patterned porcelain tiles

Choosing patterned porcelain tiles

Beautiful patterned porcelain tiles can really lift a bathroom, kitchen, living room, hallway or conservatory.

From floors with flair to striking feature walls and appealing kitchen splashbacks, cleverly chosen patterned porcelain tiles are guaranteed to make a style statement, enhance a room and add character.

With an array of gloriously patterned porcelain tiles available, here’s our advice on how to overcome the challenge of choosing the right design for your space:

Tip 1.     Pair patterned porcelain tiles with plainer elements in the room

If you opt for bold or intricately patterned porcelain tiles – either on the wall or floor – then use plainer elements elsewhere in the scheme. Since complex tile designs will make a big impact, choose simpler kitchen units or sofas, for example, to show off your chosen pattern rather than clash with it and vie for attention!

Tip 2.     Choose the right scale of patterned porcelain tiles

The designs on many patterned porcelain tiles are created with the intention of being laid in formation to create an altogether larger design – for example a quartet of tiles which centre around their inner corners.  Whilst this can be especially striking in a larger kitchen, living area or bathroom, the effect will be lost if installed in a space which is too cramped.  Smaller patterns could look too busy if used over a larger area, so are best suited for splashbacks or feature walls.

Tip 3.     Add a plain border to your patterned porcelain tiles

Another option is to use a plain coloured tile to create a border or edge to walls or floors that are predominantly tiled in pattern (or vice versa – a patterned border with plain central section). Tile shapes now range from the classic square shape through mosaic sheets to rectangular and hexagonal options – so you should keep the shape of your porcelain tiles consistent to tessellate and avoid too much contrast.

Tip 4.     Embrace a theme with your patterned porcelain tiles

With so many different patterns available, the world is your oyster.  If you know you’d like patterned porcelain tiles but you’re not sure what style you’d like, have a think about the influences you admire – anything goes, from Victorian to Moroccan-inspired designs.

Tip 5.     Create an eye-catching feature wall with porcelain tiles

Varying geometric designs can work successfully if applied randomly to form a patchwork effect.  To ensure that your porcelain tiles aren’t overly busy, choose a restricted palette of colours – for example, shades of grey and white or more muted tones.

We’ve got floors (and walls) covered: from ceramic and porcelain tiles to vinyl products

At Tilemates we offer an extensive selection of ceramic and porcelain tiles in a broad spectrum of colours, patterns, textures and surface finishes.  In addition we also supply mosaic tiles from Original Style and vinyl floor products by renowned brands, Karndean and Amtico.

With five showrooms in the South East – in Brighton, Crayford, Petts Wood, Tunbridge Wells and Welling – our tiles range from classical to modern in style; we also offer a fantastic stock collection which can be despatched for next day delivery from our Surrey distribution centre.

If you would like to find out more about our range of ceramic and porcelain tiles or vinyl flooring, please speak to a member of the Tilemates team at your nearest showroom or call our Chessington Head Office on 020 8397 6284. 

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  • Brighton

    Tel: 01273 412000

  • Crayford

    Tel: 01322 555453

  • Petts Wood

    Tel: 01689 878667

  • Tunbridge Wells

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    Tel: 020 8303 4023

  • Head Office

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