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How to: Use feature tiles like a pro

30 August 2023

How to: Use feature tiles like a pro

Feature tiles are a big topic at Myaree Ceramics. From mosaics to Mutina, our shop is well known for its comprehensive range of beautiful and unusual feature tiles. But just how best to use feature tiles in a bathroom? With a seemingly never ending number of options and combinations to choose from, "overwhelming" is an understatement. Let us take you through some tried-and-true layouts that are sure to deliver a stunning, cohesive result.

The feature wall

Let's start simple. A feature wall is just that - a wall, tiled entirely in the feature tile of your choice. This works beautifully with smaller format tiles like subways, mosaics or zellige inspired tiles. It's also a wonderful way to bring in an accent colour in a very simple way.

Which wall to choose? Whatever is the focal point of your bathroom, which is typically the vanity or bath wall (it's an especially beautiful choice if you have a standalone bath). Don't worry about cabinetry, mirrors or baths interrupting your feature tile - layers, textures and form (like mirrors, or wall mounted lights) just add to the end result.

Play with the layouts of your subway feature wall to create further texture and interest as seen in the Coco Amber Grey or stack them up straight and tall like they are in the Bejmat Biscuit Matt.

Mosaic feature walls are also a popular option - smaller formats with lots of grout like kit kats and geometric marble mosaics are often best left to dry feature walls (like your vanity wall) because of the quantity of grout.

We love these projects with our Vintage White Kitkats and the stunning Micro-Brick White Pavement mosaics.

The half and half

Did someone say dado height? One of the hottest emerging trends in feature tile is undoubtedly what I am dubbing the "half and half", which is one tile (typically, the floor tile) tiled from the floor to 1.2 metres high, and a second, typically smaller feature tile from 1.2 metres to the ceiling. This is definitely a vintage aesthetic, and it works well to break a stronger feature tile that might otherwise be overwhelming in a space.

This look is particularly popular with terrazzo tiles - running the floor tile up to a half height on the walls, and then finishing with products like subway tiles, kit kat mosaics or a tile in a contrasting colour.

Seen here, in Playdrops Multiwhite, where the dark contrasting green creates the illusion of space by sending it away from the eye, or in reverse in our Arkistyle Shade Warm Esagona.

It's also a beautiful way to incorporate 3D elements such as Praia Tansy Green Matt or Stripes White Stone.

The floor wrap

Just as easy as it sounds. Take your floor tile, and wrap it up on one wall. Keep the rest of your walls relatively minimalistic for maximum impact. The only real "rule" here is to make your choice of floor tile a bit fun or interesting, otherwise it might not have the desired impact. Some recent projects that have done the floor wrap beautifully include Seaview Terrace residence and Myaree residence, both of which use tonal white terrazzo look tiles from our Medley collection and pair them with textural white walls. Simple and elegant.

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Another fun execution of this layout is with our Kasbah Taco Black Hat Gloss and Fawn Cross, and the Tec. Cesello Argilla - intricate feature tiles like these work best when used in a more edited way, harnessed in smaller areas so the patterns have the greatest impact without being too much.

Come speak with the experts

Still stumped? Fallen in love with a feature tile but not sure how to use it? Send us an email at, or visit us at our Myaree Ceramics showroom at 91 Norma rd. Myaree and our staff will be able to guide you.