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Playing With Texture

Posted by Rebecca | Tuesday, May 15, 2018

We’re celebrating our 40th anniversary with a selection of blogs about design trends from the 70s!

Our obsession with shag carpets, velvet and linoleum may not be remembered so fondly today, but all three speak to our ongoing love of playing with texture in interior design. Just because you don’t want carpets crawling halfway up your walls or velvet ceilings doesn’t mean that you can’t opt for other decadent (but more contemporary) choices!

Does ‘play with texture’ sound like interior design jargon to you? You’re not alone. Here is our friendly introductory guide for how to apply texture rules to your home and business spaces.

Black Mosaic

Mosaics are one of the most popular tile choices, but what you might not realise is that they provide a wonderfully easy way to create a variety of textures in your space. Think about a white mosaic paired with a black grout vs. the same mosaic with a white grout - the looks and feels of these two options are completely different, and that’s due to their visual texture. If there is a lot happening visually in your space already (for example an intensely veined stone countertop in your kitchen), it is probably wise to steer clear of a grout with a high level of contrast to your tile colour. Additionally, for even less texture, the larger the tile the better - simply because there will be fewer lines in your space. We have a wide selection of extra large floor tiles here and wall tiles here.

Mystic Large Cream Floor

Yes, choosing a tile colour is important, but it might be just as important to work out which finish you like best for your space. For example, metro tiles come in gloss and matte, as well as with or without bevelled edges. The size of the metro tile paired with the colour of the grout will also make a huge difference to your finished design. When you combine all of that with a huge range of colour and pattern options, the opportunity to play around is endless.

Swansea Showroom

A good tip is to start with how you’d like the light to play in your space. Glossy surfaces are obviously more reflective than matte ones, however matte materials can be more soothing because the light doesn’t change so much as you change your position in the room. Additionally bevelled edges add interest to a neutral space but you may not choose them for an area with high wear (e.g. your kitchen surface) because they’re slightly less easy to keep clean than a flat tile.


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