Glass tiles are relatively new to the South African market and are becoming ever more popular as a bathroom tiling option. With their endless variations in colour, size and texture, they are perfect for walls, backsplashes and even bathroom floors. Most manufacturers recommend using smaller tiles for the floors as this distributes weight more evenly and avoids cracking. Glass tiles can also be very slippery when wet, and are prone to scratching, so it’s best to use either a sandblasted version or glass mosaic tiles on large floor surfaces. Some of the glass tiles that are available are made from recycled glass, giving them soft, natural colours, as well as making them an
Tile Africa environmentally friendly choice. As interest in this tiling option grows, so too do the colour choices that are available – today, you can even purchase a glass tile that changes colour as the temperature of the room changes!
As good as wood
Drawing design inspiration from nature is the perfect way to soften and warm the bathroom area. Because wood is not the best option for the damp conditions inherent in any bathroom space, tiling manufacturers have designed ceramic tiles that look and feel as good as the real thing. Wood effect tiles capture the beauty of natural timber and combine it with the durability and ease-of-maintenance of ceramic tiles. They come in a variety of sizes and styles and most of them include a texture making them difficult to distinguish from the real thing.
Mind the gap
Grout is no longer just a means of filling the gap between tiles – it has become an essential element used to pull the bathroom design together. Designers have discovered the creative possibilities that grout offers to highlight the way in which a tile is laid and to show off different tiling techniques. Contrasting grout is being used to create a modern spin on the traditional tiling techniques, especially with regards to the subway tile trend. Most tiling stores offer up to eight colours in neutral tones, ranging from pure white to dark grey, but online dealers are now offering many more colours, including dark red, yellow and pale green to name a few.
With tiling fashions and trends changing on a monthly basis, it’s important to make your tiling choice for the right reasons. If you’re redoing your bathroom for your personal satisfaction, then you can be as creative as you like. If you’re redecorating to add value to your property, it’s best to stick to light, neutral colours that are timeless and offer maximum commercial appeal
Strikingly simple and at the same time stylish and sophisticated. With its alternating glass and wooden walls it draws its inspiration from the Scandinavian style where dry saunas are part and parcel of everyday culture. All models feature the innovative Biosauna technology, which entails a treatment that combines the characteristics and benefits of a dry sauna with those of a steam room. A touch screen control panel, situated outside the cabin, allows you to set the temperature and humidity levels as well as treatment duration. For an even more enjoyable sauna experience, the entire range features the Cromo-experience function and an essence dispenser for aromatherapy.
While often regarded as purely lavish installations – saunas, steam showers, showers with added water jets and spa baths often offer more than just a luxury bathing or showering experience – they are good for your health as well. While it is a little known fact, these luxury instalments can actually offer a variety of health benefits, making them well worth the splurge.