Style Tips: Large format or slab tiles mean your design aesthetic is covered

Large format or slab tiles mean your design aesthetic is covered

Slab tiles are the latest trend sweeping through Australian homes, and have been featured heavily on the most recent series of The Block. 

Yes, slab – or large format – tiles are really taking over, both inside and out.

Tiles in this format are extra large and slim. They mirror natural stone’s appearance very well.

Slab tiles are beautiful and practical, opening up new design opportunities for any home. 

And tiles of this size and design have a slender profile and maximum visual impact, making them the perfect choice for exteriors and interiors alike.

Why choose slab or large format tiles?

Using slab tiles instead of traditional tiles has a number of benefits, including:

  • Fewer grout lines to worry about 
  • Easier to clean and maintain
  • They visually expand the room
  • Due to their thin profile, you can lay them straight over your existing floor tiles
  • Greater durability and longevity
  • Using them on multiple surfaces such as exteriors, interiors, floors, walls and fixtures
  • Requires minimal cutting 
  • Generates less wastage than standard-sized tiles

Ideal areas for slab or large format tiles

  • Splashbacks
  • Indoor cladding
  • Outdoor cladding
  • Wet areas
  • Fireplace surrounds
  • Furniture
  • BBQ areas

Large format/slab tile ideas for flooring

slab tile floor

Slab tiles on the floor display incredible aesthetic appeal and are highly resilient, which makes them an excellent choice for the modern home.

Large format/slab tile ideas in the bathroom

Why choose large format tiles?

  • A large format tile trend is on the rise for its countless benefits, unsurpassed flexibility, and maximum visual impact.
  • Their thin and lightweight nature means less cutting and they generate less waste.
  • Compared to rendered walls, slab tiles are a less expensive alternative to marble.
  • The porcelain composition of large format tiles makes them long lasting, maintenance-free and the available colour and finish options increase their design flexibility.
  • Large format tiles will give a smaller room a more spacious appearance and feel, with less grout lines overall, and for larger spaces, such as commercial facades, they can bring a sense of harmony and proportionality.
  • You can get the look and feel of stone without the price, and weight.

Large format/slab tile ideas in the kitchen:

The use of modern porcelain slabs offers a smart upgrade from the porcelain tiles seen in more dated kitchens. The beauty of natural stone can be achieved with innovative products and stone-look slab tiles.

Why use a slab or large format tile benchtop?

Countertop surfaces blend into a seamless design of kitchen tops, vanity tops, and stairs made from one piece of tile.

This is probably because porcelain slabs are lightweight, economical and recyclable.

Because porcelain is non-porous, colour-fast, and heat and stain resistant, it’s suitable for food preparation. And these benefits add an extra level of hygienic protection too.

Additionally, large format tiles have a higher resistance to:

  • Frost
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Mould and fungus 
  • Scratches
  • UV rays

Porcelain slab tiles can be used inside and out. 

But due to their considerable size, large format tiles require specific handling and installation techniques, along with specialised equipment.

Ensure all large format tiles are cut, handled and installed safely by trained professionals. 

How big are slab or large format tiles?

Slab tiles are big – ideal for feature walls, floors, benchtops, facades, and even a porcelain veneer for furniture. But the true beauty of slab tiles lies in their practicality and authenticity.

In summary: Slab or large format tiles

• Extra large size (1600x3200x6mm) available

• Smaller sheets are perfect for floor-to-ceiling bathroom applications (1200x2780x6mm)

• Excellent representation of natural stone

• Can be cut to any size to suit on site

• Does not require sealing

• Can be used near heat/flame

• Stain and mould resistant

• Durable

• Premium, quality Italian-made options

• Made from natural materials

• UV stable – can be used outdoors

• Sustainable, green and environmentally-friendly

>> NSW Fair Trading: Wall and floor tiling


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Get The Block Look: Inspiring Designs For Your Home

The Inspiring Designs For Your Home From The Block 2021

Oh, we do LOVE The Block!

We’re always impressed with the combination of tile and stone used in the builds, particularly in the kitchens, bathrooms, laundries and outdoor spaces.

This season has delivered some bold choices and impressive combinations. 

We especially liked the use of white kit kat tiles in Ronnie and Georgia’s ensuites. We explored this style in one of our recent blogs.

