Transport Your Floors Across the Globe
The arrival of summer can be seen everywhere around – ice cream cones, shorts, shades and windows wide open. With the longer days, the sunshine and the warm summer breeze flowing through your house inevitably arrives a sort of wanderlust as well. If you can’t afford to pack your bags and go travelling the globe, you can bring the world’s diversity to your home for much cheaper with a summer makeover.
Each part of the world has its own signature designs for tiles, in a variety of colours and shapes. Browse through the highlights from different countries and be inspired to get transported around the world – from the signature tiles of European interior styles to more exotic designs from across continents.
Part One: Europe
Scandinavian Décor – Simple & Functional
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The overall interior design trend which can be observed towards adopting a Scandi living style with its prominence of chic and quality products has extended to include an increase of popularity in tiles used to achieve the Scandinavian look. These tiles can usually be distinguished by having features aligned with the overall design movement - the signature Scandi simplicity, warm pastel colours and wood effect finishes.
Scandinavian design is a design movement characterized by simplicity, minimalism and functionality that emerged in the 1950s in the five Nordic countries of Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Denmark.
Victorian Tiles (England)
Victorian tiles which originate from medieval England, were first brought to prominence in the UK thanks to their geometric patterns, white and black colour scheme and chequered designs. Since they were first mass produced throughout the 19th century, Victorian style tiles have become the signature English tile range.
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Similar popularity rooted in history boast the Italian tiles – with a style reminiscent of the late Roman Empire, Italian marble and ceramics present a particular Roman style and manufacturing quality which is still sought after centuries later. Tiles in this style are made to reflect the marble produces in Italy and celebrate the overall elegance of Italian interior décor.
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As one of the most popular designs nowadays, Spanish tiles are instantly recognisable for their colourful mosaics and intricate designs, equally well-suited for flooring and wall decoration. Spanish tiles usually come in a warm palette of blues, browns, terracotta and gold, interwoven in beautiful patterns and designs. They can add timeless elegance to your house, and be designed to look like a load of smaller tiles place together.
This popular interior design style is also a result of cultural influences throughout history – namely the Moorish influence in Córdoba. The southern Spanish city is the capital of the province of the same name, and is known to have been a key Roman city and a major Islamic center in the Middle Ages. Córdoba is most commonly known for the immense La Mezquita mosque (dating back to the 8th century), which features stunning Byzantine mosaics and a columned prayer hall, later combined with a Renaissance-style nave upon the building’s conversion to a Catholic church.
French Country Charm
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One of the most popular interior design styles associated with France is the Provence style, also known as French Country style. The most distinguishing features of this style are rustic simplicity reminiscent of rural life, cosiness and romantic atmosphere. It’s a preferred interior décor choice because of its ability to bring light and warmth into any home through the use of natural shades (particularly shades of beige, mustard and olive), floral motifs and abundance of accessories.
The French Country style takes its name from the southeast region of the country where it historically originated. 17th century French bourgeoisie started decorating their province homes in an attempt to escape the classic look and bustle of the city. Drawing inspiration from the picturesque, fresh country landscapes, they began turning to simplicity and elegance, which gave their homes a natural feel and ease, reminiscent of old world charm.
Find the perfect corner of the world for you and bring it into your home – for more inspiration browse our most popular ranges or contact us and we will help you choose the best tiles for your journey across the globe.