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Our tadelakt bathroom | renovations

Our Tadelakt bathroom | Renovations. Interior Design Project by Karine Candice Kong Read on www.karinecandicekong.com

Our Tadelakt bathroom | Renovations. Interior Design Project by Karine Candice Kong Read on www.karinecandicekong.comOne of the projects I most proud of out of all the things we achieved with our house renovations (loft conversion, new kitchen, the resin floor) is our Tadelakt bathroom. Its a material I have been wanted to use for years because it looks and feels like polished concrete and the results achieved really exceeded my expectations. 
If you’re not familiar with this material, Tadelakt is a unique waterproof plaster finish originally from ancient Morocco. It was initially used by the Berbers to waterproof earthen cisterns for the hygienic storage of drinking water and later on, it was used to decorate exterior façades, manufacture small drinking vessels. If you’ve been to Morocco, you’ve probably seen it in public bathing houses and bathrooms.

The thing I love the most about Tadelakt is, how smooth it feels. While we used gorgeous grey tiles from Castelnau Tiles in the new loft conversion, I was eager to try something different to achieve a clean, contemporary look with our master bathroom.Our Tadelakt bathroom | Renovations. Interior Design Project by Karine Candice Kong Read on www.karinecandicekong.comFollowing your feedback on Instagram, I have put below a few details but if you have any questions, just leave a comment and I will try to answer them.

How much does it cost? £125 per sqm

What are the advantages of using Tadelakt? I love how seamless it looks and brings unity from one room to another. We only used it in our bathroom but should we tackle another renovation project, I would love to use it in the living room or kitchen for instance as its waterproof. If you are after a clean, contemporary look like our bathroom, Tadelakt is great because there is no grout lines, and its smooth surface is resistant to mould. The seamless application allows bespoke waterproof features (like built-in shelves) to be created while maintaining a timeless appeal.

What are the drawbacks? Tadelakt can be used on floors as well, but is only recommended for use in areas where hard shoes will not be worn because the surface can be scratched by grit and small stones (we put a resin floor in our bathroom and throughout the ground floor). It should also be used on sturdy structures with little give to best support the application of the product. Otherwise, large fissures can develop.

What colours can you achieve on the walls? The product can be coloured with natural earth pigments or with synthetic pigments to offer a broader range of choices. The surface is polished to a shiny finish, with a slight variation in colour. Due to its unique composition, Tadelakt will develop both a patina and very fine cracks with time, which goes with the look.Our Tadelakt bathroom | Renovations. Interior Design Project by Karine Candice Kong Read on www.karinecandicekong.comWhat type of preparation do we need before applying Tadelakt? In the past, Tadelakt was commonly applied to solid, absorbent structures such as earthen, lime, or cement walls. Tadelakt is now frequently applied to a variety of surfaces including well-framed wood, brick and cement block. It should be used on sturdy structures with little give to best support the application of the product. We put waterproof plaster boards on our walls.

How to care for it once the walls are done? This lime plaster is made waterproof through both its inherent properties and its application technique. The olive oil soap that is rubbed into the surface of the product chemically reacts with the lime to form calcium stearate, which results in a surface that is both water and scratch resistant as well as hard and durable. Tadelakt not only offers a beautiful finish, but it also helps to provide a healthy living environment. The waterproof plaster can be cleaned with water alone, as it is coated with a soap solution to seal it. Regular recoating with soap solution ensures that the Tadelakt stays in excellent condition for years to come. The smooth surface also resists dirt and mould, making for a cleaner, low maintenance area.

What about if it cracks afterwards? Tadelakt might develop both a patina and very fine cracks with time, which only serve to add to the exotic appeal of this ancient finish. We finished the bathroom in December and I only noticed one crack on our walls but I still have no regret and I would do it again.

Who can apply tadelakt? Ha! Yes you can give it a go but I feel it’s a specialised job and personally I would only use someone who is used to apply Tadelakt to get a really good finish. We worked with Valentin from Tadelakt London which I initially found on Google but I highly recommend him because he has done an amazing job and I love our bathroom.Our Tadelakt bathroom | Renovations. Interior Design Project by Karine Candice Kong Read on www.karinecandicekong.com


33 Comments

  1. Isabelle ADAM says

    Bonjour,
    Tout d’abord bravo pour votre goût exquis, privilégiant la lumière et les belles matières. J’habite en France et je souhaite refaire les sols de mes pièces de vie et de ma salle de bains en résine.
    Je voulais donc savoir si vous aviez fait réaliser la résine au sol par une entreprise ou vous-même, et quelle marque et coloris ont été utilisés (j’espère les trouver en France). Merci infiniment pour votre réponse Karine (et quelle jolie fille vous avez !).
    Isabelle