At Tile & Stone Warehouse, we can work with you to recreate the look of any room from the new series of The Block, simply by matching and ordering the exact same tile and stone combinations for all your home projects.

To ensure we have the most on-trend styles available for you, we are constantly updating what we offer in our range – including those you see on The Block

This includes a choice of polished, stone, timber, concrete, sandstone and marble-look porcelain tiles. Our most popular types of tile include white bathroom tiles, subway tiles, patterned tiles, porcelain tiles and pool mosaic tiles.

Our tiles are available in a great variety of sizes, including square 300x300mm tiles, to rectangular 1200x200mm tiles, but we encourage you to call or visit our West Gosford showroom to explore the complete range of tile sizes, patterns and colours.

As renovation specialists, Tile & Stone Warehouse knows how to find the best quality tile and stone for every customer. 

That’s why we’ve hand-sourced every square inch of tile and stone in our warehouse. 

During your visit to our showroom, we can help you find the right style, suggest the best design solutions, and provide a price on the spot.

Visit our showroom today or contact us on 0490 147 277.

Now, let’s take a look at some of the room creations.

The Block: Kitchens

Kirsty and Jesse’s country-meets-Hamptons kitchen really wowed the judges, and it’s what won them the kitchen reveal challenge. Those subway tiles on the splashback are a classic feature and you can explore the wide range at our showroom.

Ronnie and Georgia made excellent use of Caesarstone for the benchtops in their kitchen, with judge Neale dubbing it “impeccable” in style and “the new classic!” See some of our other stone options here.

Mitch and Mark’s kitchen was stunning too. A unique use of the Calacatta Maximus Caesarstone and the long island bench was only let down by the lack of a pantry. 

Tanya and Vito surprised again with their huge custom benchtop, pink cabinetry and a hidden butler’s pantry. A clean and character-filled design all round.

Josh and Luke’s kitchen featured black and white cabinetry. There wasn’t as much here from a tile and stone perspective, particularly as they went for a timber benchtop.

The Block: Bathrooms

Mitch and Mark’s vibrant feature tiles helped them create a truly stunning bathroom, and it’s no surprise they won the challenge for that week.

The soft tones of the finger tiles and accent tiles pop superbly against the brass fittings of Ronnie and Georgia’s bathroom.

Kirsty and Jesse’s coastal chic bathroom looked beautiful thanks to the blue tilework in the shower against the crisp white tiles and blue sink. Their powder room also turned out to be a full-sized bathroom too!

Tanya and Vito’s unique style and Moroccan feel was accented by the bold chocolate brown feature wall.

Josh and Luke’s dark and spacious bathroom didn’t wow the judges, but we liked it. The tilework is easy-on-the-eye, stylish, forgiving and is the perfect complement to that bathtub. 

Just look at that beautiful tilework! 

Mitch and Mark created a fabulous marble master ensuite. 

Tanya and Vito really went for colour in their ensuite and it worked for us!

Josh and Luke did well on the master ensuite room reveal, just pipped by Ronnie and Georgia – and we like the choice of tiles here.

Kirsty and Jesse’s master ensuite went Hamptons-style, blended with a touch of Colonial. And we really love those blue accent tiles.

The Block: Laundries And Wet Areas

All images: Channel 9, The Block Shop.

Jesse and Kirsty created a functional laundry with tiled splashbacks. 

Meanwhile, Ronnie and Georgia’s laundry ticked all the boxes, Mitch and Mark’s laundry with garage access offered a mudroom, while Tanya and Vito’s laundry space had Shaynna smiling. Josh and Luke’s laundry was one of the best rooms the twins presented.

These should be more than enough ideas to inspire your next build or renovation project!

The Block: Outdoor Spaces

Coming soon! Bookmark this page and check back for more updates.

We are local specialists at sourcing and supplying quality tile, natural stone, travertine and pool mosaic solutions for renovators, builders and commercial clients across the Central Coast, Sydney, Newcastle and Hunter regions. Contact us today to get The Block look you like.

Style Tips: Kit Kat Tiles – An Amazing Break From Tradition

Kit Kat Tiles Are Amazing

Kit Kat tiles have been gaining in popularity in kitchens and bathrooms in recent years.

Designers, architects, stylists, and architects prefer these mosaic tiles for their classy aesthetic and stylish profile.

