If you’re looking to refresh your interior spaces in the coming months, you’re probably researching the latest decorating trends! We all want to make sure we’re creating a stylish look, don’t we? That’s why I write these ‘Trend Watch’ posts! This time, I’m going to introduce you to Encaustic Tiles!
Pattern tiles have grown in popularity over the last couple of years, and it’s easy to see why! They’re perfect for introducing character and charm into a wall or floor space. Very easily, you can create a statement floor or a feature wall in your home; thus completely transforming the bathroom, kitchen, living area or bathroom into which it was introduced!
It used to be that colourful Moroccan and Arabesque designs were the pattern tiles of choice. Now, however, these summery styles are giving way to a more traditional, period, Olde English design; the encaustic tile.
Encaustic tiles instantly offer a period, Victorian look. They are made in a very particular way. A copper frame is made, which depicts the outline of the finished tile design. It’s inserted into the base of a tile mould. A cocktail of natural stone dust, colour pigment, and wet cement is then poured into the different sections of the copper frame. Once the frame is removed, it leaves the final tile design at the base of the mould, with its pattern and different colours. Then, on top of this, cement is poured, and the mould is then pressed. The finished result? A beautiful, luxury encaustic tile; fit for a Victorian mansion.
The problem with encaustic tiles, as wonderful as they look, is that they’re very expensive. That’s why we stock realistic encaustic effect tiles. With all the charm of traditional encaustic tiles, our selection allows you to completely master this look in your home, but at a fraction of the cost.
Our leading encaustic effect range is the Memoir Tiles collection – which you can see dotted throughout the post. A mix of muted colours that work perfectly with any scheme, they are ideal for giving a room a period edge. Whether you’re updating a Victorian build, or you’re adding a traditional look into a more modern build, these encaustic effect tiles are exactly the choice you’re looking for.
Whilst real encaustic tiles are only suitable for use on the floor, due to their weight, encaustic effect tiles can also be used on wall spaces. We recently received the picture above, from a customer project! These stunning Arundel Tiles were used to create a charming splashback in a kitchen.
Another benefit of choosing encaustic effect tiles over the real deal is that, being made from a mixture of stone dust and cement, true encaustic tiles are very pourous – if you spill red wine on them, they will likely be ruined. Our durable ceramic alternatives can simply be wiped clean!
There you have it – an introduction to a stylish new trend, with a helpful suggestion of how you can achieve the look in your home without breaking the bank.