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Bye Boring White Tiles, These 11 Tile Patterns Are Way Better

April 30, 2018 · Paid Partnership with Hafary Singapore
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Hardy, durable and a breeze to maintain, chances are that when you decide to install a tile, you’re setting it up for life – and it can be easy to fall into the trap of choosing something ‘safe’ that’ll last the years. But why go for common and cookie-cutter when you can score something creative yet classic?

With tile expert Hafary, here’s a crash course guide on the various types of patterned tiles to jazz up your home with – and how to work each type for a look that won’t go out of style.


Patterned Tiles Hafary

1. APE Ceramic NOA Faggio

What is it: Natural Islamic-inspired motifs such as curved, vine-like lines, leaves and palms that intertwine with one another are key features of Arabesque tiles. These patterns can be seamlessly repeated to create an intricate effect.

Patterned Tiles Hafary

Interior Designer: Aiden-T

Suits: Eclectic, Transitional, and Contemporary Styles

How to work it: Detail-heavy, arabesque tiles are a visual highlight and should be used sparingly, one arabesque pattern at a time – on a single wall, floor area or backsplash. Your home’s palette should match the tiles; if it’s black and white tiles, pair it with simple white walls and black accents for a balanced look.


Patterned Tiles Hafary

1. Marca Corona BRL Beige | 2. Marrazzi Terramix Bianco

What is it: Think textured ceramic tiles that still provide that edgy, exposed look of real structural bricks – without having to strip your walls to its bare bones. (Read: It’s also easier to clean).

Patterned Tiles Hafary

Interior Designer: Carpenters 匠

Suits: Scandinavian, Industrial styles

How to work it: Play up the warmth of reddish brick tiles with natural hues and materials. For a white-washed brick surface, match its light, airy look with pale furnishings and paint.

Patterned Tiles Hafary

Interior Designer: PHD Posh Home Design

The raw finish also works with rough, gritty elements like rusted antiques or vintage pieces for an industrial flair.


Patterned Tiles Hafary

1. Tagina D.Dant Etoile Sable Noir

What is it: We’re talking about classic geometric patterns that can be traced back to ancient times, like this timeless, ‘Circulos’ Roman motif of inter-lapping circles. Often monochromatic, these designs make a dramatic yet elegant contrast that remain a huge hit with homes today.

Patterned Tiles Hafary

Interior Designer: The Scientist

Suits: Modern, Transitional, Traditional and Minimalist styles

How to work it: This simple motif works well with classic styles or minimal detailing, such as the Shaker style. To lighten it’s otherwise high-contrast look, keep to a neutral palette of greys, creams, black and whites. Otherwise, natural finishes like cement and wood pair well too!


Patterned Tiles Hafary

1. Ceramica Sant Agostino Dig Art Denim

What is it: With a textured finish that mimics the feel of woven carpets or wallpapers, ceramic fabric-effect tiles provide the same tactile effect without the fussiness.

Patterned Tiles Hafary

Suits: Modern, Contemporary styles

How to work it: Just like their textile counterparts, the uniform, seamless look of fabric tiles work best in larger areas as a background of sorts. Go for larger tile pieces to achieve that effect. For a sleek, modern look, pick furniture in clean lines and matching shades.


Patterned Tiles Hafary

1. Equipe Ceramicas ChevronWall Black | 2. Equipe Ceramicas Rhombus White

What is it: Think of geometric tiles as the modern counterpart to Classic patterned tiles, incorporating alternative shapes such rhombic, hexagonal and chevron motifs.

Patterned Tiles Hafary

Interior Designer: Prozfile Design

Suits: Contemporary, Scandinavian, Modern styles

How to work it: Put your creative spin on things – geometric shapes (especially hexagonal tiles) can be arranged to create a ‘creeping’ effect, or matched with linear planks for a quirky spin!

Patterned Tiles Hafary

Interior Designer: Carpenters 匠

Keep things from looking too over-the-top by opting for simple, uncluttered furnishings.


Patterned Tiles Hafary

1. Geotiles Pawn Bl

What is it: The playful cousin of consistent geometric, classic or arabesque tiles, unique (even hand-drawn) graphics play center stage in illustrated tiles, giving any space it’s applied a creative slant.

