Tile conscious

PUBLISHED: 11:20 14 October 2010 | UPDATED: 17:57 20 February 2013

'Tuscan Beige' floor tile

'Tuscan Beige' floor tile

Tile expert Boris Aldridge on this season's trends for the kitchen and bathroom

Tile expert Boris Aldridge on this seasons trends

This year it's all about the whites and the neutral colours. For kitchen walls the traditional square tile is out. Instead, go for a stylish brick-shaped tile, like the locally handmade Suffolk brick wall tiles shown on this page. If this feels too daring for you then stick to a classic white Delft tile with a few hand painted decorated tiles inset for good measure. Don't go overboard with the decorated tiles though. Four or five should do you just fine behind a normal sized range or a splash back.

Whatever you do, don't mix the terracotta coloured floor tiles with green or blue units. It rarely works.

Your choice of floor tiles for the kitchen will depend on the colour of your kitchen. If you're having cream or natural-wood coloured units then go for a warm terracotta floor tile. If they are going be green or blue then go for a beautiful light travertine or limestone like these Sevilla floor tiles. Whatever you do, don't mix the terracotta coloured floor tiles with green or blue units. It rarely works.
With bathrooms, as with kitchens, don't go over the top with the tiles. When doing the walls the most important thing to remember is to avoid tiling the whole bathroom from top to toe. Only tile the areas that need to be tiled. In most cases this means around the bath, in the shower and in the gap between the wash-basin and the mirror. Brick tiles are very popular so why not go for these locally made Suffolk cream and duck-egg wall tiles.
For the floor, as with the walls, go for a large format white or natural stone coloured floor tile to make the room look bigger. Stick to light colours unless you have a lot of natural daylight. For a clean modern look, choose a tile with a sharp straight edge. If you want a softer more relaxed feel to your bathroom then go for one with a chipped or tumbled edge like these Tuscan Beige floor tiles.

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