Our love affair with patterned tiles isn’t a new thing. Patterned tiles date back to the earliest civilisations yet it was the Victorians that really bought them to the forefront of interior design. Millions of Victorian terraced houses were adorned in geometric patterned tiles; from hallways, porches, fire surrounds and walls. Of course, as with everything, decorative tiles have dropped out of favour at certain points but in the last half a decade I think its become clear they are here to stay.
Tiles are just better when they are patterned. Is it the juxtaposition between the softness of pattern and the hardness of the tiles? Or is that tiles are usually used in areas with plenty of edges and hard surfaces and patterned tiles somehow counteract this?! Whatever the reason we do know that they’re beautiful and will ultimately add character wherever used. Many patterned tiles are based on traditional tile designs from eras gone by and more recent, modern designs include geometric and patchwork tiles as well as stylish, patterned hexagon tiles.
If you’re looking to create a bold statement patterned tiles can be used throughout an entire space. Otherwise, to add more subtle interest, patterned tiles can be zoned to certain areas, such as shower areas or splash backs. Patterned tiles work beautifully on floors in bathrooms when teamed with a complementary, plain wall tile.
With so many choices available, we pick our top 10 for 2020…