So much of the attention for interiors has been focused around the feature wall, which can be a simple change in colour or texture in paint, a flamboyant print of wall paper or in deed tiles to mention but a few ideas. Flooring tends to take a little bit of a back seat, we tend to go for a plain tile, wooden floor boards or a plain carpet.
This seems a little bit of a shame when there are so many products on the market which mean that you can turn the feature of your house or business to the floor. So be brave and take the feature from your wall to the floor.
Italian by adoption, Architect Patricia Urquoila has designed the Dechirer tile range. They are a more interesting step up from the concrete floor trend, whilst they still have a concrete feel, they have a delicate bas relief pattern which is pressed into the porcelain tile.
Urquoila was “fascinated by the idea of creating an industrial product in which traces of the layers of history are present”. Thus giving the tile a little bit more personality that your bog standard plain machine formed porcelain tile. The bas-reliefs in the tiles give a different height and dimension to the tile “which are not so much decorations as the remains of torn away memories.”
On a practical side these tiles may look delicate but they are made to commercial quality so are hard wearing and suited to high traffic areas.
Thick as a Plank
Look closely, you would be forgiven for thinking that this is a diversion from tiles to wooden flooring, but in fact this is a faux wooden plank flooring tile. They come in all forms of wood effects from drift wood to mahogany, or you can go for something which is a little bit more funky such as Uonuon porcelain tiles which have a bit of umph (almost the comic book caricature style of the wooden plank).
For a little more sophistication there are the cruelty free faux animal print and horn style tiles. They give a luxurious look which helps to warm up a room and are a more sophisticated alternative to wooden floors. They also come in different tones of colour meaning you can mix them up a bit.
They would look stunning in most areas of the house, a luxurious bathroom, a stunning hallway or a lounge room.