The Versatility of Tiles

Its sizzling hot here is Cornwall today, lovely and very much holiday weather. It does make my toes appreciate a good, cool, slab of tile underfoot. In my kitchen its grey slate but today I am exploring geometric beauty and rich exotic shades. Tiles to me have a far away feel. I loved the ones I came across in India and Morocco. So much detail on something we just walk over.

This is how I think the universe would look if tiled. The deep inky blue is carved up with mesmerising shapes.

Complicated deep blue geometric tiles

Lovely layered tiles just like mermaid scales. Every shade is beautiful in its own right.

Beautiful tiles like mermaid scales

Pale pink patterned kitchen tiles perfectly complement copper pots, pipes and pendants!

Pale ipink pattern tiles with copper pots, pipes and light

Sky blue higgledy-piggledy tiles look so fresh and vibrant alongside the mottled white.

Hand cut sky blue and white geometric tiles

Elegant shoes for an elegant floor. These fanning mosaic tiles are just perfect.

White fan pattern with mosiac floor tiles

These must be Moroccan, jewel rich colours in intricate patterns. Its tiles like this which make maths beautiful.

Geometric intricate tiles in green, yellow blue and purple

A modern take the geometric design. These gold and grey tiles have a 3d effect with tactile surfaces to touch.

Gold and grey cube tiles with texture

The wall tiles in this bathroom catch the light adding depth and interest.

Bathroom wall tiles that catch the light

I love this depth of green, I could just dive in. Stylised blooms fit together in pleasing shades of turquoise and teal.

Teal green tiles in stylised floral forms

A feathery zig-zag in soft white and dove grey. The perfect backdrop to black taps and a marbled sink.

Bathroom tiles in stripy zig-zags with a pendant light and a marble sink

Giant geometric floor tiles impress in terracotta, grey, pink and black.

Terracotta, pink, grey and black huge floor tiles

Little blue square tiles carry a mesmerising sun pattern.

Little square tiles in blue with white sun pattern

This ice-white snowflake pattern looks very luxurious, with shimmering grey diamonds.

Snowflake pattern in white tiles

An easy way to add some glam to the bathroom, these large white tiles shimmer with an intricate gold pattern. Love the fittings too!

Large white tiles with gold geometric pattern on top

Here we have the same interlocking hexagon design but first in forest green, white and black while the second is more subtle using a blush pink, a slight grey and deep blue. I love the effect.

Overlapping geometric patterned tiles in green, black and white

Geometric tiles in overlapping shapes

And to finish off this tiling collection we have mosaic squares framed in black, complete with silver sandals!

Square patterned mosaic floor tiles

The Writing’s on the Wall

When I was little a had a lovely bedroom, with an engaging freeze of alphabet letters all around my tiny room. For some reason I started reminiscing about my little room of peach and grey with Laura Ashly floral wallpaper, and it got me thinking, what alphabet options do we have for nurseries today? Oh and there really are some beauties! Take a look at my favourites…

I love this idea, alphabet cards pegged on a line! Fun colours too.

Illustrated alphabet cards hung in a children's room

I would love to illustrate my own!

Colourful abc pegged up in children's room

Make it monochrome with black and white wallpaper and lovely doodles.

Blackboard style wallpaper with illustrations and alphabet

You can’t go wrong with squidge, grey crocheted letters that are huggably good.

ideal for a nursery, grey crochet alphabet

Anything with an embroidery hoop I love, these appliqué letters are no exception.

Embroidery hoop framed abc

For a more neutral take, I love the white letters acting as a freeze.

Rain drop vinyl, hot air baloon, loly pop art and alphabet white wooden letter freeze in children's room

Or perhaps something like this, a white chest of draws up-cycled to be tactile fun.

Up-cycled draws with white letters

Not technically decor, but aren’t these brilliant? Wooden alphabet blocks with letters and sign language.

wooden blocks with sign language and letters

What a great idea, a giant magnetic letter wall!

Children's letter wall with magnetic letters

Or these lovely draws which have a deep richness with chunky wooden letters varying in size.

Wooden draws with alphabet letters

Creative ways with the alphabet! Nurseries can be such fun.

Adventures in Chinoiserie

The leaves may be begging to fall off the trees but I want to hold onto the blooms  of summer and spring, so today my offering is full of chinoiserie. The style is mainly found in stately European homes and dates back to the seventeenth century. Chinoiserie reflected the exotic orient, Chinese blossoms and asymmetric sweeping branches in bloom with lacquer and shine. I think this opulent style of decoration can work just as well in a small modern home. It can add a little finesse and glow, a lovely antidote to the sometimes cold ice-white interiors.

To dip your toe into this exotic decorating style, try adding a piece of furniture and stick with a simple colour theme.

Blue walls and green oriental furniture

Or plunge right in! Isn’t this amazing? Imagine being a child in this place, your very own interior forest!!

Beautiful tree covered gold walls

The impact of this wallpaper is quite impressive! Probably it is a good thing it is placed behind the bed though, I might not sleep.

Bamboo four poster bed with giant plant wallpaper

I love the idea of doing it yourself, you can actually buy this wardrobe ready painted, and it is gorgeous, but with some wallpaper or clever painting you could transform dreary old scuffed furniture to a piece with a story to tell.

chinoiserie wardrobe in blue

If we are thinking old school then few beat the warmth of this cosy red chinoiserie room, comfortably layered.

