National Tile Week, supported by British Ceramic Tile and Tile Giant, launched this week at an event in the Ice Tank, Covent Garden. Alongside a striking showcase by the companies of what can be done with tiles, including a golden tile throne and an upcycled mosaic bookcase, the event included an enlightening speech from Julia Kendell, discussing the current trends for tiles.
So, what is hot? And how can we make our surfaces truly shine?
- The new rock and roll – this is one for the young guns, those who delight in something urban, edgy and different. Deep, moody colours, which are so prominent in furniture trend at the moment, stand centre stage in this show. This look will be perfect for a North facing bathroom, those lacking natural light which have previously been desperately finished in white, bright lights in the attempt to create the light they lack, are now embracing the dark side. Look at black tiles, deep gold metallic taps and metallic grout in between tiles to create this ultra-dramatic aesthetic.
- Queen bee – topping the fashion charts, hexagon shaped tiles are everywhere. They add shape without overpowering a room; they can look great in grey, as their bee-hive effect finish is a charming characteristic to lighten the masculine colour, and leaving them without a tile trim will allow for a final contemporary touch.
- In the industry – the industrial aesthetic is still standing strong, but it is slowly starting to adapt, to create more softened homely feel. Chic metro tiles can work, while pairing them with open shelving, as oppose to cupboards will add character and soften the look.
- Back to nature – natural textures, particularly wooden flooring, will always be prominent in the home, but aren’t always the most practical selection. Ceramic and porcelain tiles, which perfectly replicate the aesthetic effects of wood are a functional solution to this – to get the look without the maintenance.
Using tiles in your kitchen and bathroom can add a great practical and visual asset to the space; however, Julia Kendall suggests that using them on one select area will stop the eye from travelling around the room and essentially stunt the design. However, incorporating tiles and textures on various, unexpected areas will add character and depth to your design. Even something as unique as a tiled ceiling will create this effect, and draw the eye from one area to the next.
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