Bathroom Tile Trends For 2019

Bathroom Tile Trends For 2019

As a leading stockist of luxury bathroom and sanitary ware in Southern Africa, we see it as our duty to stay up to date with local and global bathroom trends that are constantly evolving. This gives us the insight we need to guide our clients on what’s hot, what’s not, and advise on the best buys for their particular style. Creating timeless bathrooms with a modern edge is part of our love for what we do, which is why we have put together this comprehensive guide to bathroom tile trends for 2019.

If you’re in the midst of redesigning your bathroom, you know there are countless styles to choose from. Victorian meets Metro, Contemporary meets Futuristic – the choices are endless! Allow us to guide you on this years’ wonderfully outlandish tile trends that we think are here to stay!


Hexagonal Tiles

Liquidred Colourful Hexagonal Bathroom Tiles

This year, it’s all about colour and dimension! Hexagonal tiles have been making a resurgence recently, and we’re seeing them in all combinations and sizes. The beauty of hexagonal tiles is that they can be used on a larger scale – covering floors and walls, or as a statement piece on a single divider in your bathroom. Bold motifs and striking design, with colour patterns that create complicated and visually arresting styles – what’s not to love?


Subway Tiles

Liquidred Subway Bathroom Tiles

Subway tiles are one of our favourite design features. They are timeless, work with almost any style – Victorian, Modern, Industrial (you name it!) – and can be switched up simply by playing with colour, arrangement or size. This adorable quirky bathroom design features a combination of purple and rose gold, and those subway tiles most certainly make a statement! The checkerboard style of the tiles adds a subtle texture to the space, giving this bathroom a dimension it otherwise wouldn’t have. Paired with the truly exquisite LiquidRed accessories – we’re in love!


Metallic Finish

Geberit Metallic Bathroom Tiles

Gorgeous and up to the minute – metallic bathroom finishes bring an edge to your bathroom that only a hint of shine can! When you combine a metallic finish with hexagonal tiles, magic happens. The metallic hue brings an unexpected depth to the space, and coupled with a rich, matte statement wall – well, you can see the result in this truly unique Geberit styled bathroom.


Matte Finish

Showerline Matte Bathroom Tiles

Matte finishes are here to stay. These gorgeous, oversized subway tiles in a checkerboard pattern are soft but powerful, and leave an impression long after you have seen a bathroom that features them!  Whilst matte tiles are great for their easy maintenance – their low sheen means smudges and water marks don’t appear as easily as on glossy tiles, they do need quite a bit of lighting, so make sure your bathroom flows with natural and artificial illumination!


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So there you have it – four of the bathroom tile trends taking 2019 by storm! Choosing the tiles for your bathroom remodel isn’t going to be easy, but this is a challenge you can have the most fun with! 

We stock a wide range of Douglas Jones tiles that make all the difference in your new bathroom. If you have an idea but you’re not sure where to go with it, our expert bathroom designers can assist! Schedule a design meeting with us and allow us to take you through the process of choosing your favourite tile colours, finishes, shapes and materials to complement your exquisite bathroom in the making. 

Bathroom Lighting Tips

Bathroom Lighting Tips

The bathroom is one of the only rooms in a multi-bodied household where we’re expected and encouraged to lock ourselves inside. With that kind of permission, it makes sense to use this private space as a luxurious sanctuary. Make the most of your haven by giving it the proper lighting. Here’s some important advice to keep in mind when redesigning your bathroom, lighting included.

The four types of light needed for the best bathroom atmosphere are task, accent, decorative and sparkle.

Task Lighting


This is the light by which you can best see yourself. Proper task lighting at the mirror is important and we recommend using a pair of sconces mounted at eye level on either side of the mirror to provide shadowless illumination. This creates the best scenario for makeup application, shaving, tooth care and so on.

Avoid adding a light above the mirror. That includes recessed lighting in the ceiling which would throw a strong light onto your forehead and cast deep shadows below your eyes, nose, and chin. Not only is this light ineffective for shaving or applying makeup, but it can also visually age you by 10 years. People should look their best when they look at their reflection. Proper lighting in the bathroom will make you feel better about yourself and promote confidence throughout your day.

Accent Lighting. 


If you enjoy art in your bathroom, accent lighting will show it off best. Recessed directional lights provide focused illumination for each piece of art — or, in this case, for an alcove dedicated to your favourite bath products.

Decorative Lighting. 

This adds visual sparkle. Using a single pendant in a square-shaped bathroom will add just the right touch.

Ambient Light. 

This acts as fill light. In bathrooms with taller ceilings, a cove or cantilever details, ambient lighting fixtures can be installed along the perimeter of the space. Architectural details such as these can hide the fixture and create indirect lighting.


