A Heated Internal Debate – Are There Some Tiles That Are More “Bathroom” Than “Kitchen” And Are There Rules?

A few years ago as I was designing the mountain and portland house I was knee-deep in tile samples. As I was looking at some Julie said, that one feels like it doesn’t belong in the kitchen, it’s more ‘bathroom’. At that point, I wouldn’t say I was a seasoned designer, but certainly had some experience and this has never occurred to me. Ever. I kinda thought that any tile could go anywhere (as long as it works functionally and practically, of course). This notion that ‘this belongs in a bathroom, not kitchen’ blew my mind. So as I continued to design, I did in fact see what she was talking about and I had also mentally (subconsciously) categorized some tile. Here we go.

Can Penny Tile Go In A Kitchen?

design by amber interiors | photo by tessa neustadt

This feels like an ‘only floor’ tile to me and more specifically, in a bathroom, not a kitchen. But why??? One reason is that it’s highly grouted (and therefore harder to slip on when stepping out of the shower) and marinara spills in the kitchen would be hard to clean out of all those grout lines. But then as I was researching for this post I saw it in kitchens and it looked cool. Would I still do it? I’m scared, but it clearly looks good.

design by joan schindler | photo by lucas allen | via house beautiful
design by splinter society | photo by sharyn cairns | via est living

Why Is Subway/Square Or Brick Tile Or Brick-Shaped Tile Almost Always The Kitchen Backsplash?

photo by tessa neustadt | from: emily’s kitchen and dining room reveal

For whatever reason, brick tile is my strong go-to for kitchens in a multitude of finishes and configurations of course, but any other shape always surprises me. Here’s my theory – there are a lot of ‘starts and stops’ in a kitchen – shelving, cabinetry, outlets, window frames, etc, and having the tile be linear allows for less awkward cuts of the tile shape. If it’s square/rectangle it’s a cleaner break – does that make sense? But then I look at these examples below and I’m like, yah, those look awesome.

photo by zeke ruelas | from: the casa soria kitchen reveal (+ 5 things i would have done differently if it were my kitchen)
design by dee murphy | photo by sara ligorria-tramp

Both of those examples (by friends of mine and rooms I love) had to then order a bull-nose (the thin top row of tiles that caps it off) which complicates the cutting, install and ordering process for sure. But it looks awesome.

design by kate arends of wit & delight | photo by 2nd truth photography

Albie asked me to look at her kitchen design board (coming soon!) where she has a large scale hex tile as her backsplash and my only comment was ‘I just feel like a ‘hex’ is more ‘bathroom’, but I don’t know why

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How 400-year-old Delft tiles became an interior design sensation

What is the item all the young, new-wave interior designers are trying to get their hands on at the moment? Not a limited-edition chair from Milan or a sculptural chandelier, but 400-year-old, hand-painted tiles hailing from the small Dutch city of Delft.

Delft tiles were first produced in the Dutch Golden Age as a response to Chinese blue-and-white glazed porcelain, and have since become instantly recognisable throughout the world for their cobalt blue and white-grey colour. They’ve been exported, replicated and collected by keen-eyed connoisseurs ever since production largely ceased in the 18th century, when cheaper British reproductions put Dutch potters out of business.

Recently, a new generation of makers have been turning their hand to the antiquated craft, with Instagram-savvy crafts people and young interior designers drawn to the pictorial designs.

Authentic antique tiles are identifiable by their greyish-white tin-lead glaze (which was found to be toxic for potters around 1900 and is no longer used) and fine, hand-painted illustrations in cobalt blue, which range from ornate depictions of Dutch life — canal barges or village fetes — to drawings of animals, fruits and, in rare instances, mythical creatures.

Delft tile with wild boar, c1650, from specialist Durk Regts
Delft tile with wild boar, c1650, from specialist Durk Regts
Delft tile with bird of prey, c1640, from specialist Durk Regts
Delft tile with bird of prey, c1640, from specialist Durk Regts

“The ones I love are those painted with little angels or sea monsters,” says Tony Niblock, co-founder of bespoke cupboard maker Plain English. He began collecting the tiles 30 years ago after viewing a Georgian house that had a Delft-clad fireplace and becoming obsessed. He also likes “the really simple drawings of children, and those with a couple of golfers, or missionaries holding crosses up and marching”.

A tracing technique allowed painters to reproduce the same image repeatedly with only very slight variations, creating a system of early mass production, says Niblock. “You can imagine some poor person sitting down and having to paint the same design over and over again.”

