How to Create the Illusion of Space with Tiles
When your living space looks small, even minimal clutter – a newspaper on the coffee table, couch cushions, a standing floor lamp – can turn the room into a claustrophobic mess. While a number of elements – mirrors, lighting, windows and wall art – can work together to create the illusion of space, tiles tend to be underestimated when it comes to their space-opening potential.
Here’s a look at how wall and floor tiles can be utilised to turn a small space into one that looks and feels larger – and one you want to live in.
Opt for Light Colours
Utilise light tile colours and immediately the room will look bigger and brighter. Shades of white or soft-tone coloured tiles on the walls and flooring are more reflective than light-absorbing dark tiles, creating a sense of depth that leaves the room feeling more open and airy.
Create a Flow of Flooring
Whether it’s with porcelain or ceramic tiles, the same tiling pattern, uninterrupted from one area to the next will create the illusion of one large, comfortable living space – rather than a few small cramped spaces. This works particularly well in an adjoined lounge room and dining room, or in an adjoined kitchen and dining space.
Go For Different Shades of the Same Colour
By designating one light colour to a room and basing your choice of tiling or furniture on various shades of that colour, you’ll instantly create visual unity. For example, a popular choice is mixing different earthy shades of browns to create an overall organic and natural feel to the home. Using harmonious colours create a flow-on effect, making a space look larger, brighter and more open.
With their optical illusion effect, striped tiles are a clever design for making a room appear longer. At InStyle Ceramics, we can orient the stripes to run the length of the room that is longest; this tricks the eye into seeing instant length.
Go with Large Floor Tiles
We have a large variety of different-sized tiles at InStyle Ceramics, but if you’re looking to make a room look more spacious, we suggest going with larger-sized tiles. Why? The less grouting you see, the more spacious your flooring area will appear.
Paint the Wall Trim & Skirting Board a Lighter Shade
A handy trick that makes the walls look as though they are further back than they really are. Painting the molding – where the wall meets the ceiling – a lighter shade than the wall and floor tiles has the same impact.
Showcasing the latest Italian and European boutique tile designs, our Perth Showroom provides the starting point for turning your small living space into one that feels spacious and stylish. Contact us at Instyle Ceramics today, and one of our friendly expert team members can guide you on a tiling solution to transform your home, no matter how small!
Summer Home Renovation Ideas
Refresh your home in time for summer
Summer is the perfect time for home renovations.
With warmer days ahead, it’s a great opportunity to update the appearance of your home inside and out. Once you’ve decided on a plan, there’s no time like the present to start your home renovations, so you can sit back and relax when summer arrives. Whether it’s a DIY project or you’re calling in the professionals, it always helps to start with fresh renovation ideas and style inspiration.
Kitchen Renovations and Improvements
The kitchen is the heart of the home. By morning it’s often a scene of chaos as families battle for breakfast in their rush to start the day. By night it’s the place where couples, families and friends come together to enjoy a meal, and share in each other’s company around the kitchen table. Perhaps your kitchen is your personal retreat, a place for quiet reflection as you lovingly create a new dish, or simply soak in the atmosphere, sipping tea and flipping through magazines. However you use your kitchen, it needs to stand the test of time. As well as being durable, it should look beautiful too. If you don’t have the budget or time for a complete remodel, refreshing your kitchen can be as simple as updating the splashback. Ceramic tiles are a popular option for creating a functional and contemporary splashback, with a wide range of colours and styles including mosaic, graphic tiles, industrial look or modern. If you’re ready to renovate your kitchen, InStyle Ceramics offers a huge range of ceramic splashback options.
Upgrade Your Flooring with Timber Tiles
Is your flooring looking a little tired? Whether you have stained carpet, scratched floorboards or faded linoleum, worn out flooring ages your home and leaves your house feeling dirty, no matter how clean it is. So what is a good alternative?
Timber-look tiles offer the beauty of timber floorboards with the long-lasting durability of tiles.
They’re easy to clean, hard wearing, scratch resistant, and environmentally friendly.
Finding the perfect match for your home renovations is made easy with technology, allowing you to customise a timber-look tile suited to your colour scheme and style. Whatever style you’re looking for, you’ll find a wide range of timber-look tiles at InStyle Ceramics.
Renovate Your Alfresco
You’ll want to rest and relax in your outdoor area this summer, so now is the perfect time for that alfresco renovation you’ve been dreaming of. Whether you’re planning a large outdoor dining and living area, a modest backyard patio or an elaborate outdoor entertainment area and swimming pool surrounds, you’ll find a huge range of exterior tiling at InStyle Ceramics.
Renovate Your Alfresco
Neutral and natural tones might be popular, but adding pops of colour can really make a house a home. Your styling is a celebration of your lifestyle and your personality, and keeping it fresh is easier than you’d think. You can incorporate colour in pillows, cushions, throws and rugs, paint a few walls in a fresh new shade, or update your floors or walls with feature tiles. If you’re ready to get started on your home renovations, or you need a helping hand with style ideas and inspiration, contact us. today.
Ceramic Floor Tiles: 2018 Trend Alert
Fresh flooring for the modern home
Ceramic floor tiles are shaping up to be one of the hottest home trends of 2018.
