Tile Style


With many of us still favouring white and neutral kitchens, one way to add a burst of colour or texture is with tiles – whether it’s a glossy striped splashback or an intricate design underfoot, it’s an easier and less permanent way of bringing personality and pizzazz into the room. The latest tile trends, as spotted as the recent Cevisama 2013 fair in Valencia, include vibrant glossy colour, patchwork patterns and muted earthy tones.

Tile of Spain is the voice of the Spanish tile industry, encompassing more than 100 tile manufacturers. Manufactured in Spain and widely available in the UK, these products are rich in heritage, craftsmanship and cutting-edge design – here are just some of my favourites…

Glossy Colour

The Spanish ceramic industry brought a sweet shop flavour to the event with candy colours, liquid finishes and decorative textures.

Esmaltados tile

Esmaltados by Ceramica Elias, glazed terracotta mosaics, available in the UK from Parkside Ceramics (07799 772288 www.ceramicaelias.com)

Soul by Azteca

Soul by Azteca (2)

Soul by Azteca, ceramic tiles, available from MA Garments (020 7377 8049 www.azteca.es)

Patchwork Patterns

A key trend is for mixing and matching vintage-inspired ceramics and the application of a patchwork effect, which will add character and a traditional Mediterranean feel to your home.

Mairena Brown by Ceramica Cas

Mairena Brown by Ceramica Cas, glazed textured ceramic tile, available from Catalyst Tile (0161 764 6076 www.casceramica.com)

Britania by Realonda

Britania by Realonda, glazed porcelain tiles, available from Caesars Ceramics (01924 366365 www.realonda.com)

Brand by Saloni

Brand by Saloni, porcelain tiles, available from Saloni UK (020 7288 6337 www.saloni.com)

New Country

Something for traditionalists here, with ceramics reinvented in muted earthy tones, handmade effects and subtle, nature-inspired or folk-influenced prints.

Soho Crema by Keraben

Soho Crema by Keraben, ceramic tiles, from Hampshire Tile Warehouse (0845 051 5145 www.keraben.com)

Panama by Keraben

Panama by Keraben (2)

Panama by Keraben, matt ceramic tiles, from Keraben (01494 474736 www.keraben.com)

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About Hayley Gilbert

Hayley Gilbert is a freelance interiors journalist with 20 years’ experience in the industry. Specialising in all things kitchens, Hayley has contributed to a wide range of consumer titles such as Beautiful Kitchens, EKBB, KBB, Grand Designs, House Beautiful and Ideal Home, as well as national newspapers including The Sunday Times.... @HaylGilbert / hayleygilbertblog.wordpress.com

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