Using Tiles in Your Living Room

While many of us would think wood flooring or wall to wall carpeting are the only options for our living room or lounge, why not take a cue from other climates and create a dramatic space with tiles instead? Not only are they harder-wearing (perfect for busy family life!) but there are a limitless supply of options available, allowing you to create a completely unique look that’s both beautiful and practical.

If you are still unconvinced at this unusual use for tiles, let’s start at the most popular use of tiles in the living room – for the hearth and fireplace. You can create a brand new look for a tired fireplace with tiles, creating a light and airy look…

Tiles fireplace 2

Or something more eclectic…

Tiles fireplace

In my own living room, the original Edwardian hearth and fireplace had sadly been removed and while we’d eventually like to reinstall a wood burning stove, we decided to make a feature of the hearth by adding black tiles with a subtle damask pattern where the hearth would have been originally.

Tiles at Hearth - Swoon Worthy

But if you are considering giving your living room a brand new look, then let’s have a look at some gorgeous rooms that have used tiles for the flooring. While you may fear the room will look colder, combined with plush textiles, this room is anything but cold – instead it’s a cosy space that’s welcoming all year round.

Tiles Living Room 1

For an unusual look, consider tiles that transition from one room to another. I loved how the homeowners here used tiles to create a real statement for their flooring.

Tiles Living Room 5

If you are looking for something more contemporary whilst retaining the warmth of wood, then wood effect tiles may be just the thing. Again, they are harder wearing than traditional wood but give you all the warmth that natural flooring creates. They are also perfect for open plan areas where you may want to keep flooring consistent when it leads directly into a dining or kitchen area. (If you’d like to read more about wood effect tiles, check out our post here.)

Wood tiles in living room

Speaking of natural flooring, the look of slate tiles never goes out of style. The rustic imperfections create a wonderful texture underfoot.

Slate tiles living room

And tiles are perfect for a second living area like a summer room or a conservatory. They’ll keep the space cool and are easily cleaned when muddy summer feet inevitably come through.

Tiles conservatory

So I hope you can see from this post that tiles can be used in all kinds of ways in our living spaces and aren’t just suitable for the kitchen or bathroom. Why not have a look around our site and see what tiles would suit your living room?

Image sources: Bliss at Home / Tessa Neustadt for Domaine / Swoon Worthy / Houzz / Filippo Bamberghi for Casa Vogue / Tile Mountain / Erica George Dines for Atlanta Homes / Tile Mountain

As a multi-award winning interior design content creator, Kimberly Duran is an Interior Design-obsessed American ex-pat, who chronicles her decorating journey and dispenses interior design advice in her personal blog, Swoon Worthy. When she’s not helplessly drooling over all the latest trends in design, she’s adding things to the imaginary ‘shopping basket’ in her head, she likes to get messy tackling DIY projects with her partner in crime, Wayne, stalking eBay for vintage bargains and filling her home with her favourite neutral – gold.