The History of Lily Pad
Hexagonal, inventive and as multi-tonal as you like, there’s more than one reason why our Lily Pad collection is so popular.
Our original Lily Pad tile design hints at ideas of ice crystals, a spider’s web and the water-loving lily pad. This pattern has no boundaries. What makes the design so popular worldwide is that with just one tile pattern, you can create several visual effects.
Originally available as an encaustic tile, the Lily Pad Porcelain collection first made it’s way into bathrooms and kitchens in 2018 due to popularity and demand. Machine made, porcelain tiles need little maintenance, are generally more purse friendly and are thinner than their cement sister, making them ideal for wall installation and for busy domestic spaces.
A Real Focal Point
Hexagon shaped tiles are a tried and true classic in home interiors, having been popularly used since the early 1900s. Traditionally, hexagon tiles were small and typically white. Some boasted complex patterns of different colours and designs, whilst others would be left bare, with a mosaic patterned border. These days, tiling with hexagon shapes is a much easier affair, with mesh backed sheets and larger formats being available.
At 20 x 23cm, Lily Pad is a large hexagon tile, and whether you’re looking to create a hint of pattern as a focal point or a full statement room, it offers many solutions. The versatility of Lily Pad Porcelain means it can be used in any interior space, including fireplace surrounds, kitchen splash backs or as a floor to ceiling shower clad. Calling on the trend for hexagon tiles, this geometric shape is going nowhere.
Styling Lily Pad
What we love most about Lily Pad is that it works with all styles of interior design. From a traditional Victorian townhouse to country home, it really does work anywhere. Available in 10 versatile shades, the only issue with this collection is deciding which colour to choose.
We love the bright and cheery tones of Lily Pad Custard. Accents of yellows work particularly well in interiors, especially when paired with other strong shades. Grab visitors attention and go bold, pairing Custard with black brassware and a crittall-style shower door. Or for the ever daring, match with Proper Good Paint™ in Brook’s Black.
One of the newest additions to the collection, New Leaf is gorgeously rich and earth, really helping to bring nature in doors. In a trend-led apartment or a modern townhouse, we picture Lily Pad New Leaf used as a floor covering, complete with roll top bath. Pair with something like Lyme Ceramic Metro in Antique White on the walls, to keep Lily Pad as the ultimate show stopper.
A proud colour for anyone who wants to do a bit of showboating, Lily Pad Peacock is strong, yet soothing. It’s not too heavy, even if you want to carry it from wall to floor within a wet room or downstairs cloakroom. If floor to ceiling pattern isn’t your thing, pair with a subtle and soft grey, such as Hampshire Perla, a wonderful large format tile that works great on both walls and floors.
Reminiscent of fleshly plastered walls, the peachy, ballet slipper shade of pink found with Lily Pad Plaster works well in traditional properties in particular. If the prospect of an all-pink room feels too strong for your scheme, use as a feature wall behind a bathtub and pair with a wall colour such as Stella’s Smoke.
Some happy place between sky blue and mint green lies our Pistachio colourway within the Lily Pad family. This is a finish for a fresh, crisp palette and looks especially pleasing in a room filled with natural light. With a pretty pastel like Pistachio, it’s all too easy for it to buddy up with warm cream tones such as those found in Avebury Ceramic in Stone.
Not one for the faint hearted, Lily Pad in Off Black definitely taps into the industrial trend and would also look great in a more contemporary home. With Off Black, you have two options. Keep it simple, or get brave with pattern. Whilst Off Black works very well with stark white cabinetry and marble worktops, we also love how @nadsbadspad has used it here. Big, bold and beautiful, this kitchen really is something to behold. The peachy cabinetry, the blue patterned wall paper, the Lily Pad splashback, we just love it.
Sweet and nostalgic, Lily Pad in Bubblegum is a powerful pink. One of our most popular shades in the range, we love to see how our customers create new ways of featuring it. If the thought of re-tiling the entirety of your bathroom daunts you, why not take things down a level by focusing on just one section that will have a real impact. Take @thehouseofhooper for example. They have created a beautiful safe space in their traditional shower cubicle by pairing Lily Pad Bubblegum with Yoga Penny and hint of black features too. Modern but not overpowering, this is a project we could all recreate.
As its name suggests, there’s something regal and authoritative about Lily Pad Admiral. Sliding into the territory of royal blue and navy, this deep shade of blue is a real show stopper. Used within a project by @huntsmore_design_build, the starburst pattern looks great matched with contemporary brass shower valves and oversized basin mirror. Recreate the look using Cotehele Porcelain in Beige as a floor covering.
Cool and elegant, Lily Pad in Cloud works particularly well for those experimenting with pattern. Whilst it’s brighter sisters are bold and confident, Cloud has a quieter and more subtle feeling which works well in light and airy rooms. It’s soft shade means its also the perfect tile for mixing or matching with other colours too. Pair with Venice Porcelain in Rose or Bazaar Ceramic Rose Mallow for that pop of colour, or even pair with another pattern like the Dyrham Dairy delft tiles from our National Trust Tile Collection.
Bringing us right back to nature, Lily Pad Eucalyptus is a thoughtful shade of green with an almost pastel feel about it. We imagine Eucalyptus within communal and homely spaces such as open planned kitchen diners or even within hallways. It’s a reassuring and comforting shade, that works well when paired with a dark timber effect tile such as Sussex Porcelain in Leather.