Great Location-Inspired Interior Design Ideas
Regardless of the dimensions and location of a space, any room can be given the power to transport you to where you’d rather be. Whether you long for urban New York, industrial London, exquisite France, refined Sweden, tranquil Japan, or even lively Lisbon — by decorating your home with tiles and furniture inspired by popular destinations, you can give any space the ability to transcend the boundaries of its four ordinary walls. After all, that is the power of interior design.
Subway Tiles for a New York Feel
Depending upon personal preference, these tiles can be laid in the traditional offset style, the crosshatch style or the herringbone style. Use dark grout to give your space a quirky, retro appearance, or lighter grout to ensure the room remains airy and bright. For those who wish to take their love of the ‘Big Apple’ further, a red brick feature wall in a living, sleeping or dining room will offer your space a spectacular industrial vibe.
Exposed Brick-Look Tiles Take You to London
London exhibits the union of various eras. Wherever you look, you see remnants of bygone periods. Old industrial brick walls, elegant wrought iron, floral motif carvings and urban clutter are all integrated seamlessly within this ageless city.
By incorporating a worn, red brick feature wall into your living, dining, sleeping, or bathroom space, you can bring London’s timeless, and industrial vibe into your own home. Pair this with a dark, pressed metal porcelain tile splashback in your kitchens, and your bathrooms, to lend the space an elegant touch.
For a brighter, more antique London aesthetic, use paler, more delicate colours, incorporating gentle, traditional floral tiles, or pressed metal porcelain tiles, in colours such as milk or pale grey. Pair this with light, worn looking vinyl plank flooring to achieve the ideal balance between rustic and industrial.
Romantic French Feel
France is known for its historically exquisite and regal interior design. Transform your space into one which is fit for Mary Antoinette herself by using pale, sweet colouring, and fleur-de-lis inspired tiling.
For a timeless take on the French aesthetic, pair white marble or polished vinyl plank flooring with floral, pressed metal porcelain tiling, or simple, fleur-de-lis floral tiles, in soft white, ashy blue, dusty rose, or even gentle mint.
Modern but natural, angular yet delicate—Scandinavian interior design favours a soft, washed-out colour scheme, married with pale wooden flooring.
Use pine or ash vinyl plank flooring to channel this airy, natural style, without the long-term commitment and maintenance of true wooden flooring.
Couple this flooring choice with white, plaster walls, and minimal wood, plant, and fur accents to bring the Scandinavian aesthetic into your home.
Be Inspired By Portuguese Tiles
Décor inspired by Lisbon will bring a livelier, and more exotic vibe to your home.
The Lisbon colour scheme boasts a rich, playful palette, accented by white, which can be seamlessly integrated into any home through the use of tiles.
Channel Lisbon with a feature wall, in a kitchen or bathroom, made up of many unique, intricately patterned and colourful tiles.
Gold, turquoise, peach, terracotta, navy, and pale blue— the bolder and busier the tile, the better.
Complete the space with white and wooden furnishings, as well as subtle but colourful accents.
To bring this edgy but timeless look into your home, stick to a colour palette that relies heavily upon whites, creams and pine, accented by deep ashy browns or charcoal.
A dark splashback, made up of ‘weave’ design tiles, in a bathroom or kitchen, coupled with large cream or white square tiles on the walls and floors will lend the space a traditional shogun feel.
A feature wall, made up of black and white orchid patterned tiles, coupled with pine coloured vinyl plank flooring, bamboo planks or smooth cream carpets, will bring oriental tranquillity into any living, sleeping, or dining area.
In a world teeming with culture and life, location inspired design possibilities are absolutely endless. Designing the perfect escape within your own home could be as simple as adding a splash of Lisbon colour to a washed-out room, or as extravagant as retiling your bathroom with French-inspired fleur-de-lis porcelain tiles.
For more design inspiration, read our related articles, or browse through our collection of flooring products – Tiles, Carpets, Timber Flooring. And to make your interior design dreams a reality, visit your nearest Tile Wizards store. We have stores around Brisbane, Adelaide, Sunshine Coast, and in Coffs Harbour.
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