So we had our consult with the interior designer today. We met up at a tile shop and made some tile and laminex selections. But I’m not sure it went well, still trying to decide if I like them or not. I did take some photos, so I’d appreciate some comments.
Main floor tile:
For the passive solar design to work properly, we need dark floor tiles. I knew this already, but wasn’t really prepared for how dark they actually seem. I’m still not sure I like it this dark.
Main paint colour:
To offset the dark floor tiles, we need a pale wall colour. However I don’t want to go too light. This was the colour she picked: Dulux ghosting. She suggested quarter or half strength, but I much prefer the full strength colour, shown here below. I do actually like this colour, one of the few things from today’s adventure than I’m actually quite pleased with.
Now for some combinations.
I’m still not convinced that this particular granite works with the floor tile. The idea is to have the granite on the kitchen island, and behind the breakfast bar will be the Laminex Milano Walnut. The lower cabinetry would also be Milano Walnut, while the upper cabinetry would be Polar White. She suggested Smoked Quartz mirror splashback. I’m not convinced.
The marble feature tile “Cerim MS Calacutta Lucido” would be used in the shower and on the wall near the vanity. The bath surrounds would be the floor tile. The vanity cabinetry would be Laminex Milano Walnut and the benchtop would be Essastone Sorbet. The Calacutta Lucido tile is, in my opinion, horrid.
I don’t think this combination works at all. The feature tile, “Unicom Traces Charcoal Satin”, while it looks nice of its own accord clashes quite badly with the floor tile in my opinion. Although if you get it at the right angle it looks OK. But do you really want to be relying on that? Essastone Sorbet for the benchtop and Laminex Milano Walnut for the cabinetry.
Spent a ridiculous amount of time arguing about this room, seeing as we don’t reallt care about it much, and she’d fixated on this feature tile. In isolation, I quite liked the feature tile “Ascot Alabastro Grey”, but while I think it makes a great floor tile I don’t much like it as a wall tile. The benchtop would be Essastone Torrone and the cabinetry would be Polyrey Light Hazelnut.
I randomly picked this splashback “Colli Scot Grey” as I thought it looked interesting and matched the floor tiles better than the other tiles she’d selected. Benchtop to be Essastone Torrone and Cabinetry Polyrey Light Hazlenut.
As I look at them, I don’t think I like any of these. I think part of the problem was that she fixated on selected elements in the pictures that I showed her, and when she picked the tiles she was fixated on using specific ones that she liked, regardless of whether we loved them or not.
On the upside, the process is fairly simple, so I can probably go out myself and re-select. But, I was really hoping that this would be the last tile hunting I’d have to do.