White Out

Friday 6 February 2015, Written by Sarah Cole

With widespread snow blanketing the UK over the last ten days or so, our minds have wandered to the transformative nature of white. Who can deny that everything looks prettier with a covering of bright white snow? Moving indoors, there's something very pleasing about crisp white interiors (check out our board on Pinterest to see what we mean). In an airy space an all-white scheme looks fresh, clean and very soothing, as well as providing a blank canvas for art, accessories or that statement piece of furniture.

In reality though, how many of us with kids, pets or a clumsy partner prone to spilling red wine wonder how long those beautiful pale interiors would actually stay white? If you long for the freshness of white but aren't sure how to make it work in a busy home, consider using tiles in your next project.

A bathroom is an obvious choice for using white tiles, as they offer the added (and very important) benefit of being incredibly easy to clean. They are hard wearing, practical and with so many materials, shapes and sizes, they can be used to create whatever style you prefer. A neat trick is to choose a tile with a little variation, such as the polished veined Viano white marble shown top. The subtle veining provides a little distraction from the plain white which will help to disguise any dirt that does appear between cleanings. It also adds depth and prevents this bathroom from feeling to stark, which can be as issue with white.

Another tip is to use a plain white tile in an unexpected shape, or with a decorative effect. Take our new glass tiles, for example. Available in hexagons or brick tiles with a subtle metallic hue, it's an easy way to use white but with a bit of interest. 

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

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