All tile, no toil

For too long bathrooms, kitchens and utility rooms have had the exclusive interior design rights to tiles. That rule gets erased today.

Forget practicality, tiles are a huge trend across the modern home bringing a unique touch to living spaces.

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

Go minimal

While the last few years have seen return of focus to cosiness, there is still a lot of love for the minimalist look – eradicating clutter to enhance the spaces in which we live.

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.  

Faking it

The Baked Tile Company’s Courchevel Distressed Wood Tile

There is no denying how amazing hard wood floors look. But the initial outlay of funds can be quite substantial, and in order to stay looking great they require ongoing maintenance – which can cost a lot of money.

If you want the look of a real wooden floor, but none of the hassle, tiles are a bold alternative, with porcelain imitation tiles helping achieve a similar finish.

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.

Chipping away

The Chipboard collection from The Baked Tile Company

Chipboard is back. And it’s seriously sexy. 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, attention-grabbing and speak volumes about the inhabitant’s style.

If you’re not bold enough to cover an entire room in a chipboard-inspired tile, use it to define a practical workspace in the home, or simply add texture and interest to one specific area.

To boldly go

The Granito Grey Outdoor Tiles from Tile Mountain

With the rise of bi-fold doors, our outdoor spaces really are becoming an integral part of the family home. And thanks to huge advances with baked porcelain tiles, you can enjoy 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. 

The new feature wall

Oaken Teal Oxidised Hexagon Tiles from Walls and Floors

It’s been more than a decade since feature walls first worked their way into our homes and hearts – now, they’re well overdue a revamp.

The feature wall of 2020 is very much about texture and depth.

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.