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MAR 2019

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POPULAR PATTERNS One of the hottest trends in tile right now is designing with highly patterned encaustic cement tile. Several designers note increased attention being placed on the graphic tile, including Hernandez, who is currently working on three bathrooms that will feature the graphic tile, one of which that extends it from the top of the vanity to the top of the 12'-tall ceiling. "They offer both a retro and a modern look, as well as a gesture to the Spanish style, with contrasting colors and geometric patterns being used on walls and floors," says Diaz-Velasco. Vanderhovel chose to showcase cement tile on the floor of a master bath he recently designed where its blue, gray and white palette helped his clients gain enough confidence to design with color, which can admittedly be difficult, he notes. "Committing to a color is hard for anyone," he says. "But with a floor like this, my clients could more easily com- mit to that blue gray hue, which was then repeated in the shiplap on the wall." Cement tiles are popular with Cuadra's clients as well, al- though she acknowledges she has recently become more hesi- tant to use them because they have become so trendy. "I have a lot of clients who are interested in using them on floors or as a floor-to-ceiling accent on a vanity wall…really, everywhere," she says. "People love them because they can get such a dramatic look from just one material." As such, the designer used the tiles in a striking color combination of black, white and mustard in one recent project where they cover the floor. "They were a great choice for this home because we hadn't seen them being used in the region," she says, noting the home's northern Wisconsin locale. "The home's recurring color palette is black and white with touch- es of mustard, which reflects the various seasons. And we definitely had the seasons in mind because the windows are so large, specifically the one behind the tub. For much of the year, the landscape can be brown and white so to have that pop of yellow really warms up the space, brightening it to add some sunshine on a dark, snowy day." would be a great place to make a statement. The tile, which runs from the vanity top to the ceiling, certainly grabs your attention. Sometimes, all that is necessary is some tile to set it off. It isn't always necessary to do the whole wall." Cuadra and Vanderhovel also like to use tile on the wall. "There was a time when tile was used on almost whole walls as a wainscot," says Cuadra. "I feel like that went away for a while, but now tile is back and people are doing full accent walls again." "I've been doing more floating countertops made complete- ly out of quartz with a shelf below," adds Vanderhovel. "Then I'll add tile behind it that runs vertically to each side of a mirror that goes to the ceiling. It adds a lot of texture to the space." He also sees more architectural uses for tile, such as show- er niches for toiletries and ledges for shaving legs. "I almost always also do a tiled ledge behind a freestanding tub so there is a place to set candles and wine," he adds. Manuel Hernandez indicates that tile often helps set the tone for a master bath, such as in this one with rustic overtones. Many people are loving highly patterned cement tile, including Jenika Kurtz Cuadra's clients who chose this bold black, white and mustard tile. The pop of yellow warms up the space, brightening it to add some sunshine on dark, snowy days. Photo: Scott David Gordon Photo: Andrea Rugg Photography 64 Kitchen & Bath Design News • March 2019 SPRING BATH REMODELING REPORT

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