I ventured out of Somerset on Wednesday and took a little train ride to London to visit the surface design show in Islington. As an interior designer it’s always good to keep up with new products, trends and get inspired. Keeping my knowledge up to date helps me serve my clients better.

So, I just wanted to show you that your homes and business interiors don’t have to be boring!

My favourite surface at the moment are tiles. Traditionally used in bathroom and kitchens for their durability and ability to keep clean. But today tiles are being used as art itself, on counter fronts, in fire places and just to add detail to an otherwise bland room.

My favourite from the exhibition were from Reed Harris…. Look at the beautiful patterns you can create with the “Stitch” collection.

Image Credit : Yvonne Nelson
Image credit: Reed Harris
Stitch Facade Inverse. Image Credit: Reed Harris

The possibilities seem endless from contemporary geometric patterns to very art deco curves and muted colours. How would you like that on your walls?

Another look that seemed prominent was the terrazzo look. Terrazzo seems to be the thing of the moment. Lots of pink and greys. I was loving it all. Combine these tiles on your floors and walls with a matching terrazzo basin and you’ll have possibly one of the nicest bathrooms going!

Image credit: Yvonne Nelson

Something more traditional?

There’s still some beautiful tiles for those traditional homes. Period embossed tiles for those of you in Victorian homes. These would look stunning adorning the entrance to your home or perhaps go wild and use them in your hallway.

Image Credit: H&E Smith

A modern take on embossed tiles by Viuva Lamego tiles… These would look great on the walls but also look amazing framed as a piece of art.

Image credit: Yvonne Nelson

The most inviting of the exhibition stands were Blueprint ceramics…. it felt like going to a bar…In fact a few years ago I made a mood board for a bar that looked remarkably like this. As you can see the striped tiles in different orientations create quite an edgy look for the front of this bar. Perhaps you’ve got a kitchen bar or have a reception desk in your salon that needs a bit of sprucing up! Tiles make a beautiful addition to add a bit of depth or texture to a space.

Image credit: Yvonne Nelson

This is just a small selection of what was on show at the exhibition but also a tiny selection to what is on offer. So, if you have a project you’d like a bit of assistance with to get the right look for both your building and your taste, please get in touch to see how I can help you make your project special.