Jayne Adamson, marketing manager at Verona, discusses the growing diversity of concrete-effect tiles and how modern design is influencing their appearance.
Concrete-effect tiles have limitless design potential throughout the home, whether it’s to decorate a spacious open plan kitchen, transform a wet room into an urban space or, more recently, to create a stylish outdoor patio space.
Well suited to minimalist design schemes, the wide range of colour variations found within concrete-effects make this style of tile increasingly versatile with light soft shades at one end of the spectrum through to dark, charcoal tones at the other, all of which are available in a choice of finishes from polished through to matte. Each finish brings its own unique qualities, allowing homeowners and designers to dial up the urban aesthetic to suit the space. Now, with different sizes and formats to choose from, the options with concrete-effects just got even better.
This six-sided shape has topped the style stakes over the past few years, with many homeowners switching out their metro kitchen splashback or shower wall with this statement new look. While hexagon tiles on the market can often be pieced together to create one larger design such as a star or geometric pattern, plain concrete-effects are ideal for those who want to let the shape do the talking. With its eye-catching linear edges, the hexagon is a bold style on its own, so paired with a smooth concrete effect, it offers an on-trend look which isn’t overly decorative.
Elongated plank shapes combined with a modern concrete-effect deliver a stunning visual impact. Use in a herringbone layout for a luxurious, contemporary twist on a classic look. Distressed designs fit perfectly within shabby chic living schemes, teamed with exposed wood, patinated metal and vintage furnishings.
Square and rectangle concrete-effect floor tiles have been dominating kitchen and bathroom design for a long time thanks to their ability to adapt to virtually any interior style. What has changed though is their size. When it comes to floors in particular, bigger is better, not only when it comes to installation, but with reduced break lines between the tiles, keeping grout clean in high traffic areas has never been easier.
Similarly, with the development of outdoor porcelain over the past few years, homeowners are now able to use concrete-effects in the garden, transforming tired patios, paths and decking with a stylish tile which looks just like the real thing. With some designs having a naturally weathered appearance, concrete-effects fit effortlessly in outdoor living schemes as they have a texture which lends themselves to the great outdoors.