Moroccan and Eastern styles have had a huge influence and this is largely because the colours and patterns are extremely versatile, they can be incorporated into classic and contemporary schemes to add warmth, colour and personality to your kitchen design.


Feature splashbacks are a great way to make an impact without overpowering the room. Look for intricate patterns and bold colours and let your creativity take over. If you prefer to tone it down you can opt for a grey, black or blue and white design, adding plain tiles to break up the look. Bold prints and colours tend to work best in smaller spaces.


For large open-plan kitchens, consider patterned floor tiles around the working part of the room such as the cooking area, island or breakfast bar, then add complementing plain field tiles for the remaining space. If you like the idea of covering a large area of flooring with pattern, try to avoid graphic geometrics, which could be too harsh and dominate the space, and go for something more decorative such as swirls or florals instead.


To finish, team with neutral cabinetry to ensure the floor takes centre stage. The latest looks for flooring include rustic, traditional materials such as cement and terracotta in earthy colours including deep shades of red and beige. For safety, choose anti-slip porcelain and go for more unusual shapes such as hexagons and circles.

Pictured: Black Emperador honed marble flooring, £71.98 per sq.m and Carrara polished marble wall tiles, £69.53 per sq. m, Mandarin Stone; Sorrento porcelain tiles, from £99.80 per sq. m, Fired Earth; Parain grey decors, £84 per sq. m and plain grey tiles, £80 per sq. m, House of British Ceramic Tile; Majadas Green tiles, £222 per sq. m, Bert & May

Article by: Hayley Gilbert