All that glitters… using gold and silver tiles

Friday 6 December 2013, Written by Sarah Cole

Gold and silver have long been the epitome of luxury. Conjuring images of opulent and glittering precious jewels, these tones certainly grab attention.

Used sparingly, gold or silver tiles expertly serve as a highlight for a particular area or feature, with their reflective and shimmering nature automatically drawing the eye. You could create a feature wall or panel in a bathroom or shower, or a splashback behind a sink or hob to create a sense of luxury. If you’re feeling bold, go all out! Used in swathes, wall-to-wall gold or silver tiles will create a dramatic effect with the added benefit of bouncing light around the space.

Gold in particular, is a versatile shade to use in interiors and has experienced something of a renaissance lately. Gold tiles and other homewares create a sense of warmth and work particularly well when used as an accent. There are so many different golds available that there really is something for any environment. From glowing yellow golds to warm ambers and rustic antiqued hues, gold tiles can be matched to any style of interior. Be brave - experiment with this look and try something new. A modern geometric shape, such as in these beautiful Stellar mosaics (shown top) adds a fun 3D element that definitely stands out.

There are lots of interior design styles that lend themselves to the current trend for glittering metallics, such as Art Deco. Art Deco tiles tend to feature accents in gold and silver, as these hues are reminiscent of the opulence of the era. Stylised Art Deco tiles in trademark geometric shapes could be a great way of introducing gold and silver if you don’t want to cover large area. Try incorporating decorative Art Deco border tiles with metallic flashes for an easy to live with look that is sure to impress.

Silver works particularly well in contemporary settings as it evokes a sense of coolness that suits a more modern environment. Shimmering silver tiles work equally well as an accent or feature area, but for a chic twist, why not try a mosaic in an unexpected shape? Mists mosaics in a grown up and edgy dark silver lend an industrial edge you simply can’t achieve with gold whilst the circular shape of each individual piece is an interesting take on the classic mosaic square. Team with a dark grey grout to create a dramatic finish. 

For more ideas, head over to our Inspiration pages or browse more images on Pinterest.

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