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.

Style Tips: Pretty Pink Feature Tiles

Bring some warmth into your home while being bang on trend, with pretty pink tiles in all kinds of styles!

It’s only taken the best part of 60 years, but pink is back! Having graced millions of homes in the 50’s and 60’s, pink is finally showing up again in our kitchens, bathrooms and statement floor pieces…and it’s looking “pretty” good!

It’s important to note though, that pink must be used with caution – there’s a very fine line between a calming warm retro look, and a look that makes your head spin and your stomach churn. 

To help you avoid the latter scenario, we’ve compiled some simple style tips for you.

Kitchen

A pop of pink can be a great addition to your kitchen splashback, to inject some personality and character into the space. Popular options here are the herringbone pattern, subway and square tiles.

As you can see, the pink compliments all sorts of different styles and colours. Consider the theme for your kitchen when selecting the type of tile and shade of pink.

An example of a brighter pink in the image above on the right works because it compliments a darker, more modern style and palate. In contrast to this, the example on the left has a softer blush colour, which works perfectly with the country style.

It’s also important to consider the size and layout of your space. You want to ensure the pink tiles make the statement you want, but don’t overpower the room.

Bathroom

Bathrooms are a great place to let your imagination run free. You can even get away with using pink tiles in a larger area of your bathroom, or the entire room, so long as you accessorise it correctly.

The below image on the left is a good example of this. They’ve used the white accessories and grout between the tiles, to break up the mass of pink and ensure it doesn’t overwhelm the space.

If that’s a bit much for you though, a pink feature wall is a lovely addition to your bathroom – whether it’s an entire wall, or just a small section in the shower or behind the sink and mirror.

Accesories

As mentioned above, accessories are critical when it comes to showcasing your pink tiles and creating the ambience you desire. The image below is a lovely example of how hints of black can accentuate the pink, and give the space a stylish modern feel.

It goes without saying that white gives the space a bright, crisp finish – and allows the pink tiles to get the attention they deserve. But if your room can handle it, you can extend the dark accents to your furniture for a funky and retro vibe.

Pink Tile Variations

The possibilities with pink tiles are virtually endless. As well as the standard shapes and styles, you can involve pink into your design with terrazzo tiles, penny rounds, fish scales, and so much more.

Have we got you excited about your next project?

We invite you to come into our West Gosford Showroom with your design ideas. We will happily offer our professional advice and show you our wide range of pink tiles, so you can find the option that best suits you and your vision.

Summer Pools Are Made In Winter

Is your pool looking a bit tired? Perhaps it’s in disrepair or has become unsafe? Or maybe you’re about to build a brand new pool?

Whatever your reason, tiles are a major consideration. With an abundance of options now available to you, it’s easy to get struck down with decision paralysis. So we’ve compiled this simple guide to help make the process easier for you.

What to consider when designing your pool

Before you start to make any serious decisions, we recommend creating a mood board so you can understand the overall look you want to go for. This will help you to narrow your search, and make it easier for people like us to help you, as we can get a better understanding of the vision inside your head!

When it comes to pool tiles, there are three key areas you need to consider:

  • Pool Edge or Pool Coping
  • Waterline
  • Pool Bottom

Within each of these, you will need to make choices around functional elements and aesthetics. 

Let’s look at each area in more detail:

Pool Edge or Pool Coping

Pool coping is the material used above the tile line that caps the edge of the pool. It protects the pool structure, and when installed correctly, it maintains the integrity of the pool water by ensuring any external water flow is directed down the drains and not back into the pool.

When choosing a tile for your pool coping, it’s important to ensure it’s durable and safe. You want something that is:

  • Hard Wearing, so it can withstand all weather conditions
  • Not Too Rough, so it’s comfortable to walk on with bare feet and grab onto when getting out of the water
  • Temperature Resistant, so it doesn’t get too hot underfoot

As far as we’re concerned, Travertine is the best option for both your pool coping and the surrounding pool area. It not only ticks off all the above requirements, it’s also incredibly good looking!

Why Travertine Tiles are a great choice

Travertine is a stone formed naturally in hot springs. This is what gives the stone its signature holes across its surface – they’re caused by the hot water percolating through the stone. The benefits of using Travertine for your pool coping and pool surrounds include:

  • 100% Natural Stone
  • Hard Wearing
  • Erosion Resistant
  • Stays Cool Under Foot
  • Versatile Design
  • Elegant Aesthetic

As you can see, Travertine Tiles are an incredibly stylish option for your pool, and even an entire section of your home! 

They come in a wide range of styles and soft muted colours, including:

  • Classic (Ivory)
  • Elite Silver
  • Silver
  • Oyster
  • Picasso
  • Sunset

Our particular Travertine Stone Products are hand-sourced from Turkey. The range comes in 3 grades: commercial, standard and premium, which means you can easily find an affordable solution for your project. 

Get Creative with Waterline Pool Tiles

Waterline pool tiles follow the perimeter of the pool underneath the pool coping. They’re typically half submerged underwater, with around 3 inches visible at the top.

Quality Waterline Tiles are important because they prevent sunscreen, body oils, pollen and other substances from creating yellow scummy lines around the waterline of your pool. They also take on the minerals and calcium deposits that can build up as a result of hard water.

Waterline Tiles are your opportunity to have fun and get creative with your pool design. This is where you can really bring your aesthetic to life, and find the perfect compliment to your chic Travertine pool surround.

Add a splash of colour:

Experiment with patterns:

Or keep it classic:

To Fully Tile or Not To Fully Tile – That Is The Question

Although fully tiled pools do require a larger budget, they’re very low maintenance, safe and incredibly visually appealing. When it comes to your tile options, the possibilities are almost endless. As with the Waterline Pool Tiles, you can either keep it classic and simple or really let your creative juices flow with full mosaics and patterns:

Have we got you excited about your pool project?

If you’re embarking on a pool project, please come into our West Gosford Showroom for some free professional advice, and check out our wide range of Travertine and Pattern Pool Tiles.