Textured wall tiles have been creeping into interiors at a steady pace over the past few years. I don’t think they have quite become mainstream in residential interiors yet as they can be quite a bold statement that requires at least a bit of bravery to embrace. But we have certainly been seeing them in commercial spaces for a while now.
There are a number of reasons why we might be seeing more texture creeping into our interiors. Firstly, the rise of biophilic design has helped us to invite nature indoors, so texture has started to play a much greater role in our interiors. We are incorporating natural textures into our homes as we have now realised how beneficial it is for our mental health and wellbeing to surround ourselves with nature.
Secondly, I think that the global pandemic massively increased our need for physical touch. We went through months of being told to avoid touching anything for fear of catching the virus and our sense of touch was sorely neglected, particularly as everything went digital. As human beings, we need these haptic experiences to help us understand the world around us. As a consequence, our homes have become more tactile in order to enable us to reconnect to our senses and ultimately to what makes us human.
So I would like to share with you some of the best examples of textured wall tiles that I have come across recently. Every single one of these would have my hand reaching out to run my fingers across them.
Textured Wall Tiles from European Heritage
European Heritage was founded by husband and wife team, Peter and Helen Hutchinson, in 1989 and they believe that choosing tiles should be fun and that the tiles that you do choose should complement your personality and uniqueness.
The Linea textured wall tiles that they stock is a lineal representation of texture in beautiful pastel shades. These tiles are perfect for wall applications in bathrooms, kitchens or even commercial hospitality settings.
We are noticing a tangible desire to create relief with texture in our customers projects of all shapes, sizes and styles. This is not a new phenomenon as ceramicists and tile manufacturers have been creating ‘relief’ tiles for centuries. Now we are seeing beautiful textural interpretations in all manner of colours & tones which makes designing spaces all the more fun.
Connor Dow, Sales Consultant, European Heritage
Textured Wall Tiles from Raven
Raven is the European Japanese tile specialist and curates tiles from Japan’s master ceramicists. They only sell tiles made in Japan and only select the best that Japan has to offer. Many of the tiles embody the traditional Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-Sabi, which celebrates the beauty of imperfection.
Raven has a beautiful selection of textured wall tiles, many of which have extremely tactile surfaces. They are the ideal option if you are looking to embrace the trend for Japandi interiors at the moment.
The simplistic beauty combined with the quality of the tile is plain to see.
Ian Reynolds, Director, Raven
Textured Wall Tiles from Mutina
Mutina is one of my favourite tile brands as they always seem to be raising the bar when it comes to innovation and design. Whenever I see something slightly unconventional or particularly inspiring, it doesn’t surprise me to discover it is from Mutina.
Mutina works with some big-name designers who bring their creativity to the table to create ceramic coverings with new and unexpected outcomes. From Patricia Urquiola, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Tokujin Yoshioka and Inga Sempé to Konstantin Grcic, Hella Jongerius amongst others, Mutina has an unrivalled roster of creative talent at its disposal.
Mutina’s products often challenge the rules of ceramics in terms of scale, composition and, most notably, texture. Here we can see some of my favourite textured wall tiles from Mutina.
Textured Wall Tiles from Harmony
Finally, we have this stunning collection of textured wall tiles from Harmony. Part of the Peronda Group, Harmony aims to inspire with trendsetting new visions and designs.
From then super contemporary and geometric lines of Lins and Beat to the artisanal charm and handcrafted appearance of Pasadena, these textured wall tiles all have tactile appeal.