July 15, 2024

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Trendy vs. Timeless Black Tile for this Primary Bathroom

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Trendy vs. Timeless Black Tile for this Primary Bathroom

Looking for a timeless black floor tile? I helped my client narrow down some timeless black tile options for her primary bath and then we styled it using her photography art as inspiration. Check it out!


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Trendy vs. Timeless Black Tile

I met Margaret in July 2021 when she came to my studio for a consultation on the finishes for her renovation.  She lives on Majuba Hill just 5 minutes from my office.  This is their view (below):

Margaret and her husband brought a range of tiles from trendy to timeless so it was easy for us to narrow down the finishes to the right ones.

If you follow me on Instagram, you already saw her powder room here.

We chose subway tile and this marble porcelain hex.

And we chose all the paint colours before Margaret selected the purple and orange art (her own photography) she installed in the end.

Styling a Primary Bathroom

My client Margaret has had lots of her own photography blown up as artwork in her home, this was the piece she had made for the primary bath.

When you’re building or renovating, most people don’t know exactly what the decorating will look like in the end so if you end up installing a fabulous piece of art in a bathroom or dining room for example, this is a good time to repaint. 

I decided to style up the bathroom so I could show you the end result:

The wall still needed something because the art looked a little lonely and the window placement on this wall was awkward.

So I decided it needed a ladder with some towels.


I took this photo (below) with me to HomeSense to see what I could find and found a ladder with some towels to match the artwork (below left).

Then as I walked around the store, I got a little carried away. Even down to shampoo bottles that matched the colour scheme (below right).

And here’s the after:

This porcelain stone look hexagon looks so perfect with her art, I love it so much! Similar here

HOT COLOUR TREND TIP: And because there’s just a little black in this room, it doesn’t immediately say, ‘We renovated in the black trend’. Making black the default choice for everything would have clearly labeled this bathroom inside the trend.


The vanity before needed some more black accessories.


Margaret picked up the mirror from HomeSense in her travels. Remember the basic rule of mixing metals is to do it twice. Here the knobs and towel ring are both brushed nickel.

Sweet elephants from Margaret’s travels are displayed here too:

She has a walk in shower with a bench.

To be clear, last year I didn’t have the same opinion I do now about black plumbing fixtures (because it hadn’t been as overdone as it is today) but here because it’s a room without any glass. I like that the black plumbing fixtures repeat the black floor tile.

After with a few colourful accessories to brighten up the space.

This doorway goes into the primary bedroom.

Here’s the before and after again:

Since this wall was the focal point of the bathroom and it’s what you see every time you walk down the hallway, it needed to be more important. 

More art would have worked as well (perhaps 3 pieces in a grouping) but I love the look of the ladder even better because it helped turn it into a luscious feeling spa bathroom, especially because the shower is in it’s own room.

So there you have it, my lovelies, one more tile selection to add to your classic and timeless files. And, if you have dark hair, this one is perfect for you! 

If you’d like your bathroom to fill you with joy when you walk in the door, see my Create a Timeless Bathroom package here.

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