This post was originally published on 17th June 2014. Updated and re-published on 20th January 2021.
Patterned floor tiles are here to stay. And for good reason too. They add a lot of punch to a room, whether that is a kitchen, bathroom, hallway, or even an outside patio. They can emphasise existing period details if you choose a traditional style, or bring a historic home up to date by choosing something more modern. In a contemporary home they can add interest where interest is lacking, and a wow factor to any room. And this is all without mentioning practicality. Floor tiles are easy to clean and depending on the pattern, they will even be forgiving of a little family mess. Ceramic tiles might be costlier than other floor options, but they are durable and easy to maintain. And if you are worried about coldness you can even opt for vinyl options. But most of all they just look fabulous!
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Where to Buy Patterned Floor Tiles
Retromix Star Large Patterned Tiles, £47.42 psm, The London Tile Co.
This star design tile combines a traditional pattern with a modern finish. Stunning with a black border too. Patterned tiles are perfect in a hallway with period details. Leaving the walls white and decoration simple only serves to highlight the tiles even more.
Brighton Pattern Floor Tiles, £16.99 psm, Tile Mountain.
Inspired by a 1920’s design these floor tiles are an authentic replication of hydraulic encaustic-style tiles. The grey colour is more subtle than black and white, but still the antithesis of boring flooring. Fantastic paired with white metro tiles too.
Churchill Snow & Midnight Chequer Mosaic Tiles, £3.95 per sheet. Walls and Floors.
Create a room-stealing period feature floor in your bathroom, hallway, lounge or kitchen! Traditional through and through, and because they’re made from durable porcelain, they can even be used in the garden to create a patio space. Note the teal coloured metro tiles on the wall though. They are a nod to the 21st Century, and prevent this bathroom from looking like a period room set.
Platinum Cabana Mono Vinyl, £21.99 psm, Carpetright.
A stunning vinyl version for rooms that need a bit more softness. Bring an updated twist to your room with this modern geometric design, based on a tile effect design, the floor is brought to life with a monotone diamond pattern. But vinyl is still water-resistant and slip-resistant so it also makes this flooring perfect for wet areas.
Adorne Toledo Tiles, £50 psm, Tile Giant.
These porcelain tiles combine a traditional Victorian pattern with a modern finish, in contemporary colours. They are also suitable for walls, and can be used in any room in the house. They certainly possess a definitive simplicity and an inherent elegance that makes them reinforce the feeling of a timeless quality into an interior.
Devonstyle Black Tiles, £13.99 psm, Tons of Tiles.
These ceramic encaustic-style tiles are incredibly durable as well as visually intriguing, making them the perfect choice for those looking for a mix of contemporary and classic. They can used as a border to create a focal point or deployed across the whole floor as above for a real statement.
Salisbury Victorian Floor Tiles, Original Style.
This is a perfect example of how patterned floor tiles can add a wow factor to a plainish kitchen. The wall tiles are kept simple so as not to compete and make the room fussy, while the deep blue cabinets provide a perfect colour contrast.
Astral Star Pattern Tiles, £25.95 psm, Walls and Floors.
And how stunning do these star patterned tiles look outside? They have a matt finish so they are not as slippery in the wet and are made from durable hard wearing frost proof porcelain. I have a feeling this patio would be just as welcoming no matter the season just because of the addition of these tiles.
Melange Almond Porcelain Tiles, £39.96 psm, Porcelain Superstore.
I had to show you this lovely random effect. A re-imagined version of traditional French ceramics, they’re also proof that subtle, muted shades can be used to stunning effect. Rather uniquely, there are 26 different pattern tiles alongside a number of plain base tiles, which are all supplied at random to ensure your new space is completely one-of-a-kind. And, as they’re made from high-quality porcelain, they can be safely used on statement floors as well as standout walls.
Havana Night Peel & Stick Vinyl Floor Tiles, £18 psm, Zazous.
Last but not least, these Havana Night vinyl floor tiles are inspired by the vividly patterned encaustic tiles found in the wonderful old buildings of the Cuban capital. What’s more they are easy to fit (you just peel off the back and stick, so there is no messy glue to deal with), easy to clean, hardwearing, serviceable and economical.
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