The leading Italian tile manufacturer FAP CERAMICHE launches the new Pat tile collection, which brings a homely atmosphere to the bathroom with pastel shades and graphic patterns.

Architects have the freedom to choose: by combining different tile sizes, shapes and colours of the FAP Ceramiche product palette, a great variety of graphic and stylistic effects can be achieved

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Architects have the freedom to choose: by combining different tile sizes, shapes and colours of the FAP Ceramiche product palette, a great variety of graphic and stylistic effects can be achieved

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It is obvious that a more personal bathroom design is a prominent trend that is changing this special space fundamentally. But the more we leave the concept of a merely functional bathroom behind, the more freedom and creativity comes into play. This is why the role of architects and interior designers is changing too, for they are the ones who have to come up with new, exciting ideas to create something special that works both on a functional and on an emotional level. Because once we desert traditional concepts, the bathroom of today is at the start of the design process like a bare canvas: every shape, every colour, every surface and material is elementary in the composition of an individual interior design.

For decades, bathrooms were mainly white and often came with bright lights – not the most comfortable way to start the day! Today we see a trend to tone down the interior and create a more subtle play with colours and hidden, dimmable lights

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For decades, bathrooms were mainly white and often came with bright lights – not the most comfortable way to start the day! Today we see a trend to tone down the interior and create a more subtle play with colours and hidden, dimmable lights

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The Italian floor-and-wall-tile manufacturer FAP Ceramiche has understood this development and recently introduced a new family of wall tiles called ”Pat”. It consists of nine different colours (among them ”Sky”, ”Ecru”, ”Chocolate” or ”Deco Blue”) that feature various tactile patterns. They come in various sizes like 30,5 x 91,5 cm (12“ x 36“) or as 30,5 cm (12“) sized squares, for example in the ”Mosaico” or the ”Triangolo” format. The grids of the patterns range from fine geometric lines to bolder checked structures.

The unique interaction of lines and background colours was developed by the company´s in-house design team to match up-to-date preferences and styles. In order to find aesthetically pleasing combinations of pastel shades with subtle patterns, current trends in fashion, textile and furniture design were scanned.

Various examples of how the new tile family PAT can be integrated into different bathroom scenarios, both large and small. Its different grids, sizes and colours work well together: see for yourself in the short video above

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Various examples of how the new tile family PAT can be integrated into different bathroom scenarios, both large and small. Its different grids, sizes and colours work well together: see for yourself in the short video above

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In my personal opinion, there is a certain mid-century feel to the Pat collection, yet one that is interpreted in a contemporary way. Its uniqueness, first of all, comes from that fact that the fine structures and colour combinations are expected rather in textile design, so we may initially associate them with a softer material. The second surprise is the patterns' three-dimensional effect. This also adds to the warm, homy appearance of the series, as they are less slick than tiles usually are.

And last but not least, the designers have made an effort to choose colours that work well together and well with other wall and floor tile programmes of FAP Ceramiche. Architects and interior designers are given a great deal of freedom to come up with combinations that fit both the style and taste of their customers and which suit the given bathroom layout and dimensions.

Black and white tile patterns do not always have to look like a chessboard. As shown here, black combined with white can have great nuances. Especially when the fittings also follow this colour concept

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Black and white tile patterns do not always have to look like a chessboard. As shown here, black combined with white can have great nuances. Especially when the fittings also follow this colour concept

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This, without doubt, is an important issue when choosing colours for a bathroom: since that choice will have a lasting effect on the way the room is perceived, one must be careful not to create an obtrusive atmosphere with a colour that is too bright or too dark. After all, the bathroom is a space for relaxation. So the choice for pastel colours not only pleases the eye but has a soothing effect on anyone wanting to relax and recharge in his or her personal wellness area.

The new PAT tile programme is not limited to use in the bathroom and can also be applied to kitchen interiors. Here, pictured above, the small checkered grid and unique tile colours Deco Blue and Deco Black create a modern ambience

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The new PAT tile programme is not limited to use in the bathroom and can also be applied to kitchen interiors. Here, pictured above, the small checkered grid and unique tile colours Deco Blue and Deco Black create a modern ambience

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So if we take a closer look on FAP Ceramiche´s homepage at how exactly the Pat programme can be integrated in various bathrooms both large and small, and how its defined colours and patterns can be combined, also with the floor tile series by the Modena-based company, the results are really stunning: The architecture itself is graphically structured, emphasizing in some cases horizontal lines that are created by the combination of monochrome colours and checked tiles. All in all, there is a stylish clarity visible with a modern-day, fresh appeal that really gives bathroom interiors an individual, personal identity.

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