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Bring the latest looks home with top design tips from Tile Africa

Tile Africa understands that renovating your home is an investment not only in your property, but also that the space you create is building memories for your family. They’ve put together some top design tips on how to bring the perfect look home, whatever your personal style is.

Natural inspiration

Wood-look tiles continue as a central theme in international trends and for good reason. The uber-realistic designs and patterns mean that you can replicate the richness of real wood floors but without the maintenance.

Wook-look combined with Marble-look tiles_Tile Africa.

Wood-look tiles won’t warp with the moisture in a bathroom, as real wood would do. This gives you a stunning way to bring a nurturing, natural feel into your space. Pair the tiles with a matching mosaic or décor tile to add interest and create a focal point in the room. The latest trend pairs wood-look with marble-look for a stylish, modern feel

Tile Africa’s Top Tip: When installing wood-look planks, keep to a 30% offset to create the most realistic effect.


Indoor-Outdoor living

Patio living, even in winter, is common for South Africans given our milder winters and the glowing warmth of a firepit or braai to keep the chill at bay. Embrace open-plan living with stone-look and cement-look tiles, which are ideal for tiling both your indoor and outdoor spaces

For added interest, add a bespoke cut décor tile in the same colour, a tone lighter, or slightly darker than your tiles. This adds interest without breaking the flow of the room. Use it to direct attention to a focal area such as a feature wall, or as a pattern in the floor.

Tile Africa’s Top Tip: Choose a tile range that offers a matching slip-resistant finish for the patio, to enhance that seamless transition between your living spaces.

 High-end appeal

Polished porcelain and glossy floor tiles add an element of luxury to a modern home. Use porcelain tiles in high traffic areas, whilst a glossy ceramic tile is well suited for most of the areas in your home. The highly reflective surface brings light into a small space and complements a very contemporary yet elegant style. This type of tile doesn’t need special layouts, as the gleaming shine is statement enough.

Tile Africa’s Top Tip: To keep that polished look, be sure to use a tile cleaner that doesn’t leave a waxy residue which will dull the shine over time.


Décor tiles and mosaics

Bespoke cut décor tiles, mosaics and listellos are a wonderful way to personalise your space. For a subtle yet effective feature, use them in a matching tile or colour. Alternatively, add some drama by using a highly contrasting colour or pattern, for a bold statement in the room.

Tile Africa’s Top Tip: Tile grout can also add drama to a room by either matching or contrasting the grout colour to your tiles.

Accessorise for bathroom success

Nothing pulls a bathroom together more than a matching set of accessories that complement the taps, bathroomware and tiles you’ve chosen. The small details of how you finish the room, give the final polish to the look.

Pay attention to the details, as shown here, where the circular basin is paired with a curved towel holder and the softer lines of the curved tap to really bring it all together.

If you’ve chosen a modern, square styled tap, basin or bath, then repeat that modern aesthetic with the towel rails, toilet roll holders and soap holders for a cohesive effect.


Towels in the latest seasonal colours are the finishing touch for a beautifully designed space in which all the elements work together to showcase your personal style.

Whether you are drawn to the warmth of wood, the industrial appeal of cement or a modern glossy tile, planning the layout and matching décor will make all the difference.  It all depends on your individual sense of style and the look that you want to create in your space. If you can’t decide on what style best represents you, try the Tile Africa Style Quiz or ask a Design Advisor in-store to assist you in finding the perfect look for your home.

Take advantage of Tile Africa’s winter savings promotion to bring the look home for less. Promotion ends 7 July 2019, or while stocks last. Hurry – before it’s all going, going, gone!

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