Topps Tiles on how to style its Tile of the Year, Flute
Topps Tiles has revealed its Tile of the Year is Flute, resplendent in Dulux Colour of the Year 2022, Bright Skies. Here, Topps Tiles shows four ways to style this contemporary tile, from a compact bathroom to a rustic kitchen.
1. An eclectic mix
Most homes have a fairly compact family bathroom. But with the use of clever storage and surface details, you can easily make the room feel larger and liveable at the same time. In this typical bathroom (above), Flute tiles on the bath panel are intentionally laid in a different pattern to the wall to set it apart. Also note that they are laid in the same direction as the floor to help graduate the colour from white to blue. The coordinating grout colour helps with the transition between levels.
In a bijou bathroom it’s typical to use the same tile design on the wall and floor to create a seamless flow. However, this can sometimes feel claustrophobic as the eye isn’t drawn to anything in particular. To create a point of interest, Topps Tiles has mixed and matched tile size, format, and colour, but kept to the same colour palette to avoid it looking cluttered. And to tie the look together, Topps Tiles has opted for a tonal wall and ceiling colour rather than a brilliant white. This helps to cocoon the space rather than creating an abrupt line above your tiles. Dulux’s Tranquil Dawn perfectly complements the fresh, inviting Bright Skies.
2. Textured surfaces
Although a kitchen needs to be practical, it doesn’t have to be conventional. The use of different materials and surface texture in this space immediately makes it feel more design led. In this kitchen (above), Topps Tiles brings together lots of warm tones. From the walls in Dulux’s Treasured Coral to the soft natural grain of the reeded wood and the earthy shades of the Suburbia terrazzo on the floor. This creates harmony but also allows the Flute tiled splashback and the pantry cupboard, painted in the matching Bright Skies, to really pop.
To prevent the room feeling too warm, Topps Tiles has added neutral elements of concrete in the worktop and pendant lighting. It has also used a cooler white tone on the base cabinets. And the cool tones are continued with the brushed nickel tap and range cooker.
3. Colour pop
Blue is often perceived as a cold colour, so it’s important to add elements of warmth. This is particularly true in rooms like bathrooms that feature naturally cold surfaces. Therefore, the woodwork and walls of this bathroom (above) are painted in Dulux Spiced Honey, adding vibrant warmth, while keeping the look neutral. A pop of Dulux Lemon Jester on the edge of the door adds intrigue and leads you nicely into the bedroom.
Design note: by painting the vanity a couple of shades darker than the accompanying splashback of Flute tiles, the bulky unit blends in better with the rest of the room.
4. The feature wall
You might think a ‘feature wall’ is a thing of the past, but according to Topps Tiles, they’re making a comeback! Forget the preconceived notion of a block of bland wallpaper. Feature walls are a clever way of zoning a particular area within an open-plan space.
To give this dining area (above) its own identity, Topps Tiles has used Flute tiles (arranged vertically to accentuate the high ceilings). Traditionally, a feature wall would be a pop of colour within a muted room. However, as the new feature wall is all about texture, Topps Tiles has chosen uplifting paint colours to help keep texture the focus. Shown is Dulux Blood Orange on the walls and ceiling, and Dulux Pressed Petal on the skirting.
Featured image: This living room features Topps Tiles’s Flute tile as a backdrop to the alcove shelving unit.
Want more? To find out more about the Dulux Colour of the Year, Bright Skies, check out our previous blog here.