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Trend Watch: Kitchen Wall Tiles

Tiles are an increasingly popular decorating choice for kitchen walls and floors as they offer a cost-effective, low-maintenance and durable solution. Ceramic tiles in particular are hard-wearing and easy to clean (simply use a damp sponge to wipe away dirt and grime) so it’s no surprise that for many of us, tiles are the number one kitchen decorating solution.

For 2016/17, tiles are becoming an ever more key part of kitchen design with more patterns and textures available than ever before. Tiles no longer just blend into the background, but can provide a splash of colour or an interesting twist to your chosen kitchen. Here’s our pick of the top tile trends for 2016/17:


Shimmering metallics have been enjoying a revival over the last few seasons and the trend isn’t slowing down anytime soon. While cooler metallic shades like silver are perfect for bathrooms, when it comes to your kitchen try warmer tones of bronze or gold to create an attractive contrast when teamed with stainless steel appliances.


Textured tiles add an extra dimension to your kitchen scheme. They’re best kept for a feature wall or interesting splashback option. We wouldn’t recommend covering your walls floor to ceiling in textured tiles as it can become overbearing and make your kitchen feel smaller.

Ted Baker for British Ceramic Tiles

Designer Tiles

Top fashion designers have been experimenting with interior design in recent years with designer wallpaper and fabrics now a common occurrence. Next on the list is designer tiles and splashbacks. Definitely consider these if you admire the signature patterns and prints of a particular designer as you’re unlikely to fall out of love with your chosen tiles a few years down the line. One of our favourite designer tile ranges is Ted Baker’s collection for British Ceramic Tiles – another stylish splashback solution. See the full range of Ted Baker tiles on our Pinterest board.

Now you’ve thought about your ideal wall tiles, why not browse for a kitchen to complement them? Search kitchens from the leading UK retailers, compare prices and quality using our online comparison tool to find the best deal for you.

12th Sep 2017