Patterned Porcelain Tile: Adding Impact to Pools and Interiors

Patterned Porcelain Tile:  Adding Impact to Pools and Interiors
by AquaBlu Mosaics

There’s a reason patterned porcelain tile has become so popular: It’s both dynamic and dazzling with how it impacts your pool or interiors through the elements of form, shape, line and color.

Patterned porcelain tiles within the home provide an excellent base that’ll allow your personality to surface with so many colors and designs to choose from.  

Putting their decorative versatility aside, the contemporary yet abstract patterns of patterned porcelain tile provide a statement finish that creates as much impact on the bathroom floor as they would as a kitchen backsplash.

Pool waterlines have become an especially trendy use of patterned or decorative porcelain tile.

Suitable for either traditional or contemporary homes, patterned tiles can be extremely beneficial. The advantages of using patterned tiles are considerable, such as:

Drawing attention to pools and interior spaces -- Patterned or printed tiles will draw attention to your space no matter how you use them. Even the most subtle of patterns stand out in a plain room, and this is fantastic for creating a feature in any space. From kitchen backsplash to hallway floor or shower enclosure, patterned porcelain tiles are an excellent option if you really want a tile that stands out. 

Adding style or a theme to an area of the home -- Choosing to use patterned tiles for your flooring over simple plain tiles can instantly add style to what can otherwise be a plain space. While colored patterns add a sense of fun and excitement, monochrome geometric patterned porcelain tiles add a contemporary, sophisticated look to your home or pool.

Adding unique features – It’s all about putting a special mark on a space or pool waterline. Patterned porcelain tiles do just that with their non-ordinary, memorable assortment of designs and colors.

Porcelain tiles are produced using finer clays than ceramic tiles and they’re fired at higher temperatures which makes them incredibly dense and hard. These properties mean that porcelain tiles can be used on almost any wall or floor at home as well as busy commercial floors.

In addition to the aesthetic qualities of patterned porcelain tile, there are many benefits to porcelain tile in general:

  • Resists wear: Porcelain tile is highly resistant to wear and tends to last better over the years than standard ceramic tile
  • Low Maintenance
  • Durable
  • Moisture resistant
  • Easy to clean

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Patterned or printed porcelain tiles are perfect for injecting character and personality into bathrooms, kitchens, hallways or living rooms. They can be used to create a statement floor or feature wall.

Patterned porcelain tile looks especially compelling as a kitchen backsplash. Consider gray shades of patterned tile like Martia with white cabinets or stainless steel appliances.  These patterned porcelain tiles also look great on floors in predominantly white bathrooms.

For shower walls and floors, get a little more color into the picture with aqua tile or blue tile like AquaBlu’s Isabelle. A beige patterned tile like Barcelona also makes a fine choice for shower wall areas, especially when framed by blue elements.

Pool Waterlines

What’s the perfect antidote to a lifeless pool waterline? Patterns! These personality-filled tiles deliver endless style, color and interest with repetitive stylized shapes and geometric designs.

And if you’re worried that patterned porcelain tile can’t do all the things of solid colors – stop worrying. True, the majority of pool waterlines in the U.S. are blue or aqua because of the way these colors are associated with the cool, refreshing aspects of water. They also help color pool water a pleasing blue shade. But there’s no need to go solid colors. A patterned or printed porcelain tile waterline can also be blue or grey while adding the additional dimension of Old World charm and provacativeness.

These premium porcelain pool tiles follow a repeating geometric design to create magnificent decorative accents for your pool. There’s an undeniable comfort and tranquility with patterned tile waterlines. Between pool laps, it’s relaxing just to watch the surface of the water quietly spill over these intricate design patterns.

Victorian Patterned Porcelain Tile

Victorian patterned porcelain tiles are most notably known for their striking geometric patterns, often featuring square, rectangle, diamond, and octagon shapes. Many original Victorian tiles were a black and white colored pattern, often in a checkerboard design.

Victorian tiles rose to prominence during the early 19th century because they turned otherwise plain floors into interesting works of art. They can separate spaces and give the illusion of multiple types of flooring. Aristocratic homes often had special tiles designed with a family crest or symbol and incorporated them into the floor or wall design.

While often used for restorations and historical replicas, Victorian patterned porcelain tile is now a trendy look for new buildings and modern style homes. Victorian tile is both striking and bold as well as intricate and busy, and makes for great features to add interest and pattern in more contemporary homes.

Moroccan Patterned Porcelain Tile

The Middle Ages are not particularly known for progressive thinking. Nevertheless, one bright spot that originated from the Middle Ages was the Moroccan-style tile.  Dating back to the 10th century, Moroccan tiles are truly historic pieces of art that originated in the old city of Fez, Morocco, and parts of Spain. The tiles have made a significant comeback over the years, once again mesmerizing tile shoppers with their intricate geometric patterns and vibrant colors.

Opting for a bright colored Moroccan tile can feel more traditional and instantly add a sense of fun and excitement. The most popular spots for Moroccan-style tiles are undoubtedly bathroom floors, kitchen backsplashes and fireplaces, but they aren’t limited to those spaces. Window frames and stair risers are also popular spots to incorporate patterned Moroccan-style tiles.

Combining neutral, subtly patterned Moroccan-style tiles with ageless materials such as wood, travertine stone and Saltillo tile can help keep your design fresh for years to come.


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