Due to the decorative nature and shape of these tiles, they are typically used on walls.

However, some styles can be used as flooring solutions. 

What Are Kit Kat Tiles?

Kit Kat tiles, or finger mosaic tiles, are rectangular tile shapes that can be used throughout the house as design elements. They are so named because they resemble the chocolate favourite.

Adding these tiles to wall surfaces adds visual texture and depth without adding overpowering colour or complicated patterning.  

The tiles can also be arranged horizontally or vertically to create height or width.

They’re especially popular in kitchens and bathrooms, where their smaller size and elegant, classic shape ensure a variety of design possibilities.

What Inspired The Kit Kat Tile Look?

With their long and thin appearance, these tiles captivate the eye. 

Finger mosaic tiles are said to emanate passion, ingenuity, and ultimately have a dynamism and creative nature that’s inspired by authentic Japanese architecture. 

They have been dubbed, “The next best thing in mosaic patterns”.

Colour Palettes Of Kit Kat Tiles

There are many different styles of tiles available for you to choose from, as well as a wide variety of colours, textures, and sheen levels. 

They are perfect for incorporating gentle colours into intimate areas while using emerald greens and vibrant blues for a totally unique look.

Kit Kat Tiles: Bathroom Ideas

Kit Kat tiles are truly impressive in the bathroom. They are stylish, versatile, and offer you the ability to create an exciting feature wall regardless of the interior design. 

They are a good choice for creating an eye-catching feature wall in the shower, or behind a traditional vanity. 

With these tiles, choose either light or dark grout to either accent or contrast the tile’s colour completely for an eye-catching impact. 

For example, glossy tiles will allow light to reflect throughout and create a light filled space. While using matte tiles in the bathroom will create a more casual, modern feel.

They work incredibly well in small shower nooks, on a feature wall or on other spaces in a room to create an eye-catching focal point. These tiles are renowned for their long, thin appearance which can easily add visual interest without being too overpowering. Plus, they are smooth to the touch.

Kit Kat Tiles: Kitchen Ideas

The tiles make an excellent kitchen splashback, or feature wall, while mosaic tiles give curved cabinetry ends an Art Deco look. They are great as part of a feature kitchen island.

These tiles can be found in a variety of styles, ranging from classic ceramic tiles to natural tiles such as marble, along with traditional terrazzo.

Kit Kat Tiles: Floor Ideas

An authentic terrazzo or marble option, they are a highly durable solution that can be used as both a wall and floor tile.

All images: Pinterest, and Red Lily Renovations

More Kit Kat Tiles Ideas

Try mixing and matching colours and styles for different areas of your home. You can create wonderful designs by adjusting the angles of the tiles.

They come in a variety of colours and look great mixed and matched. Plus, the versatility of being able to lay them vertically or horizontally (and in some cases, both), makes them a bold choice for any home.

11 homes where Kit Kat finger tiles are the hero

If you’re looking for Kit Kat tiles in a variety of styles and colours, drop by our showroom for some free, professional advice on what will work.

Style Tips: Wish They All Could Be California Bungalows

California bungalow

What Is A California Bungalow?

A California bungalow is so named because it became popular in California as a result of sociological changes in Los Angeles and Pasadena, where single-family housing was increasing, at a time when they were growing rapidly.

Bungalows in Australia have sloping roofs – they are typically a single-storey house with a wide verandah, especially with the roof covering the verandah. 

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What Inspired The California Bungalow Trend?

The bungalow derives its name from the Indian province of Bengal, where bangla means “house in Bengali style”. British administrators built bungalows based on the native thatched roof huts of the area. The bungalow style was refined and popularised in the United States during the late 1800s.

During the 1920s, the California bungalow became the preferred design for homes, with influences from the Mediterranean and Spanish Mission styles as well. 

As early as 1913, California bungalows became one of the most popular types of housing in Australia, a trend that lasted until the 1970s and even into the 1980s. 

It remains a much-loved architectural icon, but now requires updating and some of them even have a heritage listing.

Colour Palettes Of The California Bungalow

A sophisticated monochromatic neutral palette subtly highlights the architectural features of the California bungalow in Australia.

California Bungalow: Interior Ideas

While wooden floors are historically used inside California bungalows, there is a strong argument for patterned tiles to emphasise the home’s heritage characteristics. 

