Patterned tile flooring | Featuring Carpetright

There has been such a revival in patterned tile flooring recently.

It used to be the mainstay of Victorian houses — the sight of beautiful encaustic tiles, greeting you in the hallway— but then fell out of favour in recent years for plainer alternatives.

I did a little bathroom makeover quite recently and — although we haven’t actually changed the flooring yet — I began sourcing a replacement for the sad, tired carpet that’s currently on the floor.

I totally had my head turned by patterns and shapes — beautiful colour combinations — and fantastic substitutes to plain (and dare-I-say-it boring) floor-coverings.

In fact, just last week KA who blogs at Life As Our Little Family had shared her own bathroom makeover with our HomeEtc link up and what should I see?

MORE gorgeous patterned tile flooring!!

Yep. There’s a revival in full swing, alright.

But there definitely appears to be an emerging trend for similar patterns and prints in homeware across the board; it’s not just resigned to flooring.

I’ve spotted quite a few beautiful Moorish inspired wallpaper designs recently. I’m not saying that a full — pattern on pattern — floor to ceiling pairing would be quite appropriate for modern day living in the UK but elements of it, here-and-there, is lovely and the perfect way to break up an expanse of plain colour, as illustrated by the image below.

I love seeing how a design, that’s generally used on a hard surface, translates to softer materials too.

These days you can even buy patterned tile cushions. The decorative nature of a tile print works so beautifully here. And if you’re a little too nervous to cover your walls in a tile print wallpaper — or go for patterned tile flooring — it’s a lovely way to bring a little of the exotic into your home.

I always love going to Portugal and seeing their beautiful patterned tiles.

Makes such a change to see gorgeous, decorative flooring too, rather than boring old grey or brown that is often favoured in the UK.

But did you realise that you don’t even have to go for a tiled floor to get the same effect?

I was having a look at the Carpetright website the other day and they’ve got some amazing patterned vinyl flooring.

patterned tile flooring

Moroccan patterned tile flooring— on a ROLL — how awesome!

The one above is on the roll vinyl.

Looks fabulous and you’d never guess — without closer inspection — that they weren’t imported tiles, shipped in from Morocco.

Pinterest is bursting with beautiful examples. But now, having seen the vinyl, it’s hard to work out what are actual tiles and what’s vinyl.

I’ve started a Pinterest board for decorative flooring inspiration. Pop along and have a peek.

Follow The Twinkle Diaries’s board Decorative Floors on Pinterest.

In any case.

Whether it’s original encaustic tiles or on the roll vinyl, it has to be preferable to tatty, carpet that has seen better days.

I think our bathroom carpet’s days are well and truly numbered ;)

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Encaustic tiles? Or Vinyl? | Image Source

This is a collaborative post but all thoughts and words, as ever, are entirely my own.

Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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  1. Jenny - Monkey and Mouse
    26th Feb 2016 / 8:58 pm

    I loooove patterned flooring, it looks gorgeous, so much better than boring laminate or carpet. We need to re-do our kitchen flooring sometime, the laminate has dents in it where various things have been dropped. :) x

    • 28th Feb 2016 / 7:48 pm

      Aaah me TOO Jenny!! I absolutely love it. And you’re right — it’s SO much better than plain flooring. Hides the dirt better!! ;)

  2. Mummy Lala (Laura)
    29th Feb 2016 / 9:36 am

    Roll on vinyl is brilliant for bathroom floors. I love the Moroccan tile vinyl pattern, that’s gorgeous and looks far more expensive than it probably is.

    Laura x

    • 29th Feb 2016 / 9:43 am

      Amazing isn’t it?! I hd no idea you could get such gorgeous patterns on a roll!! :)

  3. Harriet @lifewithmrslee
    29th Feb 2016 / 10:01 am

    Wow I adore the last photo! Patterned flooring isn’t something I had ever considered before but it looks so lovely, I can’t believe you can get it on a roll! Amazing! xo

    • 2nd Mar 2016 / 7:39 pm

      Aaah me too Harriet! I love the grey and white — so restful — but the patterned flooring really gives the space an edge and another dimension! :)

  4. 29th Feb 2016 / 10:13 am

    Oh I love these looks you’ve shared! The patternend floor look so oppulent – I can see this becoming a really big trend. It’s so great that you can have a really stylish option but it’s much more afforable and easy to keep clean – being vinyl.

