Kitchen & Bath Design News

MAR 2019

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Gray is also having an on-trend moment with Tyler's cli- ents. "We are experiencing a current love of gray," she says, ad- mitting that it's a little surprising given her Pacific Northwest location. "It is a nice neutral but I try to be careful to mix it with other elements to keep it from being too cold." Oftentimes, her clients will offset it with blue – in every shade from dark navy to turquoise to baby blue – or green, frequently sea green. "But there is no wrong color," she stresses. "Each room should be as unique as the person who resides within it. There is always a way to take a unique color or tile and make it look wonderful in a space." Steinberg and Hernandez have also seen preferences towards shades of blues and greens. "I think the oversaturation of white that we've had for the past few years is driving the trend toward color," says Hernandez. However, white isn't necessarily going anywhere. "It never goes out of style," Tyler maintains. Cuadra has taken notice on social media and in publica- tions where white subway tile is being used in various pat- terns, such as chevrons, to provide a different look. In fact, the designer redid her own master bathroom in white subway tile. Cuadra and Vanderhovel have also seen people mix it up with different colors of grout to contrast the white tile. "Darker grout on white tile helps make each tile stand out a little more," he says. "If you're using white subway tile with white grout, it looks more uniform," adds Cuadra. "But if you use gray grout, the pattern will be more noticeable. I recently saw some images of bathrooms in a smaller, bungalow-style house where they used subway tile with colored grout. The theme of the house was black and white and gray, and each bath had a different color… one was teal, one was red. It sounds like it could be garish, but it was a very small grout line and it looked so smart. I thought it was genius."▪ like distressed, hand-scraped wood with sleek, modern 12"x24" tiles that are super crisp and clean. Texture can be a really fun thing to add to a bath, and I think people are enjoying mixing it into their space." Tyler notes an interest in wood-look plank tile as well as tile that resembles concrete. "When the plank tile first came out, I wasn't a huge fan," she admits. "But the technology has gotten better and there are now so many options that look just beautiful that I don't hesitate to use it. I've put it in several homes and it's a great way to create a rustic or wood look with a durable product." Like Tyler, Hernandez has seen interest in 'concrete' tile, especially in large-format sizes that he'll use on the floor. "I'll play with how it's laid out to create a pattern that makes it stand out," he says. Hernandez has noticed increased interest in handmade tile, too. "What I find really cool about these tiles is that they aren't perfect," he remarks. "They are very organic, with im- perfections that are visible and become part of the design." NEUTRALS + COLOR A discussion about trends wouldn't be complete without addressing color. Neutrals are popular with Steinberg's clients, however, they don't want their spaces to be too stark, or too modern. "They like the idea of a clean palette, but they want it to feel warm and inviting," she says. "They want to add a fun feature that keeps the space playful and friendly. Maybe ev- erything is super clean and crisp except one wall of the shower that might feature a bright blue tile. We also see a lot of people mixing modern with organic, for example, a large-format tile mixed with a pebble tile shower floor." Vanderhovel's clients lean toward spaces with a palette of cool tones…whites and grays as well as dark hues, which lend themselves to the sleek, more modern styling his clients prefer. Taupe gray, or greige, is especially popular. Many of Jason Vanderhovel's clients are looking for a more unique space and ways to make it their own, so different types of wallcoverings, such as tile, are expanding in popularity. In this bath, he showcased it on the shower wall. Vanderhovel chose to showcase cement tile on the floor of a master bath, where its bold palette helped his clients gain enough confidence to design with color. Photo: Dream Kitchens Photo: Dream Kitchens 66 Kitchen & Bath Design News • March 2019 SPRING BATH REMODELING REPORT

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