Discover 2018's bathroom tile trends with Sam Lurie
This year, WOMAG celebrates 25 years as a leading South African supplier of premium-quality natural stone tiles and surfaces, quartz-based tops, porcelain tiles and design-led sanitary ware and taps. To commemorate this milestone, WOMAG paired up with House and Leisure to give one lucky reader a Cinderella dream bathroom makeover worth R75 000.
The enviable winner of the competition is Robyn Galiem, who will now receive the bathroom of her dreams. With extensive interior design experience, including consulting, merchandising, designing, sourcing and interior decorating, Sam Lurie from Sprout Design will be leading Robyn's bathroom refurbishment. We chat to her about bathroom tile trends for 2018.
What are the top tile trends for 2018?
The clearest trend to emerge is 'mixed natural materials'. The past two years have seen the massive exposure of more natural finishes being used for material finishes – notably the rise of marble- and timber-look patterns. Very organically, the big trend going forward is mixing these surface finishes together to create a bathroom that is similar to the rest of a home's living spaces.
What have been your favourite trends in 2017?
My favourite is the use of large tiles as if they resemble slabs of natural stone. This is a very luxurious look and is especially desirable if you are able to plan your dimensions according to tile size ahead of time.
As trends come and go, what are the most practical trends for bathrooms for 2018?
My standard answer applies here: go colour smart.
A bit of a throwback, but what is one bathroom tile trend from the last five years that you would still use in your bathroom today?
I've been using the metro or subway tile for 12 years!
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