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1. Tiles - a popular flooring with unique advantages

2. Kitchen - the suitable tiles for the family center

a) Tiles - the ideal flooring for your kitchen with infinite
Design options

b) Wall tiles for all-round beautiful and practical kitchen design

3. Bathroom and toilet - with the right tiles for an oasis of wellbeing

a) The classic bathroom: dark floor - light walls

b) Mosaic tiles in the bathroom - interesting accents and magical light reflections

c) Tiles and decors in the bathroom - reserved and at the same time unique

4. Tiles in the living area - living room, bedroom, children's room

a) Tiles in the living room - your guests will be amazed

b) Tiles in the bedroom - to relax and relax

c) Tiles in the children's room - this is how the offspring feels good all round

5. Tiles for every room - different tiles for individual requirements

 


1. Tiles - a popular flooring with unique advantages

The interior design with tiles has long developed beyond the bathroom and kitchen. There are many advantages that make the flooring an all-rounder in the whole house:

  • durable and robust flooring
  • easy and hygienic cleaning
  • limitless design options etc.

Below you will find advice and suggestions for tile design in the kitchen, bathroom, living room, bedroom and children's room. See the ideas and tips as preparation for a decision that will affect many years - and at the same time as inspiration for your own individual design.

 

2. Kitchen - the suitable tiles for the family center

The history of the development of the antique fireplace, as it was present more than 10,000 years ago, up to the modern kitchen of the 21st century is very multifaceted. Until the 1930s, the preparation of dishes was associated with sweaty work. Because only with industrialization did a certain technical standard in the form of devices that make work easier. For a long time, the kitchen in Germany was the sole workplace of the housewife. The open kitchen only became increasingly popular in the 20th century.

After all, the modern kitchen is much more than just a room for cooking, baking and preparing food. The family comes together in the combination of kitchen and dining room - they cook, eat and communicate. In short: Today, the kitchen is a popular family center for many. Anyone who designs a kitchen wants a design that appeals to the whole family. A design with tiles that is as beautiful to look at as it is easy to maintain. You will only benefit from the fact that the possibilities today are almost limitless.

 


a) Tiles - the ideal flooring for your kitchen with endless design options

As is well known, the spread slice of bread always falls on the floor with the jam side down. A kitchen floor has to endure a lot - from overturned apple spritzer to cake crumbs to vegetable snippets that fall down while the food is being prepared. The bottom line is there is no other floor covering for the kitchen that is as easy to maintain as the tile. Ideally, choose stoneware or porcelain stoneware tiles for your kitchen floor. Because these ceramic tiles hardly absorb moisture and are easy to clean.

The design variants with floor tiles leave nothing to be desired in the kitchen. From wood look to patterned variants to natural stone design and plain-colored tiles - you will find exactly the flooring you want for your kitchen. There are also hardly any limits to the design in terms of color variety. A checkerboard pattern alternating between black and white is timeless and looks extremely elegant. In addition, small rooms get more space, as when using large-format tiles. Pastel tones underline the special living atmosphere and brightly colored colors and mosaic elements become an exciting eye-catcher. By the way, certain natural stone tiles are also suitable for kitchen design. Your tile specialist will advise you on which types meet the high demands of a kitchen floor.

Expert tip: If you choose a lively design for the floor tiles, a reserved design creates a harmonious overall picture for the wall tiles that will delight the whole family for years.

 


b) Tiles - wall tiles for the all-round beautiful and practical kitchen design

A few years ago it was still common to equip the entire kitchen with a wall mirror made of tiles. Especially at the hotplate and sink, splashes often appear on the walls. Even stubborn splashes of tomato sauce or dirty washing-up water can be easily wiped off tiles. That is exactly why the wall tile is still an integral part of many kitchens today, albeit in a minimal version. The trend is to selectively install a tile mirror where the wall is actually at risk of contamination. At the same time, you can stage these high-traffic workplaces with tasteful contrasts.

