21 kitchen tile ideas fit for a country home
Kitchen tile ides: farmhouse
This charming farmhouse-inspired splash back displays some of the key characteristics of Delft tiles, with the familiar blue and white colours and sweet depictions of rural life. Paired with the cream-coloured AGA and shaker cabinetry, it’s pure countryside.
Pictured: Dyrham Dairy Ceramic Tiles at Hyperion Tiles
Kitchen tile ides: classic country
Alex Ramsay | Country Living
A sweet country kitchen vignette picking up fresh shades of green. Kit kat tiles are a great choice if you’re tiling to the half in your kitchen – too much can appear overwhelming – and the soft moss green on these Country Living Artisan tiles is a great base for warmer cream colours and brass accents. We love those painted cows, too.
Pictured: Country Living Artisan Moss Green Ceramic Wall Tile at Homebase
Kitchen tile ides: pantry tiles
We’re seeing a return of the walk-in pantry in modern country kitchens, and tiles can be used really effectively here. A simple white tile is all you need to provide a backdrop to an assortment of enamelware, jars, and tins, and a high-gloss glaze will help to bounce the light around if your pantry is in a dark corner.
Pictured: Papyrus Brick Tile at Original Style
Advertisement – Continue Reading Below
Kitchen tile ides: splash back
Adrian Briscoe | Country Living
Tiles can make all the difference even in the smallest of kitchens. In tight spaces, pick any size between a tiny mosaic and a small brick – country kitchens tend to be highly decorated with lots of interesting details, and so you can afford to have busy tiled areas. The navy blue makes a great contrast to a sunny collection of yellow mugs.
Pictured: Country Living Artisan French Navy Ceramic Wall Tile at Homebase
Kitchen tile ides: sunny yellow
Yellow might well be the most underrated tile colour, if this fabulous Little Greene kitchen is anything to go by. A wonderful matt finish too that gives a chalky finish and lets the sunny yellow shade sing.
Pictured: Tiles in Sunlight at Little Greene
Kitchen tile ides: pastels
A clever design choice here, and one that can be so easily replicated. The soft sage green in these densely patterned tiles is matched perfectly in the painted cabinetry – on a large scale, this will feel wonderfully bright and fresh. The dark metallic hardware is an important detail too in preventing the scheme becoming overly pastel.
Pictured: Fleur Pumice Tile at Original Style
Advertisement – Continue Reading Below
Kitchen tile ides: utility room
Brent Darby | Country Living
If you dedicate a corner of your kitchen to storing muddy boots and coats, patterned or colourful tiles can be used to uplift an otherwise functional space. Keep your surfaces practical and easy to wipe down, and go for an eye-catching floor tile, like these beautiful peony blush tiles from our Country Living collection at Homebase.
Pictured: Country Living Starry Skies Peony Blush Wall & Floor Tile at Homebase
Kitchen tile ides: tiling recesses
Farrow & Ball
Tiles of course make an excellent natural splash back around hobs and sinks, and this fabulous green kitchen takes it one step further by tiling an entire recess, complete with a cream AGA.
Pictured: Walls painted in Bancha at Farrow & Ball
Kitchen tile ides: the floral friend
Plain tiles make a happy companion to dainty florals – here the combination has a lovely enveloping effect, creating the signature cosiness of a country kitchen and softening an otherwise functional space.
Pictured: Country Living Artisan Winter Sky Tile at Homebase
Advertisement – Continue Reading Below
Kitchen tile ides: tropical
Baked Tile Co
Here, a fresh tropical mural with peachy accents adds a bit of interest to a classic kitchen. We love the shades of green in this kitchen, for a fresh and invigorating finish.
Pictured: Grain Leaves Mural at Baked Tile Co.
Kitchen tile ides: all black
Walls and Floors
A brave design choice, but one worth considering nonetheless. No other shade will provide such a strong contrast to brightly coloured accessories, and so it’s a good choice if you want your sunnier colours to stand out.
