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There’s before and afters and then there’s before and afters – the extra-special transformations that make you look twice and question if it really is the same room. This is scandi bathroom makeover one of those, where a dated bathroom has been turned into a resort-feel hygge sanctuary that looks like it cost an arm and a leg, but actually came in at much less.

Though in recent years the bathroom flooring choices have expanded and now include stamped concrete, hardwood, bamboo, and even cork, bathroom floor tiles are still the most popular option in Australia. So, what are the choices when it comes to cement tile bathrooms? What types of tiles are available, what are they made from, what colors and styles are on-trend, and – most importantly – how should homeowners and specifiers go about choosing the best bathroom tiles for their home or project?


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Cement tiles or hydraulic tiles are handmade colorful tiles used as floor and wall tiling. They appeared in Catalonia (Spain) in the 1850s, and have been widely used in Europe and America. They represented a revolution in flooring in their day because they were much cheaper, more durable and easier to make than the previous handmade glazed ceramic tiles and were, therefore, more universally available for houses, and they allowed for profuse decorative patterns, their age of splendour being the end of the 19th to the middle of the 20th centuries before they were gradually superseded by newer technologies as of the 1960s, such as terrazzo, salt-glazed stoneware, etc. that did not allow for such decorative embellishment but were cheaper.

Terracotta, Italian marble, and porcelain tiles seem to be the preferred choice these days. The designer and textured marble is best suited for large and spacious living rooms, whereas a small living room can be decorated with cement tiles.

Tiles are most often made of ceramic, typically glazed for internal uses and unglazed for roofing, but other materials are also commonly used, such as glass, cork, concrete and other composite materials, and stone. Tiling stone is typically marble, onyx, granite or slate.

Which floor or what floor? “Which” is more correct, but “what” is commonly used. I would say “Which floor are you going to?” if forced to use a whole sentence. Simply “Which floor?” would normally suffice.

Construction involves designing and building the ‘built’ environment around us: not only skyscrapers, football stadiums and bridges, but also houses, factories, hospitals, schools, railways, tunnels, piers, dams, coastal defences and energy generation plants.

The differences between grout, thinset, and mortar for tile projects: Mortar: Mortars are used to bind one surface to another. … After you have given the mortar time to cure, use grout to fill the surfaces between the tiles. Grout may also contain cement, but it’s much thinner to make it pourable

Cement is a fine binding powder that is never used alone but is a component of both concrete and mortar, as well as stucco, tile grout, and thin-set adhesive. Mortar is composed of cement, fine sands and lime; it is used as a binding material when building with brick, block, and stone