Nothing in nature or the man-made world is really perfectly flat or smooth. If we take a microscope to anything that appears smooth it soon becomes evident that we live in a world of textures.
The decorative effects of texture on wall coverings provide great scope for customizing our homes. Tiles are the ideal material for creating texture because of their repetitive module nature, range of finishes, durability and straightforward maintenance. We have gathered together a selection of tile textures and ideas on where to best use them in the following article.
Modern surfaces and tile textures
Before the modern age, it was difficult if not impossible to manufacture large expanses of sheer or planar surfaces. In practice, this meant that surfaces tended to get divided up and modelled, hence walls were provided with dado rails, panels, mouldings and cornices etc. Older buildings, therefore, have a marked tactile quality and this is one of the reasons that they are so highly valued. Because they feature craft expertise in the timber joinery and plasterwork that define the surfaces and spaces within. With the textured tile, this same sensation of craft can be recreated with modern-day building budgets, thanks to sophisticated manufacturing techniques. For interior design, the three-dimensional properties of textured tiles add visual interest as well as being a practical cladding material. The texture helps add depth to space and provides a tactile quality that reflects light in very different ways.
Wall tiles texture
Whether geometric or organic, in light relief or modelled in 3D, the choice of textured wall tiles depends on the desired effect and the practicalities of use. It would not be recommended to use a mosaic tile with texture as a splashback in the kitchen given the issues with maintenance. Conversely, a patterned tile would achieve the same effect and be easier to clean.
Nowadays, the range of tile textures includes options for creating wall murals and bespoke artworks. A feature wall in a living room can make an impacting design statement, texture tiles cladding a chimney breast or creating a backdrop for a sculpture or painting for instance.
For the bathroom a more decorative wave style wall tile that mimics how water runs off surfaces creates a more fluid environment, the walls are treated in a sculptural way. Curved or wave texture tiles help create a home Spa décor, as well as attenuating noise for a more relaxing bathroom experience.