James Mitchell

Interior designers previously dictated that tiles were confined to bathrooms and kitchens. But, the tile industry started gaining new materials, designs, and patterns. Homeowners became bolder, wanting to introduce a different feel by using tiles in other rooms.

But before installing tiles on every surface, you need to make the right choice. Tiles are more permanent than a lick of paint of layer of wallpaper. Thus, you have to be sure of the designs when you have the tiles laid out in each room. A professional tile setter with a good supply of tile tools will guide you on the feasibility of the project, give you a quote and install the tiles, so the surface is level, aligned and properly grouted.

Here are some tile trends for each room of the house:

Living Room

Your living room is most people entertain guests, and where the family spends time relaxing. Therefore, the flooring should be both appealing and homely.

Tile rugs, as the name implies, are tiles laid out to form a rug pattern. The advantage of a tile rug is that it is easier to maintain, and it does not slide on the floor surface like a woollen or cotton rug. The homeowner can choose from a wide range of tiles to give an intricate mosaic, simple pattern, or a striking design to match their taste and the primary function of the room.

The laying of tiles in a herringbone fashion are popular choices for entryways and the living room. The zigzag, diagonal patterns seem to point inwards and welcome guests. As well as floors, wall tiles can also give an eye-catching facade. Brick tiles give a rich texture and a rustic appeal and provide a good frame for fireplaces.


Your bedroom is your sanctuary and a place to show off your style. For those who want a quiet place for relaxation, choose floor tiles in subdued colours and patterns. Wood-effect tiles come in a wide selection of colours from natural brown, light brown, to white-washed hues. They provide a natural base for bedrooms. Cork tiles are softer on the feet, are quiet to walk on and good insulators.


The kitchen has long been designed with tiles. The possibilities are endless as new trends emerged. Kitchens use tiles for flooring and backsplashes in cooking and washing areas. Linear and honeycomb mosaics are popular as splashboards to create visual depth. Checker-inspired tiles are still preferred for kitchen flooring. The classic design is a black and white combination, although other variations with white, such as yellow or red are also popular. Stone tiles come in a variety of tones and textures to add warmth and dimension to the room.

white brick tiles on the kitchen


The scope for tiles in the bathroom means it is the perfect place to play with a wide array of designs. Softer hues such as white and blue offer a sense of relaxation. Penny and hexagon tiles are simple and popular, but the more adventurous can experiment with more elaborate designs such as 3D patterns to provide optical illusions.

Today’s tiles provide more options for homeowners to show their taste and style. With an increased variety of patterns, designs and materials, tiling is becoming more mainstream throughout the house, and no longer a splashboard for a messy kitchen or wet bathroom.

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