So for the second article in our Interior Trends Series, we are looking at tiles and what we are going to be seeing in the next 12 months, or at least what we think you’ll be seeing….. Tiles were a very functional material to be used in wet areas and for easy of cleaning, but tiles have seen a major resurgence and are being mixed and used in unexpected ways.
The size of tiles is also changing with 2 trends appearing here. Tiles are getting bigger and bigger and large format tiles are the tile of the moment. And on the flip side, decorative tiles are getting smaller and more detailed and complex.
I had the pleasure of visiting Mutina’s showroom, near Modena, Italy in June this year. Having admired this company for a number of years, it was amazing to hear what there influences are and how they go about creating their collections. Here are some of my favourite tiles from them:
We came across 41zero42 when we were researching for one of our projects last year. They are completely unexpected and have some beautiful tiles. It’s so hard to pick, but here are some of our favourites:
41 Zero 42 Biscuit
41 Zero 42 Futura
41 Zero 42 Techicolour
These guys have been on my radar for a while now and we have had the pleasure of specifying some of their beautiful tiles for some of our projects. Their tiles are a little simpler to the other 2 but they still pack a punch.
Wow Designs Essential
Wow Design Drops
Wow Design Boho
So I also had the pleasure of visiting Florim when I was in Italy in June. They are one of the largest tile producers in Italy and have a vast rage of collections to choose from. But I am going to show you some of their stunning large format tiles. Now the tiles that I am about to show are not to everyone’s taste, but you have to admit that they are pretty spectacular.
Here are some of our favourites:
Florim Etoile de Rex
All of the tiles above are available from Tilestyle, Dublin.
There is a feeling among Irish people that tiles are cold and don’t really have a place in the home outside of the kitchen or bathroom, but I really don’t think that this is the case. The key to introducing this wonderful product into your home is mixing it with other materials that are a little softer.
If you are planning a project in the coming months and don’t really know where to start, we would be delighted to have a chat with you. Just contact us here.
The Think Contemporary Team.