Pattern tile is everywhere these days! We started seeing them really emerge in the past 2 years or so. They made a big splash at recent Design Shows, too! They can really add a unique touch to a space. Like the wallpaper accent trend they add some boldness or whimsy to a room but too much can just be overwhelming.
If you like the look of a print or pattern, how can you use the pattern tile in a way that won’t overwhelm or get ‘tired’ quickly.
1. Use a pattern tile in a small space like a bathroom.
For a few reasons, it won’t be too overwhelming because the pattern isn’t everywhere and also, should you decide to change it in a few years or so it won’t be a huge undertaking. This image has the pattern tile on the floor in a neutral palette it is soft but still makes an impact.
2. Stick with one pattern in the space.
When it comes to fashion mixing patterns is very chic but when it comes to pattern tile – to make the most impact stick with one pattern in the room (other wise it just gets too busy) keep the other pieces like cabinetry and paint pretty low key and solid. We love the backsplash tile here with the stainless hood fan and stove and against the white -Can you say? #wowfactor
3. Use it as an accent.
See a pattern tile you love but concerns that it might be a bit over the top? Treat it like the wallpaper accent wall – only tile one wall in the tile and keep the rest plain but complimentary. This blue pattern tile is busy and if the entire shower surround was covered in this tile it would be very overwhelming and likely not as pretty. This accent tile makes a statement. A little pattern tile can go a long way
If pattern tile is still just a bit too much for you but you want something different, consider lay out and shape.
Take some inspiration from this kitchen back splash. Typically we see rectangular tiles in a stacked formation or brick but this herringbone pattern adds some great visual interest to this classic kitchen. The herringbone arrangement also looks great in a shower surround in a 3×6 standard subway tile but also looks great on the floor in a 12 x 24 tile!
Trying adding just a tiny pop of pattern tile. In the image below we have a shower surround in a neutral subway tile in a dove grey tone in a brick layout but look at the shower shelf, a pop of print – so great!
The hexagon tile is another great option if you are open to new shapes – this can give you a modern look or a more vintage style depending on the size of tile. You can also get a more traditional look depending on the material you choose. Sometime a new shape can give you a whole new look without going crazy with colour or pattern.
Pattern tile is a lot like wallpaper – it adds a touch of personality and designer flare! Use it sparingly or make a splashy statement…