Table of contents:
- Choosing large format tiles is a must
- Concrete-effect tiles in all their glory
- Concrete effect tiles in warm colors? But yes
Video: Large-format Concrete-effect Tiles - A Minimalist Renovation
In times of crisis, there is a growing interest in anything that follows a minimalist approach to life. Obviously more than a trend, minimalism is a state of mind and it has also become somewhat of a necessity in times of a pandemic. For example, eliminating clutter and adopting more conscious habits as a consumer (buying less while making more sustainable choices) are among the most beneficial practices in this regard that one can follow. In short, living better with less is the epitome of the absolutely awesome minimal movement. Of course, this beneficial strategy can be reflected just as well in the installation and decoration of our living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens. So,we invite you to turn your gaze to imitation concrete tiles and large format tiles as expressions of this aesthetic and conscious style.
Choosing large format tiles is a must
The first step towards success for anyone who wants to adopt minimal art at home is to choose a large format or very large format. In perfect harmony with the basics of the trade, this is beneficial in more than one way. Favoring XXL tiles will not only allow you to keep the character of your interior as uniform and as a result as minimalist as possible, but also to reduce the number of tiling joints, which in turn facilitates installation and cuts costs.
On top of that, the final surface is consistent, clean and bright, which means beautiful and very minimalist! Okay, its advantages are indisputable, but what are the dimensions required for a tile to be called a large format tile? Well, manufacturers and traders define it as one with each tile measuring 60x60cm or more. Of course, the slabs can be square and rectangular (for example, 60 × 120 cm).
Concrete-effect tiles in all their glory
Then, we must certainly admit that lately the coating in waxed concrete and raw cement has become synonymous with trendy decoration. The attractive and modern result is however not as versatile from a stylistic point of view, nor too durable (a waxed concrete floor tends to crack over time), which contradicts the rules of the minimal artistic current. Thus, the more stable, more flexible and conveniently less expensive solution is imitation concrete tiles!
Unlike frankly industrial cement, concrete-look tile readily lends itself to a variety of decor styles. From Scandinavian design to Japanese decoration, even halfway between the two, namely: the japandi style, the imitation concrete tiles are a real chameleon. Its multiple variations of shades, textures and finishes somewhat sift the sensation of coldness emitted by hard cement and relax the eye.
If, on the other hand, it is precisely the visual coolness of real concrete flooring that you are targeting, there are many collections of hyperrealistically printed concrete tiles on the market. Do not forget, however, to soften such an imitation concrete tile a little by adding a few elements with a warm finish. Natural wood, among others, is always a nice decorative solution when talking about ways to optically counterbalance cement.
Concrete effect tiles in warm colors? But yes
Another smart option that allows you to enjoy the freshness of cement while admiring the elegance of neutral tones is to favor beige concrete effect tiles. Yes, you read that correctly, it exists and it is Byzantium! Large beige tiles are at the top of the list of possibilities for admirers of the classic style who after all want to give a touch of contemporary beauty to their living room, bathroom or kitchen.
There is nothing more neutral than raw tiles
Either way, beige comes in a plethora of hues, from cream to bronze to butter. Some are decidedly earthy and warm, others look rather cool with their metallic highlights and what remains are neutral tones like Switzerland. So it's pretty easy to find them the perfect matching colors considering that you can determine the visual temperature of the tiles you chose initially.
A good tip for doing this is to place a piece of white paper near a beige tile and examine it in daylight. White will bring out either the cool or warm shades present in beige and therefore you can easily choose a matching complementary palette for the rest of your interior design. Finally, to save yourself the trouble of this sort of in-depth color analysis, you can simply choose an imitation raw concrete tile and solve the color dilemma once and for all. As you can imagine, all the undertones blend together in this warm-cool mix of beige and gray.