Warn­ing: Graphic con­tent

Bold, bright and beau­ti­ful tiles are tak­ing the floor, writes

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For a while there, we were keen to make our floors as un­ob­tru­sive as pos­si­ble. High gloss large for­mat tiles in shades of white and grey or se­lect-grade tim­ber floor­boards with not so much as a colour vari­a­tion vis­i­ble dom­i­nated the style choices of ren­o­va­tors and new builders alike.

But in the past cou­ple of years, a sense of play­ful­ness and even bold­ness has splashed across our floors with strik­ing pat­terns and strong colours mak­ing their pres­ence felt. And tiles are lead­ing the way.

Liv­ing la vida loca

While we’ve long been com­fort­able with pat­terned tiles in pub­lic spa­ces — think Syd­ney’s Queen Vic­to­ria Build­ing — we’ve been less con­fi­dent to make the com­mit­ment in res­i­den­tial spa­ces.

How­ever, in re­cent years as the pop­u­lar­ity of Latin and Span­ish in­te­ri­ors has grown — re­gions which share a sim­i­lar cli­mate to ours — we’ve been more will­ing to ex­per­i­ment with pat­tern and colour in both con­tem­po­rary and tra­di­tional ways. While some tiles are de­signed to be used in re­peat pat­terns, oth­ers like the Bar­ber & Os­gerby range from Academy Tiles are de­lib­er­ately asym­met­ri­cal for a strik­ing con­tem­po­rary look.

No long con­fined to wet ar­eas such as bath­rooms, they are spilling out into liv­ing spa­ces where they are prov­ing to be as hard-wear­ing and com­fort­able un­der­foot as they are prac­ti­cal.

To­tally floored

Any floor­ing de­ci­sion needs to be made with care given you’re go­ing to be liv­ing with it for a long time. Tak­ing tile sam­ples and cre­at­ing a mood board which in­cludes all the el­e­ments in your room from paint colours to fur­ni­ture should ease the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process.

As with any tiling job, con­sider whether you want to lay the tiles square on or in a di­ag­o­nal pat­tern, which can be help­ful if you are try­ing to make a small room feel larger.

Given the most pop­u­lar styles around now are based on a square tile, labour costs are not sub­stan­tial, leav­ing more room in the bud­get for those beau­ti­ful tiles.

Duct grey ce­ment tiles by Bisazza from Acdemy Tiles add hard-wear­ing drama to the liv­ing room.

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