Integrating step treads into interior design is not only a functional necessity but also an opportunity to enhance the overall aesthetic appeal of a space. When considering the combination of step treads and tessellated tiles, it’s important to pay attention to both the functional and aesthetic aspects to ensure a safe and visually appealing result.

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Here are some considerations:

1. Safety and slip resistance: Steps, especially in commercial settings, need to meet safety standards. Choose tessellated or porcelain treads that offer sufficient slip resistance for step treading. This is crucial to prevent accidents, particularly in areas that may be prone to moisture or spills. Look for tessellated or porcelain tread tiles with textured surfaces or consider adding non-slip coatings during installation.

2. Durability and wear resistance: Step treads experience high levels of foot traffic; therefore, both tessellated tiles and the materials used for the step treads should be durable and resistant to wear. Porcelain and tessellated tiles are often a good choice due to their durability and resistance to abrasion.

3. Colour and pattern coordination: Ensure that the colour and pattern of the tessellated tiles complement the overall design of the space, including adjacent flooring and walls. Consistency in design helps create a cohesive and visually pleasing environment.

  • Porcelain step treads applied to the tread come in diverse designs including bluestone porcelain, marble designs and terrazzo treads. The riser can have craquelle Victorian subways applied to it to give that extra heritage design appeal.
  • An alternate design includes tessellated tiles fixed to the riser of the stairs using an encaustic design tile. This artistic feature is aesthetically appealing giving a sense of sophistication and elegance.
  • When designing the risers, you can also add embossed tiles to emphasise a particular style from a classic traditional look to a more modern contemporary effect.

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4. Tread size and pattern alignment: The size and pattern of the tessellated tiles should be suitable for the dimensions off the step treads. Consider the size and rise of each step to ensure that the tiles fit well without creating awkward cuts or misalignments.

5. Installation precision: The installation of tessellated tiles or porcelain treads requires precision to maintain a level and even surface. Work with experienced tile installers who understand the intricacies of working with tessellated tiles and porcelain treads to ensure proper alignment and spacing.

Step treads

By carefully considering these factors, you can create a visually stunning and safe environment by combining tessellated tiles with step treads in commercial and residential projects. Working with design professionals and experienced contractors will help ensure a successful, aesthetic and functional outcome.