Mexican Skull Tiles

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I’m cross now. I spent weeks searching for the right tiles for the bathroom loft and in the end I tracked them down in Sweden. I know! But I don’t need very many so I managed to come within the budget by just having few tiles and more paint.

Then, as if we weren’t gluttons enough for punishment, the shower room needs redoing too as it got rather damp in there and was never painted in bathroom paint. Took my eye off that builder for a day and that was the result. He won’t be coming back.

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Anyway, spent weeks discussing what to use in that room and decided on black slate. Which I have just ordered. Which will be fantastic. But these, look at these. I want black and gold skulls now. Or perhaps navy blue and gold. It’s not that I have a thing with skulls, although actually looking around there are a few dotted around my house. I better qualify that before you assume I have murdered all the builders who didn’t come up to scratch – there is a skull poster, a 3D jigsaw puzzle and a glass one. So three in total. But two’s a coincidence, three’s a trend. So maybe I do have a thing with skulls.

The problem is that I have run out of bathrooms. Although… *muses* the downstairs loo is painted entirely blackboard paint… and I have no splashback for the basin *adds to cart happily*.

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These are from the fantastic Anatomy Boutique and cost £15. The 22 carat gold is fired into the tile so it’s durable and suitable for kitchens and bathrooms although you’ll need to be slightly careful what you use for cleaning. Plain colours are also available if you want to make a pattern.

Kate Watson-Smyth

The author Kate Watson-Smyth

I’m a journalist who writes about interiors mainly for The Financial Times but I have also written regularly for The Independent and The Daily Mail. My house has been in Living Etc, HeartHome and featured in The Wall Street Journal & Corriere della Sera. I also run an interior styling consultancy Mad About Your House. Welcome to my Mad House.


  1. Those tiles are beautiful…… I think they would be perfect in a small area. How is your loft progressing? We would love to see weekly updates! May I ask which blackboard paint you used? My builder has painted the door to our utility room in bog standard black despite me requesting blackboard paint…. He says it’s the same but I beg to differ.

    Have a nice Sunday

    1. Hi Stella, the loft is progressing – there’s not really anything to photograph at the moment so I haven’t written much. The stairs are due this week so once it’s a bit easier to get up there I’ll show you a bit more.
      Not sure about the difference in paints – I believe the chalkboard paint might be a bit thicker and with more pigment. Whatever you do you must prime it before you use chalk by rubbing chalk all over it and then rubbing it in with a duster. This makes it easier to clean afterwards.

      1. Oooh stairs! Your loft conversion appears to be progressing quite swiftly! Many thanks for your tipp on priming the blackboard door – I had no idea.

  2. Wow! And wow! Love the dark blue ones, my bathroom is the size of a small handkerchief so definately affordable.My husband won’t thank you but I will! 🙂

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