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California Bungalow: Exterior Ideas

The external colour schemes are usually red, or livened brick-colours, but they can also feature greys, rendered, roughcast and weatherboard finishes. Pathways, entrances, verandahs and walkways can be tiled or finished with stonework for dramatic effect.

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California Bungalow: More Design Ideas

The design considerations for a California bungalow are geared towards being elegant, classic, comfortable, homely and simple. Stained glass windows, antique furniture, a stylish front door and verandah pylons are typical additions to emphasise its character.

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(Pictures: Pinterest, realestate.com.au, theinteriorsaddict, lampsplus, wattyl)

Related Link

Californian Bungalow – National Trust of Australia (PDF)


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Style Tips: Industrial Chic Keeps It Simple

Industrial chic interior design

Not everyone owns an old warehouse or factory apartment.

It takes quite a bit of planning and work to transform an interior area into looking exposed, distressed, and rocking that industrial chic look.

But plenty of people are doing it, and it’s becoming quite a popular trend.

What Is Industrial Chic?

You can create a modern, edgy atmosphere at home or in your workplace with industrial design. 

The look is about showing off the materials that are the foundation of a building or home often hidden from view, or papered/painted over. 

The industrial chic style or urban industrial style, which uses vintage objects and salvaged items, continues to grow in popularity. 

By embracing the raw beauty of the wood underneath, rather than covering it up with drywall and carpet, your home will be transformed. 

With neutral tones, salvaged objects, concrete, brick, wood and metal surfaces, industrial design is often found in loft apartments, modern homes and commercial spaces.

The best way to achieve this bare-bones industrial theme in your space is by using cement floors; however, pouring slabs of concrete isn’t practical for most homes. 

You can emulate the look of distressed, stained concrete with porcelain tile. The durability and wear resistance of porcelain tile make it a good choice for flooring applications. 

It’s affordable compared to other floors as well. The long-lasting, durable flooring comes in a huge selection of colours, patterns, and textures, including plain concrete lookalikes.

What Inspired The Industrial Chic Trend?

When factories, warehouses, and mills began closing in the 1970s, an industrial interior style emerged. It is this exposed brickwork, steel vaulted ceilings, and concrete floors that inspired their interior design.

Industrial chic has become one of the top interior design trends in recent years, with many homeowners wanting to incorporate the style into their homes.

Colour Palettes Of Industrial Chic

Colour palettes that are bold or bright should be avoided when creating an authentic industrial look.

In lieu of bright colours, you should choose neutral tones or materials like wood and stone.

Grey and greige tones can also help create a crisp, clean look when contrasted with white.

Industrial Chic: Bathroom Ideas

It’s an interior design trend to combine natural stone and exposed brick, particularly in master bathrooms, en-suites, and shower rooms. Your industrial-chic-style bathroom will look great with these amazing natural stone-look features.

Industrial Chic: Wall Ideas

All fixed surfaces, including walls, should have a rustic appearance. Wires, gears, nuts, bolts, pulleys, rivets lend an old-world feeling to industrially-designed walls. 

Industrial Chic: Floor Ideas

You don’t have to have a bare concrete floor in your house to enjoy the benefits of concrete effect tiles. Grey is a colour that connotes strength and a minimalist aesthetic.

More Industrial Chic Ideas

Check out some old buildings

The best inspiration comes from old factories, warehouses and workshops in your local area. Go for a walk. When you look at examples of these spaces, you’ll see the materials, colours, tones, and textures you should use. Pay particular attention to original features, such as concrete flooring or wooden beams, and consider how you might incorporate them.

Go antique shopping and garage sale crawling

Railway sleepers, pallets, and steel beams from salvage yards can give your home that authentic look. Collect and repurpose these items, and give your space that unique touch.

Get online searching

Instagram and Pinterest are both great platforms for finding inspiration. Take notes of any changes you’d like to make to your space.

Industrial Design Council of Australia Archive

If you’re looking for industrial tiles in a variety of styles to create the popular industrial chic look, drop by our showroom for some free, professional advice on what will work.

All images: Pinterest

Quick And Easy Way To Measure For Tiles

Measure For Tiles

Tiling an area is a whole lot easier when you know how exactly many tiles you’re going to need to complete the job.