Sconces on large mirrors at the sink vanities now offer functional task lighting. Recessed cans on dimmers provide ambient light for whatever mood is desired. Dimmers are especially useful in the tub area, where relaxation and romance are priorities. Wall sconces offer additional ambient and decorative light. Large mirrors, both at the vanity and over the tub, effectively reflect all of these layered light sources for the best effect.

Looking for more tips? Get in touch with us to set up a design meeting and allow us to put your dream bathroom together.

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Secret Tips To Keeping Your Towels Fluffy

Secret Tips To Keeping Your Towels Fluffy

It’s a hard life, being a towel. All that hard water and friction can really wear a fabric down. Not to mention regular exposure to oil and soil. Even the fluffiest, most luxurious towels need a little TLC now and then, to keep them feeling their best.

If you’ve ever asked the question ‘How do I keep towels soft?’ we can help. We’ve put together some tips to get your towels as good as new.


Towels feel stiff because they start to build up soapy residue. By using a little less detergent than suggested, your machine’s rinse cycle will have an easier time washing out those last pesky bits of soap.


Warmer water (around body temperature is best) absorbs detergent better, leaving less buildup on your towels. You can also let detergent dissolve in the washer before adding towels – just start the wash cycle, add soap and wait a minute or two before adding your towels.


Fabric softeners contain silicon that will make towels water repellent, so they won’t get as good a wash. Instead, soften your towels by using one cup of white vinegar about every six weeks; this will remove the soapy residue that makes towels feel rough, bringing back softness while restoring them to full absorbency. Simply run the towels through a regular washing cycle, then redo them using vinegar instead of soap.


This will help loosen up fibres and clean off any chemicals or grime, making your towels softer. Just mix half a cup of baking soda with your normal amount of detergent. As an added bonus, baking soda naturally eliminates musty odours that may have built up – say, if you left damp towels lying around in a gym bag or in a pile on the bathroom floor.


Don’t put too many towels in your washer at once. Not only will it strain the machine, it won’t allow enough room to rinse out all the dirt and detergent from your towels. The same goes for your dryer; if you overload it, there won’t be enough air in the dryer to properly fluff the fabric. So you’ll get stiff, matted towels, instead of soft, fluffy ones. For most standard machines, try two or three bath towels at a time, along with hand towels and washcloths.


Having a few unused tennis balls or dryer balls bouncing around in the dryer helps remove lumps while softening and fluffing your towels.


True, it makes towels fluffier, but the heat from the dryer can damage the integrity towels. So use a lower setting or alternate between air drying and tumble drying. You can also partially dry towels on the line and then finish them up in the dryer. If you prefer line drying, shake the towels out afterwards to fluff up the fibres, or toss them in the dryer on a cool setting for additional softness.

There you have it – the answer to the age-old question ‘How do I keep towels soft and fluffy?’ Follow these self-help tips and your towels will stay plush and fluffy their whole lives.

With Compliments: Wedding Bathroom Basket Essentials

With Compliments: Wedding Bathroom Basket Essentials

Getting married? Give your guests a little extra something with a Wedding Bathroom Basket. This great little idea – also known as hospitality baskets or bathroom emergency kits – have become very popular for weddings in South Africa over the last year. Usually, a basket, tray or box, is placed in your reception venue bathrooms and full of first aid items, toiletries, and sanitary products to help your guests with any mini emergencies they may have. And while not essential, the extra effort will certainly be appreciated by guests!

Bathroom Basket List

To help you create the perfect bathroom baskets we’ve compiled this handy little list of items to give you an idea of what to include to help you and your guests enjoy your big day even more.

First Aid

  • Bandaids/Plasters
  • Blister Plasters
  • Party Feet
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Sunscreen (for outdoor weddings)
  • Bug Spray  (for outdoor weddings)
  • Cough drops
  • Tissues
  • Rennies
  • Painkillers

Beauty Bits and Items to Freshen Up

  • Bobby Pins/Hairgrips
  • Hair Bobbins
  • Hairspray
  • Dry Hair Shampoo
  • Hair Gel
  • Feminine Hygiene Products (tampons and liners etc.)
  • Clear Nail Varnish
  • Nail File
  • Nail Glue
  • Lash Glue
  • Vaseline
  • Blotting Paper
  • Deodorant (aerosol style so multiple guests can use it)
  • Hand Lotion
  • Mints and Gum
  • Toothpicks
  • Wet Wipes
  • Baby Powder (can help with sweaty feet and chaffing!)

