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Tile trends set to swing back in time

Making a comeback, heritage-style tiles are trending in new homes.

With more than 40 years experience in the tiling industry, Muldoon Tiles Owner Colin Mulcaster said these tiles featured bright colours and patterns.

“We’re seeing a lot of architects come in for heritage tiles for the verandah and pathway entrances into a home.”

“These tiles are perfect for an older-style home.” He said.

Situated in Kewdale, Muldoon Tiles can custom design patterns for a look that is unique to the home, with customers having the ability to draw inspiration from different styles and colours.

“For example, if you went for tessellated tiles from one of the Victorian designs and you don’t necessarily like the Liverpool look or the London look but would combine the two, we can actually custom make a pattern for your home,” he said

Proving that tiles live beyond the kitchen and bathroom areas, Mr Mulcaster said another growing choice was the use of timber-looking tiles, giving the impression of timber floors without the upkeep.

“People are putting them into their living room now, because you can actually get tiles that look like wood and they work incredibly well for heated flooring,” he said.

Using tiled flooring in outdoor areas is another way to transform the look and feel of the backyard and highlight a particular design style.

“The art deco and federation-style tiles are incredible around the pool, and it gives that sophisticated 1930s vintage theme,” Mr Mulcaster said.

However, when it comes to picking tiles, choosing the right texture is important, especially around pool areas.

“If you’re having tiles around the pool then you need to choose a slip-resistant tile,” Mr Mulcaster said, adding that all tiles have a slip rating, which helps to indicate the best option in wet areas.

When helping customers choose tiles, Mr Mulcaster said they considered various aspects such as the size of the space, natural light requirements, as well as the finish.

“When you choose a tile, you look at the plan because the plan tells you the size of the room you want tiled, as well as the size of tile you are looking to get,” he said.

“The floor plan can also help to determine whether you need a non-slip, matte or gloss finish – usually the gloss finish goes on the wall.”

Mr Mulcaster said for areas that required more natural light, opting for a light-coloured tile in a gloss finish would help to bounce some extra light around the room.

When it came to choosing tiles in the shower, going for non-slip floor tiles was important, as well as opting for larger tiles, as these were easier to clean and maintain.

CONTACT Muldoon Tiles, 9244 4088, www.muldoons.com.au

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