one near you? The greys are so hard to judge properly on screen and samples never really show the full effect of the tile!


    https://www.easybathrooms.com/tiles/tile-effect/concrete-effect-tiles


    I'm not how good the gold grouting is, but you could use gold trim?!

  • Tani H-S
    Original Author
    6 days ago

    Aw no we don’t have one here but we have an amazing showroom in Preston which is the glitziest showroom I’ve ever been in to 😂
    Maybe the site does samples though I can order in if I can’t find any local. It’s where I got my tiles for my en suite as they have two floors of tiles.

    Yes grey is really hard to judge and it’s a case of I know it when I see it type of choice.

    I know what you mean re colour. Although with some bare walls there will be options for me to add paper if I wanted to as minnie101 suggested

  • minnie101
    5 days ago

    I saw some old cracked tiles years ago which were “grouted“with gold and looked good but I don’t know if shiny new ones would be a bit bling?

    i thought I might start the sealed plaster conversation again 😂



  • Tani H-S
    Original Author
    5 days ago

    He he, cracked plaster and gold infills 😍

    I saw some grey geometric ‘tile’ on google which has Matt gold grout and it looked lovely as a feature because the grey was matt and earthy.
    Except ... it turned out to be vinyl 🙈 Doh!

  • Tani H-S
    Original Author
    3 days ago

    Morning all!

    So I’ve now found on eBay (I know, I know) a brushed gold shower which also has a bath filler for under £100 LOL.

    It’s a seller specialising in just taps and showers and mostly selling to a German market although still made in China of course like most products.
    The thing is, I’ve seen the exact same shower and images on other listings for almost £300 from uk sellers.
    So really, is there going to be much difference?? It’s externally fitted so worse case, I can replace it easily with another one for the same price or a black one if it fails 🤷🏼‍♀️
    Worth the risk??

  • Tani H-S
    Original Author
    3 days ago

    Also ... I went into that posh showroom yesterday and omg, they had a display with this realistic concrete wall panel (except they were super thin and super large tiles!!) which was amazing. Too big for my bathroom due to having a bath and lots of wastage but they do smaller tiles as well.
    I realised that I don’t like square tiles so much (not sure why??) and prefer oblong but most concrete ones come in square so 🙈

    Italian of course. It looked much nicer up close rather than the image but if anyone sees anything like this that doesn’t cost £60sqm 😱 then let me know, ha ha

  • Nicola
    3 days ago

    Ouuu I love those! Could you ask your tiler to contact them to see if they offer trade discount? Most places offer good discount for tiles.

  • Tani H-S
    Original Author
    3 days ago

    I can certainly ask my plumber to ask him (not met him yet, ha ha)
    They do a 40x80 I believe which might be nicer for my sized room.

    • what did you think about the gold shower?? Worth a risk?
  • Nicola
    3 days ago

    They should perfect! I totally had a mind blank but I helped my mom with her new bathroom earlier this year and the tiles she chose were the ones I was thinking for ours originally ! They are 40x80 but lighter concrete effect. Here’s a photo of the bathroom!

    I think as long as the reviews are good, go for the tap! I’ve purchased from eBay (from UK sellers) and they’ve all turned out ok.

  • Tani H-S
    Original Author
    3 days ago

    Oo that’s a very trendy bathroom for a mum!! Ha ha (comparing it to what my parents would have of course 🤣)

  • Carolina
    3 days ago
    last modified: 3 days ago

    But Tani... it is grey ;-) https://www.porcelainsuperstore.co.uk/chicago-light-polished.html (more options there)

  • PRO
    colourhappy
    3 days ago

    Porcelanosa Dover range look like concrete and come in different colours, Topo is a warm grey, I have it on my bathroom floor. On offer at the moment I think, worth checking.



  • Tani H-S
    Original Author
    2 days ago

    @Carolina I know 🤣🤣
    Ive kind of come to the realisation that for small rooms, I have a limited main tile colour palette so might have to jazz it up with accessories!

  • Tani H-S
    Original Author
    2 days ago

    @colourhappy thanks! Will check them out to see what other sizes they do.

    The posh showroom I went to had some other nice concrete tiles at £22sqm which was really cheap (in the discount trade section)
    But, again they were all square.

    How do you work in square tiles with a small room?? Just rely on the tiler to have a good cutter to split them into two pieces?? Lol.

  • PRO
    colourhappy
    2 days ago

    I would use square tiles and grout them with the same coloured grout. If it's a perfect match then the floor just blends. I would rather have the perfect colour and texture and get square than compromise and get rectangular if that makes sense.

  • Tani H-S
    Original Author
    2 days ago

    Yes of course. I can get 75x75 as well but just not sure how to finish areas off where I might need say 100mm of tile? 🙈
    The wall is 1800 wide which fits 3x 600’s in give or take (it’s actually bit wider than 1800) although the bath is only 1600 and not centred.

    The 75 tile is a different one but would work better on the end of the bath but it would leave me with 350mm space in the centre of the wall so how on earth do you decide what will look right 🤣

  • kjas11
    yesterday

    Hi Tani, not sure if I am allowed to ask (so sorry if I’m not!) but can you share details of posh tile shop in Preston please? I live near there, the building work on our extension is about to start and I’m looking for inspiration 😊

  • Tani H-S
    Original Author
    yesterday

    Hi, oh yes it’s called Roccia which is near the estate with The Range on. Not in the town centre

  • kjas11
    yesterday

    Thanks Tani. I know exactly where you mean.

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