How to find the right tiles to compliment your Scandi kitchen
If you have decided that the ergonomic functionality and clean lines of the on-trend Nordic style is a must-have in your kitchen, and you’re anything like my friends and I, you may have struggled to find the right tiles to compliment the look. With this in mind and working along side www.tilemonkey.co.uk I have put together a selection of tiles that should pass the test.
The most important aspect in achieving this look is getting the right amount of white, whether you have chosen a white worktop, white walls, or white cabinets, white is definitely the right way to go when it comes to tiles. Whilst brick tiles are a safe classic, however, they have been overused and I think its about time we looked away from the humble rectangle.
It has become easier over recent months to find more unusually shaped tiles than the simple rectangle, but even modest square tiles can become style setters when installed in the right configuration with the right coloured grout as pictured above. This grid style installation, using matt white square tiles and pale grey grout has created a stylish but simple backdrop to the crisp white cabinets.
Hexagonal tiles have become more readily available and are a great way to add extra dimension to a wall without overpowering the space. When using white tiles, the shape of the tile becomes the dominant feature. Without colour, this shape is the only feature available to make a statement with. Hexagonal tiles can be installed with grey grout for an edgier, more urban look, or pared back with white grout so that the hexagonal lines becomes more subtle. There are plenty of matt, white hexagonal tiles currently available on the market but if you want to jump ahead of the trend and install something with a bit of a difference, try these haxagonal kitchen wall tiles.
As an alternative to the hexagon, diamonds make a great choice. Depending on their size these beauties can sometimes be bought as mosaics on a mesh for easy application, or as larger hexagonal tiles, the interior lines of which can be grouted to create the smaller diamond shapes. Stay ahead of the trend and Try this hexagonal tile to create larger diamond shapes.
These kite shaped tiles really excited me when I saw them on Pinterest, courtesy of www.decoist.com. but try as I might, I am unable to locate the supplier, sound familiar?? (If anyone finds them for sale somewhere, please do let me know!) However, when preparing this blog I stumbled across these beautiful white flower tiles which are the perfect answer if you are looking for something a little off piste.
Lastly, when it comes to flooring and achieving this subtle but stunning scandinavian design trend, pale bleached wood is a winner all round. However, it is often a challenge finding water-friendly options that can confidently be installed in the kitchen. Whilst I am usually an absolute purist I think practicality should prevail, and as long as the style is not compromised, why not achieve the same pared back look of wood with a hardwearing material such as porcelain with wood affect tiles. Alternatively, to create something truly original, why not use white hexagonal floor tiles on the floor, and continue them on the walls above the countertop for a really seamless style.
I am always delighted by images that take design trends to the next level and stumbled across this beautiful picture whilst prepping for the article. It is my new favourite inspirational image for Nordic Style. Paired back, pale pink kitchen anyone? Yes please!
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