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Feature Tiles: 5 Faqs Answered

Wednesday, July 05, 2017
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Tiles are making a big comeback in many home remodels and they’re not just featuring in the kitchen and the bathroom. From hallways to laundries to ensuites, many homeowners are turning to feature tiles to create a stylistic imprint that few design elements can achieve. Whether used for the flooring, the splashback or for a statement wall, feature tiles are your secret weapon for adding glamour to your home or even to create a modern work of art. Today we’re answering 5 FAQs about feature tiles.

1. WHAT MAKES A TILE A FEATURE TILE?

The world of feature tiles has evolved as more homeowners are looking to express their individual design and aesthetic when remodelling their homes. Perfect for highlighting an architectural feature like a fireplace or bathroom nook, feature tiles are versatile and can be used in practically any room of a house, even an outdoor living area.

Any tile can become a feature tile, so long as it’s used in a distinctive way to anchor a room and create a striking space. Whether it’s choosing a tile based on its colour, geometric pattern or texture, tiles can infuse a space with a hearty dose of character by adding some contrast while still complimenting the space.

Unlike speciality wallpaper that can stain and peel, feature tiles are more durable, easier to clean and give homeowners limitless design options. Considering that many homeowners are looking for unique textures and a high-quality finish, choosing feature tiles can greatly transform a space and add significantly to the resale value of your home.

2. HOW DO I WORK WITH THE REST OF THE DESIGN OF THE ROOM?

Before you decide on the type of feature tile to be used, you need to first consider what area of a room you want to highlight like a fireplace, shower wall or even a bedhead. By its nature, feature tiles will draw people’s attention so you want to consider all elements of room, like the colours and materials used everywhere else so the feature tiles complement the overall style direction.

When planning for your remodelling design, you need to step back and ask what the overall look (and style) you are trying to achieve. Having a consultation with us, can help you visualise what a final space will look like and experiment with different elements to achieve the look you’re after.

3. WHAT WAYS CAN YOU MAKE TILES POP?

With many homeowners choosing an open plan design in their living areas, it can be difficult to create distinctive spaces without relying on some clever design tricks. One of these is using tiles to zone a space. The tone, texture or shape of your tiles can help define a zone, creating a place of interest as well as removing any effect of being dull or too monotone.

In recent years, Scandi style has been embraced by many homeowners and has moved away from a restrictive white palette to softer pastel colours that still support a clean, pared-back look. There is quite a bit of scope to play with tile colours. A more structure look can be achieved by grouping tiles in the same shade together rather than one single colour, mixing neutral-toned tiles with a pop of colour like green or navy.

On the “louder” sider of the scale, using a grout that contrasts but still complements the feature tile can make tiles pop rather than blend into the background. If you want to establish a unique focal point, a mural using mosaics can create the “wow” factor in room that you are looking for.

4. HOW DOES THE SIZE OF A TILE AFFECT AESTHETICS?

The size of a tile is a feature that has a significant impact on a surface’s aesthetics and for the overall look and feel of the redesigned space. If you choose smaller tiles, the grout lines will appear thicker and will be more visible. Alternatively, larger tiles make grout lines proportionately seem smaller.

The best way to determine the ideal size of feature tiles is by knowing the dimensions of your room. If you are remodelling a small sized room then choosing a larger tile will give the optical illusion of a larger space. To retain the right proportions in a room, a wall tile should never be larger than its complementary floor tile. You shouldn’t discount using smaller tiles in a narrower space entirely, tiny tiles require less cuts and gives you the flexibility to better accommodate for angles or curves that are present in a room. Smaller tiles are also better when dealing with a smaller surface space like a fireplace or around a water feature.

5. SHOULD YOU PLAY IT SAFE OR MAKE A BOLD STATEMENT?

Sometimes the biggest risk you can take when using tiles in a living area is not taking a risk at all. Even if you go for a safe white subway tile, other elements need to co-exist like timber countertops or marble walls to save your space from becoming too bland and dull.

That doesn’t mean you need to create a dramatic look for the sake of being different. There’s no need to polarise future buyers of your property by the choice of tiles used in the kitchen or the bathroom. There are many ways to create a distinct look in a subtle way that you’ll also love for years to come too. Choosing neutral colours or textures like stone and marble can mean you have greater scope for choosing a different shaped tile like a hexagon or a fish tile, creating interest without overpowering a room’s aesthetic. You can also create interest without overpowering a room’s aesthetic by laying down a simple tile shape in a non-conventional way, like a rectangle, using a herringbone design.

Feature tiles are taking centre stage in boosting the appeal of a modern kitchen or create the illusion of space in a smaller home. If you want to workshop some of your ideas with one of our consultants, we would be happy to discuss with you the tile options available that won’t date or spoil the resale value of your property.


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