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Design Trends: Installations Outside the Box

By Kali

When you think of tile in a space, you likely imagine kitchen backsplashes, showers and flooring. These are perfect applications for tile, but we also love seeing it installed in unexpected ways and places. Are you looking for an interesting way to add a pop of color, a pattern or texture to your space? Why not try tile?

Below are are four favorite ways to see tile where you wouldn't necessarily expect it:

Wall to Wall:
Tile can be an incredible way to create a striking accent wall (and to further showcase your style), as well as an interesting way to segue from room to room.

You can see below how our Chaine Homme was used as an accent wall in an entry way.

Tile Shown: Chaine Homme in Turquoise, Rainy Day and Tusk

The tiled wall in the living room below shows how you can treat tile as you might install wallpaper. Take a look at our Handpainted Collections to see which of our many patterns might work for your project.

The mix of textures in the living room installation below is really something. The combination of the aging brick paired with the 3x6 Subway Tile creates a contemporary, yet rustic look. Don't have existing brick like this in your home? Our Brick on its own would create a stunning accent wall.

Not just for backsplashes:
Kitchen are likely the first thing we conjure when we think of tile--it is a natural pairing. We love seeing our tile used for backsplashes, but we also love how adding tile to that butler's pantry, or to the wall lining the kitchen table can really pack a punch.

Tile Shown: Handpainted Madrid tiles adorn this small counter of cabinetry in our founder's kitchen.

In the installation below, the homeowners decided to continue their Aqua backsplash over to this sweet corner of their kitchen.

Tile Shown: Aqua in 3x6 Subway Tile in an offset pattern

The installation below is a great example of how the tile doesn't have to stop with a backsplash. Here, they've continued onto the surrounding walls to really make a statement. For a look similar to this try our Brick in Cotton or Snow or any of our white tiles in 2x6 or 2x8.

The bathroom:
It makes perfect sense to see tile on the floors, walls and backsplashes of a bathroom. If you are using tile for your shower stall or tub surround, why not try adding it in a vanity setting or to highlight a shelf or as a segue into your master bedroom?

The bathroom below features a full wall of our specialty shape, Paseo in Emerald. The homeowners opted to then have this small, recessed shelf (outside of the shower) filled with the same color and pattern.

Tile Shown: Paseo in Emerald

We love this Handpainted feature in the bathroom below. You can create a similar look by shopping our Moroccan or Mediterranean Collections.

Go Outside:
Do you have an outdoor space that you want to do something special with? Our Glass and Brick pass the thaw test (meaning you can install them in below freezing temperatures) and our Recycled Clay Body is fine too if sealer is applied. These materials work so well for outdoor flooring (or an entry way perhaps), backsplashes or fireplaces.

How gorgeous is this outdoor dining area? Our 4" Hex or 6" Hex in a medley of colors could easily accomplish a look like this.

A brightly colored tile, pattern or specialty shape can really bring an outdoor kitchen to the next level. For a look similar to the one below, you could try our Turquoise in a 3x6.

Do you have an outdoor fireplace? Our Handpainted tiles make for a gorgeous accent whether your look is classic or contemporary.

Image: Custom Cuerda Seca Handpainted tiles really make this outdoor fireplace.

Do you have questions about how to to best bring tile into areas of your home? Simply call, chat, or fill out our Design Assistance Form and one of our talented Design Consultants will get back to you shortly.