7 tiles you may never have considered using, until now

Revamping a kitchen splashback or bathroom with new tiles always seems like a big and expensive project. In reality, the surface area you’re covering is tiny compared to other areas of the home.

This means it might not cost as much as you think – good news if you’re a little tile obsessed!

While trends come and go, we think a unique tile can do wonders for a renovation, taking the bathroom or kitchen from blah to ‘wow’ in an instant.

We asked tile expert Chris Ilias, of Teranova Tiles in Sydney, to name his seven top tile picks right now.

1. Norwegian rose marble

Norwegian rose marble is a pinkish, greyish marble that’s quarried in Norway. It also has pigments of white, coral and dark green – making it a truly unique choice.

Chris cuts the stone in mosaic and large format options, but we can’t go past the irresistible beauty of these tiny hexagonal mosaics.

Norwegian rose marble touches on Nordic trends, while offering a point of difference. Picture: Teranova Tiles

2. Pink subway tiles

Pretty pink subway tiles make an of-the-moment statement. Picture: Teranova Tiles

Chris was recently commissioned to create these custom pink, handmade ceramic subway tiles for the bar at Flamingo Lounge in Sydney.

Evoking the glamour of 1970s Miami, Flamingo Lounge exudes old-school sophistication in a Cuban-style, Art Deco-influenced space.

3. Green marble hexagonal mosaics

With shades of soft and darker greens, this hexagonal mosaic in Verde green marble is perfect for adding more interest to a bathroom design, without the intrusion of vibrant colour.

Marble has been used for centuries and still provides a fresh look in the home today – it’s unlikely to date anytime soon.

This bathroom, by architect Scott Jackson, uses floor-to-ceiling Verde Green marble. Picture: Teranova Tiles

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4. ‘4D’ ceramic tiles

If you’re looking for a truly distinctive feature to separate your bathroom from cookie-cutter norms, look no further than Italian tiler Marca Corona. The brand’s ‘4D’ tiles comprise a white body covered in fine glazed porcelain stoneware, with three-dimensional patterns.

There are nine designs to choose from, ranging from geometric to floral decals, and the tiles come in two simple colours, white and deep blue.

We love both the tactile and visual elements they bring to what can sometimes be a sterile space.

Diamond 4D tiles in deep blue add volume and character to a gold-accented marble bathroom. Picture: Marca Corona

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5. Hexawood grey tiles

Love the timber look but hate the necessary maintenance that comes with it?

Hexawood tiles have the appearance of wood grain but are actually made from glazed porcelain stoneware. These can be cut in a chevron or hexagonal shape, so you can combine the classic look of timber with a modern geometric design.

A timber-look modern tile. Picture: Teranova Tiles

6. Aqua encaustic feature

Queensland mother and daughter design duo, Margaret Scholley and Kit Bettison, the brains behind Alida and Miller, are a constant source of inspiration for Chris.

The talented designers use patterned encaustic cement tiling to stunning effect, seen here in a floor-to-ceiling tiled aqua kitchen wall.

Floor-to-ceiling tiles in a kitchen – who says you can’t? Picture: Alida and Miller

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7. Fish scale effect

We saw Lana Taylor, of Three Birds Renovations, opt for a stunning fish scale feature wall in her forever home ensuite earlier this year – and we were instantly smitten.

Chris agrees this is a winning style, as the look can elevate an otherwise muted-tone bathroom to new heights.

Grey accent tiles add contrast to an all-white bathroom. Picture: Three Birds Renovations

Originally published as 7 tiles you may never have considered using, until now by Alice Bradley. Author at realestate.com.au.