Handy Tools

  • Stain Remover Pen
  • Lint Roller
  • Safety Pins
  • Sewing Kit
  • Scissors
  • Earring Backs

Little Treats

  • Mini bottles of perfume and aftershave (you could pick up samples from beauty counters)
  • Body Spray
  • Lollipops


Tips for Creating the Perfect Wedding Bathroom Baskets

  • Grab yourself a nice basket, a pretty decorated box or tray to put your items in but keep in mind the space you will be placing them, make sure the basket isn’t too big for the counter or too small for all the items you are including. If there is no counter space at your venue, ask if a small table can be left in the toilets to hold the bathroom kit.
  • Create his and her baskets for ladies and gents’ bathrooms. Tweak the above list by adding in or omitting items.
  • Collect product samples throughout your planning, they’re free and they are perfectly sized for bathroom baskets.
  • If you have young children attending, don’t put any sort of medication (paracetamol etc) in the basket. Leave these items behind reception and leave a little note in the baskets telling your guests where they can get them if needed.
  • Likewise, keep scissors, needles or glue out of reach from little hands.
  • Ask a bridesmaid or a family member who is offering to help, to organise this for you. Just send them on this list to print out and they can pick up bits and pieces throughout the planning process.

We hope you find this little checklist helpful for your big day! For more great wedding advice and ideas on how to set up your personal or guest bathrooms, get in touch with us!

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10 Reasons to Remodel Your Bathroom

10 Reasons to Remodel Your Bathroom

Many people think the kitchen is the heart of the home, but we’d beg to differ! Your bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home – a place where you can rest, relax and refresh! Bathrooms, along with kitchens, are also among the most important rooms buyers look at when you are selling your home. There are a number of reasons for doing a bathroom remodelling project, and you may have different motivations for different projects. Here are some of the most common reasons to remodel your bathroom.



One of the top reasons people begin a bathroom remodelling project is to add a bathroom. Among the most common reasons to add a bathroom are to create a master suite, turn a closet into a half bath or add a bathroom to a floor that doesn’t have one, such as a basement.

Adding a bathroom is an expensive project, especially if it is in an area of the house that is far away from pipes and plumbing connections, so you should ensure you thoroughly weigh the pros and cons of such a project.


Not everyone has the space or the money to completely add a new bathroom, but a good alternative can be to enlarge and expand an existing bathroom. One common bathroom project is to enlarge a half bath by adding a shower and/or tub. You also might add a tub to a shower. Such projects can be done without too much expense and can greatly add value to your home.


As you age, you may need to make changes to your bathroom to better accommodate you. That could involve adding rails and a ledge to your shower, for example. You also might need to make similar changes to one of your bathrooms if an elderly relative such as a parent is going to be moving in with you.


Bathroom styles, just like those in other rooms in your home, can change over time. Green and yellow toilets and sinks were once all the rage but now would be considered severely dated. Remodelling your bathroom to update with the times is a good reason. It might be as simple as painting it a different colour and updating the fixtures or it could require a complete tear out of everything. Updating is something many San Mateo homeowners do to their bathrooms when they decide to sell their home.


Sometimes, a bathroom in your home may need to be remodelled to increase its utility. That could be to add more storage or to improve the ventilation. You might also want to create a walk-in shower or add a bidet. Or you might add a double sink to accommodate a spouse moving in.


Most plumbing problems are minor and are issues you can take care of with minimal work and fuss. However, if you have a leak that is in the walls in your bathroom, requiring you to tear out walls or flooring to fix the problem, it can be a good time to do some remodelling as well.


Just about any bathroom could be improved in ways that will save water, and remodelling to install water-saving devices is a good reason to do work on your bathroom. Some common water-saving devices are low-flow shower heads and low-flow toilets.


While saving water is a good goal in your bathroom, why stop there? There are some things you can do to improve your overall energy efficiency in your bathroom. Installing LED or CFL lights will save you on your electricity costs. Putting in a more efficient ventilation fan can also save money on your energy costs. You can make energy-efficient changes on their own or as part of a larger bathroom remodel.


Many people do minor bathroom remodels simply to make a few cosmetic changes and refresh the bathroom’s look.

Even if your bathroom is still in style and not dated, it may still be in need of a refresh. You may give it a new coat of paint or replace your vanity or cabinets. You could replace vinyl flooring with tile or put an acrylic insert in your tub or shower to make it look new.


You may simply want to remodel your bathroom for no other reason than that you want a change and it will make you feel good. Nothing should stop you from remodelling your bathroom if you have the desire and the money, but you should try to ensure that any changes you make are adding to the resale value of your home or at least not detracting from it.

Get in touch with us to chat about your dream bathroom and let’s bring your ideas to life!