Inspirational and beautiful – the incredible ceramic tiles from Smink Things are unique and eye catching. Designer, Marianne Smirk uses screen printed designs to create patterned tiles in the softest hues and wonderful colour palette.
Smink Studiois the studio of designer Marianne Smink. She loves everything that is handmade and imperfect and has a background in print design Smink Tiles are made with traditional processes, combined with beautiful color combinations and bold patterns. Imperfection is key, each tile is slightly different. At Smink Studio we like to work on special and one-off projects. All designs in our basic collection can be coloured again in one of the colours from our palette. We make all customised tiles to order. We also offer a full design service for all special and one-off projects.
Tiles aren’t just for the bathroom or kitchen splash back, they are a design material to bring colour, pattern and interest to a room – be it a back drop to sofa, a unique headboard, a beautiful chimney hearth, practical panels in a hallway, indoors, outdoors – the possibilities are endless.
Topps Tiles are bursting at the seams with incredible designs at balanced prices. Browse their site as use the visual styled images for inspiration for pattern and style combination ideas.
It’s not just the patterns of fabrics – curtains, cushions and upholstery, or the surface covering pattern of wallpaper, that can bring vibrancy, texture, pattern and colour into a room – consider your tile choice too!
And tiles aren’t just for kitchens and bathrooms. Tiling a wall can be just as great for a feature wall as wallpaper. The patterns available are incredible plus it’s a long lasting, hardy finish.
Tiles could be used in just a panel area for a head board. And, if a fireplace needs updating the surroundings or hearth with tiles could give a bold new look.
Turning the interior design world on its head, the new trend for statement ceilings is a brave new design step in putting creative thought on to an often forgotten surface – the ceiling.
Growing in popularity, following the style advice of creative forums like Pinterest and what’s in Vogue, we see various options and design processes being used to create a focal point of the ceiling instead of other more traditional areas that we make a feature like walls or floors.
We see tiles, wallpapers, stencilling and plaster (or faux) relief work, covering ceilings to bring interest to a room as well as often having benefits including allowing a space to feel lighter, taller, or even cosier depending on what is used.
Most of these ideas come from interiors of the past. Relief ceiling in plaster or wood feature (if they haven’t been ripped out) in the ceilings of grander properties from Edwardian, Victorian, Georgian and earlier houses; wood panelling or carving can be seen in the last few centuries but also in the twenties, thirties and forties; wood cladding has been popular since the midcentury and although fell out of favour in the last couple of decades it’s seen a resurgence in use for both a country cottage feel, beach house feel or the strongest design look – a midcentury modern design. A teak or walnut ceiling would have been used to lower and bring down a ceiling to emphasise the open plan so single level living with large glass windows synonymous with many properties of the 1950s and 1960s.
Now we also see tiles being used as a feature product to cover a ceiling. With brands like Rockett St George introducing tin tiles as a beautiful idea, having not been available in this country until recently, we now see other brands following suit.
But this new trend also gives rise to the DIY notion and gives a chance to get creative or crafty. Wood cladding is certainly an attainable level DIY project but also being creative with masking tape or stencils with paint is also a great idea – both cost effective and easy to do, plus can be changed at a later date to suit dates with no major cost issue – just a few coats of paint.
See our picture for ideas but also think out side of the box – swap the planned wall wallpaper to the ceiling or take the pattern from a piece of homeware in the room and transfer it to the ceiling!
There is a plethora of tiles across the high street and online to choose from to incorporate this trend into the home.
Textured and 3D tiles can add depth and interest to surfaces and create a richer look for a bathroom, kitchen, hearth or wherever you choose to use them.
These tiles can lend themselves to enhance and working alongside other trends – denim, natural finishes, geometric are just some of the trends that would work well alongside tiles that have 3D or relief designs or textured pattern or natural style finishes.
Vintage florals is a trend to see you through the seasons with its lightness and beauty that doesn’t feel out of place near winter throws, velvet furniture and cosy nights nor out of place with rattan furniture, white walls and natural rugs.
It can be incorporated boldly with whole walls of tiling or wallpaper, clashing layers of cushions or an eclectic gallery wall of prints but also can be done subtly. A simple print on a wall, a feature armchair in a minimal room or random tiles dotted amongst plain on a splash back.
If you want to bring pattern, colour or an alternative finish to a wall, surface or area – tiles could be that perfect way.
The huge range of tiles now available at affordable prices can bring a designer, creative and unique look to a home.
The gorgeous range at Tile Flair can do just that. A mix of traditional, modern, quirky, international and vintage designs offers to give you a wealth of choice and the perfect style for your brief.
Think outside the (design) box and think about where tiles can be used other than just the expected bathroom floors and kitchen splash backs – tiles could be used in other rooms to add colour, texture and pattern; they could be used as the wall behind a bed as a unique head board; they could be used on chimney breast as a feature design; or they could even be used for hallway walls – the perfect practical wall finish for a high traffic area!!
This year sees us being more brave with our interiors and particularly our bathrooms.
Bright pattern and imagery has pushed away subtle shades and plain tiling. It’s all about going maxamilist in your bathroom this year.
An option that is growing in popularity is wall murals, be it on tiles or wallpaper. Although these can be quite expensive to have made to measure, the effect is dramatic and so worth it. The go to pattern is still florals, which you can understand as they create the drama at the same time bringing a softness to a room.
If you are feeling brave look at painting tiles yourself or getting an artist to commission something special.
An alternative to tiles is waterproof wallpaper which can give you the same tile like effect to look at but it’s much simpler to put up. West One Bathrooms do a beautiful range of wallpapers.
A big kitchen trend for 2019 is to feature pastel tones. This could be painting walls, using tiles or going full on with pastel cabinets.
The calming feel of pastels will also inject some fun into you kitchen and this can be achieved simply by painting some walls. If you get bored with it, then it’s easy to change.
Create some interest on splashbacks and tiling with pastel tones like blue, green and pink. There are so many shades and patterns available on tiles now, so you can be sure to find something you love.
With more and more options with kitchen cabinets online and in store, now is the perfect opportunity to design everything yourself from style to colour. A pastel pink or blue cabinet will work really nicely with pale wood and white for a fresh clean look.
For a more subtle take on this trend then add some pastel appliances like a fridge or toaster. Who needs to stick to black or chrome!