The team: Lauren Cherkas, president and chief sales officer, Artistic Tile Mary Bligh, director of retail design, Artistic Tile
Visit the designer’s showroom: Artistic Tile’s Hudson Valley-based showroom is on Tarrytown Road in White Plains. Find two other tristate locations on Route 17 in Paramus, NJ, and the A&D Building on East 58th Street in New York City.
The space: A neutral 10-by-12-foot Jack and Jill bathroom with stunning mosaic ombré walls for a home in Woodcliff Lake, NJ, near the Rockland County border. The home’s owner and the bathroom’s designer is Lauren Cherkas, president and chief sales officer of Artistic Tile.
The goal: While the bathroom is a Jack and Jill, Cherkas’ son, Jacob, has it to himself except for “when his 99-year-old great grandmother comes to visit every now and then,” says Cherkas. He’s a “neutral kid,” which warranted the neutral bathroom design. She chose a gender-neutral blue color palette inspired from the gradient ombré mosaic of the walls. The palette continues with large tiles of Blue De Savoie French limestone on the floor and with the vanity cabinets. Gold hardware gives the bathroom a timeless and jewel-like essence.
Because of the mounted vanity, there was no place to hide chipped or cracked tiles. Cherkas and the tile installer made sure to dry lay the tiles to avoid using any damaged pieces; they worked on the dry laying process in the garage to take note of any pieces that weren’t preferred.
The details: A barn door separates the double-sink vanity from the toilet and tub/shower area, and serves as the threshold where tile design switches in the space. While blue glass mosaic Billie Ombré shines in the vanity area, the walls of the toilet area are Corda Blanca made from Bianco Carrara, a textured aesthetic that resembles corduroy. The walls of the tub/shower itself are lava stone from Artistic Tile’s Hawaii collection. Both tiles found in the private area complement the gradient ombré tiles (Cherkas’ favorite feature) without taking the spotlight. “We wanted the walls to carry the attention of this space,” she says. “It’s neutral, plus, it goes with everything but certainly stands out.”