Colorful decors provide pleasant tension for the viewer. Different surface structures have a more subtle effect and still say a lot about your own taste. Monochrome mosaic tiles as wall tiles contribute to a particularly fresh living experience and, by the way, harmonize very well with matching large-format floor tiles. You can also upgrade your favorite workspace in the kitchen with an artistic mosaic element. As you can see, the design options with tiles in the kitchen are limitless. The trade has a huge selection of colors, decors and shapes ready for you. Whether Mediterranean or oriental flair, classic design, country house style or trendy trends - everything is possible.

Expert tip: Always consider your kitchen as a unit when deciding on suitable floor and wall tiles. Ideally, the looks of floors, walls and furniture complement each other, upgrade each other and at the same time have a harmonious relationship.

 

3. Bathroom and toilet - with the right tiles for an oasis of wellbeing

Already more than 4000 years ago, some rulers between the Euphrates and Tigris entered their bathroom in the morning, which was equipped with an oven, bathtub and shower. Later the Greeks and Romans gave public baths a special status. It was only in the 19th century that people wanted special privacy for personal hygiene and a long development towards today's bathroom began. The “Frankfurter Bad” was created in 1910 - the bathtub and shower in the bedroom or kitchen were separated by a curtain or a wall. From 1930 glass elements and mosaics decorated the painted walls of the bathrooms.

It wasn't until the 1950s that the bathroom was given its own, usually very small, space in the form of a tiled wet room. Around two decades later, green plants and bathroom rugs created a homely atmosphere.

Today's bathroom is often equipped with elegant floor and wall tiles, whereby the design options are almost limitless. In addition to high-quality ceramic washbasins, stylish accessories are staged. The focus in modern bathrooms is not only on functionality and design, but also on covering the needs of different generations. Because anyone who designs a bathroom will plan for several decades.

 


a) The classic bathroom: dark floor - light walls

If you want to design a bathroom or a toilet in a timelessly classic design, you often choose dark floors and light walls. After all, the room appears larger in this combination and at the same time presents itself with a bright and friendly atmosphere. But how is it possible to give the room a unique look despite the classic design?

The solution lies in the appropriate setting of contrasts. The fittings, for example, are mostly of little importance in terms of appearance in toilets and bathrooms. Exactly these can be tastefully staged by choosing the right color for the tiles. It is not necessary to add a third decor in addition to floor tiles and wall tiles. Use the dark floor tiles selectively on the walls behind the fittings.

Specifically, the darker floor tiles are laid behind the white sink. The contrasts in the covering of the bathtub, behind the toilet and in the shower are just as appealing. Due to the contrast design, the white ceramic becomes a radiant eye-catcher and gives the room a particularly noble touch. The bottom line is a very homely and at the same time very elegant design that keeps pace with the current trend for decades.

Expert tip: If the bathroom is too large, the reverse combination of light floor and dark walls can be used to give some space.

 

b) Mosaic tiles in the bathroom - interesting accents and magical light reflections

It is the complete work of many mosaic building blocks that contribute to a radiant effect. Whether plain-colored, patterned or in a combination of several colors - no other tile is so capable of letting the different light reflections work. Laying is no longer a big effort. After all, the two to three centimeter large mosaic stones are now available as large-format tile panels.

The viewer immediately associates blue or turquoise mosaic in the shower with running water. Dark mosaic tiles on the walls radiate a special elegance and are perfect for setting tasteful contrasts. It's not just the choice of colors and the play with light that has made the mosaic tile so popular for bathroom and toilet design. It is also the possible combinations of materials such as glass and ceramics that transform tiles on the walls into loving works of art. Anyone who owns a toilet or bathroom can express their personal taste here - with artistic elements from their own creations or with finished tile slabs.

Expert tip: In combination with indirect lighting, wall cladding made of mosaic tiles becomes an absolutely radiant experience.

