Trend Watch: Big & Bold Choices

This edition of Trend Watch sees us bringing you some big, bold suggestions for your tiling projects – not just large format tiles, but bold and brave design choices to complement those ideas…

Go Big or Go Home

Keep the look crisp and stylish with large format Dakota tiles, measuring 600mm x 600mm … they can be used to create a great flow-through from inside to outside, as they’re suitable for both. Constructed from porcelain and featuring a riven look that is ageless and which will accommodate all sorts of future changes of colour scheme. So go bold with a dark grey choice, as shown here it works beautifully within a modern-classic kitchen.

Traditional Timber Looks

Go big, go bold with our Kanna Nogal Wood Effect Floor Tiles. The measure in at 608mm x 608mm and have the appearance of large square parquet tiles, each with a border. But don’t fret about installation, they’re straightforward, with no sealing required – unlike the very complex requirements of real timber. Large-format tiles mean fewer grout lines and easier installation meaning that Kanna is definitely a striking choice for a new project and will focus attention on the floor.

Be Bold, Be Chic

Our customers love the simplicity of our Titanio range of porcelain floor tiles, available in large format 600mm x 600mm, and designed to look like natural stone. They’re a clever choice, being subtle enough to act as a backdrop to interesting accessories and furniture, but they also look good in their own right too. Oh, and they’re also available in Grafito dark grey.

Magnificent Marble

These huge 300mm x 1000mm Bernini Marble Wind Stipe Decor ceramic tiles don’t just have the appearance of marble, they are sculpted to have a wind and wave inspired structured surface design as well. So that ticks both our themes this time – big and bold. A really good way of adding drama, texture and sophistication to a new bathroom we think you’ll agree, and we can also envisage them being used to great advantage in an en-suite bathroom or cloakroom for that extra touch of luxury.

On Trend

It seems that the new Pantone Colour(s) of the Year, Illuminating and Ultimate Gray fall neatly into the ‘bold’ section of this month’s Trend Watch. Wayne Dance, MD at InHouse Inspired Room Design says: “Yellow is a bold colour to use in the kitchen. Pairing a bright colour with a more neutral tone is a tried and tested way to illuminate a space, without it feeling over the top. Ultimate Gray is a classic tone that certainly evokes calm and resilience.” See more ideas from InHouse Inspired Room Design featuring yellow and grey combinations by Schuller here.

Dark & Bold

These Doblo Matt Grey porcelain tiles are large format (598mm x 598mm) and would make for a very striking choice in an average-sized bathroom. The format is big enough to look simple and streamlined, and the matt grey shade will definitely add the ‘wow factor’ to a bathroom refurb. The grey is dark enough to contrast well with timber cabinetry too.

Ceramics in Style

These large format wood-effect tiles are suitable for both walls and floors, and our Arcticwood Amber Wood Effect Floor Tiles will create a bold and positive background for a subtle decorating scheme. Each plank-style tile measures 605mm x 205mm. An on-trend choice that looks good now – and will continue to do so for many years to come.

Shaded Greys

Perfectly practical, perfectly stylish and absolutely on-trend. Our Cliff Grafite Porcelain Tiles work for both walls and floors, and are designed to emulate the subtle variations and shading of natural stone. Definitely a bold choice for a living area, consider installing underfloor heating too, for ultimate luxury! If you’re new to the idea of UFH then we have a wealth of information on installing it in our Help Centre section.

Big & Bold Choices

Bold choices can extend to furniture as well as tiles, and these three pieces, all from Ligne Roset would be the big bold cherry on the top of a refined, understated room scheme. From left; The Pumpkin Sofa in Bright Yellow Velvet; the Ploum cloud-like sofa in Ulster Grey; and the Taru chaise in Dusky Salmon Pink Boucle.

And Finally…

Our Prospect Natural porcelain tiles look like marble, and measure in at a rather generous 1200mm x 600mm, so that’s definitely less grouting to do (especially as all the edges are rectified for a cleaner, crisper look).

Will you be going big and bold with your design choices this year? If so then don’t forget to send us your pictures of your finished projects – share your pics with us over on Twitter tagging @TileMountainUK or 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.