TILES WITH TEXTURE – What’s Hot in 2014
Written by Kristie Virgo – Lifestyle Interiors
Things that make you go “Mmmm”
Wow! Technology really has increased our capacity to develop new products at an alarming rate – so many very clever and cool gadgets that were only dreams just a short time ago are now part of our everyday lives.
And now that technology has extended to the very predictable world of tiles.
In more recent years we have seen our floor tiles grow in size from the 300 x 300mm of the 90’s to the larger 600 x 600mm and beyond, with companies producing massive 3 x 1 metre tiles that need several people just to carry them! The ability to reproduce a very realistic image of marble, natural stone or timber has made it very difficult to tell if its the real thing, making luxurious finishes available to everyone.
Now we are seeing a new range of Textural and 3D tiles on show. These very gorgeous tiles make you want to reach out and touch them – and I think that’s the point. Bathrooms have tended to be a little cold and clinical and people are now wanting this everyday space to feel special.
Love the look of these honeycomb tiles – makes you want to touch them!
Hexagonal or honeycomb tiles are just beautiful – from industrial charcoal to soft matt powdery white. Tiles can be a crisp straight edge known as rectified or an irregular handmade edge for a relaxed organic feel. Both are great and create a totally different feel.
The beautifully bright Moroccan tiles create loads of colour, pattern and fun. How do you use such a bold design and not feel overwhelmed? Well use it sparingly but as one big feature – the backwall of a shower looks great, a splashback in the kitchen or the front panel of an island bench. Be courageous and let the pattern in these tiles shine – don’t just dot them about, as they loose their impact.
“The tiles above are called French Pattern Mystery Box – with over 200 tiles in the range which ones you get in each box really is a mystery and a fun one at that! Soft greys, charcoals, sand, ochre & white – beautiful!”
Classic elegance of Subway Tiles & Marble
Subway tiles as the name suggests were used in New York’s underground train system first appearing in the early 1900’s. Typically they were a gloss white rectangular tile about 150mm x 75mm in size. Subway tiles have become very popular again mainly due to their timeless appeal but also the vast range of colours and styles now available. From rustic handmade, to sleek glass, smooth straight edge ceramics, glossy or matt, there are heaps to choose from.
“A Bronze Metallic subway tile has been used to great effect on this island bench.”
So if you are feeling the need to update your bathroom or freshen up the kitchen splashback, there are loads of wonderful new tiles to choose from. Now how to narrow down your choice, well that’s a completely different matter!!
Don’t know where to begin, then give us a call! Always happy to chat about your next design project.