Light is the main partner in playing with each structure. It is its direction, intensity, and colour that the final effects depend on – either light which is variable at different times of the day, when the sunlight falls on the three-dimensional pattern, or a carefully planned one, if there are only artificial lighting sources in the room. In the following article, we will take a closer look at eight selected ideas for playing with the structure in the interiors.

When we think about using the structure or achieving a 3D effect on the wall, ceramic tiles will not come to our minds at once. However, they can indeed surprise us, because since the technologies of ceramic production allow for the implementation of the increasingly bolder design ideas, wall tiles take not only various formats (from tiny mosaics to huge panels), but also extremely impressive structures. Depending on the degree of clarity, shapes, depth, degree of regularity – we can achieve numerous visual impressions and various spatial 3D effects.

1. Structural eco-effects 

Playing with the structure of wood takes a different form – they may refer to the texture of individual tiles, with an ideal reproduction of the grain and characteristic features of a given tree species or the methods of laying ceramic “boards”. But they can also use the effect of wooden paving stone – of various shapes, from non-circular round elements to regular, square cubes, with standardised dimensions.

It was the effect of square cubes that became the inspiration for the structural decoration, which in combination with a wooden pattern creates a stunning effect.

Wooden cubes will add an eco climate wherever you want to achieve it – it will work perfectly well in both the bathroom, the kitchen, and the selected wall in the living room.

2. Advanced plays for masters of tiling

Inspirations of natural materials such as wood invite you to the sophisticated arrangements play. Long, rectangular ceramic “boards” can be deliberately mounted on the wall at various depths to achieve 3D spatial effect. Surely, this requires careful rethinking of the arrangement method, proper preparation of the base surface, and precision of performance – nevertheless, a stunning visual effect is worth the effort.

The 3D effect can be obtained by unobvious arrangement of tiles at deliberately different depths. The addition of various decorative motifs is enhanced by the distinctness of the arrangement.

3. Noble regularity of the geometric structure

Repetitive, geometric shapes attract attention and hypnotise the human eye. White and deep structure, combined with a subtle reflecting surface, have the power to visually expand space by adding depth to it. This is why such arrangement solutions can also be successfully used in small spaces – provided that properly selected lighting is used.

The hypnotic play of chiaroscuro means that classic white ceases to be boring and takes on a completely new, interesting form.

4. Geometry + white for the second time

Regular, geometrical structure of the line, neutral white, and a noble glaze surface of wall tiles can be a starting point for creating an original arrangement of a fashionable living room. Such a distinctive element will be the main decorative element of the interior in itself. A wall with an interesting 3D effect, which changes depending on the time of day as well as the colour and intensity of light, ceases to be the ordinary background, and becomes the main hero of the room.

An original living room decoration? One wall with an interesting structure will do,  for instance, geometrical, ordered lines.

5. Black & White 

The game of contrasts is one of the most fashionable trends in contemporary design. Contrast of white and black, playing with the “negative-positive” straight from the world of photography and consistent use of a distinctive structure – that’s what modern interiors like best. Convexities do not have to be a solely decorative touch, but they can also become a ubiquitous basic form.

Satin glaze and a convex structure à la studs is a proposition for brave lovers of strong contrasts.

6. Brick above all!

Brick as a decorative element, both on the outside of the buildings and in the interiors, is currently experiencing its golden period. The characteristic shape, giving a sense of order and security, is used in various shades – from classic red through browns, beiges, yellows, gray, and wildly fashionable white. Light – both natural and artificial – likes the regularity of brick rectangles, beautifully breaking down on them and emphasising the individual character of the place. The form of brick, owing to its timelessness, works both in classic and modern arrangements.

The brick structure is one of the hottest trends in recent years.

7. Structural concrete? Of course!

A fashionable concrete motif may not necessarily be in a standard, flat form. Its rawness, enriched with a deep but delicate linear structure, can take on a completely different expression. Skilful lighting of the structure makes that depth appear in the inside of the bathroom. The dynamic effect can be enhanced by the contrasting colour and calmness of the smooth surfaces of the extras.

The contrast of waves and smooth, dark surfaces is a remarkable idea for arranging the interior.

8. Palace chic

Geometry, minimalist concrete, brick classic, or eco style are now functioning in parallel with the still lively, rich palace style. Devotees of decorated classics will also find for themselves interesting proposals of structural games, emphasising traditional style. It is worth focusing here on the decorations, details which will enhance the final effect, for instance on cigars, grooved boards, tiles with truncated edges, and convex inserts in the form of medallions. The stone background of tiles and refreshed floristic motifs will surely satisfy the tastes of amateurs of eternal elegance.

The palace’s classic has been skilfully emphasised by the timeless shape of the tiles and the convexity of medallions, cigars, and londons.


  1. The structure is one of the most sophisticated means of expression for interior designers.
  2. Playing with the structure of ceramic tiles is mainly based on the chiaroscuro, which is why careful lighting design is as important as the choice of colours.
  3. Structural plays can be based on different principles: contrast, similarity, domination, decorative accent, and copying the natural surfaces.
  4. Wheels, waves, triangles, cones, trapeziums, and other geometric forms allow for enormous possibilities of spatial, structural effects.
  5. Ancient, classic forms, such as convex decorative inserts, londons, cigars, and tiles, still have their circle of admirers.

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Katarzyna Ciesielska-Szymczak
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