UP­PING THE TILE STAKES

Why tiles are be­com­ing de­sign­ers’ se­cret weapon for today’s on-trend in­te­ri­ors

Harefield Gazette - - HOME STYLE -

For the long­est of times, tiles have largely been con­fined to two main ar­eas; the kitchen and bath­room. But as tile man­u­fac­tur­ing has ad­vanced, en­sur­ing tiles are eas­ier to main­tain – keep­ing them look­ing bet­ter for longer – and in­stall, they are fast be­com­ing the go-to for wall and floor cov­er­ings across the en­tire home.

THE EN­TRANCE HALL

The en­trance hall is the first glimpse most peo­ple get into the in­side of your home, so here, you re­ally are go­ing to want it to pack a punch in the style stakes. And tiles are a great way of achiev­ing this.

Porce­lain tiles are a fab­u­lous choice for this area. Not only are they easy to in­stall, they are ex­tremely hard-wear­ing, which is a must in such a high-traf­fic area.

Plus, the wealth of porce­lain tiles on the mar­ket means you are go­ing to be spoilt for choice when it comes to pick­ing the perfect floor­ing.

Whether you want some­thing tra­di­tional, like a faux par­quet, or mod­ern, think bold monochrome pat­terns, there is some­thing to suit all tastes.

Per­son­ally, I love small, rect­an­gu­lar tiles in an en­trance hall. They are unashamedly clas­sic and will com­ple­ment most in­te­ri­ors, but they can also be used to cre­ate some fan­tas­tic pat­terns. For a time­less look, stick with her­ring­bone.

THE FEA­TURE WALL

Bold paint colours and pat­terned wall­pa­per have pre­vi­ously been the go-tos when it comes to fea­ture walls. Now there’s a new kid on the block. 3D and tex­tured tiles hit the in­te­ri­ors mar­ket a few years ago and have been huge ever since. They are ef­fort­lessly chic, and re­ally bring walls to life.

The thought of cre­at­ing your own work of art from tiles can be daunt­ing, so for first­timers I would rec­om­mend keep­ing it sim­ple. Choose a square tile with an ef­fort­less pat­tern, such as a sweep­ing curve, forgo any at­tempt at a planned lay­out and hang in a hap­haz­ard man­ner. It will cre­ate a unique wall cov­er­ing be­spoke to your home.

OTHER AR­EAS

You might think tiles in the liv­ing room, din­ing area or bed­room would be a lit­tle cold, but not with the wealth of tiles now avail­able. The choice in end­less, and you can use them to great ef­fect.

Floor­ing wise, a pat­terned tile can be used to frame spe­cific fur­nish­ings or cre­ate ‘zones’ within an open plan liv­ing area. It also draws at­ten­tion mean­ing you can leave walls rel­a­tively sim­ple. Just remember when choos­ing to pick some­thing clas­sic, not some­thing you will fall out of love with in a few years. Tiling a floor is a big job and not some­thing you’ll want to re­peat too many times.

The bed­room is the room which al­lows you more free­dom so any­thing goes. One of my favourite looks here is when dif­fer­ent tex­tu­ral tiles from the same col­lec­tion are used across the en­tire room; on both the walls and the floors. This looks par­tic­u­larly good in wood or stone ef­fects. Not only does it give the room a uni­fied look but by us­ing dif­fer­ent tiles from the same col­lec­tion you can cre­ate points of in­ter­est which truly draw the eye.

Les­ley Tay­lor is the au­thor of 10 in­te­rior de­sign books and has ap­peared on a range of net­work TV shows, in­clud­ing This Morn­ing, giv­ing in­spi­ra­tional ad­vice on home styling.

Mix dif­fer­ent tiles from the same col­lec­tion to cre­ate a stun­ning fin­ish; such as the Chip­board range from bakedtiles.co.uk 3D, or tex­tured tiles, bring walls to life. Tiles shown are the 3D Curve from The Baked Tile Com­pany Tiles in the en­trance hall will keep this high traf­fic area in fine form

Choose stain-and scratch-re­sis­tant tiles in the din­ing area

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