From simple gingham-style checks to complex motif repeats, patterns have been a feature of design and decoration for centuries. The ‘less-is-more’ style of design saw a lapse in decorative details, but we were delighted to see a re-emergence of tile patterns in this year’s Awards. In this feature, we’ll share some of our favourites.

Gold Coast designer, Helene Newson, played with pattern to great effect in this small bathroom. The geometric shapes add interest and drama to an otherwise all-white space, and the traditional pattern fits right into the classically styled home.

A lovely circular patterned tile provided a perfect base for this Hampton-styled kitchen by Perth designer, Sue Jansen (Kitchen Capital WA Pty Ltd). Taupe tones and a crisp white detail add a warm and homely feel to this white on white kitchen.

Victoria’s Olivia Cirocco (GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens) used a lovely light grey chevron-patterned tile to create movement and interest in this achromatic bathroom.

A well-placed herringbone patterned tile ads an element of energy to this mostly white, award-winning kitchen by Olivia Cirocco (GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens).

Rubix white mosaics inject a fun 3D effect to this industrial-style kitchen by Adelaide’s Nathan Wundersitz CKD Au (SpaceCraft Joinery).

Glossy black herringbone tiles add a sense of daring and drama to this award-winning kitchen by Perth’s Alysia Pekel (Western Cabinets).

What’s your pattern preference? Which tile trends are letting you have the most fun playing with pattern? Share your comments and images below.