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Bathroom Tile - Is this hideous?

Jenna
2 months ago

I'm in the middle of a full bath renovation. I have brizo luxe gold fixtures and a walnut reeded vanity. I love the wall gradient tile, but after installation today, I think I hate the floor and shower tile. I think maybe the colors clash with the gradient wall tile. Any advice or ideas? Am I having my contractor rip it up?








Comments (60)

  • Jenna
    Original Author
    2 months ago

    Beth, thank you for these pics. I'm hoping now that when the grout is in, these colors will flow together better. We haven't decided for the space below the curb yet. What is your recommendation? Floor or wall tile there?

  • Connie Sklorenko
    2 months ago

    I think everything looks fine. Once you grout, add the vanity & glass for the shower, everything will blend

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  • Jennz9b Arizona
    2 months ago

    Looks really great to me

  • Paul F.
    2 months ago
    last modified: 2 months ago

    It will look great when the lighter grout is applied. It looks like rain on pebbles. A little light blue on the wall would look fresh.


  • Kendrah
    2 months ago

    You have no bling yet to distract your eye so all you are seeing is fields of ungrouted tile. I think once it is all complete and the tile is broken up with hardware, wood, and other accessories it is going to look nice.

  • kculbers
    2 months ago

    I really like your choices too. Nice and neutral and soothing.

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    Diana Bier Interiors, LLC
    2 months ago

    When you said "hideous" I was expecting something really awful! But I agree with everyone--it looks perfectly fine. And yes, the red spacers are throwing everything off. I wouldn't change that floor tile to the shower tile, it would be much too busy.

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    JAN MOYER
    2 months ago
    last modified: 2 months ago

    Well..................not going to lie. Hate the shower floor tile, and with the reed walnut vanity, and the linear quality of all else? Yup. Sort of the misfit better suited to a much more traditional bath. All else? Fine!

    Three tiles in a bath is tough- almost always ensuring a "Uh OH" moment.

    Is it horrible? No. But that is what is bugging you.

  • thinkdesignlive
    2 months ago

    Once grouted it will look fine. I’d suggest using the wall tile on the curb. Not the floor tile.

  • atozkids
    2 months ago

    It will be fine once grouted. I wouldn't worry. You can add more color with accessories.

  • atozkids
    2 months ago

    It looks good to me and you need the grout to complete the look. Nothing ever looks done right until the grout is added. Then you can decide on a color theme with your accessories, wall decor, etc.

  • cpartist
    2 months ago

    YOu might be ripping your shower tile up if he didn't waterproof behind the tile and from what it looks like he didn't do that unless he put a barrier behind the cement board.

  • Paul F.
    2 months ago
    last modified: 2 months ago

    He used Schluter systems Kerdi board... it looks correct.


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    Beth H. :
    2 months ago

    what's the vanity look like? have a pic? countertop?

    what color are you planning for the walls?


    I think a dramatic deep blue or deep green would look so good w/the wood vanity.


    Here's a walnut vanity w/deep green, marble countertop.


    maybe some plants on shelves over the toilet or opposing wall?



    I think a nice runner w/a bit of color (warmer tones) to compliment the wood vanity would be a nice choice.

    You see how the floor/wall tiles are very neutral? but adding some of these accessories can bring it to life. if you want a neutral wall color like this,

    Try BM Calm, or Pale Oak, or Simply White.






    teak bath mat would be nice if you plan on doing all neutral


  • cebehatz
    2 months ago

    I think the shower tiles look too busy.

  • cpartist
    2 months ago

    He used Schluter systems Kerdi board... it looks correct.

    I see it now. :)

  • Paul F.
    2 months ago

    In fact, he went above and beyond with the purple moisture/mold resistant drywall everywhere including the ceiling.

  • HU-326560860
    2 months ago

    It will be lovely!

  • rockybird
    2 months ago

    It will look great. I really like that shower tile.

  • Andrea L.
    2 months ago

    I agree with others: the red spacers are completely distracting, even slightly changing the color of the floor tile. The colors are beautiful and the vanity sounds lovely and will probably tie it all together. I’d say go for it and grout that floor.

  • RedRyder
    2 months ago

    We all panic at this stage because it looks weird - red spacers and no grout…. Ugh. I like your choices and think you did a good job making them blend.

    Show a photo of the vanity, too. So far, it’s looking like it will be very nice. Grout choice is critical too.

  • PRO
    Sabrina Alfin Interiors
    2 months ago

    It's lovely! Wait until everything is grouted and it will feel so much more pulled together. These are very nice selections and it looks like your installer is doing a great job.

