When we add tiles to a kitchen or bathroom space, it provides a particular effect to the room and changes its perception.
By taking advantage of how we look at tiles we can help to expand a small shower or kitchenette into a larger-looking space, or make a larger bathroom feel more inviting and intimate.
Whether considering kitchen tiles for a London flat or a larger bathroom space in rural parts of Hertfordshire, here are the three key aspects of tile design.
Have you ever wondered why the standard colour scheme for so many bathrooms is creams, whites and neutral colours? It is because of the way different colours make you perceive a room.
A good way to explain it is through optical illusions. Many of them work because the way we perceive a shape differs depending on the colour surrounding it.
Generally lighter colours make a room look bigger because of the way light reflects back, whilst darker, richer colours make a room look smaller because more of the light is absorbed.
Similar to the nature of colours, the nature of the patterned tile you use will determine how large the room looks, primarily because it draws the eye.
The more complex a pattern, the more your eye is drawn to it, the smaller the room looks. If you want to optimise a kitchen space with patterns, use single-tile patterns with no more than two colours.
Texture is also very important for perceiving a space, as our minds will often look at a tile pattern and calculate the space based on the perception of that original tile.
Much like with patterns, the more unique and complex the tile texture, the smaller the space will look.