A popular design concept is the feature wall. They are popular with anyone seeking to create a truly unique and personal design element to a room. They can also fun, as there are no rules as to what you can and can’t do… And, they don’t have to cost the earth either!
The idea of a feature wall is that it contrasts with what surrounds it and is a strong décor element, which is arresting and helps define a room’s style. For bathrooms and kitchens, tiles are the perfect material to use, as the choice is extensive. To work well, a feature wall does not need to be a large area. Sometimes, an intense splash of colour as a splashback, just the small area behind a bathroom basin is all that is needed to add that design tonic and turn a bland bathroom into something that looks rather special.
You can create a feature wall from tiles within a similar range, such as that shown here with Storm Ten. The brick mosaics provide a contrasting zone of detail, which contrasts with the matching field tiles used in a larger format.
Alternatively, many tile ranges offer a choice of compatible designs within the same range and therefore you can confidently select one of the more decorative designs and mix it with one of the plainer field tiles, assured that it “goes” and that the finish of the tiles will be consistent.
For those feeling more daring and looking for a stronger look, then mix and match your tile ranges, but do make sure the sizes you choose are compatible. Likewise, be careful that you select similar thickness of tiles. Otherwise, you may find achieving a flat surface can be tricky. Here, the new Alhambra range of highly decorative wall tiles, which comes in sets of six mixed tiles, has been framed and surrounded by a plain field tile, to create a strong Spanish flavour.
Likewise, a wall which does not even look like it is decorated with tiles will make a striking statement. Ceramic tiles which closely resemble wood and hessian are highly effective for those seeking a textured, organic feel. There are several current ranges which achieve this, including Strands, Moravia and Artwood.
And finally, the classic, Grecian air of luxury achieved in this grandiose bathroom features the fluted columns, which are available on special order from the Applestone Deluxe range. Stylishly framing the basin area, they create a sense of opulence, which sets the scene for the entire bathroom.