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Tile escapes the kitchen

Sheila Byers Sheila Byers
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Tile floors and walls are usually found in the kitchen or bathroom, but using tile in other areas of the home can help create a sleek, sophisticated look that works well with styles ranging from modern to Mediterranean. Depending on colour, pattern and texture, tile detail can make a room feel either open and airy or cosy. The following pictures should give you some inspiration for incorporating tile into more areas of your home!

Classic elegance

This timeless black-and-white look can work in almost any space in the home.  Larger-sized tiles prevent the pattern from seeming too busy, so this floor fits well into the narrow space of a hallway. In addition, the classic combination is the perfect way to highlight a bright accessory such as the pink curtain before the door.

Open and airy

​In warm climates, tile is often widely used throughout a home to help control the interior temperatures. As we look at this picture, we can almost feel a warm breeze blowing through the house. The wall-to-wall tile floor makes the whole space seem even larger and airier than it already is, while the neutral colour beautifully joins the white walls  to the exposed wood and furniture. 

Rich luxury

 Walls & flooring by Lapèlle Design
Lapèlle Design

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Lapèlle Design

​As we can see in this photo, however, tile doesn't always need to have a cooling effect. This wall is covered in a mix of traditional and leather-coated tiles.  The dark colours and rich textures would make this luxurious look perfect for a study.

Carving out space

Encaustic Cement Tiles:  Walls & flooring by Original Features
Original Features

Encaustic Cement Tiles

Original Features

Here, tile has been used to add detail and definition to a seating area, almost creating the impression that the bench has been carved out of the wall. The intricacy of the design provides a nice contrast to the simple structure of the shelves behind.   

A warm welcome

Geometric (Victorian) Tiles:  Walls & flooring by Original Features
Original Features

Geometric (Victorian) Tiles

Original Features

Here we have another example of tile work in the entrance hall.  The this case, the deep colours and complex arrangement make the tile the focal point of the space. The yellow walls compliment the beige shades on the floor, so that the room feels friendly and welcoming.  

Delicate details

 Walls & flooring by Mosaicnet srl
Mosaicnet srl


Mosaicnet srl

​The large windows, white walls and bare wood of this office space are completed perfectly by the tile floor, which maintains the airy feel of the room. On closer glance, we can discern a delicate pattern on the tiles, which adds texture to the space.

Outdoor living

Geometric (Victorian) Tiles:  Walls & flooring by Original Features
Original Features

Geometric (Victorian) Tiles

Original Features

Tile is a practical choice for an outdoor terrace or porch, as it is easy to clean and holds up well against the weather.  This orange-yellow arrangement works especially well against the brick house.  

A tiled carpet

 Walls & flooring by homify

Curvytile Lithium


Installing patterned tile floors doesn't mean that you have to forgo rugs, but some of us prefer to stick with one material. This photo offers a solution that is the best of both worlds, and would work perfectly in any sitting or living room

A cool floor

Using tile in the bedroom can give the space a modern, almost minimalist look. Just remember to add a soft rug for those chilly winter mornings!

What do you think of these uses of tile? 
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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