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Five Ways To Style- Archivo

The Archivo range is a small format ceramic wall and floor tile that draws inspiration from traditional hand-painted terracotta tiles. Using the latest inkjet technology, the tiles feature an authentic looking handmade appearance with uneven edges and an aged finish. Although quite a traditional format, the beautiful patterns still have a contemporary feel making them the perfect blend of modern and traditional. We look at five ways you can style the Bakula pattern to suit any interior taste.

Inspired by Mad Cow Interiors, go bold with an eclectic mix of all the patterned tiles; this hit of pattern will bring a smaller bathroom to life. Pair with a heritage style freestanding bath and sink unit; a floating style cabinet will give a sense of more space. Keep fixture colours muted to tie in with the hues in each of the tiles and then provide a pop of colour with something small like a towel. Burnt orange works really well with the soft blues and khaki greens in the Archivo tiles. If you want to keep this burst of pattern to just a feature wall then opt for the range's plain tile everywhere else. 

Tiles aren't just confined to the bathroom or kitchen; they work really well in living areas as well, especially around fireplaces. If you don't have a fire, you can still make a feature of the space with a bold patterned tile. Create a cosy snug with a dark wood-grained tile on the floor like Larvik and pair it with a faux sheepskin rug. Don't forget to install underfloor heating to keep that cosy feeling all year round! Instagram's House_On_The_Bank has complemented the beige tones in the tile with a neutral décor and some changeable art.

Take inspiration from @mydecordays and make a feature out of a kitchen splashback to bring an otherwise dark alcove to life. To keep the look contemporary pair the tile with a neutral off-white like Farrow and Ball's Cornforth White and a matt brick tile like Linear, opt for a dark grey grout line to give the look definition.

Inherited an older kitchen? Keep the unit frames and update the doors with a shaker style, customising them with your favourite handles. This dark blue shade ties in the tones of the tile pattern whilst looking amazing with brass accents.

Archivo's Bakula tile also works in an industrial style kitchen as demonstrated by @_one.four.six_. Paired with sleek matt white units, bold industrial style hardware and a glossy jewel blue. Add to the industrial vibe with a mobile pantry unit made of aged metal and rustic wood, we love this one from Wayfair, a calibrated black slate on the floor and an antique inspired grout colour. Tie the look together with modern houseplants to make the space feel lived in.

Classic country style can still feel modern when used in a bright and airy space as demonstrated by @end_of_the_row. Using the tile as a minimal splashback around a kitchen sink helps give a pop of colour. Use a different hue of blue on the walls to the kitchen units and pair with a lighter wood-effect tile like Mora. Choose heritage style fixtures in a brushed chrome or nickel to complement the style of tile. Fresh cut flowers are a great way to bring another colour into the room and can change with your mood.

Show us how you style the Archivo tile by tagging us on Instagram using @toppstiles.

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