The new issue of the very lovely “Style At Home” magazine has dropped on my doormat and I’m delighted to see I have all sorts of features in there this month!
I wrote an 8 page feature all about wall tiles which (I hope) will inspire readers to consider a different layout, colour, style or even room in which to use tiles. We all know they’re perfect in bathrooms and kitchens but what are the new trends here?
Using rectangular tiles in a brick pattern has been popular for a while but now we’re using coloured grout or fitting in different patterns such as herringbone or basketweave which looks amazing. Doing these layouts is as easy as “normal” tiling and the visual impact is impressive (what a great combination). The tricky bit is getting the first row set up correctly then you build as normal up the wall. You can always dry-lay the tiles first (this simply means laying them out on the floor) first to try different patterns – take photos on your phone of each as you go so it’s easier to compare and decide which you like best.
Combining two trends – an ombre effect with chevron layout – how lovely is this compared to a plain painted wall?
Shapes: Tiles don’t have to be rectangular – there are some lovely shapes that are reminiscent of exotic climbs, as well as hexagons which are a personal favourite.
Colour: Be bold with tiles – they offer a depth of colour you just can’t get easily another way. Choose a bold splash back like this turquoise tile. Lovely lovely lovely… Or turquoise grout to outline white metro tiles – a more subtle version yet equally beautiful.
And then there’s this idea that blows feature wallpaper out of the water IMHO. Love love the use of tiles in a living area – makes me want to do this!
Then the next feature is the monthly up cycling I do – this month there’s a coastal theme and as always the white, blue and red colour scheme is fresh and perfect for Spring.
Finally the Homesaver page full of tips and advice – a perfect read over a cuppa. This month there’s ideas on how to clear away the winter feel and tidy/ freshen your home for Spring that (fingers crossed) appears to have arrived. So please – pick up a copy of “Style At Home” magazine because you get so much inspiration for £1.99 – what’s not to love (and it’s a good excuse to have a spot of “me” time with tea and a biccy…