Tile tips and reno trends
There’s a lot to consider when choosing tiles, such as the location you’re working with, the size of your space, the look you’re trying to create and how to colour and pattern combine. Not only that, the type of tile you choose will also have an impact on the overall cost to lay them.
But with some vibrant and interesting tile trends making their mark this year, choosing the right one is critical. Here at HomeHub, we take a look at the latest colour and pattern trends – and also discover some original and inspiring ways to use tiles around the home.
Similar to last year, classic black and white, grey colours and tones, concrete and timber-look tiles are still popular, with heavily patterned floors in wet areas an ongoing trend. Organic colours such as forest green and earthy blue combined with timber and stone have become a firm favourite.
More often than not, however, your choice of colours and patterns will depend on where you’re laying or using your tiles.
“Intricately patterned or boldly coloured tiles in a large area can look very dramatic – and very busy if this is the look you’re after. Soft pale colours or simplistic designs create the opposite effect,” says reproduction and antique tile design specialist Sonya Marish from Jatana Interiors.
“When used indoors, the size of the tile’s design should balance with the size of the room or space where the tiles will be laid. A large design can look out of balance in small areas, so I tend to use these in large rooms or expansive outdoor spaces,” she explains.
Feature tiles with an organic theme are also gracing splashbacks and other areas around the home. “Plantation theme and Australian landscapes are in this year driven by a desire to bring the outside in. This is definitely a look on our radar,” says Heider Scherer from custom tile company jennoliART.
Types and sizes of tiles
Deciding on what size tile to choose and how to lay them is also a major consideration. And not surprisingly, is dependent on where you’re placing your tiles. Adrian Ramsay from Adrian Ramsay Design House says large format tiles are very popular this year, not only in open spaces but also in the kitchen and other external areas.
“Large format tiles are also now being used for benchtops, walls and exterior claddings, often cut by a stone mason, not a tiler,” he explains. “These large format tiles are replacing the use of traditional stone in benches and as wall claddings, with the added benefit of an impervious surface, meaning they won’t stain or wear like stone will.”
Penny round and hexagon mosaics will continue to add a touch of sophistication to bathrooms and look stunning combined with the latest brass tapware. And herringbone patterns in both bathrooms and kitchens not only add a stylish look and feel to any wet area, but also work perfectly in smaller areas to enhances the feeling of space.
One thing to note however is that the type of tile you choose and the way you lay them does impact on installation costs. Porcelain tiles with rectified or sharp edges are the quickest, and therefore, cheapest tiles to lay. Anything small such as mosaics or irregular tiles such as sandstone, granite, travertine or even antique tiles take longer to lay and so will also be more expensive on a square metre rate.
Clever ways to use tiles around the home
If you’re in the process of renovating, or are simply looking for ways to refresh your home, replacing tiles or incorporating a feature into your existing tiles is a great way to go.
“When it comes to renovating, especially in the kitchen, don’t overdo it though. An easy, affordable tip to give your space a lift is to create a small feature in an area that stands out and catches your eye. A simple strip near the cooktop or preparation areas with the right tile can create an instant wow factor,” says Sonya.
“When choosing tiles for the kitchen, I recommend you either use feature tiles on a splashback, on the face of a kitchen island, as the flooring, or as a solo feature wall. The kitchen is usually the place where there is a lot going on so it’s best to choose a tile colour and pattern that provides some balance. Put simply, small designs best suit small splashbacks while larger designs work better on the floor,” she says.
Heider from jennoliART says tiling trends adding a hint of luxury to the exterior of homes include tile features in or around patios and custom-made waterline tiles in pools.
“An interesting tile feature draws the eye and brings charm to a once boring space. At jennoliART we’re also using a combination of digital technology and ceramic techniques to produce personalised custom printed tiles and even decorative murals around the home,” she says.
Different types of tiles
When planning your tiling project, it’s important to understand the different types of tiles and how to use them:
- Antique tiles cost-more but they’re usually one-of-a-kind
- Ceramic tiles are a great cost-effective option
- Large format panels will achieve a seamless look with minimal grout lines
- Mosaic tiles allow you to highlight areas with splashes of colour and creativity
Natural stone delivers a stunning organic look for any project
- Porcelain tiles are great for bathrooms and kitchens due to their low porosity rating
Source: National Tiles