Friday, 9 June 2017

Talkin’ about tiles

Now that the roof is done and all the windows are in, I can finally start focusing on the inside of our house. This is definitely more my forté than climbing scaffolding and lifting million pound beams into place!

My job at the moment is to choose the tiles for the bathrooms. Yeah, I can do that! I found some nice tiles at a local flooring store a few weeks ago, but nothing that really made me go YES, that’s it. So last week when I was in Ottawa for a couple of days, I popped into EuroTile – and 2-1/2 hours later, I popped back out with a tile plan.

I gotta say, walking through the huge store and trying to take in all the tiles was pretty overwhelming. There were sooooo many gorgeous tiles, how was I going to choose?! I did have an idea of what I wanted for the shower – large white matte tiles with a wavy motif. Which I did find – but when I saw these tiles from Cifre Ceramica, a new plan started formulating in my mind.

cifre close 2

I love the patterned tiles, and I REALLY love how the texture of the glossy plain tiles gives them the look of water. In fact,  this morning I was in a swimming pool and it struck me how the tiles look so much like waves in the water. Perfect for the shower!

And speaking of waves… this is the exact tile that I was hoping to find – not too big, not too small, matte white finish, wavy texture. Perfect! It’s part of the Lineup collection from Paul & Co Ceramiche.

paul and co wave

I never would have chosen white floor tiles, but the designer who was helping me sort out my tiles options brought out these two tiles, which I really like. This one is Jaipur in white from Argenta Ceramica.


And this one is from the Pamesa Home Reval series by Tierra Sol.

pamesa home reval perla

I like the Jaipur tile a little bit more, but the Pamesa Home Reval has a subtler pattern that works a bit better with the wavy Lineup tile. Putting them together…

all tiles

My friends Vickie and Wendy came to check out our house progress a few days ago, so I asked for their thoughts on which tiles should go where. The final verdict was the unpatterned turquoise tiles on one wall in the shower (and maybe across the entire wall) and the white wavy tiles on the other shower walls.

Here are a few rooms that are inspiring my design thoughts for our bathroom….

colour scheme 1


white wood watery tiles





Still lots of work to do before we get to the tiling stage, but it’ll be great to finalize the tiles for the bathroom and cross that job off my very long to-do list :-)

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  1. Oh how fantastic, at first I didn't realize they were turquoise, but now I do, and this is going to be fantastic! Can't wait to see it all finished!

    1. Oh my gosh, how did I miss your comment Jil?! Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get the turquoise tiles that I really wanted. It was just too expensive to get them shipped here. I'm going with a similar tile that's a brighter aquamarine and small glass accent tiles in shades of turquoise and blue.