Tile trends: Using pattern and contrast to create daring designs

InsightFeatures Fri 12th Feb 2021 by Emma Hedges

Tile trends: Using pattern and contrast to create daring designs

Tile trends: Using pattern and contrast to create daring designs

Feature by Emma Hedges | Fri 12th Feb 2021

Editor of KBBFocus Emma has been writing about design and interiors for over 25 years. A former editor of Essential Kitchen & Bathroom Business magazine, her work has been published in a wide variety of leading trade and consumer titles. More

With consumers becoming increasingly keen to add a distinctive flourish to their kitchen or bathroom designs, it’s no surprise that the latest tile trend offers myriad ways to experiment with strident tones and project strong personality. “It’s all in the laying pattern,” explains Peter Vann, director of Céramique Internationale. “The same tile can be used a multitude of different ways to create feature walls, accent areas and splashbacks, and to catch the eye in the often narrow, tucked away area between wall-mounted cabinets and work surfaces. Trending patterns include herringbone or chevron half-bond brick style; stacked brick style or portrait to create a striking and very modern effect.”

Insignia collection by Spanish manufacturer Equipe, available through Céramique Internationale is a gloss-finish chevron tile that comes in White, Light Grey and Dark Grey

As well as metro and chevron tiles, square and hexagonal tiles with striking decors in contrasting tones can be another way to achieve a similarly statement wall or floor look. 

The Neapolitan Black Porcelain hexagonal tile from Ca’ Pietra can be used to create vertical stripes, chequerboard style or a zig-zag herringbone look, and also comes in Aqua, Blue, Pink or Yellow

The square glazed porcelain Cuban Black Block wall and floor tile from CTD Tiles can be used to create various striking designs, including this zig-zag pattern

Added to that, layers of complexity can be introduced with more intricate designs.

The City tile range by Saloni comes in five geometric designs including Native, shown here

Ca’ Pietra’s Elipse porcelain matt tile creates star shapes in this laying pattern

“We’ve been noticing the trend towards the use of colour for some time now, and the use of tiles to enhance specific areas in the house,” says Ana Ortega, head of marketing for Pamesa, explaining that balance is key when using striking colour combinations and pattern. “For instance, we would recommend matching a hydraulic floor tile with a similarly toned base tile to provide some balance,” she adds.

Pamesa’s DC Klee porcelain tiles can be complemented by plain tiles – here they transform the island unit into the focus of this scheme

Arantxa Martinez, design manager at Roca, agrees there is a trend towards contrasting tones, “but the trend is mostly towards monochrome, rather than towards the combination of strong colours,” she clarifies. “The effect of blocks of colour can be softened by using white as a balancing colour, and by focussing on specific areas."

This monochrome bathroom scheme shows Roca’s Casablanca Spice 20 x 20cm porcelain wall and floor tiles

Breaking away from a rigid laying pattern and introducing random elements can be another effective way of making a style statement, and taking that desired individual look to the next level.

Origami by Harmony is a collection of porcelain stoneware tiles with a matt finish – available in black, white and grey, they can be laid in a multitude of ways

But for guaranteed impact keeping it simple is key, and colour blocking never fails to deliver results.

Pamesa’s Mayfair porcelain tile is part of the Jubilee Collection and comes in seven matt colours, including Black and White

Pamesa’s Mayfair in Green and White

The Tribeca is the latest range from Equipe – it is shown here in Gypsum White and Watercolour

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