From simple gingham-style checks to complex motif repeats, patterns have been a feature of design and decoration for centuries. New technologies in tile manufacturing, combined with the practical attributes of this decorative finish, make tiles an exciting choice for designers and homeowners. In this feature, we’re sharing five of our favourite tile applications, as seen in the KBDi Designer Awards of 2020.

A pretty patterned tile takes pride of place in this vibrant kitchen (below) designed by Perth’s Shelley Fynn (Kitchen Capital WA). The lively repeat is balanced by the soothing colour of Dulux Lakelike and White on White cabinetry, and makes a delightful contribution to this joyful space.

The magnificent marble tiles are the hero of this bathroom (below) designed by Melbourne’s Frank Iaria (Mint Kitchens). The oval shape and natural stone composition create a striking backdrop to the shower recess, and the copper-coloured tapware adds just the right amount of bling.

Sydney designer, Dean Welsh (Thinkdzine), went all out with these vintage decor patterned tiles. The striking design makes a big impact in this small bathroom, and the traditional patterning complements the Mediterranean styling of the home.

This timeless black and white kitchen was given a burst of colour and a geometric twist by designers Garrett Hebden and Matthew James of Better Bathrooms & Kitchens (Melbourne). The tiled splashback adds a sense of energy and movement to the space, balanced by the lovely teal tones.

Brisbane designer Estelle Cameron (Designtank) paid tribute to the architecture of this 1930s cottage, selecting a sweet little floor tile to suit the bones of the home. The diamond patterning of the finished lay mirrors the original leadlight window, creating a timeless result.