With the right prep work, you should have just the right amount of tiles to complete your project.

To avoid over-ordering or under-ordering tiles, here’s a guide on how to measure up for tiling a floor or a wall in a bathroom, kitchen or other feature spot of your home.

Before You Start: How Many Tiles Do I Need?

Map out on paper the size and shape of the area you want to tile first.

Decide whether you are doing walls, floors or both and if the whole area will be covered in tiles, or just a portion of it. Mark out the areas where the tiles will be exactly and take measurements.

Then, consider the tiling pattern you will use. Will you be going for straight tiles, herringbone or other styles? You need to know this going into the project. Consider the width of your grout too. 

Adjust your measurements for the windows and window sills and skirtings, plus any fixtures you’ll be tiling over or around. 

How To Take Tile Area Measurements

If it’s a floor you’re tiling, use a measuring tape to measure the length of one side of the room and then the width of another side of the room. 

Get a friend to help you, or use a laser measuring device for large areas.

For walls, measure the length of the wall up and down and the width left to right.

Tile Measuring Calculator: How To Work Out Square Metres

Take the length and width measurements and multiply them together. This gives you the total square meterage of the wall and/or floor areas.

For all the areas you need tiled, do this calculation and add them all together to get the total.

Now, you will always need more tiles than the total space to allow for cuts, waste, breaks or if the stock runs low during the project.

So, if you multiply your total square meterage by 10-15%, that should be enough to cover your project and this is the final total amount of tiles you should order.

Tiles usually come in boxes with their amount labelled, so divide the total square meterage required by the total square meterage of the tiles in the box. 

For example, if the room is 120 square metres and each box has 1.44 square metres of tile inside, then you’ll need 84 BOXES.

Bathrooms: Measuring For Tiles

Drains, vanities, toilets or other items that take up space on the floor must be taken into consideration. 

Most things will be removed during demolition, but it’s good to tile underneath items for future updates to the bathroom.

If you have an item that cannot be removed, simply turn your floor into two areas rather than one.

Showers can easily be three rectangular sections, but if you have a cutout, make sure you add that into the equation. Measure all areas, excluding benches and windows.

Featured bathroom looks for inspiration

Kitchens: How To Measure For Tiles

When measuring your kitchen area for a tile backsplash, write down the width and height.

Some kitchens are one long rectangle, which makes things easier to measure. 

Remember to accommodate windows and cabinets.

Subway tiles can look amazing for a kitchen splashback

Tile Measuring FAQs

How many 600×600 tiles is one square metre?

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What is the most popular tile size?

The standard tile size for main floors in Australia at present is approximately 600x600mm, but this trend for larger tiles is increasing.

Can you lay tiles without grout?

Technically, yes, but it’s not recommended. Tile movement can lead to breakage, stuff can get stuck between the tiles and, if the tiles are not identical, they’ll look weird. Grouting can be hard to install and maintain, but it’s necessary to preserve the life of your tiling project.

Related Resources

The Australian Tile Council (ATC)

Tiles and Tiling Industry Association Australia

Tile Today


Check out the full range of tiles available at Central Coast Tile & Stone Warehouse, or see our renovation projects section for more hints and tips.
We invite you to come into our West Gosford Showroom with your design ideas, so you can browse our full range of tiles and get our professional advice on the options that best suit your vision and budget.

Design Tips: Indoor-Outdoor Living

Indoor-Outdoor Living Example

There’s no denying that here in Australia we love the outdoors. And why wouldn’t we – our climate, particularly here in New South Wales, means we can enjoy it all year round (albeit with the assistance of some cover and heat during the rainy and colder months).

Unfortunately however, we’re not able to enjoy it as much as we would like to nowadays, since a large portion of our lives is spent indoors and in front of screens, and we’re so busy trying to get through life that time in nature is simply a “nice to have” at the bottom of our to-do list.

Creating comfortable and functional indoor-outdoor living spaces allows you to maximise your time outside, and benefit from unlimited opportunities to get reconnected to what’s important while experiencing your home in a completely different way.

It’s also the perfect way to increase the size of your property’s liveable area, without the expense of a full extension. 

So let’s look at some different ways you can create the indoor-outdoor living look in your home.