    • Bonjour Isabelle

      Nous avons fait appel à une entreprise pour poser le sol en résine et bien que nous soyons habitué au bricolage, ce n’est pas un truc que je m’amuserais à poser moi-même. La résine se pose comme un sol en béton donc il a fallu que nous soyons hors de la maison pendant une semaine. Le sol a du être mis à niveau sans défaut et la résine a été coulée couche après couche donc c’est vraiment un travail de professionnel pour avoir un bon résultat

      • bonjour Isabelle, Karine je m’incruste… juste pour préciser a Isabelle qu’en effet la pose de sol béton/résine et les tadelakt seront plus résistants si posés par un pro… et il y a 2 fabricants français qui disposent d’un réseau de poseurs agréés et qualifiés en France : MERCADIER et MARIUS AULENTI…
        A LaMaisonPernoise nous travaillons avec MERCADIER, les produits sont vraiment bien et il y a un vaste choix de couleurs!
        Bon chantier Isabelle !!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing, do you mind letting me know where your wash hand basin and bath is from.

    Many thanks
    A

  3. Lene Estvad Christoffersen says

    This is incredibly beautiful.. I had a friend who used it for all bathrooms in her french/ italian house.. Adding vety dramattic pigment ogf color.. I loved the txture but found colors too loud for this nordic soul but your tone here is gorgeous.. Another job weldone:/)

  4. Lene Estvad Christoffersen says

    Oops. On train sorry for spelling ‘misteaks’:-)

  5. Magnifique vraiment… on sent le SOFT de la matière… bravo… et hate de voir la prochaine réalisation du genre… plus au Sud de London peut être?

  6. Stephanie Bell says

    This is such an incredible look for a bathroom, I love how clean and simple it is. You bath and sink look amazing too.

  7. i just love your bath!! you make an amazing job! may I ask you where is the mirror from .. many thanks

  8. When I first looked at this bathroom, I was intrigued as to the lack of paint, something one does not see in every bathroom, then again, I am a painter but the more I look at the style and what the designer was looking to accomplish, I guess it makes me look at it in a new perspective. Very nice indeed, I particularly love the sink tbh.

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  10. Mr walsh says

    Its a nice grey wall, but please dont get this mixed up with Moroccan tadelakt… valentin from Tadelakt London, uses tadelakt from “stucco Italiano”. He did a job for me years ago and it had to be scraped off the wall as the client saw the Italian tubs. Moroccan tadelakt does not exist in the Uk, just cheap european imposters.

    Ask Valentin where he gets it from. He still buys from Aron @ Stucco italiano in Northern ireland. Oh dear !

    • Hi
      I’m not sure it really matters. I absolutely love the finish of our bathroom and I think Valentin did a fantastic job in our house so personally I really don’t care if the tadelakt is Moroccan or Italian. All I care is how it looks and it’s just stunning and I will defo work with Valentin again should I design another bathroom with tadelakt walls. Thanks Karine

  11. Hi, love the bathroom – we are about to try something similar, however I’m wondering what sealant to use as like you the bath will be against the Tadelakt. What have you used there? i’m worried that using a silicone sealant will be detremental to the Tadelakt.

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  13. Lucine says

    Bonjour Isabelle,
    Combien vous a coûté la pose du Tadelakt (en plus de l’achat du matériel à 125 pounds le m2)?
    Merci!
    Lucine

  14. Rachael says

    Hi, I love tadelakt simplicity. I am trying to decide between tadelakt or tile for my upcoming bathroom renovation. I am curious what the re-sale value of home are or what the return on investment is for tadelakt showers?

    Are buyers turned on or off to the tadelakt?

  15. Hi. I love the bathroom & basin. Where did you purchase the basin from. Well done on such a lovely bathroom! Chris

    • Hi Chris,

      The bathroom & basin are designed by Antonio Lupi. However, I wouldn’t recommend the company we got them from (called 23 degrees) because their customer service is pretty poor

  16. Jonny Jonny says

    HI there, We’ve just tadelakted our own bathroom. We have a plastic bath, which we’ve tadelakted right up to – and are now worried about the join (or lack of). Thinking of using some silicone to seal it – but worried as have been told it doesn’t work or stick to Tadelakt.

    How is yours holding up after a few years?
    Looks beautiful btw!
    Thanks

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