Decorative glass tiles - beautiful pearlescent & watery effects

Friday 29 August 2014, Written by Sarah Cole

Our homes should always be a sanctuary - a relaxing haven that we can't wait to return to at the end of a busy day. Even if you are renting your home, it's worth investing in making it a space that you enjoy. What constitutes a calming interior scheme is completely subjective but a common theme that we see are styles that are reminiscent of water. From soothing hues to pearlescent, rippling glass effects there's something about watery styles that continues to fascinate us.

The beauty of smooth, glossy and glistening glass tiledsurfaces is that they not only look amazing but reflect light beautifully, making them an excellent choice for small spaces too. If you add in decorative detail, such as the effect of crushed pearl, you can achieve something really special. Any colour goes with this look - especially if you're opting for something very decorative as it's all about making a statement.

Watery blues tie in effortlessly with glossy or pearlescent looks and will remind you of a clear ocean every day. If you want something a bit more glamorous - join the dark side! Dark hues combined with decorative effects, like the Caeli large format glass panels (shown top) look effortlessly chic. Whilst the colours might not remind you of soothing waters, the rippled effect of the surface will create an emotive and interesting contrast to the colour.

As ever, you don't have to go overboard and you can opt for neutrals if you prefer a loss dramatic look. TheseSchwan glass mosaics (right) feature less dramatic colours, instead using an attractive mix of pale blues, creams and green. The effect on the surface of each individual tile piece is suggestive of water, creating a soothing ambience. Use sparingly, as a splashback or border, to draw the eye.

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

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Original Style in Exeter, Devon, UK on Houzz