Wall tiles have been used in homes for centuries, across the world from ancient Egypt to China and beyond. They have remained a part of people’s homes consistently throughout this time. Ceramic tiles are durable, made from natural materials and are practical. They can withstand regular cleaning and the moisture, humidity and temperature fluctuations of a kitchen or bathroom. But they don’t just have to be practical. Decorative wall tiles can be a beautiful addition to home decor – turning a plain wall or splashback into a striking feature wall. In this blog, we are going to look at some decorative tiles ideas for your interior design project.
Decorative Tiles: Border Tiles
One of the traditional ways of using decorative wall tiles is to use a horizontal line of rectangular border tiles along a wall. These could be across the middle of a fully tiled wall to break up an otherwise plain wall, or as the top or bottom row of tiles, to act as a border or edge for the tiled wall. Border tiles are a relatively subtle way to add decorative tiles to your walls:
Decorative Tiles Scattered Among Plain Tiles
Another popular and subtle way to use decorative tiles to add interest to a tiled wall and break up a large tiled area is to just choose a few to scatter here and there on your wall. Single flower tiles work well in this type of design, either using the same tile and repeating – or a selection of different decorative wall tiles adds even more interest.
A variation of using plain tiles and decorative tiles together is a check pattern, where decorative tiles alternate with plain tiles:
Decorative Wall Tiles: Patterned Tiles
Until recent years, decorative tiles have often been either brightly coloured without a pattern, or geometric patterns. Moroccan and Mexican tiles are often colourful and brightly patterned, but at Floral Tiles we wanted to create wall tiles which were more detailed, with softer colours and vintage-inspired. So Floral Tiles have created a range of more than forty floral patterned tiles, in a range of styles and colours.
Some of our decorative wall tiles are based on antique botanical illustrations, which is a great way to use tiles in a room with vintage decor. Other tiles in the range were originally painted in delicate watercolours, giving them a hand-painted look.
Patterned decorative wall tiles are ‘seamless’ in some cases – meaning that they can be placed together to create a larger pattern. Patterned tiles can be a good choice if you would like to create a feature wall in a kitchen or bathroom – where patterned wallpaper often struggles to withstand the moisture and humidity for long.
Decorative Tiles: Printed Photo Tiles and Tile Murals
There are companies who will take your own photo or illustration and print it onto tiles – a good option if you have very specific colours or style in mind, or you have a favourite photo you’d like to use to create permanent wall art.
A tile mural is a design or image which covers multiple tiles – some can be huge and cover entire walls. Floral Tiles don’t currently offer photo tile printing or tile murals, but a quick Google should turn up lots of options if this is what you had in mind for your decorative tiles.
Decorative Wall Tiles – Patchwork Pattern Feature Walls
If you’d like to be really creative with your decorative wall tiles and create a unique and eye-catching feature wall, patchwork tile patterns are an excellent way to do this. Patchwork patterns tend to use an eclectic mix of decorative tiles with different colours, patterns and styles to create a colourful interior design statement.
I hope these ideas have inspired you to use some decorative wall tiles in your interior design – the possibilities are endless and some really beautiful feature walls can be created with them. For more tiles ideas and inspiration, you can find our other blog posts here. To take a look at all of the decorative tiles in our range, you can find our shop here. Best of luck with redecorating!