But it’s the slight variations that have drawn young designers to the tiles. “They have so much character to them,” says interior designer Emma Grant, who bought a bundle of 18th-century tiles at auction and has been experimenting with using them as splashbacks behind sinks.

Delft tiles in a room by interior designer Emma Grant
Delft tiles in a room by interior designer Emma Grant © Angus Grant

“They all look different, because the makers had to work quite quickly on the tin glaze, so although the designs are in motifs, they’re all in this quick impressionistic style.” Designs vary from classic to bizarre. “I’ve seen one design of some guy vomiting because he’s had too much to drink, another of a mermaid wearing a top hat.”

Why are these quaint, comical little ceramic artworks seeing a resurgence of popularity now? It’s all part of our current desire to be surrounded by handmade objects, says Tyler Hays, an artist and founder of the New York design brand BDDW. His

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Why black dots on kitchen tiles means something sinister

Warmer months in Australia can only mean one thing … spiders. And if you have noticed random tiny blobs appearing in your house around this time of year, it turns out there’s a perfectly logical explanation.

One woman desperate for answers about the sinister black dots on her kitchen tiles turned to the internet for help stating at first she thought nothing of them.

But when more popped up, she took to a popular Facebook group asking for advice.

“Does anyone have any idea what these marks could be?” she asked members of the UK group, Mrs Hinch’s Cleaning Tips, alongside a photo.

There was one overwhelming response from many claiming it was spider poo (yes spider poo). But were the claims true?

RELATED: Australia’s ‘spider rain’ explained

Ecologist and University of Sydney professor Dieter Hochuli has confirmed to news.com.au the black dots are in fact spider droppings.

“Spider and fly droppings look similar – and those small blobs are liquid nitrogen-rich poo,” Prof Hochuli told news.com.au

“To be honest, I have seem them around my house too.”

He said the dots are common in Australian households around this time, given warmer weather is approaching, but it’s nothing to worry about.

“There is no public health risk about them,” Prof Hochuli said, adding “we live surrounded by hundreds of spiders in our day-to-day lives”.

Online, the reaction to the dots was huge after the original poster said she had noticed the dots appearing in “random little patches” around her home.

“This morning this was on the top of the pc we have in the kitchen,” she wrote alongside a photo of her tiles.

RELATED: Trick to get rid of spiders

Many were quick to respond that the splotches were spider droppings, but “wash off with no effort”.

“Defo spider poo got on door due to light outside,” one member of the group wrote.

“Look above and you will probably see a web/spider,” another suggested.

However, not everyone agreed, with others saying the black dots were perhaps from flies.

“Definitely fly poop!” one person wrote.

“It happens a lot this time of year, spiders pooing everywhere, Dettox spray is good for it,” another declared.

RELATED: How to cure spider fear in five minutes

Last September, another woman shared pictures of a similar cluster of black dots that too appeared on her skirting boards and walls.

Prof Hochuli said people often mistake the droppings for coffee grounds, particularly if they’re on kitchen benches.

But if you look in the corners, you will most likely spot a spider hiding in nooks and crannies.

To get rid of the spider poop just use a stock standard sponge and wipe it clean.

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Cleaning fanatic shares easy way she gets her grimy bathroom tiles sparkling in minutes leaving others stunned

A MUM-OF-TWO was desperate to get her grotty bathroom tiles clean after moving into a rental that was less than ideal.

Straight away she got to work on a homemade solution that completely transformed the look of her tiles – and people are blown away by the result.

The tiles were filthy and in desperate need of a clean


The tiles were filthy and in desperate need of a cleanCredit: Facebook

Rather than relying on chemicals to get the job done, Carey Barling, from Queensland, Australia,  mixed together hot water, sugar soap and washing up liquid – and her tiles were gleaming in minutes.

Proud of her efforts, Carey shared before and after snaps online, which quickly won the praise of cleaning-obsessed mums.

Explaining her approach, Carey said she used a handheld scrubbing brush instead of a mop to achieve the impressive sheen, according to Daily Mail Australia.

She said: “I used a bit of a scrubby scrub, not with a long-handled floor scrub. I feel like it doesn’t do as good of a job as I do on my hands and knees.”

They ended up sparkling in just a few minutes


They ended up sparkling in just a few minutesCredit: Facebook
The mum used a homemade mix of water, sugar soap and washing up liquid to get the job done


The mum used a homemade mix of water, sugar soap and washing up liquid to get the job doneCredit: Facebook

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The comments rolled in with many saying “so satisfying”, “top job” and “you should be proud, looks stunning”.

One woman said: “This is amazing! Like a completely different floor.”

And another added: “Fantastic job! Pity it was in such an awful state to begin with.”

