This bathroom makeover plays a trick on the eyes with the use of a lookalike that is easily mistaken for the real thing.
The interior design combines two materials for a contemporary look. The white quartz (SQ021) used for the walls and vanity unit is a popular choice for residential projects, giving a sense of purity and simplicity as well as a touch of luxury.
However, the star of the show is undoubtedly the floor, a stunning surface of blue agate. Blue agate is often associated with calmness and is said to release tension and encourage relaxation – perfect for a bathroom.
But look again! Because although the floor appears to be made from a natural material it is, in fact, a porcelain lookalike (PC018).
Porcelain has come a long way from the simplistic method of printing the design on top of the tile. Our range includes a wide choice of tiles and slabs with the design running throughout, just like this blue agate.
The benefits of porcelain over natural stone for this type of installation include:
- No staining
- Lower profile (this floor is 12mm thick, other porcelains are just 10mm)
- Easier to handle and fix
For this bathroom project, a single slab of porcelain was used, with just a single joint – so it looks pretty much seamless. The surface is slightly textured to meet non-slip requirements.
Using porcelain rather than natural stone does present an element of cost-saving, although it is still a premium product. The approximate cost of the porcelain for this 3.5 x 1.5m floor was £1,500 (ex VAT and delivery) for supply and fix.
Photo credit: Jodie Krause.