7 Gorgeous Zellige Tile Ideas for Your Kitchen
Add a little shimmer to your cooking zone with some of these beautiful Moroccan tiles
This vast, open-plan space has an industrial feel, with metal-framed windows and a grey concrete floor. To give the room some warmth, the designer used textured materials, such as natural wood, reeded glass and a wall of zellige tiles.
The matt oak units are beautifully offset by the shimmering tiles – and without the two finishes, the room wouldn’t have quite the same depth.
The zellige tiles on this kitchen wall cast a glow that transforms the whole of the open-plan area. The pale cabinets, grey floor and black furniture form a practical base, which is then given an iridescent boost by the tiles.
The designer has chosen a ceiling pendant made from shells, which replicates the surface of the tiles and creates balance.
If you’re going for coloured tiles, zellige designs are a great choice, as the pearlescent layers make the colour even more intense.
The yellow tiles in this kitchen form a vivid contrast to the white and wood cabinets, and the variations in tone add an extra element of character. Under-cabinet lighting casts a glow across the tiles, which highlights the uneven finish.
Zellige tiles can turn a simple scheme into something a little more special. Here, the classic blue Shaker cabinets are complemented by a wall of white tiles. To add interest, though, the designers have opted for these uneven Moroccan designs rather than a plain, flat surface.
The irregular finish creates a patchwork effect, which gives glossy depth to the scheme.
We often lay tiles as a splashback directly above the worktop, but in this kitchen, the designers have positioned them higher. A marble worktop continues up the wall to protect the surface, and the tiles add a darker contrast above.
The olive shade could have been slightly imposing above the bright white below, but the glossy surface of the zellige design reflects the light and casts a shimmer.
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Bring even more interest to a wall of zellige tiles by laying them in a herringbone pattern, as the designer has done here. The layout gives the surface even more texture and amplifies the iridescence of the tiles.
It works particularly well in this kitchen, as it’s such a sharp contrast to the plain white cupboards.
For something completely different, choose fishscale zellige tiles. These ones combine the blue and pale gold shades of the kitchen to create a pattern that resembles the sea.
The playful curvy design sits alongside the straight edges of the rest of the space – and, once again, the glazed surface adds a shimmer to the room.
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