Bi-folding Doors

Bi-folding doors use the concertina effect to simultaneously slide and fold back on themselves to open up fully. Of course in doing so you open up the entire room and allow it to become part of the adjoining area, transforming it into one big space and creating a seamless flow from the inside out.

We love the use of double bi-folding doors in the middle example, as it gives the flow a multi-dimensional feel.

Glass Ceilings

Since we’re talking about flow, it’s important to remember that it can go both ways. You don’t have to be able to physically go outside in order to bring it inside. The use of glass creates a visual flow by giving you uninterrupted views out to nature and allowing the natural light to pour in; further adding to the feeling of space and openness.

Extend the Interiors to the Exterior

A great way to create a smooth transition between the inside and out, and therefore maximise the feeling of space, is to use some of the same fixtures, fittings and materials in both areas.

As you can see in all these examples, the same floor tiles have been used throughout so there is not such a clear definition between the areas. In the middle image, we love the consistent use of the brick wall and wood paneling on the roof to draw the two spaces together.

Pimp Up Your BBQ Area

Having a working kitchen outside is the epitome of inside outside living. When it comes to design aesthetic for your culinary corner, the possibilities are endless:

Image One – Rustic: The combination of natural tiles and stone with darker wood provides the perfect setting for this open flame kitchen.

Image Two – Exotic: Light wood and patterned tiles make you feel like you’ve jetted off to Morocco when you step inside this outside kitchen!

Image Three – Modern: Neutral coloured tiles and stone coupled with sleek lines and fixtures give this kitchen a sophisticated vibe.

Lighting

As with the fixtures and fittings, when you’re designing an indoor-outdoor living space you can indeed bring the interior lighting to the outside. What we mean by that is, you don’t have to be limited to the standard outside options of lanterns, globes and strings of lights; particularly if the space is under cover and protected, you can incorporate lampshades, downlights, and a variety of different shapes and sizes.

Get Started with Indoor-Outdoor Living 

Even if you’re not in the position to do major renovations, it’s still possible to create indoor-outdoor spaces that you can enjoy with the people you love. Start with something simple, and allow it to evolve as and when you’re ready.

Remember, the purpose is to create spaces outside that are comfortable and functional, and an extension to the inside of your home.

If you plan to use tiles and/or stone products to achieve your indoor-outdoor living design goals, we’re happy to help you find a solution that suits your needs and budget best.

Simply come on down to our West Gosford showroom and speak with one of our experts.

All images sourced from Pinterest.

Fire pits: Warm up this Winter

Fire Pit with wood surround

With the days getting shorter and the weather starting to turn, it’s clear Winter is on its way.

That doesn’t mean you have to retreat into your home however; with the addition of a fire pit you can use your outdoor space all year round. It’s also a great way to create a focal point in your garden, and a cosy area to hang out with your family and friends.

When it comes to landscaping your fire pit space, the possibilities are virtually endless. With an abundance of materials at your disposal, you can create a look to suit any aesthetic.

Rustic

This is a nice look particularly if you have a traditional garden or natural space. As you can see, these designs are not too neat or uniform – they tend to make use of organic shapes, a mixture of materials and tiles that blend in with the surroundings.

Travertine and natural limestone work really well in a rustic space, as does the crazy paving style because it allows the area to become part of the garden.

Contemporary

A modern or contemporary look has the power to make a strong statement in your outdoor space. If you have the same aesthetic throughout your home it’s a great way to extend your living space into the garden.

Clean lines, neutral colours and minimalism are typical characteristics of this style. Although the word “contemporary” does mean “of the moment”, so it will evolve with the times and trends.

Large sleek tiles are a great option for the contemporary look, as they keep it simple and stylish.

Scandinavian

The Scandinavian design aesthetic is typically simple, modern and natural with accents of wood. It’s the perfect way to get a sleek look but still with an organic feel. As you can see with these examples, the travertine tiles define the area and ensure it’s hard-wearing, while the wood softens the space and gives it a cosy vibe.

Natural

With so many colours and styles of tile and brick available, it’s easy to create a natural look and define the various areas in your garden. In these examples, even though the fire pit spaces are part of the main patio area, the clever use of tiles separates them.

Moroccan

Mosaic tiles add a different dynamic to your fire pit area and give it an exotic feel. They can be added as a feature piece or to define the space from other areas of the garden.

See what we mean – the possibilities are endless! 

