It started, as it so often does, on Instagram. A couple of people – Sian Astley and Alex Steadman of The Frugality to be precise – included these tiles on their instastories and, as a long-time fan of patterned tiles, I was immediately keen to know where they came from. I was also intrigued to see more people adopting pattern in their tiles. The subway, while classic, has reigned supreme for too long.
As I said the other day, when I predicted that wallpaper was going to be huge in 2018, pattern has been under-rated for the last few years and it’s making its way back now. Patterned tiles are a great way to add character and personality to rooms that are traditionally full of hard surfaces and straight lines – our kitchens and bathrooms.
Injecting a bit of pattern – and it doesn’t have to be colourful as you can see from the ones I’ve selected here – immediately make a space more interesting. And, as I’ve said, before plain grey floor tiles in a kitchen have a tendency to look like a pavement so pattern will liven things up a little.
But you don’t have to use pattern all over the wall or floor as shown in these first few pictures which might feel a little too much in both large and small spaces. Take inspiration from the pictures below and mix it up a little. Why not use pattern in a stripe down the wall? Or lay them in a rug formation under a table and put plain ones around the edge? You can also do that by a bath so it looks like a bathmat. Or a runner down a hallway – tiles are practical and easy to clean in that high traffic area and you can have underfloor heating then as well.
Using fewer in a more imaginative layout is a cheaper way to do it too as the patterned ones can be expensive. Here I have included some images – at different price points – of tiles used in more interesting ways. The picture below is Topps Tiles, for example, and I love the way they have created stripes of varying widths.
Or this – which is a riot of clashing patterns but all in black and white so that it doesn’t clash. It’s quite busy but you don’t have to copy this exactly. Just take it as inspiration. I’m now looking at my plain marble shower that I created last year and thinking I wish I’d been bolder. What do you think – fancy including some pattern in your home this year?