After our trip to New York trip and a surge in press coverage for our favourite Brooklyn tiles, we couldn't resist an 'RSGLoves' post about one of our most distinctive and popular products: Tin Ceiling Tiles. With the launch of our new smaller tin tiles, we have chosen to revisit exactly why we love their unique style...
Both our real tiles and wallpaper creations are decadent, a bit eccentric and entirely gorgeous. Whether you want to adorn your ceilings, walls or doors, you can create the look you love with our huge selection of colours, shapes and designs. Said to originate from New York in the 1800's, Tin Tiles were historically used as an affordable alternative to plastering. These days, though still prevalent in NYC architecture and used in shops, cafes and hotels, you can bring the look into your own home with hyper-realistic wallpaper or real metal for a look that is both luxurious and industrial.
Tin ceilings were traditionally painted white to give the appearance of hand-carved or molded plaster which is why they so often have a distressed texture. We love this industrial style and are SO thankful that our wallpapers created in collaboration with Merci, the fabulous boutique in Paris, celebrate this aged look. We love how they can be used in vintage or modern interiors and tie the two together.
We've put together 5 of our favourite ways to use tile wallpapers, with tips and tricks for achieving the best look for your home...
Whether left naked or customised, real tin tiles are so versatile in that you can paint them any shade you want. Using metallic or matte spray paints creates a cool and unique finish that you can use as a starting point to your decor or adapt to an existing style. We think the elegance of the matte white against exposed brick and industrial lighting is the perfect result!
Even if we can't have an incredible bar area inside our homes, we can certainly take inspiration from their design. A tin tile splash back creates an amazing personalised touch, and acts as a mini feature wall for your kitchen. Not only are the tiles easy to clean, but the metallic greys look so beautiful paired with the cool tones of marble kitchen tops or in contrast to dark wood. For those with an island or breakfast bar, lining this with tiles will give you an instant wow - particularly in dimmed lighting when guests are about. Beautiful.
3. HEAD BOARD
This is our favourite! Creating a headboard from tin tiles is a striking yet easy way to incorporate them into your decor. We adore how they look here against the blue wall, but a black wall with distressed metallic tiles would also be incredible for creating a dark and sexy bedroom...
4. IN, ON, AROUND...
We've spoken a lot about decorating in unexpected places, and adding texture to wardrobes, kitchen cupboards or door panels will really add depth and - if you choose - pops of colour. Placing tiles around a fireplace is a fabulous way to revive and enhance original features or mask any pre-existing tiles that don't match your decor! If you have a mantle but your fireplace is boarded up then fill the space with tin tiles or wallpaper for a fabulous faux version. This gorgeous image is taken from Issue 4 of Country Living's 'Modern Rustic' lookbook.
Well, obviously. The great thing about wallpaper is you can cut it to size and slip it in areas where real tiles would be a little tough to install. If you have alcoves or just a blank wall that you don't know what to do with then make a feature out of it! Think of wallpapering with tiles as power-dressing your living space. Who can argue with that? We love how Matthew Williamson has used them on the ceiling of his gorgeous bathroom! (See more of his amazing home in the April issue of LivingEtc)