Every so often we feel the need to  breathe new life into our living spaces,  which can mean either freshening up a few areas or going for a totally new look. It always feels so satisfying when you follow this urge, perhaps because it helps us see everyday things from a new, more stimulating perspective. This desire for change often clashes with all kinds of obstacles though, like the costs, inconvenience, technical difficulties, and lack of time that seem unavoidable when considering on an extensive  refurbishment. So what sometimes happens is that we simply  alter the layout of the furniture, or add a new accessory,  perhaps installing a  different light fitting  or changing a curtain. Perhaps because we simply tend not to realise the impact changing flooring or wall coverings – using new tiles – can have  on a room.

Easy to install – even on top of existing materials in many cases – porcelain stoneware wall tiling  is a choice that is often dictated by practical needs (especially in the bathroom and kitchen) but which, just as often, can offer a whole new aesthetic for  a room in need of change. Apart from the appeal of the finishes designed to imitate other materials – whose stunning looks alone guarantee an eye-catching design that expresses your taste – many collections also include decorations intended above all for use on walls. Let’s  have a  look at some of them.

The Foliage decoration enriches the Active collection with a plant-inspired motif (size 60.4×121): a decorative idea featuring a versatile colour palette combined with an aesthetic heading towards  a wallpaper effect, for full-height installations.

Designed to fulfil a decorative function,  our porcelain stoneware cement tiles are a crossover between the past and the present with high visual impact, in which the variety of patterns is matched by the beauty of the colours. The Glamour collection is the perfect choice for those who love elegant interiors with a sophisticated mood. The four stunning colour options offer stylish decorative motifs with an attractive retro feel. The cement tiles in the Liberty series, meanwhile, bring a contemporary slant to the beauty of the ceramics in vogue at the turn of the twentieth century. Veiled in  nostalgia, its pale powdery tones  include blue, green, daffodil yellow, and brick red options. Closing this roundup of cement tiles is the Neo Gatsby series, another exciting source of elegant decorative motifs; in this  series, notes of colour  incorporated into black and white geometric motifs add extra impact to the original aesthetic. 

Tiling that reinvents space

There is something different going on in the Palette collection, though, which concentrates on  monochrome contrasts and stylish reflective effects. In addition to the colour, a 3D effect creates textures and pleasingly tactile surfaces.

Tendance , meanwhile, is a single multifaceted ceramic collection that brings together all the effects appreciated in contemporary architecture today, i.e. wood, stone, and concrete. Combining these options gives life to endless design opportunities, enriched by the two 30×60 decorations available,  namely  Wall Tendance – which mixes porcelain stoneware wooden floorboard-effect tiles and concrete-effect strip tiles – and  Tendance Décor – which offers a patchwork of polychrome decorative motifs.

Among the most popular wall tile options at the moment – especially for the bathroom – those featuring relief finishes are definitely worth a mention. Not only pleasant to the touch, their textured surfaces also  offer a visual experience originating from the light in the rooms working with the patterns on the tiling. From this perspective, the decoration in the Urban Concept_concrete collection takes the sensations offered by concrete to a new level, while remaining in line with minimalist contemporary aesthetics. Victoria,  instead, offers 20×20 cement tiles whose appeal lies entirely in the three-dimensional nature of the design, which remains monochromatic although with a range that is perfect for mixing various colours. 

Anyone looking for ideas to redecorate a room using ceramic wall and floor tiles, as well as ceramic materials for other surfaces, has various options open to them, which go far beyond the most obvious applications, such as the kitchen and bathroom backsplash. In actual fact, any wall or area of wall can be tiled if this adds personality to the room. Partition walls and alcoves are undoubtedly the ideal  place for tiling, but what about the walls at the end of a hallway for example? Not to mention the wall behind a double bed. While unusual until a few years ago,  the opportunities offered by ceramic wall tiles are being explored in all interior designs, especially when used upwards from the floor, to a height of 120 cm.