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efore deciding on the tile – is there a reason for the feature wall? For instance, is there a fireplace that you want to highlight? Do you want it to split the focus in the room or bring the elements of it together? It’s good to understand what effect you are trying to achieve before looking for the tile. Do you want a light, airy space or a bold statement in the room, to invoke awe from onlookers? The tile you choose will have a great impact on the rest of the room so think about, not only the other walls but also the furnishings. Texture can play a big role. For instance – look at the 3d matrix tile for a stone wall effect that is dark, sophisticated and a great backdrop to a real fire. The tiles have a relief effect that literally brings it out from the surface and as it has an elemental feel it works great with fire. In a similar vein, natural-look wood furnishings complement it for the same message.

Make Ceramic Dynamic with Tiled Feature Walls A tiled feature wall can make any space in a room infinitely more interesting. It’s simply a question of deciding which wall to focus on and which design will suit the most. Suzi Hambly of Collinson Tiles offers some ideas to add new dimensions to your home. You can also see this approach with small tiles against wood, which can really pop colours into a room in a contemporary way. The funky Lollipop tile pattern demonstrates this perfectly.

Sometimes you can create the same effect as a feature wall by presenting a strip of different tiles on a wall as a block, interrupting the regular tiling pattern. This takes some brave decision making and a good eye for arrangement but it can work really well.

Conversely it’s also worth remembering that sometimes a subtle difference is enough to make a big difference to the feel of a room.

In contrast, a feature wall can be an explosion of vibrant colours that arrest the eye. Take the true tile arrangement with 42 different tile combinations where you create a unique pattern to draw focus. With any feature wall it’s usually a case of toning down the complementary walls so the overall effect isn’t too aggressive.

Don’t forget that light in the room can play a big part as tiles will often look different, especially in terms of reflective surfaces, dependent on the light levels. You can use tiled walls to influence the light in a room too. When choosing the wall to use, it’s possible to lighten up a dark wall or tone down and protect a wall that is constantly in the sun.

Bathrooms and kitchens are the rooms that rely on tiling the most but don’t overlook tiles that can be used in other spaces in the house. They are a good way to break up conformity, add a colour and texture to blank canvases. There are so many styles to choose from that it’s worth taking your time to consider the angles.

All the tiles seen here and the advice presented in this feature are courtesy of Collinson Tiles on - Follow us on Pinterest Tel: 0117 9715567 •56•

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Home Designer & Architect - April 2015  

Home Designer & Architect - April 2015