Tile is usually thought of as the foundation for a wall or floor and most people only use tile for those two applications. It is also very common to see tile used as an artistic accent or a beautiful backsplash. Lately, we’ve noticed some unexpected and out of the box uses for tile, and would love to share them as a source of inspiration for your next home design project. These ideas will make you think of tile as more than just a functional choice.
Tile As a Headboard
In the bedroom, most think of a headboard as an add-on to the bed frame. The concept of a headboard can also work nicely as more of an abstract feature, in the form of tiling the wall adjacent to the bed. It offers a striking focal point and is an easy way to add drama to your bedroom. Unexpected Surfaces, a 3-dimensional wall tile in several light bending shapes and Generation Brick, a gorgeous brick-look tile are two tile collections that are perfect for use as a headboard.
Tile As An Accent Rug or Carpeting
Seamlessly integrating patterned tile with flooring can mimic the look of carpeting or an accent rug. This works especially well with patterned tiles laid as the “carpet”, surrounded by a neutral colored tile. Encaustic tiles, with their stunning patterned designs, are ideal for this purpose.
Tile Your Fireplace
Fireplaces are more than just a functional element. They can become the highlight of a room with some simple tile work. Opt for a textured tile such as our Stoned Immaculate and Another Dimension collections.
Porcelain tile have recently come into its own as an outdoor decorating solution. Modern reproduction techniques allow porcelain tiles to look like real wood and stone for use in outdoor spaces, as they are less expensive that stone and wood and are much easier to maintain. Beautiful stone and wood-look porcelain pavers are designed to transform outdoor spaces, including patios, terraces, steps, pathways, gardens, and outdoor dining areas and pool decks. Available in a range of natural colors, these materials are both durable and versatile. Pavers can be placed directly over grass, sand, gravel, or existing flooring, or can be used with spacers or risers.