Farmhouse Design Inspiration : Tiles

Choosing tiles is an exciting and overwhelming concept. There are just so many options!! Thankfully, I’ve been dreaming about subway tiles ever since Joanna Gaines entered my life. So kitchen tiles = subway tiles = not even a question.

I did falter a tiny bit when I was offered grey and marble grey subway tiles (enter bulging eyes / jaw drop / drooling). Then I looked on Pinterest at “grey subway tiles”, oh my! The marble wall tiles against the marble benchtop… yum!

BUT! I still love the display kitchen that I first fell in love with, with its white subway tiles / dark grout / marble benchtop. This is the Plunkett North Hampton.

Plunkett Kitchen 1

The bathroom, laundry, and ensuite tiles were much harder decisions. I wanted a consistent theme throughout the kids bathroom, toilet and laundry as the 3 rooms open up together at the end of the hallway.

I was inspired mainly by this gorgeous bathroom styled by 100 Layer Cake for Crate and Barrel. The dark grey floors ground the colour palette, and the dark grout pops in the subway tiles. And I love the addition of timber for warmth.


I chose a slightly lighter grey floor tile and matching grey for the grout. The kids bathroom will have larger subway tiles than the above design. This was a cost-effective decision that I think will still look great. I’ve chosen a light grey stone-look laminate for the bench-top, and cream doors. And I will add timber baskets and accessories to warm up the space. I can’t wait to see how it looks.


The laundry will have the same flooring, but I’ve chosen a dark grey subway tile for the walls. I’m really excited about this space – and not just because it will be twice the size of any laundry I’ve ever had. I absolutely hate laundries that have no bench-space or room for an ironing board.  I’ve designed a long laundry that has room at the entry (from outside) for a mini mudroom / place to hang coats and leave dirty boots. Then plenty of bench-space for folding washing. Hopefully I’ve left enough room for the ironing board, and there’s a big storage cupboard at the end. I can always get J to hang shelves and/or cupboards if I need more storage.


And for the ensuite, I chose the same large matte white subway tiles with dark grout. Very simple cabinetry colours. All because I fell in love with this feature tile and I just want the whole focus to be on this gorgeous tile.


I’m using that tile above the cabinets and a line of the tiles will be used in the shower to add WOW and break up all the white. I’m so excited!!

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