Unique Takes on Tile
Go for Broke with a Bold Tile Pattern or Shape
Subway, penny, and hexagonal tiles all have their place in the home, but some areas call for something with a bit more... oomph. If you're muddling over how to inject some variety into a home project, be it a backsplash or an entire bathroom, thinking outside the standard rectangle, circle or square could be just the solution needed. With so many tile options available, why not kick it up a notch with a color, pattern or shape that will really turn heads? Here are a few totally standout tiles to make it happen:
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When you choose a unique shape, even the smallest sliver of space can make an impact, as this thin backsplash from Ooka Tiles demonstrates.
There's all sorts of subtle beauty in this bathroom, but it's the backsplash that really catches the eye. Get the look with the Gotham tile collection from Ann Sacks.
The process of making encaustic cement tiles, like these, has been around for hundreds of years, so it's no wonder that so many cultures have their own traditional styles and patterns. Pick a bold one for your kitchen and use the pattern's colors as a basis for the room's palette.
Accents like the door handle, drawer pulls and mirror play off the unique circular shape of these tiles. (They look like records, no?)
A mosaic pattern goes pure drama when done on the floors and up the walls of a bath — especially when it's in a luxurious gold tone.
The glass and marble circles that make up Artistic Tile's Effervescence line look just like the bubbles in a fizzy drink.
These tiles might be square, but they certainly aren't boring. With unexpected colors and a somewhat random pattern, a standard shape becomes wholly unique.
Something's fishy — and I mean that in the best way possible. Scalloped tiles in green look remarkably like a sea creature.
These tiles from Walker Zanger take ancient Roman tile patterns and modernize them in graphic black and whites, making it adaptable to plenty of interior styles.
Ideabook published on Feb. 23, 2011.
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