Sunday, 6 March 2011

Tiles (part III)

Welcome back to the third of our fascinating tile and laminate selection shows. Today's show is all about the bathroom, WC and laundry.
First up is the wall tile. The designers have opted to continue the Gloss White Ripple tile, on the left, through the remainder of the wet areas of the house but have opted to tile the WC to window sill height on all four walls, to enable easier cleaning of those little spots that always seem to occur in a house full of males.

The floor tile for all three rooms is, on the right, Rocell Moonstone which has a slightly mottled matte finish to help disguise the inevitable dust and dirt. This tile will also be used on the riser on the side of the bath and on the hob around the bath to provide a lovely contrast to the gleaming white bath, which has been upgraded to a larger size.
The accent/border tile, the mosaic type one across the front of the other two, is Mirage Listello #3 Espresso . This will only be used in the bathroom as the designers could see no point in accenting the utilitarian space of the laundry or in paying large amounts of money to accent the smallest room in the house.

The laminate chosen for the bench top in both the bathroom and laundry is Laminex Cocoa Nougat. This may have been chosen because the designers were both rather hungry at this stage of proceedings and liked the name or just because they liked the actual colour. Both of these reasons are equally likely.

The cupboards in both rooms will be finished in Laminex Sorrel in a slightly more textured finish than the sample shown here, to enable easy removal of the inevitable splishes and splashes.

This now concludes our tile and laminate fashion show. We hope you have enjoyed the show and look forward to hearing your comments on the full range. Please remember that these designers are only new to the field so please be gentle!

Tiles (part II)

Welcome back ladies and gentlemen. Today we are delighted to present for your perusal our kitchen tile and laminate selections.

(Once again, as the accent tile has a glass type finish, it has proved slightly difficult to photograph without numerous fingerprints all over it, so I have included the manufacturer's professional photo to give you another idea of the colours.)

As the floor tile has to be installed after the handover and has yet to be decided upon by our designers, we will not be showing you that today. However, we do have the following:

The wall tile is called Flute Crema, which has a subtle white brushstroke-type line detail and is, as you may have guessed, not a true-white tile. The tiles will be laid with the line detail going from top to bottom to enable better co-ordination with the accent tile which also has vertical line features.

The accent/border tile is called Impulse Listello #05 Donkey. This tile has several different features, not all of which are evident in either of the photos presented here today. The glass finish has been done as an overlay and has quite a few matte finish vertical bands which overlap the gaps between the coloured sections underneath. This will serve as a lovely distraction from the dirty dishes that will invariably be sitting in the sink.

The laminate selection for the bench top is, on the left, Formica Sand Crystal. This patterned bench top will hide a multitude of sins/stains, which is just as well given how often things are spilled on the benches in the designer's current abode.

The cupboard doors and drawers that will complete this picture will be finished in, on the right, Formica Bark. This will also be provided with the pearl finish, rendering it a more fingerprint resistant surface.

This concludes today's parade but we hope you will join us in the near future for the bathroom, WC and laundry selections. Ciao for now!

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Tiles ...

I We have finally decided on the tile colours and are sticking with them this time. As I can only put up to five pictures in each post, I'm going to do several different posts to enable me to inundate with you with photos; most of which were taken in bad lighting by a rather inept photographer (me, in case you hadn't gathered!)

(Imagine a voice over like the one you would get at a runway show)

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to tonight's show. We will be featuring two recent arrivals to the colour selection and design field who are just starting out (again!) on the long and rocky road to new home ownership. So, without any further ado, let the fashion parade begin. Here are the choices for the ensuite ... ta-dah!!

The wall tile (the one on the left) is called Gloss Ripple White. Funnily enough, it is a gloss white tile with a ripple finish (who woulda thunk it, huh?) to hide those little variations in the finished wall. Ladies, it will also help to camouflage those little trouble spots that you miss when cleaning in a hurry as you can always blame any funny-looking spots on the light hitting the ripple at a weird angle.

The floor tile, the one on the right, is matte finish floor tile called Waringa Stone Grey. Originally refused by the female of this couple due to its uncanny resemblance to plain concrete, it has now grown on her and should be quite acceptable in the long term as it should take longer to fall out of fashion.

The accent/border tile, the mosaic type one across the front of the other two, is a tile called Aurora Border #2 Seal. (As it has a glass finish, it has proved somewhat difficult to photograph so I have included the professional sample photo from the manufacturer's website.) This was the compromise offered by the female of the couple when she learned of the male's desire for a rather stark black and white colour combo. Luckily it was accepted and relative peace has now returned to their relationship.

The laminate colour that has been chosen for the bench top is, on the left, Formica Tuscan Marble and for the cupboards/drawers is, on the right, Formica Mulga in a pearl finish, which apparently means it will have a slightly more textured finish than the sample shown above.

Hopefully, all these colours will work well together in the harsh light of day as the lighting in the tile showroom left a lot bit to be desired.

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for attending today's fashion parade and we hope to see you back tomorrow when we will unveil the latest collection for the kitchen. Au revoir!