Fresh off the plane from Portugal and all I can think about is the beautiful vintage pattern tiles that adorn the houses and streets of Lisboa and it’s surrounding areas. It’s got me wondering how I can add a bit of Iberia into my own home.
Use Pattern Tiles Sparingly
Although you can find a good selection of purse friendly pattern tiles nowadays, the cost of truly beautiful tiles can often be high so these stunners have to be used sparingly. Tiling an alcove is the perfect way to add interest without breaking the bank. As the area is so small you can afford to go bold, Bert & May have a beautiful selection of hand painted and original reclaimed tiles.
Think About It Long And Hard
Some of the best decisions are made on the hoof, however in my experience interior decisions are best thought through long and hard, particularly decisions that are as permanent as tiling. It’s important to think about the pattern, the style and most importantly the colour for a little while before you commit to tiling a part of your home. I would always recommend getting a sample (many places offer free or very cheap sampling) and try living with it for a little while, if it makes you smile every time you see it then tile to your hearts content.
Don’t Forget The Sealant
A lot of the pattern tiles out there need sealing, particularly the encaustic tiles. Although it might seem like an annoying, unnecessary experience, I have learnt first hand that it is essential if you want to get the most from your tiles. Check with the company you purchase your tiles from whether they need sealing and ask them for their recommendations of which sealant to use.
Vinyl Is Always An Option
If pattern tiles won’t work in your home then pattern vinyl tiles may be something to consider. I have put pattern tile vinyl in our bathroom and I couldn’t be happier with the effect, the other bonus is how ridiculously easy it is to lay.