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How to Use Tiles for More Than Just Splashbacks

Julie Lord

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When fixed and grouted, ceramic and porcelain tiles offer an almost impregnable surface to water, condensation and moisture. This makes them the ideal choice for as a flooring solution in the bathroom and kitchen, as well as an ideal wall covering too.

This offers great functionality and with fantastic patterns and colours, you really can create a tiled masterpiece in the kitchen and bathroom. But they can be used for so much more than a splashback…

Breakfast bar or kitchen island

Having a small inset to your kitchen island creates a breakfast bar that is ideal for the morning rush, as well as informal lunches on the weekend.

Create a fantastic tiled display in the inset of the breakfast bar by choosing from the latest range of patterned tiles. Not only does this small wall of tiles stand out, it is also an easy to keep clean surface, ideal for preventing scuff marks.

Create a stunning feature wall or walls

This works great in the bathroom and across a large expanse of a kitchen wall. All too often, we choose one tile – one style, one colour – and run with it throughout the room.

If we feel courageous, we may choose an accent tile, one that is slightly different and to break up the expanse of wall, add it at ‘random places’ throughout.

Ring the changes by choosing similar patterns but in different shades of the same colour and create an exciting tiled wall.

Or, choose hexagonal shaped tiles and opt for the ‘ombre’ effect – start with a dark colour such as black on the bottom of the wall, graduating through shades of grey to white tiles covering the top half of the wall.

Likewise, frame the wall with one kind of tile colour and then fill in using fantastic pattern tiles or create your own unique finish with plain coloured tiles arranged in a unique shape or pattern.

Paint the Walls, Tiles the Floor

Tiles work just as well on the floor as they do as a splashback. To ditch the convention by simply painting walls in your chosen colour and create a stunning masterpiece on the floor! It will make a real focal point and pull the whole look of your space together if you match it with some of the accessories in the room.

Open shelving backdrop

Trends in kitchen designs come and go but one trend that is remaining popular for both small and larger kitchens is open shelving. Great for grabbing things quickly as you cook or back, keeping the wall behind smear and mark free can be difficult, however.

Porcelain tiles are harder and more refined, despite being made from clay the same as ceramic tiles and they look great on the wall as the backdrop behind open shelving. Super-easy to keep clean, choose from creating an interesting pattern design from plain, block coloured tiles or enjoy the impact of a fantastic pattern or two.

Tiles can add a superb design element to any room, allowing it to be functional, yet beautiful at the same time! How will you use them in your home?


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