Clare Phillips is an independent consultant on interior design and house building who has recently completed her own self-build project in Surrey. Having spent a significant amount of time choosing and styling tiles for her own contemporary five-bedroom home, we thought she would be the perfect person to give us some tips on choosing tiles.
Clare has used a mix of large format grey and wood effect tiles in her home to create a modern feel with a touch of Scandinavian style. She is a big fan of the colour consistency of wood effect tiles and says “wood changes colour over the years, as it is a living and breathing material. You have to like what that colour will become in 3+ years exposure to UV. For instance, pale oak becomes very yellow over time unless treated with a wash or stain to keep it looking pale. Tiles are consistent. They stay the colour you’ve chosen.” Not only will they keep their colour, but they are extremely hard-wearing so there’s no danger of scuffs or scratches from heels or furniture.
Another appealing factor is the range of tiles available. “There’s an amazing choice out there. Wood effect, concrete, encaustic, brick, oxidised metal etc. The choice is unlimited” says Clare. She also loves using textured tiles as they can “lift neutral, calm colour schemes”. Added to this is the fact that tiles are a great choice for allergy sufferers as they are easy to keep clean and dust free.
We hope you have found this advice helpful, to see more of Clare’s work scroll through the images at the top of this post or you can follow her on Instagram.2
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