Ask Estee: Challenging Bathroom Tiles

Are you the unwilling inheritor of an unattractive pattern in your bathroom? We’ve got three fixes for that.

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  • QHow can I make my ugly bathroom tiles work for me (without replacing them)?
  • I often hear from clients who have moved into a new place that their bathroom tiles are not the most current of trends. The best and easiest fix for this situation, whether the tiles are on the floor or on the walls, is to design around them— take your eye away from the bad and point it towards the good with the following techniques:

Get crafty: If the offensive tiles are in a child’s bathroom, a painted stencil is a great touch. Go to an art store and buy stencils, paint, and sponges—I did one client’s bathroom with little stars in gray and blue.

Add wallpaper: I really like Eskayel for artsy options, William Morris Wallpapers for a traditional vibe, and Trove for very cool photo-realistic patterns.

Hide the evidence: Lay down a bath rug to cover most of the floor tiles if they are too ugly to be shown: I’m loving Serena & Lily’s navy Broad Stripe Bath Dhurrie, West Elm’s Jute Chenille Herringbone Rug, and Pottery Barn’s Hermosa Stripe Recycled Yarn Rug.

 

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