We invite you to come into our West Gosford Showroom with your design ideas, so you can browse our full range of tiles and get our professional advice on the options that best suit your vision and budget.

All images are sourced from Pinterest.

How to Create a Mood Board

Mood Board

Have you ever been trying to explain your vision to someone, and they just don’t get it? It’s annoying isn’t it!

With a mood board you never have to experience that situation again. You can bring all your ideas and feelings to life in a beautifully visual way.

It also allows you to get your head around the vision, and play with different ideas. With a mood board, there’s literally no limit to the possibilities.

Benefits of a mood board

Let’s summarise all the benefits before we talk about how to create one:

  • Effortlessly articulate your vision
  • Explore different options and ideas
  • Easily work with suppliers to source different products for different budgets, and get the same look 
  • Enjoy the creative process and play with pushing boundaries

How to create a mood board

The actual process is a very personal one. We recommend having a play initially to see what works for you. The key is to go into the process with no expectations – the more you can relax into it, the more open you will be to different ideas, and the more the creative juices will flow.

Traditional mood boards

Sometimes nothing beats being able to physically touch and feel something – especially if textures are important to your project. So if this is how you’d like to roll, grab yourself a pair of scissors and some glue!

Browse through magazines and even print images from the internet. As you can see with the example below, you don’t have to be literal with your imagery; i.e. if you’re designing a new bathroom you don’t have to stick to bathroom/interior design magazines for all your inspiration, and it doesn’t have to be bathroom related.

  • Use words that set the mood
  • Find shapes, patterns and colours that create the vibe you want
  • Even locations or countries that excite you

You can find inspo in the strangest of places, if you’re open to it. Even if you’re out and about – at the train station, the park, your favourite cafe – take photos and print them for your board later.

You can even make a 3D mood board with samples of the different materials you’re considering:

Tile Mood Board

Digital mood boards

The same principles as above apply here, in terms of taking inspiration from anywhere and everywhere, however everything is created online.

There are some great software options available to make the process easy for you. One of our favourites is Canva. Here, you can choose from a range of mood board templates and simply drag and drop images onto your board. You can upload your own material and also search through their extensive library of images, graphics and illustrations:

Canva Mood Board

Digital can be a great option if you want to work with suppliers from different locations, as you can simply share or email the image with them – wherever they are.

Show us your mood board!

So if you’re embarking on a project, we encourage you to get mood boarding and come show us! We will happily share with you everything we know and show you our wide range of tiles, so together we can turn your ideas into a beautiful reality.

Style Tips: Get The Palm Springs Look

Nothing says cool and chic like the easy breezy Palm Springs style. It’s a great way to glam up your home, add a splash of colour and have some fun!

Originating from the Californian City Palm Springs, this style is perfectly suited to the Australian climate and lifestyle. Easy living in the sun is it’s MO, with a strong focus on the indoor-outdoor way of life. So expect lots of palm trees and succulents, both inside and out, and some clever passive design with its signature use of breeze blocks to promote natural heating and cooling.

Images: Pinterest

The clean lines of the tiles on the left provide a great foundation to showcase the bold prints and colours. While the muted tiles and breeze blocks on the right offer a fresh backdrop for the vibrant foliage and subtle prints.

Add colour pops

Palm Springs decor typically has a white base with pops of colour, including citrus yellow, flamingo pink and ocean blues. 

Images: Pinterest

Again, in these examples they have used crisp clean white tiles as a base, and built the Palm Springs look around it. The subway tiles (left image) maintain a strong contemporary feel, while the floor tiles keep it fresh and practical for the inside-outside living.

Make a statement

As you can see, wallpaper is a very strong feature in the Palm Springs home, and can be used either as a feature wall or all over if your room can cope with it and you’re game!

The image on the left has gone with a blush pink hand cut tile as a base, while the middle example has incorporated a square marble tile with a hint of blush pink to compliment the colours in the wallpaper.

Style with a tile

Of course, the tiles don’t have to sit in the background – they can easily become the feature of the room, if you want to add a textured pop of colour.

Images: Pinterest

Palm Springs can be a bit of a love or hate style, but if you love it then we’d love to help you achieve the look you want!

Pop down to our West Gosford Showroom and discuss your ideas with our team, who will offer you professional advice and show you our wide range of tiles, so you can make your look a reality.