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contrasting tile niches and a touch of color modern-bathroom

contrasting tile niches and a touch of color

The red on the right is a bench in the shower . The red offsets the otherwise serene grey tiles and grey pebbles in the recess of the niches.

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January 30, 2013
tramosh wrote:
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Hi Michael, what are the dimensions of the niche, please? Thank you
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The niches are 1'-9" high by 12" wide. with a space of about 3.5" between (2 tiles at 1.7 " each -plus grout). Thanks for your interest.
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December 4, 2012
Peggy Meier wrote:
Are the river stones enhanced and/or sealed? - If yes, what enhancer/sealer did you apply?
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No sealer or enhancer
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November 24, 2012
ggmoorman wrote:
Are the river stones also from Ann Sacks? Can you direct to company you used if not? Love them!!
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Can you tell me what colour grout you used?
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Regardless of the grout we selected this is the process you should do:
Have the contractor provide you a full range of the grout colors available by the appropriate grout manufacturer (e.g. mapei). It is then always important to have the contractor mock up on a board that is 2' x 2' minimum, a few color grout options ( you have selected) with the stone/tile you are using , look at it in the room with the lighting that will be used- select the one you think works best based on the mock up. There is debate about using custom grout colors, I think there is a great enough range that you should be able to use standard colors from the grout manufacturers. Good luck,
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November 9, 2012
stogniew wrote:
how are the edges of the niche finished/? withe a strip? if yes on which side- wall side or niche side?
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Jfrischmann -
Schluter is a great option - make sure you get a sample for a match to the tile or in contrast to the tile before committing. Alternatively if the tile is think enough, you could request that the tile setter miter the tile.
Thanks for your compliment,
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Thanks Michael!
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March 18, 2012
Liliana Rodriguez wrote:
What is the name of the grey wall tile and what are the measures of each tile?
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Two issues to consider the tile and the installation. It supposedly is factory sealed and I would follow the recommendations of the manufacturer. Stone is used all the time in wet areas. Keep in mind that grout is porous as well. You should use proper installation techniques as defined by the tile council of America (TCA). They have many assemblies for different structural and backing conditions.
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Thank you, Michael. Perhaps I am over-thinking this a bit, based on a couple of comments I have read about limestone tile. Happy New Year!
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July 17, 2011
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Hi How did the tile do with the moisture? the Rep just informed me not to use it in a shower application
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I would follow the manufacturer's recommendations regardless of what my experience was. They did not have that warning when we did our install and if they had, i would not have used the tile.
Good luck.
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Remembering to include a shower niche in your bathroom's design means never having to use one of those rusty old caddies again. The contrasting river stone tile in the back is another thoughtful touch.
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One of the best things about river rock is the availability of so many different colors. Mixing and matching can be great, but if you're going for a more powerful statement, using all black is fantastic. These shelves add dimension and contrast to the lighter shower walls, proving that even in the shower, the "touch of black" rule holds true.

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