Spruce Up Your Kitchens and Bathrooms with Exciting Tile Designs

Wondering how to turn the basic metro tile into an eye-catching display for your home? Learn how to incorporate these techniques, grouting accents and colours.

If you’re looking for a chic, sophisticated update to your kitchen or bathroom then look no further than the humble metro tile. For those unfamiliar with this simple piece of ceramic, originally it was used in underground stations, hospitals or even prisons. Any state-owned building that required a simple design that was easy to cleanmade the most of metro tiles. If this sounds rather unappealing, think again, because metro tiles have made an enormous comeback. With a bit of experimentation, they’re a fantastic way to create a striking backdrop in your home. Here are some innovative ways to use metro tiles to maximum effect.

Vertical Tiling

Brick bond tiling is the most common way to lay your metro tiles, but to change the perception of your walls and add some length, why not place some white metro tiles vertically for a really contemporary look? The eye is drawn upwards giving the illusion of extra depth.

Coloured Grouting

Typically, tilers tend to choose a shade of grouting that matches your tiles, so that it doesn’t stand out so much, but recent trends have realised that grouting is nothing to hide and can even add an accent to your tile design. A mix of monochrome is a timeless choice, if you’re laying white tiles, opt for jet black grouting, or vice versa. But a spot of colour wouldn’t go amiss either. Feel free to use an accent colour as bold as red or purple if it matches your existing décor.

Don’t Be Afraid Of Colour

On this theme, it’s not just grouting that can be brave. There’s no need to stick to just white metro tiles, when there are dozens of coloured tile choices to brighten up your home with. You may not want to select a bold colour for your entire kitchen or bathroom, but can apply coloured tiles as subtle accents.

Staggered Tiling

This takes the concept of brick bond tiling, but mixes it up for those who need to cover a larger wall area. Line your tiles up as if you were going to use the traditional brick bonding technique, but stagger your tile on an extra full length to keep the design flowing horizontally. You still have the uniformity that brick bonding provides, but it’s less busy on the eye when laid on a larger scale.

Herringbone Pattern

This one isn’t for first-time tilers, so if you have any doubts about your personal tiling skills, it would be best to hire a professional to help you out, as any mistakes are pretty obvious. As the name might suggest, the herringbone pattern resembles the skeletal frame of the herring and creates an intricate yet effective display. This design is made even more interesting if you play around with multiple colours in your tiling scheme. You might opt for a predominantly white background then use accent colours for the occasional tile to attract the eye.

There are many ways to use metro tiles to spruce up your décor. Start by considering the space available to you and then pick the design and colour schemes that will make your walls ‘pop’.