Patterned Tiles Hafary

Interior Designer: The Scientist

Suits: Contemporary, Eclectic Styles

How to work it: Much like works of art, illustrated tiles shine when used as highlights. Keep them in set areas, like a single wall or floor frame, or alternate each illustrated tile with a solid-coloured one to maintain visual balance.


Patterned Tiles Hafary

1. ABK Interno 9 Pearl | 2. Ceramiche Provenza Revival Ret

What is it: Metal-effect ceramic tiles mimic the brushed, rusted texture of real metals like steel and iron, lending the same edgy air without the expense and upkeep.

Patterned Tiles Hafary

Interior Designer: Prozfile Design

Suits: Industrial, Modern, Contemporary and Minimalist styles.

How to work it: The dull, darker hues of metallic tiles work well as a base for neutral, earthy spaces. Alternatively, built-ins or furniture in linear, boxy shapes also help to play up the tile’s edgy, urban vibe.


Patterned Tiles Hafary

1. ABK Alpes Raw Lead Rett | 2. Richetti Group Blackboard Antracite | 3. Coorperativa Ceramica D’imola Genus GNSH 36N RM

What is it: Yes, there are tiles made of natural stones like slate, granite or sandstone, but these materials aren’t exactly affordable! Thankfully, today’s stone-effect tiles are able to achieve a highly realistic patina and finish that’s close to the real deal – at an affordable price.

Patterned Tiles Hafary

Interior Designer: Mr Shopper Studio

Patterned Tiles Hafary

Interior Designer: Habit

Suits: Traditional, Modern, Contemporary, Minimalist styles

How to work it: Stone tiles can pull off a variety of effects, from rustic to luxurious based on the finish (roughened, matte or polished). As a rule of thumb, larger cut tiles work better at achieving a ‘stone-slab’ effect. Stone tiles work well with neutral, natural colours and materials.


Patterned Tiles Hafary

1. Ceramica Tres Estiloa Cuadrado Toscana

What is it: Want a tile that looks like it has seen its fair share of wear and tear, bleaching or use? A timeworn tile can get you the same effect, without having to wait 20 years for it.

Patterned Tiles Hafary

Interior Designer: Liid Studio

Suits: Industrial, Eclectic styles.

How to work it: While it’s natural to pair this tile with worn-out accents like reclaimed or salvaged furniture, there’s a fine line between ‘gritty’ and ‘rundown’. Keep things looking polished by incorporating clean-cut built-ins or furniture.


Patterned Tiles Hafary

1. Marazzi Preview Ven Lux | 2.14 Ora Italiana Marmo Mix Grigio Dark | 3. Fiandre Marble Lab Nero Portoro

What is it: Basically, marble-effect ceramic tiles without the high-maintenance properties and expensive cost. Plus, you can get them in wood-plank form!

Patterned Tiles Hafary

Interior Designer: Third Avenue Studio

Suits: Modern, Contemporary, Traditional styles.

How to work it: With all the intricate detailing found in veined tiles, refrain from using clashing prints. Instead, play up on its elegance with classical features like French mouldings, European-style railings or gold accents.

Patterned Tiles Hafary

Interior Designer: akiHAUS

For a contemporary spin, go with solid colours in linear, clean-cut shapes.


Patterned Tiles Hafary

1. Love Tiles Tree Beige AS | 2. Italgraniti Group Mandorla SQ | 3. Artistica Due L.D.L Passione

What is it: Another fancy way of saying ‘wood’ effect tiles.

Patterned Tiles Hafary

Interior Designer: KDOT Associates

Suits: Scandinavian, Minimalist, Contemporary, Traditional, Transitional, Eclectic

How to work it: Neutral and natural looking, lighter hued woods complement well with paler colours like pastels and greys, while medium to dark woods with richer colours like burgundy or navy.

Patterned Tiles Hafary

Architect: UPSTAIRS

For something different, explore ways of laying your tiles – such as herringbone or basket-weave.


Your tile shopping, solved.

With over 3,000 products from all over the world, Hafary is the leading building materials supplier serving homeowners, interior designers, architects, contractors and developers for more than 35 years. Offering cutting edge designs, quality service and favourable pricing, Hafary provides its clients high quality tiles (and more) - at affordable prices. See and feel its wide range of material offerings and find your perfect match in any of Hafary's three showrooms, located island wide.

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