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Shower Tiles

We went back to Metric Tiles yesterday to try and make a final decision on the shower tiles for the bathroom.  The difficulty wasn’t lack of choice – it was too much choice!  After talking to a very helpful salesman on Friday we were even more confused.  Should the tiles compliment the colour of the pressed metal, the wall paint or the floor?  In the end it was Oscar who gave us the answer.  He was hungry, so hubby took him outside to eat a biscuit, and while they were there they found some perfect tiles.  They compliment the white of the pressed metal and the charcoal of the limestone floor, and continue the marble theme from the kitchen, pantry and laundry.

Square marble tiles
Square marble tiles

Floor Tiles

We have spent most of this week looking at tiles.  We don’t have a lot of tiles, but we have somehow managed to avoid thinking about them, and now it’s decision time.  We went to National Tiles last weekend and left there totally uninspired.  Given the natural materials we have in the house (bamboo, red gum and marble) we thought we’d have a look for natural tiles.  Our best friend Google led us to Edwards Tiles where we found Black Velvet limestone tiles for the laundry and bathroom floors.  The tiles can be sealed with Aqua-Seal Bronze+, a water-based no VOC natural look sealant.

Black Velvet Limestone Tile
Black Velvet Limestone Tile (image from Edwards Tiles)

Having chosen these we just had to find tiles for the bathroom shower and the ensuite floor.  We went to Metric Tile, where they had a great range of tiles, with lots of them in patterned displays to make it easy to picture how to use them.  Even so, we struggled to make a decision on the bathroom, but when we asked for a period style floor for the ensuite we made a great find.  Out the back they had the perfect tile.  It was a clearance lot and pre-dated the implementation of their computer system (almost authentic period!).

Cream Octagonal with Green Dots
Vanilla Octagonal with Green Dots




Pressed Metal Tiles

We have made some selections for our bathroom, ensuite and kitchen.  We are going to be using pressed metal (tin) as the tiling in the bathroom and ensuite and as the splash back in the kitchen.

Pressed metal sheets are made by Pressed Tin Panels and available through Period Details in Hawthorn.

To use these panels in bathrooms and as splashbacks they need to be powder coated or painted. We are powder coating ours.

For the bathroom and ensuite we are using the Lily panel.

Pressed Tin Panels: Lily (photo from Pressed Tin Panels)
For the bathroom and ensuite. Pressed Tin Panels: Lily (photo from Pressed Tin Panels)

In the ensuite it will be powder coated  in Pearl White; 1800m high on the 3 walls of the ensuite; including in the shower instead of tiles.

Pressed Tin Panels - Colour: Pearl White
For the ensuite. Pressed Tin Panels – Colour: Pearl White

In the bathroom it will be powder coated in Bright White but only 900m high, installed behind the vanity and bath.  The shower will have regular white  tiles.

Pressed Tin Panels - Colour: Bright White
For the bathroom. Pressed Tin Panels – Colour: Bright White

The kitchen splash back is going to be the Large Brick paneling, coated in Mercury Silver.

Pressed Tin Panels: Brick
For the splash back. Pressed Tin Panels: Brick
Pressed Tin Panels - Colour: Mercury Silver
For the splash back. Pressed Tin Panels – Colour: Mercury Silver.


Update: Mercury Silver is no longer available, so we have chosen a new grey/metallic powder coating.