Through the delights of Instagram and Pinterest we're spoilt for choice when looking at inspiration for our homes but sometimes it can be a little daunting, too much choice can be a bad thing especially for those who don't have a specific aesthetic or taste just yet. In our new blog series, Five Ways to Style, we take a current favourite tile and style it up in five different ways to help inspire, or perhaps narrow your options and allow you to see something in a new light.
When choosing a tile the best place to start is the dimension and finish of the tile you want, this can often be more impactful than the colour. For example Artisau is thinner and longer than a regular subway tile and with a high gloss finish and uneven surface structure it could be seen as vintage inspired however this is not the case! Mix the muted tones together in a contemporary linear lay pattern and with minimal accessories and graphic lines even the pink tiles have a more masculine vibe!
A popular option for both kitchens and bathrooms is laying thinner tiles in a herringbone pattern. Pair the pink Artisau tile with a bold jewel hue like Farrow & Ball's Drawing Room Blue and a dark wood-effect tile like Andira Smokey Brown for a dramatic but contemporary kitchen. Lighten the look by using a complementary grout like Blush (available from late July) and introduce lighter accessories such as glass and sleek marble.
Introduce depth into your bathroom by choosing Artisau gloss white or cream on the second half of your wall and contrasting it with wood panelling and a wood-effect floor in a dark hue, don't opt for a true black as this will make the room look flat, try a black blue or deep charcoal; Dartrey Rhombus has a burnt surface effect which gives it definition and a realistic aged appearance. Mix the look with concrete and bronze accessories to keep the look modern and by opting for towels that have a little colour you'll avoid the overall room becoming too monochrome.
Inject a little fun into a small space like the downstairs loo and go wild with a jungle theme; choose bold leafy wallpaper and accessorise around it. Opt for a contrasting tile like grey or pink and go one step further by using contrasting themes like Jungle and Art Deco to keep the look eclectic and interesting. To avoid overwhelming a small space pair the dramatic walls with a concrete floor tile like Macrame Flint and tie the look together with the same grout shade.
If you've inherited a white bathroom suite that you can't justify replacing then adopt a neutral scheme and play with pattern and texture to add interest. The high gloss finish of Artisau white works well in a herringbone or basket weave lay pattern, tile halfway up the wall and then paint the rest in a complementary white shade. Add a geometric floor tile like Bistro with its marbled effect for a touch of luxury without the cost and then accessorise the look with chrome, rattan and lots of greenery for a modern yet homely feel.
To achieve your ideal look create a mood board adding in lots of different elements that you love and then eliminating those that don't look right until you get the perfect balance between tile, colour and accessories. Interior blogs, Pinterest and Instagram are all great places to start your inspiration journey whether you're creating a whole new look from scratch or updating that one room you never got around to after moving in.