Besides classic furniture, electronics for entertaining, and perhaps rare works of art in addition to appliances, what else could you find attractive in residences? Living in the 21st century, the answer would be tile-based decorations that make an essential difference in the scene, the interior of the house or the exterior. When tiles were initially widely used, they first entered bathrooms and kitchens for obvious reasons. Moisture would be better managed with tiles that are not only water resistant, but are easy to clean, maintain a hygienic environment, are cost effective and look good.
While planning a home construction, renovation, or extension, think twice about tile and how they might not only improve the home’s aesthetics, but also enhance the home’s value if the intention is to sell at a later date. Every aspect of the home and surroundings could work with some stylish colors, patterns and tile materials with so much variety created by artists and technology.
The outdoor scene
While one would normally start with the interiors, let’s look outside! The flower beds of the gardens could be surrounded by a maze of paths made of the brightest stone tiles. They will withstand extremes of heat and cold and require almost no maintenance. Flowers, grasses, a pond perhaps along with a rock garden and the landscape would look like a scene from a fairy tale. Kids would love it and parties and picnics under the stars would turn into profound occasions.
Extending the house to the outside is becoming a fad now that a small garden or backyard complex would provide a cozy niche for gatherings rather than having to travel long distances amidst traffic and pollution, crime and the hidden dangers. The elderly and children would find it particularly attractive. Four brick and mortar walls no longer form a room in the contemporary sense. A variety of tile mosaics, glass tiles, marble, granite and slate are some of the surprising varieties that bring character and solidity to your dreams and surroundings.
Choose any color and design, size, shape, and budget, and a few varieties of tiles will be available to fit those parameters! The cooking area and backsplash in the outdoor kitchen, fireplace surrounds and walls, table tops, ceiling and floor could all have their sensational coverings, mostly within easy budgets. Lessons on tile decoration are everywhere in the city, be it in shopping malls, airports and health centers, shops and homes.
What does the tile family like? Much would depend on the spaces available and also on the budgets. Pick up some exciting colors and a mix of tile varieties, with different edging in the wall and floor arrangement rather than a single pattern throughout.
Catalogs and websites, in addition to the city’s showrooms, put you face to face with a huge variety of tiles. Some may like exotic designs, colors, or materials. If neutral shades of grays and browns, whites and creams are preferred, you have great marble tiles or cheaper porcelain imitations of the marble surface! Different cultures have contributed shapes and designs to evoke distant mystical cultures such as the Middle East, India or Africa. What motives attract the family? Perhaps it is natural or prehistoric art, the beach, the forest, or industry that attracts certain people.
Entrances and walkways
The front door, the driveway and the entrance of the house require a special decoration and an atmosphere in accordance with the family culture and philosophy. If it is a family business, the topics would be chosen accordingly. Areas that witness a lot of rough use should use natural stone tiles perhaps or even some porcelain tiles that are very durable. Mixing or contrasting, soft colors or strong tones are decisions that the family group must make in consultation with colleagues and friends.
A fantasy effect, traditional or contemporary, rustic or minimalist?
A multi-colored environment is possible as in a Walt Disney atmosphere. Create cheerful moods with blue and red, but don’t go overboard. While living rooms can cheer you up, bedrooms should have sober, quiet curtains to encourage rest and sleep. So should meditation corners be planned? Break away from plain walls and wooden floors and live with the times in a sea of emotion and color, the hallmark of the new generation.