Trends: Green and Tropical Turns Up on Tiles

green tiles in a traditional kitchen but totally rocking it with pink walls

Green and tropical tiles rocking it in a hallway

It’s a sure sign that a current trend is going to stick around awhile when it starts to turn up on something as permanent as wall or floor tiles. And while I usually advise peeps to stick to neutral or classic on something that is not easily or inexpensively changed, sometimes you just have to go with your heart. And my heart is truly smitten today.

green tiles in a traditional kitchen but totally rocking it with pink walls

Green

Firstly, by these gloriously green tiles from the kitchen company deVOL.  The Emerald Green London Tiles were originally designed for the company’s new St. John’s Square showroom in Clerkenwell, and were inspired by the traditional tiles of London tube stations and old East End pub exteriors. So no, this is not new. It’s a re-visit to something that fell out of fashion for many years and is now re-emerging thanks to the ever turning circle called fashion. They have charm, authenticity and each one is handmade, so they’re all a tiny bit different. Just as they would have been a hundred and fifty years ago.

green tiles in a traditional kitchen but totally rocking it with pink walls

And although the tiles have been paired with a lovely traditional kitchen, they also manage to look up-to-the- minute too, thanks to that totally unexpected pink wall. And to that unfinished plastered wall too. Paint the ceiling green, add a large sparkly chandelier (not something you would have seen in a kitchen until recently), top the island with marble, and you have a stunning kitchen that takes its inspiration from the past but is also on-trend today. Note: the tiles behind the glass fronted cabinet – a detail that extends the surface area of the tiles and makes a fitting backdrop for the pretty vintage plates.

green tiles in a traditional kitchen but totally rocking it with pink walls

Tropical

And secondly, by these botanical beauties from Ted Baker and the British Ceramic Tile’s brand new collection. The Paradise Tile sees birds of paradise combined with leafy palms and foliage for the ultimate tropical inspired design scheme. Each pack of nine ceramic tiles includes a random selection of designs that you can mix and match to create a unique patchwork effect on walls or floors. It could be chaotic in application but the muted colours make it discreet. You have to look closely. And the more you look, the more you see.

botanical tiles rock on walls and floor in an entryway

And even used on both walls and floors here, the effect is still calming and gives a nod to the trend without overpowering your living space. Enhanced too by the use of warm, rustic looking wood, a hint of brass and real plants.

botanical inspired tiles

A couple of cases of heart over head.

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6 Comments

  1. Reply

    Adam

    June 30, 2017

    That kitchen’s gorgeous! Love the use of the tiles behind the cabinet, makes the whole effect much cleaner and more consistent.

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      deardesigner

      June 30, 2017

      Doesn’t it Adam. That was a touch I liked too. 🙂

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    Carole

    June 16, 2017

    That deVOL is so stunning – and yes, I’m surprising myself with that one. Green tiles can look absolutely great when done right (i.e. I believe they have to be a little more upmarket) and really add a stunning feel to a kitchen. Have you seen Justina Blakeney’s (the jungalow) kitchen with its green tiles? xo

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      deardesigner

      June 16, 2017

      Yes, I have seen Justina’s green tiles. They’re stunning. x

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    Kimberly ~ Swoon Worthy

    June 16, 2017

    Those Ted Baker tiles are amazing!! Oh so beautiful. I love the deVOL kitchen as well although I feel like it’s a bit too many colours going on for my liking – those tiles, however, are stunning! xx

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      deardesigner

      June 16, 2017

      I definitely think the tide is turning against plain and safe tiles. They’re both lovely I think. x

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