Utopia    Guest Blog 07 Sep 2017

Roccia’s style experts reveal top tips on how to transform the home using tiles


Whether you’re after a subtle refresh or a mass renovation for your kitchen or bathroom, it’s always a smart idea to start for the surfaces and work your way in. Tiles especially can make a dramatic effect on your kitchen or bathroom design, so we’ve asked the style experts at Roccia how to best use tiles to transform your home. Here’s what they had to say…

When you choose to style with tiles, you choose to create a lavishly stylish space to live in that is sure to attract plenty of attention.

A Grand Entrance – Make a Lasting First Impression

Your hallway is arguably the most important room in your home because it is the first space visitors see when they enter. Integrating tiles into your hallway floor plan is an effective way to utilise tiles to make a lasting first impression. Tiles add an element of grandness and stability to spaces and with minimal furniture to obscure the design work, the tiling pattern will undoubtedly stand out to all who visit your home.

You may wish to stay traditional in your floor plan with an iconic and timeless chequered entrance, or perhaps want to enhance a period property with Victorian style tiles.

Alternatively, you could have a more dramatic welcome – being creative and experimenting with hexagon tiles will add an understated elegance to any interior and put modernity right on your doorstep. You could even use Milano porcelain tiles to add some character to your home as soon as you step through your front door.
Reinvent the Heart of your Home

The kitchen is the hub of one’s home and often a space that people feel they spend most of their time in. Because of this, it is crucial that the kitchen is a visually appealing and lively space.

Installing your kitchen with a new splashback is the perfect way to renovate it affordably without going through a full, extensive remodel. Sometimes less is more, and incorporating classic metro tiles into your splashback is an extremely stylish option without being trend-led. This popular tile design originated from London’s tube stations and will create a modern and relaxed kitchen space. Teaming this tile effect with painted walls will reinvent your kitchen without breaking the bank.

Consider using a dark colour scheme in your kitchen to provide the space with a luxurious feel. Heritage shades with deep pigmentation will help to achieve a high quality, sophisticated kitchen, which could be continued into the tile design – using the right colour palette could transform simple metro tiles into exclusive luxe. Pairing a dark blue colour scheme with a sumptuous marble work top is a perfect way to enhance this high-end appeal even further in a heritage style kitchen.

An ordinary metro tile splashback could be made extraordinary when placed in a herringbone pattern as opposed to horizontal. The angular nature of this design adds a dynamic energy into a kitchen and produces an interesting focal point that is extremely on trend. Alternatively, skinny rectangular tiles could be used to create the same herringbone effect but in a slightly different way.

Creating an engaging accent wall can reinvent your kitchen and give a regular splashback a burst of energy. The geometric appeal of hexagonal tiles in a hallway creates a textured and fun design that could also be used as part of an accent wall in a kitchen.

Mimicking a patchwork quilt in your wall design is a further focal point option that is taking the world of home décor by storm. Patchwork tiles are a great way of adding character to a kitchen and can be mixed and matched to suit anyone’s taste, from retro to modern.


Add in a Some Exotic After Tones

Bring culture into your home and invest in Moroccan-inspired kitchen tiles. Though these date back many centuries ago, they can be made current when used appropriately in a modern-day kitchen. The intricate and beautiful designs create intrigue and pair perfectly with wooden butcher block work tops and open shelving. Topping tiled walls with open shelving is also a great way to disguise any rough edges.

When creating an accent wall, be sure to minimise bright, exotic patterns in other aspects of your kitchen to avoid overwhelming the space. Using strong colours in an accent wall can also be controlled by continuing the featured coloured palette into other parts of the room.

When used carefully, tiles can completely transform the space in your home, so it is extremely important that tiles are thought about when in the process of home renovation.

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