  • Jenna
    Original Author
    2 months ago

    Here is what the tile looks like grouted now. I used the same grout as the floor tile. Maybe that was a mistake and I should've used the wall color grout. It isn't quite as dark in person, but also not as light as I would've liked.


  • RedRyder
    2 months ago

    It looks good!

  • chispa
    2 months ago

    Looks good! The only thing I would have done differently would be to use the curb material on the front side too, but it is just a design preference.

  • kculbers
    2 months ago

    I think it looks wonderful!!

  • Kendrah
    2 months ago

    Fantastic choices. You shouldn't second guess anything. It looks professionally designed. Great.

  • k8cd
    2 months ago

    It looks great!

  • Heidi T
    2 months ago

    I think it is lovely and will age very well! If i were to "improve" upon anything, which would be completely unnecessary and only my opinion, i would have used the wall grout on the floor to look cleaner and wall tile on the curb side.

  • btydrvn
    2 months ago

    Being a colorist ..I can see your disappointment…the wall tile colors are irregularly placed..color wise…and both floor tones are a different shade…using the same grout color will be unifying.. the saving grace will be to choose the right colored fixtures…cabinets…and a unifying wall color…at this stage perhaps choosing sleek wood cabinets to tie in the floor colorations better..and add a nice contrast

  • PRO
    Beth H. :
    2 months ago
    last modified: 2 months ago

    Jenna, I think it looks fine. once you get those walls primed and painted, and get the vanity in, it will look completely put together.

    WHAT is the vanity choice?

    Countertop?

    Lighting, mirror?

    right now it's bordering on very 'cool' toned. be careful using anthing that leans grayish blue. I'd prob plan on doing some wood shelving w/a few plants for over the toilet. brings in some depth and warmth.




    I actually like something w/contrast. this white oak vanity, honed black stone top, black hardware, walnut shelf over toilet, and this black mocha on the walls.



    Or, you could try something like this (imagine your floor tiles in this pic)


    similar color palette to yours. see how this wood vanity warms it up? black/gold metal


    similar


    wall tile layout. they used more of a contrast on the floor. you could go w/a griege vanity like this. Or, choose that color for the walls


    if you go w/white walls, try BM Simply White or SW Pure White.

    You can see what adding some texture and wood does to an all white room. I like the rug too.


    You could even do a darker vanity color like this olive green w/brass metal


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    JAN MOYER
    2 months ago

    This. So much newer and warmer!!



  • Jenna
    Original Author
    2 months ago
    last modified: 2 months ago

    I bought this walnut reeded vanity which will be delivered this week. I haven't purchased a top yet -- was maybe thinking white quartz?

    Vanity:


    I also purchased this mirror and sconces:



    Two sconces:


    The fixtures in the bathroom are Brizo Luxe Gold -- kind of like a champagne bronze.

    Any advice on paint colors to warm this up? Or color for a rug? I also like the idea of shelves with plants.

  • cpartist
    2 months ago
    last modified: 2 months ago

    Why is there no tile on the wall with the niche?

    And yes, the tile looks great.

  • Jenna
    Original Author
    2 months ago

    We underestimated the amount we’d need and had to order more. Tile will be on that entire niche shower wall and half way up the vanity/toilet wall.

  • lkloes
    2 months ago

    You have lovely taste and it looks great! Regarding paint, I would match wall color to something you already have (shower tile perhaps) rather than introducing a new shade into the mix. Warm walls will clash; use wood elements (and your champagne bronze fixtures) for warmth instead. Enjoy your gorgeous new bathroom!

  • PRO
    Beth H. :
    2 months ago
    last modified: 2 months ago

    I like the vanity and the gold accents. have you thought about doing a darker countertop? You could go w/white, but it has to be the right tone.

    gorgeous vanity. did you get that from etsy or? I know they aren't cheap.

    I notice this wood is raw.


    do you (or they) plan on applying a coat of varnish (you should) or a slight stain and thn a varnish? (make sure it's a varnish and NOT a poly. varnish allows the wood to expand and contract w/o cracking the clear coat. Poly is more stiff/rigid than varnish)

    walnut reed. even w/a coat of varnish that wood will come to life, similar to this. if you want it a tad darker they can do a walnut stain.


    (this top looks like a quartzite or marble)

    tried to find one in the right shade. shown here w/black/gold, some textured items. what do you think?


    another one. plain white top, gold mirror/light, ignore this faucet.


    and if you did a slightly darker walnut stain, white top and dark wall (here's it's forest green)


    I think a honed quartz or honed granite in a darker tone like this charcoal or even a medium gray would be really pretty


    the darker gray


    put together some other options shown w/your raw walnut and one that is stained/coated




    here's a good example of a walnut w/no stain. they prob applied a flat or satin clear finish to it. Personally I like walnut to be a tad darker. whats your take on it?


