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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

How to Use Pattern Tiles

We have seen a lot of pattern tile in the past 2 years or so.  They made a big splash at recent design Shows, too!  They can really add a unique touch to a space.  Like the wallpaper accent trend they add some boldness or whimsy to a room but too much can just be overwhelming. 

If you like the look of a print or pattern, how can you use the pattern tile in a way that won't overwhelm or get 'tired' quickly. 

1.  Use a pattern tile in a small space like a bathroom.  For a few reasons, it won't be too overwhelming because the pattern isn't everywhere and also, should you decide to change it in a few years or so it won't be a huge undertaking. This image has the pattern tile on the floor in a neutral palette it is soft but still makes an impact.

Amazing patterned & cement tile inspiration [Barry Calhoun]:

2.  Stick with one pattern in the space.  When it comes to fashion mixing patterns is very chic but when it comes to pattern tile - to make the most impact stick with one pattern in the room (other wise it just gets too busy) keep the other pieces like cabinetry and paint pretty low key and solid.We love the backsplash tile here with the stainless hood fan and stove and against the white -Can you say?  #wowfactor

We'd be lying if we said we were only a little obsessed with this kitchen tile backsplash behind this oven range and hood.:

3.  Use it as an accent.  See a pattern tile you love but concerns that it might be a bit over the top? Treat it like the wallpaper accent wall - only tile one wall in the tile and keep the rest plain but complimentary. This blue pattern tile is busy and if the entire shower surround was covered in this tile it would be very overwhelming and likely not as pretty.  This accent tile makes a statement. A little pattern tile can go a long way

White and blue bathroom features a wall clad in blue Moroccan tiles, Fez Blue Vintage Moroccan Victorian Encaustic Effect Pattern Wall & Floor Tiles, lined with a white lacquered washstand adorned with aged brass knobs topped with thick white quartz and paired with an aged brass faucet placed under a white Mansard mirror.:

 If pattern tile is still just a bit too much for you but you want something different, consider lay out and shape.

 Blue Herringbone Backsplash | Young House Love:

Take some inspiration from this kitchen back splash. Typically we see rectangular tiles in a stacked formation or brick but this herringbone pattern adds some great visual interest to this classic kitchen. the herringbone arrangement also looks great in a shower surround in a 3x6 standard subway tile but also looks great on the floor in a 12 x 24 tile!

Trying adding just a tiny pop of pattern tile. In the image below we have a shower surround in a neutral subway tile in a dove grey tone in a brick layout but look at the shower shelf, a pop of print - so great!

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 The hexagon tile is another great option if you are open to new shapes - this can give you a modern look or a more vintage style depending on the size of tile.  You can also get a more traditional look depending on the material you choose.  sometime a new shape can give you a whole new look without going crazy with colour or pattern.

Split - Kitchen Detail White and timber, black hexagon feature tiles with recessed lighting Niche Design & Build:

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