3 tips to make your space your own

Is your inbox flooded with home design ideas and tiling tips? You probably take pride in staying ahead of emerging renovation trends and have to have the latest news. But with all the information out there, it can leave you feeling overwhelmed. Get right to the heart of what you need to know with these key design tips from one of our top design experts.

Shelly Halbert, director of product design at Daltile, recently offered her top 3 tips that really boil design down to the necessities. Keeping up with trends can be difficult, but if you follow these timeless tips, you will be grounded in what really matters... and that's always in style.
Closeup of bathroom backsplash with marble mosaic tile and dual lighted vanity mirrors.

Be Authentic

Being true to yourself, as Shakespeare wrote, is always a good idea.
Fake never really fools anyone. True passion, on the other hand, cannot be denied. Do what you do because you love it. This is just as important to design as it is to life. Don't follow a trend for the sake of following a trend.
As it happens, authenticity is consistently a top design trend. Handmade and authentic is in. It fits right in with any style from lux to rustic to eclectic.
Laundry room with blue & white encaustic floor tile in herringbone pattern, front-loading washer and dryer, brown cabinets, beige quartz counters and backsplash that look like stone.

Be Playful

While playing it safe will keep you out of trouble, it also gets boring quickly. Even a little fun can change your whole perspective. Same goes for design. Neutrals are all well and good, but a pop of color, texture, or an unexpected element wakes up your space.


Eclectic is in. It doesn't have to be discombobulated eclectic either. It's really more like one step beyond transitional style. Mix and match designs, styles, and objects until you find a combination that makes you happy. Creativity makes your design one-of-a-kind.

Floating bathroom vanity with bold cream & black backsplash, round mirrors with integrated lighting, white quartz counter, natural wood cabinets.

Be Confident

If you believe in yourself, you can pull off just about anything. Don't rely on other people to tell you what you like or don't like. If you like it, go for it.


Bright greens, vibrant blues, contrasting black & white - there are many ways to incorporate great color and bold variation into your design without making it feel overwhelming. A feature wall, décor accent, or piece of furniture will do the trick.


Remember that the best color is the one that makes you feel at home.



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