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Design Trends: How to Combine Tile Walls and Wallpaper

By Susanne Redfield

One sure way to bring a space to life in your home is to pair pretty wallpaper with ceramic tile. No longer considered an outdated relic of another era, wallpaper adds dimension, pattern, and vitality in a way that paint just can't. Kitchens, bathrooms, foyer's, laundry rooms, even mud rooms are all ideal spaces to spruce up with a little paper and tile.

A creative way to design a little wallpaper into the kitchen is with an open shelf above the tile splash line. Paper was applied above the open shelf only. It's a great use of wallcovering in the kitchen that still allows for easy cleaning.

Create a high impact wall in an otherwise austere industrial space. Try pairing a energetic paper with our Thin Brick in White Mountains.

Tile the areas in your kitchen that do most of the work, require 'scrub-ability'. Then make a pretty statement with a little pattern behind the open, or glassed in, shelving.


Tile color shown: Shetland Wool

Powder rooms are the perfect place to be a little daring, and really let your personality sing. Subway tile wainscotting, and an elegant chair rail create a charming framework for chinioserie paper in the space below.

Just because a space is small does not mean you have to compromise on style. Create drama and fantasy with wallpaper, a little can go a long way. To get the look choose 4x8 subway tile in Navy, the white grout adds even more graphic impact.

Choosing the right paper results in a ton of personality for any space or nook. Over sized subway tiles installed in a straight set pattern add a modern sensibility to this otherwise organic interior.

This chic wallcovering with a little bit of shimmer helps highlight the interesting brass bath fixtures. For a similar look choose our warm, earthy Quartzite.

A bold color or pattern choice will make the space seem more intentional, loved instead of ordinary. Achieve this look with a bold wallpaper choice, then why not mix it up with a hexagon or penny rounds on the floor? No matter which look you choose, the space will really shine.


Tile Color Shown: Santorini Blue

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