Happy Friday friends! We entered a very exciting part of our Italian home renovation. We’re down to the details. Like bathroom tiles. Relaxing bath devotee? Bathroom design your thing? Please weigh in on this one! This week on Renovating Bardonecchia I’m pondering bathroom tiles in Italy? Specifically, why so many? Let me explain.
Italian Bathrooms & Wall Tiles
After our architect sent us bathroom tile suggestions and we narrowed down our top picks, I was over the moon excited to see the bathroom 3D renderings with the tiles we’d selected. Yet when we got the designs, something felt off. Here take a look.
Now if you’re American or Canadian, you too might be thinking huh. Something feels off right? Paolo didn’t but I did. So he humored me and we asked to see a few different tile picks. Her team rendered out another set and sent them to us right away.
There they were. The super cool overclay tiles in from Marca Corona that were supposed to quote:
Here this might help!
Cool right?! Can’t you just imagine a calm, zen space for long hot baths with these tiles? So why wasn’t I digging any of the bathroom designs that included the tiles? Was the scale off? Our bathroom too small for large tiles? That’s when it hit me. I thought we were picking floor tiles! Why are these on the wall? Also, duh why didn’t I pick up on that with the first round of designs. Trust me our architect is a saint. Having me be her first American client, there are several culture design differences we are figuring out together. Like tile walls.
Italians and Americans do bathroom and kitchen tiles just a bit different. Italian homes often have tiles on all the walls in bathrooms and kitchens. Like all the walls. Floor to ceiling tiles. Here’s an example of what I’m talking about from our own before photos of our Italian home reno project.
See, lots and lots of tiles. At first, I couldn’t put my finger on it. It took doing our own home renovation project in Italy before I even really realized there is a lot of tiles used on bathroom and kitchen walls in Italy. When I decided to write this post, I did a little research to make sure I wasn’t nuts.
Turns out, I’m not. In an article titled ITALIAN BATHROOMS Simona aka Miss B, a bathroom obsessed blogger says “Tiles: in Italy, we [use to] cover floor and walls with tiles, often still floor to ceiling.” Side note, if you’re looking for some bathroom design inspo be sure to check out Miss B’s Insta. It’s in Italian but trust me her bathroom design obsession translates to any language.
Have a favorite from the designs above? Pro or anti tile on the walls? Let me know in the comments at the end of the post!
Our Italian Home Renovation is making me wonder if I need to update my 23 Quirky Differences Between Italian & American Homes post again. Tile on the wall really is a thing in Italy. That feels pretty different for me having grown up in America. Which is probably why Paolo and I, a couple who are notoriously on the same page, disagreed (just a little) on bathroom tiles. He didn’t mind having tiles around the walls. After all, he’s used to it. I, on the other hand, couldn’t wrap my brain around the added expense. Tune in next week to see where we land on the great tile debate.
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