Tiled perfection: 5 of the best handpainted tiles

5 great ways to pep up your kitchen and bathroom schemes with artful tiling

From traditional Dutch Delft tiles featuring country scenes to whimsical motifs and patterns, handpainted tiles are a great way to inject personality into a kitchen or bathroom scheme. The beauty is that no two tiles are exactly the same - this is the charm of all things handmade.

Past perfect

handpainted and classic delft tiles

(Image credit: Fired Earth)

Take inspiration from the past by adding some classic Delft tiles to your scheme. A blue-and-white colourway is a traditional approach that would suit an otherwise simple, white kitchen scheme or a compact country bathroom. Fired Earth offers plenty of options like these.

Choose a motif

painted lady butterfly tile

(Image credit: Original Style)

Why not opt for a delicate motif like this pretty Painted Lady butterfly tile, arranged in a repeat pattern? Perfect for an en suite or to add a whimsical touch to a children's bathroom. You'll find tiles like these at Original Style.

Get chirpy

handpainted bird tiles

(Image credit: Tiles of Stow)

Ideal for laidback country schemes, birds are a popular choice for handpainted tiles. Try making a focal point by arranging them among plain tiles around a range or as part of a tiled splashback. Find tiles like this one at Tiles of Stow.

Head to the farmyard

chicken tile

(Image credit: TBC)

Take inspiration from the farm and opt for a light-hearted handpainted example like this Chicken tile from Art on Tiles. Their Farm Animals collection includes sheep, pigs and cows, ideal for a country kitchen setting.

Man's best friend

dog tiles

(Image credit: Maggie Mumford)

Immortalise your pet by choosing a tile like this Daisy tile from the Dogs Collection by ceramic artist Maggie Mumford, whose classic Bristsh tiles are maufactured using the same traditional methods as those used in Victorian and Edwardian eras.

Like these ideas? Find more inspiration at Housetohome.co.uk.


Thea Babington-Stitt
Assistant Editor

Thea Babington-Stitt is the Assistant Editor for Ideal Home. Thea has been working across some of the UK’s leading interiors titles for nearly 10 years. 

She started working on these magazines and websites after graduating from City University London with a Masters in Magazine Journalism. Before moving to Ideal Home, Thea was News and Features Editor at Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc and Country Homes & Interiors.