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Tile Selections for a Retro vibe – New Farm Project

Retro Vibe Tile Selections

Earlier in the week I showcased the great range of tiles that The Tile Mob have on offer in their Mitchelton showroom. The client loves her Mid Century Modern / Retro vibe, but wants to bring a more contemporary look to the design elements of the apartment. So, we’re including touches of MCM to bring a subtle nod to the style.

With all of the cabinetry design and selections now completed for the New Farm project, demolition is due to commence in late January! But until then, I CAN share some of the design details we have planned!

Kitchen Touches:

For the kitchen splashback, I’ve chosen a stunning honed marble mosaic feature tile with an elongated hexagon pattern in Ming Green and White – laid on the horizontal. It’s such a unique mosaic tile and I fell in love with it weeks ago when I first laid eyes on it. In the showroom, it’s displayed on the vertical, but I want to switch it up and spin it around to take advantage of the effect that the horizontal pattern will give…drawing your eye around the walls of the kitchen, making the kitchen appear wider than it really is.

Bathroom Bling:

In the bathrooms, I’ve gone for a classic Mid Century Modern floor tile – a terrazzo – but this version is a porcelain terrazzo look tile, with a great non-slip surface and beautiful rectified edges, with a colour combination that brings in a bit of fun and energy! In a 300mm x 600mm size, this tile will look amazing!

For the bathroom walls, I’ve chosen a basic 100mm x 300mm gloss white subway tile…and will be a feature on the main wall of the large shower and shower niche. As this tile is only going on one wall, we can be bold and this is where the lay pattern will provide the “wow” for an otherwise plain tile! Using a straight herringbone pattern, with a subtle grey grout as a contrast, this feature will really make a statement, but won’t overwhelm the room.

The rest of the floor to ceiling tiles will be a 300mm x 600mm white gloss rectified porcelain tile laid vertically up the wall to give the illusion of higher ceilings…where the ceilings are only 2 metres high.


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