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Design Trends: How to Add Character with Reclaimed Wood and Tile

Weathered reclaimed wood is everywhere we look lately. Wood salvaged from older homes, barns, even shipping pallets performs well as a smart, attractive option paired with any type of tile. The time-worn wood offers a look and feel that the newer butcher blocks simply can’t acheive. Reclaimed wood used on the floors, counters, or walls warms up our homes, and adds to the concept of reuse, or upcycling–Paired with recycled tile, what could be 'greener'? Used together our tile and reclaimed wood evokes a casually elegant style in today's dwellings. Below are some of our favorite ways to add character with reclaimed wood and tile.

The contemporary-style kitchen below looks fresh with classic white subway tile, yet warm and inviting thanks to the timber clad hood, which adds tons of character.

Get a similar look with our clean and classic tile color, White Wash.

Tile color shown: White Wash

In the Industrial style kitchen below, brick blends beautifully with the darker wood pieces for a little drama, introducing another layer of texture. The reclaimed wood element adds a 'cozy factor' to the modern equation.

For a similar look try pairing reclaimed wood with our subtle gray Brick hue Glacier.

Brick color shown: Glacier

Cozy up this reclaimed industrial look even more by pairing the rustic finishes with a soft Tile color such as our light green hue, Rosemary. This subtle glaze adds just the right amount of color and the slight crackle finish offers a nice contrast against the wood finishes.

Tile color shown: Rosemary

Tile color shown: Rosemary

Nothing beats the authentic patina and rich tones of reclaimed wood. In the kitchen below the perfect balance of rustic wood, concrete counter tops, appliances and modern straight set, subway tile creates layers of interesting contrast.

Recreate this look with Iron Ore. The minimal grout lines and a straight set layout will add another level of contemporary appeal to your rustic industrial kitchen design.

color shown: Iron Ore

These reclaimed wooden slats chime in beautifully with the over sized white subway tile, and add to the natural mood of the room. Well sanded planks add color and character while complementing the practicality of the tile.

Today, a multitude of surfaces is what makes your kitchen compelling and complete. Bringing in recycled, raw materials is a strong design movement that offers a warmth that granite or marble can’t provide. The herringbone pattern echoed below between backsplash and island ties a different elements together, creating an inviting and personal space.

Brick color shown: Cotton; Image: Malcolm Fearon, Bliss Images

Even a simple wooden counter top introduces a unique, natural element to this powder room, adding character and warmth to the contemporary, straight set tile backsplash. To get the look, try our tile color Akoya in the 1 x 6 field tile option.

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