Using Tiles to Create a Design Feature
Using Tiles to Create a Design Feature

If your list of New Year’s resolutions begins with ‘become a homeowner’, then congratulations! Buying or building a new home is a big step, it’s true, but it’s also a super exciting one. To help ensure you start off on the right foot, take a moment to consider these important points.

Tiles are not only practical, they can add texture, colour and pattern and create a design focus without taking over. Using tiles as a feature is inexpensive way to add interest and personality to your wet areas.  But like any design element, there are some basic things to consider when choosing your accent tiles. 

The size of your feature tiles compared to the other tiles in the space is important. The basic rule can be, the brighter or more detailed the accent tile, the smaller the amount should be used. Also make sure you have contrast in size from your other tiles, so they provide both focus and balance.

Consider the undertone of your feature tile and ensure that all your other inclusions have a similar undertone, so the overall look is harmonious.

Pattern and lay style
Whilst the colours might be neutral and the pattern simple, more complex lay patterns like herringbone, or intricate shapes like fish tales, all add extra design detail. Why not make the lay pattern your feature?

Where to add a feature tile
Choose areas where you want to create a focal point. Common spots are the back wall of the shower or behind the bath. A nice twist is to keep the walls plain and add you feature tile on the floor or fun the feature tile on the floor and up the wall. Of course, kitchen and laundry splashbacks are the perfect place to add a feature. Using the same feature tile across all spaces will create design continuity.

Shape, colour or pattern as a feature
The size of a space, the amount of light it attracts, and other design elements and product inclusions will determine the basic rules for your tile choices.
If you’re working with a smaller space, including a lot of pattern will make it feel smaller, so it’s an idea to keep these spaces simple. Don’t go overboard on design features. If you’re going for a patterned, encaustic tile then keep your other design elements simple.

Mix and Match
For the more design daring, there is the option of using a more intricate lay pattern with a plain tile, for example vertically stacking or laying a plain subway tile in a herringbone pattern. Or try mixing two styles in the same colour way.

Choosing a feature or accent tile can represent your personality. They can say so much about your style and help set the mood. The experts at Studio Eden will help you choose the perfect mosaic or feature tile for new home.