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

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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.


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.

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