    • 2nd Mar 2016 / 7:38 pm

      Thanks so much Hannah — I think it’s SUCH a lovely trend. I predict it’s going to be huge this year too :)

  5. 29th Feb 2016 / 1:33 pm

    love, love, love those Moroccan tiles! We have quite plain walls so patterned flooring would work well. Congrats on #markwarnermum too – very jealous!! x

    • 2nd Mar 2016 / 7:37 pm

      They’re fab aren’t they? Lovely too when you have plain walls — such a nice contrast. And thank you so much pet — I really do appreciate that. Can’t believe my lucky stars :)

  6. 29th Feb 2016 / 1:51 pm

    I would never of thought to have patterend tiles in our house, but those above are lovely

    • 2nd Mar 2016 / 7:37 pm

      They’re gorgeous aren’t they? Makes a real change from plain tiles!

  7. 29th Feb 2016 / 2:22 pm

    I really like the Moroccan floor tiles, they are just so pretty and they make any room look amazing x

    • 29th Feb 2016 / 2:45 pm

      I agree Rachel — although they’re even better when they come on a roll, rather than individual tiles!

  8. 29th Feb 2016 / 5:32 pm

    I love beautiful tiles but it is always so expensive so the vinyl roll sounds a perfect solution. Really convincing too.

    • 2nd Mar 2016 / 6:43 pm

      They ARE expensive aren’t they? It’s NUTS how much tiles cost — although I saw some great value ones in Topps Tiles the other day :)

  9. Gemma @ A Gem's Life
    1st Mar 2016 / 8:19 pm

    Ohhhh I love the flooring in the last picture! I love greys and whites and this is right up my street! I would love to get rid of the carpets out of our bathrooms too, they just aren’t practical!

    Gemma xx

    • 2nd Mar 2016 / 4:21 pm

      I’m 100% with you!! The last pic is gorgeous isn’t it? Totally love the tiles!! x

  10. Idaintyit
    2nd Mar 2016 / 1:07 am

    That is a beautiful pattern, I love it!

  11. 2nd Mar 2016 / 5:09 am

    I love the flooring that in the bathroom photo. Would look fantastic in a room that has very plain decoration giving just a little pop of colour

    • 2nd Mar 2016 / 3:34 pm

      Aah I agree!! I’m absolutely OBSESSED with patterned flooring at the mo! I can’t wait to do our bathroom floor! :)

  12. 2nd Mar 2016 / 8:49 am

    Love patterned, tiled floors! My father in law suggested we tiled the bottom of our stairs/entrance area with a black and white tiled pattern and we always get comments on how nice it looks x

    • 2nd Mar 2016 / 2:42 pm

      Aaah I bet it looks GORGEOUS!! You should do a little post on it and link it up to #HomeEtc!! I’d absolutely love to see it! :)

  13. 2nd Mar 2016 / 1:09 pm

    I’ve been meaning to change my bathroom flooring for a while and roll vinyl’s sounding like a good idea, and it’s so much cheaper. There’s so much around now and the beautiful Moroccan style prints sound amazing!

    • 2nd Mar 2016 / 2:36 pm

      The vinyl is amazing isn’t it? They had a gorgeous grey and white Moroccan tiled effect one too — such a great idea :)

  14. 4th Mar 2016 / 11:03 am

    I am going to be brave and add a patterned floor in my new kitchen….watch this space! However people have frowned at my possible choices but I think once it is together it will look great.

    • 4th Mar 2016 / 6:54 pm

      Aah Steph! Stick with your convictions lovely — if you think it will look fab then it WILL!! I’m always totally blinkered when it comes to home improvements. Once I’ve decided I’m going to do something I do it! :)

  15. 4th Mar 2016 / 3:05 pm

    I hadn’t thought about this, but now that you’ve shown me so many beautiful designs, I want patterned flooring! You’ve started something now!

