Contemporary flair and architectural flows are influencing home interiors – and it’s not just soft furnishings that are getting a makeover.
Beaumont Tiles has reported a resurgence of interest in structured and textured tiles with sales/interest in this category jumping by 15 per cent over the past 12 months.
Modern structures like New York’s Guggenheim Museum, the Sydney Opera House, and London’s 30 St Mary Axe are providing the inspiration for specialist tile designs. It’s the influence of large scale social monuments that is finding its way into every day Australian homes.
Beaumont Tiles Communication and Design Specialist, Christie Wood said creating interesting design isn’t just about furniture and accessories.
“People are using different shapes, sizes and textures to create a unique point of difference,” she said.
“We have moved on from interiors being monochrome, slick and clean-cut. Now homeowners want calming and natural spaces punctuated with artistic areas reflecting their own personal style.”
Modern art flair is being applied with tiles in places like nooks, interspersed throughout other tiles, or as feature walls in their own right.
Mrs Wood recommends renovators ‘trial’ a look first to ensure they get the right design. Beaumont’s Scan & Play facility allows you to use any tile from their showroom and place it into a virtual room.
TILE DESIGNS WITH A MODERN TWIST
Try and create a flow throughout the house. Choose a textured tile style and technique and use it in every room to create a common thread. You can also mix the technique up (but use the same tile) to add surprise around each corner.
Bedroom: Add some depth to your bedroom by creating a feature wall or strip behind your bed using structured tiles with a softer look. Try decorative textures, such as softer floral patterns or lace. For the epitome of luxurious embellishment, try Beaumont’s Lasso Bronze Lace Satin structured tile. This bronze beauty is embossed in sumptuous lace patterning which softens the harshness of the texture, creating an indulgent look.
Bathroom: Wall tiles are a simple but effective way to add texture to your bathroom. Large format, structured wall tiles such as Beaumont’s Alba Tetra and Alba Flow are a great way to break up plain white tiles. Structured hexagonal tiles in different shades can create a 3D effect and a focal point on a bath or even behind the toilet suit. Try Beaumont’s Buxy Grey Hex.
Living Room: Make the floor or wall the feature by transforming it into its own work of art through the use of decorative tiles. Pair with minimal furnishings. Margarite is a bold Oriental-inspired decorative tile which comes in more than 10 faces.
Kitchen: Play with texture on a splashback. Mosaics are a popular option and allow you to really highlight certain colours and patterns. Pair with a simple kitchen benchtop to keep it low key. The Carrara Bianco Penny Round Mosaic encapsulates a marble-look in a unique pattern that could suit almost any colour scheme.
Hallway: Hallways – often the forgotten space – can be made more interesting by using texture. Structured tiles are best here. Penta is a pentagon tile that creates the look of a padded wall, while Scales is a tile made at an offset angle which allows a little bit of bold colour to peek through between each tile.
For more tile designs for your home, visit the Beaumont Tiles website at beaumont-tiles.com.au