Those that know me or have been following this blog for a while will know that I'm not really a fan of pattern. Or tiles, for that matter. I think it's a throwback to some of the horrible bathrooms I encountered while renting - all scummy grout and mould - yuk!
So it is with slight trepidation that I admit my latest style crush: patterned tiles.
When I revamped the kitchen and bathroom in my flat I used plain black tiles on the floor. Now, with two cheeky little kitties in the house I find I am constantly having to mop up as every crumb and spill sticks out like a sore thumb and it drives me bonkers. A patterned floor, I think, would not show up these little specks of irritation.
However, with my flat currently on the market, I am just going to have to hold this thought until I get a new place. In the meantime though, here are a few of my favourite designs...
I love the exotic look of these tiles from the Odyssey range by Original Style. Imagine whiling away the hours in the classic roll-top bath, dreaming of faraway places!
If you fall for something that's eye-wateringly expensive, like these Caspari Antiqued Silver tiles from Topps Tiles (£169 per square metre), zoning is a great way to incorporate them in to your scheme without breaking the budget.
For a more traditional feel these Victorian-style encaustic patterned tiles will look amazing on the floor or as a splashback.
My go-to place for tiles is Fired Earth, there are so many beautiful styles to choose from (I have to admit to using the budget-busting Iridescent Mosaic tiles in my bathroom!). If, perhaps by accident, some of my floor were to get damaged and - oh no! - I have to re-tile the whole lot, I think I'd go for the Rhombus Mosaic. The stepped cube pattern reminds me of the M.C. Escher tessellations that I was fascinated by at school and would create a striking effect enough to distract me from any food detritus. However, scraps are all I'd be able to afford after laying them so the floor would be spotless!