    So this one is oak, but it's similar to the color of the walnut you have. if they do a clear satin finish on it, you'd prob end up w/this tone. shown here w/a white marble top against a silve gray background


    (Please be sure your vanity gets some sort of coating to bring out that beautiful walnut finish. don't leave it as is)

    This is stunning w/the gold black and marble accents




    another vote for this walnut stain color and finish for yours. beautiful w/the gold and black
    read the link


    https://www.jkath.com/natural-luxury-primary-bathroom-reveal/

    they did this tile in their shower.


  • snshaw141
    2 months ago

    .

  • Nuala Power
    2 months ago

    I like it all including the floor tile in the shower. It's a smaller, defined area so having smaller tiles works.

  • Elizabeth Ann
    2 months ago

    Your bathroom reno is going amazingly well. From my perspective, you have laid a stunning foundation for the finishing touches to come. I especially like the previous commenters’
    suggestions to incorporate wood into the vanity for contrast and warmth.

    It’s clear that you have fallen prey to the dreaded mid-project panic. Don’t despair. It will pass. As soon as you see everything installed, plants placed just so and fluffy towels hanging invitingly, you will laugh at your foolishness.

  • nolanirvana
    2 months ago

    I think it looks great!

  • jeffyonkman
    2 months ago

    I would add the floor tile to the unfinished left wall to help tie everything together. But I agree that once everything is complete it will look great.

  • Anne DeLucia
    2 months ago

    You're overthinking it because that's all that's in there now. It will be a classy, soft bac kground that lets the walnut take a star turn when walls are painted and everything is installed. It is subtle enough to allow for a number of wall shades in the years to come. Deep breath, and relax!!

  • kauila
    2 months ago
    last modified: 2 months ago

    The shower floor tile needs a light colored grout to make it look fine and should overcome the (too many) grey tiles in that pattern. The dark shadows from the ungrouted tile makes it look wrong now.

    The square notched floor tile around the toilet flange should have been done differently, but it will be covered by the toilet.

  • reginagayle
    2 months ago

    Overall, I like your neutral color choices so far, but think there are too many vertical lines and corners on the tiles and floors. However, I agree with those who think the only possible change is the shower floor--for 3 reasons: penny tile looks too busy, the style of it is too "traditional" compared to the rest of the squared corner tiles, and it will be a "bear" of a job to keep clean (cleaning grout is The Worst)! I think I'd extend the floor tiles into the shower so it all blends together--instead of drawing the eye to the shower floor (which, once it's used, may never look clean?). I like the addition of a dark-ish wood vanity, but I notice that it, too (like everything but the shower floor tile--Oops, the only non-linear lines in the room so far!?)--has vertical lines on the front. I also like the mirror (however maybe a round one would break up the repetitive rectangular "theme"?) and love the sconces that are cylindrical in shape--but, again, they're long and vertical. Maybe a "soft" color on the walls (not bright and not necessarily pale) might help, and breaking up the grey & wood in the room with accent-colored towels and decorational items (on dark wood wall shelves?) in non-vertical shapes that blend the grey, wall color & towels together will help to coordinate everything. Overall I think you have shown the beginnings of a beautiful bath.

  • RedRyder
    2 months ago

    I’m glad you chose a wood vanity. I also agree with @Beth H: that a deep gray or black countertop is a better look for this bathroom.

    Hold off on the wall paint color until the entire room is completely done. You may get wall color recommendations that you’re not considering. I also agree that the shower floor should be the same tile as the floor but in a smaller format (more grout in the shower is better for less slippery-ness). Small hexagons, maybe?

    So far, it’s looking good.

  • gppkarole
    2 months ago

    Worried about keeping our light grey floor grout clean without damaging the quartzite tile. Our cleaning person used Powerwash (for pots and pans!) on it leaving a couple of permanent pink spots. l’m afraid to use anything harsh. Is regrouting in a darker grout right over the original ever done?

  • tracefloyd
    last month
    last modified: last month

    The idea boards above from @Beth H. --the ones using dark countertops-- show how bolder dramatic elements make all the tiles recede visually...the tiles are all mid-tone, and blend into one another this way.

  • RedRyder
    last month

    @gppkarole, it’s better to start your own dilemma to get help with this idea.

  • drblount10
    last month

    Love the overall look so far! The vanity and bling are going to be beautiful in there! Just tuning in, can't wait to see it finished!

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