On Trend: Concrete Tiles
Concrete is a classic and hard wearing material that has been immensely popular in the home this year showing up in interiors the world over in our benchtops, wall tiles, flooring and even as an outdoor finish. This classic and timeless material will look right at home in a vast range of different interior design styles, from contemporary or modern looks, to industrial designs, brutalist interiors as well as minimalist homes, making it a strong choice for your next home renovation or design project.
Interior Design Trends of 2021 – Concrete, Marble and Timber
Top trends of this year have seen concrete materials thrown back into the spotlight. From concrete indoor and outdoor tiles to kitchen tiles and more, concrete continues to be a strong design feature in trendsetting designs. This material pairs perfectly with other top trending colours and materials such as warm timber tones, natural stones such as marble and a range of colour choices ranging from soft pastels to bold emerald inspired varieties such as deep reds, sapphire and emerald green. Our showroom is full of inspiration with our friendly team of Design Consultants on hand to assist you in the creation of the perfect colour palette for your next project, offering expert advice on each and every material along the way.
Our stunning New Paradise collection is designed by Australian interior stylist Jason Grant. Available in an impressive range of trending pastel tones and warm earthy options, the collection also includes a variety of stylish shapes to choose from.
What are Concrete Tiles/Encaustic Tiles?
Concrete tiles have long been favoured in home designs for many years, showing up in popular architectural periods such as the Victorian, Edwardian and Gothic eras. These tiles are characterised by their smooth, matte finishes, dusty colour options and often intricately patterned styles. Also commonly referred to as encaustic tiles, you will find many modern options available to choose from, each with its own unique style and character to help bring your interiors to life! Bold patterns, chalky colours and striking colour contrasts are all exciting features that you can expect from traditionally styled concrete or encaustic tiles which can usually be used as both a floor or wall finish in the home to help you create a charming and welcoming atmosphere in your design scheme. The tiles themselves are created using a mixture of coloured cement that is poured into templates or moulds to create crisp patterns and designs. The result is an incredibly dense and durable product that creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere in any interior design project.
A bold and dynamic collection, Greg Natale’s Pavimento series features a range of exciting patterns and colours that will create a strong statement in your next project. These ever stylish encaustic tiles can be used on all interior wall and floor surfaces, making for endless creative possibilities!
Being a porous material however, you will find that encaustic tiles will require regular sealing in order the protect the tile from staining or marking – Thankfully, there are many different quality cleaning products available that will contain a small amount of sealant within them. Using these cleaners on your new tiles will ensure the time between professional sealing is lengthened, making sure your tiles’ finish remains at its best!
Porcelain Concrete-Look Tiles
For those looking to do away with sealing altogether, or for commercial projects that will receive higher than normal foot traffic, porcelain tiles may be a better choice. Modern tile manufacturing techniques have allowed for the creation of ultra-realistic concrete-look designs. These unique collections recreate the traditional smooth and chalky surface of encaustic tiles as well as the rustic textured surfaces of hand trowel concrete using durable porcelain instead, leading to a surface finish that is highly resistant against scratching and staining while also being almost completely non-porous.
The St James collection is a porcelain tile that offers a realistic concrete finish. Available in indoor and outdoor tile options as well as a trending chevron tile variety, this collection can be used in all areas of the home to help create a strong sense of continuity throughout your interiors.
Modern tile manufacturing techniques have allowed for a vast range of finishes and textures to be achieved, leading to many impressive options that perfectly simulate the characteristics of traditional concrete tiles, natural stone tiles and even timber look products. These tiles allow for more design possibilities as they can be used in spaces where these more sensitive materials have traditionally been avoided (such as in the humid environment of the bathroom for example).
Our Richmond Tile Showroom is full of exciting new options in concrete and concrete-look floor and wall tiles that will create a stylish and timeless look in your home. With options available to suit every taste and budget, visit our showroom or book a free online design consultation today to get started on your dream home!