When you’re tiling, the whole world tiles with you

8 Aug

So we’ve built the kitchen cabinets, we’ve ordered the worktop (not being delivered until September unfortunately) and now we’re thinking tiles…

Originally we (well, me) had been thinking about getting mirror splashbacks to maximise the light in the kitchen – but having decided on a white worktop with white cabinets, I’m thinking mirror might look a bit stark. So we looked at some coloured splashbacks and we just weren’t that wowed… They seem more modern than tiles, more streamlined etc but somehow less personal.

Which now means we’re on the hunt for cool tiles that would suit a white kitchen that will have a grey with dots floor and pink jelly wallpaper… um…

One of our thoughts was to buy plain white tiles and then get a few patterned/screenprinted ones to mix in among them. Kind of like Lulu Guinness’ kitchen (via here) but less full on…

Here’s what I’ve come across so far in my tile hunting so far:

This Punk Doily tile by Kiss Her is the right colour for going with the jellies… it also reminds me of my friend’s wedding!

We could spell out any word with these circus tiles by Kiss Her … though I think deciding what those words should be would be a hard task.

Which would be the same problem with these Big Tomato tiles (spotted via Home Shopping Spy). Our favourite is the Dalek… anyone who saw the ‘would you like a cup of tea?’ episode of Dr Who will understand why we think we need this in our kitchen!

We also came across these rather lovely Wellbeck cutlery tiles (also via Home Shopping Spy)…

They do a jellies one too which would either look great with our Thornback and Peel wallpaper or be jelly overkill!

A further look at their range revealed Wellbeck also do these gorgeous tiles… Now I’m not a very flowery girl but how awesome do these look? I love the mix of the white tiles and the patterned ones (especially the gold hearts).

Then in amongst all this tile thinking, we remembered we already own this Rob Ryan tile (ours is in red) and thought well, we could maybe just buy a few more of his tiles…

But I’m not sure I could cope with these buttony ones… they remind me of Coraline too much!

So we gave up on that theory. (One Rob Ryan tile turns out to be enough for us!) Anyway, from there, I ended up on Design Sponge where I spotted these lovely tiles by Xenia Taler

A quick trip over to her site revealed these cute as hell tiles… I think the caterpillar is my favourite but he’s maybe a bit of an odd choice considering how much else we have going on in the kitchen. (The OH now wants owl tiles though!)

After all the searching, I remembered seeing these teacup tiles a few years ago…

They would be very handy but wouldn’t exactly break up an all white kitchen!

So basically after all that I’m no further on deciding tiles… though I did come across a clock that I now want!

Anyone any suggestions for cool tiles?

I’m half beginning to think we should make some ourselves 😉


13 Responses to “When you’re tiling, the whole world tiles with you”

  1. Lisa-Marie 08/08/2010 at 7:22 PM #

    If you like the teacup ones (which I adore), you could buy them and paint the tile part with tile paint? you could do some pink, some silver or grey (or grey with glitter), and some a lemon-y yellow perhaps(it goes with pink and grey, and also, you love yellow so I imagine you have some yellow kitchen stuff)?

    Otherwise, I reckon the jelly ones look like the best bet, with just a few of them dotted through lots of white.

  2. Tina @ Scatterbox 08/08/2010 at 7:53 PM #

    Wellbeck… Postcards, utensils, and jelly molds? Hello, amazing.

  3. Elizabeth 08/08/2010 at 9:08 PM #

    So much choice…I just don’t think I can offer anything to this one. I never knew tiles offered so much!

  4. Rachel Dale 09/08/2010 at 1:49 AM #

    I love these glass tiles…

  5. Charlotte 09/08/2010 at 8:30 AM #

    I think you should mix them all up! so eclectic it could work! the teacup ones with the gold hearts and flowers would look particularly fitting! and the cutlery and jelly one too! put a bit of everything and make it a real feature! Fab finds! Sure your kitchen is going to be GORGEOUS!!!

  6. Becky 09/08/2010 at 2:14 PM #

    So much choice, wow! Like the teacup ones (great idea about the paint Lisa-Marie!) and also the cutlery or jelly ones. Let us know what you decide!

  7. Red Boots 10/08/2010 at 8:21 PM #

    Ooh, I definitely have a soft spot for the cutlery tiles!

  8. Mrs T 11/08/2010 at 5:49 AM #

    I have never seen so many cool tiles in all my life. I want those teacup ones SO BAD

  9. Gaynor 18/08/2010 at 10:25 PM #

    Oooh i love the letters but yeah it would take me forever to decide what to spell. We have those brick white tiles in our kitchen. I originally wanted aluminium but was too expensive!

  10. Jill 20/08/2010 at 2:52 PM #

    Ooh, for some reason I missed this post last week.

    Love the doily tiles. The doily isn’t dead indeed!

  11. glasgowbride 23/08/2010 at 8:30 PM #

    Those teacup tiles are genius. Want those!

  12. beautywoome 29/09/2010 at 4:20 PM #

    Love the silverware and the jellies! So pretty and would be great accent tiles in a wall of otherwise white ones. So saving this post to my ‘when I eventually buy a house/flat’ file.

  13. Ola 02/11/2010 at 4:49 PM #

    Oh my goodness I love this post; the tiles are brilliant.

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