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