The Provence Touch: Tiles Make a Comeback

Rustic and cheerful, handmade cement tiles are back on trend and are perfect for brightening up our homes. Here are some suggestions for how to incorporate tiles into your interior design, inspired by the French region of Provence with its bucolic Mediterranean charm.
By Mélissa Darré

Fall for a retro look

The first cement tiles first appeared around 1850, originally from Spain. Artisanal manufacturing then developed rapidly in the south-east of France, notably in Provence, around the regions of Marseille and Avignon. Even today, this subtle blend of sand, marble powder and cement still has a place in interior design thanks to its retro charm and diversity.

Interior design ideas: to put your own stamp on a room, get creative with colours and geometric shapes. Why not apply some tiles on the kitchen wall panel, on the floor in the hallway, or in the form of a frieze in the bathroom? This alternative to stone and marble is practical for both defining and brightening spaces, and allows for as much personalisation as you choose to inject.

Fondre pour un style rétro
© Beija Flor

Try experimenting

Cement tiles now come in a number of different formats. From wallpaper and rugs to tiled stickers, there are plenty of ways to use the famous mosaic that don't require you to pull up any floorboards. Ideal for unique interior decor, these tile options are a low-cost way to invite the warm, rustic Mediterranean countryside into your home.

Interior design ideas: what about a "trompe l'oeil" style of tile? Alternatively, interlacing flowers, Greek friezes and multicoloured checks are also popular in vinyl floor covering designs, found at Beija Flor for example. Laid on the floor, it adheres without bonding, and gives the room a unique character. You could also use stickers printed with the textural appearance and graphic shapes of real tiles. They're easy to apply and give walls a light-hearted twist.

Jouer sur les déclinaisons
© Beija Flor

Give furniture a new lease of life

Turn something old into something new by restyling an old piece of furniture or household object. Popular among amateur interior designers, decorative retouching isn't just about a quick lick of paint. To show your creativity, tiles can be used on the front of furniture to add some pretty provincial-Provencal tones to your interior!

Interior design ideas: Chests of drawers, wardrobes, shelves and all sorts of other items are just waiting to be brought up to date. Apply squares of tile onto the front, or lay over the top entirely, to give your furniture a unique look in just a few minutes. You could also consider printed fabrics, which breathe new life into forgotten items. Simply dressing an armchair in a tiled print, for example, can make it look brand new. 

Offrir une seconde vie à vos meubles
© Beija Flor

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