By Megan Slack published
The icon that is Jenna Lyons has given us a glimpse into her guest bathroom, and of course, she’s reshaped our modern bathroom ideas permanently. While we expected nothing less from Jenna than this sophisticated space – her ingenious tile technique offers a solution to tile grout – and thankfully for you, she’s shared the secrets of her design process.
In an Instagram post, the esteemed fashion designer and business personality explains the intricacies of her non-repeating pattern, warning that they can ‘get pretty crazy pretty fast’. The aesthetic stems from her team who spent hours ‘creating a layout that didn’t repeat or create clumps of color,’ and the ‘tile wraps all the way up to the ceiling.’
‘What you can’t see in the photograph is that the tile is actually a pale olive mixed with a soft pale blue - it made the color contrast softer, and the room has a warm, soft glow,’ Jenna adds.
We are inevitably lusting over Jenna’s non-repeating pattern; her stylish solution to grout is arguably the most innovative feature of the space.
‘My least favorite thing on a shower floor is grout – it gets nasty quickly,’ Jenna shares.
‘For that reason, I put the tile on the walls and matched the grout color to the pale light blue, and put a marble slab on the floor. This way, there are no grout lines on the floor and no drain - there’s a long slim hidden drain at the back of the shower. Who knew drains could be sexy.’
How to recreate the Jenna’s tile trick
If you’re looking for ways to mirror Jenna’s invisible grout tip (It’s only natural), then begin with luxury bathroom ideas from C.P. Hart’s Director of Design, Yousef Mansuri. ‘For an ultra-sleek look, use large marble or porcelain slabs within your bathroom. This means there will be less grout and joints, making it easier to maintain and keep clean,’ he suggests.
‘If using marble or stone effect, a larger slab means the veins or markings will be more continuous, allowing the natural pattern to flow. It can also make the space feel much larger as the surface and pattern will have less divisions or breaks.’
Plus, if you’re sold on her non-repeating tiles, Home Designer at Neptune Fulham, George Miller, similarly offers his expert design tips – that works especially effortlessly in small spaces.
‘Tiles are the most perfect and practical solution for an elegant bathroom look, particularly for wet room designs,’ George states.
‘A tile with some natural or handmade texture can really bring the room to life, offering more character and depth to create a calming atmosphere. For a smaller bathroom, small tiles in a lighter color might make the space feel larger and will still have the same sophisticated impact,’ he adds.
It’s official; we’re shaking up our small bathroom ideas, the Jenna Lyons way. Your home certainly will thank you for getting involved.
Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc's Homes titles. She has a background in national newspapers in the UK and has experience in fashion and travel journalism, which she previously practised whilst living in Paris and New York City. Her adoration for these fashion capitals means she particularly loves writing about contemporary styles and trends for Livingetc.
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