There are many ways to make an interior more rustic — through furniture, accessories or hardware, for example. Our favorite way to completely transform an interior space is by changing how the walls or floors look. Though walls and floors may be seen as primarily structural, they can make a significant contribution to the interior design and feel of a home.
Tile for floors and walls is a particularly appealing option because it is affordable, durable, hygienic and very low maintenance. While visiting Coverings 2019 (the annual global tile and stone expo), we noticed that the number of rustic tile options is on the rise — and we couldn’t be happier! Check out our picks for rustic tiles that can add Old World charm to your new home’s interior.
The Tech Cool collection by Natucer includes rustic, uncomplicated tile in two colors (creamy Snow and black Slate), two styles (the smooth Bases and textured Decorados), and up to six shapes (hex, arrow, square and three rectangular). These semi-gloss porcelain tiles are ideal for floors and walls and require no on-going maintenance.
What we love: These
Tech Cool tiles have texture and character while still being just one, solid
Part of WOW’s 60º collection, the Chevron tiles are 4 by 20.5 inches and available in four colors (the marble-look Calacatta and three wood-look shades in light, mid and dark). The different colors make it possible to create distinction in open floor plans without walls or room dividers.
What we love: These Chevron tiles can be arranged to form a number of patterns, including a classic chevron that recalls the look of a barn door.
Available in three sizes (16 by 32 inches, 16 by 16 inches and 5.2 by 32 inches), this tile collection by Unica is inspired by the Terre d’Orcia region in Tuscany, Italy. The weathered earthenware tiles found throughout the area contribute to Tuscany’s unique rustic aesthetic, which you can now bring into your own home. Available in four color bases (Vulci, Pienza, Saturnia and Firenze) and four additional mosaic designs (Regular Mosaic in blue and red, and Melange Mosaic in blue and orange).
What we love: These Terre d’Orcia tiles have all the warmth and character of much older tile but are made using the latest ceramic production technology. Sometimes new products designed to look aged are poor reproductions, but the Terre d’Orcia tiles are gorgeous.
Saloni’s Foundry collection is inspired by eroded metal. These porcelain tiles offer many options to choose from, with four colors (Blanco, Ceniza, Gris and Bronze), three patterns (Compass, Grade and Kind) and five sizes (35 by 35 inches, 30 by 30 inches, 18 by 35 inches, 24 by 24 inches and 12 by 35 inches”). Additional patterns include the Crosby, which looks like a tile mosaic, and the Forge, which has the appearance of a wrought-iron relief and was the tile that initially drew our eye.
we love: The Foundry collection offers so many
options! Each tile be used in a single pattern or mixed and matched in any
arrangement you like.
We were initially drawn to the nanda tiles booth at Coverings because of the hex-shaped Bohemia tiles in Lino White that they used for the flooring. After looking at their entire collection online and discovering their many gorgeous rustic offerings, we are hard-pressed to recommend just one line. Our rustic favorites include Bohemia, Brick 20, Loft, Loft Floor, Soho and Toscana Brick.
we love: Um, everything? While so many tile
manufacturers try to appeal to everyone with a wide range of products, nanda
tiles is focused on quality and a particular aesthetic. Fortunately for us, we
love their aesthetic!
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For the last 16 years, Rachel Kinbar has been a writer of articles, blog posts, white papers, essays, infographics, web copy, sales copy, scripts, poetry, lyrics, and more. She has keen research skills that she applies to a wide variety of topics, and she especially loves topics related to design, history, and sustainable living.