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Let’s Talk Tiles

Herringbone in the Powder Bath from our Point Loma Project.

It’s that time again! This month, we are talking tile. WOAH, tile can be a hefty discussion to take on, but we are here to break down the basics. Like paint and wallpaper, tile is an easy way to take a room from basic and flat, to interesting and textural. On the flip side, tile can no doubt be a more expensive and permanent change to your home, but the results are worth the investment, we promise!

In terms of breaking down the tile knowledge, we figured it would be best to break it down per room: kitchen, bathroom, & laundry room. In our projects here at South Harlow, we find that these three rooms are where a lot of the tile designing takes place, and the magic of mixing patterns and materials come together in one happy home.


Walker Zanger Tile in our Avenida Manana Project.

When it comes to the kitchen, it’s not just for the cooks, but often we find that the kitchen is the hub of the home. Since most families spend so much time here, it’s important to make the heart of the home feel clean, open, and of course, beautiful. A great way to bring in some character to the kitchen is, you guessed it, tile.

We often find ourselves selecting tile for backsplash, walls, perhaps even the kitchen island, hood range, and flooring. When it comes to selecting tile for your kitchen, it’s important to consider the layout of your home. Is it open concept? Is it separated? What is the flow? If rooms are connected or you have an open floor plan, make sure your tile selections go well with the rest of the house and are cohesive to your overall color palette. We typically like to stick with neutrals over here, but if you’re a risk-taker, always refer back to your original color scheme without going too awry.

Our favorite types of tile in the kitchen are zellige, a classic ceramic subway, and natural stone. Designer tip: selecting tiles in a glossy finish is a great idea for the kitchen! Gloss is easy to clean, so when you’re cooking up a storm over the stovetop, the aftermath and tidying up will be a breeze.

Calacatta Gold Tile in our Hymettus Project.


We have made it to the holy grail of tile talk, the bathroom. It can be a lot to unpack, but let’s just start things simple. In the bathroom, there’s a lot of space to cover. You could be tiling everything from the floors, to the walls, to the shower surround and shower threshold, you name it. Using a variety of sizes, shapes, patterns, and layouts are where the design fun comes into play. You don’t want to go overboard, however, you do want to keep things interesting and mix the materials and the types of tile you’ll be incorporating. Think of mixing a classic subway inside the shower with penny tile shower floors. Pair that with an interesting bathroom tiled floor, perhaps a fun patterned encaustic or a hexagon mosaic, and you have yourself a nice mix!

Straight Herringbone with Hexagon Mosaic Tiles in our La Jolla Project.
Herringbone Walls mixed with Hexagon Cement Tile Floors in our Hymettus Project.

Once you have your tiles selected, next consider the layout. Straight stacked? Offset? Herringbone? You choose! Just consider the feel you are hoping to achieve. For example, if you are hoping for your master bath to feel like a spa, you probably don’t want to go for any patterns or layouts that are too busy. If you have one tile that is a total showstopper, make surer the rest of your selections are more subtle and paired back. We don’t want materials to be competing. We do want materials to enhance each other and make the room feel in balance. Another little hot tip: when choosing tile finishes for bathroom floors, it’s best to pick something in a matte finish. A matte finish means no slipping on wet surfaces – yay! When it comes to the inside of the shower, pick shower floors in a smaller tile shape. A small shape means more grout lines, and more grout lines mean more grip. As for the shower walls, a glossy finish is always a great option, because as we learned earlier, glossy is easy to clean.

On that note, one last topic to discuss here is grout. Yep, so fun right? Right! We will leave this short and sweet. Contrasting the grout and tile color will bring out the tile layout and pattern, whereas a similar grout and tile color will allow for the layout to be for subtle and less noticeable. Similar rules apply with grout width. The wider the grout, the more pronounced the tile layout and shape will be. The thinner the grout, the more subtle and less pronounced the tile layout will be.

Mosaic Tile Floors in our Del Sur Project.


Lastly, we have the laundry room. The laundry room can sometimes be a neglected space within the home, so it’s important to make it feel as beautiful as it is functional. If the laundry is a bit separated from the rest of the home, this can be a fun opportunity to use a playful and patterned encaustic tile. Have some leftover tile from your upstairs bath? Use that tile on the laundry room floor. We promise it will make those household chores feel way better. Just make sure that the tile is as durable as it is good looking.

