Some things I know I will never tire of, beautiful tiles, especially ones that are geometric and monochrome. The trend continues and I don’t think it will fade any time soon, they are a classic and will add an air of luxury in any space big or small. I am always drawn to the pared back muted tones of black and white and all the subtly beautiful hues of grey in between. From the clothes that hang in my wardrobe to the décor in my home this colour palette is most definitely the one for me.
So when I came across these stunning tiles by Laura Ashley my heart skipped a beat. The Heritage Collection is a collaboration with British Ceramics and they are simply perfect. The ceramic feature floor tiles come in two unique patterns and colour ways, Wicker and Mr Jones, charcoal and dove grey in both. This sophisticated geometric style would bring such a distinctive look to any room you chose to use them in be it a kitchen or bathroom floor. Or if you are like me and don’t have the space to do a full tile refit with large tiles but can’t resist owning one or two because of their striking pattern you’ll come up with inventive ways to give these tiles a new purpose in your home.
Using a tile other than its purpose is fun and resourceful. These large square tiles look amazing used as boards on your dining table, placing one or two (if you have a large table) down the centre as serving boards, or they would make the most stylish cheese platter. They would look equally as effective as the centre piece to a well styled table setting filled with candles and greenery. Place one by the side of your cooker to hold all the necessary utensils and condiments you need when cooking a meal. You could also have a tile as a feature on your footstool or coffee table in the lounge, a perfect place to put your hot drinks or glasses of champagne and nibbles when having a party. Of course, they work very well in a bathroom, as tiles on the floor or maybe placed as a splashback or a stylish way to display your favourite bathroom essentials.
If you are lucky enough to have to space to use them en mass in a room scheme let the monochrome patterns on these tiles speak for themselves, they don’t need fussy surroundings, by keeping other elements simple you will be rewarded with a very classic look. Keeping the fabric and paint choices within the spectrum using linen fabrics and matt grey paints, mixing and matching to create different vignettes with each tile. Laura Ashley’s choice of fabric and paint is always excellent, the ones I have matched the tiles with here are, Bacall charcoal and Dalton pale natural fabric, Dove Grey and Steel water based matt paint which bring the tonal variations of grey together cohesively.
An easy way to make sure you are going in the right direction is to look outside to nature. The tonal elements between a stormy sky, sea and rock for instance or the patina of metal and weathered wood.
On that note I think it’s fair to say that my love affair with all things monochrome, geometric and ceramic will never fade.
With thanks to Laura Ashley for providing the materials for this post.