Pictured: Rhian Black Gloss Tiles at Walls & Floors
Kitchen tile ides: Tapestry style
Country kitchens tend to embrace clutter and a charming mismatch of furniture and accessories. Mirror this in your kitchen tiles by going for randomised patterns – we love this collection from Original Style that creates a tapestry effect.
Pictured: Blue Tapestry Collection at Original Style
Advertisement – Continue Reading Below
Kitchen tile ides: feature flooring
Caroline Arber | Country Living
The kitchen is a great place to try out feature flooring. Anything densely patterned or with a rainbow of colours does a neat job of hiding the general scuffs and scrapes that tend to form in a busy kitchen.
Pictured: Country Living Starry Skies Floor & Wall Tile, and Winter Sky Ceramic Wall Tile, both at Homebase
Kitchen tile ides: the utility room
Bert & May
Often overlooked and underloved, despite being a high-traffic and hard working area – this utility room uses a fabulous tiled floor and eye-catching rug combination to great effect.
Pictured: Quinta Marron Tile at Bert & May
Kitchen tile ides: playful pattern
One for the artists and budding DIYers. These tiles are hand painted with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint, which requires no sanding or priming, and adheres to wood, metal, laminate, concrete, and more. An affordable way to update tiles without replacing them.
Pictured: Kitchen tiles painted with chalk paint at Annie Sloan
Advertisement – Continue Reading Below
Kitchen tile ides: texture
It’s not just painted tiles that can add visual interest to a kitchen, textured tiles work wonderfully to add depth and capture natural lighting in striking ways.
Pictured: House of Hackney tiles
Kitchen tile ides: rustic and charming
Adrian Briscoe | Country Living
Country kitchens tend to embrace anything a little worn-out and rustic, and this can be complemented even with brand new tiles. Go for tiles that have handmade elements like uneven edges, a rippled surface, or an encaustic effect that creates a chalky, matt finish.
Pictured: Country Living Starry Skies White Light Floor & Wall Tile at Homebase
Kitchen tile ideas: Calico tiles
Burleigh x Craven Dunnill Jackfield
Here, the iconic Burleigh calico pattern is cast into ceramic wall tiles in a delicious navy blue. We love the tiled skirting too.
Pictured: Burleigh x Craven Dunnill Jackfield tiles
Advertisement – Continue Reading Below
Kitchen tile ideas: mural
One of our favourite kitchen tile effects. Create a sweet mural that picks up scenes from the countryside – we love these Winchester Tiles that feature plump fruit and colourful roosters. This works best in a corner of your kitchen that has natural framing, here set back behind an AGA.
Pictured: Chicken Coop Tiles at Tile Look
Kitchen tile ideas: Mediterranean inspired
A pretty mediterranean effect here, with an incredible tiled floor, and simple painted mosaic splash back. Again, these tiles have been painted with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint in colours that evoke images of olive groves under a sunny Italian sky.
Pictured: Kitchen tiles painted with chalk paint at Annie Sloan
Best Kitchen Tiles for Walls, Floors, Backsplash
The best place to shop for Kitchen Tiles online! Browse by Material, Color, Shape, Style, Size, and More! Need more backsplash inspiration? Check out our Kitchen Design Gallery!
Find the perfect kitchen tiles and backsplash ideas for your home! We offer free shipping and 45-day returns. Dress your backsplash with porcelain, marble, or mosaic patterns; find the perfect kitchen floor and wall tile with Mother of Pearl or metallic details; freshen up a farmhouse floor design with wood-look porcelain planks. We have creative and unique designs for any kitchen upgrade! If your home decor style runs to the classic and timeless, a tile backsplash kitchen wall might be the perfect option for your interior! If you’re dreaming of a glamorous home, add the shine of shell with a Mother of Pearl backsplash. Complement your farmhouse kitchen with wood-look porcelain floor tiles that resemble hardwood flooring or a faux shiplap wall to create a stunning interior that is totally Instagram-worthy. Our selection of kitchen products includes backsplash in glass, marble, shell, and more!
