Do you ever doing some researches for a concept due to a certain design brief and end up stumble on something completely different which caused a great distraction ? I sure did.

As you can figured out already this post is about tiles inspiration. Back to the old days when my grandpa still hasn’t moved in the city with my family, we visited him every weekend during my childhood and I still remember that his house flooring was looking a lot similar to this:

My grandpa old house’s floor looks similar to these ceramic tiles except that they were very old and a little bit distressed

It turns out that the use of pattern cement tiles was part of the Architectural Interior Indochine Style back in the 19th century.  Indochina is a peninsula of southeast Asia comprising Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, and the mainland territory of Malaysia. The area was influenced in early times by the cultures of India and China. It lies roughly east of India, south of China. When French colonizers in Vietnam began expanding their territory to bordering countries. According to Insider Journeys, The French Indochina federation was also known as ‘Indochine’- a combination of India and China in French, “acknowledging the proximity of these two countries and the significant cultural influence they had on the countries in question. At one time, French Indochina had its capital in Hanoi, in which, in common with many cities in the Indochina region, French colonial architecture continues to be a prominent feature.”

Enough with the historical facts, I love how pattern cement tiles are becoming more popular in interior design these recent years. I prefer the neutral looking tiles with matte rustic finish. These tiles can be the focal decorative elements and give the interior a sense of old- era romance. These are some of my favorite cement tiles design implements:

Residential accents

Your homes will look more welcome and lighted up by the floral motif tiles:

Pattern tiles make the narrow hallway look more interesting
Love the combination between the polish white wall tiles with matte pattern tiles flooring
Beautiful and feminine kitchen wall tiles splashback
Accent pattern tiles flooring give more characteristic to the interior

Interior focal point

I’m very into the classic industrial interiors lately. We can really take it to the next level by adding the patterned tiles as a  focal point, or cover the whole floor by patterned ceramic tiles to archive that West meet East interior style. These approach especially create nice effects on restaurant interiors where the bar or reception area need a little bit of attention.

This patterned tiles counter is definitely eye- catching
West meets East interior


This bar has a metro-sexual masculine look to it

If you want to have a look at the pattern tiles samples, check out Dilorenzo !!! 

I hope this post is helpful for some of you out there. And if you have the same crush on patterned tiles just like me!!! Awesome!!! Please don’t hesitate to share some of your tips and favorite tiles patterns.

Have an inspiring day !






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