While a third raved: “‘What a difference a little scrubbing does – look how beautiful the grout came up.”

Meanwhile, a woman’s cleaning hack removes caked-in grease from her filthy oven hood – and you don’t need to do ANY scrubbing.

Plus a mum swears off ironing for life & claims £15 hand steamer from Asda does the job just as well – and loads quicker.

And a mum shows 

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Mother shares her VERY simple solution that leaves grimy bathroom tiles impossibly shiny in minutes

Mum shares her simple cleaning trick that leaves grimy bathroom tiles impossibly shiny in MINUTES – without a drop of toxic chemicals

  • When Carey Barling moved into her new rental, the bathroom floor was filthy
  • She scrubbed the tiles with hot water, sugar soap and dishwashing liquid
  • Her efforts transformed the floor from grimy to gleaming in minutes
  • The mother-of-two shared photos comparing the difference on Facebook
  • Her post has gone viral with one woman replying: ‘Now that’s what I call a clean!’

A mother’s homemade solution that leaves dirt-encrusted tiles impossibly shiny without a drop of toxic chemicals has attracted widespread praise on social media.

When Carey Barling moved into her new rental in southeast Queensland, the bathroom floor was filthy.

The mum-of-two immediately set about scrubbing the tiles with hot water, sugar soap and dishwashing liquid – transforming them from grimy to gleaming in minutes.

Photos comparing the difference have gone viral since they were shared in an Australian cleaning group on Facebook, with one woman replying: ‘Now that’s what I call a clean!’

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A mother transformed the filthy bathroom floor of her Queensland rental

With a simple solution of hot water, sugar soap and dishwashing liquid

A mother transformed the filthy bathroom floor of her Queensland rental (left) from grimy to gleaming (right) with a simple solution of hot water, sugar soap and dishwashing liquid

Ms Barling, who is expecting her third child, said she used a handheld scrubbing brush instead of a mop to achieve the impressive sheen.

‘I used a bit of a scrubby scrub, not with a long-handled floor scrub. I feel like it doesn’t do as good of a job as I do on my hands and knees,’ she said. 

And people were quick to praise her handiwork with comments including ‘so satisfying’, ‘top job’ and ‘you should be proud, looks stunning’.

‘This is amazing! Like a completely different floor,’ one woman said.

A second said: ‘Fantastic job! Pity it was in such an awful state to begin with.’

‘What a difference a little scrubbing does – look how beautiful the grout came up,’ added a third.

The tiles gleamed after just a few minutes of scrubbing with a handheld brush

The tiles gleamed after just a few minutes of scrubbing with a handheld brush

Ms Barling’s simple solution for sparkling tiles is the latest cleaning hack to catch attention on social media, following a mother’s budget-friendly trick for stopping plastic containers flipping and filling with water in the dishwasher.

Turned upside down, $7 drying racks from Kmart keeps loose lunchboxes and other utensils in place during the cleaning cycle, putting an end to splashback and spillages on the kitchen floor once and for all.

The hack – originally shared on Reddit and reposted in a cleaning group on Facebook – has gone viral, drawing dozens of comments like ‘fabulous suggestion’ and ‘this is brilliant, thanks for sharing’.

An upside down dish rack (pictured) can be used to secure loose containers in the dishwasher, preventing them flipping and filling with water during the cleaning cycle

An upside down dish rack (pictured) can be used to secure loose containers in the dishwasher, preventing them flipping and filling with water during the cleaning cycle


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Top 10 Tips for Choosing Bathroom Designer Tiles

In the market, there are various options available for the bathroom flooring. The floor tiles for a bathroom are the best option to give a new look to the space. The easy maintenance and adorable look make them the highly used products. Different ways are used for fixing the tiles and making a high impression on others. It not only gives a gorgeous look, but also helps you in keeping the bathroom clean. You have to do nothing, but to follow the mentioned tips while choosing designer bathroom tiles.

Tip 1 – Check the material used for making

It is must that the bathroom tile you are choosing should be ceramic in nature. Comparing with other, it is bit costly. But the material used is also best from others. The customers use them for their bathroom because of a strong nature, easy maintenance and durable structure. Get ready to give a complete new and stain-proof look to your bathroom space. There is a guarantee of color fade and stay as such for a longer period of time.

Tip 2 – If ceramic doesn’t suit your pocket; go for porcelain or sandstone tiles.

Wall tiles for bathroom made of porcelain and sandstone tiles offer a new, rich look. If you want to make your space colorful and attractive, then nothing is better than them.