Hexagon Cement Tile Floors in our Hymettus Project.
Encaustic Tile Floors in our Santaluz Project.

That’s it from us, folks. We hope you enjoyed a little tile talk, and we hope you found this information educational or useful in some way. We will be back with more next month. Ciao for now!

Point Loma Project Reveal

We have been busy over here at South Harlow with lots of exciting things in the works! One of those being our very own blog. We’re so excited to share design details, tricks of the trade, and our love of all things interiors with you all.

If you’ve been following us on the South Harlow and South Harlow Home Instagram pages, you may have noticed a very sleek and modern new project of ours that has recently come into completion. We are here today to do an official project reveal of our Point Loma remodel, and we are spilling all the beans! We teamed up again with talented photographer, Samantha Goh, to snap some beautiful images of the kitchen, family room, and powder bath. So kick back, relax, and enjoy the tour.

T H E   K I T C H E N

This project was a fun one! We got to flex our modern muscles, experiment with more color contrast, but still stayed true to our core design aesthetic. We really went for timeless, clean lines mixed with bold accent color for this kitchen. We worked with our contractor dream team over at Classical Kitchens for all of the cabinetry. So excited our client was keen for some flat-panel cabinet fronts giving this kitchen a clean and sleek feel.

To keep things neutral and soft, we chose oak flooring because you can never go wrong with light, hardwood flooring, am I right? The counters are quartz, a marble look-a-like, while cabinetry is painted in Benjamin Moore‘s “Cheating Heart” for some stark contrast. We pulled it together by adding warmth through the use of satin brass hardware from Schoolhouse and adding walnut finishes on the hood and open shelf. We stuck with a stainless steel range with brass collared knobs from JennAir.

One of our favorite design features in this kitchen has got to be the quartz kitchen island with a waterfall edge detail. It keeps the kitchen feeling fluid and open. We chose walnut barstools to tie into the walnut detailing spotted in other parts of the home. Matte white and brass pendants from Rejuvenation hang over the kitchen island providing for some fun accent lighting, while windows with custom Roman shades are nearby for daytime natural light.

We chose a stainless steel refrigerator from Sub-Zero to match the range. To keep things sophisticated and clean, we went with Brizo‘s matte black and luxe gold pull-down faucet with arc spout. The pull-out spray wand in gold plays into our brass pops seen throughout the whole kitchen. We had to hone it all in and give this kitchen some life by styling in a few of our favorite South Harlow Home kitchen accessories.

Shop the look: 1. Ceramic Canisters , 2. Metal Storage Boxes , 3. Woven African Basket , 4. Speckled Stoneware Jar in Small

T H E   F A M I L Y   R O O M

The home has an open concept so that the kitchen and family room flow together into one communal space. The oak flooring and black cabinetry continue throughout the living space keeping the home cohesive. It was important for us to give this family room a subtle show stopper moment, so we gave the fireplace a little facelift with Moroccan zellige tiles in “Desert White” from Exquisite Surfaces.

Of course, we needed to maintain the color palette into the family room, so we added a custom built-in with quartz counters, media storage down below, and two additional walnut floating shelves. For the cozy family room feels to be in full-affect, we added in some plant life and South Harlow Home decor pieces.

Shop the look: 1. Polka Dot Throw , 2. Paulownia Wood Vase , 3. Glazed Stoneware Planter , 4. Striped Ottoman Cube

T H E   P O W D E R   B A T H

The powder bath was kept simple yet elegant. For the wall, we used 3″ x 12″ matte black subway tiles with contrasting grout to create a moody statement and bring attention to the herringbone pattern. The herringbone pattern creates movement and gives the feeling of vertically lengthening the wall in an overall small space. The vanity is a custom slab showcasing some caramel earth-toned perfection. A modern globe pendant from Shades of Light hangs overhead.

Delta Faucet for the win in here! We used their Trinsic wall mount faucet paired with the Trinsic towel ring, both in “Champagne Bronze”. Custom-built cabinetry lines the side wall for ample storage, and we spruced them up again with Schoolhouse hardware in natural brass. Lastly, we styled in some coastal-inspired artwork (we are in San Diego after all) coupled with a South Harlow Home vintage woven jug that our client snatched up and purchased immediately on site.

And just like that, our first ever blog post! We are so excited to share more projects, ideas, and designer insight here on the blog with you. We will be back in a few weeks with more excitement and content. Until then, thank you for reading and hope to see you soon!