Believe it or not, creating a tile design- whether it be for a bathroom or kitchen- can be much like creating artwork. There are thousands of tiles to choose from- all different shapes, sizes, compositions, colors, materials, types- and the combination and/or manipulation of this amazing material can lead you to a fabulous design!
Tile designs are always something I hope people consult with a designer about- there are so many ways of completely enhancing the look of a space just with the tile. Here are a few tips about how you can get the most out of your tile.....
1. Tile with a rectified edge (a clean smooth edge created by a machine) can be cut so a single tile product can be used in different formats and sizes in different areas of your space to create some more visual appeal. In the shower below, the 13x13-inch tile was cut in half into a subway format for below the chair rail and kept in its original size, only turned on the 45 for above the chair rail. Same tile- fun design!
2. A little bit goes a long way. Many times, people don't look at 'expensive' tiles or mosaics because of their price points. But a little bit of something fabulous can really go a long way. Instead of tiling an entire wall in that $40 a square foot glass tile you love, create a frame in your shower and high light just a few square feet of it. Vanity backsplashes are also excellent small spots to show off some flair without breaking your budget.
3. Use inserts to create a little interest. Leftover remnants of your countertop granite can be cut into 2x2, 3x3, or 4x4 squares and used as inserts in your kitchen backsplash. Or if you would like to use something a little different, there are several metallic inserts with beautiful floral or other designs that you can select. These metallic inserts come in various sizes and in all shades- oil rubbed bronze, stainless, distressed copper, etc., and affectively and inexpensively enhance a space.
Don't be afraid to contact me with questions about your tile design ideas!
Tue, November 30, 2010
by Cindy Aplanalp filed under