Where to use tiles in your kitchen:
When it comes to choosing kitchen tiles, most people think of their backsplash. Tile is a great material over your stove since it’s resistant to water and stains from cooking. The white subway tile backsplash is a classic kitchen design staple thanks to how easy it is to keep clean and how beautifully it goes with any style of decor! You can pair a white subway tile backsplash with any style of aesthetic. This material will contrast a bold and friendly paint color, or you can create a white tile backsplash kitchen design by choosing your favorite semi-gloss paint for an easy-to-clean choice! Another low-maintenance favorite is a glass tile kitchen backsplash. You can choose from a wide range of colorful glass mosaics to fit any interior!
Not only can you use kitchen tile to give your kitchen backsplash a beautiful makeover, but there are plenty of other ways you can update your kitchen! Finding the perfect flooring is key to creating a cooking space that you’ll love to use and luckily we have plenty of floor tiles for kitchens. If you want to skip the maintenance of wood floors, our wood-look designs are a great hardwood alternative for your kitchen floor tile. You can create a farmhouse interior with flooring that looks like white oak chevron planks or antiqued wood hexagons.
You can’t go wrong with marble kitchen floor tile! Whether you choose a classic large-format Bianco Carrara marble, friendly blue kitchen tiles, a bold black and white marble hexagon to add contrast to a modern white kitchen, or an elegant marble hex floor that will instantly elevate the choices you make in your appliances, fixtures, and cabinets!
Looking for a hardwood floor alternative? Adding a wood look porcelain kitchen floor is a great way to capture the rustic appeal of plank flooring without having to buff, polish, or shine to maintain the beauty of natural wood. Floor tiles for your kitchen can capture the beauty of a white oak chevron floor install for a modern interior, a whitewashed plank with an antiqued finish that can create a country charm in your farmhouse kitchen, and even a fun mosaic tile kitchen backsplash or floor with wood-look marble!
You can also give your home a beautiful paneled effect with wall tiles! Create a faux shiplap effect to add a rustic touch to your Fixer Upper-approved open floor plan. Add a shining glass accent wall to reflect light and open up a darker space to give your kitchen a brighter feel. Up the glam factor with a white marble and Mother of Pearl waterjet that will create a luminous finish alongside glass cabinets and glittering chandeliers in an elegant butler’s pantry or as a beautiful wet bar backsplash! Going for a more eclectic touch to your kitchen tile design? A playful agate and geode patterned glass wall is not only colorful and fun but easy to keep clean! Recycled glass is also a great option for a sustainable and beautiful kitchen tile – add a blue backsplash with a wood look with our best-selling recycled glass subway mosaic!
Looking to DIY your kitchen remodel? Our selection of peel and stick backsplash for kitchen use include genuine Carrara marble hexagon mosaic tiles that can be easily cut and installed by a first-time tiler and homeowner. You can also use vinyl peel and stick tile sheets look to create a unique backsplash installation in an afternoon! Don’t forget to complete your project with a bullnose trim or another trim of your choice!
Frequently Asked Questions about Kitchen Tile:
Q: Which type of kitchen tile is best?
A: Making a decision about what type of kitchen tile to use can be tough due to the wide range of options. Do you want something that’s low-maintenance and easy to clean, like glass subway tile? Maybe you’re looking for something with a bit more personality, like a decorative marble mosaic. Tile Club carries lots of materials that can be used for your kitchen. Ceramic, glass, and marble tend to be the most popular, but these days new kitchens can be designed with backsplashes made from mirrors, metal, or even peel and stick.
Q: Which color is good for kitchen tiles?
A: Green is majorly trending for 2022, so tiles like La Riviera Quetzal, Aqua Herringbone Glass Tiles, or Sage Frost Diamond Tile are making waves. We also see a lot of classic styles like white kitchen wall tiles with decorative flair like our Mallorca White or white Thassos marble and shell mosaics. Blue kitchens are a timeless trend, whether you like blue and white hexagon glass mosaic designs behind the stove or blue wood-look flooring for the floor!
Q: What is the most popular floor tile for kitchens?
