Ultimate Combinations: Patterned & Plain Tiles

This month’s edition of Ultimate Combinations has a clear goal to show you some gorgeous ideas regarding patterns and plains. For a successful tiling scheme, use contrasting patterned tiles with plains, or use plain tiles to create patterns. Remember, a little variation is a good thing! Adding extra colour, pattern and texture can elevate a plain scheme into something more sophisticated and interesting. Don’t overdo it though, try to separate patterns with a band of plain tiles or a painted section of wall. Here’s some inspo that will soon get you surfing the patterns and plains wave…

Perfect Panels

Combine plain and pattern to create a harmonious look with a balanced approach. This spacious bathroom has been cleverly designed to add quite significant amounts of pattern – but still leaves the scheme space to ‘breathe’ with plenty of plain tiles. These are our Swing Decor Blue Stripe porcelain tiles, which are suited to both walls and floors. Seen here with our plain Swing tiles, available in Ice or Beige

Rustic Style

We love the contrasting looks of streamlined contemporary bathroom fittings with rustic-looking tiles – another great combination! The wall tiles here are our Fenice ceramic tiles, available in five colour variations. Each tile measures 150mm x 300mm and has the appearance of three coloured tiles on a neutral background. Teamed here with our Esenzia White Wall Tiles, also available in Grey.

Out There Ideas

Create an eye-popping pattern and plain combination with a panel of this wallpaper in your bathroom, kitchen, cloakroom or dining room. It’s the A Cavalcade of Cats design in blue from the Graduate Collection by Charlotte Cory, available from Limelace.

In Complete Contrast

Go for a change of colour and pace with a busy, colourful and vibrant wallpaper. This is Talavera in fuchsia & forest greens on Cerulean Sky from the Seville Collection by Cole & Son, available from Limelace. A colourful counterpoint to pale, plain tiles used for walls and floor.

Black & White Combinations

A plain and simple combination of plain and pattern. It might have been a bit too eye-popping to have walls and floor the same here, so the plain white walls balance out the black and white floor really well, we think. These are our new Kromatika hexagonal tiles, available in eight colours including Black, White, Mint, and Blue Clair.

There are more than enough colours in our new Kromatika collection to create all sorts of colour combinations, pair grey, white or black with a colour to add zip to a scheme. Kromatika fulfils several style requirements at once; firstly geometrics, and in particular, hexagons are particularly on-trend at the moment; a matt finish is super-desirable, and mid-tone colours are definitely coming through for Autumn-Winter 20/21. From left; Kromatika Naval Blue;  Kromatika Grey and Kromatika Green

Keeping Up With The Joneses

For anyone who gets overawed when trying to mix and match patterns, plains, textures and colours, we thought we would draw your attention to this simple yet very successful design scheme. Think of it as three easy steps to a clever combination! Step 1: Choose a patterned floor tile – this is our Mr Jones Azure Blue Pattern Wall and Floor Tile. Step 2: Choose a plain tile for the walls and decide upon formats (i.e. square, rectangular, hexagonal etc). These are from our Metro White Wall Tiles from our extensive Metro collection in White. Step 3: Choose your paint colour – a simple rule is to choose a darker shade, such as a match with the darkest colour in your floor tiles. There –  that’s a simple an chic colour scheme done.

Everything’s Coming Up Rosa

Tiles from the previously mentioned Kromatika range also come in Rosa pink, which is such a cheerful shade and is set to stay a favourite for 2021. Soft pinks, rose-gold and blush-pinks have been popular for the last year or so, and we’ve seen these shades combined with copper, black, grey and white. This is a particularly wonderful combination – here it’s paired with a dark timber finish as well as black. Definitely a new addition to our Ultimate Combinations list!

Choose a colourful rug to ground a scheme – rugs can add a touch of pattern, a bold colour base, or a textural element to a room that might otherwise feel too smooth and shiny! These are three to check out from Pepper Square. From left; Scandi Wool Rug in Pink, 160cm x 230cm; Mayfair Wool Rug in Aqua Blue, 200cm x 290cm; Abney Diamond Wool Rug in Pink, 160cm x 230cm. All from Pepper Sq.

Monochrome Majesty

Combining and creating patterns with plain mosaics is a simple solution for a period-style bathroom, using our Victoria Mosaics. Position the tub onto a plain section of flooring, and emphasise the surround floor with chequer-board mosaics and a diamond pattern border. Don’t forget that you’ll need the Corner and Border formats from this range to replicate this design!

Will you be combining patterns and plains in your renovation project? If so then we’d love to see your pics! Tweet us @TileMountainUK, share 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.