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Add Colour With Tiles

Don't play safe with colour in the bathroom, especially if it's an en-suite, if it's your own private domain, schoose something bold! colourful! Let your imagination run wild! Forget the beige hotel look, add some personality. Here's a few beauties I have stumbled across....

I love this combination - deep green tiles in a leaf shape in the shower area, in a lovely gloss finish, so the design really stands out, then chevron tiles in green, white and black as a feature wall behind the basin - a perfect pairing of green shades. A brass shower and tap add a touch of warmth. Popham Design

Whoever thought terrazzo would come back in? But then why am I surprised? Whatever goes around, comes around and these look gorgeous. They are not real terrazzo but a matt porcelain tile which means they are hard-wearing and easy care and teamed with slim terracotta tiles on the upper wall, a fabulous mint coloured basin and that cerise wall! A really funky look but still calming. Mandarin Stone

For an Art-Deco look - big at the moment - and in dramatic navy these Picket bevelled tiles look so elegant, especially with the white grouting. The small round basin is mounted on a marble slab, another nod to Art Deco, and with brass crosshead taps which again warm up the scheme. Walls & Floors

Veeerrryyy theatrical, I think this looks like it could be in a Parisian hotel. It has an Victorian feel to it with bird and leaf printed ceramic tiles on the main wall, and fish scale tiles in emerald green below - I am obviously drawn to this green shade. A copper freestanding bath looks the business teamed with a traditional basin on a stand and vintage-style tap. That glass chandelier really finishes it off, very Belle Epoque. Otto Tiles

A splash of sunshine in the bathroom! Slim Canary yellow Salerno tiles in a grid pattern with plain tiles mixed with a perforated design which adds just the right amount of detail. Its a great backdrop to the green vanity unit and that navy stool is the perfect touch of colour. Love the mirror and light too. Stone & Ceramic Warehouse.

Doesn't this look great? And a fabulous way to add colour and pattern to a small space. Use colourful tiles - in the shower area and also as a splashback in a mix of colours and sizes to make a really pleasing pattern. Fantastic light too, you can get such great bathroom lighting now, so much more choice than used to be available. Day True

Another navy one but with that fabulous terracotta basin, which really sets it off. If you don't want to be too adventurous, then choose plain tiles but in different patterns like here, using a chevron design on one wall and mosaic tiles on the other. They work really well together and add subtle pattern, great in a small space. Mandarin Stone

For a more classic look, nothing beats marble, but this design takes it to another level. Waterjet technology allows designs to be cut with precision and intricate curves, which makes it possible to create wonderful designs like this. High Society Marble Guggenheim Fired Earth

And to finish off, this striking marbled design is like art for the wall. Each matt porcelain tile is different, giving an unusual all-over pattern in a gorgeous combination of terracotta, grey and black. The grey painted roll top bath is just perfect with it. And the tiles are in the outlet section, so be quick! I wish I had somewhere to put them....Inker Clay, Ca' Pietra


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