A: Two of the most popular kitchen floor tiles are marble and porcelain – both are easy to maintain and have a wide range of style options. Choose from gorgeous natural stone designs, wood look tiles for a farmhouse kitchen, warm neutral colors, or dramatic darker tones to suit any floor style!
Q: How do I choose kitchen tiles?
A: Browse by color, price, or material to find the perfect style for your remodel or new build. Pair tile samples with your paint swatches, textiles, and fixtures to select the perfect kitchen tiles for your backsplash, walls, and floors.
Q: How much does kitchen tile cost?
A: Tile Club’s collection of kitchen tiles starts around $6.00 per square foot. We have a wide range of options for any style and price point! Materials like glass, ceramic and porcelain are the most budget-friendly for a kitchen renovation. We also carry high end materials like marble, shell, and metal for a luxurious upgrade.
Q: What type of tiles are used on the kitchen floor?
A: You can use a wide range of materials as floor tiles for kitchens! Tile Club carries floor tiles in marble, porcelain, glass, ceramic, stone, metal, and even shell. Select ‘Floor’ as your project type to check for all approved styles for your kitchen floor.
Q: Which is better floor tile for kitchens: ceramic or porcelain?
A: Both ceramic and porcelain are great options for your kitchen floor! Porcelain comes in a wider selection of floor options and is extremely durable and easy to clean, making it a great choice for a long lasting and low-maintenance kitchen floor.
fashionable and trendy kitchen finishes 2023-2024
- Carpet tiles in marble: classic luxury
- Azulejo tiles: Portuguese style
- Checkerboard & Chevron Tile: French Chic
- Fleur-de-lis tiles: vignettes in the center of the room
- Houndstooth Tile: Luxury Multi Color Marble
- Ombre Tile: Moroccan Zellige
- Geometric tiles: Scandinavian luxury
- Tribal Encaustic Tiles are the fashion trend of 2023!
In our new article, we will show the most trendy solutions for decorating the walls and floor of the kitchen with tiles with various patterns. For example, we will look at classic carpet, glencheck, checkerboard and windsor patterns, ethnic Portuguese azulejos, English encaustic, as well as geometric Scandinavian patterns and the ombre effect.
Best Price Guaranteed!
Show the calculation from any company – and we are guaranteed to offer cheaper.
10% discount for orders before July 1, 2023.
Carpet pattern tiles in marble: classic luxury
The “carpet” pattern looks great in marbled porcelain stoneware, granite and natural marble. It smartly zones kitchens with islands, grand dining rooms and living rooms, as well as stairwells. Floor tiles with a carpet pattern look simply gorgeous – they make the interior geometric, strict, modern. But wall tiles with a carpet pattern do not look so good and are used much less often.
Tiles with carpet pattern are one of the most ancient in Europe. Marble was then laid in such a way that in the center there was a rectangular block of one color, and around the perimeter – another. At their junction there were decorative stripes and other elements. Carpet pattern tiles come in a wide range of prices and are often created individually, already on site, by cutting porcelain stoneware. Laying tiles with a carpet pattern is quite difficult; this requires highly qualified professionals with extensive experience, especially when it comes to cutting large-format porcelain tiles. Thus, laying tiles with a pattern can be quite expensive, plus the price of the tile itself. And marbled porcelain stoneware itself can cost 8,000–12,000 ₽/m² from Italy and 5,000–10,000 ₽/m² from Spain.
Go to the catalog of kitchens
The catalog contains all the factories producing Italian kitchens from inexpensive models to premium and elite ones.
Art Deco Kitchens
Azulejo tiles: Portuguese style
Azulejos are patchwork tiles, where each tile, approximately 10×10 cm in size, has its own unique design. In the context of one backsplash or one wall, the same tile is repeated many times, but in general we see from 6 to 12 varieties in one collection of the brand. The patterns in the tiles on the wall look very original, but the azulejos in the tiles on the floor look completely 100% authentic.
This tile is ideal for a kitchen backsplash, an accent area in floor design (a kitchen or a loggia, for example), as well as for any Mediterranean interior, including Provence, Italian, Spanish and others.
