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Finding your perfect fit: A guide to selecting tiles, taps, and sanware

Your bathroom and kitchen are sanctuaries within your home. They should reflect your unique style and provide a space for relaxation and rejuvenation that is uniquely yours, but with such a vast array of tiles, taps, and sanware to choose from, selecting the perfect pieces can feel overwhelming.  This guide will equip you with the knowledge and steps to navigate the selection process and find the ideal combination to match your needs and style preferences.

Step 1: Define your style

The first step is to identify your design aesthetic. Are you drawn to the timeless elegance of classic styles, the sleek lines of modern design, or the warmth of rustic charm? Browse magazines, online galleries, and bathroom and kitchen showrooms to pinpoint styles that resonate with you. Consider creating a mood board to visually represent your design direction. Lifestyle Ceramics offers a wide variety of tiles, taps, and sanware to suit any style preference. Use the tile visualiser on the Lifestyle Ceramics website to see what different tiles could look like in your space.

Tile Visualiser

Step 2: Consider functionality

Next, think about how you’ll use the space. For a high-traffic bathroom, durability is key. Opt for easy-to-clean tiles, like porcelain or ceramic, and choose taps with a sturdy build and a single-lever design for ease of use. In the kitchen, consider the size and layout of your space – smaller kitchens might benefit from space-saving features like wall-mounted taps and compact sinks.

Step 3: Material matters

Tiles, taps, and sanware come in a variety of materials, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Here’s a quick guide:

Tiles: Ceramic and porcelain tiles are popular choices due to their durability, water resistance, and wide range of styles and colours. Natural stone tiles like marble add a touch of luxury but may require special care. Glass tiles can add a touch of sparkle and come in various colours and textures.

A favourite statement porcelain slab is the Calacatta Mont Blanc Polished (1200×2800).

Calacatta Mont Blanc Polished 1200×2800

Taps: Chrome is a classic choice for taps, offering a timeless look. Brushed nickel adds a touch of warmth, while black, rose gold or matte finishes create a modern aesthetic. Consider the functionality – single-lever taps are easy to use, while pull-out or spray taps offer added functionality in the kitchen. The Kohler Sous Pull Down Kitchen Sink Mixer is inspired by restaurant kitchens and brings the convenience and performance of a professional faucet right into your home kitchen.

Kohler Sous Pull Down Kitchen Sink Mixer

Sanware: Sanware includes elements like bathtubs, toilets, sinks, and basins. Look for durable materials like ceramic, composite stone, or acrylic for bathtubs and sinks. Toilets should prioritise water efficiency and consider comfort features like a heated seat. The Kohler Veil toilet is an intelligent, wall-hung toilet that saves space, offers customisable cleansing features, and boasts a sleek design for ultimate hygiene and comfort.

Kohler Veil Intelligent Wall Hung Toilet

Step 4: Harmony is key

Once you’ve narrowed down your options based on style and functionality, consider how the individual elements will work together. Select tiles, taps, and sanware that complement each other in terms of colour, finish, and overall design aesthetic. For instance, bold patterned tiles might call for simpler taps in a neutral finish – it’s all about balance! A favourite tile combinations is the beautiful neutral Calacatta Mont Blanc paired with the contrasting dark Kuroca Silky. This pairing creates a stunning style statement.

Calacatta Mont Blanc Polished 1200×2800 and Kuroca Silky Slab 3000×1500

Step 5:  Seek expert advice

The knowledgeable staff at Lifestyle Ceramics can be a valuable resource throughout your selection process.  Lifestyle Ceramics can guide you through the vast array of products, answer your questions, and help you find the perfect combination of tiles, taps, and sanware to fit your unique needs and style preferences. Chat to one of their consultants to assist you in putting together a curated selection of tiles, taps and sanware that will fit your space perfectly.

By following these steps and considering your personal preferences, you’ll be well-equipped to select the perfect tiles, taps, and sanware to create a beautiful and functional space that reflects your unique style.



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