Bath ? but esthetics, somewhat.
I am in the process of renovating/designing renovation for three bathrooms. I am mostly interested in reducing the number of materials and colors.
The nearly completed bathroom has small format tile on the floor and walls, all in the same color, in an allover treatment.
In one of the baths upstairs, I am going to do something similar, but with a slightly darker floor (since the walls will be white).
The most appropriate way to follow the plan would be to tile the shower floor to match the rest of the floor, but I am a bit hesitant about not using a full prefabricated shower base. I can get a custom sized/shaped cultured marble type shower base in a color that matched the walls and not the floor, or a custom Corian shower base that matched the floor.
A solid shower base is easier to install correctly and easier to maintain
A cultured marble shower base is an additional material in the mix that will not be repeated anywhere else.
Tile would be a bit more, I dunno, sophisticated on some level, along with the reduction of # of materials.
A Corian shower base would be a closer match to the floor and could possibly be the countertop material of choice in this bathroom.(But in the color that matched the walls, so still two materials)
The custom shower base in cultured marble comes in at about $1000 delivered. I don't know for the Corian yet but the Corian is also local, whereas the cultured marble gets shipped from KS.