Trend Alert: Modern Artisan

Personal touches, distinct character and old worldly charm combine with modern styling to offer a relatively new interior design concept that’s a welcome contrast from the fast fashion and easily disposable culture of today.

Though the convenience of mass-produced home décor might be enticing in today’s busy culture, there’s nothing quite like individual accents and finishes that offer a notably unique and rich handcrafted feel.

If, like most of us, you’re torn between the richness and warmth of simple, rustic schemes and the quirky, minimalist style of contemporary design, then this is the interior trend for you.

Whereas conventional artisan pieces look more at home in traditional style settings, this new generation of crafted interiors offers more stylistically interesting designs that can be easily integrated into all manner of classic and contemporary style interior settings.

Traditional Artisan: Woven Textiles

New Artisan: Printed & Woven Carpet Effect Tiles

Woven rugs and textiles are typically artisan in style, but for a modern take on this trend, opt for woven carpet effect tiles. More hygienic (and far easier to clean) than the real deal, these printed designs translate to both walls and floors for a real contemporary statement.

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Traditional Artisan: Solid Wood Flooring

New Artisan: Digitally Printed Wood-Effect Tiles

Offering all the aesthetics of rich wooden floors, minus the high cost and high maintenance, the new season’s wood-effect tiles focus on adding texture and variety to your home décor. Offering a distressed look in rich, rustic finishes that are reminiscent of bygone years, this contemporary take on real wood flooring allows you to get creative with a variety of shades, finishes and styles that will work equally well in both contemporary and traditional style settings.

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Traditional Artisan: Natural Stone

New Artisan: Industrial Style Natural-Stone Effect Tiles

Another more subtle way to channel the modern artisan trend in your home is with urban and industrial style natural stone and travertine effect tiles. This contemporary twist on traditionally rustic style tiles combines the richness of natural stone tiles with a modern minimalist design. Available in a multitude of cool neutral colours – think greys and off-whites – and a variety of sizing formats, the charming rustic feel of natural stone effect tiles will add plenty of character to both walls and floors of any room in the home.

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Traditional Artisan: Handcrafted Ceramic Tiles

New Artisan: Printed, Patterned & Patchwork Tiles

Traditional artisan style tiles offer that old-style handmade feel that’s rich with artistry and skill. While these original tiles boast plenty of character, today’s contemporary take combines traditional colours, patterns and prints that won’t just add a texture and style to your interior space, but will also inject a sense of individuality and playfulness to your home décor. Most commonly used as a feature wall, border or splashback, artisan style tiles can also make a bold statement on floors and fireplaces, too.

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