Just the other day, I received a direct message asking me among other things ‘What is the coolest design move other than color?‘ My reply was: ‘Lighting, wallpaper accents and tiling!’ Now, I’ve touched a bit on lighting, shared some wallpaper inspiration, but I haven’t mentioned yet, anything about tiling. And believe me, tiling is a lot more exciting than you can imagine. Therefore, today I’d like to share with you a bit of some amazing inspiration on handmade tiles and show you some of the less ordinary possibilities and their beauty.
Tiles are a lot more than just a ceramic cladding on a wall or a typical floor. This iconic material, that has survived the test of time with its distinctive patterns and/or textures, has proven a real gem. It can produce both a subtle and discreet aesthetic or a bold visual impact with the same ease.
Most people think of tiles as a material confined to a vanity or wet room and a kitchen backsplash. Obviously, there are also used widely as flooring. But, tiles can be used for a lot more things as long as you let your imagination run. There are no limits. The reason is that tiles nowadays are a material that can easily be customized, especially when it comes to handmade tiles. The tiles in all of these images are handmade and can be customized to color, size, shape, style and even design.
The uniqueness and customization of handmade tiles gives rise to artful interactions with the immediate surroundings. The fact that each tile may have a different coating or a slight difference in size or color (a common attribute to all handmade and hand painted staples) along with the design theme, creates in overall a stunning aesthetic one of its kind. Their “imperfections” highlight the fact that they are not factory produced.
As a matter of fact, tiles can be considered and treated as a wall art. Customized or bespoke tile wall decor installations is a fabulous way to give a space a makeover, enhancing your style. Whether it is a mural or the smallest touch of creativity, it will definitely create an unforgettable impression, while it may also layer in more texture.
I’m quite certain that many of you will argue that handmade tiles are costly. However, I would like to point out is that if your budget is limited, then you can always create a composition while adding fewer tiles as accents thus, keeping the budget down without compromising entirely the design effect you want to achieve. Even the addition of a street sign made of a handmade tile like these can enhance a personal sense of style without breaking the bank. So with a little sensibility, great things that can be achieved.
I also think it is most worthwhile to look around for more inspiration. A great starting point is this website of G. Vega ceramic tiles. I’m not affiliated to them in any way, but I have found some truly amazing inspiration there for future projects and think it may be helpful to you as well.
P.S. All images are a courtesy of G. Vega Ceramica.