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Design Detail: Hex or Hexagonal Tiles

Interested in this six-sided classic? Here are some of our favourite ways to use it
   Amanda Peters  |  written on: 05-01-2022 08:15am

The hexagonal tile has been gracing the floors and walls of many a kitchen and bathroom for more than a century. Especially popular in Victorian-era homes, this classical pattern was traditionally used as a black and white combination. However, its recent rise in popularity has made it available in a plethora of sizes, colours and materials. Here's a list of our favourite looks.

Marble mosaics
A white marble bathroom is a classic, but why not update the look with hexagon-shaped mosaics that conjure up notions of an opulent era. These ones by Fired Earth add a subtle sense of shimmer to the bathroom without going over board.

Rockefeller marble mosaics, Credit: Fired Earth

Three dimensional
White doesn't mean boring – add depth to your bathroom with textured hex tiles like these. Here, the three dimensional feature wall creates the illusion of movement and depth when light hits the irregular surface.

Wow Hexa 3D ceramic tiles in Ice White matt, Credit: Stone & Ceramic Warehouse

Flower power
A new take on the white-black combo, a tiny version of the hexagonal tile is used here to create petite flowers on the floor.

Credit: Overstock from Pinterest

Unfinished splashback
Thanks to their non-linear shape, these tiles give an unfinished splashback a striking appearance. The pop of colour in dark green breaks the monotony of white, while the thick white grouting creates a clear graphic pattern. Brass hardware and fittings further accentuate the space with a touch of bling. 

Credit: Studio 125 from Pinerest

Splash of colour
Hexagonal tiles 'creep' all across the floor and walls of this room. As the tight space doesn't allow too much room for ornamentation, the tiles are arranged in a splash of green to bring in the drama.

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Credit: Bricmate from Pinterest

In a row
Laying hex tiles out in lines or in clusters creates interesting patterns which you would never see if they were the same colour. Here, the use of black, white and grey tiles gives the kitchen an extra bit of oomph without adding too much colour to the mix.

Hex and Industrial Black tiles from British Ceramic Tile

Almost all-white
The white hexagons and grouting give this bathroom a more streamlined and expansive look. However, the pastel blue feature wall in the shower and the black and white flooring break up the all-white monotony without cutting down on the volume.

Credit: media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com from Pinterest

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   Amanda Peters
KBB Ark Web Editor. I've been writing for design magazines for a few years now and like nothing more than ‘exploring’ other people's homes (with their permission, of course).

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