Composed of rustic handmade vessels, meditative atmospheres, and calming aromas, the art of tea bridges earthiness with everyday luxury.
For San Francisco-based interior designer Laura Taylor, tea is more than just a routine—it’s a design philosophy. Laura wanted to capture the sensory, tactile quality of tea drinking and translate it into a tile palette that soothes, stimulates, and inspires.
From steeping dried herbs to cradling a warm ceramic cup, her treasured tea moments are captured through calming neutrals and earthy, indulgent hues.
Treat your senses to a soothing palette with our Steeped in Style Sample Pack, featuring 2x4 color samples of Gypsum, Hunter Green, Rosemary, Basalt, Mustard Seed, Calcite, Loch Ness, and Pumice.
Want to inhabit this Story? Shop Laura’s hand-picked color and pattern combinations and begin crafting your very own tea-inspired retreat.
1/ Basalt, Tile - Field (2 x 8) 2/ Pumice, Tile - Field (3 x 3) 3/ Gypsum, Tile - Scalene Triangle 4/ Calcite, Tile - Triangle (6”) 5/ Loch Ness, Tile - Scalene Triangle 6/ Rosemary, Tile - Specialty Field - Ogee Drop 7/ Hunter Green, Tile - Specialty Field - Kite 8/ Mustard Seed, Tile - Field (1 x 6)
“Make your design mean more. Use materials that are sustainable and ethically sourced. We shouldn’t have to choose between a beautiful or conscientious material—we should demand both!”
“I began by choosing the colors that reflected tea leaves. Hunter Green, Rosemary, and Pumice all have warm, earthy tones reflective of nature.”
“Create opportunities for special moments—and don’t create them everywhere: great design requires a balance of emphasis and simplicity.” Design + Photo: Bonnie Wu Design
“I love when 80% of my design is simple and 20% stands out as really special. In a world of feasibility constraints, I strive to spend my budget on the special moments.” Design: Jennifer Jorgensen // Photo: 2nd Truth Photography
“I think the familiarity of ceramic tile resonates with us like wood and textiles. We use and touch the materials in our everyday lives through clothing, furniture, and of course, tea mugs.”
“Pick a warm or cool tone for your neutrals early on in your project: Color is complex and it can play tricks on your mind.”
“Handcraftsmanship balances with modern aesthetics and infuses warmth. Using handmade tile in my own projects is a clever way to infuse them with the same attractive qualities of handmade ceramic vessels."
“Stick with the same family of grays like cool gray, warm, gray, or French gray, so that your accent colors read consistently across your project.” Design + Photo: Vestige Home
“Accessorize! The final touch for every project should be a slew of accessories which might include artwork, plants, pillows, books, dishes, or doodads. It’s the perfect way to express yourself.” Design: Adele Lapointe // Photo: Mitch Shenker Studio
“A variety of textures is so important when creating a dynamic environment. If a material with a distinctive texture is out of reach, I like to use additional lighting to visually emphasize it.” Design: Sarah Sherman Samuel
“Loch Ness and Gypsum stood out to me as glazes reminiscent of the mugs, dishes, and other vessels made by my favorite ceramicists with their finish and veining.”
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