Patterned floor tiles offer a wonderful route to adding a touch of personality, flair and panache to an interior space. Not only do they create a focal point in the space, they can really bring a room to life, with bold, daring, statement options that make an interior design unique. Below, we highlight five ideas for bringing patterned floor tiles into your design.
1. HOW DOES IT LOOK IN CONTEXT?
The first one should be pretty self-explanatory, but it’s worth remembering that a tile may well look fantastic as a single piece, however it’s important to see what it will look in a room, with hundreds of others. What looks perfect in a single tile may not translate to look good in your design. We recommend using reference imagery where possible, or, as many interior designers will do, use Photoshop, SketchUp or Lumien to integrate the tiles into your design and create the pattern you want to see.
2. START AT THE FOCAL POINT
When you begin tiling a patterned floor, it’s important that you begin at the focal point and work your way outwards. Admittedly, it’s far easier to begin at the edge or in the corner, but this will often result in poor execution. By laying the tiles in the centre of the space (where the eye naturally looks to upon entering), the result will be fantastic.
With the majority of patterned tiles, the opportunity for symmetric design is there. It adds flair and interest to your floor, and is of particular importance in smaller spaces, kitchens and bathrooms where a rug or coffee table might not be appropriate.
4. OR RANDOM
Others prefer something altogether different from symmetry. Why not try random patterns? Of course, it’s important to keep complementary styles, but choosing a randomised series of tiles from the same range has become something of a statement in itself. It’s playful and intriguing, and, dare we say it, non-conformist. And there’s never been anything wrong with that.
5. CREATE PATTERNS WITHOUT PATTERNS
There’s nothing to suggest that you have to buy patterned tiles to achieve a patterned look. For those feeling more adventurous or creative, there are countless possibilities in fusing two rather disparate styles together to create a holistic patterned floor. Obviously the chequered monotone floor is a classic, but more recently we have seen different wood effect combinations, or natural stone combinations executed in just the right way to add panache to the design.