05 Feb Walker Zanger Studio Moderne Tile
I’ve been working on a little board to show all of you our plans for the Master Bathroom redo. (and in case you are wondering, it is still gutted, nothing is really happening yet, and we are still sharing the tiny bathroom : ) ) Everything is ordered, and now it is basically a waiting game and prayers that no other pipes will get jackhammered, and it won’t rain on the first floor again.
We actually don’t need a ton of tile for this bathroom, as we are not going put tile on the walls like before. And in case you have forgotten, here it is before. (previous owner’s photo)
Gotta love pink and blue tile and original 1921 bathrooms! There are things I am saving from this vintage beauty, like the opaline knobs and pulls and the giant built-in mirror, but I will go more into the actual design plan later. Today we’re talking about tile.
I’ve been staring at tile, lots and lots of tile. Thinking about it and staring at this room imagining all of the different ways it could be. I needed tile for the shower, and that is pretty much it. And we only need 100 square feet (that includes waste), so I could splurge a little if I wanted to. Plus tile is a pretty permanent fixture, it’s not something I can change a few years from now, so I wanted it to be awesome. I was thinking period-appropriate, fresh & modern, and classic all at the same time.
As Catherine Lowe would say, “grown sexy”.
I’m actually kidding, I have no idea what that even means.
My favorite go-to place for tile is Bottega Design Gallery. They have a vast selection, the prices are good, and the customer service is great. I also purchased the charcoal herringbone tile from Bottega that is in my Addition. It was at Bottega that I stumbled upon Walker Zanger’s Studio Moderne collection.
It is tile like I have never seen. Graphic, yet subtle…Textured, yet not overwhelming…Of course, it was designed by someone amazing; namely, famous designer, Michael Berman. The description from Walker Zanger reads exactly like the type of tile I was seeking:
Inspired by Hollywood Regency, Art Deco and Classic Modernism, the bold architectural designs of Studio Moderne transcend the boundaries of the kitchen and bathroom. Featuring ceramic tile with dimensions as large as 18 inches by 20 inches, the collection inspires homeowners and designers alike to redefine their perception of tile.
There are four main patterns to choose from, and then several amazing trim options. The four main tile patterns are:
I feel like those small snippets don’t even give these incredible tiles their due justice, so I gathered some real-life examples for you.
Here are a couple of spaces with the Imperial pattern…
How amazing is this blue??!!
I think the Marquis is best suited in a smaller space, but it is fab, too.
For example, a backsplash behind a kitchen stove is an awesome space for this tile.
If you like to be a little more swirly, the Paramount is for you. (the first photo in this post is the Paramount pattern)
And then, there is the Fretwork. This is a huge pattern folks, 18″ x 20″.
You can choose a color for the 4″ x 12″ tile that goes in the center, but I like it monochromatic.
But you could always use the 4″ x 12″ tiles only and create this amazing kitchen backsplash. The color is Ming Blue, and it is gorgeous!
You can see the texture and scale of the Fretwork pattern really well in this photo.
I like it on the horizontal in this snapshot.
Which one is your favorite? Better yet, can you guess which pattern I ordered? I gave a clue last week. I’m hoping it will look as amazing in my bathroom as it does in my brain! : )