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What Your Tiles Say About Your Design (& Bubble Tea!) Taste

August 20, 2019
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What's your design personali-tea?

Bubble tea, the best pick-me-up you can ever ask for and also something that’s easily customisable to your liking… which (in our opinion) makes it very much like a home. Don’t believe us? Just picture this – much like how you start off with an unadorned apartment, the cup is your empty canvas and so your preferred home style is pretty much the equivalent of the base tea plus toppings.

what do your tiles say about your design style
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And because bubble tea says a ton of things about your personality, the same holds true for your choice of tiles!


1. Subway

What it is:

A popular option for the kitchen as the backsplash, the subway tile had rather humble beginnings.

Bukit Batok West Avenue 8 by Weiken.com
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Interior Firm: Weiken.com

In fact, you should be able to guess where it first appeared in… let us give you a hint, it’s in the name – yes, it’s subways (specifically NYC’s if you want the specifics). The classic tile is a pure white, features a high-gloss and is rectangular in size.

Jalan Membina by Starry Homestead
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Interior Firm: Starry Homestead

You’ll love it if…

You are the type that enjoys the classic and timeless look. In bubble tea terms, you’re the traditional milk tea with the OG pearls.

Rivervale Walk by Fifth Avenue Interior
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Interior Firm: Fifth Avenue Interior

However, you’re not afraid to branch out… a little in the form of colour and texture updates (i.e. the brown sugar, if you will).

Sumang Lane by i. Haven Design
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Interior Firm: i. Haven Design

2. Peranakan

What it is:

With its namesake, you would think that these tiles originated from the Peranakan community, but they were actually introduced by the British!

Upper Serangoon Crescent (Block 473C) by The Scientist
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Interior Firm: The Scientist

Thanks to its intricate details, it was then popularised by the Peranakans and became a sort of status symbol for them. The original tiles bear motifs of flowers, fruits, birds and more.

Sumang Lane by The Roomakers
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Interior Firm: The Roomakers

You’ll love it if…

You are someone who enjoys taro milk tea – full of old-world charm, but it might not be for everyone since it’s something like an acquired taste.

Jalan Tenaga by Boon Siew D'sign
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Interior Firm: Boon Siew D'sign

That’s not to say that you are completely resistant to trends, you are receptive to modern updates… but only if it adds dimension and depth while still remaining tasteful.

Tanjong Rhu by DISTINCTidENTITY
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Interior Firm: DISTINCTidENTITY

3. Fish/Mermaid Scales

What it is:

Bid goodbye to the orthodox with these tiles. Reminiscent of fish or mermaid scales, these scallop-like options have been trending lately.

Telok Blangah Street 31 by The Local INN.terior
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Interior Firm: The Local INN.terior

And it’s no surprise why – other than its unique shape, the tiles themselves come in a variety of colours, with some even being iridescent.

Pasir Ris Street 21 by Free Space Intent
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Interior Firm: Free Space Intent

You’ll love it if…

You are one who does things for the gram. Much like how you are drawn to the visually impactful mermaid’s tears (yes, it’s an existing bubble tea), you’re looking to create an eye-catching space.

Hillington Green by Escapade Studios
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Interior Firm: Escapade Studios

Whether through incorporating innovative shapes or just choosing a different colour palette, you are all for exploring and pushing design boundaries.

Jalan Kuak by D Initial Concept
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Interior Firm: D Initial Concept

4. Herringbone

What it is:

The herringbone pattern is a common feature in most homes as of late.

St. Georges Road by Edge Interior
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Interior Firm: Edge Interior

Fashioned out of rectangular tiles then laid in the bone structure found in the herring (a rather unconventional origin story compared to the rest on this list), this style exudes timeless air yet is striking enough to stand out from the other areas of your home.

Tampines GreenEdge by Versaform
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Interior Firm: Versaform

You’ll love it if…

You have a bit of modern flair. To put it simply in bubble tea talk, you’re the avocado-based drinks – trendy, on the ball and largely versatile.

Marine Parade by Pavilon BC
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Interior Firm: Pavilon BC

You are likely to end up with a fashionable space but one that is quite timeless.

Sumang Lane by Inizio Atelier
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Interior Firm: Inizio Atelier

5. Wood

What it is:

From vinyl to parquet, there are a ton of wood lookalikes out there including wood-effect tiles but what makes them so different from the others?

City Vue @ Henderson by ELPIS Interior Design
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Interior Firm: ELPIS Interior Design

These alternatives are durable as well as stain and water resistant, great for homeowners who want to achieve the look but to keep maintenance relatively fuss-free.

Ontario Avenue by Meter Square
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Interior Firm: Meter Square

You’ll love it if…

You stick with what you know. Just like the ever ubiquitous wintermelon tea present in all bubble tea stores, you enjoy simplicity because you know what works best for you – in this case, it’s wood effect tiles that blend in seamlessly with your space.

Bukit Batok West Avenue 8 by Swiss Interior Design
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Interior Firm: Swiss Interior Design

6. Marble

What it is:

It needs no introduction really, marble imbues a luxe look to any space as soon as it is applied. However, in its natural format, the stone is porous which makes it hard to care for and expensive.

Jalan Mutiara by Fineline Design
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Interior Firm: Fineline Design

Still, there are plenty of ‘dupes’ in the market that replicates the look and feel of marble (if you can overlook the fact that these lookalikes won’t have the desired unique veining).

Bukit Batok West Avenue 6 by KDOT
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Interior Firm: KDOT

You’ll love it if…

You prefer your accessories, design and decor a little fancier. Think metallic accessories and luxurious furnishings, all complemented by marble accents.

The Imperial by Briey Interior
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Interior Firm: Briey Interior

If we were to compare you to bubble tea, you’d definitely be the new-fangled but ultra-fancy grey milk tea, complete with a distinctive marbling effect.

Yishun Street 61 by Authors • Interior & Styling
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