If you feel your home needs a fresh design feature, or you are a keen home improvement enthusiast seeking a challenge to take on, why not consider introducing some beautiful tiles in an unexpected, unconventional way? Whether you prefer an earthy, natural tile like terracotta or a shimmery luxe mosaic-type, the choice of colours, style and designs is virtually limitless, as is where you can place them. They don’t have to be used just in the bathroom or kitchen. You can contrast different styles of tile, too, for a unique look such as this:
Here in the UK with our cooler climate, we don’t tend to embrace tiled floors as much as in the Mediterranean, but that doesn’t mean we have to miss out on the joy of colourful, stylish tiles – we can use them instead in smaller focal areas such as on the risers of our stairs, inside a fireplace, as a tiled hearth or to create an interesting wall design:
You can understand why tiles are popular in kitchens, due to their hardwearing, practical nature and ‘easy clean’ properties. A favourite option is to have a tiled splashback in a kitchen, but don’t necessarily choose a straightforward plain tile, think about something that will make a statement, as well as make you smile. This unconventional splashback is almost like a piece of abstract art:
And this is another great idea, using small hexagonal tiles along the lower portions of a wall:
Even adding a simple contrasting stripe can create a really appealing effect:
In the bathroom, with all that water, steam, heat and necessity to clean, tiles make perfect sense. But once again, don’t just play it safe. Be imaginative and bold in tile colour or texture…
If you’d like to have a go at a tiling project yourself, but feel a little daunted, there are plenty of online guides, plus tools and tips you can find to make the job easier; for example ensuring tiles are clean and dry when you place them and waiting 24 hours for the adhesive to dry before grouting your tiles. Tile Flair have some really helpful videos and advice on their site, alongside a fantastically wide range of tile styles, sizes, colours and designs and for more inspiration, make sure you head over to my Simply Tiles Pinterest Board. Or pin this post for later:
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