10 Unique Tile Designs for Your Home
With a wide selection of materials, colors, and sizes to choose from, tile is an extremely versatile material that can be used in any part of your home. Are you ready to take your decor up a notch with the latest tile innovations? Here are ten unique ways to incorporate tile designs into your home.
1) Modernize Your Entryway with Stone
Make a good first impression and set the mood for the rest of your home's decor by incorporating tile designs into your foyer. The front entryway is the first area of your home that your guests will see, so the space should feel welcoming and represent your personal style. To create a cultured look your guests will notice immediately, incorporate a natural stone, such as limestone tile, into your entryway design.
2) Dress Up Your Staircase Kick Plates
You can make any ordinary staircase intriguing by incorporating tile onto the kick plates. To create a sense of continuity throughout your house, consider using the same mosaic tile from your kitchen backsplash on your kick plates. In addition to its attractive looks, adding tile to your kick plates will also protect the quality of the underlying wood from debris and acidic cleaning products.
You don't have to stop at the kick plates, either. Another creative way to dress up your stairway is to add tile to the landings. Use a different color tile, or a different style of tile altogether, to visually highlight the change in direction.
3) Upgrade Your Countertops and Window Sills
Adding tile around your sink or to your countertops will upgrade your food prep area to a stunning, yet practical, space. Ceramic tile, such as the Folio One line, comes in a variety of colors, and will transform your countertops from a mere surface into an inspirational focal point. If you love the natural beauty of flowers and indoor plants, tile a window sill where they can be displayed in the sunlight. This solution is not only elegant to look at, but practical because you'll be able to wipe up any spilled dirt or water simply.
4) Showcase Open Shelves
In longer hallways, you may have a small area on a wall that needs something visually appealing that complements the decor in your home. In this case, try adding shelves that are framed by wall tiles. Try choosing a tile that stands out from the existing wall color in order to highlight any decorative accessories that you place on the open shelves. The shelves will also give you the flexibility to switch out what you have on display. Try incorporating seasonal decorations within your tiled shelves to keep your home looking fresh all year.
5) Tile the Inside of Cabinets
Rather than leaving the inside of your kitchen cabinets bare, try adding a bold, colorful ceramic tile that coordinates with your decor. Not only will this add distinct personality to your cabinets, but also it will help to prevent damage to the underlying wood caused by food or spills. If your kitchen decor is more on the simple side, try opting for a shade of tile that matches your flooring. This will give your space a cohesive, modern look.
6) Turn Your Fireplace into a Focal Point
The fireplace is the centerpiece of any room, and sometimes it needs a finishing touch. This is the perfect spot to add natural stone or glass mosaic tile. Natural stone is available in many neutral or deep tones for a simple, elegant look, and glass mosaic tile will shimmer beautifully in the firelight. This quick and easy design upgrade will turn your hearth into a focal point by drawing attention to the center of your room.
7) Revitalize Old Furniture
If you have an old table that is in need of a makeover, consider adding tile to the top of it. This will allow you to personalize the table. Start by choosing a tile that's practical. If you use the table for dining, a simple ceramic tile will be easy to maintain and wipe clean. If the table is used as a decorative element, glass mosaic tile can be used to add texture or an artistic pattern. Bringing new life to your furniture can be fun, and, with tile, design options are endless.
8) Create Wall Art
Any blank wall in your home can serve as a canvas for tile-inspired art. Rather than simply painting an accent wall, add texture and depth by incorporating unique tile designs. Add a wallpaper-like effect with the Sublime™ series damask pattern tiles, which are available in a range of fashionable colors and linear shapes that reflect the latest trends. Another unique idea is to create an elegant pattern with natural stone wall tiles. If you use darker grout, the geometric pattern will be enhanced. For added dimension, try a tile product that features Visual Imaging™ technology. This new innovation adds raised patterns to tile that you can both see and feel for an incredible multi-sensory experience.
9) Add Tile to the Kitchen Island
If you want to make your kitchen unique, you can add tile to the front and sides of your island. This is a perfect way to add a touch of color, and your personal taste, to your kitchen design. Mosaic tiles are a great option for this type of project because they come in a wide range of styles — from bright, contemporary glass to neutral, elegant stone.
10) Enhance Your Floors with New Shapes and Patterns
You can make a striking statement by going back to basics and adding tile to your floor. There are many shapes, colors, and styles of tile to choose from to create an exciting pattern that will complement your home. Whether your decor is traditional, transitional, or contemporary, you can infuse custom designs, such as a medallion, into your flooring for added elegance. If you want a more simple look, new, large tiles will minimize grout lines and make your space feel ultra-modern.
The versatility of tile makes it the perfect material to use to express your creative side within your home. Don't limit yourself to using tile in typical ways, such as on the floor or backsplash. Today's tile is innovative and can provide something special to just about any room in your home. Stop by a tile gallery for more inspiration on how to create unique tile designs.