Richly decorated home with red chinoiserie walls 

The immense beauty of the rose-copper hue in this wall is breathtaking, imagine this room bathed in late summer light.

silk chinoiserie set off by red stool

For a little more white I love this silvered interior. The blue blossoms add character to an open space.

Silver and berry hues interior

Try contemporary and contained. Even a Scandinavian inspired interior benefits from botanical blooms.

chinoiserie in a panel

A panel is a great way to add some chinoiserie style cheaply, especially if you are renting and can’t wallpaper.

Contemporary natural interior with framed wallpaper

I would so love this room to be mine. Despite the mix of pattern it seems so tranquil and inspiring, to curl up with a book or to sit and write would be a dream!

chinoiserie in green with dark wood

Chinoiserie is ripe for contrast. The intense blue works so well against the pale salmon pink and gilded wood.

pink panelled walls with blue chinoiserie

So many happy colours, who could be dreary in this room?!

Brightly coloured scenes on walls

What indulgence! A pink velvet sofa perfectly accents the turquoise chinoiserie walls.

Pink sofa and turquoise chinoiserie walls

Less fluid and natural but equally as exotic, the blue and white walls depict ceramics and furniture in a busy but lovely pattern. A red lacquered cabinet stands out a treat.

Blue ceramic inspired chinoiserie

Forget walls, think screens. Nothing says old glamour like an ornate screen. The lemon yellow and white combination freshen this traditional wooden panelled room.

Old but comfortable interior

Finally embrace the darker side of interior design with this lovely night time scene. Boats and lanterns look ideal for a little cloakroom where you can be bold and interesting.

Dark chinese inspired wallpaper in cloakroom

What a selection! So what do you think?

Painted Bricks

I am a lover of contrast, taking the rough with the smooth. Cosy interiors ladened with soft furnishings with a rough painted brick wall is right up my street. These are a few examples I have found that get it right. You want your home to still be a home and not resemble an Underground station, consider mixing the rustic with the clean and contemporary, glitz and glam.

Faded glamour with gilded frames and mirrors fit quite comfortably in front of white painted brick walls.

Painted bricks in the home

I love how this coffee house have kept the raw bricks in the shape of a map.

Map of the world on brick wall

The allure of classy black brick walls!

Classy room with black painted walls

I think the grey bricks work well in this setting, a light and airy space is elegantly achieved.

Grey brick walls

Having exposed brick in this very clean white space adds a little texture and interest.

Painted bricks in modern home

Black walls could be oppressive but here I think they like really classy. A great choice for a masculine office but I think you would need a very large window.

Matt black painted walls

Painting this brick ceiling picks out the gorgeous curve and bounces light around this stylish space.

Stylish dining with painted brick curved walls

Roughly white washed walls are contained by these chunking skirting boards and door frames. A lovely mixture of textures.

White washed bricks

Finally a splash of colour with this two tone forest green and white room.

Green painted bricks

To paint or not to paint? I am convinced.

Green With Envy

Today looking out our studio window it feels like I am in a rain forrest. The birds are chirping and the trees and flowers are glossy from rain. Everything looks so green and lush. I am always drawn to those deep hues with their watery intenseness. I have found some really beautiful ceramic walls and floors, green tiles that capture my imagination and hopefully yours!

What a space! The shimmering green floor beautifully complements the greenery which really blends with the distinct chandelier.

Watery green tiles

A perfect mix of forest green and burnished gold.

Green tiles with gold taps

Love this serene space. The huge chunky sink wall mounted in a wood lined recess is beautifully clean and contemporary, but its the mini circle green tiles that I am drawn to most.

Vanity sink with small green circular tiles

For more drama, how about these deep green geometric tiles. Quite a luxurious space to escape to.

Pristine white bath surrounded by dark green geometric tiles

Oh I love this colour palette, soft pastel greens almost shimmer in this shower. Reminiscent of sea breezes and salty ocean spray.

Soft green bathroom tiles

Oh so much happy colour! Moroccan jade green plates matching herringbone floor tiles are all set off by delicious pink walls.

Green tiles and crockery with pink walls

Lovely honeycomb hexagon tiles with flashes of gold and salmon pink.

Hexagon wall and floor tiles

Yes this image is far from luxurious, and a little battered but I love the chipped green woodwork revealing the warm gold wood behind, and white and green herringbone tiles. Oh and the lazy cat too.

Green and white floor tiles and a lazy cat

For the kitchen, how about soft green tiles paired with butchers block worktops. A style that happily marries vintage and contemporary.

Brickwork style tiles in the kitchen

For a retro feel how about green splodges? In a small space I think these could work well.

White tiles with green blogs

Contemporary cool. Beautiful dusky blue woodwork and geometric floor tiles in white, green and dark blue. A great twist on the traditional Victorian entrance hall.

Entry way with modern tiles

Or how about a beautiful mosaic? This shimmering wall is very Art Deco and just feels so old Hollywood glamour.

Art Deco inspired mosaic

Long slender tiles in sea green look great with these orange kitchen units.

Sea green landscape tiles with orange kitchen units

The beautiful pattern on these tiles would look great in my home.

Moroccan pattern tiles

Yes I am slightly obsessed with these green floor tiles. Perhaps they just communicated exotic warm climates and that great feel of cool tiles on bare feet.

Herringbone green floor tiles

Hope you have enjoyed this little collection and are feeling inspired for your home!