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Accent Tiling Tips for Modernizing Your Space

Do the tiles on your bathroom or kitchen walls need an update? Quickly and easily add personality and intrigue to your walls by incorporating accent tile. With the variety of accent tile available, you're sure to find lots of inspiration. Beautiful and trendy mosaics, for instance, are great for turning walls, floors, and even tabletops into your own distinctive statements. Here are some tiling tips for creating a trendy, modern look that will satisfy your imagination.


Modernize Your Bathroom

Adding some accent tiling to your bathroom walls can breathe new life into the space without the need for major renovations. Walls surrounding old bathtubs often display standard four-inch square tiles. Rather than replacing the existing tiles, think of them as a blank slate waiting for a new spark of color and style. This is where the accent tile comes in.

Let's say your old tile sits one foot or more below the ceiling, and you'd like to have the entire wall tiled. This is the perfect occasion to create a horizontal accent line in the space between the existing tile and the ceiling. Try creating rows of at least three one-inch mosaics in a metal or glass finish. Above that, you could install additional field tile up to the ceiling line.

Maybe your old tile runs up to the ceiling, but it has a few cracked pieces where an old shower door was installed. Instantly revive your well-worn bathroom by chipping out the cracked standard squares and replacing them with smaller mosaic tile pieces. Don't worry about an exact pattern; a random scattered look will only add intrigue to your new design.

If you're simply looking to update your bathroom with a more modern feel, try replacing an entire row of old tiles around the tub or shower with accent tiles. You might try a 2 X 1 brick-joint mosaic stacked four high.


Use Accent Tiles around Your Home

Accent tiles don't have to be limited to the bathroom; they can add a splash of personality to the floor or wall of any room. For instance, accent mosaics are perfect for tiling a backsplash in the kitchen. You can create an exciting transitional look using glass, metal, or decorative accents. You can also add some flair to your floor with a mosaic design by inserting small accent tiles on the diagonal between every other large square. Before incorporating any accent tile into your floor design, check the manufacturer recommendations for floor installations.

When tiling a new wall, floor, or backsplash, don't forget about these accent tiling tips. Adding a touch of brightly colored mosaic, glass, metallic, or another design will quickly infuse that old surface with a modern, sleek appearance.


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