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For too long bath­rooms, kitchens and util­ity rooms have had the exclusive in­te­rior de­sign rights to tiles. That rule gets erased to­day – you can for­get prac­ti­cal­ity, tiles are a smok­ing hot trend for the modern home with their own unique de­sign di­rec­tion.

But how do you work tiles into ev­ery room? With a lit­tle imag­i­na­tion.

Large for­mat tiles are per­fect for a min­i­mal­ist- fo­cused room, adding to the feel­ing of spa­cious­ness.

For the most- com­mit­ted of min­i­mal­ist, use a large for­mat tile that is suit­able as both a wall and floor cov­er­ing to cre­ate one con­tin­u­ous look from floor to ceil­ing.

If you want the look of a real wooden floor, but none of the has­sle, tiles are a great al­ter­na­tive.

From the dis­tressed ef­fect to clas­sic par­quet, what­ever fin­ish you are look­ing for, there is a tile to suit and best of all, it re­quires lit­tle on­go­ing main­te­nance and only mod­est out­lay.

The modern age ver­sion has seen this ma­te­rial come of age and any­one look­ing to achieve a con­tem­po­rary look through­out their home would do well to con­sider a chip­board- in­spired tile.

Com­bin­ing the in­dus­trial charm of ex­posed chip­board with the prac­ti­cal­ity of a porce­lain tile, chip­board- in­spired tiles are this sum­mer’s hottest wall and floor cov­er­ing.

They are strik­ing, at­ten­tion­grab­bing and speak vol­umes about the in­hab­i­tant’s style.

If you’re not bold enough to cover an en­tire room in a chip­board­in­spired tile, use it to de­fine a prac­ti­cal workspace in the home, or sim­ply add tex­ture and in­ter­est to a spe­cific area. con­tin­u­ous floor­ing from your home to your gar­den us­ing the same floor tile.

If you’re happy with car­pet in­doors but want deck­ing with a dif­fer­ence, again a porce­lain tile makes a really great choice.

You can choose to repli­cate deck­ing with a wood- in­spired tile – with­out the need to ap­ply deck­ing stain or worry about the sun bleach­ing the wood – or even a tile with a sub­tle pat­tern sim­i­lar to those found on a kitchen floor. much about tex­ture, depth and a ma­te­rial dif­fer­ence – some­thing that you sim­ply can’t per­fect when armed with only a roll of wall­pa­per and some ad­he­sive. For this, there is til­ing.

Cur­rent favourite com­bi­na­tions in­clude high- shine brick- style ce­ramic tiles in on- trend grey; and if that’s not at­ten­tion- grab­bing enough, there’s now grout in ev­ery colour of the rain­bow, in­clud­ing shim­mer­ing golds, sil­vers and blacks.

Now tiles have well and truly bro­ken out of their tra­di­tional realms, our homes may never be the same again.

The ver­sa­til­ity of ef­fects, prints and ma­te­ri­als til­ing pro­vides opens up a Pan­dora’s box for in­te­rior de­sign­ers – just what may come over the course of the next 12 months is any­one’s guess. Ex­cit­ing times in­deed.

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