Trends 2016 – Traditional

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As we are now firmly half way through the year, the trends predicted at the beginning of the year have either made strong design statements or fallen off our radar. So as we celebrate 2016’s half birthday, we are looking at a few of the prevailing tile trends that have taken interior design by storm.

We’re starting with the traditional trend this week where we will take a look at the tiles and design tips that get create a timelessly classic look, without compromising on style.


Heritage (b&w)

Rustic Heritage

Unglazed Victorian set shot

Unglazed Victorian

Traditional colour schemes can vary from monochromatic hues to vibrant and contrasting prints. With a revival of encaustic style tiles that bring both style and colour to the table, traditional tile designs can create show stopping features and enticing entryways, just like the ranges above.

White on white

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Bathroom - hexagon mosaic vox subway tiles - May 2016

Vox and Hexagon mosaic

Of course, when it comes to a traditional tile design, classic white subway tiles have always been a firm design favourite. Choose from polished and bevelled or flat and matt to achieve a unique design that screams personality.

It’s not just subway tiles that can create a quintessential tiled feature, either. Try contrasting white hexagon mosaic with grey grout and traditional bathroom furniture to create a country cottage theme.

Rustic finish



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With the help of digital printing techniques, tiles can mimic the look of various materials to meet specific design requirements. Porcelain tiles can now do quite a good job of creating the look and feel of natural stone without the hefty price tags that usually come along with the real thing. Large format variations will help to provide a rustic finish for traditional inspired spaces, with the advantage of being easier to maintain.

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