The Rose Garden large format slim tiles from the Cotto d’Este Wonderwall collection is a dead ringer for damask wallcovering.
Florals seem to have fallen out with young homeowners, for its propensity to look mumsy or outdated. However it’s all in the context. The juxtaposition of a floral-patterned wall against smart modern furniture, for instance, looks fresh and exciting – a perfect example of trad-mod (traditional-modern). Also, there are now so many new variations of the floral print that you can take your pick of more abstract designs, too. How do you make your surfaces bloom and blossom with style? Besides the usual wallpaper, the latest tiles can do the job just as well, if not better. Read on for inspiration!
Left: No need for a headboard with the dramatic Lotus tile design in this bedroom. Right: The romantic pencil-like drawings of the Sketch tile design. Both tiles are from the Cotto d’Este Wonderwall collection.
The Cotto d’Este Wonderwall collection of Kerlite porcelain stoneware tiles are thin and light, just like wallpaper, but strong and resistant to moisture and humidity. Measuring 1metre by 3metres, and just 3.5mm thick, these slim tiles provide seamless large format designs that last longer as well. With floral designs ranging from a mural-like watercolour painting to a delicate pencil sketch, and damask wallpaper, the designs of this collection are set to wow.
Mosaics can create art on the walls that looks almost like photo prints, as in the examples above from Appiani, thanks to the multitude of hues available from the Italian brand.
Want to put your favourite flower on your wall? Customise your wall covering with Appiani mosaics. This heritage Italian company produces mosaics in a wide variety of sizes and colours, which come in rich saturated hues and unique glazes (even denim-inspired designs!). Their quality mosaics are fired at high temperatures to make sure they’re extremely durable as well.
From the award-winning Mutina Azulej collection, the floral-inspired Grigio Estrela and Grigio Flores designs were chosen for this bathroom to bring in a touch of nature in a more abstract form.
The award-winning Azulej tile collection by Patricia Urquiola for Mutina comprises 20cm by 20cm tiles in 10 designs which can be placed randomly for a patchwork effect. Alternatively, you can also utilise a few selected designs repeatedly for a different effect! The above bathroom shows how a combination of just two floral designs can be just as decoratively lovely.
The stamped floral prints of the Mutina Chymia collection add a soft touch to the high colour contrast of black and white.
Look at florals in a completely new light with the Mutina Chymia collection, a special collaboration between the brand and Laboratario Avallone. The 30cm by 30cm tiles come in 11 designs and textures created in just black and white. They include several floral prints which can be combined with other designs such as grids, or with solid black and white tiles for visually arresting results, downplaying the usual feminity associated with flowers.
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