Utopia    Guest Blog 06 Apr 2018

Create playful tile patterns in your kitchen and bathroom with a little help from Julia Kendell…


The latest trend set to sweep through interior design is ‘playful patterns’; putting a characterful twist on traditional tile designs, this new trend is all about adding texture, colour and energy to a room.

We spoke to interiors guru, TV personality and National Tile Week ambassador, Julia Kendell, to find out how to ace this latest trend…

Julia explained: “Creating this ‘good energy’ is easy using this year’s new playful pattern trend, which brings a fun and dynamic edge to interiors. My inspiration for this ceramic tile design [featured] came from the desire to combine this new approach to pattern with my signature neutral palette. The geometric shapes in contrasting shades unfold to create a third-dimension, making a space appear larger. Continuing the pattern on to the floor adds an unexpected twist and certainly packs a punch of personality!”

Julia’s top tips to get you started

To design a similar floor and wall combination [as above], first choose a palette of between four and eight colours – I chose a range of multiuse and floor tiles from British Ceramic Tile’s stunning collection. For a bold design add in contrasting shades (such as black and white) and a mix of mid-tones. For a softer overall look, choose colours with a similar tonality.

When choosing the tiles ensure they are compatible sizes, so the same size or half- size to ensure the grout lines will match up. It also makes tiling significantly easier if all the tiles are the same thickness.

Once the tiles have been chosen, draw out a grid scaled to suit the tile size and the overall size of the wall and floor surfaces.

To create the pattern, split some of the squares in half diagonally (I cut some of mine in to quarters too) and get to work creating a random pattern. ‘Less is more’ is the key to a successful design ensuring white is the key background colour with feature colours in places to break up the pattern. Keep playing around with the design until you have achieved a good balance.

To achieve the triangular patterns, cut the square tiles diagonally using a tile cutter. Set out the tiles according to the design and secure with proprietary adhesive using tile spacers.

Choose a grout colour that will either contrast with the tiles to accentuate the grout-lines and shape of the tiles, or use a grout of a similar shade to make the tiles themselves the feature of the design. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous and on-trend, you could try one of the new metallic grouts!

Featured: Julia Kendell’s stylish tile design uses tiles from British Ceramic Tile.

For more top tips, expert advice and inspiration, head to National Tile Week 9th – 15th April 2018.


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