Tile high club
Go boldly with pattern, writes Catherine Nikas-Boulos
Monochrome subway tiles have been the breakout star of recent years, dominating bathroom walls and kitchen splashbacks. While there’s nothing like a bit of order in these typically busy rooms, there’s a new wave of tile design emerging with an emphasis on colour — and big on personality. Taking their cues from Mexican, Spanish and Moroccan tile traditions, designers are moving away from monochrome and into more colourful territory to make bold statements.
No longer looking to fade into the background, colourful tiles are the new style trend for those looking to stand out from the crowd. Retailers such as Academy Tiles import from countries like Italy, Spain and Turkey where traditional patterns are being interpreted in contemporary ways.
Residential projects the company has worked on include laying multi-coloured hexagonal tiles in a living room, while another project features large blue and white tiles in the living area that mimic the look of a rug.
Leave out the grout
Ahoy Trader takes things one step further, elevating its tiles from functional to works of art. Use them on their own on a blank wall, or hang them together like artworks. The old rules of grouping colours or patterns together in a logical way no longer apply. If you’re keen to give this a try, the splashback is a great place to start. If you’re feeling bolder, go for it on the living room floor.
Play around with pattern with these hand-finished ceramic tiles from Winchester Tiles laid in a patchwork pattern.
JennoliART creates custom tile murals to give a room a personal touch of luxe.