By Megan Slack
While we used to follow Blake Lively’s Instagram to keep up with her Hollywood-approved wardrobe and chic city lifestyle, we now find ourselves tuning in for something slightly more unexpected – interior design tips.
When Blake posted a video to show her appreciation for her husband Ryan Reynolds this Valentine’s Day, we couldn’t help but look past the happy couple to admire their bathroom tiling.
The actress, who is best known for her roles in The Age of Adaline, A Simple Favor, and Gossip Girl, posted a time-lapse of Ryan dyeing her hair in their bathroom – but as well as admiring their relationship goals, the pair filled us with ultimate bathroom envy.
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In the backdrop of her video, followers caught a glimpse inside the bathroom, or rather, the bathroom’s statement Zellige tiles that don’t only cover the wall but also continue onto the ceiling, to cover it entirely.
This stylish yet subtle design also exposes their skylight in the most fashionable way possible. This is Blake Lively’s bathroom, after all.
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In case you or any one of Blake’s 28.2 million followers suddenly have an urge to bring this bathroom trend into your own home, Hamish Smith, the Creative Director of luxury tile manufacturers Ca’ Pietra has shared the points you need to consider before decorating.
1. Think about the color
Perhaps the most significant factor to consider in bringing Blake into your home is the shade and how your chosen color will transform in your bathroom, as Hamish explained: ‘When it comes to the bathroom, think about the sunlight in this room; if it’s a room that lacks light and you love the idea of going for a neutral tile like Blake’s, then you may want to opt for a warmer white.
‘If your room is sunny, then a cool grey white will work,’ he added.
2. Shape up
Another key factor to consider is the shape; as Hamish reminds us, there are more shapes to choose from than the square design from Blake's Instagram.
‘While Blake has gone for a square tile, this trend isn’t limited to this shape. Take a look at brick tiles too if the square isn’t for you,’ Hamish urges.
‘Our Oasis tiles have beautiful color variations to create interest in a small bathroom. What is important about this trend is that regardless of which shape you opt for, make it seamless by sticking to just one tile and only one color to the walls and ceiling.’
3. Check suitability
While we’re all swooning over this trend at present, Hamish encourages us to spend some time making sure your tiles will last for many more Valentine’s into the future.
‘Before you go all out, just check that the tile is suitable for the area you want to place it. And importantly, check if the tile needs sealing. If it’s a natural material – like marble or encaustic, then you will need to seal it to ensure it maintains its beauty in years to come. We also recommend that if you go for a crackle-glazed tile, that you seal this too,’ Hamish concluded.
Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc's Homes titles. She has a background in national newspapers in the UK and has experience in fashion and travel journalism, which she previously practised whilst living in Paris and New York City. Her adoration for these fashion capitals means she particularly enjoys writing about upcoming styles and trends for Homes & Gardens. Megan also loves discovering vintage pieces in her spare time, meaning her decor is largely influenced by the beauty of the jazz age.
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