The Stamford Tile Range has the look of encaustic tiles for a fraction of the cost. Each 45cm tile is made up of 4 smaller square designs, the image above is in fact one tile in repeat. Each box comes with 12 random tiles form the range, each with 4 patterns on) so you can really go wild and fully customise your space, awesome right! You can see the full effect on the image below as I had a play around with a great ‘visualise it’ tool that the site has that allows you to customise a room based on your tile choices.
You cannot upload your own picture but you can still get an idea of the look. I also tiled the wall and painted the cabinets and even chose grey grout on the wall. Even though it is at least a quarter of the price of real encaustic tiles it is still not cheap, based on my kitchen, which is roughly 22m squared would cost £870, I need to start saving then but it will be worth it just seeing the computer generated image gets me excited.
There are many other patterned tiles to choose from for those of you who are not sold on mix n match. For example The Grosvenor tile range. These are suited to those Victorian or at a pitch Edwardian terraced villas that line most city streets in the UK, I love them but in a rural stone built hose I cannot think of a suitable home for them. There are great examples of the tiles used indoors and outside.
The other tile I fell for on the site inspired me to play with the visualise it tool once more, this time I mocked up a bathroom. The Argania Tile threw my vision of the bathroom up in the air again, you can read more about my indecisive bathroom choices HERE. I love the that the design had a Central American feel to it. I love the muted grey colours and the faded worn edges on the glaze. Now I am in a real quandary about the bathroom as I do really like this tile but as the bathroom will be done last there is time to save and change my mind over and over again.
One of my favourite places for interiors shopping is Petit Pan and I have been slowly buying up a collection of their tiles. I will be using them for an exciting fireplace project in the dining room and it will be a little more mix and match. The tiles are dyed cement making them extremely hard wearing and can be used on walls and floors. Below are a few example from their website.
A little over a decade ago I went to live in Morocco to write the worst most self indulgent book ever, it went nowhere as I realised it was awful and I came home sooner than planned. All was not lost there was a lot to be inspired by in Morocco and I fell in love with so much of the architecture and carpets, my word the carpets! Many of the old riads, houses built around a garden courtyard had beautiful staircases with tiled up treads, like these.
I would love to do this in my house in Yorkshire but I have over 40 steps so I don’t think we could ever afford it but I a have a few alternative DIY plans to try out that may work as an alternative.
One thing I discovered about patterned tiles is that they do not come cheap so it is fun to think of ways to use them in your home in smaller craft and DIY projects. You could tile the top of a table, a small board as a back splash or simply add felt to the bottom to use as a coaster. Don’t be afraid to use bold patterns in your home bland is boring!