When you are decorating your home, using tiles can make a real statement, especially if you want a splash of color or texture. They are versatile, easy to clean, and can be used to cover areas no matter what the shape. Mediterranean tiles are full of warmth and sunshine and can really inspire your decor choices. From the unique mosaic patterns of Greece, to the Portuguese blue and white designs, you can use both traditional and modern tiles to make a statement in your home.
Traditional Portuguese Tiles
The Portuguese don’t just use tiles on the inside of their homes, they use them to cover the outside too. The most traditional design, that comes in shades of natural blue and white is called the Azulejo. You will see these adorning houses, particularly in coastal towns. The word literally means “small polished stone,” and you will find them cut into beautiful symmetrical and geometric shapes. For a real Mediterranean feeling in your kitchen, you can use these tiles as a splashback on one wall. They will remind you of sunny days, Port wine, surfing, seafood and the warm Portuguese culture.
Cool Italian flooring
Think of the beautiful villas that stand proud on the shores of Lake Como and Lake Garda in Italy. These beautiful, azure blue lakes are home to some of the most wealthy families in Italy. They also attract a fair amount of celebrity – George Clooney likes to spend the summer at his home, the Villa Oleandra overlooking Lake Como. The interior is of course decadent, but in a very understated way, and tiles contribute to this. For instance the traditional kitchen has a beautiful dark stone tiled floor, cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Tiling industry experts Atlas Ceramics recommend using extra large natural stone floor tiles to create the same effect in your own home.
Geometric French Tiles
Traditional French tiles are hard-wearing and often made from terracotta. This natural clay is warm, rich and has a sense of luxury. The geometric honeycomb design is particularly inspiring – it is certainly different from a square layout. These tiles would be ideal for a dining area floor, they have a beautiful texture and will bring a feeling of warmth and comfort to your space. When they are well treated, they will last a lifetime.
Mediterranean tile designs can be really inspirational to make a statement in your home. You can use the colors and textures to bring a sense of style and sophistication to your living space.