 

c) Tiles and decors in the bathroom - reserved and at the same time unique

Would you like a bathroom with the same color and at the same time offer the viewer impressions? Neither is mutually exclusive. After all, decors make it possible to create a contrast even without color combinations. Decorations with different reliefs are available in specialist shops and their online shops. Waves with a light 3D look and geometric structures tastefully interrupt the overall picture of a smooth tiled wall. By the way, this design is also a very nice solution in combination with tiles in natural stone look.

There are also decors with a texture. In other words: the decorative tile stands out due to its own variation in the color image and thus stands out from the basic color. This solution also offers subtle color combinations. If you want a little more excitement, decorative tiles with patterns or pictures are a little eye-catcher.

Expert tip: Decors for bathrooms and toilets are now also available as wall cladding in the form of plastic panels. In combination with the matching wall and floor tiles, there is a perfect harmony in the design. The large smooth surfaces look particularly elegant and are easy to maintain - perfect for the back walls of sinks and stems.

 

4. Tiles in the living area - living room, bedroom, children's room

 

a) Tiles in the living room - your guests will be amazed

Hardly any other room has such a diverse purpose as the living room. This is where the closest relatives meet for a Sunday brunch, in the evening you sit comfortably with friends and during the day children come together to play around. At the same time, the living room is the calling card of personal taste. This is exactly why homeowners often rely on very high quality tiles, which on the one hand have an appealing design and on the other hand meet the practical challenges of everyday life.

With porcelain stoneware tiles, you can create flooring in your living room that is extremely long-lasting and at the same time extremely easy to care for - perfect for families with children, pet owners and allergy sufferers. The choice of color variants and surface structures is almost limitless. If you want a particularly elegant living room, choose floor tiles with a polished surface. Wall cladding made of natural stone-look tiles, on the other hand, emphasizes a warm and cozy feeling. From color-conserving design to small eye-catchers through ceramic and glass mosaic elements to trendy fresh color combinations - it depends on your personal feeling of living which tiles you choose.

Expert tip: Ceramic tiles have a high heat absorption capacity. This means that the advantages of underfloor heating are fully realized and you save heating costs at the same time.

 

b) Tiles in the bedroom - to relax and relax

Tiles can also be cozy in the bedroom. In specialist shops you will find cozy decors that add to a warm atmosphere. Incidentally, this feeling can be increased to perfection in combination with underfloor heating. Additional advantages are the extraordinary hygiene. Tiles are not only very easy to care for, they can also be completely cleaned of dust and dirt. Mites and mold spores also have no chance and a permanently healthy indoor climate is created. Therefore, this flooring is perfect for allergy sufferers and asthmatics. Tiles with a wood look are particularly popular in the bedroom. But there is also the possibility to create a holiday flair and to opt for a Mediterranean design with terracotta tiles.

Expert tip: Place suitable carpet runners in front of the bed on the floor tiles in the bedroom. This gives the room a cozy atmosphere and at the same time your feet find a pleasantly soft surface when they get up.

 


c) Tiles in the children's room - this is how the offspring feels good all round

With a tiled floor in the children's room, all the advantages of tiles already mentioned come to the fore. Tiles are robust, hygienic and easy to care for. They create a permanently healthy indoor climate and offer significant advantages in combination with underfloor heating. A parquet or plank floor as an alternative is, on the one hand, more maintenance-intensive, on the other hand, toys and scratches can cause damage. If you think about carpeting, the room gets a nice warmth, but dirt is difficult or impossible to remove.

Expert tip: In specialist shops you will find countless decors that correspond to the age of your child. However, keep in mind that the tiles in the nursery will last for decades. Rather rely on other loving design options that are easy to remove.

 

5. Tiles for every room - different tiles for individual requirements

In bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms, floor tiles and wall tiles ideally enhance the ambience. So that you are absolutely satisfied with the result, you should not only deal with the design, but also with the following technical questions:

 

  • What types of floor tiles are suitable for each room?
  • Which abrasion group is recommended for each room?
  • What is the difference between the individual non-slip classes and non-slip classes?
  • How many tiles do I need?

 

Today, specialist companies also offer detailed advice on tile purchases via online shops. After all, we hope you enjoy designing your own individual tile covering.

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