Tricks of the Trade: iTrade Tiles
HOW TILES CAN SPELL THE DIFFERENCE WHEN STYLING YOUR HOME!
BY RICA PERALEJO
"There are a lot of benefits when using tiles compared to other materials in a home. Tiles can help cool your home during summer time, it is easy to clean and maintain, it offers a lot of styles and mimics other materials, from wood, cement, brick, to printed designs."
Love Ocampo, who is a Lifestyle Stylist at Living the Curious Life, gives us some points to think about when choosing tiles that would be good to use in our homes.
"Before choosing a design, start by thinking what kind of style you like, is it modern, monochromatic, minimalist or something else. Then consider your color scheme with your design style in mind for that particular space. From there, you should decide if you'd like to keep the tile design simple or experiment with shapes and patterns or have a combination of both. There are a wide variety of designs but it would help if you choose where the tiles will be installed. Is it for the floor, walls, counter or kitchen backsplash? This would further narrow down your choices since the tile supplier usually indicates where that particular design could be used for."
These tiles in my kitchen are called the Blanco tiles, which is a modern white tile reminiscent of subway stations.
"When choosing a tile, first consider where it'll be used. Tiles are classified with durability and strength in mind to determine if it can be used for walls or floors. Certain tiles can better handle foot traffic compared to others. So the rule of thumb is to never use wall tiles for floors, but you can use floor tiles for walls."
These tiles are called the Granada Rojo, a brick tile that suits the look of a patio or an area of the home that is more associated with the outdoors.
"You could experiment and break design rules by combining different tile designs together. Like using hexagon tiles and combining them with wood tiles. The trick is choosing ones that have a similar color scheme. Or, you could also combine two patterned tiles together with different color schemes but have the same details. You could even go beyond by placing tiles on the walls and floors, to using them as trays and bases to your home accessories. The possibilities are endless!"
These patterned tiles are called the Modena B/N, and they can surely add character to any room. See how I used the subway tiles in this one again, however I made sure to differentiate the grout and made this one white and the ones on the kitchen are more suited to be painted black!
You can pop on over at IG to see Love Ocampo and her feed at @_loveocampo and catch her styling and decor tricks over at @livingthecuriouslife. Love Ocampo is also an Event Stylist at Flora and Fern Styling Co. and you can catch her there at @floraandfernph.
You can get these tiles and more in different colors and designs that will suit your home from iTrade, and you can browse their feed at @itrade_ais or contact them on their Facebook. If you'd like to see these beautiful tiles in person, you can catch them at any of their 3 branches: BGC 02-6225922, Vibo Place Cebu 032-5202308, Mandaue 032-516 1056. For more information, you can also drop them a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out their website.