Patterned tiles have always been popular throughout history, from the rich patterns of the Aztecs to the symmetrical encaustic tiles favoured by Victorians, pattern always has a place. It can be quite daunting to use a heavily patterned tile particularly if you like a certain style but it doesn't perhaps fit with your home. Here we look at the classic Berkeley tile, a symmetrical 45x45cm tile that copies traditional encaustic design without the hassle of laying them. This seemingly traditional Victorian design has been modernised with a contemporary colour palette and is actually extremely versatile, we show you five different ways to use the Berkeley tile.
Popular in bathrooms and living areas, the Scandi trend offers a nod to minimalism with its cool toned colour palette and calming nature. To recreate this look, choose the charcoal Berkeley tile and mix it with dark natural woods, an off-white or grey colour palette softening the look with wood panelling and a curvaceous free standing bathtub. Inject some texture with a contemporary style stool and luxuriously fluffy towels.
If you love vintage inspired spaces then the charcoal Berkeley tile also works well in a dining room. Create your own bistro with vintage style dark wood chairs, a chunky wood or metal table and then throw in some muted patterned accessories to bring the look together. Stick to a neutral backdrop for this space and let the pattern do all the talking.
For a twist on a classic, the vibrant slate blue shade of Berkeley works brilliantly in a modern conservatory. Create a skirting feature with the coordinating border and then mix in a range colours depending on your taste. Add in some wild greenery and splashes of accent colour to recreate those Victorian hothouses.
The Hearth of the Home
Snuggle up in the colder months with a log burner in your living room, utilise the space and create a small focal point with the wow factor. Tiled behind with the Berkeley tile and then base your room's colour scheme around it. Try a hearth of grey natural stone and pair with a wood-effect charcoal coloured floor like Hanko to create a cosy snug.
Ye Old Boot Room
Or a utility room for most homes… These small spaces don't need to be boring and completely functional, experiment with a little pattern and built in furniture to create a lived in look to suit your tastes. Mix the pattern with a variegated wall tile like Anya, a vintage style radiator and brass door knobs for a nod to the past.