The azulejo pattern has many advantages – a variety of colors makes the interior especially original; multi-format design allows you to put an accent in a white or beige interior; dust and any dirt on such a tile is absolutely not visible. Such Russian-made tiles cost 2,000-5,000 ₽/m², Italian and Spanish – 5,000-10,000 ₽/m².
Checkerboard and Chevron tiles: French chic
The traditional French checkerboard pattern, where tiles in two or three contrasting colors are interspersed in a square or polygonal manner, is one of the most legendary flooring options in classic French style.
This pattern can be considered a reference for art deco and transitional styles, which are modern analogues of French classics, popular in France, the USA and Canada. A variant of the chevron ornament with more oblong rectangular details is similar. Black and white tiles with a checkerboard pattern are the most common. It looks best in a white kitchen.
Tiles with a checkerboard or chevron pattern can cost in different ways: Russian-made – 3,000-6,000 ₽ / m², Italian and Spanish – 5,000-12,000 ₽ / m².
Fleur-de-lis tiles: vignettes in the center of the room
The fleur de lys, often referred to simply as “vignette French heraldry”, is a very common option for floor design in neoclassical and classic, and in general in pro-French interiors. Tiles with a fleur-de-lis pattern usually cost ₽8,000–15,000/m², but they are complemented by plain tiles at a price of ₽3,000–8,000/m².
Houndstooth Tile: Luxury Multi Color Marble
This two-color (or three-color) pattern with abstract four-pointed figures is often done in black and white. The pattern was invented in Sweden a very long time ago (about 2,000 years ago) and was primarily used for tweed fabric. Already in modern times (in the 1880s), New York clothing designers brought it back into fashion. In interior design, three- and four-color options with a pattern of marble of different breeds or marbled porcelain stoneware are now popular. White houndstooth tiles are complemented by gray patterned tiles and black patterned tiles. Today, most often they imitate marble and are porcelain stoneware.
Tiles with a houndstooth pattern can cost both 3,000 and 8,000 ₽ / m², it all depends on the quality of the pattern and the material itself (porcelain stoneware / tile).
Ombre tiles: Moroccan zellige
Zellige is a type of terracotta that also has an ombre effect, but tradition is painted in a variety of shades (green, blue, yellow, orange, pink, blue). But zellige is a much more interesting variation of it. Originating from the Fes region of Morocco, the original zellige is, of course, handmade tiles.
In workshops in northern Morocco, artisans pack local clay into shallow rectangular shapes, then place the slabs in the sun to dry, then stack them like houses of cards in ovens filled with olive pits to burn all night. The technique they use is ancient, passed down from generation to generation, from craftsman to apprentice. Such tiles are not found anywhere else in the world and, according to local residents, were blessed by God. The resulting tile is a pale, warm terracotta with soft ripples that add depth and nuance to the colored glazes and reflect the light that dances across its surface. It is the tile that shimmers on ceilings, walls, floors and fountains throughout Morocco. Each piece is carefully carved by hand. She inspires interior designers all over the world!
For the floor, tiles with a zellige pattern and an ombre effect are not used, as they are in fact fragile and not intended for walking on it. If you want this kind of tile for your floor, consider imitation zellige on porcelain stoneware or azulejo tile, which looks a lot like it. Zellige pattern wall tiles are the most popular and are used in bathroom and kitchen designs. You can buy tiles with a zellige pattern in the original (for example, from ZIA TILE) for 10,000–15,000 ₽/m².
Geometric tiles: Scandinavian luxury
In Scandinavia, the geometric pattern has been used since the beginning of knitting woolen things: carpets, sweaters and in general any clothes. Traditional Scandinavian patterns were more geometric and strict than, for example, Arabic, based on floral ornaments. In the 20th century, national Scandinavian ornaments turned into computer-generated, clearly defined geometric shapes. White tiles with a geometric pattern are often paired with gray and black tiles.
Floor tiles with a geometric pattern are, as a rule, hexagons, tartan, herringbone (herringbone), various types of cells, gingham. Wall tiles with a geometric pattern usually contain small details. The patterns on the tiles on the wall often have a finer pattern than the same patterns on the tiles on the floor (not in the context of one collection, but in general), since the backsplash is perceived by our eyes in more detail than the floor. The interior design of a modern kitchen looks very original with geometric accents.
