Palma PlazaContemporary Bathroom, Austin
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For patterned tile, usually the best bet is to choose a color that will blend into the tiles as much as possible so as to not interrupt the pattern. Look to the edges of the tile to see what color will be up against the tile the most. In this floor tile, the black is what stands out to the eye, but the white portions are more toward the edges of the tile, so a light grout is the more effective choice — a dark grout would chop the pattern up too much.
5. Pair it with a more expensive material. Because of the low price of many subway and small-square tiles, you might be able to reserve a good chunk of your tile budget to splurge on a more decadent decorative tile to go with it. Both of these bathrooms feature beautiful, show-stopping floor tiles, and I like how the white wall tiles act as a neutral backdrop, rather than trying to compete with the eye-catching floors. Also, if you can only splurge on tile for one surface, I recommend investing in good quality, durable floor tiles, as they see much more wear and tear than wall tiles.
This last view of the house is the master bathroom, which is graced with the clerestory on the southeast side of the house. The white subway tile and reclaimed wood are other old counterpoints to the modern, floating vanity topped with Carrara marble.