Today’s article is inspired by a recent challenge we were set. A reader reached out to us to find some particularly beautiful tiles used in a bathroom found on Houzz. And they weren’t the only ones looking, as others had commented below the images asking what the tiles were only for the bathroom designers to tell them that they only supplied the fixtures and couldn’t help.
Delighted to put our Tile Addiction to good use we set about looking for the tiles. Although we recognised them, we couldn’t think of the range’s name, the designer, or even the country they came from. Instead we decided to send some reasonable dupes that could be used in their place if we came up short in our search.
Although the tiles were triangular, we found it rather difficult to find pieces with the same texture and size (which we had guessed at around 300 by 300mm). Instead we offered smaller triangular substitutes such as these from Original Features which would be better used as mosaics, but could create a similar effect with similar colours.
We also suggested the beautiful tiles from Crossville‘s Cursive range that we had covered earlier this year. These are easily half the size of the tiles in the bathroom, but offer beautiful colour options in Ghost, Soft Teal, Old Denim, Rose Gold, and Smoke for a similar look. Unfortunately the Cursive tiles can only be used on walls but as we didn’t know the intended use for the tiles we included them in our list anyway.
Trying to mimic the colour palette and shape use was possible in two additional ranges we suggested. First these Harlequin Encaustic Cement tiles from Terrazzo Tiles demonstrate a much livelier take on a similar style. The colours are all in the same family yet are a little brighter and with a smaller, denser motif the look is much busier. As we didn’t know exactly which elements of the original tiles our reader loved the most we thought it best to cover all sides.
Our next suggested was a lot more abstract and can be found on numerous online-tile retailers. These Harlequin tiles have a slightly different colour palette and are a 110 by 330mm format. They are a mix and match range with 25 different designs celebrating triangular variations and are also unfortunately only suitable for walls.
Our last suggestion was the lovely Magic Triangle range from Otto Tiles & Design. Again, they are smaller than the original tiles, and are 200 by 200mm squares rather than individual triangles. The texture is different, as rather than a hand-crafted terracotta look, they are cement tiles, but they still offer a beautiful artisanal look. Similar colours can be found amongst the range, notably Gray, Blue, Pink, and Green, and they can be used on both walls and floors.
After sending over our list of back-up tiles we decided to look into our archives to see if we could find the exact tiles. Sure that we had not only seen them but had written about them before we simply used the search function on our site and typed ‘triangle’. A few scrolls later there they were, featured as the header image for our ‘Tile Tourism‘ article written over three years ago. Following the link published at the bottom of the article we headed over to the Palazzo Morelli website to find Triangoli – exactly the tiles we were looking for.
We are delighted to have been able to put our Tile Addiction to good use and to help find such lovely tiles!
A new post by Hanna Simpson, Diary of a Tile Addict, November 2020.