Hexagonal Tiles In Interior Style: History & Examples

Hexagonal tiles are at the peak of popularity and we tried to discover out, how hexagonal types appeared in our lives and how they can be applied to modern day interior style.


When it comes to hexagonal forms in architecture, the absolute pioneers and leaders in this sphere are bees. Ideally shaped honeycombs created according to the “golden section” principle are nonetheless something to admire.


In ancient pagan instances a hexagon was provided mystical and sacral which means. It was observed as a symbol of beauty, symmetry, and harmony of the human body: two hands, two legs, a head and a torso. In about 200 AC Romans built a hexagonal forecourt in front of the temple of pagan god Jupiter. In medieval times Englishmen constructed hexagonal towers to terrorize their opponents. The town of Karlovac in Croatia may nevertheless boast a hexagonal fortress:


…and the Italian city Palmanova became world-renowned due to its central square shape.

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Only in 17-18th centuries individuals started to view hexagon as fashionable and sophisticated architectural form for their homes, yards and furnishing. And surely 1st hexagonal tiles have been destined to appear in the trend-setting nations of all instances – Italy and Spain. Most likely, the most gorgeous actual life example of hexagonal tile history is pavement of Barcelona – developed by Antonio Gaudi in early 1900s and decorated with fanciful marine patterns.

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Nowadays hexagonal tiles got new life in architecture. For instance, the roof of the Museum of Cultures in Basel, Switzerland, was turned into a true art object thanks to beautifully laid black hexagonal tiles.

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In contemporary interior design hexagonal format of tiles has increasing recognition. Interior designers and common men and women opt for “honeycombs” of both standard and elongated forms since their unusual shape appears non-standard and original even in the simplest texture and colour range.

The most well-liked collections are faux concrete and asphalt patterns, imitation of wood, old bricks, marble, floral motives and even colorful fabric textures. They can be glossy and matte, modest, even mosaic-like, and large-scale.

Hexagonal tiles are actively employed not just in classic rooms, such as bathrooms and kitchens, but also in living rooms, bedrooms and terraces. This shape perfectly fits into classical and contemporary interiors, not to mention eclectic and national motives. Just have a appear!

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