The once humble ceramic floor tile is now available in a vast array of finishes to suit any style, from industrial chic and vintage boho, to contemporary minimalism. This exciting new generation of tiles recreates the look of other materials such as concrete or timber, with the long-lasting durability of ceramic. And fresh new tile designs are continuing to emerge as materials are combined in ground-breaking ways.
“Traditional stone and wood-look tiles have reached new aesthetic heights, and advances in performance properties affirmed that Italian ceramic tiles are some of the highest quality building materials in the world,” says Kristin Coleman of Ceramic Tiles of Italy.
Concrete-Look Floor Tiles
Style fanatics are loving the raw, industrial look of exposed concrete. Providing an element of contemporary minimalism, concrete-look tiles can be used anywhere in the home and are becoming a popular choice for bathrooms. Using concrete-look ceramic floor tiles in a bathroom setting creates unison and uninterrupted flow between the base of the shower and the rest of the floor.
You can recreate this look with concrete-look ceramic tiles, coupled with frameless glass, brass or chrome fixtures, and luxury towels for the ultimate in contemporary bathroom styling. Concrete tiles also look great applied to walls, either as a feature piece or a dramatic full-length wall to really make a statement.
Bleached Timber-Look Tiles
The rustic vintage look of white-washed timber is on everyone’s wish list. The boho appearance of aged timber paired with fresh white paint and pops of pastel are one of the must-have style trends of 2018. You can recreate the look of vintage timber floorboards, minus the hassle of cleaning and maintaining wood, by using a blanched or bleached timber-look tile instead. A favourite for families and foodies alike, timber-look ceramic floor tiles make a stunning addition to the bedroom, bathroom, kitchen or outdoor entertaining area.
Distressed & Metallic Ceramic Floor Tiles
Leave boring behind and embrace exciting new colours and textures like distressed and metallic ceramic floor tiles. You can give your home that industrial warehouse feel with metallic-look ceramic floor tiles, available in a wide range of finishes from pressed tin to distressed metal.
Creating the visual effect of worn-paint surfaces and reclaimed materials, distressed and metallic ceramic floor tiles can be used to complement a rustic eco-style interior, or paired with ultra-modern furniture and appliances for a contemporary style combination.
Whether you’re building a new home, renovating, or thinking about a style change, ceramic floor tiles provide a versatile and affordable way to revamp the look of your home, without the time and expense of a complete home makeover.
A Guide to Choosing Mosaic Tiles
Transform your home with mosaic
Mosaic tiles have the power to transform your plain kitchen or bathroom into an artistic masterpiece. Timeless and elegant, mosaic designs can be incorporated anywhere inside or outside your home, to add colour and texture in a functional way. The most exciting feature about mosaic tiles is their versatility, suitable for any style of home and décor, from classic Victorian or a country homestead to an ultra-modern apartment. Whether you’re preparing to install a new kitchen splashback, or creating a decorative outdoor feature, mosaic tiles could be the perfect choice for you.
Mosaic tiles offer a bright and luminous finish that can be used to create a sense of added spaciousness in your kitchen or bathroom. You can use mosaic tiling to brighten a dark space, add drama with a large mosaic wall, or tile just one surface for a feature piece.
When selecting your mosaic tiles, think about the combinations of contrasting colours you would like to use. You might like to combine tiles in several shades of one dominant colour, such as grey, blue, or green, or if you’re feeling bold, pick a rainbow of colours for an eye-catching statement piece.
The possibilities are limited only by your imagination, with mosaic tiles available in a wide range of colours, sizes and textures, you can choose any assortment to suit your style.
Flexibility in Mosaic Design
Don’t be afraid to break the rules when using mosaic tiles. You can integrate mosaic designs anywhere in your home, and patterns can be bold and beautiful, or more neutral and restrained. For example, a kitchen splashback is a great opportunity to be brave with colour, texture and size, but in the bathroom you might prefer to use mosaic tiles in natural tones, on a smaller wall surface, or as a single feature piece.
Mosaic designs can also be used as flooring, or integrated into outdoor paving as a decorative feature. Ceramic, stone or timber-look tiles in various shades can be combined to create a mosaic border around a fireplace, or you might like to use a tiled mosaic pattern in outdoor structures such as a water feature wall.
Before making your tile selection, think of the different ways you can incorporate mosaic design into your home renovations. Don’t be afraid to embrace mosaic in several areas of the home.
Easy Maintenance & Durability
Ceramic mosaic tiles are stain resistant and easy to clean, needing just an easy wipe over with a wet cloth. This is especially important for people concerned about dust mites and allergies, and busy, time-poor families who need simple functionality. Not only beautiful, mosaic tiles are highly durable and can handle most cleaning agents too. This makes ceramic mosaic tiles a great option for creating a low-maintenance, hypoallergenic home that is not only liveable, but looks great too. When choosing tiles for your home, think about your lifestyle, the people, and possibly pets, who will be using the space, and how it will be used. That should give you a good indication of the style of tiles you need.
By asking yourself these few questions, you will have greater confidence in making your mosaic tile selection. If you’re ready to view the mosaic tile range at InStyle Ceramics, or you need help deciding on the right tiles for you, contact us today.