bubble wall tiles
bubble wall tiles
Lovely bubbly Jazz up your bathroom or kitchen walls with a bubble burst. Susan Griffin looks at the latest style statement tiles
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It’s all too easy to play it safe when it comes to tiling, but it can be an easy way to inject a little fun to a room, especially if you’re short on space and money.
As Lisa Melvin, director of Lisa Melvin Design says: “Tiles are not only a practical addition in the kitchen, bathroom, en-suite or cloakroom, but they’re a fantastic way to add interest to your design scheme.”
A popular way to blow some style into your home is with bubble tiles, that can act as a feature wall in the bathroom or a talking point in the kitchen. Unlike regular tiles, these are rounded, adding texture and interest to rooms that have the potential to look cold and clinical.
“The latest tile trends include designs that are a fusion of porcelain and glass. These can be found in a range of on-trend colours and patterns to bring texture into the room,” adds Melvin, who recommends introducing a bold colour if you’re opting for an otherwise neutral décor.

You can also create a modern twist to a room by including a mixture of frosted and plain glass. “Mosaics provide unlimited, unique fixing styles and can be used alone or combined with ceramic or porcelain tiles to create beautiful, dramatic effects. Each sheet can be cut up and used how you wish, the possibilities are endless,” says Deborah Gobey who represents Topps Tiles.

If you’re looking for a more opulent option, then try hand blown glass tiles, which are “reminiscent of the bubbles in the best vintage Champagne,” according to the people at De Ferranti, specialists in luxurious surfaces for floors and walls.
These sparkle and reflect the light brilliantly and can be used on walls, interiors, bathrooms, feature panels, decorative borders and exterior wall cladding. Given that there are thousands of statement designs to choose from, it can seem overwhelming, so make sure you spend time thinking about the overall effect you’re looking to achieve, matt or glossy, for example. And take into consideration the size of the room. If it’s a small room then small tiles will make it look bigger.
Although mosaic and bubble tiles look luxurious, they’re relatively easy to handle and apply if they’re fixed to a square of high quality mesh, but Melvin warns: “There will be more grout lines with this type of tile than a square, large format design, so you will need to take your time to ensure you achieve clean lines if you’re taking on the challenge yourself.”
Using an epoxy grout wherever possible will mean that your tiles are easier to keep clean and ensure the grout you choose complements the tiles and will not show dirt easily. To add further interest, you can even opt for a shimmering grout to add a touch of sparkle.
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