Kitchen & Bath Design News

MAR 2019

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Manufacturers continue to introduce new tile as designers find new ways to elevate its use in the bath. BY KIM BERNDTSON Tile Takes Over ile has been a staple in bathrooms for decades, routinely serving as a highly functional, durable and waterproof covering, particularly in showers and on floors. While that role isn't necessarily changing or diminishing, tile is trending toward grander purposes as designers use it to make a more elevated statement in today's master bathrooms. "Tile has always been a popular choice for bathrooms be- cause of its waterproof nature and cleanability," says Kristine Tyler, owner/designer, Tree Frog Design in Clinton, WA. "But it also offers an opportunity to add a sense of personal style. You can do fun things with paint, but you can use tile to really personalize a space in ways that you can't with other materials." Jason Vanderhovel, lead designer, Dream Kitchens in Brighton, MI, agrees. "A lot of people are looking for a more unique space and ways to make it their own, so different types of wallcoverings, like tile, are definitely expanding in popularity," he says. "In fact, we've recently started to up tile allowances for mas- ter bath projects, nearly doubling what it was five years ago. Part of that is due to normal price increases, but some of it is also due to more tile being used, and more expensive tile being used." Tyler and Sandra Diaz-Velasco, R.A., AIA, ASID, LEED BD+C, principal architect, Eolo A&I Design in Miami, FL, like that tile can be used in many different ways. "It can be used as a background to serve as a canvas, or as a focal piece to draw attention," says Tyler. T Photo: Snowberry Lane Photography 62 Kitchen & Bath Design News • March 2019 SPRING BATH REMODELING REPORT

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