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Where do you put the patchwork tiles?

Written by Julietta Torbus

Patchwork tiles are tiles on which a pattern is applied, which allows to arrange individual pollen into one coherent composition. Tiles can be multi-coloured or in shades of one colour. A well-thought-out application of patchwork tiles on a selected surface can give the room a unique, individual character.

What is a patchwork?

Initially, patchwork was called combining individual pieces of material into one whole. This method of tailoring was initiated in England, and before the Victorian era it was a way of repairing wardrobe. Artists and stylists from all over the world started to design patchworks and their products were made available in art galleries.

The peak of popularity of patchwork compositions falls on the 1880s, when they appeared on a larger scale in England, America and Australia. The 1950s and 1960s were a return to patchwork design, which is still fashionable today.

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Designs from countries such as Spain, Mexico, Tunisia and Morocco, due to the ravages of Arabic, Arabian and Aztec cultures, are characterised by symmetrical patterns and different colours. This allows for arranging the surface into a harmonious, geometric coherent whole. Tiles most often have the shape of a square or rectangle, and individual parts of the composition can be decorated with appropriate decors. Patchwork patterns can be placed on glazed tiles as well as on terracotta tiles.

Where to use patchwork tiles?

Quite a rich design placed on tiles may arouse mixed feelings, but using the right tiles in a thoughtful way can bring amazing results.

Bathroom

This is the space in which tiles in single-colour shades are most often applied. Due to the nature of the room, the tiles have a calm tone and are located on the floor or walls. Laying such ceramics on all surfaces of the bathroom seems to be a rather bold idea, but if there is a goal, it can be a good solution.

Kitchen

In this room patchwork is used most often. A patterned wall, parallel to the worktop, balanced by one colour of cabinets, can be a decorative element of any kitchen. The surroundings of the cooker, places for spices, pantry are the surfaces where patchwork tiles will work best. Patchwork harmonizes with the kitchen, with the colours of vegetables and fruit often standing on cabinets and countertops. They mark the distinctiveness of some places and emphasize their character. In a kitchen room, placing tiles on all walls is a relatively safe idea, and proper selection of pattern and colour to other decorative elements, the colour of cabinets, allows to obtain a coherent and original whole.

Salon

In the living room, patchwork tiles will look great in the area around the fireplace. In fact, the cult of the fireplace in many cultures is painted red and marked with the symbol of fire. You can also use patchwork tiles to mark a place separate from the whole, e.g. a fragment of a study with a standing desk. In a living room, patchwork tiles can be treated as decorations, and several or more tiles can be applied in a chosen place.

Terrace, balcony

These are places even created for this kind of surface finish. The more colourful and patterned the place will harmonise with the many colours of the flowers. However, it is worth paying attention to the use of tiles resistant to weather and environmental conditions, frost or moisture. The ideal solution here will be cement patchwork tiles.

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