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Patterned Tile Ideas to Bring Character to Your Home

Bold, beautiful and full of charm, tiles, whether they are plain or patterned, are the perfect way to add character and colour to your
home.  It’s easy to play it safe when decorating.  Many tend to stick to minimalist surfaces such as the ever-popular colour scheme of magnolia walls and beige flooring.  But, by creating a design with patterned tiles you can turn both floors and walls into a gorgeous focal feature and of course add a wonderful, stylish look to your home.

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When tiling we need to make sure we’re not too overzealous with our designs.  Following these golden rules will help keep our designs looking sophisticated, eye-catching and in some cases give a more luxurious feel to the room.

Use patterned tiles sparingly for maximum effect.

When using patterned tiles across a large area try to alternate with white tiles to break up the pattern and make individual tiles stand out.

Patterned tiles stand out dramatically when paired with subtle surfaces in greys, whites, creams and new neutrals.  

Combine Shabby Chic with Patchwork Tiles

You can add a fabulous rustic charm to any home with well-co-ordinated patchwork tiles.  It’s easy to do and there are different ways to incorporate this into a room.  You could consider something simple like a striking splashback or go large and create a feature wall in your cooking space to give it a warm, country kitchen feel.   Bright, bold patchwork tiles placed strategically in a small space is a great way to inject colour into a room.

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Create a Year-Round Summer Feel with Moroccan Tiles

Moroccan tiles are a great way to brighten up an otherwise drab and dull room.  There are many different ways to breathe life into a room. A warm colour palette is exactly what you need to evoke memories of warm, sunny climates.  In fact, they can also help elevate your mood.  Look at using yellows and oranges to elicit a warm, inviting positive feel to a room.  Moroccan tiles are always on trend and with their intricate geometric designs and earthy colour palettes, they are ideal to use to create a design feature on a floor or on one wall.  In excess, they can be overpowering so limit the use to one part of a room.  Consider framing the tiles for a great effect over alcoves, chimney breast cavities
or fireplaces.

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Traditional Tiles for a Classic Look

To create a classic yet luxurious look that is traditional but also stands out, consider the use of Victoriana floral tile patterns.  Often available in subtle colours such as greyscale and monochrome they can work exceptionally well on large surfaces.  Traditional prints in blue colour palettes capture the feeling of quaint European pottery and are ideal for bringing continental charm to a space.

Tile Patterns and Formations

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Don’t limit yourself to printed tiles for walls and floors to create eye-catching patterns.  Combine a range of complementary colours for a gorgeous pattern effect.  The following work well:

Straight / stack bond tiles

Diagonal lays

Herringbone tiles

Basket weave


These suggestions should have your creative juices flowing.  I hope they help to inspire on any home renovation projects you might be doing in the near future.


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This Post Has 36 Comments

  1. great style ideas for tiles

    1. Thanks Gemma. Glad you liked the post.

  2. Patterns can certainly bring life to the room especially when they have such amazing geometrics. I love Moroccan tiles too and lately, as we’ve being renovating the kitchen, we’ve had some cool tiles on the walls around the countertops.

    1. It bet it looks great now with the tiles in your kitchen Dalene.

  3. I have been considering a small renovation in my kitchen, particularly getting new tiles for the backsplash. I think I will go with Moroccan tiles. They are beautiful!

    1. They sure are. Good luck with the renovation Kristine.

  4. I love patterns on anything! I can’t wait to own my own home so that I can paint and decorate to my heart’s content.

    1. It’s great when you can let loose and design your home to suit your taste.

  5. I love the idea of patterned tiles! They really do add character to the home and a home could always do with a splash of fun and character, huh!

    1. I agree. You can create different looks using tiles. They look great when styled well.

  6. There are some great patterned tiles these days. We have been looking at them on and off as want to redo the tiles in our bathroom

    1. Make sure you plan it out well. You can create an amazing bathroom with the right tiles!!! 🙂

  7. I love the white tiles which have a pattern! So classic and smart in a kitchen, I can’t wait to move next year to have a kitchen and bathroom to decorate myself x

    1. Good luck with the move Rhian. I hope you find my posts helpful when you do come to tile your new home x

  8. Patterned tiles definitely give some character to your home! I am a big fan of Moroccan tiles.

    1. Moroccan tiles do look great in the home. Tiles are a great addition to any home.

  9. We would love some floral tiles in our bathroom and they are great for an update! Floor tiles would be awesome in our kitchen too!

    1. Floor tiles are gorgeous in a kitchen. They look so much nicer than lino.

  10. I have been thinking of redesigning my kitchen sink for sometime now. I am just waiting for an inspiration to come in. These are great tips.

    1. Thanks Elizabeth. It can be hard to decide what to do. Hopefully, this post and others relating to tiles might help with inspiration x

  11. We decorated our whole house last year from top to bottom and the hardest thing for us was choosing bathroom and kitchen tiles. It took almost two months to decide on the right ones. There are so many to choose from and so many patterns

    1. There are loads to choose from but if you get it right the rooms will look great for many years to come 🙂

  12. I wish I had been braver with my tile choice when we did our kitchen

    1. It can be hard to decide what to do. Maybe a refresh in a few years would help.

  13. I really do like the shabby chic with the tiles. It is a kind of a unique look and very beautiful in the space. I really need to remodel the kitchen. This reminds me.

    1. Have fun remodeling David. I’m glad you found the post interesting and hopefully helpful too 🙂

  14. I am loving the tiles here. The kitchen designs here are so beautiful. Love them.

    1. They do make a room look so much nicer.

  15. I love the coloured tiles it gives it a o of colour to the decor definitely.

    1. Could tiles are a great way to add to the look of a room.

  16. I’m not sure I have the creativity to create a pattern, but they do look great once completed

    1. They really can look stunning. Simple designs can work very well.

  17. My wife is a huge fan of tiling and interior design. I’ll make sure to pass your informative post on to her.

    1. Thanks John. I hope she likes the post 🙂

  18. I’m looking at re-doing both of my bathrooms this year so I’m currently in tile heaven trying to decide what kind of floor and wall tiles I want for the spaces x

    1. It’s great the options available. Make sure you check out pinterest for ideas as there are some amazing bathrooms on there x

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