Monday, August 07, 2017

Home Decor | Trend Alert: Metro Tiles ♥

*This is a collaborative post.

If you’re looking to inject a some style to your bathroom, kitchen or even your floor then tiles are an excellent way forward.

People can often overlook tiles as a design feature and instead think of them as a practical choice and a necessity. However, tiles are actually a blank canvas from which you can create whole designs, themes or aesthetics in your property.

One tile in particular has taken over the interiors world this year and that is the metro tile. The metro tile gives a gorgeous vintage glamour look that is perfect for any room - and it's quite 'Instagram-worthy' too!

Metro tiles have actually been around for years and don’t be surprised if you haven’t already recognised them from your everyday commute if you live in the capital. Metro tiles have very humble beginnings originally being used for institutes such as prisons or hospitals. Their simple design and easy to clean abilities made them ideal for these environments.

Metro tiles were basically the everyman tile, you would rarely see them used for design purposes. Since then however, their heavy use on the London Underground in the early 1900’s has made them an iconic aesthetic and has also earned them their fame in the tiling world.

Since then, the metro tile has come a long way in terms of style and is currently experiencing a rejuvenation period in the interiors world - I'm seeing so many people using the tiles in their bathrooms and kitchens and they look gorgeous!

The metro tile look has now become a retro classic and can add some design to an otherwise lacking room. Their continuous development means that metro tiles now come in a huge range of colours and finishes making finding your perfect one easy. Metro tiles work beautifully when paired with metallic feature pieces and accessories for that industrial chic look.

More commonly the tiles are installed horizontally for that traditional metro tile look. However, if you’re looking to throw in a modern twist, some homeowners are using the metro tile vertically. This still captures a vintage look but turns it on its head slightly for a striking aesthetic.

Similarly, if you’re wanting to create an eye-catching tile design, try using a contrasting grout colour with your tile. This makes every tile stand out and can help to create a more rustic atmosphere. For example, using a black grout with a white metro tile will really make them pop.

Metro tiles are incredibly popular, mostly for their low maintenance properties as previously mentioned. If you opt for a classic metro tile it will have a high gloss finish. This makes cleaning up those spillages, scuffs and marks from everyday life that bit easier. All that is needed to maintain their great look is simply some warm soapy water and a sponge.

If you’re a trend follower you may have clocked the chevron, as it has hugely taken off this year as a design feature. The metro tile looks incredible when installed using the chevron style thanks to its standard rectangular shape. The chevron creates a great sense of fluidity to a room and acts nicely as a way of intruding patterns delicately to rooms.

The metro tile is an incredible way of bringing both style and practicality to your bathroom, kitchen or floor. The simple shape leaves you plenty of chance to build a design or theme and is a stunning to any home.

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