Tiling in Three Dimensions

Surface relief: 3D tiles and upcoming design trends.

It is not difficult to understand the attraction of three-dimensional tiles. In many ways, 3D tiles have become the go-to finish for those wishing to create memorable installations, feature walls and attractive surfaces. Shapely, angular, unexpected, and tactile, 3D tiles offer almost unlimited design options and the ability to bring drama, adventure, and excitement into a scheme.

In 2019 will see the trend progress, with the emergence of many new and exciting ranges that are sure to catch the eye of discerning designers looking for something a little different.

With advancements in tile production technology, manufacturers have been able to create even more innovative and exciting 3D tiles, allowing designers to explore a wider variety of sculpted surface materials. Futuristic, architectural 3D tiles help to evoke a dynamic mood by creating shadow, texture and unexpected tactility. For those who love geometric tiles, in particular, three-dimensional tiles can be a way to intensify an existing design scheme, creating patterns that truly jump off the wall.

One of the most exciting ranges from Solus is Dimensional; a distinctive collection of 3D tiles with geometric, angular characteristics. Dimensional features stunning space age and contemporary patterns that enable the creation of wonderful abstract feature wall designs.

With varying three-dimensional relief patterns, this imaginative range allows architects and designers to create an array of complex patchwork arrangements or regular repeated patterns.

The range is available in a chic core palette of grey scale colours, including white, off-white, grey, and black. In addition to the central monochrome shades, the Dimensional range is also available in two gold and silver metallic versions, both featuring scored lines and speckled grain textures to add further interest.

The appetite for textured wall coverings is constantly evolving, and the product team at Solus work hard to stay ahead of design trends by sourcing the latest new designs and exploring new materials and finishes.

For example, Labyrinth is a unique three-dimensional hexagon wall covering fabricated from exquisite cast concrete, with the relief of the tile being slightly angled, which creates an unusual undulating design when fixed to a wall. This effect can be heightened by clever lighting design, as the resultant shadows create evocative patterns. Available in five shades, the range includes a selection of gentle pastel colours, from a chalky blue to a sandy beige and various muted grey tones.

In a similar vein, Nexus is a new wall covering fabricated from architectural concrete that offers unique 3D patterns. A complex and intricate range, Nexus comes in four diverse geometric styles, which are beautifully sculpted in an ornate textured, relief style. The four alternating designs are all different, but a share a similar, modern geometric theme. When ordered, Nexus will be supplied in random batches of each design, so users will have the freedom to create an individual and unique design with the random array of tiles they receive.

Like Labyrinth, Nexus is available in a palette of five neutral shades, perfect for creating chic wall installations.

For those looking for a softer shapelier 3D range, Solus is excited to introduce Silhouette.

Made up of 11 neutral and metallic colours, Silhouette features a square format that is available in two textured options; curved and lined. The curved option features a characteristic quarter circle three-dimensional arc, while the lined option has been crafted to include a smooth asymmetrical peak. These tiles can be used to create repeated uniform patterns, or applied randomly to create fractured, unconventional designs.

In addition, the range also includes a hexagon format that is also available in two three-dimensional choices. The umbrella shape features an angular, asymmetric peak, whilst the star inspired décor possesses a unique geometric design.

Starlet is a versatile and innovative mosaic range, which has been created to suit the needs of both architects and designers. This unique collection offers a suitably stylish alternative to traditional tiles that can be used in both wall and floor applications.

A fashionable collection, available in a mixed or matt finish, offers users with an extensive colour palette option. Those that opt for the matte finish will have five luxurious colours to choose from including, milky white, coral pink, denim blue, cool black, and forest green. Alternatively, the mixed finish will be available in soft white, pastel pink, royal blue, and pale grey.

The exquisite matt finish has a slightly chalky texture with a gently bevelled edge, whereas tiles with the mixed finish consist of a blend of matt, gloss, and textured tiles. The elegant tones of the mixed-finish collection helps to create modern and chic aesthetic that pairs beautifully with concrete or wooden finish. All tiles in the Starlet range come in a standard size of 38 by 43mm.

A fantastic option for wall installations, 3D tiles create eye-catching features that can become the showpiece of any interior design. Three-dimensional tiles are perfect for creating texture and provide a tactile, molecular aesthetic that invites attention. Feature walls clad with 3D tiles can transform any commercial space, from retail areas and restaurants to the office and leisure centres. A strategically placed feature wall should be decorative, eye-catching and serve as an immediate focal point for customers and workers.

For those wanting to try 3D tiles without having to commit to an intense design, many manufacturers are now creating lightly textured tiles that offer the taste of 3D without the deep relief patterns that we have explored so far.

Atlas is a gently patterned, tactile range that includes a handful of rustic designs. These shallow three-dimensional tiles offer the movement, shadow and tactility afforded by the more complex 3D ranges, but showcase a more discreet aesthetic quality.

Following on from this idea, users can try out the 3D trend by using simple etched and embossed tiles. Charmed, a surprising range of colourful yet traditional looking wall tiles, incorporates patterned, textured decors that can bring an unusual twist to any space. These 3D décor tiles feature many different geometric patterns such as hexagons, diamonds, triangles and other complex architectural designs. Each design has been artfully pressed into the tiles, creating a wonderfully tactile surface that is incredibly eye-catching when applied to a feature wall.

3D tiles possess a huge amount of personality, offering designers the ability to play with clear-cut shapes, sinuous ripples, multi-faceted patterns and elegant reliefs bringing walls into the third dimension with unparalleled expressiveness. The way in which light and shadow play across these surfaces is a particular highlight, adding to the complex aesthetic of these sculpted surfaces. Even the sparsest space can be brought to life with three-dimensional tiles as they evoke a particular emotional response that is not replicated by any other ceramic material.

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