When Tiles Maketh The Interior

Seating area in Farmer J restaurant in London
Image Credit: Farmer J

I’ve been saving a shed load of inspiring commercial interior ideas recently, trying to gather ideas for future design projects in other places than residential houses. And restaurants, cafes, bars, and hotels are all amazing places to look if your seeking innovative and interesting choices.

One element that has cropped up, again and again, is the clever use of tiles, from splashbacks to skirting. So today I wanted to share nine commercial spaces that have inspired future interior projects.

Farmer J, a restaurant in the heart of London, uses vertical subway tiles to create a clever skirting board effect, while subtly working with both the forest green upholstery and use of natural wood.

The interior design of Ruyi dumpling and wine bar in Melbourne
Image Credit: We Heart

Ruyi dumpling and wine bar in Melbourne’s Chinatown district is the perfect blend of paired back Scandinavian design, and light, warm Australian design touches. The white tiled walls blend the kitchen space and cafe into one, while the square marble tiles offer an interesting contrast between luxe and industrial.

Michel restaurant in Helsinki designed by Joanna Laajisto
Image Credit: Joanna Laajisto

By tiling the pillars in Michel, a beautiful restaurant located in Helsinki, in white ceramic tiles, it not only makes them a feature of the room instead of a hindrance to the design, but it also creates the perfect backdrop to the gold drop pendant lighting.

A stylish bakery in Ukraine
Image Credit: Mikhail Loskutov

Metro kitchen tiles are timeless, but by changing the colour of the grouting – as seen here in this Wes Anderson-inspired bakery in Ukraine – you’re able to create a fresh, modern design. The combination of vertical grey tiles against the bold pink grouting makes this a design to remember.

A light, open space in neutral shades lends itself perfectly to the use of textures as you can see here in Cafe Gratitude in L.A. White gloss tiles sit perfectly against concrete, whitewashed exposed brickwork, wood, rattan, and shiplap. This is definitely one space I’d feel at home in.

The Straits Club, meanwhile, is a private members club in Singapore, where the aesthetic is rich in historic design references – including Shanghai plaster adapted from neoclassical colonial buildings, ventilation blocks from public housing stairwells and Peranakan- inspired tilework.

Restaurant designed by Hecker Guthrie
Image Credit: Hecker Guthrie

Hecker Guthrie is one of Australia’s leading interior design practices, and it’s clear to see why. With a modern, functional design aesthetic, I’m excited to discover more from this talented duo, especially with their clever use of texture and contrast – I would never have teamed dark walnut flooring with white vertical gloss tiles, but look at how effortless it looks.

Interior of Post Bar in Finland with pink square tiles and grey grouting
Image Credit: Joanna Laajisto

Just when you thought pink tiles had had their moment, designer Joanna Laajisto presents Post Bar, a dark, stripped back watering hole in Helsinki with lots of character despite little obvious design details. Just by using dark grouting, pink tiles suddenly become a whole lot edgier, right?

Can you see just how much you can draw from inspiring commercial interior design? Be sure to check out my Inspiring Commercial Interior Design board on Pinterest, where you can find ideas like this and so much more.

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  1. 2.20.19

    These are all so gorgeous. I’m just about to buy a home so I have all things interior design on the brain!

    • 3.13.19

      Ah wow that’s so exciting! 🙂 Well, definitely come back for more inspiration Sarah! xx

  2. 2.25.19
    CA said:

    Good idea to inspire commercial interriors and use it for residential projects. I like how this simple minimalistic tile in Straits club look. And the first project with subway tile it really looks like a subway. As for me a little oddly )