Cool, modern tiles are a great way to add some instant pizazz to a modern bathroom, hallway, cloakroom or kitchen. Sure, there are plenty of safe and stylish options, from scalloped fish scale tiles to timeless metro tilesandmodern encaustic tiles. But for out-there wow-factor? Spell out words or numbers with Rory Dobner's punk illustrations (time to upgrade your house number plate perhaps?) or walk on the wild side with Graffiti style tiles underfoot.


For hand-painted, illustrated tiles, Marlborough Tiles have everything from trout to turtles, and from snowdrops to strawberries. Lovely for above the range cooker, or to adorn the pantry or laundry room (sigh, we can dream), but the real head-turners are the bugs and beetles. A little bit gothic, a little bit punk, but subtle enough to blend in to a monochrome bathroom, funky cloakroom or above the stove in a white kitchen.

Beetle tile, 6.3 x 6.3 inches, £14.42 each from Marlborough Tiles


UseRory Dobner's graphic tilesto create a cool splash back in the kitchen, number or name your house by the front door, maybe evenspell out 'powder room' or 'laundry room' above a doorway to give it clear definition, orspell out your child's name for a fun display in a teen's or children's bedroom.Instant cool points, guaranteed.

Alphabet tiles, £38 each from Rory Dobner


For a punk, rock 'n' roll edge, pave your hallways or adorn a wall withAmerican Graffiti's out-there tiles.

Graffiti tiles, 45 x 45cm,£420 per m2 fromStone & Ceramic Warehouse

Featuring designs inspired by street art and famous icons, they're perfect for creating striking visual displays in Industrial andUrban style homes.

Graffiti tiles, 45 x 45cm,£420 per m2 fromStone & Ceramic Warehouse

Lotte Brouwer

Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.