TIPS FOR TILING A FEATURE WALL

We all know tiles can make a real statement, and feature walls over the last few years have become very fashionable. So it makes perfect sense that feature walls using tiles has become increasingly popular in all rooms.

Feature walls created by using tiles aren’t just about using a bright bold colour, they can be used with different materials, sizes and textures to really transform spaces.

I personally have an opened planned house, so the use of a feature wall to break up the entrance from the front door to my kitchen space not only is striking when entering the home, but it creates a sense of separation and definition between the space. I chose a light textured tile to add a feeling of openness contributing to the open planned effect. In this instance less is definitely more. 

My simple open planned minimalist space is quite plain - yet using a white textured tile for this feature wall works just as well as a bold gloss tile in creating a “wow” factor.

Mosaic tiles are often used to create a feature wall as they are available in many eye-catching designs – from glamourous glass to natural stone. As the small tiles are on mesh backing they can be trimmed to size to perfectly fit your design so work in all rooms. 

There is one type of feature wall tile that is the go to for maximum feature wall effect. This is the split face tile. These tiles are the best way to go for a striking, characterful look. Split face tiles consist of strips of a certain material (depending on choice) cut to different heights, widths and depths, and arranged to create a staggered, multi-levelled face. Typically, stone or wood is used and can be found in a multitude of styles.

Of course you don’t need to use textured tiles in rooms to create a feature wall. If we move to the bathroom it may be that you use a bold contrasting tile on the shower cubicle. Here, if it is your bathroom you are considering adding a tiled feature wall to, please read my blog on tiling small spaces where it mainly focuses on bathrooms and how to create the illusion of space with tiles, which often includes a feature wall.

In a smaller kitchen,a splash back can become a feature wall easily and this is something I actively encourage looking into. Doing this means a splash back will be a focal point when entering. This is great for kitchens with clutter to draw peoples attention to something when entering (not the dishes!) and works really well in a simplistic kitchen to break up plain room. I would use gloss and mirrored tiles for a smaller kitchen to create the feel of space and add light. On my website and Facebook page I have examples of gloss and mirrored tiles in a kitchen acting as a feature wall for an example of a finished product. Colour wise, the choice is as brave as you want it to be. You can’t go far wrong with a featured wall as a splash back. Just take into consideration your other wall colours, flooring and grout colour when deciding.

In a larger open kitchen you will have the space to tile from ceiling to floor on one wall. Having ample space in a kitchen to do this (including open planned spaces) can make the room feel more chic and cosy. When it comes to adding a split face tile for maximum effect - natural stones, quarts split face are a popular choice. It can be found in both dark and light shades. Some of the popular colours that are available include white, cream, titanium, and black. These will always look good as a splash back top and have minimal grout lines so appear seamless. Check with the tile store or tiler in terms of maintenance with a natural stone tile as this can vary.

When considering a feature wall in a living space and when I discuss choices with customers, they always raise their eyebrows when I suggest a Dark tile colour such as black or charcoal. However like a dark matte paint, darker tiles can create a feeling of warmth in a large space. If you’re willing to look into the darker tiles a dark modern textured porcelain tile is a great choice, or a slate style split tile. This is simple but effective in adding a high end look to your living space. Pick a focal point for the living room feature wall such as where tv is, as odd as it sounds the rooms architecture will be your guide in most instances.

We’re not all lucky enough to have a huge airy living space. However some of us have a fireplace or log burner of some sort in the living area. This provides a great opportunity to create a feature out of the fire place. With the fire burning as well, it becomes a simple and striking look and is a modern take on a traditional mantle piece.

I personally would opt for a matte natural stone Split face or a brick natural stone pattern around a fireplace as they are capable of taking the heat and will look fantastic. Depending on what look you want to achieve and the style of fire you have you can opt for floor to ceiling tiles or a simple mantle of tiles. A few to check out for fireplaces and feature walls for here would be a cladding effect tile, a dry stone wall effect tile or a brick feature tile.

If you have a room that’s an odd shape, don’t worry! Make it an aricteural highlight of it and tile the wall that’s odd to create a feature in itself.

People don’t often think of tiling the bedroom walls but an exposed brick wall tile can look both rustic or urban depending on your decor style. Using wood effect tiles on the walls gives a cladding effect and again suits both traditional and modern interiors. I’d recommend both of these tiles for most feature wall but having completed them in large bedrooms, they look very impressive. If your considering a feature wall in the bedroom, I advise you to use the wall that sits behind the head board. This is the focal point and using another wall may make the room feel cluttered and the feature wall seem a bit out of place. However, of course this is a generalisation and some rooms may be different.

You can add splash of colour and not tile a full wall. You can create a “feature strip” by using your tiles of choice in the middle of your wall surrounded by more neutral colours. You can go horizontal or vertical, depending on the type of space you have available. I love hexagon tiles for this use, these are becoming increasing popular,are contemporary, and come in matte or a polished finish. Look them up!

A couple of things to think about. Don’t match feature all with decor like cushions and sofas as these items won’t be around forever. Pick a bold colour that goes with various other colour schemes or a neutral split face tile. Think of the purpose of the feature wall. Is it to break up rooms, highlight a feature, create the feeling of space or simply for a wow factor. With the purpose in mind look at colours, shapes and textures of tiles.

Sometimes just tweaking the layout of your tiles can make all the difference. Go for a simple metro tile, but lay it in a fun pattern like herringbone to create your feature wall. Pick contrasting grout to really make the pattern pop, or go for something complementary for a more subtle feel. If you’re feeling bold you can create your own patterns by colour blocking different tiles from the same range.

This blog is here to open your mind to the wonderful options tiles can give you to create a modern twist to your home using just one wall, or help continue a traditional feel with a modern twist.

You can immerse yourself in ideas and designs with tiles, and little is off limits. If you need any help or advice just get in contact via my work Facebook page or Instagram both of which can be found following the relevant social media icons on my home page. Otherwise, drop me an email.


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