    • 4th Mar 2016 / 6:48 pm

      It’s lovely isn’t it Joc?! Works so well in an otherwise plain room too — just lovely :)

  16. 4th Mar 2016 / 10:23 pm

    The tiles on that bottom shot are beautiful, that’s the kind of thing I want for our new kitchen floor (in my dreams!)I like the monochrome ones best, I find the colourful ones a bit much to be honest! xx

    • 5th Mar 2016 / 3:22 pm

      Aah I used to love the monochrome look too but I’ve seen some absolutely gorgeous coloured ones recently — have had my head well and truly turned! :)

  17. 5th Mar 2016 / 3:27 pm

    Loving the vinyl flooring in the bathroom – what a lovely pattern. I’ve recently been looking at vinyl flooring instead of laminate for upstairs. P.s .loving your bathroom makeover. I really need to get some of those radiator covers do you know if they do different sizes? xx

    • 7th Mar 2016 / 1:37 pm

      It’s gorgeous isn’t it? So lovely to add a pattern to mix things up a little bit. And yes! The radiator covers come in LOTS of different sizes — I think they’re amazing. Such a great (and cheap) way of giving a room a facelift!! :) xx

  18. Not A Frumpy Mum
    21st Mar 2018 / 6:28 am

    I love patterned tiles, on the walls or the floor. I’ve been pointing them out to my husband recently but he’s not convinced they will go in the new kitchen. To be honest I’m not either but they are so pretty! x #HomeEtc

    • 25th Mar 2018 / 7:06 pm

      Oh me TOO!! And don’t knock it Jo — they might be PERFECT for your new kitchen!!! Check out these bad boys!

  19. 21st Mar 2018 / 7:31 am

    I really like the Moroccan patterened vinyl flooring. The colours are lovely and fresh. I’ve always stayed away from vinyl when choosing floor coverings but I would certainly consider it in a bathroom for example…Colours and patterns for vinyl have come a long way! #HOMEETC

    • 25th Mar 2018 / 7:10 pm

      Ohmygoodness — I’m a vinyl convert!! Since we laid the wood effect stuff in our kitchen, I’m Evangelical about it!!! The vinyl in our kitchen was just £6.99 per square metre and looks a million dollars!! I LOVE the stuff!!

  20. 21st Mar 2018 / 1:54 pm

    I love the Moroccan tile look. The cushions are adorable.

    • 25th Mar 2018 / 7:23 pm

      Aaah me too Claire! And yes — the cushions are my favourite as well. So nice to see a tile on something other than the floor and walls! :)

  21. 22nd Mar 2018 / 12:37 pm

    I especially like the tiled effect flooring in the bathroom. What beautiful colours and it makes a difference to the normal sort of bathroom floors you get. Thanks for hosting Caro x

    • 25th Mar 2018 / 7:49 pm

      Me TOO! If we didn’t have such wonky floors in our ensuite, I’d like some in there! I’m just not sure how they’d lay it as the floor beneath has to be totally flat. Am on a mission to find out if it’s possible to get some fitted xx

  22. 22nd Mar 2018 / 2:33 pm

    I have always loved a bit of pattern…who am fooling I love lots of patterns. The cushions are lovely, I have so many photos of tiles from my Portugal trip I was going to frame them but I am wondering if I could do something a bit more exciting now

    • 25th Mar 2018 / 7:20 pm

      Ohmygoodness — YES!!! You could create a pattern and get some fabric printed by Contrado — or similar — and make some of your own cushions!!! SO exciting!

  23. 22nd Mar 2018 / 8:49 pm

    Love those tile patterned cushions – they’re unexpected but beautiful. Great way to bring the tile love into a small space or rental property too!

    • 25th Mar 2018 / 7:12 pm

      They’re so gorgeous aren’t they? She’s got some lovely prints and patterns but I think the tile ones are my favourite :)

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