Twist in the tile
Add drama to your floor or create an accent wall by fusing an array of tiles and experimenting with bright colours, bold patterns
You might have mixed and matched your clothes to get a stylish and a new look. Fused Indian dishes with Chinese cuisine. But however, mix and match is not just limited to your wardrobe or cuisine. Mix and match is the new cool in home décor as well.
How about mixing tiles of different shades, shapes and patterns to create unique visual interest? Your white polished marble or wooden flooring might look extremely charming, but however, it’s worth trying a funkier approach this season. Inf use an array of tiles to add a bold statement and timeless elegance in your abode. “Trendy fusion tiles of different shades and designs are capable of giving welcoming atmosphere and personality to your homes ,” says Samir Mody, director at C. Tribhov and as& Co, a Mumbai- based luxury tiles studio. To get the most out of this trend fuse bright colours in small areas, soft and muted shades for kitchen and passage walls and for bathrooms, monochrome works the best, he adds.
Break the boring monotony of similar looking tiles by blending them with different shades and shapes to make a unique pattern. Ateet Vengurlekar, principal architect and an interior designer at Blue Arch Interiors & Architects suggests using same coloured tiles but with varying shapes to create a visual impact. “Drape your wall with the same colour tiles but use different sized tiles to break up the consistency and to create interest and intrigue,” he advises. He further suggests using tiles to create bold geometric designs to make the floor the hero of the space.
“Tiles, if placed in a straightline pattern, looks very ordinary and monotonous,” says Naila Khan, head interior designer at Wooden Street, an online portal for home décor.
She recommends various patterns to add timeless elegance to your home. Fuse tiles to make unique patterns and designs like herring bone, small format brick bond, basket weave, Arabesque and hexagon tiling
Interior designer, Ayushi Kanodia, suggests that it’s always good not to overdo the patterns since it could create a mess and confusion. Adding a hint of coloured and patterned tiles would be the right way to go.
For instance, use patterned black and white tiles as a divider between two areas or use a combination of plain and patterned tiles in alternating arrangements for an elegant look.
GET OFF THAT FLOOR
Gone are the days when floors and bathroom walls were the only places considered ideal for infusing tiles. Today, tiles are being used in offbeat places and untouched corners of your home to make it look contemporary and stylish.
To add a visual interest use tiles on walls, kitchen counters and balconies, suggest designers. Interior designer Va i sh na vip ratima suggests using tiles for feature walls in big living rooms and facades, fireplace, staircase, headboards, jacuzzi and in kitchen counters.
“Customised tiles for foyers and terrace gardens can add character to any space,” she adds. “There are many hidden places in the house where you experiment with different types of tiles to add a unique touch especially when mix and matched ,” says Kanodia, an interior designer. One way could be making a wall mosaic in your living room using different patterned tiles
Tiles can now be used in offbeat places such as side tables and head boards to make them look contemporary and stylish.
Using a combination of patterned and plain tiles can give a space an elegant look.
Blending differently coloured tiles could help break monotony.
Create bold geometric designs on the floor for a unique look.
Tiles can be used on furniture to add character.