Patterned tiles can look old and dated but when done right, it can look really good. If you’re looking to spice up the blank spaces in the house, take inspiration and ideas from an interior designer who was commisioned to design the interiors of Santa Barbara’s Hotel Californian.
Interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard is known for his “adventurous use of texture, colour and extreme attention to detail,” and his “strong command of proportion and scale, a deft hand with colour and pattern, and an exuberantly global sensibility” so it wasn’t a total surprise when he custom made his own tiles. In total, he made 27 custom tiles and some were drawn by hand!
The designs of his tiles were inspired by Moroccan art. Although patterned tiles are usually relegated to the floors, Bullard uses tiles to bring the walls of the hotel to life and character.
For the hotel room, he lined the four walls partially with black and beige motif tiles. He incorporates different patterns for different rooms. In one, the patterns are geometric while in the other the tiles resemble flowers. Bullard fully covered the walls in the bathroom with tiny, squared tiles.
In terms of the interior décor, Bullard used a lot of metallic accents to give the rooms a glamourous and classy feel. The headboards upholstered with nailhead trim and edgy artwork placed on bedside tables or hung on walls complete the luxurious look and feel of the room.
Bullard used black and red tiles for the floors of the hotel’s upscale restaurant Blackbird. The theme was designed as a nod to Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. He didn’t shy away from using patterned fabric to upholster the dining chairs either.
The hotel’s managing director, Carlos Lopes, said “Restaurant is theatre” to which Bullard said design is often theatre as well.
All images are from Traditional Home.