17th August 2017

I realise it’s still summer, and I probably should still be thinking about summer light and summer palettes, but I feel like I’m being drawn to the dark side at the moment. I’ve been helping my Mum with her new kitchen and bathroom redesign, and it’s all dark: riven slate-effect cladding on the bathroom walls and off-black kitchen cabinetry. Even the appliances are black, as is the kitchen tap. I think my head has been so full of this colour palette that I’m being drawn to certain finishes as a result.

Which brings me to this gorgeous Nero Marquina collection of tiles from Original Style – a matt-finish porcelain that looks like marble.

Nero Marquina by Original StyleNero Marquina by Original Style

Granted, the whole styling of these shots from Original Style caught my eye – the flooring, those glass pendants and the streamlined black kitchen. I can’t resist this understated Scandi vibe, as regular readers will know. But also, I’m drawn to the drama of this tile as a splashback. My default mode is subway tiling for a splashback, or geometric tiling, but I like the large scale of this tile – each measures 1200 x 600 x 11mm – and the dramatic look of the marble effect. As this kitchen shows, everything else can be simple and understated when you have a wall finish that looks this ‘alive’. And, of course, being porcelain rather than marble, this tile will be tough enough for cooking splashes and easy to clean.

Nero Marquina by Original Style

See the Nero Marquina tiles from Original Style.

Photography from Original Style.

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