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Ready to get inspired? Using the latest hues, textures and styles, we’ll show you how endless creative possibilities can transform your kitchen, revamp your bathroom or simply update any space in your home.
Firstly, it’s vital to choose the right colour(s) not only for the overall look but also the feel you want to create. For today’s key trends, muted yet rich tones have replaced the brightest shades from traditional colour palettes to result in the following dominant colour groups:
Barely there shades such as chalky off-whites and soft, dusty tones can be used to create a sense of harmony and calm as well as to highlight neutral tones. Pair pastels with greys for a strong yet sophisticated theme.
Earthy, natural hues add a sense of warmth and are perfect for a modern, contemporary look on their own or when combined with other colour groups. They’re perfect for highlighting stronger shades or to create a fresh, tranquil atmosphere in a minimalist setting.
A vibrant backdrop of bold colour will really make your room pop. You could go all out or simply incorporate as a vivid border or fun feature wall. Combine toned-down shades such as burnt orange, mustard or a moody teal with brown undertones for a retro palette or to add warmth.
A spectrum of vivid jewel tones inspired from precious stones add a touch of opulence. Rich shades of purple, scarlets, sapphire blues and emerald greens not only create ambience, they give a luxurious feel that’s especially decadent when paired with glistening metallics.
From industrial to antiquity, metallics create multifaceted surfaces that add another dimension by reflecting light. Rose gold, copper and brass tones add a warm accent while silver, nickel and chrome are ideal for cooler colour schemes.
Contrasting blacks, whites and greys are the basis for this highly versatile palette. Cool greys can be paired with a bold shade for a modern, industrial look or create timeless elegance with classic black and white.
Now that you’ve chosen a colour scheme you like, it’s time to incorporate it with a material you love. The latest trends are dominated by texture, dimension and the concept that more is more. Authentic and natural stone effect is also making a huge impact across most trends, from smooth and sophisticated marble to 3D, split face slate.
For more information on finishes and durability, see our guide to discover which material is best for your home.View guide
Here’s the really fun part — apply your ideal look to the perfect style trend. Modern trends are interchangeable so you could choose your favourite to makeover your interior or combine two or three. Get creative with tile layouts and think beyond just walls and floors. These versatile looks can also be incorporated as a splashback, breakfast bar, fireplace surround or any focal point you’d like.
Feeling adventurous? Replace running themes with the unpredictable and the idea of clashing with complementary. Choose a base style then offset it with contrasting trends for extra interest and to create a balanced, unique look that’s all your own.
This down to earth, au naturale theme can be as shabby or as chic as you choose. The latest looks focus on natural stone and wood effects with worn, distressed finishes. Pick earthy and neutral tones to accentuate calm and to create a clean, airy space. Complementary fabrics and organic textures will take this style to the next level, giving it a cosy feel and timeless appeal.
A dramatic twist on the large-format look is to increase their impact with a singular colour or pattern. Large-format rectangular or square tiles are perfect for this sleek, sophisticated look. Using them on both walls and floors instantly upgrades any space to boutique hotel elegance and there’s the added bonus of fewer tiles to lay, less grouting to be done and even creating the illusion of space.
Many of the latest trends focus on texture and accent tiles are a versatile way to incorporate this. Use them to inject new life into your decor by contrasting wall hues and surfaces. These fabulous features also have the benefit of being able to transform any room’s overall appearance without having to redecorate the entire space.
Rock sweeps both walls and floors in this modern take on classic natural stone to give a sleek, contemporary finish. Use different colours and textures to go tone-on-tone, stone-on-stone, place the rough with the smooth or all of the above. Marble designs and slate not only pair well, they contrast with other organic patterns and materials to beautiful effect, especially metal and wood.
Natural stone floors, both authentic and reminiscent, have long dominated interiors. From country farmhouse to ultra-modern to industrial, their neutral versatility means they can adapt to any trend which gives stone flooring a timeless charm. Choose luxurious natural granite or marble for a lustrous look or matt finishes such as slate or limestone for a more laidback ambience.
Classic urban is being taken up a notch with a rustic edge to make interior walls and floors appear less deliberate and more disheveled alongside the polished and organised. Layering natural textures such as rough-edged, natural stone tiles with sleek, man-made fixtures and fittings is key to this effect.
Not looking overdone is at the heart of this chic, industrial style. Think distressed, weathered, exposed structure and not-so-perfect, strong materials such as concrete, stone, metals and wood. For a more polished look, pair these textures with glossy metallics such as chrome and brass.
A ‘reclaimed’ twist will add a dynamic edge to an industrial or vintage look but elevates any style to a multilayered, eclectic level. Opt for cork, bottle, cardboard and any other recycled looking features for added texture and interest.
Muted colours in rich glazes and monochrome, vintage and Victorian style motifs are perfect for a more artisan, bohemian feel. These patterns break up spaces dominated by straight lines and solid surfaces to give a softer look. To really give this classic an updated edge, forget sticking to the same style throughout your room and mix elements from different eras, textiles and textures instead for a truly intriguing and unique look.
Opting to pair cool tones with neutral hues has always been a top style choice and you can really make this look jump off the wall with the addition of light reflecting mosaics. They’re a beautiful way to break up a classic, tone-on-tone or monochrome scheme and add a touch of glamour. You can also add variety to a neutral style using cool timber effect tiles and by getting creative with tile layout patterns.
Reinvigorate the retro look with the addition of strong colours, geometric shapes and statement patterns for an ultra-laidback yet sophisticated feel. Deep, moody hues, crisp lines and sharp angles define old school chic and will make a big impact as an accent wall or all-over design. To really amp up this iconic style, pair with timber effect tiles and be adventurous with tile layouts.
Wood has been a style staple since the dawn of interior design and now we’re ramping it up. Not only do timber effect tiles look amazing but they stay that way with little maintenance unlike their traditional wooden counterparts. They can be waterproof so won’t warp as well as fade, stain and scratch-resistant to make them more hard-wearing and longer-lasting. They’re also incredibly versatile and complement any style. Opt for a diagonal or herringbone lay for retro chic or go for industrial sleek with a distressed wood finish.
Consider pairing timber effect flooring alongside a floor tile layout that’s a completely different shape, colour or even patterned for a truly eclectic, edgy look.
If you’d like even more tiling ideas, see our guide to kitchen and bathroom tiling inspiration and gallery. Now that you’ve got a style in mind, it’s time to think about the finishing touches to ensure you achieve a truly professional looking result — from coloured grout to sleek trims.Finishing touches guide
Once you’ve decided on your dream look, see our step-by-step guide on how to plan your tiling project, including a full tile layout guide.Plan your project
Our how to videos show you just how easy it can be to achieve a professional looking result when tiling yourself.View all tiling guides