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January 27, 2011

The West Australian

Revive’s Fiona Hutchison said kitchens were becoming big entertaining and meeting zones, with lots more storage space and functionality, while bathrooms were becoming “sanctuaries of relaxation”. Brian Haftka, interior designer with Switch Homes for Living, said large-tiled splashbacks would be a growing trend in 2011. “European Ceramics, in Osborne Park, is importing the newest thing in tiles — a 6mm-thick gloss rectified white-bodied ceramic wall tile which, because of its design, means you’re able to enjoy the minimal grout lines of a porcelain tile at a fraction of the cost,” he said. “They create that almost seamless look of a solid material with each tile almost a metre in length and 320mm wide — it’s seriously stunning. “Being only 6mm thick, you’re able to tile over the top of existing tiles so there isn’t the messy task of removing the old ones first.” When it came to kitchenware and the tabletop, Candice Deale said this year’s hot products would be inspired by nature. “There’s definitely a move back to stoneware,” she said. “More organic, rustic forms and colours are emerging.”

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