The herringbone trend has had a rise in popularity during the last couple of years, although it’s never ever really been out of favour.
It’s a classic look, a design-minded pattern and now this herringbone format has found new places to feature, not just floors and walls in wood or ceramic, but also cupboard fronts, kitchen doors, table tops and the pattern even transfers into fabrics and of course has always been a knitting pattern – thriving at the moment for throws and cushions.
Create a quirky feature in a bathroom or kitchen, use for a fire hearth to restore a vintage look in your home or for an exciting new look use to create an alternative headboard – these Moroccan style tiles from Total Tiles are just 79p each. They come in so many gorgeous different patterns, choosing may be hard – so go eclectic and mix them all up together.
When there’s only a small budget and you want to update a look of a kitchen or bathroom, when the home is rented or you’d rather not a permanent design change or you fancy a quick and easy update to your tiles; tile stickers are a quick easy way to go with so many patterns and styles now available across the high street and online.
We love the bright coloured patterns from SirFaceGraphics, the minimal clean modern look from the stickers at josiecrafts on eBay and for a unique look head to Love Maps On for beautiful map image tile stickers (see main picture)
This season’s trend for mosaics shows how patterns of mosaic tiles or patterns in the style of, are not just for holiday destinations or even a bathroom – that can work in any room as a feature or pattern on the wall or homeware.
Blending art, architecture and design, mosaic tile is one of the oldest forms of wall and floor covering. Using the tiny squares known as tesserae, Ancient Greeks and Romans created detailed stories and intricate geometric patterns, and mosaic art embellishes ceilings, walls and floors from Byzantium to Barcelona // SeattleTimes.com
Using mosaics on walls can make a bold design statement and an incredible alternative to wallpaper or paint for a feature wall. You could use block colour or patterned design depending on the colour scheme and style of room. It could be used on a chimney breast, kitchen wall or even as an alternative way of creating a headboard for a bed.
Not looking to be so bold? There’s lots of accessories to bring a little of the trend into the home – on ceramics and fabrics.
Recent trends have seen flooring as an area of the home people are investing in more and more; looking for creative, original solutions for a statement look that is both current but adaptable to sit with various styles of interior designs as we change walls, textiles and furniture more often.
From dark woods to grey natural tones, to flexible resistant cork and wow-factor pattern ceramic tiles, across designer and high street brands there’s a lot to choose from.
Focus is on hard wearing and durable finishes and an advantage is to have something that is partially replaceable if damaged – like a tile or plank to easily swap. Having spare of your chosen flooring is a must for just such reason – so having a little left over is not a bad thing.
We love the recent designs of incorporating the look of texture and fabric within the finish of a tile – linens and silks working well.
For child friendly and uber hardwearing yet still modern and on trend, we think cork and chipboard are great options especially if you’re on a budget. Both materials are easy to get hold of and simple to get a sample to lay a little just to get an idea of the look.
If you love the look of vintage or traditional patterned, tiles but the prices can be rather high it’s great to look into vinyl tile versions that look both incredible and very durable, plus underfoot feels warmer and safer. Zazous, Tiles Direct and Leader Floors have great options. Vinyl is also as the cheaper version easy and less costly to change in the future when tastes change.
Modern vinyl has opened up the flooring market, with more and more finishes and patterns previously available only in other materials, now being replicated in vinyl – same look but cheaper. DIY favourite Homebase has a super new range of slate, porcelain and terrazzo look vinyl tiles that have a rich, textured finish but with the benefits of vinyl in warmth, durability and price.
Hunt out bargains, read reviews and order lots of samples of buying off the internet to ensure you are aware of finish, quality and thickness.
There are always going to be colours and materials that will continuously work as accents to a room, and one of these is copper. There was a dip in popularity last year where we were being told that copper was out, and to be replaced by other metalics like gold and bronze. But we can assure you copper is going nowhere and in 2017 it’s again going to be big.
As with most metalics copper works best in accessories, complimenting a room and colour scheme. But if you are feeling brave then there is a whole lot more you can do to get your copper fix.
Lighting is a great place to start with some gorgeous pendant lights, desk lamps and floor lamps readily available, as well as bringing subtle tones into bulbs and flex. [ made.com and rockettstgeorge.co.uk have some amazing lighting ]
Introduce copper in furniture through table legs and drawer fronts combined with dark woods on table tops and cabinets. Copper is a great metal to bring an industrial feel to a room working best with strong solid design, and when it’s worn it looks even better.
Pick some key pieces, whether it’s a wall clock, vases or kitchenware and stratigicaly place them around the space mixed with other prints and pattern to suit. Copper is a great metal that works with many different trends; scandinavian, industrial and bohemian to name a few, so whatever your taste copper can be included.
[ Some complimentary colours to consider would be navy, grey, dark green and white ].
For a full on copper experience you may want to consider covering a wall or floor. Pick a patterned paper with touches of copper, or go for an all over solid block on a feature wall. This can look really striking, especially in dark rooms. Tiling is another option to get the wow factor with brushed and worn copper working best, especially if considered for a hallway or kitchen.
The new collection from EK Colours is simply perfect. Their contemporary hand finishes ceramic alphabet tiles in the playful font are so appealing! Like pieces of art individually, these tiles make a statement and could be grouped to spell words or used independently amongst other tiles.
The collection is designed in London and decorated and made in Staffordshire.