It's back! Three's The Block NZ returns for its eighth season and as a Proud Partner, we're excited to share weekly room reveal photos and tile choices. This year the teams have been set the challenge of turning an old fire station in Kingsland, Auckland into high-end apartments. Could this be the toughest year on The Block NZ yet?
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A winning ensuite for Lisa & Ribz who created a calming and timeless space loved by the judges. The couple used our best selling stone look Italian tile Nordic Islanda for the floor and shower walls. This tile has the natural look of limestone with a soft light grey colour, it works beautifully with the Artisan Moss Green Square behind the vanity. With its handmade look, high variation and grand colour their Moss Green feature tile was the show stopper in this room. Its position creates an effortless flow between the ensuite and bedroom which is highlighted by their clever use of matching colour in the bedroom. They finished the room with 3D tile Lumina Bubble White Matt, a decorative tile which continues to add texture to the space.
3D wall tile Lumina Bubble White 250x750 | Feature wall tile Artisan Moss Green 132x132 | Floor & wall tile Nordic Islanda 450x900
Sophia & Mikaere have pulled elements of their family bathroom through to their ensuite to create a bold space with Nordic influence. After seeing the Italian look of Ceppo di Gre come to life in their family bathroom they replicated this look, using the same tile Lombarda in grey but this time going floor to ceiling on more than one wall and creating tiled benches in their shower. Their tile from Jason, Vestige Tangram Cool Grey has a number of patterns, creating a geometric shape when laid. This was the perfect look for this room, the cement look tile has a handmade look keeping with the ongoing theme of natural materials.
Floor and wall tile Lombarda Grigio | Feature wall tile Vestige Tangram Cool Grey
In contrast to their Dark & Stormy family bathroom Ethan & Sam designed a light, bright and contemporary ensuite. They kept their tile choices cool using Metaline Zinc, a metallic look tile inspired by Corten Steel, and paired it with Lumina Bianco, a 250x750 white wall tile. For a pop of colour the boys created a feature wall using Artisan Aqua Gloss, a sky blue subway tile with a handmade effect. The colour pallette and black tapware keep the space modern and minimalistic with a design that will stand the test of time.
Wall tile Lumina Bianco 250x750 | Floor tile Metaline Zinc 600x1200 | Feature wall tile Artisan Aqua 65x200
Stacy & Adam started their design with Ecostone Oslo, a real concrete Terrazzo tile. Terrazzo is one of the big trends we are seeing in bathrooms, with its elegant and contemporary feel. The coloured chips create a warm palette with a natural look that is accentuated by the hidden grout lines. They used our earthy terracotta mosaic, Basket Terracotta, a full body porcelain tile in a basket pattern - perfect for adding interest to a space. Their back wall tile Metaline Iron is based on the look of natural iron before it weathers, for a combination of an industrial and organic look. The warm tones throughout the ensuite pull out the colour variation in this tile tying the three tiles together effortlessly.
Feature wall tile Basket Terracotta 400x400 | Floor tile Ecostone Oslo 400x400 | Feature wall tile Metaline Iron 600x1200
We were blown away with the teams' tile choices for family bathroom week. Who would have thought Season 7 winners, Amy & Stu, would come back to claim the throne once again with a score of 18.5/20, knocking front runners Sophia & Mikaere. It was a tough week for the other three teams who did not complete their rooms in time, but we still saw fantastic tile choices. See how you can get the looks below.
Amy & Stu have nailed the Art Deco-inspired look through bright white marble and a Burgundy feature wall. Laying the Artisan subway tiles vertically creates an on-trend look that is highlighted through the tiles high variation.
Floor tile Marvel Calacatta 600x600 | Feature wall tile Artisan Burgundy 65x200 | Wall tile Lumina Bianco Gloss 250x750
Click Here to view Amy & Stu's winning family bathroom from last year.
Sophia & Mikaere created a beautiful, sophisticated space using the hottest new look in tiles, Ceppo di Gre, it replicates the look of naturally re-formed stone, unique to the northern Italy quarry. This space makes us very excited to see what they do next!
Feature wall tile Rewind Peltro 70x280 | Wall tile Rewind Peltro 600x600 | Floor tile Lombarda Off White 900x900
Ethan & Sam went bold with their tile choices. The Sahara Noir is based on the look of Sahara Noir, a natural black marble with golden veins, it pairs effortlessly with the Metaline Corten, a replica of weathered steel. This moody yet sophisticated design was a brave move from the boys and we can’t wait to see it finished.
Wall tile Waterfall Ivory 450x900 | Feature wall tile Sahara Noir Listello Mix 200x1200 | Floor tile Metaline Corten 600x600
Lisa & Ribz made a modern choice with Metaline Melt, a grunge metal look tile that makes a statement. They stripped it back with a classic stone look in a contemporary 600x1200 size. The large format size creates an industrial feel and is perfect for making a small space feel larger. We're looking forward to seeing this look come to life.
Feature wall tile Metaline Iron Melt 200x1200 | Floor & wall tile Runa Grigio Scuro 600x1200
Speaking of large, Stacy & Adam have chosen our favourite new tile, Kone Mix Matt from one of our top Italian suppliers. This show-stopping tile is in a large format size of 750x1500 meaning fewer grout lines and a more natural look. They've paired it with Metaline Iron and Artisan White square for a sophisticated space with a punch. This room is definitely one to watch.
Wall tile Artisan White Gloss 132x132 | Feature wall tile Metaline Iron 600x1200 | Floor tile Kone Mix 750x1500
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