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Peter Swain

Peter Swain is a tiling expert and the e-commerce manager for specialist wall and floor tiling online retailer TileTrader.co.uk.


In the details: tile trends for the home

Posted 27th February


Continuing KBBDaily.com's tile trend blog series, this week TileTrader.co.uk tiling expert and e-commerce manager Peter Swain outlines the brand's run-down on what it believes will be the biggest interior trends for tiles this year, from gleaming metallics to strong geometric shapes.

Marvellous metallics
Consumers can create a dazzling feature in their homes with the cool metallic trend, which is tipped to be big in 2017. For example, the Iridescent Random Mix Mosaic from Tile Trader, with its blend of iridescent natural slate, shimmering metallic glass and metal pieces, can create a unique and contemporary style statement.

Durable and versatile, this style of mosaic can be used as a splashback or as a feature wall to create beautiful, dramatic effects, ideal for giving a room a modern and sleek twist. Or these can be combined with ceramic or porcelain tiles, providing subtle yet striking design possibilities for a contemporary interior that dazzles and delights.

Got it made
Traditional patterns continue to be big news in the interior design industry, with tiles that replicate the look of traditional patterned tiles in classic designs. Blending shades of muted yellow, blue, grey and beige, Tile Trader's La Fayette tiles have a hand-painted quality for a warm finish. Used individually or in combination, these patterned tiles can create real impact and be a great focal talking point wherever they're used.

Spring greens
With Pantone announcing 'Greenery' as the Colour of the Year for 2017, designers are going green with envy to capture the life and vitality these tones bring. Ideal for ushering in the freshness of spring and the warmer months, green wall tiles are just the thing to give a fresh and uplifting look to the home. Green shades, such as sage, are also perfect for getting in touch with the great outdoors and bringing in a breath of fresh air to interiors.

Shape up
This year the geometric shapes trend has gone one dimension further. Drawing out 3D accents in the home will really help interiors to stand out, and tiles can help consumers achieve this look with added depth.

The traditional way to fit tiles is in a brick bond style, but if you want to create something more daring, fitting tiles in patterns such as herringbone or chevron can effectively transform this classic tile into a contemporary design statement. This really shows off this tactile tile to instantly transform the space.

In touch
Textured surfaces continue to flow into 2017. Tactile and sculptured finishes add warmth and depth to a room. Natural stone effect tiles are one of the most popular textured styles, creating dramatic focal points and adding a touch of luxury to any design.

Tiles such as the Java wave tile by Tile Trader, with an undulating design, create a textured statement that will really bring the look to life, perfect for creating a stylish bathroom with a designer feel. The gloss finish and wave structure reflect the light, creating an eye-catching feature that exudes calm and relaxation.

A whiter shade of pale
Cool, crisp and clean, pale hues and whites are a timeless design classic. For a truly luxurious take on the pale trend, marble is an increasingly popular choice with homeowners and designers alike. The chic blend of black and white marble effect combines style and practicality, with the smooth gloss finish allowing them to be easily maintained.

Moody blues
On the other side of the spectrum, dark tones are also proving popular. Dark blues are having their moment in the spotlight, and look chic all year round. It’s such a versatile theme and is particularly dramatic for creating a subtle ambience.

Blue tiles are as adaptable as they are stylish. Whether it's a chic contemporary vibe with minimalist accents, or a more retro-vintage feel when paired with metallic accessories, this bold blue can be used as the inspiration to build the perfect look.

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