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Creative Tile Accent Wall Ideas for Your Home

When it comes time to tile an accent wall, creative ideas seem limitless. You can use a variety of materials, including glass, ceramic, natural stone, and a wood-look product to create a focal point. For an artistic element, delve into the world of medallions, which will open up numerous custom touches. What about a mix-and-match assortment of products for a finish that's unique to your home? Whatever your style, you're sure to find an accent or focal wall suggestion that revs your creativity into gear. Read on for ideas to help you choose a material, pattern, and palette that works with your style sensibilities and home.

Determining the Accent Wall

Typically, an accent wall is the one facing you as you enter the room. In a bedroom, for instance, it's best to position your bed on the wall directly across from the entry point because the bed—dressed in all its glory—is the star of the room. A wall of tile behind a bed acts as a magnificent headboard.

In a living room with a fireplace, however, the fireplace is the focal point, even if it isn't positioned on the wall across from the entryway. Don't try to compete with it by creating a tile wall elsewhere in the room. In this scenario, make the accent wall the one surrounding the fireplace. Wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling glass mosaic tile will showcase this wood or gas burning hearth.

Choose the tile based on the fireplace; if it's a modern, wall-hung, mantel-free unit, give it visual contrast with natural stone slabs, a wood-look product, or textured ceramic. To update a rustic wood-burning fireplace, on the other hand, cover the wall in modern tiles, such as a glazed porcelain or linear stone product, sporting horizontal veining and a matte gray or white finish.

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Blending the Wall with Existing Decor

No matter which room it graces, a tile accent wall will stand out, so you might want to blend it into your home's existing neutral scheme to tame its visual impact. For example, if the walls, flooring, and drapery are assorted gray and beige colors, don't deviate from these tones. Choosing a mottled tile that works with the scheme ensures that the large focal point will meld with its surroundings. To subtly boost its effect, select a wall tile that is a darker, richer shade than what's featured in the room's finishes and furnishing, or mix in a product with metallic details or striation.

Making the Wall a Jumping-Off Point for Color

When you're designing your home, it's difficult to know where to start when it comes to colors. Why not let a wall of tile dictate the entire palette? This way, you can choose any tile that appeals to you, and then use the tile colors to decorate your space.

Keep your home's style in mind, though; how it's built should play a part in which tile you select. If your abode has Mediterranean flare, for example, you can go with a highly patterned ceramic tile in warm, earthy tones or bold blues, while a home built in craftsman fashion suits rustic wood-look tile, natural stone, or a creative mix of off-white, mottled grays, or brown tones.

You might think you've gotten off easy, if you're after a modern, all-white design, but whites can be tricky to work with. When you find the right mix of whites though, the result is a clean, contemporary look. As long as the wall's tile and other major finishes complement your home, you can't go wrong.

For a basic house without any real style of its own, look to its exterior colors, or let your instincts—and the nicest homes in the area—lead the way.

Considering Textures Carefully

Without mixed textures your decor is about as interesting as a puddle. You might think of tiles as only smooth, but think again: Tile comes in an array of textures beyond that of the glass mosaic kind. You can find wood-look planks, natural stone products, metallic finishes, and a variety of textured ceramic tiles.

To choose your feature wall's texture, contemplate what will sit in front of it. Behind a plush sofa strewn with fluffy cushions, you can create interest with a smooth wall finished in glass or metal-look tiles. To back a smooth leather sofa, however, rugged stone, such as that used in exterior finishes or around fireplaces, lends dissimilarity, earning you an "A" in textural design.

Choosing a Pleasing Pattern

The accent wall's pattern is as important as its color and texture. In fact, it may be the most imperative part of the design because it secures the room's overall theme and aids in creating form. In a home that nods to Southwestern living, you'll likely appreciate how an Aztec pattern boosts the Old West vibe. A contemporary, minimalist or urban industrial dwelling benefits from clean lines, such as that of linear or plank tiles, finished with narrow grout lines for a streamlined effect. For a shabby-chic or cottage design, explore diamond, herringbone, and basket-weave patterns in a pale or neutral color duo.

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Go Custom

Medallions allow you to incorporate custom, artsy details into your tile accent wall, even negating the need to drill holes to hang pictures or paintings. How daring you decide to go with this medium is based on personal preference, but remember that trends change. If you plan to sell your home in the near future, restrict the wall's design to a few neutral medallions with a subtly abstract pattern. Otherwise, let your inner designer take the reins.

You may still want to use restraint in your design to suit a minimalist home with reserved decor. But, if you're all about standout style, go with something bold, like a colorful patchwork effect. With this option, select five or so tiles in different colors and patterns, like that of a patchwork quilt. Be sure that the colors complement or contrast well with each other.

Before installing an eye-catching focal point on an entire wall, do a dry run by laying the tiles out on the floor to see how the patterns and colors group best. Check out the Daltile website for help and ideas to get your project underway today.

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