You can buy a tile with a geometric pattern in the Scandinavian style for 3,000–6,000 ₽/m².
Tribal encaustic tile is the fashion trend of 2023!
An encaustic tile is a ceramic tile whose pattern or pattern on the surface is not the product of glazing, but clay cement in different colors. They usually come in two, three, or four colors, but a tile can even be made up of six to ten colors! The interior design of Italian cuisine with a provincial feel often includes encaustic tiles.
In today’s interior design, encaustic tiles come in two types: the original encaustic tiles, where two colors of clay are still mixed; and ordinary ceramic tiles with an encaustic pattern. Both options have their advantages and different price categories. You can buy a tile with an encaustic pattern in the original for 10,000–15,000 ₽/m², and a tile with an encaustic pattern can cost both 4,000 ₽/m² and 6,000 ₽/m²!
Modern encaustic tiles use a two-step molding process. First, the “inlay” color is molded. For multiple colors, a mold is used with cavities for each color, and individual colors are carefully filled in. The colored clay is then placed face down in the mold. Creating a tile takes 5 minutes, as cement clay simply hardens, it does not need to be fired. Today, the making of encaustic clay tiles can be seen at the Jackfield Tile Museum, one of the Ironbridge Gorge museums. In general, the production of encaustic tiles is still concentrated in the UK, while encaustic tiles are most often found in the collections of Spanish brands.
As in the Middle Ages, during the Gothic Revival of the 19th and 20th centuries, tiles were most often made and laid in churches. Even the tiles laid in private houses were often a copy of those found in religious places, their replica. Encaustic tile floors exist throughout Europe and North America, but they are most common in England, where they were commercialized for the first time in history.
In the 13th century, no self-respecting abbey, monastery or royal palace could do without tiled floors. Encaustic tiles were made by pressing a design into unfired clay to a shallow depth using a carved wooden mold. The resulting recesses were filled with liquid clay. Initially, the body of the tile was usually made of red clay with a white pattern in the ornament, so that 95% of the tiles from the 12th century were red and white. The clay was glazed with a simple lead glaze obtained by boiling pieces of lead. It was ground into a powder and mixed with water so that it adhered to the surface of the tile. When fired in a wood-fired oven to around 1000°C, the glaze would melt and form a thin layer over the tile.
By the 16th century, the fashion for inlaid tiles had faded, but in the early years of the 18th century, architects looked to the past for inspiration and stumbled upon examples of old medieval tiles. Several authors have collected the drawings found on such tiles and published them. This has led to interest and demand for reproduction tiles for new and refurbished church floors. The Gothic revival began. In 1835, Samuel Wright, a merchant in Zaffer of Stoke-on-Trent, experimented with making reproductions using plaster and steel molds, but due to the nature of his business, he decided to sell the rights to his patent in equal shares to Chamberlain & Co. of Worcester and Herbert. Minton in Stock. Chamberlain immediately began production, but Minton decided to improve the process by building a small special oven for his experiments. Initial results were disappointing: local clay from the Stok area shrank during firing, so the inlaid pattern constantly moved away from the body of the tile. However, he continued to work and in 1842 presented his first major commission for Temple Church in London. On this project, he collaborated with the architect Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, who also worked on the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament) in London. Pugin was soon supplying Minton tiles for the palace and many other prestigious projects at home and abroad.
As encaustic tiles became more common in churches, public buildings, and even modest homes, several other manufacturers took up the challenge, the best known of which was William Godwin of Lugwardine, Hereford.
Godwin made tiles with a much more authentic medieval feel than mass-produced Minton tiles, and had considerable success with architects in church restorations. In the 1860s he experimented with a more mechanical form of tile production and “dust” pressing. This involved drying the clay to about 8% moisture, where it turned into a powder or “dust”. It was then pressed into a steel matrix using a screw press, originally hand-operated but later steam-driven.
