The trouble with planning a room weeks before it even exists is that you have too much time to change your mind. It’s a bit like smugly doing all your Christmas shopping months in advance and then suddenly discovering “just one more” brilliant thing. And then another. And as the shops keep wheeling out more and more stuff, you end up spending twice as much as you would have done if you had just left it all to the last minute and done a bit of panic-buying.
Happily I haven’t spent any actual money yet, but the quest for the bathroom tiles goes on. I received the samples of the Topps Tiles last week and while I still think they’re very pretty there is a little too much terracotta clay visible round the edges for what I’m looking for. The walls will be painted in gloss paint so the tiles need to be a little less rustic than these.
Enter Marrakech Design. Some of you will recognise the top picture which appears in full page in many of the interiors magazines. I have ripped it out I can’t tell you how many times and then I lose it and can never remember the name of the company. Finally I found it in an old copy of Elle Deco in a pile of stuff under the desk in the spareroom and this is definitely what I want in there. With navy blue gloss walls. Definitely Maybe.
The company is Swedish but they ship to the UK twice a week so there’s no problem with sourcing. The ones I want were created as part of a collaboration with a firm of Swedish architects called Claesson Koivisto Rune and, as well as several different colourways, can be laid in several different ways to create different patterns. This range, Casa, won an Elle Deco International Design award in 2013.
You might prefer Dandelion, Stone or Moonrise. So might I by the time it comes to actually hand over the money. They’re about £120 a sq m by the way but I may only have a few as a splashback behind the basin and bath so hopefully won’t be bankrupting myself. I’d love a whole wall but I think they will look great against the navy gloss wall so there’s no need to have too many. We’ll see.
There’s also a great page on the site which shows you all the different ways to lay them out. It would make a great screensaver.