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.
Evey summer over the last couple of years we always get an overdose of tropical prints, including plants, animals and fruit. Although this trend never really goes away throughout the year we tend to notice it more now.
This year we have seen it is less about the bright colours and clashing prints and more a subtle take on what’s gone before, with layering prints and textures in different shades of green.
Green on green action is big this year, whether it’s tableware on complimentary table linens, art and ornaments layered against a wallpaper backdrop or tiling in a bathroom with similar tone bath towels and accessories. The calming and refreshing colour of green mixed with patterns in different shades will bring an exciting and bold look to any room.
And then on top of that fill your home with indoor plants – real or faux – to get the maximum look.
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.
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.
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.
The use of tiles are storming interior design this year. It’s about thinking outside the box with both designs, patterns but also where to use tiles.
Not just for the bathroom walls or a hallway floor, but bring a cool design feature to a bedroom with a tiled back drop to a bed, to a lounge with a feature wall or even for function use on hallway walls to help with the marks and wear from heavy traffic through this busy room.
Explore high street stores like Topstiles, Habitat, Homebase and B&Q ; and online retailers including Zazous and The London Tile Co for affordable tiles. Mix patterned tiles with plain, square with oblong and play with size and shape with hexagon shaped tiles, large scale tiles and mosaics.
You can also explore the vinyl tile market with modern brands including Zazous and Amtico producing up to date designs in vinyl that is hard wearing, easy to lay and with very competitive pricing compared to porcelain or ceramic tiles.
Be bold with pattern or play safe with neutral tones and then over lay with rugs to bring pattern and interest to an interior.
Tiles are hard wearing and functional. Use instead of carpet or wall paper as a great alternative.