& hallway on our lower level which we did over 8 years ago & has worn so well.
We have considered it for another bathroom and our kitchen as well.
iles remain an absolute style staple in the home. Whether it’s elegant flooring, kooky walls or the perfect outdoor sun terrace you’re after, you can’t go wrong with tiles. Whether you’re looking for a classic look or something a little more contemporary, tiles are an extremely versatile material to work with which is why we love them so much. So, for a super stylish home, how should you be working tiles into your design scheme?
Kitchens are the classic place for stone tiles. They work really well as kitchen flooring as they are easy to clean and excellent at regulating the temperature in the room. While you’re cooking, it can get very hot, and the stone tiles stay cool. If there are any spillages, it’s easy to wipe up, and muddy footprints or pawprints are easy to clean. Black and white checkerboard styles add a touch of Parisian chic, while fired terracotta creates a beautiful rustic feel. Elegant grey slate or light limestone are popular modern options for a streamlined kitchen.
Tiles can also be used heavily in a bathroom. If you really wanted, you could opt for tiled walls and flooring, as they are waterproof and won’t get damaged in the same way as paint or wallpaper. Wood can swell when moisture is introduced, so tiles are a more practical solution. In a bathroom, you can’t go wrong with clean, classic white, but you might want to work some mirrored panels into a modern mosaic backsplash to add interest to the room.
Hallways, porches and fireplace surroundings are prime candidates for the use of Victorian tiling. This traditional English style is still extremely popular, and is often used as a way to restore character to period properties. The floor can be the focal point, as Victorian tiling comprises many colours and intricate patterns, meaning you can keep the rest of the room plain and simple.
When it comes to outdoor spaces, tiles are far superior to wooden decking. Whatever type of tiles you go for, make sure they are weatherproofed and suitable for outdoor use. Limestone can erode over time, leading to weaknesses, and stones such as marble can become very slippery in the rain, so choose wisely. Crazy paving has most definitely had its day, so go for standard block tiles for a more modern approach.
Tiles can fit into almost any room if you use them wisely and think about their purpose. Tiles work on a bathroom floor but not necessarily a living room floor, where they might look better around the fire or as part of a contemporary statement wall. Play around with tiles and see what you can come up with, and we’d love to hear if you have any suggestions of your own for using tiles in home design.
Francesca Sutton is an interior design blogger with a passion for quality tiling