Practical Design Solutions: Ideas for Tiled Floors

As we embark on the new lockdown, there’s definitely good reason to make the most of any enforced at-home time and get those interior renovation projects underway. If you’re looking to refresh a room then there’s no better place to start than the floor beneath your feet – the options available are many and varied and jazzing up a floorspace is a sure-fire way to set the tone for the rest of the room. Read on for some floor tile inspiration…

Mint Condition

Geometric patterns, particularly hexagons and diamonds, have been popular for the last year or so, and it’s interesting to note that this trend shows no signs of slowing down! We always appreciate a simple, streamlined scheme and think that this one works well, not just for the floor, but the walls as well. We’re loving the zig-zag top edge of the wall panels – much more interesting than tiles cut into a straight line. These are our new porcelain Kromatika tiles in Mint, suited to walls and floors, and available in several other colours, including Blue and White.

Pink Inspirations

More brilliant ideas for our Kromatika tiles – the Rosa variant offers a pretty shade that warms up a kitchen or bathroom scheme. Team these tiles, suitable for walls and floors, with darker shades of timber cabinetry and white paintwork. Don’t forget, tiled floors are very straightforward to clean, and highly suited to the kitchen. Try steam cleaners from the range at Vax. If your kitchen floor tends to get very crumb-laden, try the Vax ONEPWR Glide which combines a vacuum, and wash/dry system.

Stars of the Show

The floor is definitely the star here, and it’s been done extremely well…precision in installation must never be underestimated, especially when geometric patterns are involved. Here are our Metropolis Star Wall and Floor Tiles, measuring 450mm x 450mm. Geometric patterns are particularly effective as a design detail, picking up the recessed shelf alongside the bath too. Metropolis Star could also be used as a centre floor panel too – reminiscent of a patterned rug.

Practical Marble

Yes, of course marble can be practical – if they’re porcelain tiles designed to look like marble, that is. These are our Invisible Marble Wall and Floor Tiles and they offer a faithful reproduction of real marble, minus the cost and upkeep associated with the real thing. Available in two in two size formats, 600mm x 600mm and 1200mm x 600mm, these elegant tiles definitely count as a a practical design solution, but with luxury looks and an affordable price. We love the combination of aged marble style and sleek, contemporary furniture and fittings.

A Subtle Difference

Ahh, here’s a slightly more subtle version of marble-style tiles. These are our  Barbados White floor tiles, also suitable for walls. These tiles would be a great choice throughout the ground floor, where a kitchen leads into a dining-living-family space. And for a sophisticated splashback, choose a panel of Barbados White again. There are three formats, 600mm x 1200mm; 300mm x 600mm and 600mm x 600mm, so proportionally, something to suit all spaces.

A New Angle

Timber-look flooring is a very practical design solution for the kitchen, as it’s a ‘neutral’ it will withstand future changes of colour scheme or different accessories. These porcelain planks are our Country Nut Wood Effect Wall and Floor Tiles, and would be an extremely good choice for busy family kitchens. No need for any refinishing like real timber, and all the convenience of being able to withstand a thorough steam clean without any worries.

On The Light Side

Wood-effect tiles don’t have to look dark, our Articwood Argent Wood Effect Wall And Floor Tiles feature a grained finish, replicate natural timber, and come in several shades. Practical Design Tip: If you have white or pale cabinetry and timber-style flooring, the scheme can stand a blast of colour or pattern for the wall tiles.

New & Old Looks for Kitchens

Black kitchens are very stylish at the moment, and the stark contrast of black and white, teamed with some natural, textural touches, is a very practical design solution. Once again we’re featuring our Invisible Marble Gloss Floor Tiles – just the job for emphasising the bold cabinetry and a great combination of ancient and modern!

Hall Stories

Flooring solutions for hallways can often be problematic…it’s the one area that absolutely has to be totally cleanable and hardwearing (unless everyone takes their shoes off outside, or you have a boot room!). So, it follows that porcelain or ceramic tiles are the perfect answer to the quandary. Our ranges cover everything, from marble-look to traditional Victorian patterns to slate, quartz and terrazzo designs. And of course, tiles can act as a base colour for a colourful rug or runner. For a practical, neutral look that can be styled up or down, we suggest our porcelain Surface Bone Matt Wall And Floor Tiles with a matt finish. Also in Mid-Grey and Cool Grey for more contemporary schemes, all featuring rectified edges for a crisp, smart finish.

Perfectly Patterned & Practical

If the thought of pale, plain tiles seems a little daunting, go for a busy, intricate pattern instead. Let’s be honest, the odd bit of grit and boot and/or paw prints will be difficult to spot on these tiles! These are our Dorset Feature Black Wall and Floor Tiles – constructed from durable ceramic and featuring scored grout lines, giving the impression that the tile is in fact four smaller tiles in one. Also available in Grey.

Will you be using lockdown to inject some life into your floors? If so then we would love to see your pics – tweet us on @TileMountainUK, hit us up on Facebook or tag us on Instagram!

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Linda has worked as a freelance interiors writer and blogger for many years; she has written for most of the major home and design magazines, including KBB Magazine, Grand Designs, Homes & Gardens, House Beautiful, Period Homes and Good Homes. She made the break and moved from London back to her home town of Shrewsbury three years ago and has just finished renovating her house. She also works in an interior design studio, produces copy for brochures and website, tries to tame her garden, aims to finish all the home furnishing projects she has on the go … and loves walking.