Be creative with fun alternatives to white tiles in your home


While the all-white-everything interior design style continues to be popular with many homeowners, more and more people are choosing to add a touch of colour to their homes. Changing up your white tiles for choices that include pastel colours, interesting geometric shapes, and even shots of strong colour, will give your home a stylish and modern touch.

Custom Colours

Rather than choosing an all-white floor, shades of gray, dark timbers and warmer wood effect floors are a great way to add warmth to your home. These are all classic tones and traditional textures, but used in a modern way add a stylish touch to your home.

Rather than a single colour, choosing a textured flooring like the veined marble in this Harbour View Towers apartment, creates not only a feeling of luxury, but adds texture to what could be a very cold-feeling room.

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For a fantastic contrast to white, try a darker floor covering. The dark gray timber effect of the flooring in this Compassvale Link apartment is a great backdrop to the pop art decor.

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Instead of the classic white tile, or white paint on your walls, try adding a white-washed brick effect like the wall in this Jalan Klink apartment designed by MMJ Design.

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The multi-toned timber flooring in this Bedok North apartment creates a fun texture for a wide range of soft colours creating a soothing space.

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Fabulous teal tiles make a statement in this Bedok Reservoir apartment kitchen. The coloured tiles wrap around the walls, into the splashback and even as a touch on the kitchen island.

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Stylish Shapes

Rather than sticking to the traditional rectangle shape, try the hexagon. Hexagon tiles are a major trend, mainly because the shape fits into a number of interior design styles from Modern Victorian to Scandinavian.

The stunning hexagon tile feature floor in this Aroozoo home makes a strong statement with colour, texture and shape.

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If you want to stick to white tile in the bathroom, try mixing it up with large hexagons like the stylish bathroom in this Telok Blangah apartment.

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If you are looking to make a subtle statement, the marble hexagon tiles on the backsplash of this Toa Payoh East apartment kitchen are a fabulous choice.

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For a fun and fashionable flooring option, black hexagon tiles like the ones used in this Joo Chiat Place apartment make a great statement against the strong pops of colour.

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Mixing hexagons, with timber-effect tiles, like the design in this Pasir Ris apartment bathroom, can create a fun bathroom space full of texture.

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Precious Patterns

A fantastic way to replace white tiling is to choose some fabulous patterned tiles. Recently Victorian-inspired tiles that have a Peranakan feel have been a hot trend for kitchens and bathrooms. If you love colour and prints these patterned tiles are a fantastic way to be creative at home.

Why buy a rug when you can create your own version using some fabulous, patterned tiles. The retro vibe of this Bishan Street apartment perfectly matches the nostalgic furniture and block-work.

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Make a subtle statement by using patterned tiles in more muted tones, like the ones in this Tampines apartment; the colours blend nicely with the pale timber used on the kitchen cabinets.

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If you really love colours and patterns, try using the same tile throughout your home. Both the kitchen and bathroom of the Pasir Ris apartment have matched tiles offset with bright blue cabinets, and stone-effect tiles in the bathroom.

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If the Peranakan or Victorian patterns are not your style, there are a huge number of beautifully patterned and coloured tiles now available. The mixed geometric patterns in this Bukit Panjang apartment kitchen go wonderfully with the white counters and cabinets.

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Mix Up Size, Pattern and Colour

If you are going to choose something other than white tiles, why not mix it all up? Use a variety of shapes, colours and patterns to create a personalised interior design style.

The kitchen in this Yung Ping Road apartment makes the most of the various textures of the different tiles on opposite walls, as well as the timber effect flooring tiles.

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This amazing colourful combination of patterned hexagon tiles has been used to create a feature wall with major impact in this Clementi Casadia apartment.

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Using a coloured geometric tile, like the ones in this Keat Hong apartment kitchen, adds a subtle nod to modern art and design.

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Looking for more useful interior design tips? Read our story about the luckiest colours for our homes in 2020, learn how to make the most of every space in your home, or discover some of the most amazing home interiors in Singapore.

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