Tip 3 – Welcome some creativity

Trying various patterns in the bathroom is also creative and gives an adorable look. You can opt for different kinds of patterns and mismatch them. Porcelain, sandstone and ceramics all three are suitable for designing purpose.

Tip 4 – Go for the floral patterns

The floral patterns could also be used on Bathroom Wall Tiles. This makes them trendy and pretty looking. When it comes to revamping your bathroom, then you must do a careful selection and perfect designs.

Tip 5 – Size of the tiles should be according to the space

It is a very important thing of concern that the tiles you are using should not look old and create more space in the bathroom. The modern accessories and different stuffs should also look good after the installation.

Tip 6 – Have you tried glazed tiles in the bathroom?

Sometimes, it becomes very difficult to remove the stain caused due to continuous flow of water. To avoid such situation, glazed bathroom floor tiles are the best options as they does not the stains to get the form and keep the tiles shining for longer period of time.

Tip 7 – Don’t stuff the bathroom with tiles

It is not at all necessary that you fill your bathroom with tiles. Truly speaking, it is a bad idea and going to look great. The richer looks only come when you put tiles only there it is needed.

Tip 8 – To enhance the performance, cover up the grout lines

The presence of grout lines is the reason to cause fading of tiles along with the crack. So, it would be a …

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Pros and Cons of Sealing Bathroom Shower Tiles

A tile shower can be a beautiful addition to any bathroom. One common question asked with regard to tiling a shower is “should I seal the tile?” First, a distinction needs to be made between tile and grout.

Grout is the mixture used to fill in the gaps between the tiles. Grout needs to be sealed. Sealing it will make it easier to clean, protect it from mold and mildew, and keep it looking new. Since grout needs to set for about one day before sealing, most installers don’t seal the grout- it’s something you might have to do yourself. Grout should generally be re-sealed every few years. Failure to seal the grout will result in water leaking behind the tiles, which can cause mold problems and then you might end up having to re-tile the whole shower.

Sealing the tile is usually optional, and depends on the kind of tile being used. Marble, natural stone, slate, limestone, terra cotta, and matte tiles should be sealed to protect them from water, mold, mildew, and stains. Since stone is naturally porous, it absorbs any water washed over it, breeding mildew. Plus it stains fairly easily. Ceramic tile generally doesn’t need to be sealed. The benefit of sealing tiles is that they will require less cleaning and won’t absorb any moisture.

Sealing the whole tile does have its drawbacks. For example, some kinds of sealers can darken or stain the tiles, altering the natural color. It is also extremely time consuming to seal the entire shower, rather than just the grout. Tiles also need to be re-sealed every few years to maintain quality. Past sealers needed to be re-applied every year, but now you can find some that are professed to last up to fifteen years.

Before a shower can be sealed, it needs to be completely dry. If the shower isn’t brand new, this can take up to five days, as the moisture behind the tiles needs to completely evaporate before being locked in. If you decide to seal your new shower, make sure you do so before using it, or you will have to find another means of bathing while the shower dries out. If you’re sealing your old shower for the first time, you may have to wait several weeks for the tiles to completely dry, in which case sealing the whole floor might not be the best option.…

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Find Ways to Install Sensational Kitchen Wall Tiles

Kitchen backsplashes have not usually been beautified in the past, considered necessary only as protection for space above the countertop. The result was a drab and uninteresting surface. Now that tiles have witnessed so much of designs, textures, colors, and blends, it is time to adorn kitchen walls too besides the living room and bedroom walls. Why should kitchen walls remain colorless? Get backsplash tile designs in exotic colors and patterns and many people are fond of them. Check out a few chic kitchen wall tile designs and get an idea where and how to use it.

1. A Powerful Intensity

Contrasting colors and designs create a dramatic effect. Choose from numerous patterns in wall tiles. Do you fancy flowers or checks on solid backgrounds? Revive the stale kitchen walls with a glowing effect for a complete makeover of the environment.

2. Create a potent kitchen Character

If backsplashes are installed up to the ceiling, it does create a smashing surrounding. Along with the power, the height of the room looks so much greater. Liven up that otherwise dreary space. Ceiling height backsplashes merge all the kitchen features artistically and regularity replaces the mess.

3. Eternal values Reign

Subway tiles truly represent timeless aspirations, having been around for so long across generations. Subways surround us everywhere in the city and not only in kitchens where they became so common. A classic smartness comes to the home under the impact of the subways. Get them in large sizes too that create altered ideas of space in fancy kitchens.

4. A Rural Effect

Going white all the way calls for some glossy effects. Blend the tiny tiles with larger white tiles to bring depth. Let the lighting focus on the shining mosaic tiles. Stone creates perfectly natural looks, modern too.

