Tile Trader Article – Keep it simple (but not boring!) with white tiles
Over recent years we’ve seen interior trends and tile designs becoming increasingly adventurous, with more and more customers choosing to make their home decor personal to them rather than a neutral blank canvas. But that doesn’t mean that the humble white tile has had its day.
Classic white ceramic tiles are still the go-to choice for many people’s bathroom walls because they offer a clean, low maintenance finish that can easily be changed or updated by adding new bathroom accessories. A feature panel or border of mosaics can be used to add interest and stop an all white room looking too clinical.
White ceramic wall tiles with a bevelled edge, such as our Metro or Frame ranges, are popular because they’re clean and neutral but the structured shape creates a pleasing added dimension. They can look especially effective when fixed in different layouts such as herringbone or paired with a contrasting grout colour.
White tiles now come in many different shapes, sizes, textures and materials, making them anything but boring. For example our Starlight White Quartz tiles are made from natural quartz which is set with tiny pieces of mirrored glass that really glisten in the light, adding a luxurious feel to floors or walls in any room. If you like the sleekness of white quartz tiles but not the sparkle, then Super White polished porcelain tiles could be for you. Create a minimal look with these plain white wall and floor tiles that are incredibly hard wearing. Polished porcelain needs to be sealed before fixing but don’t worry, our handy calculator will work out exactly what sealer you should order for your chosen tiles.
For an on-trend look, why not use a white marble mosaic that combines different textures of stone, such as our hexagon or linear mosaics. The geometric shapes combined with a mixture of rough and smooth textures is very contemporary, yet the white colour palette keeps it subtle and timeless.
With all things industrial being so fashionable at the moment, you might have seen lots of brick tiles (and wallpapers) around. A white reclaimed brick effect tile used on walls offers a nod to the trend without being too daring, and can give more of a Scandi look when paired with wood effect floor tiles. This look is great for kitchens but can also be extended into other spaces such as dining rooms or hallways. The same can be said of our Country range of rustic gloss wall tiles with a handmade appearance, which are available in white as well as subtle pastel shades. Their elongated 5x25cm ad 5x50cm formats make them ideal for creating kitchen splashbacks or feature walls with a vintage edge throughout the home.
So as you can see, whilst bold geometrics, distressed woods and playful patterns are having their moment in the tile trend spotlight, the simple white tile should not be overlooked when planning your new design scheme. Why not order some samples today and see for yourself how creative you can be with white.