The dust pressing process was developed for making wall and floor tiles in the 1840s, and in 1842 Richard Prosser received a patent. In the 1860s, Godwin collaborated with William Boulton, a press maker, to create inlaid floor tiles using a similar process. And in 1868, Boulton patented the first machines capable of turning encaustic tiles pressed into dust. The system was complex and used separate carved brass plates for each color. However, using new equipment, the Godwins were able to produce clay tiles in up to 8 different colors! On the Continent, a slightly different technique was used, involving a “lighton” or thin metal framework that was placed in a matrix, with each compartment of the framework filled with a small amount of clay dust of a different color. The frame was carefully removed, clay was added for the substrate, and the entire batch was pressed under enormous pressure – up to 4 tons per 5 square centimeters. This made it possible to obtain compacted tiles that could be easily handled and fired immediately. Pressing the clay caused the individual colors to come together and gave each color a softer hue than the British process. The firing lasted only 5–10 minutes, in contrast to the firing of ceramic tiles, which takes 60–120 minutes. And now encaustic tiles are produced without firing at all.
By 1900, there were hundreds of manufacturers throughout western and southern Europe. And although encaustic tiles fell out of fashion in the UK, large-scale production continued until the 1930s in France, Belgium and Spain. In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in encaustic tile, with many of the original floors now being carefully removed, restored and re-installed in modern and historic homes. After 100 years of wear and tear, they still retain their original beauty, paying homage to the craftsmen who made them. Carreaux de ciments tiles were also made by hand and were popular in France around 1890-1910, representing a cheaper version of the exquisite and expensive ceramic encaustic tiles. Instead of clay, a cement base was placed in the mold, and multi-colored cement, often mixed with marble dust, was poured into the patterned sections of a brass mold placed in a wooden block. After being removed from the block, instead of being fired in a kiln, as is the case with ceramic tiles, the tiles were left to “cur” or dry slowly in a room of constant humidity. This allowed the cement to set properly, and controlled humidity ensured that there were no small cracks on the surface of the tile. Now tiles using this technology are made in France and Belgium, but most of all – in the UK and Spain.
Oriental patterns on ceramic tiles
The use of ethnic motifs in accents is a very topical technique in interior design. Such solutions look especially interesting in ceramics. The design of floor and wall tiles in oriental style is diverse – it can be Moroccan, Turkish, Israeli and many others.
On the photo of the interiors you can see how colorful the introduction of colored ornaments into modern apartments and houses looks like. We have highlighted the basic principles in a selection of tips on how and where it is better to use tiles with oriental patterns.
Combine colorful floor tiles with minimalist walls
Oriental tiles are often very rich in lines and colors. That is why, having decorated the floor in a similar style, you should make the walls and ceiling as neutral as possible. Let it be a light color, even texture, a minimum of decor and small things. You’ve already decided on the accent, so don’t add too many other details.
Use oriental tiles on the backsplash
In the kitchen, this tile will be especially appropriate. A very practical solution is to lay it out on an apron near the work area. And beautiful, and stylish, and not too marco. At least if you had a white coating or clear glass on your wall before, the difference will be quite noticeable. Although you need to take care of her just as carefully.
Decorate your stairs with bright ornaments
Stair steps are one of the most interesting places to use Oriental style tiles. You can combine different types of ornaments, colors, patterns and styling methods, while not being afraid to overload the interior at all. Decorate the riser area with accent elements of this kind, and you will transform any staircase beyond recognition.
Ethnic motifs in the bathroom are at the peak of popularity
As for the bathroom, it is also very important not to overdo it. To choose for decoration with tiles in oriental style, we recommend the floor. This is reasonable given that the tiles on the floor will be noticeable in any case, but it will not look as aggressive as, say, all the walls in a similar design. If you have several bathrooms, experimentation is welcome, but when there is only one restroom, it is better to stick to the golden mean.
5 hallway + ornament on the floor = great combination
dirt, water and debris. That is why in the hallway area, tiles are almost always laid on the floor to facilitate the maintenance and cleaning of this area.