5. Wood Finish

The natural wood look is an eternal favorite. It is a calming effect that ceramic wood look tiles promote, easily cleaned too. Cabinets of solid colors would create an esthetic kitchen to elevate the soul.

Choose a bright kitchen ambiance with the many colors and designs of wall tiles. Choose from a range of dramatic styles and introduce a novel look.

These tiles come in complex designs in great variety. Animate the walls with an exciting finish. Two colors or designs could blend or contrast according to your preferences. These tips along with several others would provide ideas to decorate the bathroom or other environments as well.…

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Travertine Tiles – Best Option for Natural Home Decor

Are you thinking of giving your home a natural look? Have you thought about an innovative way of decorating or renovating your house? Travertine tiles may be the thing you have been looking for. Go through this article to learn more about these type of tiles and their usage.

Travertine tiles are a form of limestone that sediment around mineral spring deposits. They are usually porous and rough textured, which gives it a more natural look. When sanded and sealed, they become smooth which makes them appropriate for flooring your shower, kitchen, etc. They are available in different colors and finishes.

They are mostly of warmer shades like cream to brighter ones like red. They can be polished or kept naturally rough textured with the saw-cut finish or a tumbled look and more. These tiles are used for flooring and as pavers for ages because of their natural availability. This gives a dominant energy and prestigious feeling to your surroundings.

Travertine tiles draw attention to your floor or wall with its bright swirl design on a neutral colored surface. Their design is earth formed, which gives your home more of a natural effect and uniqueness. These are available in different shades of tan, white hues and gray and they avoid those dramatic colors from overwhelming your floor and surroundings.

Before sealing and polishing travertines, they offer a high friction surface which is capable of avoiding slips and trips. This feature allows their installation along pavers and pools where slipping is often a problem. But if not sealed, they absorb more debris which penetrates the tiles and causes damage. Also, they may be too rough to bare feet without a small amount of sealant.

Once they are sealed and honed, they are too easy to clean and wipe. They are naturally durable to scratches, wear and tear to an extent. Highly polished and honed tiles are more risky to damages and initial cracks and scratches are often considered an added attraction.

Travertine tiles are strong enough to last for a decade without high damages and blemishes. They are long-lasting if maintained regularly with periodic sealing and polishing with the stone sealing agent. If one of them is broken, it can be replaced easily as they are in the tile form. There won't be a need of removing and replacing the entire floor.

Travertine tiles are porous which makes them absorbent to liquids and stains, which makes them difficult to clean at certain times. This can be avoided by using the best penetrating sealant while installing these tiles. Their natural availability does not make them less expensive and their installation also costs more than the average amount.

Installation of these tiles need an extra effort, as they are heavy, and the floor structure should be capable of holding this load. They may feel uncomfortably cold on chilly mornings too. They are mostly used in bathrooms and for wall decors, but their rough texture makes them suitable for outdoors as well.


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How to Remove Hair Dye From Bathrooms and Bathroom Tiles

If you've recently dyed your hair and unfortunately managed to get some hair dye onto your bathroom tiles or your bathtub, there are a number of things you can try to remove it.

Before you start, you should remember that you don't want to take any of the enamel off the coating of your tile. Porcelain and ceramic tiles often have a high gloss finish that you don't want to damage. If you do, your tiles will look matted and worn. You may also scratch them.

Also, be sure to do a test patch on a small area on an unseen or un-noticeable tile. (Even better, use a spare tile that's not on your bathroom wall – at Builder Superstore we recommend adding 10% of your order on top to account for spares, breakages and replacements.)

-If you can, wipe as much of the hair dye off the bathroom tile or bath as soon as it occurs. Spray with hairspray and wipe.

-If you have hair dye stains in your bath, fill the bath with water and bleach, and leave to soak overnight. (Be sure to keep the area well ventilated).

-You can buy specialist products such as Scrubbing Bubbles (used in many salons), or Magic Eraser. (Be sure to do test patches).

-If you have marble tiles in your bathroom, you can use alcohol to remove it.

-Peroxide gel or a bleach pen can also be used to remove hair dye from porcelain or ceramic tiles.

-You could also purchase (at a high cost) color remover from a hairdresser. This is used to strip hair dye, so may work on your tiles too.

-Cigarette ash mixed with a little water has also been cited as a useful method to remove dye from tiles.

– If you have hair dye in your tile grout, this can easily be re-grouted over the top. Be sure to seal the grout as well, to ensure it is waterproof.


With everything, be sure to seek professional opinion, do test patches and follow manufacturers instructions.

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